Thursday, August 27, 2020

Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant

When I was putting together the 50's music compilations last year, I kinda rediscovered my affection for the country jazz stylings of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant.  After listening to the compilations put out by Razor and Tie several times, I decided to look them up and discovered they were out of print, at least in the United States.  Moreover, practically none of their music - save their last album together - is available for streaming.  In order to rectify the situation, here are both of their out of print Razor and Tie compilations.  Enjoy!

Stratosphere Boogie
Blue Bonnet Rag
Cotton Pickin'
Old Joe Clark
Sleepwalker's Lullabye
Arkansas Traveler
The Night Rider
Low Man on a Totem Pole
Speedin' West
Comin' On
Bryant's Bounce
Midnight Ramble
Pickin' Peppers
Shuffleboard Rag
Bustin' Thru
Flippin' the Lid

Frettin' Fingers
Two Of A Kind
Yodeling Guitar
West Of Samoa
Opus 1
Truck Driver's Ride
T-Bone Rag
China Boy
Jammin' With Jimmy
Deep Water
This Ain't The Blues
The Rolling Sky
Whistle Stop
Hillcrest (Opus 3)
Pushin' The Blues
Swingin' On The Strings
Caffeine Patrol

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Don't Fence Him In: A David Byrne Retrospective

        It's almost 37 years since I saw Talking Heads at Forest Hills Stadium, in what was probably one of their last concerts.  I can't say I've loved all his solo work, but it's still really impressive how vital an artist he remains (and I've been kicking myself for not going to see American Utopia).  Anyway, hope this comp serves as a nice little antidote to whatever ails you during pandemic summer.

Disc 1
Psycho Killer Talking Heads
Snoopies De La Soul feat. David Byrne
Said & The Ants David Byrne
Don't Fence Me In David Byrne
The Dream Police David Byrne
Let's Get Ready To Rumba David Byrne
The Lighthouse David Byrne & Brian Eno
Waters Of March David Byrne & Marisa Monte
Five Golden Sections David Byrne
I Should Watch TV David Byrne & St. Vincent
It's Not Dark Up Here David Byrne
Maria Lando David Byrne
Jingle of the Record Tom Ze
Body in a River David Byrne
Just The Motion David Byrne
Let The Mystery Be 10,000 Maniacs
Disc 2
Loco de Amor (Crazy for Love) David Byrne & Celia Cruz
Please Don't Santigold
Gypsy Woman David Byrne
Garbage Disco  Brian Eno & David Byrne
Lazarus David Byrne & St. Vincent
A Cloud Of Light David Byrne
Glass Operator David Byrne
Asa Branca Forro In The Dark
Yolanda Nigüas Cafe Tacuba & David Byrne
Knotty Pine Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
Under Heavy Manners Robert Fripp
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter David Byrne (w/Thievery Corporation)
The Cowboy Mambo (Hey Lookit Me Now) David Byrne
Hoy No Le Temo A La Muerte La Portuaria
Dance on Vaseline David Byrne
God's Child Selena Feat. David Byrne

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Texas Legend Series - Volume Four: Terry Allen and James McMurtry

      I'm trying not to dwell on the stuff I missed because of the pandemic, but.....I'm still a little bummed that I didn't get to see Terry Allen as he was scheduled to play a concert in Brooklyn last month.  I've never seen him live and his new album Just Like Moby Dick is really impressive - probably his best since Lubbock on Everything.  I should note that I don't have a cut from the new one on this compilation because I finished putting it together before I heard about the new album.  Also, I've re-upped the previous Texas Legend Series compilations as well as the following Texas artists and compilations:

The Damnations' Where it Lands
The 3 named singer-songwriter compilation
The Robert Earl Keen - Lyle Lovett compilation
A Trip Back to Alternative Country - Volume 4 compilation
The Wondrous Ways of Willie Nelson 


