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WTTS OverEasy, February 12, 2012

WTTS OverEasy, February 12, 2012

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It’s the week of Valentine’s Day, and Paul McCartney gives in to his Silly Love Songs side, sort of.

In the new album Kisses on the Bottom (the title reference the location of kisses on a letter, not what you might think, ya perv), Paul does two originals and a dozen cover songs, essaying the “standards” songbook territory done by so many others, except with a few key differences.  One, it’s not a typical approach with orchestra and isolated vocalist, but rather a selection of songs supported by some heavy hitters:  Diana Krall on piano, for example.  (She also contributes to the arrangements for the songs.)  Two, the songs are often, but not always, somewhat less familiar or less frequently performed than the typical standards album, in part because of Paul’s perspective of hearing the songs from a British Isles point of view.

Also on this week’s show, host Todd Berryman previews the forthcoming album by the Chieftains, Voice of Ages, due on February 21st.  It’s a combination of traditional or trad-leaning songs and modern performers, most of which are current within the past decade, including Punch Brothers, Bon Iver and the Decemberists.  He’ll play a song called “School Days Over” with the Low Anthem, a composition by Ewan MacColl (responsible for the Pogues track “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” as well as – believe it or not – the Roberta Flack song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”), a performance that will pretty much involve you needing a box of tissues close at hand.

Some great tunes afoot, on this week’s OverEasy, 7 to 11 am AND pm, on 92.3 WTTS.

Hear more from the new Chieftains album here.

WTTS OverEasy, February 5, 2012

WTTS OverEasy, February 5, 2012

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On this week’s edition of OverEasy, Todd Berryman commemorates February 5th, 2012 – a big day in Indianapolis history, in which our town becomes The Little Engine That Could.  New England and New York face off, and it isn’t as simple as who has the best chowder this time.

Oh, it’ll be the usual selection of what Louis Armstrong used to call “the good ol’ good ones” for you on the show, of course, but we’ll augment with a few songs appropriate to the day, plus feature a brand new EP by Amos Lee called As the Crow Flies, recorded with Calexico during the sessions that spawned the Mission Bell album, including at least one song that has a football metaphor or two.  It comes out on Valentine’s Day, but we’ll give you an early taste of it a week or so ahead of schedule.

Join us…it’s a big party on the OverEasy tip, and you’re invited, this Sunday from 7 to 11 am AND pm, on 92.3 WTTS.

Let us know what you’ve got cookin’ – literally and figuratively – for the day, say hi, and become a fan, at facebook.com/wttsfm and facebook.com/toddovereasy.

WTTS OverEasy, January 29, 2012

WTTS OverEasy, January 29, 2012

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Six dozen performers, one legend, and one good cause.

In salute to the advent of Bob Dylan as a performer during the civil rights movement, Amnesty International has just released a bargain-priced four CD set of Dylan’s work, covered by multiple artists across the musical spectrum, from the modern Cosmic American Music of My Morning Jacket to a torch-song read of “Simple Twist of Fate” by Diana Krall, all on behalf of Amnesty. 

This week on OverEasy, Todd Berryman features songs from Disc 1 of the Chimes of Freedom set, including the above musicians, plus reads of Dylan favorites lovingly rendered by Sting, Mark Knopfler and many more – this Sunday, from 7 to 11 am AND pm, on 92.3 WTTS.

Read more about the project here.

WTTS OverEasy, January 22, 2012

WTTS OverEasy, January 22, 2012

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Appropriately enough for a Sunday radio show, self-described “lapsed Catholic” Craig Finn, frontman for The Hold Steady, finds religious metaphors looming large in his new solo album Clear Heart Full Eyes, out this Tuesday.  Juggling images of the Apostle Islands and the Biblical apostles right out of the box, Finn mines a larger-scope version of the interesting territory he’s mined in his band environment.

So, is The Hold Steady in trouble?  Not at all – the album was recorded during four months of downtime for the band last year, and it finds him in other stylistic modes that may not be as easy to pull off in his band’s normal context, including the quasi Dead (or at least Ryan Adams Cold Roses era) -influenced “When No One’s Watching” (in which someone’s been listening to Jerry Garcia pretty intently, going by the lead guitar).  ”Not Much Left of Us” is another highlight, from the false-start rehearsal rundown in the opening seconds, through the body of the song proper.  Overall, the album is gently epic, making no big deal out of itself, and yet becomes quietly surprising on repeat explorations.

Hear a bouquet of standout tracks, including the above, on this week’s OverEasy with Todd Berryman, Sunday from 7 to 11 am AND pm, on 92.3 WTTS.

More about the new stuff here.


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