Hilltop Radio No.57

Forecast: A Salty Salute.

I started the mix trying to fix on a particular time period, but when I started to think how a particular song from a different time period would fit in, well, I loosened up. After all what’s a decade or two, give or take?

Robert Gordon – Beside You
Johnny & the G-Rays – Every Twist Reminds
The Glands – Work It Out
Titus Andronicus – Fired Up
Royal Headache – High
Love As Laughter – Dirty Livers
Parquet Courts – Berlin Got Blurry
Guided By Voices – A Salty Salute
Purling Hiss – Mary Bumble Bee
Dinosaur Jr. – The Backyard
Preston School Of Industry – Falling Away
Bill Fox – Electrocution
Woods – Impossible Sky
Dump – Slow Down
Car Seat Headrest – Something Soon
Archers Of Loaf – Web In Front
Let’s Wrestle – I Won’t Lie To You
Of Might And Main – Back To The Start
East Village – When I Wake Tomorrow
Thelonious Monster – Thelonious Monster
Brakes – Set A Course
Camper Van Beethoven – We Saw Jerry’s Daughter
Vic Godard & the Subway Sect – Johnny Thunders
Bevis Frond – I’ve Been Waiting For You
Tobin Sprout – Cryptic Shapes

Remember, there are plenty of decades to be buying music from.

Hilltop Radio No.56

Forecast: I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today.

When I start a mix, I don’t always have a plan. In fact, I usually don’t. Once I start sequencing a mix tho’, a pattern may show up. A few tweaks – remove these tunes, add this song and it may create a theme. At least to my ears. So No.56 ends up being another covers mix.

Bob Forrest – Born To Run
Bryan Ferry – Whatever Gets You Through The Night
Susan Boyle – Enjoy The Silence
Hazel O’Connor – Do What You Gotta Do
The Primitives – I’m Not Sayin’
Belle & Sebastian – Crash
This Mortal Coil – You And Your Sister
Fine Young Cannibals – Suspicious Minds
Sammy Davis Jr. John Shaft
Mel Torme – Games People Play
King Curtis – To Sir With Love
The Langley Schools Music Project – Rhiannon
Françoise Hardy – I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today
Sinead O’Connor – Rivers Of Babylon
J Mascis – Fade Into You
Iggy Pop – Everybody’s Talkin’
Mean Red Spiders – Trains And Boats And Planes
Willie Nelson – The Maker
Departure Lounge – They Don’t Know
Rasputina – Wish You Were Here
Violent Femmes – Crazy
Nick Cave & Shane MacGowan – What A Wonderful World

Remember: whether it is the original or a cover, always be buying music.

Hilltop Radio No.55

Forecast: Do What You Gotta Do

If you knew my collection, you would wonder why it took me so long to drop a soul mix. I wonder why. Anyhoo, here be the belated soul mix.

Mary Love – Lay This Burden Down
Jaibi – It Was Like A Nightmare
Aretha Franklin – Tracks Of My Tears
Denise La Salle – Trapped By A Thing Called Love
Lee Dorsey – Freedom For The Stallion
Carmen McRae – Goodbye Joe
Clarence Carter – Do What You Gotta Do
Bobby Womack – California Dreamin’
Otis Redding – I’ve Got Dreams To Remember
Stevie Wonder – I Don’t Know Why
Jr. Walker & The All Stars – These Eyes
Chuck Jackson – Any Day Now
Barabara Lynn – This Is The Thanks I Get
The Silver Stars – Shadow Of A Memory
Brenda Holloway – Just Look What You’ve Done
The Supremes – Stoned Love
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Come Spy With Me
The Precisions – If This Is Love (I’d Rather Be Lonely)
Willie Parker – I Live The Life I Love
Dee Dee Warwick – Suspicious Minds
The Dells – Love Is Blue/I Can See A Rainbow
Irma Thomas – It’s Starting To Get To Me Now
The Tempests – I Don’t Want To Lose Her
Doris Duke – Ghost Of Myself
Chairman Of The Board – Give Me Just A little More Time
Freddie Scott – (You) Got What I Need
David Ruffin – Out In The Country
The Jaynetts – Sunshine
Tawny Reed – You Can’t Take It Away
Darrell Banks – My Life Is Incomplete Without You

Remember, music is worth buying!

Hilltop Radio No.54

Forecast: Typical Oldies radio playlist.

