Episode #81: It Isn’t in the Nursery, It Isn’t in the Town

July 27, 2014

We have a lot of show tunes this week and also a big dose of The Muppets. Mike Nesmith sings and is mentioned on several occasions. Big artists cover other artists’ big songs. We take a field trip to Greenwich Village, Phoebe Cates sings (even though she doesn’t really need to), there’s a little Christmas music in there, and we present a few more of our favorites.

Your turn. Time to listen.

(0:00:00) David Naughton — I’m a Pepper (I Drink Dr. Pepper, Don’t You See)
(0:00:59) Your DJs Speak and Correct
(0:06:24) Mike Nesmith — Different Drum
(0:09:24) Bobby Womack — Sweet Caroline
(0:12:34) Madonna — Don’t Tell Me
(0:17:13) Gwen Stefani — Hollaback Girl
(0:20:33) Your DJs Do Go On Sometimes, Don’t They?
(0:26:54) The Stone Poneys with Linda Ronstadt — Some of Shelly’s Blues
(0:29:05) Neil Diamond — Mr. Bojangles
(0:34:19) Phoebe Cates — How Do I Let You Know (from Private School (1983))
(0:37:38) Rene Clemente and Christine Langner — Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer (from Cats (Original Broadway Cast))
(0:42:07) Your DJs Speak
(0:46:27) George Wright — With a Little Bit of Luck (from My Fair Lady)
(0:47:56) Sonny Rollins — The Surrey with the Fringe on Top (from Oklahoma!)
(0:54:28) Elaine Stritch — The Ladies Who Lunch (from Company (Original Broadway Cast))
(0:58:55) Bea Arthur — The Man in the Moon Is a Lady (from Bea Arthur on Broadway and also from Mame)
(1:02:15) Your DJs Speak
(1:05:19) Shooby Taylor — Tico-Tico
(1:07:18) The Muppets (Miss Piggy, Scooter, Gonzo, Robin) — Christmas Is Coming
(1:08:58) The Muppets (Robin, introduced by Kermit) — Halfway Down the Stairs
(1:11:25) Sondre Lerche — Mr. Bassman
(1:14:06) Del Close and John Brent — Field Trip No. 1 (from “How to Speak Hip”)
(1:15:39) Tom Waits — Alice
(1:20:07) The Beach Boys — The Letter
(1:21:55) Brenton Wood — Where Were You
(1:23:53) Your DJs Speak
(1:29:59) Mike Post — Theme from The Rockford Files

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Episode #80: What’s Obdurate?

July 19, 2014

This week we have vaudeville and rainbows, Motown and steel bands, Monkees and the Brooklyn Zoo. We have Gilbert and Sullivan (it’s in there), a sad Irish folk song, and some of that soul music. We have The Blues (several of them), a little folk, a little disco, and some space music. There’s an answer song from Carole King, a big big love, and instrumentals that you can’t help but love so don’t even try not liking them because you would fail.

And there’s a little more, but you’re not reading this, are you? You should be listening instead.

(0:00:00) Gus Van and Joe Schenck — Stay Out of the South (from Metro Movietone Revue #1 (1929)}
(0:01:49) Your DJs Speak
(0:04:22) The Youngbloods — It’s a Lovely Day
(0:06:59) Okkervil River — Plus Ones
(0:10:42) Bob Dylan — Full Moon and Empty Arms
(0:14:04) Loreena McKennitt — The Parting Glass
(0:18:47) Your DJs Speak
(0:23:12) Peggy Lee — Sing a Rainbow
(0:25:58) Etta James — A Sunday Kind of Love
(0:29:39) Carole King — Oh, Neil!
(0:31:51) Mary Wells — Two Lovers
(0:34:37) Your DJs Speak
(0:37:59) The Monkees — Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) (alternate version with Peter’s narration)
(0:40:49) Brenton Wood — Baby You Got It
(0:42:44) Monica Zutterlund — Stick Iväg, Jack (Hit the Road, Jack)
(0:44:31) The Soul Children — Put Your World in My World (Best of Two Worlds)
(0:47:26) Your DJs Speak
(0:49:54) Ferrante and Teicher — Tico-Tico (1955 version)
(0:53:10) The Pixies — Gigantic
(0:57:36) The Muppets (Rowlf and Sam) — Tit Willow
(0:59:35) Ol’ Dirty Bastard — Brooklyn Zoo
(1:03:14) Your DJs Speak
(1:07:21) Tousan (Allen Toussaint) — Java
(1:09:14) David Naughton — Makin’ It
(1:12:24) Del Close and John Brent — Uncool (from “How to Speak Hip”)
(1:13:24) Andy Breckman — So Far, So Good
(1:15:41) Phoenix — 1901
(1:18:54) The Esso Trinidad Steel Band — Apeman
(1:21:19) Leonard Nimoy — Music to Watch Space Girls By
(1:23:39) Your DJs Speak
(1:30:06) Dennis McCarthy — Theme from Star Trek (Polka Version)