The Bottom of the World Terry Allen
We Can't Make It Here James McMurtry
Tired Of Walking James McMurtry
Texas Tears Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band
Sixty Acres James McMurtry
I Blame God Terry Allen
How'm I Gonna Find You Now James McMurtry
Gonna California Terry Allen
Writing on Rocks Across the U.S.A. Terry Allen
Safe Side James McMurtry
The Burden Terry Allen
Fight (Tonight's The Night) James McMurtry
Amarillo Highway Terry Allen
Too Long In The Wasteland James McMurtry
Southern Comfort Terry Allen
Levelland James McMurtry

Sunday, May 31, 2020

King Me: Selections from the Carole King Canon

    It's kinda hard to resist a certain romantic nostalgia for places like Tin Pan Alley, the Brill Building, the Motown Hitsville USA house, the Philadelphia International Records Building, etc of yore.  On the other hand, it also seems a little strange to imagine songwriters and musicians going off to work from 9-5 in suits.  And when you go by those places now, they seem like any other building (i.e. I was a little let down when I finally went and saw the Philadelphia International Records building). It has been more than 15 years since I read  Ken Emerson's great book  "Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era", but I'm pretty sure I would still recommend it for its revealing portraitures of King (and Goffin) and the other talented songwriters who worked at the Brill Building.   It also means that this collection of Carole King songs is way overdue.  Hope it brings a little joy during these chaotic times.


My Inspiration The Mad Lads
Yours Until Tomorrow Bettye Swann
Up on the Roof The Drifters
Chains The Beatles
I'm into Something Good Herman's Hermits
Wasn't Born To Follow Uncle Tupelo
Don't Bring Me Down The Animals
I Can't Make It Alone Maria McKee
Don't Forget About Me Dusty Springfield
It's Too Late The Stylistics
No Easy Way Down Hour Glass
I Can't Say Goodbye to You The Everly Brothers
The Loco-Motion Little Eva
Oh No Not My Baby Aretha Franklin
Hi De Ho (That Old Sweet Roll) Carla Thomas
So Much Love Alton Ellis
Let Me Get Close To You Alex Chilton
You've Got a Friend Pou Vannary
Crying In The Rain Rockpile
Will You Love Me Tomorrow Bryan Ferry

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Notes from the Paisley Underground

Early in 2019, four of the most prominent bands from the Paisley Underground movement in the 1980s released 3X4, wherein each of the bands covered one song by the other three bands.  Listening to that album, belatedly discovering this oral history of the scene (the article was written in 2013)  around the same time, and finding the long out of print Rainy Day album on the internet all, of course, led to an irresistible urge to put together the compilation below.  I should note that the Burn and Shine blog put together an excellent compilation called Paisley Underground: 1981-1990 back in 2011.  As the blog seems to have been defunct for several years, I did use several of the tracks from that compilation on mine as well.  Anyway, hope people enjoy it.

P.s. I highly recommend watching the video for Rainy Day's I'll Keep it With Mine (it's just the song with footage from the 1961 Guy DeBord film, CRITIQUE OF SEPARATION.)

P.P.S. Rest in peace, Tony Allen. I've re-upped my one disc career retrospective of his work.

P.P.S. I've re-upped several other LA-centric posts, including the a) Byrds/Three O'Clock/Army Navy compilation, b) the Los Angeles music scene comps, c) the Tom Waits/Eleni Mandell/Aimee Mann/Stan Ridgway comps, d) the 90s roots revivalist scene

P.P.P.S. Rest in peace, David Roback.  There's a good article on the LA Times website about the Paisley Underground scene, especially his friendship with Hoffs.

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Side A
You Are My Friend The Rain Parade
It's About Time The Pandoras
Let It Rain Dream Syndicate
Fading Away Green On Red
Hold On True West
John Riley Rainy Day
I'll Keep it With Mine Rainy Day
Northern Line Opal
Only Business The Rain Parade
Old World Viva Saturn
Seeing Is Believing Three O'Clock
All About You The Bangles
And She Rides The Long Ryders
John Hardy The Gun Club
No Free Lunch Green on Red
Side B
My Only Friend Opal
Astronomy Thin White Rope
Ghost on the Highway Gun Club
Her Head's Revolving The Three O'Clock
The Days Of Wine And Roses The Dream Syndicate
Here On Earth As Well The Dream Syndicate
What's She Done To Your Mind The Rain Parade
Happy Nightmare Baby Opal
Getting Out of Hand The Bangs
The Word Is Out Danny & Dusty
Hot Generation The Pandoras
And Leave and Leave Me To Damascus
Hollywood Holiday True West
You Wanted Me To Hang Around Wednesday Week
Sloop John B. Rainy Day

