Sunday, January 29, 2023

The Singular Miss Simone: An Homage to Nina Simone

       The one and only Nina Simone would be turning 90 on February 21 so I thought it only proper to honor her with a little homage.  To be clear, she only formally "wrote" about half of the songs on the compilation, but Nina's versions of the songs (several of which are traditional songs) are in almost all the cases, the definitive versions of the songs.  (Yola, however, does credit Aretha Franklin's arrangement of "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black".)  For instance, Jeff Buckley's version of Lilac Wine isn't a note for note cover, but it's pretty clear that her version was the one that inspired him.   

           I should also note my inspiration for this compilation is the 1996 release "Nina Sings Nina" which features a bunch of the songs on this compilation.  The actual cd is out of print, but I'm pretty sure all songs are still available.

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My Mama Could Sing (Intro)

Lisa Simone

Come Ye

India.Arie

Wild Is The Wind

Ms. Lauryn Hill

Lilac Wine

Jeff Buckley

Sea Lion Woman

Feist

African Mailman

The Rhythmagic Orchestra

Sinnerman

Keziah Jones

Be My Husband

Dianne Reeves

Four Women

Malia

...Sugar In My Bowl

Asylum Street Spankers

Either Way I Lose

Meshell Ndegeocello

Plain Gold Ring

Kimbra

Mississippi Goddam

Piano Tribute Players

I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)

Solomon Burke

To Be Young, Gifted and Black

Yola



Wednesday, December 28, 2022

On The Right Side of 2022

It's the end of another year and, alas, I'm mostly filled with unfocused thoughts about the past year and the future.  But it's been another grand year for music and I'd particularly recommend the recent releases by The Volebeats, Sessa, The Sadies, CMAT, Sudan Archives, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen

As usual, I tried to only includes who weren't on the two previous years compilations.  But I did make an exception for Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, and Andrew Bird since they were all dueting on last year's compilation.  All of the previous year end compilations are also available (200920102011201220132014201520162017, 201820192020, 2021).



Disc 1
Lydia Margo Price
Haunted Satellite Beth Orton
Whisper to Me The Volebeats
Vault of Heaven Pixies
Tchingolene Etran de L'AÏr
Palm Sunday Papercuts
Golden State The Delines
Georgia On A Fast Train Willie Nelson
Red Moon Big Thief
Roman Holiday Fontaines D.C.
Blackleg Miner Freakons
Faithless Ghost Andrew Bird
Heat Lightning Mitski
Canção da Cura Sessa
Astral Jacket Spoon
Unhate Cat Power
Meridian, MS Phosphorescent
Blank Page The War and Treaty
Disc 2
Fly On Karen Elson
Goodbye Mr. Blue Father John Misty
Outta Time Orville Peck
Stop and Start The Sadies
Righteous Lazarus 4 Days Dead (Reprise) The William Loveday Intention
Somebody Else Sarah Shook
The Whole Of The Law Johanna Samuels
We Let It In Brian Eno
Saudade Ana Frango Elétrico
Cumbia del Polvo Calexico
No More Virgos CMAT
Good Enough Nikki Lane
Saturdays Broken Bells
Home Maker Sudan Archives
Tom Verlaine Alvvays
Speech Bubbles The Smile
Grapevine Weyes Blood
Come Back Sharon Van Etten
Disc 3
River Aaron Kyle
Cruel Country Wilco
No Me Llames (Versión Acústica) Carla Morrison
Strange Diamonds Jessie Baylin
Everyone's Stranger Than Me The Senior Service feat. Rachel Lowrie
Wet Dream Wet Leg
Training Montage The Mountain Goats
Tom Barrett Ian Noe
When It Comes To You Sturgill Simpson
All The Good Times Angel Olsen
Queen Of Spades Julianna Riolino
Nothing Santigold
Realities.com T Bone Burnett
Sudden Light Jesca Hoop
Meus 26 Tim Bernardes
He'll Make a Way (Trust in the Lord) Pastor Champion
You Don't Go Away Lykke Li
This Woman's Work Caroline Spence, Erin Rae, Michaela Anne, Tristen

Friday, December 2, 2022

On the Right Side of Christmas

 I apologize for the delay, but this last week has been a bear (and I was still recovering from a cold up until 2 days ago).  Anyway, I don't know if people really need another one, but there's still a lot of great old and new releases, so it's time for another Christmas compilation (and all of the the previous Christmas compilations are also available).  Hope everyone enjoys it!



