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Sing All Kinds Radio: “The Morning Show” and “The Lonesome Show”

SING ALL KINDS is an afternoon show but to note the beginning of a new year, the first show of 2021 was “The Morning Show”

The stream:

The setlist: 

  1. “Good Morning, Good Morning” — The Beatles
  2. “Watch the Sunrise” — Big Star
  3. “Your Love is Like the Morning Sun” — Al Green
  4. “Breakfast in Bed” — Dusty Springfield
  5. “Woke Up This Morning” — Johnnie Frierson
  6. “Cigarettes and Coffee” — Otis Redding
  7. “Sunday Morning” — The Velvet Underground
  8. “Monday Morning” — Fleetwood Mac
  9. “Monday Morning Rock” — Marshall Crenshaw
  10. “Bloody Mary Morning” — Willie Nelson
  11. “One Too Many Mornings” — Bob Dylan
  12. “Early in the Morning” — Louis Jordan
  13. “Early in the Morning” — Buddy Holly
  14. “Early in the Morning” — Heartless Bastards
  15. “In the Morning” — Built to Spill 
  16. “In the Morning Time” — The Clovers
  17. “Jumpin’ in the Morning” — Ray Charles
  18. “Sunday Morning Coming Down” — Johnny Cash
  19. “We’ll Sweep Out the Ashes in the Morning” — Gram Parsons

This week, one of pop music’s grand topics: “The Lonesome Show.”

The stream:

The setlist:

  1. “Tired of Being Alone” — Al Green
  2. “It’s Gonna Be Lonely” — Prince
  3. “I’ve Been Lonely for So Long’ — Frederick Knight
  4. “Ain’t Got No Home” — Clarence “Frogman” Henry
  5. “Crazy with Loneliness” — Harlan T. Bobo
  6. “If Loneliness Was Art” — Allo Darlin
  7. “Lonely Girl” — Todd Snider
  8. “Lonely Girls” — Lucinda Williams
  9. “The Lonely, the Lonesome and the Gone” — Lee Ann Womack
  10. “Nobody’s Lonesome For Me” — Hank Williams
  11. “Lonely Coming Down” — Dolly Parton
  12. “Lonesome and a Long Way From Home” — Delaney and Bonnie
  13. “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” — Bob Dylan
  14. “Those Lonely, Lonely Nights” — Earl King
  15. “Lonely Nights” — The Hearts
  16. “So Lonely” — Johnny Ace
  17. “Wish Someone Would Care” — Irma Thomas
  18. “If Only You Were Lonely” — The Replacements
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Sing All Kinds Radio: “The Staying In Show”

This week was a special New Year’s Eve edition, with songs about not going out and instead sitting around the house. 

The stream:

The setlist: 

  1. “Party Lights” — Claudine Clark
  2. “Nobody Really Cares if You Don’t Go to the Party” — Courtney Barnett 
  3. “TV Party” — Black Flag
  4. “Stay Away” — Nirvana
  5. “Sequestered in Memphis” — Hold Steady
  6. “In My Room” — The Beach Boys
  7. “Waterloo Sunset” — The Kinks
  8. “Watching the Wheels” — John Lennon
  9. “Flowers on the Wall” — Statler Brothers
  10. “Bedda at Home” — Jill Scott
  11. “Late to the Party” — Kacey Musgraves
  12. “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” — The Beatles
  13. “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” — Willie Nelson
  14. “All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down” — Hank Williams Jr.
  15. “Stillness is the Move” — Dirty Projectors
  16. “Hommage a Grungie” — Kate & Anna McGarrigle
  17. “My Little Corner of the World” — Yo La Tengo
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Sing All Kinds Radio: “The Covers Show” (Vol. 1) and “The Jesus Show”

New Year’s resolution: Get back on a weekly posting schedule.

Two weeks ago, on “Sing All Kinds,” I finally leaned on an obvious crutch to which I’ll return from time to time: A covers show. This first one focused mostly on modern “alt-rock” artists borrowing from the classic-rock or pre-punk canons. 