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Episode #79: When We Say “Assam”, You Say “Where’s That Soggy Plain?”

July 12, 2014

This week we have movie music AND show tunes AND TV music. All of that! There’s also some funk and hip-hop and folk, a bona-fide hit or two, a theremin interlude, and another lesson in hipness. And once again we proudly present too many versions of the same song, but this time they’re all in different languages, some of which we don’t even speak. Yet.

We think you should listen. We’re asking very nicely this time.

(0:00:00) Bebe Daniels — You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me (from 42nd Street (1933))
(0:02:31) Your DJs Speak
(0:03:31) Bobby Vee — Walkin’ with My Angel
(0:05:48) Vic Damone — On the Street Where You Live (originally from My Fair Lady)
(0:08:29) Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Robert Coote — The Rain in Spain (from My Fair Lady (1956 Broadway cast))
(0:11:08) Stubby Kaye, Chorus — Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat (from Guys and Dolls (1951 Broadway cast))
(0:13:19) Your DJs Speak Too Much
(0:19:22) Professor Elemental — Cup of Brown Joy (Tea Bag Remix)
(0:22:32) Beastie Boys — Shake Your Rump
(0:26:10) Elvis Presley — Little Sister
(0:28:42) The Emperors — Karate
(0:31:44) Your DJs Speak
(0:33:52) Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman with Les Baxter — Tzigane (Gypsy)
(0:36:46) Petula Clark — Tiny Bubbles (Dans mon lit)
(0:39:47) 101 Strings — Tico-Tico
(0:45:22) Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes — Up Where We Belong (from An Officer and a Gentleman (1982))
(0:49:13) Your DJs Speak
(0:55:12) Lolita — Seeman (Sailor, Your Home Is the Sea)
(0:58:01) Petula Clark — Sailor
(1:01:19) Petula Clark — Marin (Sailor)
(1:04:04) Ritva Mustonen — Merimies, kotimaasi on meri (Sailor)
(1:06:43) Your DJs Speak
(1:09:20) Del Close and John Brent — Cool (from “How to Speak Hip”)
(1:13:11) The Roches — We
(1:15:43) The Folksmen — Old Joe’s Place (from A Mighty Wind (2003))
(1:17:53) Stevie Wonder — Jungle Fever (from Jungle Fever (1991))
(1:22:50) Your DJs Speak
(1:29:23) The Warner Bros. Orchestra conducted by Carl Brandt (Paul Tanner, theremin) — Theme to My Favorite Martian

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Episode #78: Many Many People, Including Us, Take It for a Game

July 5, 2014

Independence Day and the living is easy. We have temperance music and cover tunes (like always)! Jazz from Charlie Parker and Dexter Gordon and Horace Silver plus a vocal version of “Java” because you never know what you’ll find on the Internet. Tupac and Dre, Prince, the Bonzos, and oh my goodness a great song by Wings (yes, some exist!). We continue our course in hipness, we have our corrections department and some folk music and more, and we even have Astro Boy. We just listened to it and already we want to listen again. We think that you feel the same way. Go ahead, listen.

