The Listening Tree (Music)
Thu Oct 12th 2017 1.00pm–4.00pm
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Herb Alpert “1980”
from Rise LP Album (A&M Records 1979) —Had the USA not boycotted the Moscow Summer Olympics, this is the song NBC viewers would have heard when they tuned in every night. Ultimately, NBC repurposed this track to serve as the theme for coverage of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
Herb Alpert “Human Nature” (2016) —Herb received a Grammy nomination for this cover of my favorite Michael Jackson song. Which he did indeed play on Sunday night at SFJAZZ.
Tame Impala “Mind Mischief”
from Lonerism CD Album (Modular 2012) —By request from Washington, D.C. One good Aussie tune deserves another. "Top 5 Tame Impala song," says the Janitor.
Alice Cooper “School's Out” LP Single (Warner Bros. Records 1972) —Listened to this one in my bedroom to the west of London after I had taken my last final.
Ani Difranco “Even More”
from Binary (Righteous Babe 2017) —The righteous one is playing Dublin on 27 June, Edinburgh on 29 June, and Portland, Eugene and San Francisco on 9, 10 and 12 November. :)
Liam Gallagher “Wall of Glass”
from One Love Manchester (2017) —From the tribute concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Liam sandwiched one of his new solo songs in between two Oasis classics.
Frank Black “Freedom Rock”
from Teenager Of The Year (4AD 1994) —The second solo album for Charles Thompson IV after Pixies hit the skids. In addition to seeing them twice on their reunion jaunt, I saw Frank open up for Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks at the Greek way back when.
The New Pornographers “High Ticket Attractions”
from Whiteout Conditions (Dine Alone Music 2017) —According to A.C. Newman, he came up with the band's name after watching the 1966 film "The Pornographers," directed by Shohei Imamura, based on the Akiyuki Nosaka novel "Erogotoshitachi." #themoreyouknow
The Magnetic Fields “'90: Dreaming in Tetris”
from 50 Song Memoir CD (Nonesuch 2017) —Saw Stephen Merritt do that alphabetical song thing at the Aladdin in Portland. He is in person as you imagine him on recording.
Boxed In “Forget”
from Melt (Nettwerk 2016) —Boxed In is Oli Bayston, who takes his stage name from the Francis Bacon painting "Head IV."
Arcade Fire “Everything Now”
from everything now Single (Columbia 2017) —To paraphase Dr. Jean Elliott of GEO in London, when she was teaching us tykes about King Lear, "It's fair to say this is a [song] about the end of the world."
Brother Ali “Ballad of a Thin Man”
from Spotify Singles (2017) —Coming up out of the Minneapolis hip-hop scene, Brother Ali says his favorite food is sweet potato pie.
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