The stream: 

The set list (original artist in parenthesis):

  1. “Gloria” — Patti Smith (Them, featuring Van Morrison)
  2. “Femme Fatale” — Big Star (The Velvet Underground)
  3. “Sweet Jane” — Mott the Hoople (The Velvet Underground)
  4. “And Then He Kissed Me” – Moe Tucker (The Crystals)
  5. “Into the Groovey” — Sonic Youth (Madonna)
  6. “Eight Miles High “– Husker Du (The Byrds)
  7. “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey” — The Feelies (The Beatles)
  8. “Norwegian Wood” — Cornershop (The Beatles)
  9. “Waiting for the Day” — Reigning Sound (The Beach Boys)
  10. “Crimson and Clover” — Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (Tommy James & the Shondells)
  11. “Stop Your Sobbing” — The Pretenders (The Kinks)
  12. “Soul Kitchen” — X (The Doors)
  13. “Alone Again Or” — Mouse Rocket (Love)
  14. “Candle Mambo” — Amy LaVere (Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band)
  15. “Friday I’m in Love” — Yo La Tengo (The Cure)
  16. “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” — Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric (Jackie DeShannon)

Last week, on a Christmas Eve edition, I did “The Jesus Show.:

The stream:

The setlist:

  1. “Jesus Christ” — Big Star
  2. “Jesus is Waiting” — Al Green
  3. “Spanish Pipedream” — John Prine
  4. “Me and Jesus” — Tom T. Hall
  5. “New Friend Jesus” — Craig Finn
  6. “Travellin’ on for Jesus” — Kate & Anna McGarrigle
  7. “Jesus Christ” — Woody Guthrie
  8. “Christ for President” — Billy Bragg & Wilco
  9. “Jesus, Etc.” — Wilco
  10. “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam” — Nirvana 
  11. “Jesus Christ was an Only Child” — Modest Mouse
  12. “Spirit in the Sky” — Norman Greenbaum 
  13. “Jesus Just Left Chicago” — ZZ Top
  14. “Jesus, the Missing Years” — John Prine
  15. “Jesus” — The Velvet Underground
  16. “Touch the Hem of His Garment” — Sam Cooke
  17. “Talkin’ About Jesus” — Delaney & Bonnie
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Sing All Kinds Radio: “The 1973 Show”

Last week was my birthday, so I took the monthly time machine back to the year of my birth. 

The stream:

Here’s the playlist:

  1. “All the Way From Memphis” — Mott the Hoople
  2. “Rosalita” — Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
  3. “Jean Genie” — David Bowie
  4. “Put it On” — Bob Marley
  5. “Have You Been Making Out Ok?” — Al Green
  6. “Smodern” — Miss Smodern (from Africa Dances)
  7. “Thankful n’ Thoughful” — Sly & the Family Stone
  8. “Vicious” — Lou Reed 
  9. “Personality Crisis” — New York Dolls
  10. “Grandma’s Hands” (live) — Bill Withers
  11. “Grandpa was a Carpenter” — John Prine
  12. “The Swimming Song” — Loudon Wainwright III
  13. “Share Your Love With Me” — The Band
  14. “Tearjoint” — Dan Penn
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Sing All Kinds Radio: “The Grab a Plate Show” and “The Nonsense Show”

A double-up posting on the past two weeks shows:

On Thanksgiving afternoon, I slipped away for a food-centric hour, “The Grab a Plate Show.”

The stream:

Here’s the playlist:

  1. “Green Onions” — Booker T. & the MGs
  2. “I Got It” — Little Richard 
  3. “Beans and Cornbread” — Louis Jordan
  4. “Boogie Woogie Blue Plate” — Louis Jordan
  5. “I Heard the Voice of a Porkchop” — Michael Hurley
  6. “Bar-B-Q” — Wendy Rene
  7. “Red Beans” — Professor Longhair
  8. “They’re Red Hot” — Robert Johnson
  9. “Jambalya” — Hank Williams
  10. “Heartbeat Chili” — Allo Darlin
  11. “Savoy Truffle” — The Beatles
  12. “Starfish and Coffee” — Prince
  13. “Ham and Eggs” — A Tribe Called Quest
  14. “Chicken Grease” — D’Angelo
  15. “Memphis Women and Chicken” — Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham
  16. “Shortnin Bread” — Mississippi John Hurt
  17. “No Biscuit Blues” — Kate & Anna McGarrigle
  18. “What Made My Hamburger Disappear” — Michael Hurley, the Unholy Modal Rounders and Jeffrey Fredericks & the Clamtones

Last week, I delved into the rich musical history of wordless mumbo jumbo with “The Nonsense Show.” 