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sucking in the '70s - Volume 7

     I typically post at the end of the month, but I completed my newest compilation a few days ago and since a lot of us are stuck in our respective homes now, I figured I'd share it a little early.   I'm pretty sure I said 5-6 years ago that I wouldn't do another 70's music compilation, but I just kept hearing songs that really deserved another volume so there you go.   I've also re-upped all the previous volumes as well as the Saluting the 70's compilations.  Stay safe and be well everybody.

Stand by Your Man Tammy Wynette
And It Didn't Even Bring Me Down Doug Sahm
Ain't Understanding Mellow Jerry Butler
Love Jones Brighter Side Of Darkness
Best Of My Love The Emotions
You're So Vain Carly Simon
Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation The Dells
Baby I'm a Want You Bread
Have You Seen Her? The Chi-Lites
I Think It's Going To Rain Today Cass Elliot
Give Me Another Chance Big Star
Baby Blue Badfinger
Dancing In The Moonlight King Harvest
The Star Of My Show Dusty Springfield
Drowning in the Sea of Love Joe Simon
I Love You For All Seasons The Fuzz
Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma Melanie
The City Of New Orleans Arlo Guthrie
A Natural Man Lou Rawls
Me And Mrs. Jones Billy Paul

Monday, March 2, 2020

Just Watching the Dark: A Richard Thompson Collection

     I've always been a bit hesitant to put together a Richard Thompson compilation.  I'm certainly a fan, but I feel like my appreciation of his musical virtuosity can't compare to the legions of true believer Richard Thompson fans.  Plus, I don't think my favorite RT albums (Daring Adventures, Mirror Blue, Sweet Warrior) are most other fans' favorites.  But life is short, his career has been long and fruitful, and I felt like doing it.    I also should note that his version of Mose Allison's Parchman Farm is quite dandy, but I had already put together the compilation prior to hearing it.

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Volume 1

Guns Are the Tongues
Cold Feet
Sunset Song
The Rattle Within
The Coo Coo Bird
Gypsy Love Songs
General Taylor
Outside Of The Inside
Shoot Out The Lights
Fully Qualified To Be Your Man
Sweetheart On The Barricade
A Heart Needs a Home
Trafalgar Square

Volume 2

Story of Isaac (Live)
Baby Don't Know What To Do With Herself
Will Ye No Cam Back Again / Cam O'er The Stream Charlie / Ye Banks And Braes
Wrong Heartbeat
Stony Ground
The Money Shuffle
End of the Rainbow
Small Town Romance
From Galway to Graceland
Mingulay Boat Song
Guitar Heroes
When The Spell Is Broken
Backlash Love Affair
Dimming Of The Day / Dargai

Friday, January 31, 2020

Among the Great Revivalists and Select Twang - A Collection Of Obscure 1990s Gems

        It's finally dawning on me that it's a new decade.  Consequently, I've been dwelling a bit on the idea that it's now the 2020's and that 20-30 years from now, people will almost be certainly referring to the 2020's when they talk about the "20's".  Now, I was born in the 1960s so it's not like I have any memories of living in the 1920s, but just feels a little disorienting as the decade of the 1920's and the phrase "the 20's" has certain connotations for me.   Anyway, this is my very roundabout way of introducing tonight's compilation -  a collection of 90's/early 00's bands, most notably the Asylum Street Spankers, doing 20's and 30's style music.  Also, a blog reader has contributed a dandy collection of alternative country artists and bands from the 1990's.  (I've also re-upped all my 90s alternative country comps.)

