We started the evening with some Jefferson Airplane. While it has been a while since I’ve played some Jefferson Airplane, the fact is that they wrote some of the more interesting songs of the ’60s. We heard a lovely selection of theirs from several different sources: Won’t You Try (Saturday Afternoon), from After Bathing at Baxter’s, We Can Be Together (from Volunteers), A Small Package of Value Will Come To You Shortly (also from After Bathing…), White Rabbit (from Surrealistic Pillow), and finishing with Volunteers (from their Woodstock performance).
Sun Ra is one of the more interesting individuals in music history, and ranks right up there on the list of “unique personalities” that I play on the show in regular rotation. Of course, part of what brings him back to the show so much is the skill in which he turned his unique sense of individuality into a concrete musical form. While his background was pretty standard (in a big-band sense), his sensibilities were distinctly avant garde. We heard two pieces of his – Space Is The Place, the title track from his 1972 album, and Door Creak, a 10 minute exploration of the musicality of a creaky door that he recorded in 1967.
Sigur Ros put out a very interesting live album last year, Inni. It is only natural that their live show should translate well to live recording, since their stage show focuses greatly on the music in all its thunderous, glacial glory. We heard 3 tracks from Inni: Svefn-g-englar, Glosoli, and Ny batteri.
When one thinks about the Everly Brothers, one’s thoughts naturally turn to their gorgeous harmonies, or the lovely songcraft (largely songs written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, although they wrote a number of songs themselves, and they also did covers of mainstays such as Roy Orbison). But the quality of their musicianship should not be forgotten. Whether it be the musicians that they surrounded themselves with (Chet Atkins plays the notable electric guitar part on All I Have to Do is Dream), or the outstanding rhythm guitar playing on Orbison’s Claudette, their guitar-craft ranks right up there with their singing as worthy of note. We heard three songs from the Everys: All I Have To Do Is Dream, Claudette, and Devoted to You (in which Don and Phil swap lead and harmony lines).
Mogwai are a fine band from Scotland that specializes in guitar-based instrumental pieces, heavy on dynamics, light on lyrical content (usually none at all). We heard two Mogwai songs: May Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door (from Come On Die Young), and Batcat (from The Hawk Is Howling). We then finished the show with a few Deftones cuts: Rickets (from Around the Fur), Good Morning Beautiful (from their self-titled album), and CMND/CTRL (from Diamond Eyes).