Saturday, February 05, 2011

Episode 334

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 334

Back after a winter hiatus with the usual mixture of new and old tunes. Kicking off this episode of Songs To Learn And Sing is a classic pop oddity from Jan & Dean. The album was an attempt by Jan Berry to answer a question of his own: Is it possible to take contemporary popular music and develop it symphonically? So Pop Symphony No. 1 presents instrumental interpretations of Jan & Dean's hits by The Bel-Aire Pops Orchestra, conducted by Jan Berry & George Tipton. A long lost classic record. 

Jan & Dean's Pop Symphony No. 1 (Liberty Records, 1965)

This episode also featured Five Thousand More, a track from Clann Zú's 2003 album Rua. Clann Zú was an Australian/Irish band fronted by Declan deBarra who also wrote and animated the Five Thousand More video. The band split up after the release of their second album in 2005. Rua is a brilliant introduction to the intense sounds of Clann Zú, it's well worth tracking down. Declan deBarra continues to record and tour. 

Clann Zú - Rua (G7 Welcoming Comittee, 2003)

This episode finished with Mountain Bell, the closing track from It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever), the debut album from Dublin's Halves. The album was a big favourite of ours in 2010 and Halves are nominated for the Choice Music Award (the Irish album of the year, 2010). The Choice Music Prize Live Event will take place on Thursday March 3rd at Vicar St, Dublin. Beat of luck to Halves.

Episode 334 - 03/02/2011


Jan & Dean with the Bel-Aire Pops Orchestra - Sidewalk Surfin'
Amon Düül II - The Wolfman Jack Show
Anna Calvi - The Devil
Ride - Leave Them All Behind
If By Yes - Eliza (feat. David Byrne)
Best Coast - Crazy for You
Yuck - Suicide Policeman
British Sea Power - Observe the Skies
Seefeel - Dead Guitars
Gorky's Zypotic Mynci - Young Girls and Happy Endings
Ebson and the Witch - Marching Song
Them - Gloria
Moon Wiring Club - Woodsmoke and Treacle
Low - Monkey (Live in Eindhoven)
The Decemberists - This is Way We Fight
Big Audio Dynamite - E=MC2
James Blake - To Care (Like You)
Clann Zú - Five Thousand More
Iron & Wine - Monkeys Uptown
Dolorean - The Unfazed
The Trashmen - Keep A Knockin'
Cut Copy - Pharohs and Pyramids
John Carpenter - Christine (Part 1)
Erland and the Carnival - Touble in Mind
Flying Saucer Attack - Outdoor Miner
The Memory Band - Some Things You Just Can't Hide
Halves - Mountain Bell

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