Among the Great Revivalists

I'm a Bear in a Ladies' Boudoir Asylum Street Spankers
Big Boat Devil In A Woodpile
Tight Like That Asylum Street Spankers
Little Kisses White Ghost Shivers
The Minor Waltz Asylum Street Spankers
Darling Nikki Christina Marrs
Lover's Lane Squirrel Nut Zippers
Treatment Bound Asylum St. Spankers
Shake 'Em On Down Tarbox Ramblers
Easy Ridin' Mama Devil In A Woodpile
Digga Digga Doo Asylum Street Spankers
Mozzarella Rag 8 1/2 Souvenirs
Deed I Do Katharine Whalen
Blade Of Grass Asylum Street Spankers
Got Just What I Want Devil In A Woodpile
U.F.O. Attack Asylum Street Spankers
Put a Lid on It The Squirrel Nut Zippers
Tell It To Me The White Ghost Shivers
Deep Ellum Blues Asylum Street Spankers
It Ain't You Squirrel Nut Zippers
Shave 'em Dry Asylum Street Spankers
Select Twang
Cheater's World Amy Allison 
Beer & Kisses Amy Rigby
Gotta Be A Better Way Belle Starr
Just What I Need Big Back Forty
Patience Of A Working Man Blackie And The Rodeo Kings
After All Boondogs
Turn Away Dick Prall Band
Torn Between Love and Hate Okeh Wranglers
Black Road Flathead 
Couldn't Get Along Frog Holler
Cold Feet Hayseed
Never Been To Memphis Last Train Home
Under The Rainbow With You Michael Hall 
Under The Shadetree D. Braxton Harris 
Missouri Roads One Fell Swoop
Rockhouse Boogie Rockhouse Ramblers
Arizona Moon Ranch Romance
It All Depends On You Hillbilly Idol
Big Blue Say Zuzu
Three-Wheelin' One Riot One Ranger
Burn Your Piano The Barkers
Born to Lose You The Felsons
50 Miles Of Bad Road Weed Patch
Bloody Williamson Rockhouse Ramblers
You Might Get Hurt Suzette and The Neon Angels

Friday, December 27, 2019

On the Right Side of 2019

    I don't know if it's a sign of age, but the fact that a decade is soon to end hasn't really entered my consciousness.  And even though it's only 4 days away, I still don't really have any thoughts, let alone deep thoughts, on the subject.  Anyway, here's my favorite tracks from 2019 with the usual disclaimer that I don't include any artist who appeared on the best of compilations from the previous two years.   And since it's the end of a decade, I've re-upped all my previous best of compilations 20092010201120122013201420152016, 2017, 2018).  

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Disc 1

Lark Angel Olsen
Glorious Sudan Archives
Spider Web, Pt. 1 The Budos Band
You'll Need A New Backseat Driver The New Pornographers
Please Don't Call Me Crazy The Cactus Blossoms
Andromeda Mekons
Mariners Apartment Complex Lana Del Rey
South Fourth Street Ransom Pier
Human Molly Sarle
All My Happiness is Gone Purple Mountains
Black Light The Dream Syndicate
Song For Winners Nick Waterhouse
Stay Flo Solange
Flor do Real Sessa
Courtyard Mercury Rev (w/Beth Orton)
Ride Out In The Country Yola
Duchess Erin Rae
1988 Swimming Bell
Disc 2
Jupiter 4 Sharon Van Etten
Empty Locket Eleni Mandell
Prazer Em Te Conhecer Allah-Las
Warranty Meat Puppets
David Buxkemper Dale Watson
Big Bear in the Sky Chuck Mead
Lost Faith Bob Mould
Passaic 1975 The Mountain Goats
Wrong About The Rain Sandro Perri
Sabana de luz Helado Negro
Stay High Brittany Howard
Secret Medicine Vagabon
Where Are You Sonny? The Delines
Chemical Beck
Hot Summer Cool Ghouls
Get Set Go Kid SOAK
Bogeyman Kim Lenz
Crowded Table The Highwomen
Disc 3
Spinning Song Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love) Michael Kiwanuka
ZORA Jamila Woods
Goyita Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
Something To Do Vivian Girls
Follow Me Fabienne Delsol
Letter Juan Wauters
Moving On Leonard Cohen
Lonely Ain't Hardly Alive Robbie Fulks
Everybody's Crying Mercy Bonnie Raitt
Train Train Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
Vagabond Steve Gunn
Anyhow Kelsey Waldon
Sing Along Sturgill Simpson
Tell Me When It's Over The Three O'Clock
iMi Bon Iver
When The Family Flies In Julia Jacklin
Belongs to God Raphael Saadiq

