Fricke's Picks Radio: Volume 1, Episode 3


"I just want to be treated like a normal legend," Rodriguez, the resurrection story of 2012, said in a low, firm voice, silencing a weirdly loving, disruptive audience during his April 10th concert at New York's Town Hall. He certainly got a puzzled quiet while playing "Dead End Street," a 1966 hit for the R&B singer Lou Rawls, now reverberating with Rodriguez's love and anguish for his home city, Detroit. Here is Rawls' dynamic original, along with a song from Eleanor Friedberger of Fiery Furnaces, who gamely opened the show with a solo set of acoustic guitar and acutely drawn, precarious romance.

Rodriguez: 10 Things You Don't Know About the 'Searching for Sugar Man' Star

Also reflected here are current immersions in David Bowie's return to record, The Next Day (ISO/Columbia); the stark, commanding propulsion of Britain's Savages, about to release their debut album, Silence Yourself (Matador); "You Lust," the liquid-mercury centerpiece of the Flaming Lips' electro-nightmare, The Terror (Warner Bros.); and the enduring white-soul invention of the Rascals, now playing a big chunk of their best-selling legacy on Broadway in the reunion production, The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream.

The Rascals Reunite on Broadway

The Pink Floyd finish, from the soundtrack of the 1970 film, Zabriskie Point, is for the album-cover designer Storm Thorgerson, who died on April 18th. I wanted to play "Remember a Day" from 1968's A Saucerful of Secrets, the first cover Thorgerson created for that band. But the Floyd don't stream.


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David Fricke

Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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