Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP: Kurt Vile – Bottle It In (2018)

Bottle It In is the eighth studio album by American musician Kurt Vile, released on October 12, 2018 through Matador Records. It features contributions from Kim Gordon, Cass McCombs, Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint, and Mary Lattimore.

The album was preceded by the singles “Loading Zones” and “Bassackwards”.

According to review aggregator Metacritic, Bottle It In has received an average score of 79 based on reviews from 21 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. Sam Sodomsky of Pitchfork deemed the highlight of the album to be second single “Bassackwards”, which he called “10 minutes of warped, psychedelic folk-rock, like a long sigh in the face of existential dread”. Sodomsky noted that the album has a loose structure with “more accessible tracks up front and a meditative, somewhat indulgent back-half”, and summarized that the album feels like Vile is lost in an “in-between moment”. – Wikipedia

1. “Loading Zones” 3:23
2. “Hysteria” 5:22
3. “Yeah Bones” 4:44
4. “Bassackwards” 9:46
5. “One Trick Ponies” 5:21
6. “Rollin’ with the Flow”2:59
7. “Check Baby” 7:53
8. “Bottle It In” 10:39
9. “Mutinies” 5:52
10. “Come Again” 5:44
11. “Cold Was the Wind”4:51
12. “Skinny Mini” 10:26
13. “(Bottle Back)” 1:38

Tuesday 9pm: Feature LP: Elvis Costello and The Imposters – Look Now (2018)

Elvis Costello had already taken a few steps from the “angry young man” persona that dominated his first two albums by the time he began work on 1982’s Imperial Bedroom, but that was the disc where his evolution from brash upsetter to gifted pop craftsman began in earnest.

In 2017, Costello staged a concert tour in which he re-imagined the songs from that LP, and while that may or may not have put those tunes and their style back into his mind, 2018’s Look Now certainly is an extension of the mature and literate pop songwriting that he first fully embraced in that material. Look Now often feels like a cross between Imperial Bedroom and Painted from Memory, Costello’s 1998 collaboration with Burt Bacharach, and not just because Bacharach co-wrote three tracks with Costello. (Another pop tunesmith in the classic tradition, Carole King, also helped compose one of the tunes, “Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter.”)

Look Now isn’t rock & roll so much as it’s pop that blends the craft of classic Brill Building tunes of the ’60s with the narrative maturity of classic Broadway musicals and the sort of ballads that were once the purview of classic jazz vocalists. If you’re the sort of Costello fan who lives in hope that he’s going to make another This Year’s Model or Blood & Chocolate someday, Look Now will not be your cup of tea. But if you’re in the mood for a set of world-class songs dealing with grown-up themes and performed with nuance and a master’s touch, you could hardly do better.

As a vocalist, Costello’s phrasing and ability to inhabit a character has rarely been more assured, so much so that he sings a few songs from the point of view of a female protagonist and makes them work (including “He’s Given Me Things” and “Unwanted Number,” the latter written for the film Grace of My Heart).

The arrangements are artful and evocative, with subtle applications of strings and backing vocalists and pianist Steve Nieve once again reminding us why he’s been one of Costello’s most valued musical partners since the late ’70s. And while there are just enough sharp angles in “Under Lime” and “Mr. & Mrs. Hush” to remind us this is indeed Elvis Costello, Look Now is the work of a man with enough talent to take his muse in any direction he pleases and give us something memorable.

In 1978, the Arrogant Young Mr. Costello famously said, “I’m not going to be around to witness my artistic decline,” and 40 years on, Look Now proves he’s still living up to that claim. Ctsy Allmusic.com AllMusic Review by Mark Deming

1 Under Lime 5:35
2 Don’t Look Now 2:28
3 Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter 4:16
4 Stripping Paper 3:52
5 Unwanted Number 3:33
6 I Let the Sun Go Down 4:26
7 Mr. and Mrs. Hush 3:46
8 Photographs Can Lie 3:38
9 Dishonor the Stars 3:18
10 Suspect My Tears 4:49
11 Why Won’t Heaven Help Me? 3:22
12 He’s Given Me Things 4:11

Wednesday 11pm: Feature LP: Tony Joe White – Bad Mouthin’ (2018)

Long before he signed to Yep Roc in 2013, Tony Joe White perfected his minimalist groove — so much so, his records often seemed like they flowed from the same swamp. Bad Mouthin’, his third record for Yep Roc since 2013, doesn’t necessarily break from that tradition — from its first note, it is quite clearly the work of Tony Joe White — but it does prove a variation on his signature by offering his first album devoted entirely to the blues. Combining blues standards with songs he wrote years ago, White highlights how pivotal the skeletal shuffles of John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed were to his own sound. It’s not just that their respective “Boom Boom” and “Big Boss Man” are covered back to back: it’s how they seem to be the seed of all his down-and-dirty boogie, dating back to the origins of the originals he’s reviving and extending to his weathered, leathery present. The songs are strong but the reason to listen to Bad Mouthin’ is the performance, how White maintains his thick, heavy mood from beginning to end, always sounding compelling through the familiar changes.    AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1 Bad Mouthin’
2 Baby Please Don’t Go
3 Cool Town Woman
4 Boom Boom
5 Big Boss Man
6 Sundown Blues
7 Rich Woman Blues
8 Bad Dreams
9 Awful Dreams
10 Down the Dirt Road Blues
11 Stockholm Blues
12 Heartbreak Hotel

Wednesday 10pm: Feature LP: Cher – Dancing Queen (2018)

Dancing Queen is a cover album and the twenty-sixth studio album by American singer and actress Cher, released by Warner Bros. Records on September 28, 2018. It is Cher’s first album in five years, following Closer to the Truth (2013). The album contains cover versions of songs recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA, with the title referencing their 1976 song “Dancing Queen”. The album follows Cher’s appearance in the 2018 musical film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, based on the music of ABBA.