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

On the Right Side of Christmas 2019

There's only about four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year so I'm posting my yearly Christmas compilation a little early.  I've also re-upped all the previous Xmas compilations so have at 'em.


Silent Night Brother Joe May
Lonely This Christmas (Mud) Lucky Soul
Cutty Wren Richard Thompson
Walking In The Air The Eastern Sea
We Three Kings of Orient Are The Swingle Singers
Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit The Christmas Jug Band/Dan Hicks
Santa, Please Bring Him Home Jenny Don't And The Spurs
Christmas, It's Not a Biggie Say Sue Me
Twistin' Bells Santo And Johnny
Santa Claus' Daughter Charlie Rich
Christmas Bells Bobby Nunn
Christmas Time in Bossier City Shinyribs
Just a Sad Xmas The Soul Duo
Peppermints and Mistletoe Chelsea Williams
First Snowfall The Coctails
Frosty the Snowman Freddy Fender & Flaco Jimenez
Mary's Boy Child Esso Trinidad Steel Band
Rudolph's Ruin The Wildebeests
Holiday Baby Fat Daddy
It's Christmas Time Smokey Robinson
Peace & Love (Little Drummer Boy) Sonny Bradshaw
Please Come Home for Christmas The Insight
New Year's Eve Amy Allison
Auld Lang Syne Sufjan Stevens

Friday, November 1, 2019

Can't Shake These Blues: A Chris Smither Retrospective

      I'm not sure exactly why Chris Smither has flown under the radar for so long, but his three Hightone releases from the 1990's (Live as I'll Ever Be, Small Revelations, and Up on the Lowdown) still stand up really well and he's one of the few solo performers I've seen that can really hold a stage for 90 minutes (Ted Hawkins is another one that comes to mind).  He started out in the 1970s, overcame his alcoholism, and has been recording and touring since the early 1990s.   So here's a nice retrospective to celebrate his career.


Strolling Down The Highway
Frankie & Albert
Have You Seen My Baby
Hundred Dollar Valentine
Crocodile Man
Cave Man
Nobody Home
Time Stands Still
Friend Of The Devil
Lonesome Georgia Brown
It Ain't Easy
The Devil's Real (Live)
Can't Shake These Blues
Seems So Real
No Love Today

Friday, September 27, 2019

Smiths and Elliott Smith Covers

         It occurs to me that The Smiths/Elliott Smith dueling tribute compilations may be too cute by half (or even more than that), but please don't let that deter from you listening to these compilations.  Even when the artists aren't doing anything particularly original, the affection for the material  and the quality of the songs make for a worthwhile listen.

Shoplifters of the Smiths Catalog Unite

Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me Grant-Lee Phillips
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want The Dream Academy
Rubber Ring Girl in a Coma
Oscillate Wildly Badly Drawn Boy
Estuvo Bien Mexrrissey
You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby Kirsty MacColl
The Headmaster Ritual Radiohead
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out Dum Dum Girls
Everyday Is Like Sunday Pretenders
Shoplifters of the World Unite Tanya Donelly, Dylan in the Movies
Well I Wonder Janice Whaley
Back to the Old House Live Everything But The Girl
Let Me Kiss You Carla Morrison
I Won't Share You Morning Benders
I Know It's Over Jeff Buckley

