Sunday, March 27, 2011

Episode 341

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 341

This episode kicked off with Yesterday the Dog by Inner Dialogue from their self-titled 1969 album.  It's a great lost record and its mellow, dreamy, pop psych sounds will be loved by any Stereolab fans. A Rate My Music reviewer described the record as, "a superb sunshine pop album, with some baroque touches. Two women singers and their intertwining vocals weave complex vocal parts around top rate arrangements. This record could give the Free Design a run for their money any day."

Inner Dialogue - Inner Dialogue (1969, Ranwood Records)

Inner Dialogue's B. J. Ward (vocals), Lynn Dolin (vocals) and Gene Dinovi (dulcitron/piano)

B. J. Ward - Vocal Ease (1974, Catfish Records)

On this episode we also played Keep it to Yourself from B. J.'s 1974 solo album, Vocal Ease. The LP's a jazzy mix of funky soft-rock tunes and an original goes for silly money, possibly because apart from lending her vocals to Inner Dialogue, B. J. also was the voice of Velma from Scooby Doo. The LP's a mix of upbeat covers of Neil Young, Tom Jones, Gerry Rafferty and The Beach Boys alongside some originals.

This episode also featured Aliens in Our Mist by Sacramento's The Twinkeyz. The psychedelic pop garage band was formed in 1977 by Don Marquez (aka Donnie Jupiter), Walter Smith, Tom Darling and Steve Bateman. They only released a few singles and one LP, 1979's Alpha Jerk splitting up in 1980.

The Twinkeyz - Cartoon Land (2002, Anopheles Records)

Donnie describes the band's sound on his website: "The Twinkeyz music consisted of slightly skewed song structures held together with twisted pop hooks and treated with a more than liberal dose of noise and effects. The Twinks’ never met an effect box they didn't like." I came across Cartoon Land in Spin Dizzy Records in Dublin a good few years ago and was hooked after hearing opening track, Aliens in Our Midst. This clear vinyl LP is limited to 1000 copies and comes with new artwork by Donnie, who is now a very successful cartoonist. 

Episode 341 - 24/03/2001


Inner Dialogue - Yesterday the Dog
B. J. Ward - Keep it to Yourself
John Cameron - Training Kes (from Kes OST)
Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High (Playing Whelan's April 1)
Cornershop - The 911 Curry
Errors - Bridge or Cloud (the Field Remix)
Halves - Only Soft Landings
Cut Copy - Alisa
The Human League - Never Let Me Go
The Loves - King Kong Blues
Spectrals - Peppermint
Gruff Rhys - Sophie Softly
Esben and the Witch - Swans
Low - Witches
Eat Lights : Become Lights - Dark Master
Brad Medhidau - Things Behind the Sun
Seefeel - Faults
Spokes - Canon Grant
Grinderman - Palaces of Monteuma (Cenzo Mix)
Hotels - The Bat Watusi
Lukke Li - I Know Places
Arbouretum - The Empty Shell
Life Without Buildings - Let's Get Out
Josh T. Pearson - Woman When I've Raised Hell (Playing The Workman's Club March 26)
Janice Whaley - Jeane
Joan as Police Woman - The Action Man
Mazes - Most Days
Wolf People - Silbury Sands
The Twinkeyz - Aliens in Our Midst

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