The album received acclaim from music critics, and was a success commercially, debuting at number three on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 153,000 units, becoming Cher’s highest debut sales week for an album in the United States. Dancing Queen also debuted at number one on the US Top Album Sales chart with 150,000 pure copies, making it Cher’s first number one album on that chart.

1. “Dancing Queen” 3:42
2. “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” 4:11
3. “The Name of the Game” 4:48
4. “SOS” 3:22
5. “Waterloo” 2:52
6. “Mamma Mia” 3:34
7. “Chiquitita” 5:14
8. “Fernando” 3:57
9. “The Winner Takes It All” 4:32
10. “One of Us” 3:53

Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP: Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy (1978)

Excitable Boy is the third studio album by American musician Warren Zevon. The album was released on January 18, 1978, by Asylum Records. It includes the single “Werewolves of London”, which reached No. 21 and remained in the American Top 40 for six weeks. The album brought Zevon to commercial attention and remains the best-selling album of his career. A remastered and expanded edition was released in 2007.

“Excitable Boy” and “Werewolves of London” were considered macabrely humorous by some critics. The historical “Veracruz” dramatizes the United States occupation of Veracruz; likewise, “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” is a fictionalized account of former mercenary David Lindell’s experiences in Africa. “Lawyers, Guns and Money” is a tongue-in-cheek tale of a young American man’s adventures in Cold War-era Latin America. In addition, there are two ballads about life and relationships (“Accidentally Like a Martyr” and “Tenderness on the Block”), as well as the funk/disco-inspired “Nighttime in the Switching Yard”. – Wikipedia

Friday 10pm: Feature LP: Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

45th Anniversary of the release of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road which was the seventh studio album by Elton John, released in October 5,1973. The album sold over 30 million copies worldwide and is regarded as one of John’s best. It was recorded at the Château d’Hérouville in France after problems recording at the intended location of Jamaica. Among the 17 tracks, the album contains the hits “Candle in the Wind”, “Bennie and the Jets”, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” plus “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” and “Harmony”.

The move to the château from Jamaica provided John and his band with a great deal of creative inspiration, and an abundance of quality material was produced, leading to the decision to release the work as a double album (LP).

In 2003, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The album was ranked number 91 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and number 59 in Channel 4’s 2009 list of 100 Greatest Albums.

1. “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” 11:09
2. “Candle in the Wind” 3:50
3. “Bennie and the Jets” 5:23
4. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” 3:13
5. “This Song Has No Title” 2:23
6. “Grey Seal” 4:00
7. “Jamaica Jerk-Off” 3:39
8. “I’ve Seen That Movie Too” 5:59
9. “Sweet Painted Lady” 3:54
10. “The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909–34)” 4:23
11. “Dirty Little Girl” 5:00
12. “All the Girls Love Alice” 5:09
13. “Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock ‘n Roll)” 2:42
14. “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” 4:57
15. “Roy Rogers” 4:07
16. “Social Disease” 3:42
17. “Harmony” 2:46

Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP – Muscle Shoals – Big Town Big Sound (2018)

MUSCLE SHOALS, ALABAMA . . . Since the 1960s, the city has been known for music – developing the “Muscle Shoals Sound”, as local recording studios (including FAME Studios in the late 1950s and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in 1969) produced hit records that shaped the history of popular music. This tribute to THOSE songs and THAT history reigns supreme with some of the most popular and influential artists participating in music history today. From Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack and Jamey Johnson, to Demi Lovato, Steven Tyler, Keb’ Mo, Grace Potter and Aloe Blacc, an absolute cavalcade of stars lend their own personal embellishment to these classic songs. – Amazon

1. Road of Love – By Muscle Shoals, Keb’ Mo’
2. I’d Rather Go Blind – By Muscle Shoals, Grace Potter
3. Brown Sugar – By Muscle Shoals, Steven Tyler & Nuno Bettencourt
4. Gotta Serve Somebody – By Muscle Shoals, Jamey Johnson, Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton & Lee Ann Womack
5. Steal Away – By Muscle Shoals, Eli “Paperboy” Reed
6. Snatching It Back – By Muscle Shoals, Kid Rock
7. I’ll Take You There – By Muscle Shoals, Aloe Blacc
8. Cry Like A Rainy Day – By Muscle Shoals, Michael McDonald
9. True Love – By Muscle Shoals, Vince Gill & Wendy Moten
10. Come And Go Blues – By Muscle Shoals, Alison Krauss
11. Respect Yourself – By Muscle Shoals, Mike Farris & The Blind Boys Of Alabama
12. Wild Horses – By Muscle Shoals, Alan Jackson
13. Mustang Sally – By Muscle Shoals, Brently Stephen Smith
14. We’ve Got Tonight – By Muscle Shoals, Chord Overstreet
15. Givin’ It Up For Your Love – By Muscle Shoals, Tom Johnston & Delbert McClinton

  • Audio CD (October 26, 2018)