(0:00:00) Cincinnati’s University Singers feat. Faith Prince — Father’s a Drunkard, and Mother Is Dead
(0:04:09) Your DJs Speak and Revisit Some Old Business
(0:09:21) Pink Martini and The Von Trapps — Hushabye Mountain
(0:12:37) James Vincent McMorrow — If I Had a Boat
(0:16:45) Linda Ronstadt with Ann Savoy — Walk Away Renee
(0:20:10) Donavon Frankenreiter — Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
(0:23:34) Your DJs Speak
(0:26:47) The Carter Family — Single Girl, Married Girl
(0:29:32) Lucinda Williams — Over Time
(0:33:48) Donna Lynn — Java Jones
(0:35:51) Prince and The Revolution — I Would Die 4 U
(0:38:42) Your DJs Speak
(0:44:31) Charlie Parker’s Jazzers — Tico-Tico
(0:47:17) Dexter Gordon — Our Love Is Here to Stay
(0:53:08) Horace Silver — Song for My Father
(1:00:23) Tupac Shakur feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman — California Love (Original Mix)
(1:05:05) Your DJs Speak
(1:08:58) Del Close and John Brent — Put On, Put Down, Come On, Come Down, Bring Down (from “How to Speak Hip”)
(1:15:35) Herbie Hancock — Bring Down the Birds
(1:17:42) The Bonzo Dog Band — Canyons of Your Mind (single version)
(1:20:43) Paul McCartney and Wings — Love Is Strange
(1:25:31) Your DJs Speak
(1:29:16) Donald Rockwell and Tatsuo Takai — Theme to Astro Boy

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Episode #77: Stick with Us and We Won’t Hang You Up

June 28, 2014

Christmas music is good any time and we have some this week. Also some unusual covers, Diana Ross as disco queen, a few more minutes of funk, and even more minutes of Moondog. Movie music, TV music, indie music (what’s that?), accordion music, plus we continue our collective education in hipness (and won’t stop until we’re all fully hip).

We fill 90 minutes of your time but we don’t fill them lightly. We take our responsibility seriously.

(0:00:00) Liona Boyd — Spanish Carol (Riu riu chiu)
(0:02:35) Your DJs Speak
(0:03:49) The Decemberists — I’m Sticking with You
(0:07:25) Iron and Wine — Low Light Buddy of Mine
(0:11:00) Neil Young — Early Morning Rain
(0:15:25) Jake Bugg — Lightning Bolt
(0:17:49) Your DJs Speak
(0:20:34) Sam Palladio, Chaley Rose, Jonathan Jackson — Hennessee (from Nashville)
(0:24:00) G. Love — 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
(0:28:42) The Monkees — Riu riu chiu
(0:30:15) A Fine Frenzy — Christmas Time Is Here
(0:33:10) Your DJs Speak
(0:36:22) Moondog and The London Saxophonic — New Amsterdam
(0:42:45) Akinyele and Sadat X — Loud Hangover (from Funkmaster Flex’s Mix Tape, Vol. 1)
(0:46:59) Monty Python — What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us? (from Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979))
(0:48:49) Diana Ross — Love Hangover
(0:52:37) Your DJs Speak
(0:57:04) Jo Ann Castle — Tico-Tico
(0:59:04) Amy Rigby — Keep It to Yourself
(1:03:23) Shawn Patterson and Sammy Allen — Everything Is Awesome!! (Unplugged) (from The Lego Movie (2014))
(1:04:45) Theme Park — Thrift Shop
(1:08:44) Your DJs Speak
(1:10:14) Printer Clips (Paul Noonan) feat. Martha Wainwright — Mrs. Winchester
(1:13:04) Damien Rice — Delicate
(1:18:13) Del Close and John Brent — The Hang Up (from “How to Speak Hip”)
(1:21:30) Barbra Streisand — Alfie (from Alfie (1965))
(1:24:49) Your DJs Speak
(1:29:11) Fred Steiner — Theme to Perry Mason

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Episode #76: Get Your Hands Off Our Frog!

