Thursday, June 2, 2022

Thirty Odes to Los Angeles

       In putting together this Los Angeles themed compilation, I decided to exclude songs that were really songs about California or were primarily focused on Hollywood related themes.  Instead, I tried to only use songs that were about Los Angeles or a particular landmark or street in Los Angeles.  It's nowhere as noirish as I though it would turn out to be, but maybe it's partly about the fact that a lot of of folks who are singing about Los Angeles aren't from there.  Anyway, hope both Angelenos and non-Angelenos enjoy it.  (I also re-upped the compilation "L.A. is the Place For Me" which features mid and late 1960s acts that recorded in Los Angeles.)


  Disc 1

A Night in LA

Ry Cooder

East L.A.


Ode to L.A.

The Raveonettes

Drinking in L.A.

Bran Van 3000

Los Angeles


This Town

The Go-Go's

Los Angeles


Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham

Bobby Whitlock

Coming into Los Angeles

Arlo Guthrie

Old L.A.

New Multitudes



Whittier Blvd.

Thee Midniters

Funky L.A.

Paul Hemphrey & His Cool Aid Chemists

The Recipe

Kendrick Lamar

Leaving LA

Father John Misty

Disc 2

Let Me Back In

Rilo Kiley

Come A Long Way

Michelle Shocked

Went Looking for Warren Zevon's Los Angeles


L.A. Blues

Tom T. Hall

Los Angeles

Margot & The Nuclear So & So's

Screenwriter's Blues

Soul Coughing

Back In L.A.

B.B. King

I Left My Wallet in El Segundo

A Tribe Called Quest

Blues for Los Angeles

Bill Frisell


Elliott Smith

Los Angeles


Los Angeles Mood (Chromium Descensions)

Tom Waits

Los Angeles Blues

Johnny Moore's Three Blazers

Angeles Crest

Chelsea Williams

Los Angeles

Joe Williams

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Sucking in the '70s - Volume 9

I've made a point of not repeating any artists in the Sucking in the '70s series, but this latest volume does include Valerie Carter's version of Ooh Child despite my inclusion of The Five Stairsteps much more well-known version of the song in Volume 5.  In my defense, I actually prefer Carter's version.  I know it's fairly heretical, given the popularity of The Five Stairsteps version (and I do like their version, too), but Carter really nails it and, well, it really is the sort of song an adult should be singing. :)  Anyway, I hope folks like it and I've also re-upped all the  previous volumes as well as the Saluting the 70's compilations.


Just my imagination

The Temptations

She's Gone

Hall and Oates

Do Your Thing

Isaac Hayes

Soul Makossa

Manu Dibango

If You Want Me To Stay

Sly & The Family Stone

It's Hard to Live in This Old World

Rev Harvey Gates

Struggling Man

Jimmy Cliff

Who'll Stop The Rain

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Don't Let It Throw You

Jim Sullivan

Cannock Chase

Labi Siffre

(I'm) Just Being Myself

Dionne Warwick

Oh Happy Day

Edwin Hawkins Singers

Let 'Em In

Paul McCartney And Wings

Here I Am (Come and Take Me)

Marcia Griffiths

Float On

The Floaters

Want Ads

Honey Cone

Groovy Situation

Gene Chandler

You're The Reason Why

The Ebonys

Oh Me Oh My


Ooh Child

Valerie Carter

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Ain't That Fine: A Ray Charles Collection - Volume 3

As promised, here is the third Volume of my Ray Charles compilation.  As I noted last month, I tried to focus solely on his lesser known material, but I couldn't resist starting this volume with It Had to Be You, even though I kind of always assumed that it was one of his bigger hits.  I haven't seen the movie in more than 30 years, but I thought that his version of the song was in When Harry Met Sally (it's Frank Sinatra's).  It's also not on any of his many Greatest Hits collections.  So I feel a little better about including it in this volume, but now I'm a little dismayed that Ray's version isn't more well-known as it's just a perfect interpretation, imho.  Anyway, hope folks enjoy this third volume.