Between The Bars Emily Mure
Pitseleh Marissa Nadler
Needle in the Hay Juliana Hatfield
Ballad of Big Nothing The Thermals
Waltz #2 (XO) Minnie Driver
Easy Way Out Vitamin String Quartet
Angeles Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield
Satellite Petra Haden and Bill Frisell
A Fond Farewell The Gazettiers
Miss Misery Tomo Nakayama
Taking a Fall Portland Cello Project
Division Day We Are Telephone
Twilight Lily Pryor
Kings Crossing Kevin Devine
Clementine Beck

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Saluting 70's Singer-Songwriters - Volume 6

          Other than to say that I continue to be impressed by the breadth and depth of 70's artists, I think I've run out of things to say about the music of the '70s.  So I'll just say that this is likely the last volume of 70's singer-songwriter compilations (at least for a while).  But I have re-upped all the previous volumes along with all the Sucking in the 70s compilations.


Here He Comes Brian Eno
On Some Faraway Beach Brian Eno
Bless The Weather John Martyn
Solid Air John Martyn
You Don't Know Me Caetano Veloso
Da maior importância Caetano Veloso 
Perfect Day Lou Reed
Coney Island Baby Lou Reed
Thank You Master (For My Soul) Donny Hathaway
Come Little Children Donny Hathaway
Mary C Brown and the Hollywood Sign Dory Previn
Atlantis Dory Previn
Old Man Neil Young
Long May You Run Neil Young
Brass Buttons Gram Parsons
How Much I've Lied Gram Parsons
My Tennessee Mountain Home Dolly Parton
It's All Wrong, But It's All Right Dolly Parton

Monday, July 29, 2019

Sweetheart cds

Sweetheart: Our Favorite Artists Sing Their Favorite Love Songs
Sweetheart: Love Songs     I was going to wax nostalgic about the days when Starbucks used to sell cds at their stores and even had their own record label Hear Music (not sure exactly how that worked, but I digress), but it's not like I regularly bought cds there.  Plus, the ways they marketed the cds placed an inordinate emphasis on lifestyle, imho.  However, I will forever defend their Sweetheart compilations - at least the two I have that are now out of print.  

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My Funny Valentine Rufus Wainwright
Let My Love Open The Door M. Ward
Buckets Of Rain Neko Case
Love Will Tear Us Apart Calexico
She's Got Everything Old 97's
How Can I Tell You Gary Jules
Give Your Moma One Smile Madeleine Peyroux
The More I See You Sondre Lerche
I Only Have Eyes For You Martina Topley-Bird
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out Joseph Arthur
Your Sweet Voice Milton Mapes
Use Me Jim White
Forever Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham
Inutil Paisagem Vinicius Cantuaria
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square Mindy Smith
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It's All In The Game Nick Lowe
What The World Needs Now Aimee Mann
Until You Came Into My Life Joe Henry
A Face In The Crowd Kathleen Edwards
I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire Clem Snide
Au Fond Du Reve Dore Nada Surf
Love Rosie Thomas
Moonlight Becomes You Ron Sexsmith
Tonight You Belong To Me Josh Ritter With Blake Hazard
Home Soon (The Cherry Song) Sarah Harmer
Ab's Song Iron & Wine
Crazy For You Miho Hatori
Your Tender Loving Care Jon Hyde

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Texas Legends Series - Volume Three: Shaver, Dale Watson, and Ray Wylie Hubbard

   Back in 2012, I posted a compilation featuring three great Texas artists: James Hand, Justin Trevino, and Don Walser and then last year, I posted a second volume of Texas legends - The Gourds, Doug Sahm, and Spoon.  I decided not to wait another six years so here's another volume in the Texas Legend Series featuring Billy Joe Shaver, Dale Watson, and Ray Wylie Hubbard.   I won't discuss their careers except to mention that Billy Joe Shaver was supposedly the inspiration for the Jeff Bridges character in the movie Crazy Heart.  Also, I must issue a mea culpa - I haven't been keeping up with Dale Watson's recordings over the last 5-6 years, but was very pleasantly surprised (well, not really surprised) at how good his latest, Call Me Lucky, is.  Additionally, if I had to recommend just one album from each of the featured artists, I'd go with Shaver's Tramp on Your Street, Dale Watson's I Hate These Songs, and Ray Wylie Hubbard's Loco Gringo's Lament.