You know, in the world I want to live in. Some of the songs are more oldier than others…

The Feminine Complex – Six O’Clock In The Morning
Bobbie Gentry – Seasons Come, Seasons Go
Frankie Valli & The Four Tops – Patch Of Blue
Kenny Rogers & The First Edition – Church Without A Name
The Guess Who – Runnin’ Down The Street
The Sir Douglas Quintet – One Too Many Mornings/Got To Sing A Happy Song
Bob Dylan – Medicine Sunday
John Denver – Prisoners
The Kinks – Strangers
Alexi Murdoch – Orange Sky
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
David Kilgour – Blue Sky
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Darklands (with strings)
The Poems – Ballad Of A Bitter End
The Bells – Moody Manitoba Morning
Françoise Hardy – Et Si Je M’en Vais Avant
Sonny Bono – Laugh At Me
Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show – Sylvia’s Mother
Gram Parsons – Brass Buttons
Ron Wood – Breathe On Me
Vic Chesnutt – When I Ran Off And Left Her
Cracker – Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me
Bread – Guitar Man
Tim Buckley – Phantasmagoria
Okkervil River – Black Sheep Boy
Dion – Only You Know.

Remember: always be paying for music.

Hilltop Radio No.53

Forecast: Typical rock/pop radio playlist.

At least in the world I would like to live in it would be a typical rock/pop radio playlist.

Bat Faced Girl – Straight In My Heart
Martin Courtney – Airport Bar
Michael Head & the Red Elastic Band – Velvets In The Dark
Pete Astor – Mr. Music
Of Might And Main – The Conversation Rose Above The Crying
East Village – Shipwrecked
Felt – Dark Red Birds
Fantastic Something – If She Doesn’t Smile (It’ll Rain)
Ballboy – There Are Only Inches Between Us, But There Might As Well Be Mountains and Trees
Rotifer – Canvey Island
Martin Newell – A Mercury Girl
Hoodoo Gurus – Are You Sleeping?
Didier Wampas & Bikini Machine – Si Tu Me Quittais Des Yeux
The Jesus & Mary Chain – You Trip Me Up (Accoustic)
Adrian Crowley & James Yorkston – My Yoke Is Heavy
AgesandAges – These Elbows
Surfer Blood – I Can’t Explain
Bill Ryder-Jones – Catherine and Huskisson
King Creosote – Missionary
Bryan Ferry – Soldier Of Fortune
Sharon Van Etten – Teen Angel
Tindersticks (with Lhasa De Sela) – Hey Lucinda
The Jazz Butcher – All The Saints
Comet Gain – The Obsolete Significant Dignified
The I Don’t Cares – Born For Me
Wreckless Eric – Several Shades Of Green

Remember: Always be Buying Music!

Hilltop Radio No.52

Forecast: More covers, different mood.

Yes, all covers again, a couple even of the same songs but a more mellow “Glen Campbell friendly” mix. And if it starts with “Sunday Morning Coming Down” it may be a little too on the nose to call it a Sunday morning mix. Yet it probably goes well with a weekend morning, with or without breakfast beer.

Ray Stevens – Sunday Morning Coming Down
Buck Owens & His Buckaroos – Catch The Wind
Elvis Presley – Snowbird
Laura Cantrell – Trains and Boats and Planes
Villagers – Wichita Lineman (Live at RAK)
Rumer – A Man Needs A Maid
Norah Jones – Jesus, Etc. (Live)
Fairport Convention – Tried So Hard
Dillard & Clark – Don’t Let Me Down
Lester Flatt – Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town
Greenbriar Boys – Different Drum
Rising Sons – Take A Giant Step
Sparklehorse – Galveston
Glen Campbell – Hold On Hope
Nick Lowe – Poor Side Of Town
Al Wilson – The Dolphins
Cowboy Junkies – Once I Was
The Everly Brothers – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Okkervil River – It’ll Never Happen Again
Sammy Davis Jr. – Do What You Gotta Do
Jimmy Scott – Jealous Guy
Gabor Szabo, Gary McFarland & Lena Horne – Everybody’s Talking
Nina Simone – Here Comes The Sun
Frank Sinatra – Leaving On A Jetplane

Remember, weekends are perfect for going out and buying music.

Hilltop Radio No.51

Forecast: pull up the covers.

Another all cover mix. ‘Nuff said.

The Rolling Stones – Like A rolling Stone
Flo & Eddie – Afterglow
The Wedding Present – Getting Better
Aztec Camera – Jump (Loaded version)
Dwight Yoakam – Suspicious Minds
Bryan Ferry – Walk A Mile In My Shoes
Urge Overkill – Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon
J Mascis – Leavin’ On A Jet Plane
Sonic Youth _ I Know There’s An Answer
Morrissey – A Song From Under The Floorboards
Yes – America
Red House Painters – Follow You, Follow Me
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros – Redemption Song
The Proclaimers – Whole Wide World
Comet Gain – Love Vigilantes
Joey Ramone – What A Wonderful World
Jerry Lee Lewis – Rock And Roll
Motorhead – Sympathy For The Devil
Etta James – Welcome To The Jungle
Geno Washington – Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Remember: buy the cover versions, buy the originals!