It Had to Be You
Blue Genius
Let Me Hear You Call My Name (St. Pete Blues)
What Would I Do Without You?
The Cincinnati Kid
Oh, Lonesome Me
Ol' Man Time
Smack Dab in the Middle
Somebody Ought To Write A Book About It
Here We Go Again
Down In The Valley
Zig Zag
Who You Gonna Love
Mary Ann
Ain't That Fine
That's Enough

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Ain't That Fine: A Ray Charles Collection - Volumes 1 and 2

I'm a little embarrassed that I spent an inordinate
amount of time thinking about what I should call this compilation and was only able to come up with the nondescript "Ain't That Fine".   Basically, I was hoping for something just a little bit clever and original while paying respect to Ray's genius talent.  And yet I achieved neither.  I hope that does not deter from people's enjoyment of this collection (you can always change the name on the mp3s) - I tried to focus mostly on album cuts and out of print material.  In doing so, I discovered just how much of his output is now out of print - like most of his 60's and 70's recording.  It's been almost 20 years since the biopic movie so another Ray revival is sorely overdue.  I'll post Volume 3 next month.

      I also wanted to give a little homage to the great Dallas Good of the Sadies who died at the far too young age of 48 a week ago.  The Toronto Star has a really nice obituary and I've also re-upped my two Sadies compilations

Volume 1

Makin' Whoopee
I Want to Know
Bags of Blues
Side By Side
Don't Tell Me Your Troubles
Mister C
Tell Me, How Do You Feel?
You're Just About to Lose Your Clown
Senor Blues
I Wake Up Cryin'
You'll Never Miss The Water Until The Well's Gone Dry
All to Myself Alone
She's On the Ball, Jack
Scotia Blues (Blues For Big Scotia)
You Are My Sunshine
 My Baby (I Love Her Yes I Do)

Volume 2

Swing A Little Taste
Mississippi Mud
The Ray
I'm Movin' On
Alabamy Bound
Th' Ego Song (They're Crazy About Me)
Soul Meeting
Laughin' and Clownin'
 Worried Life Blues
She's Lonesome Again
I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now?
But On the Other Hand, Baby
Guitar Blues
Walkin' and Talkin' (to Myself)
X-Ray Blues
Baby, Don't You Cry
Sweet Georgia Brown

Sunday, January 30, 2022

There's Nothing Greater Than A Jay Farrar Retrospective

 It's pretty hard to believe that it's been almost 28 years since Uncle Tupelo broke up.   I confess I soured a bit on Son Volt after their second album and didn't listen to them for a while, but man, just about everything he's done over the last ten years - especially 2013's Honky Tonk - whether as a solo act or in Son Volt, has been stellar.  I'm really hoping to see them on tour this spring and I also hope folks enjoy the career overview below. 


  Disc 1

Life Worth Livin'

Uncle Tupelo

Creosote - straight

Son Volt

Lookin' At The World Through A Windshield

Son Volt

Love's Gonna Live Here Again

Uncle Tupelo

Jake Walk Blues

Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, Yim Yames


Jay Farrar

Reality Winner

Son Volt

Open Ground

Jay Farrar


Son Volt

Blue Eyes

Uncle Tupelo

Maggie's Farm

Uncle Tupelo

Circadian Rhythm

Son Volt

Outside the Door

Jay Farrar

High Water

Uncle Tupelo

Angel Of The Blues

Son Volt

Disc 2

Going, Going Gone

Son Volt

Cairo and Southern

Son Volt

Song To Woody

Uncle Tupelo

Breathe Our Iodine

Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard

True To Life

Uncle Tupelo

I Wanna Be Your Dog

Uncle Tupelo

Devil In Disguise

Jay Farrar


Uncle Tupelo

Mr. Soul (Neil Young)

Uncle Tupelo

Hanging Blue Side

Son Volt

Hard Is the Fall

Jay Farrar

Someday is Now

Son Volt

Tear Stained Eye

Son Volt

Pushed Too Far

Son Volt

Anodyne (Live)

Uncle Tupelo


Thursday, December 30, 2021

On The Right Side of 2021

     Though it was certainly a lot better than 2020, I don't think 2021 is going to down in the global history books as a great year.   But, as always, there was a lot of great music.  I'd especially recommend all of the following artists' 2021 releases: Strand of Oaks' In Heaven, Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird's These 13, David Sanford's A Prayer for Lester Bowie, First Aid Kit's Live Tribute to Leonard Cohen, Rodrigo Amarante's Drama, A Sweet Relief Tribute to Joey Spampinato, Lord Huron's Long Lost, Charley Crockett's: 10 for Slim: Charley Crockett Sings James Hand, and Sons of Kemet's Black to the Future

      As usual, I've only included artists who weren't on the two previous years compilations with the exception of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten.  (They sound so good together and the song just really captured 2021 for me, so there you go.) I've also re-upped all my previous "best of" yearly compilations (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020).