June 21, 2014

An especially groovy program this week with at least two groovy songs plus others that are cool, hip, swinging, funny, sad, and reflective. We’ll let you sort it out but we have folk and country and jazz and hip-hop and pop and surf music. We have Sarah Vaughan and Charlie Parker and Doris Day. We have Snoop and we have Liberace and a lot more. We couldn’t get them all in the same room but we smushed them all together the best we could. Start it up.

(0:00:00) The Folksmen — Start Me Up
(0:02:24) Your DJs Speak
(0:03:21) Jan and Dean — I Found a Girl
(0:05:51) The Young Rascals — Groovin’
(0:08:21) The Searchers — Tausend Nadelstiche (Needles and Pins)
(0:10:32) The Mindbenders — Groovy Kind of Love
(0:12:32) Your DJs Speak
(0:17:35) Lennon Stella — I Can’t Sleep Tonight (from Nashville)
(0:20:45) Say Hi — Back Before We Were Brittle
(0:23:49) Blackie and The Rodeo Kings with Sara Watkins — Another Free Woman Gets to Walk Away
(0:27:18) Amos Lee — Some Days Are Diamonds
(0:31:14) Your DJs Speak
(0:35:26) Liberace — Tico-Tico
(0:37:34) Archie Bell and The Drells — Don’t Let Love Get You Down
(0:42:22) The Everly Brothers — You’re the One I Love
(0:44:24) Beck — Morning
(0:49:45) Your DJs Speak
(0:52:35) Bob and Ray — The Gathering Dusk: A Dead Midget
(0:56:32) Snoop Doggy Dogg — Gin and Juice
(1:00:05) Al Hirt — Java
(1:02:02) Nancy Sinatra — Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
(1:04:42) Your DJs Speak
(1:07:33) Doris Day — Crazy Rhythm
(1:09:59) Sarah Vaughan — Lullaby of Birdland
(1:14:30) Del Close and John Brent — The Riff (from How to Speak Hip)
(1:20:47) Charlie Parker — What Is This Thing Called Love?
(1:23:41) Your DJs Speak
(1:28:16) Two Fingers — Theme to Orphan Black

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Episode #75: How Rebecca Was Robbed, and Other Stories

June 14, 2014

This week we right a wrong and prove our contrition by playing four versions of the same song. We bid adieu to a sponsor, play some kids’ music, play bands with funny names, and throw in a little jazz and indie and funk and hip-hop through the ages. Rebecca tells us how The Man stole what was rightfully hers, we learn some more hip talk, we salute Flag Day, and we play some Van Dyke Parks-produced steel band music. A little Cole Porter and a little Sondheim,more stereo from Bob and Ray, plus the Post/Carpenter theme to a great forgotten TV show. And still more.

You might like this! We sure did.

(0:00:00) The Duncan Sisters — The Argentines, the Portuguese, and the Greeks
(0:02:43) Your DJs Speak
(0:06:24) Ruth Etting — ‘Deed I Do
(0:09:10) Blossom Dearie — ‘Deed I Do
(0:11:22) Diana Krall — ‘Deed I Do
(0:14:53) Ray Charles — ‘Deed I Do
(0:17:17) Your DJs Speak
(0:19:31) Cole Porter — Anything Goes (from Anything Goes)
(0:22:42) Marlena Shaw — Call It Stormy Monday
(0:25:43) The Three Sounds — Yeh Yeh
(0:29:38) Clem Snide — Joan Jett of Arc
(0:33:32) Your DJs Speak
(0:36:58) The Sweatermen — EMAHTSKCBLVDT
(0:37:28) The Esso Trinidad Steel Band — I Want You Back
(0:39:45) Beastie Boys — 99 Problems (Jay-Z Bboy Mix)
(0:43:45) Nestor Amaral and His Continentals — Tico-Tico
(0:46:38) The Walkmen — We’ve Been Had
(0:50:04) Your DJs Speak
(0:57:33) Bob and Ray — The End
(0:59:44) Laurie Berkner — The Cat Came Back
(1:02:32) Peter, Paul and Mary — Goin’ to the Zoo
(1:05:41) Rose Royce — Car Wash
(1:08:55) Your DJs Speak
(1:12:54) Joni Mitchell — Spoony’s Wonderful Adventure
(1:13:32) Peter, Peter and Mary — Goin’ to the Zoo (Reprise/False Start)
(1:13:54) Anthony Perkins — If You Can Find Me, I’m Here (from Evening Primrose (1966))
(1:17:38) The Blues Magoos — (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet
(1:19:54) Del Close and John Brent — The Loose Wig
(1:22:38) Run D.M.C. — Peter Piper (from Funkmaster Flex’s The Mix Tape Volume 1)
(1:24:26) Your DJs Speak
(1:29:42) Mike Post and Pete Carpenter — Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (Main Title Theme)