The stream:

The playlist:

  1. “Tutti Frutti” — Little Richard
  2. “Be-Bop-a-Lula” — Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
  3. “Hey Baba Leba” — Thurston Harris
  4. “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” — Jesse Hill 
  5. “Papa Oom Mow Mow” — The Rivingtons
  6. “Wooly Bully” — Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs
  7. “Ooby Dooby” — Roy Orbison
  8. “Shoobie Oobie” — Rosco Gordon
  9. “Oop Shoop” — Shirley & the Queens
  10. “Rama Lama Ding Dong” — The Edsels
  11. “Rubber Biscuit” — The Chips
  12. “Da Doo Ron Ron” — The Crystals
  13. “Diddy Wah Diddy” — Bo Diddley
  14. “Doo Wah Diddy Diddy” — Manfred Mann
  15. “Do-Wacka-Do” — Roger Miller
  16. “Yakety Yak” — The Coasters
  17. “Ya Ya” — Lee Dorsey
  18. “Wang Dang Doodle” — Howlin Wolf
  19. “Boom Boom” — John Lee Hooker
  20. “Ba Ba Boom” — The Jamaicans
  21. “Chickie Wah Wah” — Huey Smith
  22. “Ko Ko Mo” — Gene & Eunice
  23. “Shting-Shtang” — Nick Lowe
  24. “B-I-Bickey-Bi Bo-Bo-Go” — Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
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Sing All Kinds Radio: “The Your Favorite Music Show”

Nearly a week late for this bit of save-it-for-digital-posterity exercise, but here’s a listening stream and playlist from last week’s radio show, a set of music about listening to music. 

This week — as I post, later today — will be a special food-themed Thanksgiving edition: The “Grab a Plate Show.”

Here’s last week’s show:

And here’s the week’s playlist:

  1. “Road Runner” — The Modern Lovers
  2. “Ain’t You” — Kleenex
  3. “Rock and Roll” — The Velvet Underground
  4. “Dance Music” — The Mountain Goats
  5. “Tallulah” — Allo Darlin
  6. “Brimful of Asha” — Cornershop
  7. “Your Favorite Music” — Clem Snide
  8. “Teenage Wasteland” — Wussy
  9. “You Were Right” — Built to Spill
  10. “Paul is Dead” — Yo La Tengo
  11. “Caravan” — Van Morrison
  12. “Record Year” — Eric Church
  13. “Lookin’ Out My Backdoor” — Creedence Clearwater Revival
  14. “Certain Songs’ — The Hold Steady
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Sing All Kinds Radio: “The 1980 Show”

My initial pitch for my radio show at WYXR was called “Postwar Pop,” and conceit was that each week I was going to play music from a different year, 1945-2000. But they gave me too much time to think between giving me a show and the station’s launch and once I started thinking of one-off ideas for shows those ideas piled up to the point that I switched to the “Sing All Kinds,” weekly theme format. But I think I’m going to weave the original notion in, with one “time travel” show each month. 

This week was the first one, jumping back 40 years. I did forget to move the fader on the first record I played, so this playback missed the first 20 seconds or so of “Take Your Time.” 

Next week: “The Your Favorite Music Show,” songs about listening to, well, songs. 

Here’s this week’s show:

And here’s this week’s playlist:

  1. “When You Were Mine” — Prince
  2. “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” — The S.O.S. Band 
  3. “Upside Down” — Diana Ross
  4. “Open Up” — Chic
  5. “Zulu Nation Throwdown” – Afrika Bambaataa and Cosmic Force
  6. “Twist and Crawl” — The English Beat
  7. “Crosseyed and Painless” — Talking Heads
  8. “I Found That Essence Rare” — Gang of Four
  9. “Fa Ce-La” — The Feelies
  10. “Split” — Kleenex
  11. “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” — The Slits
  12. “The World’s a Mess, It’s in My Kiss” — X
  13. “Rolling Along” — Lucinda Williams
  14. “Something on Your Mind” — Professor Longhair
  15. “I’m Getting Ready to Go” — Michael Hurley
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Sing All Kinds Radio: “The Play a Train Song Show”

I missed doing last week’s show due to traveling, but it was nice to be back behind the glass at Crosstown Concourse this week.

