Saturday, April 1, 2017

She Don't Care About Time: The Byrds, The Three O'Clock, and Army/Navy

   The weather in the Northeast has been kinda crappy the last week or so, but it's finally April, and some nice springtime weather has to be on the way, so I thought everyone could use some guitar rock/pop. And since it's been a while since I did an LA-centric mix, I thought I'd go with three Los Angeles based bands from three different eras: The Byrds (1960's), The Three O'Clock (1980s), and Army/Navy (2010's). (Befour Three O'Clock and The Salvation Army were early band names for The Three O'Clock, btw.)  I've also re-upped the Los Angeles 60's music scenes comps.


Jetfighter The Three O'Clock
So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star The Byrds
Pacific Army Navy
Prouve Army Navy
Sorry The Three O'Clock
Dolphin's Smile The Byrds
Summer Morning Army Navy
She Turns To Flowers Salvation Army
I See You The Byrds
She Don't Care About Time The Byrds
The Girl With The Guitar (Says Oh Yeah) The Three O'Clock
I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better Byrds
Ignite Army Navy
The Seventeen Forever Befour Three O'Clock
The Long Goodbye Army Navy

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thoroughly Hitched: A Robyn Hitchcock Collection

      Ever since I got his 1984 release I Often Dream of Trains a couple of years back (I'm not sure why I waited so long), I've been on a Robyn Hitchcock binge.  Given how prolific (he has a new album out in April and is currently touring the northeast U.S) he's been, it's taken me a while to do justice to his catalog.   I hope the collection does justice to a legend who's remained remarkably vital for 36 years.  It's also his birthday tomorrow (March 3)!

Disc One

Raymond Chandler Evening
Old Man Weather
Keep Finding Me
Eight Miles High
Viva! Sea-Tac
So You Think You're in Love
Hurry for the Sky
Mamie Dunn, Employee of the Month / Good Times Rock & Roll
Evil Guy
Cynthia Mask
Globe of Frogs
Brenda's Iron Sledge
Sam's Gone Away
Have a Heart Betty (Mark 1) [Bonus Track]
Madonna of the Wasps

Disc Two

I Often Dream Of Trains
No Way Out of Time
Daisy Bomb
Underwater Moonlight
Strawberries Dress
Sickie Boy
Vegetable Friend
Dark Globe
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Comme Toujours
Ivy Alone
(A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations) Briggs

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Gram Parsons and Phosphorescent

  I've been meaning to make this mix of Gram Parsons and Phosphorescent for a long time - they're both charismatic native Southerners who, after dabbling in folk and indie rock, respectively, hit their musical heights when playing country/alternative country/cosmic American/whatever you want to call it.  And though neither was blessed with a great voice, they both really know how to deliver a song. Oh, and if you're wondering why there's a Byrds song on here, it's because the Byrds initially made the album Sweetheart of the Rodeo with Gram on lead vocals on several of the tracks. But there were some legal issues with Gram so they re-recorded some of the songs with Roger McGuinn on vocals.  And if you want more of either, I suggest starting with Phosphorescent's Willie Nelson tribute To Willie and with Gram's GP/Grievous Angel       

A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise Phosphorescent
Do You Know How It Feels The Flying Burrito Brothers
I Want You Phosphorescent
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music) The Flying Burrito Brothers
Blue Eyes The International Submarine Band
Terror in the Canyons (The Wounded Master) Phosphorescent
The New Soft Shoe Gram Parsons
Tomorrow Is A Long Time Phosphorescent
Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels
Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye Phosphorescent
You Can Make Me Feel Bad Phosphorescent
To Love Somebody The Flying Burrito Brothers
It's Not Supposed To Be That Way Phosphorescent
You Don't Miss Your Water The Byrds
Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough) Phosphorescent
In My Hour Of Darkness Gram Parsons