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Episode #74: Our First Good Show of the Month

June 7, 2014

The British invade again (we let them walk all over us) and we play some lovely acoustic music by Sharon Shannon, Joan Baez, Kate and Anna, Dead Fingers, Liona Boyd, and others. Hear the only good French version of Tico-Tico that we could find, Bob and Ray stereo experiments, hipness instructions, and a British boy band covering a British boy band. Plus TV music and more.

Don’t think you’re doing us a favor by listening. Hey, mate, we’re doing YOU the favor.

(0:00:00) Leroy Anderson — The Syncopated Clock
(0:02:21) Your DJs Speak
(0:03:12) Herman’s Hermits — Listen People
(0:05:40) Gerry and The Pacemakers — Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey
(0:08:03) Freddie and The Dreamers — I’m Telling You Now
(0:10:10) The Swinging Blue Jeans — Hippy Hippy Shake
(0:11:54) Your DJs Speak
(0:14:04) Sharon Shannon with John Prine and Mary Staunton — Love Love Love
(0:17:24) Joan Baez — Ring Them Bells
(0:20:21) Kate and Anna McGarrigle — Dans la silence
(0:23:55) Arcade Fire — Ready to Start
(0:28:10) Your DJs Speak
(0:30:52) The Sweatermen — I Didn’t Have to Wrap Your Gift
(0:31:23) Petra Haden — Single Girl, Married Girl
(0:35:09) Dead Fingers — Ring Around Saturn
(0:38:55) Liona Boyd — Sun Child
(0:41:43) Freelance Whales — Hannah
(0:45:20) Your DJs Speak
(0:49:52) Bob and Ray — Bob and Ray in the Laboratory: Rifles, Surf, Cat Fight
(0:52:12) OutKast — Roses
(0:58:41) Pink Martini with The Von Trapps — Le premier bonheur du jour
(1:01:54) Cousteau — The Last Good Day of the Year
(1:06:55) Your DJs Speak
(1:10:13) Alys Robi — Tico-Tico
(1:13:20) The Temper Trap — Sweet Disposition
(1:17:12) Your DJs Break in for a Few Seconds
(1:17:32) Del Close and John Brent — Vocabulary Building (from “How to Speak Hip”)
(1:21:45) The 1975 — What Makes You Beautiful
(1:25:21) Your DJs Speak
(1:31:32) Nelson Riddle — The Ballad of Paladin (Theme from Have Gun Will Travel)

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Episode #73: What, If Anything, Did We Say?

May 31, 2014

Standouts this week include covers of Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, and Ray Charles, plus kid music, Bob and Ray in stereo, Carole King and her daughter, and Charlie Haden and HIS daughters. There’s more hip talk and hop talk, plus we refer to Jamaica once or twice. And even more. Look! Or, better, listen!