What Month Was Jesus Born In?

Odetta

Christmas Time (Keep It Together)

Annie Booth

Nativity

Paul Kelly

Jane Jane

Bonny Light Horseman

Holiday Road

Matt Pond PA

Ol' Fatso

Augie Rios

God Rest Ye Gnarly Gentlemen

Underwater Bosses

I Love Christmastime

Sunshine Boys

Say "Merry Christmas" for Me

Donna Hightower

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Lucinda Williams

Lonesome Christmas

Lowell Fulson

Christmas In Vietnam

Johnny And Jon

Christmas Time is Here

Lucius

Bells Of St. Mary's

Lee Andrews & The Hearts

Slick Nick, You Devil You

Fishbone

Bluebells of Christmas (Chip !! Chip !!)

Jimmy McGriff

Cold Christmas

The Aislers Set

Christmas Time's A Comin'

Marty Stuart

Sleigh Bell Rock

Three Aces & A Joker

Jingle Bells

Urbie Green

Christmas Coming

Alton Ellis

Cross You Off My List

Lola Kirke

Pretty Paper [*]

Roy Orbison

Auld Lang Syne

Anne Buckle


Sunday, October 30, 2022

Mandy Barnett: Voice of a Generation

      I've never quite understood why Mandy Barnett didn't become a huge star, especially after her amazing sophomore release I've Got a Right to Cry, but, as Mae West famously declaimed, goodness had nothing to do with it.  Now I must confess, I stopped following her career in the late 2000s (as she seemed to have stopped recording)  a while and only recently had the pleasure to listen to her dandy 2013 collection of Don Gibson Covers, I Can't Stop Loving You.  And after listening to last year's Billie Holiday homage, Every Star Above, I decided a Mandy Barnett retrospective was long overdue.  As for the title of the collection, I forget who described her that way and I think they may have characterized as a once in a generation voice.  At any rate, hope folks like it (though I can't imagine anyone wouldn't. :)

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Planet of Love
Dream Too Real to Hold
Slowly
Look Who's Blue
If You'll Be The Teacher
Jackson
Anytime
Searching (For Someone Like You)
Lock Stock and Teardrops
The Whispering Wind (Blows on By)
How’s The World Treating You
My Tears
Walking After Midnight
Life's Railway To Heaven
Dark Moon
For All We Know
Town Without Pity
Help Me Make It Through the Night

Friday, September 30, 2022

Sally Timms: It Says Here and To the Land of Milk and Honey

I've been extremely dismayed about the Dobbs Supreme Court decision allowing states to ban abortion
without any exceptions.  And since I don't know of any charity albums centered around the issue of abortion that have come out in wake of the Dobbs decision, I thought it necessary to post Sally  Timms' out of print ep "It Says Here" as it features a great live cover of Dolly Parton's Down from Dover.  And while I was it, I also though I might as well also post her out of print album To the Land of Milk and Honey.  Enjoy!


It Says Here

It Says Here
US Foreign Policy
Welsh Girl
Down From Dover
Reason To Believe

To the Land of Milk & Honey

Round Up
Half Past France
Everytime She Walks In the Room
It Says Here
Junk Barge
King Ludwig
No More Rides
Homburg
Painted Girl
Longing, Madness And Lust
Deep





Sunday, August 28, 2022

Good Music to Chill out to: Steve Gunn and Kurt Vile

     I've always loved the scene in 24 Hour Party People where Tony Wilson gets very high and imagines that he meets God (who looks exactly like Tony Wilson).  God reassures him about the choices he's made and also tells him that he should release a Vini Reilly greatest hits compilation as it's "good music to chill out to".  Well, this isn't a Vini Reilly compilation, but I've increasingly found both Kurt Vile and Steve Gunn (who was/sometimes still is Kurt Vile's guitarist) excellent music to, well, chill out to.  For those wanting more Vile or Gunn, I'd recommend Kurt Vile's Childish Prodigy and Steve Gunn's The Unseen in Between.

