Volume 03 Episode 134 – Cover to Cover: American Beauty

A track by track tribute to the Grateful Dead’s “American Beauty” featuring selections from Kurt Vile and the Violators, J Mascis, Wake The Dead, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, Jorma Kaukonen, Yonder Mountain String Band, Playing for Change, Jimmy Buffett, David Crosby, David Hidalgo, BLUEOX, Luluc with Xylouris White, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, and Cordovas.

Air Date: 2020-01-26

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Kurt Vile and the Violators (feat. J Mascis) “Box of Rain” from Day of the Dead 2016 V/A

Wake The Dead “Banks Of Lough Gowna/The Reunion/Friend Of The Devil” from Wake The Dead 2000 V/A

Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs “Sugar Magnolia” from Under The Covers: Vol. 2 2009

Jorma Kaukonen “Operator” from River of Time 2009

Yonder Mountain String Band “Candyman” from Candyman 2020 N

Playing for Change feat. Jimmy Buffett, David Crosby, David Hidalgo “Ripple” from Listen to the Music 2018

BLUEOX “Brokedown Palace” from Brokedown Palace 2020

Luluc with Xylouris White “Till the Morning Comes” from Day of the Dead 2016 V/A

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams “Attics of My Life” from Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams 2015

Cordovas “Truckin'” from Truckin’ 2018 Recorded at Hear Here Presents Studios In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 1st 2018.

Grateful Dead “Queen Jane Approximately” from 30 Trips Around the Sun 2015 Recorded 1993-03-27 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY

An American Beauty Cover to Cover Special Airs January 26th

By a 2 to 1 margin, listeners chose the Grateful Dead’s “American Beauty” to be featured in a Cover to Cover special this month. Tune in to WESU Middletown, 88.1 FM at 5:00 PM on January 26th for a track-by-track tribute to this classic album, featuring selections by Kurt Vile, Jorma Kaukonen, David Crosby, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, and more!

Volume 03 Episode 133 – Tribute to Sylvain Sylvain

A tribute to Sylvain Sylvain featuring selections from his solo career and the New York Dolls.

Air Date: 2021-01-19

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New York Dolls “Frankenstein” from New York Dolls 1973

New York Dolls “Trash” from Personality Crisis (Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975) 2018 Recorded at Planet Studios, NYC in March, 1973.

New York Dolls “Puss ‘N’ Boots” from Too Much Too Soon 1974

Sylvain Sylvain & The Criminal$ “The Cops Are Coming” from Bowery Butterflies (’78 Vintage NYC Rock & Roll Gems) 2000 Recorded in 1977 in New York City.

Sylvain Sylvain “What’s That Got To Do With Rock ‘n Roll?” from Sylvain Sylvain 1979

Sylvain Sylvain “14th Street Beat” from Sylvain Sylvain 1979

Sylvain Sylvain “Medicine Man” from Syl Sylvain And The Teardrops 1981

Sylvain Sylvain “Formidable” from Syl Sylvain And The Teardrops 1981

New York Dolls “Runnin’ Around” from One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This 2006

New York Dolls “Fishnets & Cigarettes” from One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This 2006

New York Dolls “Cause I Sez So” from ‘Cause I Sez So 2009

New York Dolls “Nobody Got No Bizness” from ‘Cause I Sez So 2009

New York Dolls “Fabulous Rant” from Dancing Backward in High Heels 2011

New York Dolls “I’m So Fabulous” from Dancing Backward in High Heels 2011

Sylvain Sylvain “There’s Something Wrong” from Room 37: The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 2019 V/A

Sylvain Sylvain “Society Makes Me Sad” from A Tribute To Johnny Thunders: I Only Wrote This Song For You 2002 Original artist: Johnny Thunders.

New York Dolls “Trash” from ‘Cause I Sez So 2009

Volume 03 Episode 132 – Indistinct Moaning

Selections from Mogwai, Matt Berninger, Mikal Cronin, The Roches, Frank Zappa, The Allman Brothers Band, Chick Corea, and The Nels Cline Singers.

