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Hilltop Radio No.67

Forecast: “…And I Come Home On Saturday Morning”

Basically, the flipside to last night’s mix. And this one is more of a Saturday morning track list. I guess I could have started with something from Hope Sandoval’s excellent new album, but this Mazzy Star track has been haunting me since it was used on Rick and Morty. Cowboy Junkies are always good morning fare, or late night fare. Some Françoise Hardy to give the mix some class, followed by class act Elvis (now with added Royal Philharmonic Orchestration!) and then 70s variety show staple, Paul Williams. Margo Guryan follows with the song that got Lenny Bruce into a little hot water. The Troggs sing of Cousin Jane, very early Genesis sings of A Winter’s Tale (hopefully the last winter song for a while), and then a Manfred Mann piece that falls between their Mighty Quinn and “wrapped up like a deuce” period. Hello Sunshine and Golden Sun are both relatively obscure 70s songs. Mark Kozelek & Rachel Goswell pay tribute to 70s icon John Denver. You know Chubby Checker wasn’t always about the twist. Then Sandy Posey because… Sandy Posey! Beach Boys because… Dennis Wilson! Coming Home is from the soundtrack to Roy Orbison’s starring vehicle, The Fastest Guitar Alive. Then a few covers. Iron & Wine doing Cyndi Lauper and a couple by Neko Case and Elvis Costello from HBO’s Vinyl show. A new one from Bettie Serveert and an old one from Cher (and the Muscle Shoals crew). Moody Blues’ Have You Heard has been in heavy rotation since I heard it on Marvel Agents Of Shield. Alexis Taylor finishes up with a track from Piano.

Mazzy Star – Down From The Bridge
Cowboy Junkies – Spiral Down
Françoise Hardy – Il Est Trop Loin
Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Memories
Paul Williams – Someday Man
Margo Guryan – Come To Me Slowly
The Troggs – Cousin Jane
Genesis – A Winter’s Tale
Manfred Mann Chapter III – Sometimes
Relatively Clean Rivers – Hello Sunshine
Goldberg – Golden Sun
Mark Kozelek And Rachel Goswell – Around And Around
Chubby Checker – If The Sun Stopped Shining
Sandy Posey – Hey Mister
The Beach Boys – Angel Come Home
Roy Orbison – Coming Home
Iron & Wine – Time After Time
Neko Case – Danny’s Song
Elvis Costello – Point Of No Return
Bettie Serveert – Never Be Over
Cher – I Threw It All Away
The Moody Blue’s – Have You Heard (Original Take)
Alexis Taylor – Don’t Worry

Hilltop Radio No.66

Forecast: “I Go Out On Friday Night…”

Well, I guess that’s not really accurate anymore, but there was a time when it was quite true.  And when it was true, these would have been the songs I was listening to.  The mix starts with pure dance floor tracks, but really, in the eighties everything was a dance floor track.

Endgames – Waiting For Another Chance
Blue Zoo – Somewhere In The World There Is A Cowboy Smiling
Boom Boom Room – Here Comes The Man
Heaven 17 – (We Don’t Need This Fascist Groove Thang
ABC – Be Near Me
Altered Images – Now That You’re Here (demo version)
Snips – Happy Sometimes
The Fixx – Secret Separation
FM – Just Like You
Simple Minds – Chelsea Girl
The Associates – Party Fears Two
The Psychedelic Furs – The Ghost In You
Floy Joy – Weak In The Presence Of Beauty
John Foxx – Shine On
Roxy Music – Same Old Scene
General Public – Never You Done That
Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed

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Hilltop Radio No.65

Forecast: Listen To Me

A mix heavy with 80’s nostalgia. Not so much the synth 80’s but rather the guitar pop version. There are a lot of oldies here as well as bands from the era that are still producing. There is also a bunch of bands that just could have been around then. The mix starts with “Just A Girl” and early track by the unequaled Pale Fountains. The East Village and In Embrace tracks are from a C87 compilation from last year. We then get Yo La Tengo, The Primary Five and then The Boy Hairdressers, an early track by Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake. A new track from The Jazz Butcher followed by Monochrome Set and a brand new track from the Bats. GBV’s Tobin Sprout is up next, followed by The Blue Aeroplanes, Pete Astor and Hooton Tennis Club. I was going to add a recent Close Lobster’s track but it was almost ten minutes long, so I opted for a shorter, older tune. Another C87 track from The Clouds and then an old track from The Jacobites. The Clean’s David Kilgour then covers “Message To Pretty” by Love. “Serious Drugs by BMX Bandits (who at the time was featuring Norman Blake). At the time I took the song to be an actual prescription and acted accordingly. The next song is an early offering from our kid. It is also one of the few times I stared down a blank sheet of paper without a single idea and wrote the lyrics in 15-20 minutes (while our kid had an early rehearsal with Davey and the Brain). Ballboy was one of those bands that came and went that I never knew about until the ‘went” part already happened. “Dreamland” is from down under’s Moles. Rachel is an acoustic version of a fave track from last year’s Wedding Present album. We then have a couple of tracks from ex Orange Juice guitarists. The mix ends with a collaboration between Paul Haig and Billy Mackenzie from the Associates.

The Pale Fountains – Just A Girl
East Village – Her Father’s Son
In Embrace – This Brilliant Evening
Yo La Tengo -Avalon Or Someone Very Similar
The Primary Five – Make Believe
The Boy Hairdressers – Golden Showers
The Jazz Butcher – Shame About You
Monochrome Set – Oh, Your Such A Star
The Bats – Diamonds
Tobin Sprout – Wedding Song
The Blue Aeroplanes – Beautiful Is As Beautiful Does
Pete Astor – The Getting There
Hooton Tennis Club Katy-Anne Bellis
Close Lobsters – Violently Pretty Face
The Clouds – Get Out Of My Dream
Jacobites – Pin Your Heart
David Kilgour – Message To Pretty
BMX Bandits – Serious Drugs
Too Far Gone – Perfect Conclusion
King Creosote – Surface
Ballboy – I Died For Love
Moles – Dreamland
Wedding Present – Rachel (Acoustic Version)
Malcolm Ross – One More Day
James Kirk – Any Old Iron (Part 1)
Paul Haig & Billy Mitchell – Listen To Me

Hilltop Radio #64

Forecast: Finally got there.

It’s been a while, and I have so many songs that have been holding out on.  Anyhoo, here’s a big batch of them all released last year (and in the first few weeks of this year). Some are not new recordings but newly released on recent albums. We start with a couple of “Let’s Get” songs.  Hope songs about getting there, Chrissie about getting lost.  The Tyde’s newest seems to be paying tribute to Scott Walker, at least cover-wise, and the song takes a step up when producer Bernard Butler joins on harmonies. Ebbot Lundberg makes sure your life is still being sontracked with his latest project, followed by a really fresh drop by Foxygen.  It starts to get a bit funky with Back Stabbers by Elvis C. from the HBO show vinyl.  Jimi Hill’s Guessing Game is clearly not a new recording but comes from last year’s from stellar archivists Numero Group’s “Afterschool Special” comp.  The Avalanches returned last year with Because I’m Me and a video that is worth seeking out.  Next we have a mashup of Steely Dan and Danzig and two more covers.  The Afghan Whig’s Regret comes from their 20th anniversary edition of “Black Love”.  Lambchop pays tribute to the well missed Prince.   The xx had a new album and Say Something Loving is maybe their best.  Drugdealer’s Suddenly is brought to life by Weyes Blood.   Cosines then explain chaos theory.  Deaf School was one of my fave bands in my youth and it is great to see that Clive Langer is still producing, now as The Clang Group.  Close Lobsters and pete Astor were also faves (of my a little less young) self and it is equally rewarding to see that they had a new releases last year.  The Shack’s No Surprise was a surpirise to me.  Hooton Tennis Club released their sophomore effort and it was not disappointing.  A duet of covers (VU, The Misfits) by a couple of duets.  The Delgados are long gone, but Emma Pollock showed up with Parks & Recreation.  I wasn’t familiar with Carter Tanton  but came to Twentynine Palms because of Sharon Van Etten.  Then the podcast ends, but it doesn’t because we go to what may just be the first posthumous release the departed Mr. Bowie.

