Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Fistful of Fulks

Back in the fall of 1996, I got Robbie Fulks’ very first cd (Country Love Songs) at the radio station. I think there had been a bunch of mediocre releases that summer because I remember looking at the case and insert and figgerin’ this was probably some derivative alt-country cd. But being the dutiful dj, I brought it home and listened. I was immediately impressed by the first song – a cover of Tim Carroll’s “Every Kind of Music But Country” – and about halfway through the next song “Rock Bottom, Pop 1”, I knew I had seriously underestimated the man. 13 years later, I’m still a big fan of Robbie and still puzzled that none of his songs have ever been hits for some big country or rock performer. (To any country producers or singers reading this blog and looking for a hit, I’d go with “Lie, Memory, Lie” – it’s on Dallas Wayne’s album “Big Thinking” that Robbie produced). He’s also one of the best live acts around and since I’m going to see Monday at the Mercury Lounge in NYC, I thought I’d put together an odds and sods collection for the occasion.
In Bristol Town One Bright Day
Tupelo County Jail
Cigarette State
Bloodshot's Turning 5
Tears At The Grand Ol' Opry
Fountains of Wayne Hotline
I'm Just A Girl
The Call Of The Wreckin' Ball
Cry, Cry, Cry
I Like Being Left Alone
Browns Ferry Blues
When I See an Elephant Fly
King Of The Blues
That's Heaven To Me
Wedding Of The Bugs
Goodbye Virginia
Let's Kill Saturday Night

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Greetings from L.A.

This week, I decided to put together a little homage to some LA based performers - Eleni Mandell, Aimee Mann, Stan Ridgway, and Tom Waits. Yeah, I'm an East Coast boy, but like, whatever.....

Closer To Him: Eleni Mandell
Looking for Nothing: Aimee Mann
As I Went Out One Morning: Stan Ridgway
Snaketrain: Stan Ridgway
Hold On: Tom Waits
Man in the Paper Hat: Eleni Mandell
Straight To The Top (Rhumba): Tom Waits
Gone the Distance: Stan Ridgway
Little Tornado: Aimee Mann
Beautiful: Aimee Mann
Tristeza: Eleni Mandell
On A Foggy Night: Tom Waits
In Shades: Tom Waits
One: Aimee Mann
Maybe, Yes: Eleni Mandell
A Mission In Life: Stan Ridgway

Disc Two

Foreign Affair: Tom Waits
Nightmare Song: Eleni Mandell
He Thinks He's In Love: Eleni Mandell
The Moth: Aimee Mann
End Of The Line: Stan Ridgway
Mr. Siegal: Tom Waits
I'm Thru With Love: Eleni Mandell
Picture In A Frame: Tom Waits
Medicine Wheel: Aimee Mann
Man of Stone: Stan Ridgway
Calling Out To Carol: Stan Ridgway
Lord I've Been Changed: Tom Waits
Silverlake Babies: Eleni Mandell
Video: Aimee Mann
Whistle For Louise: Stan Ridgway
Wise Up: Aimee Mann

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Splendid Stylings of Syd Straw

It was the summer of 1993. I was living in Albany and I had just worked a Sunday double shift waiting tables. It wasn't the best of jobs (though I must confess that working the Sunday buffet shift was pretty easy) so when I found out Syd Straw was playing at QE2 that night, I was happy to go get to see some live music. I think I also had to stay late at work, but the concert must have started late because I got there about halfway through Vic Chesnutt's set. It was probably about midnight, then, by the time Syd came on. I wasn't really that a big fan at the time, but she converted me that night. The stuff from her 1989 album Surprise was great and she did killer covers of Wreckless Eric's Whole Wide World and Robyn Hitchcock's She Doesnt' Exist Anymore. Plus, she must have played til like 3 am - I admit to leaving at around 2:30 because I was exhausted (and I probably had to do another double shift the next day)
So here's a 'lil Syd compilation for you - and this time, I remembered to put the information about the albums the songs came from in the comments for each mp3.

The Toughest Girl In The World
The T.B. Is Whipping Me
Heart of Darkness
I've Been The One
Blue Shadows on the Trail
(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear
Love, And The Lack Of It
Chasing Vapor Trails (His Turn to Cry)
Buenos Aires
Almost As Blue
For Shame of Doing Wrong
Almost Magic
The Train That Takes You Away...
Think Too Hard
Harper Valley P.T.A.
What Am I Worth
Love is a Friend of Mine
The Unanswered Question?
Never Before and Never Again

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Wanna Do My Thing

Well, I was going to talk about discovering African music back in the early 80s via Peter Gabriel and Talking Heads, but.....nah. Anyway, here's a couple of compilations of African music I put together. I forgot to put the info about the albums the cuts came from, but that's why there's allmusic, right? :) (Note: I know the Daktaris aren't from Africa - but I thought it was a funny little music stunt.)

Adena Ike King Sunny Ade
Megaton Vecchio
Dancing Time Funkees
Iumumba Miriam Makeba
Just A Moment George Danquah
Home Sweet Home Orlando Julius
Daktari Walk Daktaris
Okwukwe Na Nchekwube Celestine Ukwu & His Philosophers National
Gbagada Gbagada Gbogodo Gbogod Fela Kuti & Africa 70
Allah Wakbarr Ofo The Black Company
Ererimbot Ayafung Oko Rex Williams
Qhude Manikiniki / Fair Fight Umahlathini Nabo
Minuit eleki Lezi Franco

Wanna Do My Thing Matata
Afro-Disco Beat Tony Allen
When Am I Going To Reach There? Metche Dershe
Sini Lindile / We Are Waiting For You Nganeziyamfisa No Khamba Lomvaleliso
N'daya paradis Tabu Ley Rochereau
Umbaqanga Music Juluka
Kita Kita Gaspar Lawal
Weya Manu Dibango
Boulmamine Orchestra Baobab
Talking Drum Africa Messengers/Ginger Johnson
Minsato Le, Mi Dayihome Orchestra Poly
Fatoumata Bembeya Jazz National
By Your Side (Cottonbelly's Folly) Sade