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DJ: Hello, hello, hello and welcome to another episode of Feel Me Flow! Today we’re going to space out from our regular work week and focus on dreams. Everyone dreams in one way or another. Whether it be during a nice deep REM cycle or lofty goals for the future, dreams are submerged within our lives. We may not always remember our dreams, but rest assured. The scientific study of dreams is called oneirology and was a specialty of famed neurologist Sigmund Freud. Freud would describe dreams as a manifestation of one’s deepest desires and anxieties, often relating to repressed childhood memories or obsessions. Freud also believed that virtually every dream topic was the result of sexual tension. Makes sense, I suppose? Not getting any? Dream on, man! We’re gonna play all kinds of dreamy songs today. You’ll hear songs about daydreaming, chasing dreams, pleasant dreams, and we’ll also feature a “nightmare” set.
Iceland’s Tomppabeats starts us off with a dreamy instrumental tune for our background. Leading off the show will be the quintessential psych-track by The Electric Prunes, “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)” from their 1967 self-titled debut. The album is a part of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die list, as mentioned in previous shows. Remember kids, don’t overdose on dreaming…
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DJ: I Monster sampled Gunter Kallman Choir covering Wallace Collection interpolating Tchaikovsky, and later Lupe Fiasco would sample the I Monster track. Did you follow all of that? Wallace Collection wrote “Daydream” in 1969 and used some of Tchaikovsky’s melodies for the descending bassline. Then, The Gunter Kallman Choir covered the Wallace Collection song. Next, I Monster sampled the Gunter Kallman song. Finally, Lupe Fiasco sampled the I Monster track. It’s like an Inception-esque trail of cover dreams.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes played us their debut single “40 Day Dream” from their debut album Up From Below. The album also features the band’s mega-hit “Home”, which has been played in all kinds of commercials, TV shows, movies, and any other sappy homesick scene that needs a soundtrack.
The middle of the set featured a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” by The Kills. The track comes from the Just Tell Me That You Want Me Fleetwood Mac tribute album from Hear Music. Alison Mosshart, the lead singer of The Kills and The Dead Weather, started her music career singing for Florida punk band Discount. When Discount broke up in 2000, she formed The Kills with British guitarist Jamie Hince.
Seattle’s Seapony split up in 2015 but is still active in releasing tracks. Rumor has it they may be releasing some new material soon, but we can’t confirm or deny that because it’s just a rumor. We played the title track from their 2011 debut Dreaming. We’ll just say we’re “dreaming” for new music from the Seattle trio….ugh that was bad.
Let’s get a bit twisted with some soul by Swamp Dogg. Here’s “Total Destruction To Your Mind” from his 1970 debut of the same name.
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DJ: Ain’t no time for dreaming. Charles Bradley backed by the Menahan Street Band giving us the title track from his 2011 debut No Time For Dreaming. Along with acts like Sharon Jones and Sonny Knight, Charles would spearhead the Neo-soul movement of the 2010’s and help bring soulful bliss back to the mainstream. It’s a damn shame it ever left.
Tom Petty’s first solo effort, 1989’s Full Moon Fever, landed him seven singles from the twelve tracks present. “Free Fallin'” would blast Tom into legendary status reaching an entirely new audience. In “Runnin’ Down A Dream”, Tom references Del Shannon‘s big hit “Runaway” with the line “me and Del were singing ‘Little Runaway’, I was flyin'”. Tom actually produced Del’s 1981 album Drop Down And Get Me and would recruit Del’s bass player Howie Epstein to replace Ron Blair.
Del would go on to create the “barnyard noises” heard at the end of “Runnin’ Down A Dream” during the “Hello, CD Listeners” intermission. Due to working with Tom and the rest of the Traveling Wilburys, Del was slated to replace Roy Orbison in the band when he died. Unfortunately, Del shot himself in 1990 and the comeback would never happen.
“Sh-Boom” was supposedly written about an atom bomb threat and is a juxtaposition of happy sounds with sad meanings. The Chords recorded “Sh-Boom” as a b-side on their debut single and it took off like a rocket. The songwriters would sell the rights to allow many covers of the track to hit the market. After oversaturating the radio, the original would get buried in time and The Chords would struggle to maintain relevance.
Swamp Dogg curated his own brand of Southern soul with his satirical/political lyrics and tight sound. Previously, he had been a songwriter and found success with “She’s All I Got“, made popular by Freddie North and later Johnny Paycheck.
Coming up in our third set we get a little country and a little bit rock and roll. The Cynics kick us off doing “Gloria’s Dream”, which sounds an awful like another track by another artist that will follow them. THEM! Get it?!
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DJ: Minneapolis country duo The Cactus Blossoms are on the verge of breaking into an international market. After opening for JD McPherson, the band would receive a call from him a year later asking to produce an album. They released You’re Dreaming in 2016 to much critical acclaim, and have taken another step forward with their appearance in the revamp of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Keep an eye out for them over the next few years, you’re not done hearing about them.
We played a few Wilburys before the Blossoms, starting with Bob Dylan doing “Dreamin’ Of You” from his Tell Tale Signs: Rare And Unreleased 1989-2006 album. The album is the eighth in his Bootleg series. Not fitting with any other tracks on the Time Out Of Mind album, the song would be shelved in favor of others only to be released eleven years later.
After Bob, we played fellow Wilbury Roy Orbison doing his single “In Dreams” from the 1963 LP of the same name. Coincidentally, Roy would get help with his career revival in 1986 when David Lynch used “In Dreams” prominently in his film Blue Velvet with hopes to revive Roy’s career. Roy was adamantly against the song’s inclusion at first but eventually came around to the idea. Orbison enjoyed a nice comeback in the late 80’s co-writing songs with Glenn Danzig for the film Less Than Zero and then teaming up with Jeff Lynne and the rest of the Wilbury gang. After the release of the Traveling Wilburys, Volume 1, Roy would suffer a heart attack at age 52. His posthumous album Mystery Girl would be released the following spring, and go on to become his best-selling solo album ever.
