Thursday, January 28, 2010

Empty Bed Blues

Well, it's getting cold again in the northeast, so what better time to post some bawdy old blues? In that spirit, here's "Empty Bed Blues" - a compilation of 1920s females blues singers. It came out in 1996, but it's been out of print for a while.

1. If It Don't Fit (Don't Force It) - Barrell House Annie
2. Ice Man (Come on Up) - Memphis Minnie
3. Take Me for a Buggy Ride - Bessie Smith
4. Sam-The Hot Dog Man - Lil Johnson
5. He's Just My Size - Lillie Mae Kirkman
6. My Castle's Rockin' - Alberta Hunter
7. My Butcher Man - Georgia White
8. My Handy Man - Ethel Waters
9. Keep on Eatin' - Memphis Minnie
10. Shave 'Em Dry, No. 2 - Lucille Bogan
11. Send Me a Man - Alberta Hunter
12. Walking the Street - Georgia White
13. In the Racket - Billie Pierce
14. Empty Bed Blues, Pts. 1-2 - Bessie Smith
15. I've Got What It Takes - Virginia Liston
16. Or Leave Me Alone - Lil Armstrong
17. Furniture Man Blues, Pt. 2 - Lonnie Johnson, Victoria Spivey
18. Get 'Em from the Peanut Man (The New Hot Nuts) - Lil Johnson
19. Blues Ain't Nothin' But...? - Georgia White
20. Can't Be Bothered With No Sheik - Rosa Henderson
21. Kitchen Man - Bessie Smith
22. One Hour Mama - Ida Cox
23. Good Time Mama Blues - Martha Copeland
24. For Sale (Hannah Johnson's Big Jack Ass) - Clara Smith
25. You've Been a Good Ole Wagon - Bessie Smith

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Birdman of Chicago

In addition to twang, I've found myself listening to Andrew Bird a lot on my morning commute the last couple of years - especially The Mysterious Production of Eggs and Armchair Apocrypha. I also like his earlier releases, but I don't think they hang together quite as cohesively as TMPOE or AA. So here's a couple of Andrew Bird mixtapes featuring his earlier material.

Two Way Action
Action / Adventure
Dora Goes To Town
Wishing For Contentment
Something Sinister
Sectionate City
Case in Point
First Song
Swedish Folk Tune
The Trees Were Mistaken
Sloe-eyed Seasons

Volume Two

Dance of Death
Way Out West
And So...
Sic of Elephants
The Door
Too Long
Weather Systems
Theme 1 (restated)
(What's Your) Angle?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

On the Right Side of 2009

Well, it's a little late for this sort of thing, but when you're doing you're doing a year-end compilation, you should be sure that you don't omit anything - like stuff you didn't buy until late December. In that spirit, here's 20 of my favorite tracks from 2009 (and all the mp3s are tagged with the albums they come from in case you want to explore further.)

Break Up Girls! The Raveonettes
This Tornado Loves You Neko Case
Blackberry Song Kurt Vile
Cella's Walk Jimi Tenor / Tony Allen
Akampanye The Sweet Talks
Front Door Eleni Mandell
Ain't A Goin' James Hand
You Always Win Raul Malo
A Country Of My Own Thad Cockrell
What Is This Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens
Fitz & Dizzyspells Andrew Bird
No One Will Ever Love You Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles
Inspiration Information Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Ruins of Berlin Dex Romweber Duo
Detroit City John Doe and The Sadies
BR Samba Super Som Lord
The Sweetest Thing Camera Obscura
I Hear Them All Dave Rawlings Machine
Stars of Leo M. Ward
Waiting on These New Things to Go Robbie Fulks

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Marvelous Marvin Gaye

I've been listening to a bunch of Marvin Gaye lately and I was struck by how many duet albums he did and by how many duet partners he had - Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross. I mean, is there any other major (or even minor artist) that's done so many duet albums? So while we're pondering that question, here's two Marvin mixtapes - one a collection of duets and the second a collection of (mostly) rarities and album tracks.

Stubborn Kind Of Fellow
Baby I'm Glad That Things Worked Out so Well
Hope I Don't Get My Heart Broke
One More Heartache
Baby Don't You Do It
When I Had Your Love
Since I Had You
Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
It's Not Unusual
This Love Starved Heart Of Mine
Soldier's Plea
Wherever I Lay My Hat
Good Lovin' Ain't Easy To Come By
This Will Make You Laugh
Everybody Needs Love

Disc Two

Once Upon a Time Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells
Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Steadies Marvin Gaye & Oma Page
You Can Dance Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells
Until I Met You (Corner Pocket) Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells
Rilleh Marvin Gaye & Oma Page
Let's Do It Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells
Exactly Like You Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
Teach me Tonight Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
How You Gonna Keep It (After You Get It) Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Deed I Do Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells
The Late Late Show Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells
You Are Everything Marvin Gaye & Diana Ross
You're a Special Part of Me Marvin Gaye & Diana Ross
Ain't No Mountain High Enough Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
California Soul Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell