Friday, February 27, 2009

More Rooting Around in the 80s

Well, I'm still waiting to get my RAM from Dell for the desktop computer so no pix, but here are volumes 4-6 of Rooting Around in the 80s

Volume 4

Keep On Moving Green On Red
Let's Be Mad John Doe
Capturing the Flag The Long Ryders
Tell It To The Judge On Sunday Long Ryders
Two Lovers Waitin' To Die Green On Red
In the Time It Takes X
A Matter Of Degrees John Doe
La Guacamaya Los Lobos
Never Got To Meet The Mom Long Ryders
Baby, We All Gotta Go Down Danny & Dusty
Be Still Los Lobos
Here Come The Crucifiers Exene Cervenka
Boomtown The Blasters
I'll Love You So The Blasters
Supercharged X
Rock Island Line The Knitters

Volume 5
Come On, Let's Go Los Lobos
The World's A Mess, It's In My Kiss X
Sea Of Cortez Green on Red
The Trip The Long Ryders
State of My Union The Long Ryders
Drugs The Lazy Cowgirls
Going Down Fast The John Doe Thing
Cocktail Trees Exene Cervenka
Down to the Bone Danny & Dusty
The Neighborhood Los Lobos
Baby, You Lied X
I Don't Want To The Blasters
Keep A Knockin' The Blasters
What's Wrong with Me X
The Light Gets In The Way The Long Ryders
Jubilee Train Dave Alvin

Volume 6
Ooh! My Head Los Lobos
Harriet Tubman's Gonna Carry Me Home The Long Ryders
Little Things In Life Green On Red
Liar's Market (Acoustic) John Doe
Working Man Blues Lone Justice
Some Other Time X
Wreck Of The 809 Long Ryders
I Had A Dream Long Ryders
Bus Station The Blasters
He's Got A She Exene Cervenka
New Tattoo Dave Alvin
I Don't Go Out Much Anymore Rank And File
Never Goin' Back The Beat Farmers
The Word Is Out Danny & Dusty
You X
The New World The Knitters

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Rooting Around in the 80s

Before there was alternative country, there was well - well, there wasn't exactly an all encompassing genre for roots music. Not that that's a bad thing. :) Anyway, back in the 1980s, there were a lot of really good west coast bands like The Blasters, Green on Red, Lone Justice, The Long Ryders, Los Lobos, X, etc playing roots music - even if it wasn't usually called roots music (if I recall correctly). So here is the first three volumes of my 9 volume ode to 1980s west coast roots music. (I would put a picture up but my desktop computer is currently on vacation and all my pix are up there. So it'll have to wait until the desktop returns from its little trip to notworkingville.)

Volume 1

The Once Over Twice X
Run Dusty Run Long Ryders
Ghost Hand Green on Red
Si Yo Quisiera Los Lobos
Never No More Blues The Blasters
Highway 61 The Blasters
Clarkesville Green on Red
Motel Room In My Bed X
Will the Wolf Survive? Los Lobos
You Just Can't Ride the Boxcars Anymore The Long Ryders
Left & Right X
The Word Is Out Danny & Dusty
Baby Out Of Jail The Knitters
Biggest Memory Exene Cervenka
Goldmine The Beat Farmers
Coyote Rank And File

Don't Worry Baby Los Lobos
Final Wild Son Long Ryders
In This House That I Call Home X
Hair Of The Dog Green on Red
It Must Be Love The Blasters
The Call Of The Wreckin Ball The Knitters
This World Is Not My Home Lone Justice
Fallen Tears The John Doe Thing
Willamette The John Doe Thing
Shakin' Shakin' Shakes Los Lobos
Good Times Tomorrow, Hard Times Today The Long Ryders
Marie Marie The Blasters
Burning House of Love X
Far Away Dave Alvin
I Want You Bad The Long Ryders
Time Ain't Nothing Green On Red