Van Morrison gave us “Call Me Up In Dreamland” from 1970’s His Band And The Street Choir. Fueled by the success of the lead single “Domino“, the album would match the success of its predecessor Moondance.
We led the set with The Cynics. “Gloria’s Dream” comes from their sophomore 1988 LP Twelve Flights Up, which was rereleased in 2000 with 4 unreleased tracks and retitled Sixteen Flights Up. The cut sure sounds like quite the homage to Van’s first band Them and their big hit “Gloria”.
We’re gonna do a California/Women singers set now, with a special Set 4 Score featuring two artists! Let’s start off with Thee Oh Sees, here’s “The Dream”.
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DJ: The beauty of lucid dreaming is controlling your actions and direction. Sometimes lucid dreamers pretend that they’re dead and are existing in an alternative universe. L7 rose to fame with the release of their single “Pretend We’re Dead” from 1992’s Bricks Are Heavy. Prior to the L7 assault, we played a double dose of the Set 4 Score.
First off, we had Allie Hanlon and her band Peach Kelli Pop doing “Dreamphone” from 2012’s Peach Kelli Pop II. Allie has put out three total albums under the pseudonym and just released the Halloween Mask EP last year. Now relocated to Los Angeles from Ottowa, expect to see more beach vibes on her records. Peach Kelli Pop plays June 24th at The Echo on the Sunset Strip. Go see them!
The second Set 4 Score artist was Shannon And The Clams from Oakland, CA. The band has gained a large following in the Bay Area with their neo-car hop vibes and garage/surf punk aesthetic. They fit in very well here at Feel Me Flow! We played “Into A Dream” from their third LP Dreams In The Rat House. Not only does the album feature some Labyrinthian artwork, but the digitial download also features a cover of the mighty Del Shannon tune “Runaway” which we played earlier.
Best Coast played us “Dreaming My Life Away” from their sophomore album The Only Place. Bethany Cosentino claimed that the album was influenced by 60’s country music and Fleetwood Mac. I guess I can hear that. I hear more surf rock influence, personally.
Peach Kelli Pop labelmates Thee Oh Sees led our set with “The Dream” from their Carrion Crawler / The Dream EP. Brigid Dawson actually took the lead on the track, with vocal duties usually going to John Dwyer. We’re gonna do a nightmare set now, so grab your blanky and teddy bear; it could get scary.
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DJ: Remember how weird it was the Roy Orbison wrote songs with Glenn Danzig in the 80’s? It doesn’t seem so strange once you know of Glenn’s obsession with 50’s culture and the black and white rockabilly aesthetic. The Misfits recorded “American Nightmare” in 1978 but never officially released it until the 1985 compilation Legacy Of Brutality.
Before Misfits, we heard another new track from Black Lips’ Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art?. Black Lips supply the theme song for our favorite summertime show King Of The Road on Viceland. The new season starts Thursday so be sure to check it out! Expect someone to drink piss; it will happen.
On the topic of new music, Fat Wreck band Bad Cop, Bad Cop will be releasing their sophomore album Warriors next Friday (6/16). We played their Side 1-Track 1 debut from 2015’s Not Sorry. Alas, we could’ve included this one during our previous California female-fronted band set, but then the nightmare theme wouldn’t have worked! BCBC hails from California as well and fits in perfectly with our garage rock vibes. Check out the new album next week!
Brand New played us their latest with “I Am A Nightmare” from 2016. The single marks a return to a more upbeat paced sound reminiscent of their earlier records. The band released T-Shirts with the text “Brand New 2008-2018” leading many to believe the band would be breaking up despite contradictions from lead singer Jesse Lacey. We shall see.
Alice Cooper led the “nightmare” set with “Welcome To My Nightmare” from the 1975 LP of the same name. The album was a concept album of sorts, focusing on a journey through nightmares had by a boy named Steven.
Alright, that’s enough nightmare talk; let’s focus on dreams! How about we jump into the brightest, lightest pop tune about dreams. Here’s The Chordettes with their 1954 single “Mr. Sandman”.
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DJ: Gregg Allman, whom we, unfortunately, lost in May 2017, said that he wrote the lyrics to the entire first Allman Brothers album in a week. The lyrics have been regarded as surprisingly professional for a debut. The debut included a Muddy Waters cover as well as a Spencer Davis Group cover, and its finale is the epic “Whipping Post“.
Bettye Lavette gave us a soul-ified cover of Ron Davies’ “It Ain’t Easy”. Though recorded in 1972 for a full-length album, the song wouldn’t see the public eye until 2006 when Rhino reissued the Atco recordings and titled it Child Of The Seventies. The tune was recorded at Muscle Shoals with The Swampers in 1972, and Bettye would return to the area to record new material in 2007.
We played David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream” before Bettye. Coming from Bowie’s epic The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. Bowie also covered Ron Davies’ song on Ziggy, and it was the only cover featured on the album.
The Walkmen‘s Hamilton Leithauser has put out a few solo albums in the last couple years, including 2014’s Black Hours and 2017’s I Had Dream That You Were Mine; the latter of which features a collaboration with Vampire Weekend‘s Rostam Batmanglij. I Had A Dream That You Were Mine channels 50’s doo-wop along with modern-day EDM. Rostam wanted to use old techniques and mix them with new ideas, resulting in the albums sound.
Well, friends, that brings us to another closing of the show. Thanks for joining us today on Feel Me Flow! Be sure to check back next time when we celebrate National Best Friend Day!