Friday, June 17, 2011

Episode 353

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 353

We return after a few weeks hiatus. This episode features London band Left With Pictures' June installment of their In Time project. In 2010 the band recorded a track each month and the 12 tracks were compiled onto the In Time album and released back in March. This track is one of my favourite's from the album and I love the above video. June McCree is the object of the singer's attention and he compares her "to other ladies that have inspired classics from pop's past: Billie Jean, Alison, Delilah and Mrs Robinson." The repeated hook is an adaptation from the theme from Terry Gilliam's Brazil, Ary Barroso's 1939 song Aquarela do Brasil.

The Smithereens - Green Thoughts (1988, Enigma Records)

This episode also featured three tracks from 1988's Green Thoughts, the second album from New Jersey's power pop masters. For me this is even better then their fantastic debut, 1986's Especially For You and is up their with Love Junk by The Pursuit of Happiness, which was released in the same year, as one of my favourite American albums.  The band still tour and have just released an album entitled 2011, their first new record in 11 years.

Episode 353 - 16/06/2011


The Human League – The Things That Dreams Are Made Of (Programmed and Produced by Martin Rushent RIP)
The Fall – Lost in Music
Teenage Fanclub – The Concept
Left With Pictures – June
Colourmusic – Yes
Lift to Experience – With Crippled Wings
Swans – No Words/No Thoughts
Thomas Truax – Lost On the Moon in June
North Sea Radio Orchestra – Berliner Luft
Alexi Murdoch – At Your Door
The Phoenix Foundation – Bitte Bitte
The Smithereens – The World We Know
The Smithereens – Drown in My Own Tears
The Smithereens – Especially for You
Julia Kent – The Toll
Connan Mockasin – Megumi the Milkway Above
North Sea Radio Orchestra – Heavy Weather
William D Drake – In an Ideal World
Kelley Stoltz – Baby, I Got News For You
Rozi Plain – Humans
Nik Freitas – Hold That Thought
Peter Yorn – Sans Fear
Vashti Bunyan – Hidden
Colourmusic – Dolphins and Unicorns
The Human League – Hard Times Love Action (I Believe in Love) (Remixed by Martin Rushent RIP)

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