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Let Me Get There
Pretenders featuring Neil Tennant – Let’s Get Lost
The Tyde – The Curse In Reverse
Ebbot Lundberg & The Indigo Children – To Be Continued
Foxygen – On Lankersham
Elvis Costello – Back Stabbers
Jimi Hill – Guessing Game
The Avalanches – Because I’m Me
Demi Adejuyigbe – Steely Danzig
The Afghan Whigs – Regret
Lambchop – When You Were Mine
The xx – Say Something Loving
Drugdealer featuring Weyes Blood – Suddenly
Cosines – Chaos Theory
The Clang Group – Had A Nice Night
Close Lobsters – Under London Skies
Pete Astor – Oh You
The Shacks – No Surprise
Hooton Tennis Club – O Man, Won’t You Let Me?
Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White – Sunday Morning
Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Where Eagles Dare
Emma Pollock – Parks and Recreation
Carter Tanton featuring Sharon Van Etten – Twenty Nine Palms

Yup, that’s Bowie with When I Met You

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Hilltop Radio No.63

Forecast: Wild Whim

It’s been a while, but here is the latest Hilltop Radio. A mixed bag of “wild whims” if you will.

Lissy Trullie – Just A Friend
Lily Allen – The Fear (Acoustic)
The Proclaimers – When Love Struck You Down
Mercury Rev – In A Funny Way
Secret Cities – Bad Trip
The History Of Apple Pie – You’re So Cool
David Kilgour – Message To Pretty
Light Fantastic – Falling Through
Teenage Fanclub – Thin Air
Har Mar Superstar – Don’t Make Me Hit You
The Waves Of Fury – Ptretender Soul
Comet Gain – The Weekend Dreams
Edwyn Collins – Talking About The Times
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Glory
The Bevis Frond – He’d Be A Diamond
Manfred Mann Chapter 3 – One Way Glass
Nouvelle Vague – Two People In A Room
Moles – Beuty Queen Of Watts
The Pica Beats – All That Anyone Asked
Belle & Sebastian – Paper Boat
Paul Haig & Billy MacKenzie – Listen To Me
Hebronix – Wild Whim
The Twilight Singers – What Makes You Think You’re The One?
Alessi Brothers – Seabirds

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Hilltop Radio No.62

Forecast: Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee.

This is the mix I had been working on last week for Friday’s Hilltop but I didn’t have time to get it out there. Which in hindsight would have seemed quite prescient considering the first song. Full disclosure, in the original mix, it wasn’t the first song but rather the “hidden track”. Before you ask, I do not have any tracks featuring Gordie Howe singing. Because if I did, well he would be here. I do have Leonard Nimoy and Buddy Hackett in the mix, both of who have left us far too early.

Muhammad Ali – Theme from Ali & His Gang Vs. Mr. Tooth Decay
The Go! Team – The Art of Getting By
Lack of Afro – Together At Last
Fine Young Cannibals – I’m Not the Man I used to Be
Peter Thomas – Opium Punjab Poppy Juice
Wake – Town of 85 Lights
Daniel Pemberton – His Name Is Napoleon Solo
Ride – Vapour Trail (Robert Smith 2015 mix)
Stereolab – French Disko
David Holmes – 69 Police
Fanfarlo – Witchi Tai To
Zarelli – Falling Light
Arrested Development – Mr. Wendal
Hecta – The Concept
TV Girl – On Land
The Rolling Stones – Waiting On A Friend
Dâm-Funk & Ariel Pink – Baby
Mobylettes – Wäre ich du
James Last – Soul March
Baby Huey – Mighty Mighty
K-OS – Dance In Your Car
Grip Grand featuring Dando – Remember the Time

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Hilltop Radio No.61

Forecast: Searching For The Truth

Well, not really that high falutin’, just looking for a true pop song. And, I think all of these are. The mix starts with the Monkees, because, of course it does.

