Sunday, March 31, 2013

Theme Time Disc - Gospel

This is the tracklist for the free disc we gave out on Easter Sunday. I would include the artwork but we gave away every last copy along with the original drawing. You'll probably notice that the disc leans towards gospel songs with a theme of death and redemption - playing records like these all night was a dream for me, and it's all due to those nice fellas from Pocahontas County.

1-Walk Around Heaven All Day-The Caravans
2-What the Bible Says-Alex Bradford
3-Come See About Me-The Dixie Hummingbirds
4-I'll Fly Away-The Trumpeters
5-If I Could Just Touch the Hem of His Garment-The Soul Stirrers (feat. Sam Cooke)
6-Stange Man-Dorothy Love Coates
7-Why? (am I treated So Bad)-The Staple Singers
8-God's Gonna Separate-Reverend Gary Davis
9-On the Rock Where Moses Stood-The Carter Family
10-Jesus is Sweeter than Honey-Reverend Oris Mays
11-Up Above my Head-Sister Rosetta Tharp
12-Rich Man's Spiritual-Gordon Lightfoot
13-A House of Gold-Hank Williams
14-We're Living in the End Times Now-Carl Butler & Pearl
15-Ain't No Grave Gonna Keep my Body Down-Charlie Parr
16-Right on that Shore-Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee with Lightnin Hopkins
17-Since I Laid my Burden Down-Mississippi John Hurt
18-This Light of Mine-The Freedom Singers
19-You Got to Die-Blind Willie McTell

Monday, February 25, 2013

"Lies" playlist

Lonesome Dave here with the playlist for the "Lies" CD. We had to compete with the Oscars, so it was a slow night at the Turf Club - everyone who stayed home missed one of Pocahontas County's best Theme Time sets yet, including an exceptional cover of "Patience" that had the entire bar frozen with anticipation - Axl Rose himself probably can't belt out the end of that song as well as Eric Larson did last night! Special guest Jeremy Gordon delivered a moving performance of Elvis Costello's "So Like Candy" as well, and there was plenty of bluesy guitar shreddin' with Doug Otto and the Getaways and Reina Del Cid and the Cidizens. All in all a memorable Theme Time!

Here's the playlist for the CD. The Hymie's computer was in the shop all week, so I had to go with the playlist I started a while back when we first chose "Lies" as the theme. A few songs that were added to my actual set during the night were left off, and the disc you took home sort of jumps from genre to genre.

And below, for posterity, is the image created by my good friend Paul Burnham for the posters.

1 Liar by the Sex Pistols
2 She's Crafty by the Beastie Boys
3 Liar by Queen
4 Little Bit of Soap by Garnet Mimms
5 Disguises by the Who
6 Ghosts by the Jam
7 As it is When it Was by New Order
8 Boys don't Cry by the Cure
9 Lola by the Kinks
10 Lies by the Rolling Stones
11 Without Blinking by Superchunk
12 Dark end of the Street by James Carr
13 Motel Matches by Elvis Costello & the Attractions
14 Who is He (And what is he to You)? by Bill Withers
15 Brilliant Disguise by Bruce Springsteen
16 Long Black Veil by Lefty Frizell
17 You Angel Steps Out of Heaven by George Jones
18 How Much I Lied by Gram Parsons
19 Positively 4th Street by Bob Dylan
20 Mama Didn't Lie by Jan Bradley
21 Fallen Angel by Poison
22 Some Rotten Man by the Taxpayers
23 The Rumor by the Band

See you next month when Theme Time falls on Easter Sunday.
Our theme is "Gospel"!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Playlist for "Beer" compilation CD

Dave from Hymie's here with the playlist for the free CD from last night's Theme Time Turf Club show. Hope you all had as much fun as we did! BEER was a really fun subject and we were thrilled to see so many people brave the snowy weather and slippery roads to join us for our celebration of the magical combination of hops, grain and malt!

I like Beer - Tom T. Hall
Bubble in my Beer - Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
Ice Cubes and Beer - Larry Chesney and his Orchestra Don't Drop those tears in my Beer - Gary Kuchenbecker
Sven Ivan O'Myron Wisnewski - Arne Fogel
The Lord Knows I'm Drinking - Cal Smith
In a Bottle, on tap, or in a Can - Hank Thompson
Bar Lights - Whiskeytown
Longest beer of the Night - Jim Ed Brown
Sunday Morning Comin' Down - Johnny Cash
From the Bottle to the Bottom - Kris & Rita
All About the 9th - Martin Devaney 
Beer Beer Beer - The Clancy Brothers
Sally Maclenanne - The Pogues
Ten Little Bottles - Johnny Bond
How many Six Packs does it take to Screw in a Light?
 - American Music Club
Beercan - Beck
Pissed Off 2 AM - Alejandro Escoveda
Vintage Budweiser advertisement #1
Vintage Budweiser advertisement #2
Crying in my Beer - Screeching Weasel
Six Pack to Go - Hank Thompson
Beers to You - Ray Charles and Clint Eastwood
To Beat the Devil - Kris Kristofferson
The Heart of Saturday Night - Tom Waits