Air Date: 2021-01-12

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Mogwai “Hunted By A Freak (Live)” from 2018 2020 N

Matt Berninger “My Eyes Are T-Shirts” from Serpentine Prison 2020 N

Mikal Cronin “Sold” from Seeker 2019

The Roches “The Death Of Suzzy Roche” from Nurds 1980

Frank Zappa “Sinister Footwear II (Live At The Palladium – 10/31/81 – Show 2)” from Halloween 81 2020 N

The Allman Brothers Band “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (1971-01-31)” from Fillmore West ’71 2019

Chick Corea “Children’s Song No. 12 (Live in Paris / 2018)” from Plays 2020 N

The Nels Cline Singers “A Place On The Moon” from Share The Wealth 2020 N

Volume 03 Episode 131 – Whoops, Oh Lordy!

Selections from Chick Corea, Kronos Quartet, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Mountain Goats, Sturgill Simpson, Grateful Dead, Talking Heads, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, The Primitives, Moaning, A Certain Ratio, Oby Onyioha, and Throttle Elevator Music.

Air Date: 2021-01-09

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Chick Corea “Children’s Song No. 15 (Live in Paris / 2018)” from Plays 2020 N

Kronos Quartet “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (feat. Aoife O’Donovan)” from Long Time Passing: Kronos Quartet and Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger 2020 N

Buffy Sainte-Marie “The Circle Game” from Fire & Fleet & Candlelight 1967 Original artist: Joni Mitchell.

The Mountain Goats “Hopeful Assassins of Zeno” from Songs for Pierre Chuvin 2020

Sturgill Simpson “All Around You – Live from The Ryman – 100% Grass Fed” from Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy, Volume 2 2020 N V/A

Grateful Dead “Looks Like Rain” from Dave’s Picks, Volume 36: Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT • 3/26/87 & 3/27/87 2020 N

Talking Heads “The Big Country” from More Songs About Buildings And Food [2011 Reissue] 2011 Originally released in 1978.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark “(Forever) Live And Die” from Souvenir 2019 Originally released in 1986 on “The Pacific Age”.

The Primitives “You Are The Way (Gods Own Garage Band Mix – Alternate Version)” from Bloom! The Full Story 1985 – 1992 2020 Originally released as a single in 1991.

Moaning “Fall In Love” from Uneasy Laughter 2020

A Certain Ratio “Bouncy Bouncy” from ACR Loco 2020 N

Oby Onyioha “Enjoy Your Life” from Doing It in Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980’s Nigeria 2016 V/A Originally released in 1981 on “I Want To Feel Your Love”.

Throttle Elevator Music “Art of the Warrior (feat. Kamasi Washington)” from Emergency Exit 2020

Which album should be featured for January’s Cover to Cover Special?

Wonderland’s Last Tuesday Treat for January will be a Cover to Cover special, where we’ll air a track-by-track tribute to a classic album. Cast your vote and determine whether Bob Dylan’s 1965 “Highway 61 Revisited” of the Grateful Dead’s 1970 “American Beauty” will be featured. Voting is open until January 22nd, and the special will air on January 26th.

Which album should be featured for January's Cover to Cover special?

  • "American Beauty" by the Grateful Dead (1970) (67%, 10 Votes)
  • "Highway 61 Revisited" by Bob Dylan (1965) (33%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Volume 03 Episode 130 – Search and Recover: To Love Somebody

An hour of covers of the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody” with selections from Bee Gees, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Roberta Flack, Dusty Springfield, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Busty Brown, Billy Corgan, Silver Ginger 5, Slobberbone, Lindi Ortega, and Rod Stewart.