The Monkees – Me & Magdalena
Evan Dando – The Same Thing You Thought Hard About Is The Same Part I Can Live Without
Band Of Horses (with J Mascis) – In A Drawer
The Cure – Perfect Boy
The Moles – Beauty Queen Of Watts
Nice Man – Back In Your Heart
Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band – Koala Bears
Felt – Silver Plane
Vic Godard & The Subway Sect – Caught In Midstream
Modern English – Here Comes The Failure
My Sad Captains – The Homefront Pt.1
Bad Bad Hats – Secrets Are No Fun
Chumbawamba – The Land Of Do What You`re Told
The Proclaimers – Three More Days
Trembling Blue Stars – Beautiful Blank
Matt Berry – Take My Hand
Edwynn Collins – Searching For The Truth
Hugh Cornwell – Leave Me Alone
The Concretes – A Whale`s Hear
Tear Talk – Lost At Sea
Total Babes – Heydays
The History Of Apple Pie – Ordinary Boy
Frank Blake – Any Way The Wind Blows
The Astrochimps – She`s My Summer Girl
Speedboat – Satellite Girl

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Hilltop Radio No.60

Forecast: Suffering Jukebox

The jukebox is tocked with a variety of songs, old and new, various styles and I guess there is some suffering involved in these recordings, but they end up feeling pretty good.

Silver Jews – Suffering Jukebox
Alexander “Skip” Spencer – All Come To Meet Her
Link Wray – Ice People
Tobin Sprout – It’s Just The Way
Evan Dando – Frying Pan
Elvis Costello – Point Of No Return
Golden Smog – Glad And Sorry
Drive-By Truckers – Everybody Needs Love
Dan Baird & Homemade Sin – Thin Disguise
Phosphorescent & Jenny Lewis & Friends – Sugaree
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – I Need Never Get Old
King Khan – Never Hold On
Har Mar Superstar – Don’t Make Me Hit You
Comet Gain – Raspberries
Pete Astor – The Getting There
Dead Cowboys – Sad Smile
Sparklehorse – Sea Of Teeth
Britta Phillips – One Fine Summer Morning
Neko Case – Danny’s Song
Sandy Harless – I Knew Her Well
Mazzy Star – Down From The Bridge
Dion – Make The Woman Love Me
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Time Of The Season
Tindersticks – Here

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Hilltop Radio No.59

Forecast: When the Doves Cry.

The forecast is probably a little too on the nose, but it is pretty self-explanatory.

Prince – Starfish and Coffee
Sinéad O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
The Bangles – Manic Monday
Prince – Little Red Corvette
Cyndi Lauper – When You Were Mine
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Alphabet Street
Art of Noise featuring Tom Jones – Kiss
Prince – 1999
Patti Smith – When Doves Cry
Martika – Love… Thy Will Be Done
Prince – Peach
Hindu Love Gods – Raspberry Beret
Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, Dhani Harrison & Prince – While My Guitar Gently Sleeps
Prince – The Cross

Remember: even families and estates deserves royalties.

Hilltop Radio No.58

Forecast: That’s The Way It Is (Was)

Another expedition into the sixties crates, hopefully side stepping the more obvious choices.

The JuJus – In The Park
Sounds Unlimited – A Girl As Sweet As You
Tandyn Almer – About Where Love Is
Superfine Dandelion – What’s The Hurry?
Rising Storm – Message To Pretty
Nick Garrie – Close Your Eyes
The Del-Vetts – That’s The Way It Is
Moving Sidewalks – No Good To Cry
The Ones You Haven’t Seen My Love
The Mynah Birds – It’s My Time
Sandy Posey – I Take It Back
Shelly Fabares – See Ya ‘Round On The Rebound
The Kinks – I’ll Remember
The Millennium – To Claqudia On Thursday
Giles, Giles & Fripp – Thursday Morning
Colin Blunstone – Caroline Goodbye
Bob Lind – Elusive Butterfly
Ann Margret – You Turned My Head Around
12’ 6″ – Elisabeth
The Third Power – Passed By
Nirvana – The Touchables Theme (All Of Us)
The Action – Brain
Terry Reid & Peter Jay’s Jaywalkers – This Time
The Golden Dawn – My Time
The Monkees – I Wanna Be Free (Fast Version)
The Box Tops – Deep In Kentucky
Sagittarius – Another Time
Bee Gees – I Laugh In Your Face
Malcolm Rabbitt – Why Won’t The Sun Shine On Me?
The Pretty Things – The Sun
Brooklyn Bridge – Your Kite, My Kite
Strawberry Alarm Clock – Sea Shell

Remember: There’s still plenty of vintage music worth buying!