This show was inspired by the Todd Snider song that leads things off. There are tons of good “train songs,” so this was a show that could have filled two or three hours easy. 

Next week I’m planning on the first of monthly “time travel” shows exploring individual years: The 1980 Show. 

Here’s this week’s show:

And here’s this week’s playlist:

  1. “Play a Train Song” — Todd Snider
  2. “Night Train to Memphis” — Roy Acuff 
  3. “The Memphis Train” — Rufus Thomas
  4. “Freedom Train” — James Carr
  5. “Ride That Train” — The Oblivians
  6. “Mystery Train” — Elvis Presley
  7. “Folsom Prison Blues” — Johnny Cash
  8. “My Baby Thinks He’s a Train” — Rosanne Cash
  9. “Waiting for a Train’ — Dickey Betts
  10. “Georgia on a Fast Train” — Billy Joe Shaver
  11. “Train” — Uncle Tupelo 
  12. “Night Train” — James Brown
  13. “Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train” — Mabel Scott
  14. “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” — Louis Jordan
  15. “Everybody Loves a Train” — Los Lobos
  16. “Westbound Train” – Dennis Brown
  17. “C’Mon and Ride It (Railroad Mix)” — Quad City DJs
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‘Sing All Kinds’ Radio: The Movie Show

This week’s edition of “Sing All Kinds” on WYXR was inspired by the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival. It was The Movie Show, a hour of songs about cinema. 

The show can be streamed (and downloaded) after the fact on the show page. I’m on vacation next week and won’t have a show, but look forward to a set of themes in November that will include time travel, locomotion and something appropriate for Thanksgiving. 

Here’s this week’s show:

And here’s this week’s playlist:

  1. “Movie Magg” — Carl Perkins
  2. “Tom Courtenay” — Yo La Tengo 
  3. “The Right Profile” — The Clash
  4. “Marie Provost” — Nick Lowe
  5. “Ingrid Bergman” — Billy Bragg and Wilco
  6. “Made for TV Movie” — Clem Snide
  7. “Debaser” — The Pixies
  8. “The Union Forever” — The White Stripes
  9. “New Age” — The Velvet Underground
  10. “Bette Davis Eyes” — Kim Carnes
  11. “Kung Fu Reference” — Ass Ponys
  12. “Woody Allen” — Allo Darlin
  13. “Attica” — Wussy 
  14. “The Sands of Iwo Jima” — The Drive-By Truckers
  15. “Slapped Actress” — The Hold Steady
  16. “What’s Yr Take on Cassavetes?” — Le Tigre
  17. “Saturday Night at the Movies” — The Drifters
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‘Sing All Kinds’ Radio: The ABCs of Love Show

This week’s edition of “Sing All Kinds” on WYXR featured me remembering to take off my mask before I talked but also a couple of CD malfunctions. Still, overall I’d grade it an upgrade in execution. To paraphrase David Porter, I’m just trying to make it better each and every week.

The show can be streamed (and downloaded) after the fact on the show page. Next week’s show, in honor of the Indie Memphis Film Festival, will be “The Movie Show.” 

Here’s this week’s show:

And here’s this week’s playlist:

  1. “The ABCs of Love” — Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  2. “Alison” — Elvis Costello 
  3. “Bonita Applebaum” — A Tribe Called Quest
  4. “Charles” — Scrawl
  5. “Donna” — Clem Snide
  6. “Evangeline” — Los Lobos
  7. “Hey, Miss Fannie” — The Clovers
  8. “Gloria” — Them
  9. “Hannah Hunt” — Vampire Weekend
  10. “Irma Jackson” — Merle Haggard
  11. “Jolene” — Cory Branan (didn’t actually play)
  12. “Kathleen” — The Blasters
  13. “Lola” — The Kinks
  14. “Mary Anne” — Marshall Crenshaw
  15. “Nadine” — Chuck Berry
  16. “Ophelia” — The Band
  17. “Peggy Sue” — Buddy Holly & the Crickets
  18. “Lovely Rita” — The Beatles
  19. “Sheena is a Punk Rocker Now” — The Ramones