Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bobby Womack and Sam Cooke

   I've been enjoying Bobby Womack's new album "The Bravest Man in the Universe" for several weeks now (and was planning to go see him perform in Brooklyn, but the show was cancelled), so I thought it was high time to put together a Bobby Womack - Sam Cooke compilation.  I'm not going to get into their personal relationship (you can check wikipedia for all the details), as I paired them together because they're two of my very favorite soul men - in particular, both have an amazing talent to take pop dross (well, maybe not dross, but maybe pop fluff) and turn it into a soul-pop delight.  I tried to stay away from their most popular stuff, but there were a few cuts I just couldn't resist.  Disc two is next week.


The Bravest Man In The Universe Bobby Womack
The Last Mile Of The Way Sam Cooke
Somewhere There's A Girl Sam Cooke
Arkansas State Prison Bobby Womack
You Gotta Move Sam Cooke
I Wish It Would Rain Bobby Womack
Baby I Can't Stand It Bobby Womack
Somebody's Gonna Miss Me Sam Cooke
Somewhere There's A God The Womack Brothers
Lonely Island Sam Cooke
Little Girl Sam Cooke
Take Me Bobby Womack
I Got A Right To Sing The Blues Sam Cooke
(If You Want My Love) Put Something Down On It Bobby Womack
Nobody Wants You When You're Down And Out Bobby Womack
Little Red Rooster Sam Cooke

Thursday, July 19, 2012

M. Ward and Upward: Disc Two

     As promised, here's another disc of the great M. Ward.  I got back from England a few days ago and I'm still a little out of it so I'm not sure how well the songs are sequenced....but it ends with To Go Home, so how bad can it be? ;)


Howlin' For My Baby
Bean Vine Blues, No. 2
Let My Love Open The Door
Blue Bayou
Were You There?
Story of an Artist
Headed For A Fall
Roll Over Beethoven
To Go Home

Thursday, July 12, 2012

M. Ward and Upward

      First off, I apologize for the title of this compilation - it did seem fairly clever for about 23 minutes.  At any rate, I'm excited to go see M. Ward in August so I thought I'd put together a nice mixtape which ultimately ended up being a 2 disc compilation (the guy has a lot of b-sides, appearances on soundtracks, compilations, other people's albums, his side projects, etc.)   For the M. Wardniks, hopefully there's a few cuts you haven't heard before.  And for the newbies to M. Ward who want more, I'd start with Post-War, and then go on to Transfiguration of Vincent, End of Amnesia, Hold Time, and his more recent one, Wasteland Companion.


For Beginners
The Twist
Green River
Way It Goes
John King's Watercolor Bicycle
Ridin' In My Car
I Get Ideas
Cosmopolitan Pap
Crooked Lines
Color Of Water
One More Goodbye
Sweethearts On Parade

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Let's Take the Day Off: The New Girl Group Sounds

      Since I tend to feature a lot of "older" music (i.e. Gen Xer nostalgia stuff) on the show, I thought I'd put on my hipster fedora and put together a compilation of new girl groups - ya know, a variety of lo-fi, garage rock, indie pop, etc. The perfect soundtrack for driving to the beach or sitting in a kiddie pool drinking a Corona. :)  (And btw, I'm aware that some of these bands have boys in them.)


Let's Take the Day Off Denise James
The Box Veronica Falls
Girlfriend Island Frankie Rose and The Outs
Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday The Girls At Dawn
Yours Alone Dum Dum Girls
I'm Not Asleep Vivian Girls
This Is Real Best Coast
Each And Every Day Best Coast
Where Evil Grows Gore Gore Girls
Hip Check! The Come Ons
Vanishing of Time Vivian Girls
Break My Heart La Sera
Love Has Got Me Crying Again Denise James
Know Me Frankie Rose
Hang Around Grass Widow
Wild Eyes Vivian Girls
In My Head Dum Dum Girls
Let's Go Home Best Coast