Air Date: 2020-12-20

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Bee Gees “To Love Somebody” from Bee Gees 1st 1967

Eric Burdon & The Animals “To Love Somebody” from Love Is 1968

Nina Simone “To Love Somebody” from To Love Somebody 1969

Janis Joplin “To Love Somebody” from Woodstock – Back To The Garden 50th Anniversary Experience 2019 Recorded Sunday, August 17, 1969

Roberta Flack “To Love Somebody” from Quiet Fire 1971

Dusty Springfield “To Love Somebody” from The Complete BBC Sessions 2007 Recorded on January 5th, 1970

The Flying Burrito Brothers “To Love Somebody” from Honky Tonk Heaven 1973

Busty Brown “To Love Somebody” from The Upsetter 1969 V/A

Billy Corgan “ToLoveSomebody” from TheFutureEmbrace 2005

Silver Ginger 5 “To Love Somebody” from Black Leather Mojo 2000

Slobberbone “To Love Somebody” from Slippage 2002

Lindi Ortega “To Love Somebody” from Faded Gloryville 2015

Rod Stewart “To Love Somebody (Early Take)” from The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998 2009 Recorded during the 1975 Atlantic Crossing sessions

Volume 03 Episode 129 – Ketchup and Relish

Selections from Perfume Genius, Calexico, Sturgill Simpson, Bill Callahan, All Them Witches, Arbouretum, Alanis Morissette, Gregory Pepper and His Problems, The Avalanches, Moodymann, !!!, Negativland, El Michels Affair, and The Budos Band.

Air Date: 2020-12-22

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Perfume Genius “On the Floor” from Set My Heart On Fire Immediately 2020

Calexico “Heart of Downtown” from Seasonal Shift 2020 N

Sturgill Simpson “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)” from Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 2 (Cowboy Arms Sessions) 2020 N

Bill Callahan “Pigeons” from Gold Record 2020 N

All Them Witches “The Children Of Coyote Woman” from Nothing As The Ideal 2020 N

Arbouretum “No Sanctuary Blues” from Let It All In 2020

Alanis Morissette “Diagnosis” from Such Pretty Forks In The Road 2020 N

Gregory Pepper & His Problems “(Isolation)” from Under a Heather Moon 2020 N

The Avalanches “Until Daylight Comes” from We Will Always Love You 2020 N

Moodymann “Let Me In” from Taken Away 2020

!!! “Wonderful Life” from Certified Heavy Kats 2020 N

Negativland “Content” from The World Will Decide 2020 N

El Michels Affair “Villa” from Adult Themes 2020

The Budos Band “Gun Metal Grey” from Long In The Tooth 2020 N

The Budos Band “Mierda De Toro” from Long In The Tooth 2020 N

Volume 03 Episode 128 – Make It Brighter

Selections from The Greyboy Allstars, Patrick Moraz, Hawkwind, Mino Cinelu and Nils Petter Molvær, Hidden Orchestra, The Gaslamp Killer, Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon, Real Estate, Hayley Williams, The Psychedelic Furs, Chromatics, and Tycho.

Air Date: 2020-12-15

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The Greyboy Allstars “Como De Allstars” from Como De Allstars 2020 N

Patrick Moraz “Temples of Joy: Opening of the Gates/Overture/The Feast (A Festa)” from Patrick Moraz [2019 Reissue] 2019 Originally released in 1978.

Hawkwind “Hymn To The Sun” from Road To Utopia 2018

Mino Cinelu and Nils Petter Molvær “Indianala” from SulaMadiana 2020 N

Hidden Orchestra “The Windfall” from Night Walks 2010

The Gaslamp Killer “Forged by Fire (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)” from Heart Math 2020 N

Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon “How Many People Are You” from Noon 2020 N

Real Estate “Also A But” from The Main Thing 2020

Hayley Williams “Simmer” from Petals for Armor 2020

The Psychedelic Furs “Ash Wednesday” from Made Of Rain 2020 N

Chromatics “Touch Red (On Film)” from Faded Now 2020

Tycho “Cypress” from Simulcast 2020

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