     I've also re-upped a bunch of other Texas artists:
The Damnations' Where it Lands
The 3 named singer-songwriter compilation
The Robert Earl Keen - Lyle Lovett compilation
A Trip Back to Alternative Country - Volume 4 compilation


(Up Against The Wall) Redneck Mother Ray Wylie Hubbard
Highway Of Life Shaver
Sweet Jessie Brown Dale Watson
Nashville Rash Dale Watson
When She Sang Amazing Grace Ray Wylie Hubbard
Restless Wind Shaver
...Loose Nut Behind The Wheel Dale Watson
She Can Dance Shaver
Love Never Dies Ray Wylie Hubbard
Coricidin Bottle Ray Wylie Hubbard
Hey Driver Dale Watson
This River Runs Red Ray Wylie Hubbard
Ragged Old Truck Billy Joe Shaver
I Hate These Songs Dale Watson
Bottom Dollar Billy Joe Shaver
Blue Eyes Dale Watson
The Ballad Of The Crimson Kings Ray Wylie Hubbard
Live Forever Shaver

Friday, May 31, 2019

The Case for Calexico

   I really only got into them in the last 3-4 years, but I'm increasingly convinced that Calexico is pretty much the platonic ideal of an indie rock band.  They're musically adventurous without seeming like they're just doing it to seem adventurous, record with a lot of different folks, have great taste in covers, and, perhaps most impressively, they're still releasing really good music.  Indeed, I think their last two albums, 2015's Edge of the Sun and 2018's The Thread That Keeps Us are their two best (and definitely get the deluxe versions if you can).

      While I'm sure Calexico still has a lot of great music left in them, I believe it's still high time for a two volume compilation.  Truly, there's no better musical accompaniment for a hot and humid summer afternoon than a couple of hours of Calexico.

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Frank's Tavern
Sundown, Sundown
Crystal Frontier 
Roll Tango
Esa Banda En Dub 
Love Will Tear Us Apart
He Lays In The Reins
Dance of Death
Tulsa Telephone Book
Curse of the Ride
What's a Little Wait
Casey's Last Ride
Bisbee Blue
Side B
Stinging Nettle
Fortune Teller
Writer's Minor Holiday
Sonic Wind 
Guns of Brixton 
6 White Horses
Cracklin' Water
Firestorm Of Impossible Odds
Walls Came Down
All The Pretty Horses
In the Light
Ocean of Noise
Lunada Lando
El Picador

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Darling, It's Wonderful: Music From The 1950's - Volume Six

The last volume of the 50's comp is finally here.  And though I would guess a high percentage of people who frequent this blog have probably heard Miles Davis' "So What" and Elvis Presley's "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" many times already in their lives, I still thought they were apropos to, respectively, open and close this volume.   It's a little late so I'm having a hard time articulating my thoughts, but they just seem like perfect choices to capture the 50's music aesthetic.  At any rate, hope people like the less well known cuts, too.  I also confess that I'm already thinking of doing some additional volumes at some point down the line so I'm open to any suggestions people might have.


So What Miles Davis
It Don't Cost Very Much Mahalia Jackson
Zoo Lake Dorothy Masuka
Lust Bas Sheva
The Wayward Wind Tex Ritter
Go Go Go Roy Orbison
Bird Dog The Everly Brothers
Ooh Poo Pah Doo  Pt. 1 Jessie Hill
Yes, Sir The Cues
Bweebida Bobbida Gerry Mulligan
El Cayuco Tito Puente & His Orchestra
Rocket 88 Jackie Brenston & his Delta Cats
Gimme A Pigfoot Bobby Short
Fatback, Louisiana, USA Tennessee Ernie Ford
La folle complainte Charles Trenet
I Don't Want You To Go The Casanovas
I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know The Davis Sisters
The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise Mary Ford
Blinuet Zoot Sims
Blossom's Blues Blossom Dearie
Sixty Minute Man The Dominos
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone Elvis Presley