Disc 1
She Walks in Beauty (with Warren Ellis):  Marianne Faithfull
Could It Be:  Dominique Fils-Aimé
Candles in the Sun:  Miguel
Mellow Peaches:  The Black Keys
Heartbeat Of America:  Billy Strings
I'm Still Here:  Travis Linville
Blue Mesas:  Leon Bridges
If You Have Ghosts:  Chelsea Wolfe
I Will Be Your Shield:  Billy Bragg
Here's The Thing:  Courtney Barnett
Stones of Silence:  Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth
Dizzy Atmosphere:  David Sanford Big Band
Galacticana:  Strand of Oaks
The Starchaser:  Menahan Street Band
3:00 AM:    HAIM
Just Because You Can:  Speed the Plough
Red Velvet Rope:  Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird
Disc 2
Who by Fire / As the Mist Leaves No Scar:  First Aid Kit
Blue Raspberry:  Tobacco City
The Globe:  Son Volt
That I Get Back Home:  Deer Tick
Hot & Heavy:  Lucy Dacus
Marathon of Anger:  Parquet Courts
Cosmosis [feat. Ben Okri & Skepta]:  Tony Allen
Movement 5:  Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, & The London Symphony Orchestra
Caroline:  Arlo Parks
Tanto:  Rodrigo Amarante
The World Is A Ghetto:  Los Lobos
Love Me Like You Used To:  Lord Huron
Mighty Lonesome Man:  Charley Crockett
Makin Memories:  Melissa Carper
Relative Fiction:  Julien Baker
Call Me A Fool:  Valerie June
Put On A Smile:  Silk Sonic
But Beautiful:  Mandy Barnett
Disc 3
Drinking in America:  Chris Eckman
I’m Waiting For The Man:  Matt Berninger
Screaming:  Jake Bugg
Chismiten:  Mdou Moctar
Pick Up Your Burning Cross:     Sons Of Kemet [feat. Moor Mother & Angel Bat Dawid]
The Same Tree:  CTMF
Fox On The Run:  Daniel Donato
Long Time Gone:  The Flatlanders
Pretty Good:  Nathaniel Rateliff
Rare to Wake:  Shannon Lay
Phase One Million:  Vanishing Twin
Point and Kill:  Little Simz feat. Obongjayar
Give Me Fifteen:  Aimee Mann
Virginia Beach:  Hamilton Leithauser & Kevin Morby
One of These Things First:  Susanna Hoffs
Little Green Apples:  Real Estate
I Never Could Get Enough:  My Morning Jacket
Like I Used To:  Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen

Sunday, November 28, 2021

On the Right Side of Christmas 2021

As usual, I'm struggling to think of anything
meaningful to say about Christmas (or
Christmas music). Though, also as usual, I'm always a little surprised by how many artists have put out some sort of holiday themed songs - I had no idea that Nina Simone recorded Children Go Where I Send Thee until a couple of months ago.  It also seems that a lot fewer folks have a dismissive attitude towards Christmas music.  Or maybe I just talk to even fewer people than I used to about their musical tastes. :) I've also re-upped all the previous Christmas compilations.   

Silent Night

Sharon Van Etten

Blood Oranges In The Snow

Over the Rhine

Jingle Bells

Chet Atkins

Christmas Train

Sofia Talvik

Santa's Midnight Run

The Untamed Youth

X'mas Time (It Sure Doesn't Feel Like It)


Party for Santa Claus

Lord Nelson

Merry Christmas


Be-Bop Santa Claus

Babs Gonzales

How I Hate to See Christmas Come Around

Jimmy Witherspoon

Christmas For Cowboys

Samantha Crain

Thank God It's Christmas

Ella Vos

It's Christmas Time

Yo La Tengo

Ding Dong Dandy Christmas

The Three Suns

Children Go Where I Send You

Nina Simone

Holiday Pickin

The Nashville Bluegrass Band

Love the Holidays

Old 97's

Rock 'n' Roll Santa

Little Joey Farr

Plump Righteous

The King Khan & BBQ Show

Christmas Joy

Don Cornel & The Eternals

(Dance To A New Kind Of) Christmas

Big Society

One Christmas for Your Thoughts

Durutti Column

Merry Christmas from Mars

Michael Hall

Auld Lang Syne

The Hotel Cafe Medley