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Options May 12, 2012: Another Pleasant Valley Sunday

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Artist Track
Carole King  Pleasant Valley Sunday (demo)   Options
Squeeze  Slightly Drunk   Options
Teenie Cheanalt  It's A Big Old Heartache   Options
Johnny Soul  Lonely Man   Options
Swan Silvertones, The  He Won't Deny Me   Options
Flamin Groovies  Down, Down, Down   Options
Newbeats, The  Little Child   Options
Jimmy & Johnny  Can't Find The Doorknob   Options
John KaSandra  Mose (part 3)   Options
Explorers Club, The  Run, Run, Run   Options
Psychedelic Guitars, The  Take Me Back   Options
Hawkshaw Hawkins  Flashing Lights   Options
Titus Turner  What Kind Of Deal Is This?   Options
Trio Irakitan  So Danco O Samba   Options
Lemonheads, The  I'll Do It Anyway   Options
Mark Wirtz  The Singer Sings The Song (and the Gambler Gambles On)   Options
Roy Hogsed  Snake Dance Boogie   Options
Oscar Mack  Don't Be Afraid of Love   Options
Sonny and the Sunsets  Heart of Sadness   Options
Glen Campbell  Cold December In Your Heart   Options
Mac Wiseman  Got Leavin' on Her Mind   Options
Eskew Reeder  Green Door   Options
Ray Bryant  I Say A Little Prayer   Options
New Piccadillys, The  Judy is a Punk   Options
Gary Scruggs  Gentle When You Say The Word   Options
Bud Titus  Hocus Pocus   Options
Little Luther  Eeny Meeny Minie Moe   Options
Leopards, The  I'm On My Way   Options
Move, The  Fire Brigade   Options
Robbie Fulks & Kelly Willis  Parallel Bars   Options
Willie Harper  New Kind Of Love   Options
Louis Prima  Pennies From Heaven   Options
Queers, The  Overdue   Options
Sam The Sham & The Pharos  I Couldn't Spell !&#*@!   Options
Billie Cee  Ecology Thing   Options
Lue Cazz  The Walk   Options
Speedboat  Satellite Girl   Options
Gary Benson  That Man's Got No Luck   Options
Willie Swanson  Arson Carson   Options
Rachel Sweet  Who Does Lisa Like?   Options
Jonathan Richman  My Music (a poem?)   Options

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Listener comments!

  11:11am fred von helsing:

righteous toonz
  11:12am Hugh:

'Morning, Micheal,
Carole King once remarked, on a PBS special, that Pleasant Valley Sunday was named after Pleasant Valley Rd., in W. Orange, where she lived as a child.
Avatar 11:14am Michael:

I think Carole grew up in Westchester and moved to West Orange when she got married & started a family
  11:16am Bob:

Flamin' Groovies yes!
  11:16am Dave in Woodbridge:

How 'bout some Basher?
  11:17am paul in FL:

Is "he won't deny me" the same song as "He brought me water"?
  11:32am Peter:

Remember in the old days when there were ushers with flashlights in theatres?
  11:43am Hugh:

Well, duuhh, 's funny how one remembers things! Thanks for the refresher!
  11:43am Elias:

Michael, the radio signal was all crazy during that last song (Titus Turner). Now it appears to be back. It was really quiet and distorted.
  11:48am Peter:

@Hugh - what I don't understand, is the economic model that made that viable (ditto with all those gas station attendants, like you see in "Back To The Future".
Avatar 11:50am Michael:

Lack of greed was the business model
  12:04pm john & wendy:

Hedwig is pretty smart. And she's a girl. Or maybe you never heard of Harry Potter?
  12:05pm scott:

"Cold December In Your Heart" (Alex Hassilev)
Thanks Mike
  12:06pm Deepak:

this song reminds of an academy award winning short film, do check this out Michael.
  12:07pm DG:

To add: Alex Hassilev (acc. to Wikipedia at least) is a former member of folk trio the Limeliters! (The group in "A Mighty Wind" is kind of a Limeliters parody).
  12:10pm paul in FL:

Eskew Reeder = Esequerita?
Avatar 12:10pm Michael:

  12:13pm ss:

Alex Hassilev is also an actor and was in several films in the '60s. If I recall correctly, he was still a member of a modern-day version of the Limeliters until recently. I seem to remember that ex-Limeliter Glenn Yarbrough also cut a version of "Cold December in Your Heart," though I don't know if that was before or after Glen Campbell's.
  12:14pm paul in FL:

Someday you should play "Esquerita" by Big Audio Dynamite
One of the 10 best songs ever!
  12:19pm Brian in UK:

Good afternoon, Michael. Have you ever interviewed Albert Hammond?
Avatar 12:20pm Michael:

  12:22pm David in ATL from NJ:

Sounds like the Kinks!
  12:40pm Elias:

There it is again! The Billie Cee song is really, really quiet over the air.
  12:42pm Sean:

Michael, No choice but to tune in late this week. I will listen to the whole show once it hits the archive, but I was looking at the playlist and was curious if "Run, Run, Run" was a cover of the Townsend tune off of the "Magic Bus" LP?
  12:42pm Elias:

Like the Titus Turner song, they were both almost completely inaudible, then as soon as the song ended volume was back to normal. Did they sound like that on the stream?
Avatar 12:44pm Michael:

They must be OUT OF PHASE
Avatar 12:44pm Michael:

my fault!
  12:44pm drr:

The stream volume is fine (with occasional minor glitches that could be unique to my connection).
  12:45pm johnk77:

Elias is correct about the broadcast over the air signal.
The Sam the Sham track was normai in relation to Michael's voice but the Billie Cee track was down about 20 or 30 db.
When Michael's voice came back after it was normal.
Listening to 91.1 in The Bronx.
We love this show!
  12:45pm Elias:

I just figured you'd want to know.
  12:47pm Elias:

johnk77, that's pretty good distance for 91.1! You are an official DX club member.
  12:52pm DG:

Rachel Sweet! OMG! The Brenda Lee of Stiff Records! I actually have this album but haven't heard it in years (interviewed her for my college radio station).
  12:52pm johnk77:

Yes, the over the air signal only sounds listenable on my Tivoli radios. Upstairs I patch the iTunes stream into my stereo.

Rachel Sweet straight out of Akron!
I am proud to have grown up in northern Ohio.
  12:53pm DG:

R. Sweet trivia: She had her own show on the Comedy Channel (the predecessor to Comedy Central) and had a small role in the most (in)famous episode of "Seinfeld."
  12:59pm ss:

Rachel's Comedy Channel show was called The Sweet Life, I think. She was funny! I think she played George's cousin in that Seinfeld episode.
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