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Clay Pigeons

Shannon Lay & Steve Gunn

Red Apples

Kurt Vile

New Moon

Steve Gunn

It's Alright

Kurt Vile

Goodbye, Freaks

Kurt Vile

Conditions Wild

Steve Gunn

I'm an Outlaw

Kurt Vile

Trailways Ramble

Steve Gunn

Over Everything

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

Way Out Weather

Steve Gunn

Dive for the Pearl

Steve Gunn

Speed of the Sound of Loneliness

Kurt Vile

Other You

Steve Gunn

Wakin' on a Pretty Day

Kurt Vile

 

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Isaac Hayes: A Tribute and a Retrospective

Isaac Hayes would have turned 80 on 
August 20 (and died on August 10, 2008) so I thought I though it appropriate to post both a 
retrospective of his solo work as well as a set of covers of Isaac Hayes' songs.  In addition to being a truly iconic figure in American popular culture, he really had one of the greatest ten year runs in pop music - from the mid to late 1960s, he was an incredibly prolific songwriter (though one must give ample credit as well to his songwriting partner, David Porter) and then he released a string of great solo albums from 1969 to 1974.   


I'll Never Fall In Love Again

It's Too Late (She's Gone)

(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right

Bumpy's Lament

You Never Cross My Mind

The Feeling Keeps On Coming

Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic

Theme From "The Men"

You're In My Arms Again

Blue Groove

Soulsville

Your Loving Is Much Too Strong

I Stand Accused

Runnin' Out Of Fools

Songs from the Book of Isaac

I Had A Dream

Johnnie Taylor

As Long As I've Got You

The Charmels

Let Me Be Good To You

Carla Thomas

Sister's Got A Boyfriend

Rufus Thomas

In The Twilight Zone

The Astors

I Take What I Want

Aretha Franklin

You Got Me Hummin'

Reigning Sound

You Don’t Know Like I Know

Sam & Dave

Weak Spot

The Detroit Cobras

I'm A Big Girl Now

Mable John

Soul Girl

Jeanne & The Darlings

Boot-Leg

Booker T. & The MG's

It's Happening All Over

William Bell

Do Your Thing

Lyn Collins

B-A-B-Y

Rachel Sweet

Shaft

El Michels Affair

Make It Me

The Premiers

The Sweeter He Is (Pt. 1 & 2)

The Soul Children

I'll Run Your Heart Away

Lisa Miller

If I Ever Needed Love (I Sure Do Need It Now)

Ruby Johnson



Thursday, June 30, 2022

The Texas Legends Series: Volume Six - Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock

 I know this was a rather obvious choice for the Texas Legends series, but that doesn't mean it isn't sorely needed (especially when I discovered that most of Butch Hancock's solo stuff is out of print).  I also like to do homages to artists that are still making music, so it's worth mentioning that the Flatlanders 2021 release, Treasure of Lovewas very good, albeit a little inconsistent.  Hope everyone likes it.  I also re-upped the previous five Texas Legends series compilations. 


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Hello, Stranger (live)

Butch Hancock & Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Way Downtown

Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Wronglers

Row Of Dominoes

Joe Ely

Queen Of Heaven

Joe Ely

Perfection In The Mud

Butch Hancock

Chase the Wind

Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Going Away

The Flatlanders

Just a Wave, Not the Water

Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Roll Around

Butch Hancock

Goodbye Old Missoula

Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Ranches and Rivers

Joe Ely

Braver Newer World

Jimmie Dale Gilmore

West Texas Waltz

Joe Ely

Mobile Blue

The Flatlanders

South Wind Of Summer

The Flatlanders

Pumpkineater

Butch Hancock

Keeper Of The Mountain

The Flatlanders

Another Colorado

Jimmie Dale Gilmore


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.)

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  Disc 1

A Night in LA

Ry Cooder

East L.A.

War

Ode to L.A.

The Raveonettes

Drinking in L.A.

Bran Van 3000

Los Angeles

HAIM

This Town

The Go-Go's

Los Angeles

X

Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham

Bobby Whitlock

Coming into Los Angeles

Arlo Guthrie

Old L.A.

New Multitudes

Electrolite

R.E.M.

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

Lucero

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

Angeles

Elliott Smith

Los Angeles

Phosphorescent

Los Angeles Mood (Chromium Descensions)

Tom Waits

Los Angeles Blues

Johnny Moore's Three Blazers

Angeles Crest

Chelsea Williams

Los Angeles

Joe Williams