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sunday Morning Coming Down

We're making all kinds of fun preparations for our first THEME TIME show of 2013, which will be all about BEER! Boys N the Barrels and Whiskey Jeff & the Beer Back Band will be performing awesome, boozy sets, along with some new beer songs by Josh Soshnik and a beer-tastic presentation by Harriet Brewing's founder, Jason Soward. Here's a track Lonesome Dave is planning to bring in his box of records to spin - Johnny Cash performing "Sunday Morning Coming Down" on his classic 60s TV show. Theme Time Turf Club's BEER will be Sunday, January 27th!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Theme Time returns from our winter break on January 27th and we're excited to announce that the theme is BEER!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Suspense! - The DJ's notes...

Dave here with a few notes about November's Theme Time - SUSPENSE and the playlist for the CD.

It was a lot of fun to crash a cymbal during the "Jaws" theme for Pocahontas County, and an awesome night of music in general with the Sudden Lovelys and the Poor Nobodys. I have really enjoyed the Lovelys' triple albums which were released last year (and even wrote about them on the Hymie's blog here) but I've never seen them live. Seeing a performance of "Waxwing Bird" and "Venom" made the songs all the better for me. If you enjoyed their set as much as I did, you should check out their website (here).

I'd also like to say that the first piece the Poor Nobodys played was one of the best things I've seen and heard all year. I was literally, truly on the edge of my seat. It was from the score they did for the 1925 silent movie Battleship Potempkin by Sergei Eisenstein, which I saw during the several years I wasted in college studying things like weird old Russian movies. I wish I had seen their recent performance of it, and I think it would be really amazing to have them do it again - maybe at the Turf Club, even! The Poor Nobodys also have an awesome website (here) and some great music you can buy on CD. I listened to their newest disc today with my daughter and we both loved it, along with the new disc the Sudden Lovelys gave me last night.

Pocahontas County also has a fancy website, which is the result of a lot of work by the fellas, so you should check it out. Here's a link.

And here's this month's disc and the playlist:

1      I’m late I’m late (edit) – Stan Getz and Eddie Sauter
2      Mission: Impossible – Lalo Schifrin
3      The Blues – Henry Mancini
4      The Bad Guys – Andre Previn (from “The Fortune Cookie”)
5      Auric’s Factory- John Barry (from “Goldfinger”)
6      Bond Back in Action – John Barry (from “Goldfinger”)
7      Bilbao Song – Gil Evans and his Orchestra
8      The Earth Runs Red – Neil Hefti (from “Duel at Diablo”)
9      The Moving Shadows – United Future Organization
10   The Search – Stanley Wilson (from “The Mod Squad”)
11   Whipping Boy – Quincy Jones and his Orchestra,
featuring Roland Kirk (from “In the Heat of the Night”)
12   Hot Wind – Les Baxter (from “Hell’s Belles”)
13   Jim on the Move – Lalo Schifrin (from “Mission: Impossible”)
14   The Obelisk of Karnak – The Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra (from “Chariot of the Gods?”)
15   The Cell Door – Sol Kaplan
(from “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold”)
16   Blood Count – Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
17   Transition – Sun Ra and his Arkestra
18   Perry Mason Theme – Mundell Lowe and his All Stars
19   Audition – Elmer Bernstein
(from “The Man with the Golden Arm”)
20   After Hours – Hank Crawford
21   Alone in ¾ Time – John Barry (from “The Ipcress File”)
22   Hero to Zero – Duke Ellington & his Orchestra
(from “Anatomy of a Murder”)
23   Robot Portrait – Quincy Jones and his Orchestra
24    Zelda Tempts Batman – Neil Hefti (from “Batman”)

 At first I was overwhelmed by this last theme - how do you find suspenseful music? One I decided most of it should come from movie soundtracks it was a lot of fun to pick songs. Most of the soundtracks sampled on this disc are awesome all the way through, and there are a lot more that I played last night that didn't get included on the disc.

A couple of notes of interest: "Blood Count" was the last piece of music Billy Strayhorn wrote, and Ellington and his Orchestra recorded it after he died for the tribute album, And his Mother Called him Bill in 1967. Strayhorn died after a long battle with cancer, and the title and the piece's mood suggest the feelings of anxiety and unease that people in such a situation face. Johnny Hodges plays the alto and I've always thought it was one of the best performances in his 70+ year career.

The Stan Getz/Eddie Sauter album Focus features spontaneous performances by Getz over arrangements by Sauter. Some of the songs were recorded live, with the strings and Getz performing together in the studio. The title "I'm Late, I'm Late" is presumably a reference to the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, which is one of the reasons I chose it to start the disc.

The last note I'll make is that In the Heat of the Night is not a conventional suspense movie but it's one of my all-time favorites. Quincy Jones' score is also a favorite of mine, and was for me an introduction to Roland Kirk when I first heard the album as a teenager - I went on to find and listen to every record on which Kirk played, more than fifty in all!

Sunday, November 4, 2012