FMF Episode #7 – Flowers

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DJ: Welcome to today’s episode of Feel Me Flow!  Can you smell them?  If not, maybe stop and smell them? The roses, daisies, tulips, lilies, etc.  Last month we featured our Rain episode; and because April showers tend to bring May flowers, we are gonna listen to some Flower music!  Nothing says springtime like blooming flowers and the smell of the Earth again.  Taking a walk through a garden or observatory just for smells can be cathartic and relaxing. Today we’re gonna play tracks about all kinds of flowers, tracks about girls named after flowers, some new tracks about flowers, some deep tracks about flowers, and a track from the best local band around.

Behind us, we hear “Orchid”; an instrumental acoustic ditty from Black Sabbath’s 1971 LP Masters Of Reality.

We’re going to kick the set off with The White Stripes doing “Blue Orchid” from 2005’s Get Behind Me Satan.  The album marked a significant shift in The White Stripes sound, bringing in pianos and other instruments (including a marimba).

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DJ: That was Dan Auerbach and The Arcs doing “Put A Flower In Your Pocket” from their 2015 debut album Yours, Dreamily.  Dan will soon have released 2 solo albums as well as another side project titled Blakroc aside from his many LPs with The Black Keys.  We enjoy his production and songwriting quite a bit on FMF.

Before The Arcs, we heard a one-hit wonder from 1963 titled “Sally Go ‘Round The Roses” from The Jaynetts’ LP of the same name.  The LP has become a bit of a rare find these days, but the song stands the test of time.  Some have even suggested that the meaning behind the song is about a jilted lesbian lover, but the world may never know.

Before The Jaynetts played us their single, we heard neo-soul sensation Leon Bridges from his critically acclaimed 2015 album Coming Home.  Leon broke onto the scene via Spotify’s 10 Most Viral Tracks that year.  He takes huge inspiration from Sam Cooke and Otis Redding along with other 60’s soul acts.

J. Roddy Walston And The Business blasted in with the piano-driven track “Marigold”.  The band released their 3rd LP Essential Tremors in 2013 after signing to ATO Records.  Known for their uptempo live shows, the band is playing tonight in Durham, NC at Motorco Music Hall with opening act Quaker City Night Hawks.

Alright, let’s jump into some local music with St. Paul’s Hippo Campus.  We’ll be featuring the band a few times on Feel Me Flow, as they are one of our favorite new local acts.  Here’s a track off of their latest LP Landmark, “Buttercup”.

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DJ: Eels doing “Lilac Breeze” off of Hombre Lobo.  The album would be the first of three in Mark Oliver Everett’s concept album trilogy.  The other two being End Of Times and Tomorrow Morning.  This LP is all about desire, and the hunt for lust.

Before Eels, we heard classic punk band The Damned doing “New Rose”.  Early in the punk genre, this song was actually released as a single a month before “Anarchy In The U.K.” by the Sex Pistols.  Their debut album Damned Damned Damned was actually produced by Nick Lowe (produced Elvis Costello).

Minneapolis soul band Sonny Knight & The Lakers dropped in with the side-1 track-1 off of their sophomore studio album Sooner Or Later.  The band puts on one hell of an electric show.  Look for more of their music in future episodes.

Speaking of Minneapolis funk, we heard Mark Ronson and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker doing the trippy “Daffodils”.  Ronson took some heavy cues from the Minneapolis sound created by Prince and the like on his album Uptown Special.  The influence is extremely noticeable on his big hit “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars.

Another Twin Cities band Hippo Campus led that set.  Now to Detroit for a punk cover of a country classic.

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DJ: Ahh, those falsetto voices. So, Radiohead played us “Lotus Flower” off of their 8th LP The King Of Limbs.  The album was one of their shortest, clocking in at under 40 minutes with just 8 tracks.  The band is also set to release a 20th-anniversary edition of their magnum opus OK Computer later this summer.

We got a bit playful hearing Tiny Tim do his famous ukulele jam “Tip Toe Thru’ The Tulips With Me” off of God Bless Tiny Tim.  Tiny Tim (Herbert Buckingham Khaur) made a career for himself on the 60’s comedy shows like The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and Rowan And Matin’s Laugh-In.  After his career had dwindled, he was playing a show in Minneapolis in 1996 when he suffered a heart attack on stage during his finale “Tip To Thru’ The Tulips With Me”.  Tim never regained consciousness and he died later that day.  His remains are entombed at the Lakewood Cemetary in Minneapolis.  Rest In Peace to the falsetto champion.

Before that, we heard the Stone’s doing one of their more country rock-tinged tunes “Dead Flowers” off of 1971’s Sticky Fingers.  The album is near perfect if you’ve never experienced it.  We’ll play more from it in later shows, I can guarantee you that.

Another Twin Cities act, The Person And The People, played us “Sleep All Day” from their 2016 LP Dark & Low.  Dark & Low was the best local album released last year, according to everyone’s ears.  Great guitar jams, great vocals, and tight musicianship with an indie rock vibe.

At the top of the set, we heard The Suicide Machines covering the Joe South-penned hit “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden”  The song was a massive hit for Lynn Anderson in 1970, becoming one of the first country crossover songs to top the charts.  The Detroit punk band took their name from Springsteen’s “Born To Run” lyrics.

Here’s another new track with Wavves kicking off the set.

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DJ: Bloc Party released “Tulips” in 2005 as a stand-alone single.  The song never made the cut of their debut album Silent Alarm.  That’s ok, though; we still enjoy it!  The band would go on to achieve success with their debut and just released Hymns last year.