Looking for Lewis and Clark The Long Ryders
Death Train The Beat Farmers
No Other Girl The Blasters
Clean Like Tomorrow X
The King of the Losers Danny & Dusty
Down On The Riverbed Los Lobos
Sweet) Mental Revenge Long Ryders
Poor Little Critter On The Road The Knitters
Walkin' Cane The Knitters
Powderfinger The Beat Farmers
Ways to Be Wicked Lone Justice
Set Me Free (Rosa Lee) Los Lobos
Sixteen Ways Green on Red
Long White Cadillac The Blasters
Lil' King of Everything Los Lobos
4th of July X

Friday, February 13, 2009

Songs of Recrimination, Remorse, Revenge, and Regret

Back when I was doing my alternative country show, I used to do an anti-Valentines Day show every year featuring "songs of recrimination, remorse, revenge, and regret". Well, I have a girlfriend now, but a friend from the good old days convinced me to put together a compilation for the blog. So here goes.

I Just Don't Know What to do With Myself: Dusty Springfield
I'll Never Be The Same: Billie Holiday
Why Don't You Quit Leaving Me Alone: Rosanne Cash
Sudden Stop: Kelly Hogan & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
To Hell With Love: Annie Ross & Low Note Quintet
God May Forgive You: Rosie Flores
Almost Magic: Syd Straw
Since My Love Is Gone: Nina Simone
We'll Never Pass This Way Again: Kirsty MacColl
Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You): Patsy Cline
Tell Me Baby: Walter Hyatt
I Pity The Fool: Bobby "Blue" Bland
When Your Lover Has Gone: Ray Charles
Withered on the Vine: Nick Lowe
The Real Mr. Heartache: Johnny Paycheck
Too Lonely: The Mavericks
How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore: Prince
Waiting for the Rain to Fall: Chris Isaak
Losing Boy: Eddie Giles
Once Is Enough: Lyle Lovett

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I'll Take You There redux

So here are the next two volumes of my Staple Singers compilation. Also, I discovered that the two previous volumes I posted were missing two songs each (just a little problem with itunes). So I fixed 'em and then re-upped them and now all four volumes should have fifteen songs each.

Volume 3

Let's Go Home
Who Do You Think You Are (Jesus Christ The Superstar)?
Everyday People
Pray On
Father Father
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Eyes On The Prize
Come On Up In Glory
Low Is The Way
Black Boy
The Challenge
Something Ain't Right
So Soon
A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall
I See It

Whicha Way Did It Go
Top Of The Mountain
I Know I've Got Religion
Don't Knock
You're Gonna Make Me Cry
Let's Do It Again
You're Driving Me (To The Arms Of A Stranger)
Give A Damn
A Wednesday In Your Garden
Don't Drive Me Away
Turn Me Around
Downward Road
The Lady's Letter
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
I'll Take You There

Friday, February 6, 2009

I'll Take You There

I remember first getting into The Staple Singers because they covered the Talking Heads' Slippery People (A friend actually had the 45). I soon discovered their 70s stuff - especially the big hits. Recently, following Mavis Staples comeback album "We'll Never Turn Back" I rediscovered them, especially their early gospel material. So I've put together a 4 volume Staple Singers collection including both Mavis and Pops Staples solo stuff. Here are the first two volumes (I'll put the other two up next week.)

Disc One

You Must Have That True Religion
Love Comes in All Colors
I Like The Things About You
Somebody Saved Me
Help Me Jesus
Back Road Into Town
Touch A Hand, Make A Friend
This Year
Jesus Is Going To Mke Up (My Dying Bed)
Downward Road
This Little Light Of Mine
Long Walk to D.C.
I'm A Lover
When Do I Get Paid

Disc Two

Going Away
Who Do You Think You Are (Jesus Christ The Superstar)?
I Ain't Raisin' No Sand
Who Made The Man
On My Way
In The Mississippi River
When Was Jesus Born
Slippery People
Simple Men
The End Of Our Road
I Have Learned To Do Without You
Slow Train
Uncloudy Day
I Had A Dream
The Weight