(0:00:00) Rasputina — Diamond Mind
(0:01:10) Your DJs Speak
(0:02:38) Fiona Apple and Jon Brion — Everyday
(0:04:56) Bob Marley and The Wailers — Three Little Birds (Stephen Marley and Jason Bentley remix)
(0:07:57) Annette Funicello — Jamaica Ska
(0:10:26) Del the Funky Homosapien — Dr. Bombay
(0:15:04) Your DJs Speak
(0:17:39) The Sweatermen — You’ll Never Guess
(0:18:10) Nellie McKay — Crazy Rhythm
(0:21:01) Cat Power — Moonshiner
(0:25:52) Del Close and John Brent — Basic Hip (from "How to Speak Hip")
(0:27:04) Charlie Haden feat. Petra Haden, Rachel Haden, Tanya Haden — Single Girl, Married Girl
(0:29:59) The Jayhawks — Lights
(0:35:23) Your DJs Speak
(0:39:33) Bob and Ray — The Thing
(0:40:52) Sam and Dave — When Something Is Wrong with My Baby
(0:44:08) Carole King — Wasn’t Born to Follow
(0:47:23) Carole King and Louise Goffin — Where You Lead
(0:50:50) Your DJs Speak
(0:55:06) Ray Charles — What’d I Say?
(1:00:12) Gerry and The Pacemakers — What’d I Say? (Live at the Oakland Auditorium, October 1964)
(1:06:02) Sylvie Vartan — Est-ce que tu le sais? (What’d I Say?)
(1:08:50) Elvis Presley — What’d I Say?
(1:11:53) Your DJs Speak
(1:16:00) Carmen Miranda — Tico-Tico
(1:18:35) Raffi — Down by the Bay
(1:20:43) Music Together — Trot, Old Joe
(1:22:45) Dora the Explorer — Magic Music Box
(1:24:18) Your DJs Speak
(1:27:54) Nelson Riddle — Theme from Route 66

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Episode #72: We Know You Are, But What Are We?

May 24, 2014

Reportedly-classic comedy this week from Del Close and more from Bob and Ray plus a big hunk of soul-like and funk-like music, like, wow, man. Folk singers sing pop, actors sing country, and Elvis seems to sing everything—we’ll get to it all eventually. We have Tico-Tico on the Hammond organ, we have disco, we cover Abba. There’s French pop, and there are vocal stylings in several shapes and colors.

Just listen. Stop arguing with us. You’ll like it.

(0:00:00) Del Close and John Brent — Introduction to “How to Speak Hip”
(0:01:12) Your DJs Speak
(0:02:26) The Haden Triplets — Single Girl, Married Girl
(0:06:31) Mable John — Able Mable
(0:09:11) The Serendipity Singers — Don’t Let the Rain Come Down
(0:11:56) Nellie McKay — Manhattan Avenue
(0:15:34) Your DJs Speak
(0:18:39) The Sweatermen — Feel Like a Kid
(0:19:09) Curtis Mayfield — Move on Up (Single Edit)
(0:21:55) Candi Staton — Love Chain
(0:24:41) The Bunch — The Loco-Motion
(0:27:43) Kanye West feat. Lupe Fiasco — Touch the Sky
(0:31:40) Your DJs Speak
(0:34:57) Steve Lawrence — Party Doll
(0:37:08) Elvis Presley — Blue Moon
(0:40:06) Ethel Smith — Tico-Tico
(0:42:52) Wilco — Via Chicago
(0:48:23) Your DJs Speak
(0:51:41) Bob and Ray — Bob and Ray in the Round Room
(0:54:06) Carol Douglas — Doctor’s Orders
(0:59:08) Don Pardo — Please Stand By
(1:00:07) Pink Martini and The Von Trapps — Fernando
(1:03:58) Olivia Newton-John — Magic (from Xanadu (1980))
(1:08:27) Your DJs Speak
(1:10:47) Donnie Brooks — Mission Bell
(1:13:14) Sunny and the Sunliners — Put Me in Jail
(1:16:35) Sylvie Vartan — Dansons (Let’s Dance)
(1:18:37) Lily and Madeleine — Tired
(1:21:06) Hayden Panettiere and Charles Esten — Undermine (acoustic version) (from Nashville)
(1:22:59) The Magnetic Fields — Absolutely Cuckoo
(1:24:32) Your DJs Speak
(1:29:18) Jackie Gleason — Melancholy Serenade (Theme to The Jackie Gleason Show)

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