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04-26-13 Footnotes
Show 387: The Legacy of Nick Drake, Review of Besnard Lakes, & Jim's DIJ

1 It’s been a sad couple of weeks for rock. Music lost Divinyls singer Christina Amphlett, P-funk bassist Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, and Woodstock singer Richie Havens. But the musician Jim and Greg are missing most is Scott Miller of the bands Game Theory and The Loud Family. Miller died last week at age 53. Jim remembers Game Theory as a Big Star revival band that played jangly pop with a literary edge. Albums like Real Nighttime and Big Shot Chronicles we sprawling, sophisticated constructions, he says. Jim plays "Regenisraen” from 1986 in tribute.

2 For the most part we think that rock ‘n’ roll artistry and commercials don’t mix, but in the case of Nick Drake, it worked out. A 1999 TV commercial featuring his 1972 track “Pink Moon,” made the English singer/songwriter a household name. It was success Drake couldn’t enjoy in his lifetime. He died at age 26 of an overdose on anti-depressants after only releasing three albums. But the small catalog lives large today, with Drake’s work influencing R.E.M., Elliot Smith, Beth Orton and many more. He’s remembered on the new tribute album Way to Blue, produced by the man who discovered him, Joe Boyd. In addition to working with Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd and the Fairport Convention, Joe Boyd produced Nick’s first two albums, Five Leaves Left in 1969 and Bryter Layter in 1970. Jim and Greg talk to him about Nick Drake’s own influences, his style and his legacy.

3 Greg counts the 2nd and 3rd releases by The Besnard Lakes as two of the best of the last decade. How does the Montreal quartet fare on the 4th album? Well, according to Jim, the key words of the record’s title Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO are “excess” and “imperceptible.” He is happy to hear more of Olga Goreas’ singing, but the melodies just aren’t that strong. Jim says Burn It. Greg agrees that this album isn’t as strong as its predecessors, but it has its own rewards as well. The Besnard Lakes bring slow, dreamy “shoegaze meets Beach Boys.” Greg says go Buy It.

4 Jim’s lounging away on his beach blanket thinking about 1994, and he decides to add “Seether” by Vercua Salt to the Desert Island Jukebox. It just so happens that frontwomen Louise Post and Nina Gordon have decided to “bury the hatchet” and reunite. Will their new singles be as good as “Seether?” Only time will tell…

Songs Featured in Show #387
Goose Island Credit Music: Pure Sunray, "Caramel," Pure Sunray, 2013
Divinyls, "I Touch Myself," Divinyls, Virgin, 1991
Game Theory, "Regenisraen," Big Shot Chronicles, Engima, 1986
Teddy Thompson and Krystle Warren, “Pink Moon,” Way to Blue, StorySound, 2013
Nick Drake, “Milk & Honey,” Family Tree, Island, 2007
Molly Drake, “Happiness,” Molly Drake, Squirrel Thing, 2013
Nick Drake, “Black Eyed Dog,” Time of No Reply, Hannibal, 1986
Nick Drake, “Which Will,” Pink Moon, Island, 1972
Nick Drake, “Poor Boy,” Bryter Later, Island, 1970
Nick Drake, “Road,” Pink Moon, Island, 1972
Nick Drake, “Fly,” Bryter Later, Island, 1970
Leonard Cohen, “Suzanne,” Songs of Leonard Cohen, Columbia, 1967
Nick Drake, “I Was Made To Love Magic,” Time of No Reply, Hannibal, 1986
Nick Drake, “Way to Blue,” Five Leaves Left, Island, 1969
Nick Drake, “Day Is Done,” Five Leaves Left, Island, 1969
Nick Drake, “Pink Moon,” Pink Moon, Island, 1972
Nick Drake, “Northern Sky,” Bryter Later, Island, 1970
Krystle Warren, “Time Has Told Me,” Way to Blue, StorySound, 2013
Robyn Hitchcock, “Parasite,” Way to Blue, StorySound, 2013
Besnard Lakes, "46 Satires," Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, Jagjaguwar, 2013
Besnard Lakes, "People of the Sticks," Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, Jagjaguwar, 2013
Veruca Salt, "Seether," American Thighs, Geffen, 1994
Wolf Parade, "Language City," At Mount Zoomer, Sub Pop, 2008
Prince, "Ronnie Talk to Russia," Controversy, Warner Bros., 1981
John Couger Mellencamp, "Country Gentleman," Big Daddy, Mercury, 1989
Dixie Chicks, "Not Ready to Make Nice," Taking the Long Way, Sony, 2006

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