Hilltop Radio No.50

Forecast: Bowie’s In Space, Man

This mix is probably not as timely as it could have been. It will certainly be missing many favourites. But the extra time it took to come up with the mix allowed me to go deeper into the inventory. I think it helps illustrate what I liked most about Mr. Bowie, his constant exploration of different styles, different sounds. Thank you David.

David Bowie – I’m Not Losing Sleep
David Bowie – Silly Boy Blue
David Bowie – Conversation Piece
David Bowie – Song For Bob Dylan
Mick Ronson with David Bowie – Like A Rolling Stone
Tin Machine – Country Bus Stop (live)
David Bowie – Sweet head (take 4)
David Bowie – John, I’m Only Dancing
David Bowie – Hang On To Yourself (Arnold Corns version)
Dinosaur Jr – Quicksand
Mott the Hoople – All The Young Dudes (Bowie on lead vocal)
David Bowie – Eight Line Poem (BBC Radio session)
Rikki Lee Jone – Rebel Rebel
David Bowie – Sorrow
David Bowie – The London Boys
Barbra Streisand – Life On Mars
David Bowie – Velvet Goldmine
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World
David Bowie – After Today
David Bowie – Teenage Wildlife
Iggy Pop – Success
David Bowie – Panic In Detroit
Morrissey – Drive-In Saturday
David Bowie – I’m Waiting For The Man (live Santa Monica ’72)
David Bowie – Here Today Gone Tomorrow
David Bowie – It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City
David Bowie – Days
Carla Bruni – Absolute Beginners
David Bowie – Nature Boy
David Bowie – Everyone Says “Hi”
David Bowie – Valentine’s Day
Book of Love – Sound and Vison
David Bowie – Always Crashing In The Same Car (live)
David Bowie – Janine (BBC Radio session)

Don’t forget to keep buying music.

Hilltop Radio No.49

Forecast: Winter synths

I must have really enjoyed winters during the eighties because when the snow starts to fall and the winds pick up I get a hankering to listen to synthesizers and drum machines. This here is my version of a winter mix. Some of the tunes are from those winters, others more recent.

The Dream Academy – The Edge Of Forever
Strange Advance – We Run
ABC – High & Dry
John Foxx – Endlessly
Simple Minds – Glittering Prize
Blancmange – I’ve Seen The Word
Maximo Park – Leave This Island
China Crisis – It’s Too Late
Ra Ra Riot – Can You Tell
OMD -So In Love
New Order – Restless
Editors – Alternate: No Harm
Majical Cloudz – Downtown
Talk Talk – Why Is It So Hard
Love Spit Love – Am I Wrong
The Lighning Seeds – The Life Of Reilly
The The – Perfect
Soft Cell – It’s A Mug’s Game
Depeche Mode – Dreaming Of Me
Be Bop Deluxe – Electrical Language
Mitylion – What They Sayin
Paul Haig – Eyes Wide Open
The Cure – A Few Hours After This… (demo)
A Flock Of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song
Visage – Fade To Grey
Freur – Doot Doot

Remember:  bundle up and go out and buy music or just stay home and buy music.

Hilltop Radio No.48

Forecast: It’s beginning to sound (if not look) a lot like Christmas.

The second annual edition!

The Shades – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Glen Campbell – Old Toy Trains
Kaline Polwart – Merry Xmas Everybody
Tracey Thorn – 25th December
Smashing Pumpkins – Christmastime
Gentlemen League with Miss OD – Bells Of Christmas
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Otis Redding – Merry Christmas Baby
The Flaming Lips – A Change At Christmas
Belle & Sebastian – Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
Shane MacGowan & The Popes – Christmas Lullaby
Pete Astor – Christmas Time
Reigning Sound – If Christmas Can’t Bring You Home
Superchunk – Child’s Christmas In Wales
Booker T. & The M.G.’s – Winter Wonderland
Percy Sledge – Silent Night
Stevie Wonder – Someday At Christmas
Ron Sexsmith – Maybe This Christmas
José Feliciano Feliz Navidad
Floyd Cramer – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Johnny Cash – Blue Christmas
Ronnie Hawkins – Christmas Must Be Tonight
Nick Lowe – Christmas At The Airport
Los Straitjackets – Linus and Lucy
R.E.M. – Deck The Halls
Fonda – Last Christmas
George and Anthony – Happy Xmas, War Is Over
Original Soundtrack – Welcome Christmas (Reprise)
Joey Ramone – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)
Iggy Pop – White Christmas
Slade – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Of Course, Christmas is an excellent time to be buying music.

Last year’s Christmas can be found here.