Since we’re on the topic of British indie rock, let’s talk about Pete Doherty.  The man behind The Libertines and Babyshambles, as well as solo work and collaborations, has been notorious for being an avid drug addict.  He and model Kate Moss had quite the infamous drug-ladled relationship, as well had a friendship with Amy Winehouse.  As of the most recent news, Pete’s cleaned up.  Unfortunately, losing a friend might have been what it took to get sober.  We heard “Last Of The English Roses” from his 2009 LP Grace/Wastelands.  

Lee Fields & The Expressions chimed in with a beautiful cover of a J.J. Cale track, “Magnolia”.  The track comes from their 2014 LP Emma Jean.  Lee’s part of the amazing neo-soul movement of the last decade (see Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones, Sonny Knight, Leon Bridges, etc.).

We heard Jerry and the Dead give us “Scarlet Begonias” from their 1974 LP From The Mars Hotel. Sublime would cover the song on their debut album 40 Oz. To Freedom, adding a bit of a rap to the middle of the track.

Wavves led the set with another new track from their forthcoming LP You’re Welcome.

Now let’s get dancy with some Solid Gold…

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DJ: Jim Morrison actually recorded those vocals from a bathroom.  That’s The Doors doing “Hyacinth House” off of their last LP with Jim, L.A. Woman.  As you can tell by the lyrical content of the album, Jim wasn’t in a very positive mood.  He ended up fleeing to Paris after this album finished recording and eventually died there.  Rest in peace Mr. Morrison.

We heard “O, Lilac” from Virginia’s Wild Nothing.  Lilac just might be the best scent in the world of flowers, agreed?  Disagree?  Wild Nothing has a dreamy pop sound that reminds me of a garage band underwater; if the water was actually Crystal Pepsi.  Love it!

We heard The Move doing “Flowers In The Rain” from their 1968 debut.  For a promo stunt, the band’s manager released a postcard with a cartoon of the Prime Minister and his secretary on it.  The PM sued and the band was ordered to donate all royalties to the charity of the PM’s choice.  It still stands today!

The Foundations did “Build Me Up Buttercup” from 1968.  The song got a revamp in popularity in 1998 when the Farrelly brothers used it in There’s Something About Mary.  The Modern Lovers’ Jonathan Richman performed in the movie and on the soundtrack as well.  He had previously played a bit in Kingpin as well.

Solid Gold led the set with “Neon Rose” from their 2008 debut album Bodies Of Water.  NME would go on to call the album totally addictive, while MTV compared it to Manchester bands like Stone Roses.

Our next band took heavy influence from Stone Roses, and along with bands like Blur and Pulp would go on to help fuel an entire new Britpop revolution.  Here’s Oasis.

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DJ: Damn those backstabbing smiling faces…  That was The Undisputed Truth with “Smiling Faces Sometimes” off of their 1970 self-titled debut.  The song was originally done by The Temptations earlier that year, but songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong wanted to re-record it in a new way, much as they did with other tracks of the time.

Tom Petty’s second solo album Wildflowers turned out to be just as much a success as his first (Full Moon Fever).  With contributions from Ringo Starr, Carl Wilson, and production from Rick Rubin, the album was sure to be a hit.  We heard the title track from the 1994 LP.

Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel chimed in with the opening track off of their pinnacle point LP In The Aeroplane Over The Sea.  Though never confirmed by the band, the album seems to run on a loose concept of The Diary Of Young Girl (The Diary Of Anne Frank).  The song “Holland, 1945” furthers that theory.  The album has also been knocked as the apex hipster album of this generation.

In 1966, The Creation was just breaking onto the music scene.  They released “Makin’ Time” to an unwelcoming audience, but would put out a more successful “Painter Man” later that year. The band would often hang a canvas on stage during performances of “Painter Man”, spray paint it, and light it on fire afterward.  While we do enjoy the tune, “Makin’ Time” just has a better groove to it.

Brit rock band Oasis gave us “Morning Glory” off of their toweringly popular 1995 album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?.  Anyway, here’s Wonderwall

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DJ: Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl wrote “Marigold” whilst still in Nirvana, wanting to start a solo side project.  He recorded an album’s worth of acoustic tracks all by himself under the pseudonym Late! in 1992 called Pocketwatch.  The album would never see a release other than on cassette, but a few songs would come back later.  “Friend Of A Friend” would be re-recorded for Foo Fighters’ In Your Honor, and “Marigold” would get a formal demo in 1993 during the In Utero session in at Pachyderm Studios as well as a live issue on their Skin And Bones album.

Bill Withers’ “Use Me” from his sophomore LP Still Bill played before that.  That song truly has one of the grooviest melodies around.

Jeremy Messersmith chimed in with “Violet!” off of his 2010 album The Reluctant Graveyard.  The intro of that tune sounds so much like “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” by The Cowsills; don’t you think?

Tripping Daisy played a 90’s staple with “I Got A Girl”.  The band would break up at the end of the 90’s, but lead singer Tim Delaughter would go on to form the chamber pop choral indie group The Polyphonic Spree.  Look for them in our Sunshine episode!

The set started off with Thee Oh Sees doing “Wax Face” from their 2012 LP Putrifiers II.  That’s some great neo-garage rock, man!

Uh oh. Do you hear that?  That’s the sound of our Flowers episode wilting away.  Thank you so much for joining in today!  We’re hopeful that the music sprouted some interest in your ever-blooming aural spectrum of melodies.  See you next time on Feel Me Flow!

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