Sunday, May 30, 2021

It's So Primitive: Jonathan Richman, Ben Vaughn, and Sonny Smith

     It's been a long time since I had a car, but there is a great deal to be said for driving around on languid summer afternoons and evenings listening to "primitive" rock and roll such as Jonathan Richman, Ben Vaughn, and Sonny Smith.  For readers wanting to dig deeper into their catalogs, I'd recommend Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers "The Modern Lovers", "It's Time For", Ben Vaughn's "Mood Swings" (and the out of print "Mono"), and Sonny & the Sunset's, "Hit After Hit".


Side A

Roadrunner                                                         The Modern Lovers
Jukebox Babe                                                         Ben Vaughn
Chapters                                                                 Sonny & The Sunsets
Death Cream part 2 "Watch Out for the Cream" Sonny & The Sunsets
The Baltimores                                                 Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
Paradise                                                                 Ben Vaughn
Alice Leaves for the Mountains                         Sonny & The Sunsets
The Girl Stands Up To Me Now                         Jonathan Richman
Cashier Girl                                                         Ben Vaughn
Our Favorite Martian                                         Ben Vaughn
Year of the Cock (Jackie Feathers)                     Sonny Smith
Nineteen In Naples                                                 Jonathan Richman
Rhinestone Sunset                                                 Sonny & The Sunsets
Since She Started To Ride                                 Jonathan Richman
Out Of Control                                                 Ben Vaughn
Side B
Primitive                                                                 Sonny & The Sunsets
When Harpo Played His Harp                                Jonathan Richman
I'm Just Beginning To Live                                 Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
7 Days Without Love                                         Ben Vaughn
Drug Lake                                                         Sonny & The Sunsets
Goin' Down That Road                                         Ben Vaughn
Grunion Run                                                         Jonathan Richman
Cathedral in the Desert                                         Sonny Smith
My Mind Ain't Right                                              Ben Vaughn
Beautiful Thing                                                 Ben Vaughn
Teen Age Thugs                                                 Sonny & The Sunsets
(She's Gonna) Respect Me                                 Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers
Rod for Your Love                                                 Sonny Smith
Pipe Bomb                                                         Ben Vaughn
Corner Store                                                         Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

Monday, May 3, 2021

Sucking in the '70s - Volume 8

It's time for another "Sucking in the '70s" compilation.  Apart from noting that this one is a little more all over the place than the previous one, I don't have much to say about this new compilation.  I've also re-upped all the previous volumes as well as the Saluting the 70's compilations.



Jackie DeShannon

Easy To Be Hard

Cheryl Barnes

Everybody Plays The Fool

The Main Ingredient

Delta Dawn

Tanya Tucker

Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Joan Baez


Bruce Springsteen

Young Hearts Run Free

Candi Staton

Don't Leave Me This Way

Thelma Houston



Nothing From Nothing

Billy Preston

Inspiration Information

Shuggie Otis

Clean Up Woman

Betty Wright

Ain't Nobody Home

B.B. King

Rip Off

Laura Lee

Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'

Charley Pride


Jim Croce

If I Were A Carpenter

Johnny Cash

A New Day

The Notations

Finally Got Myself Together (I'm A Changed Man)

The Impressions

Starting All Over Again

Mel & Tim

Friday, April 2, 2021

There's a Heartbreak Somewhere: A Compendium of Country Soul - Disc 3 & 4

As promised last month, here are the next two volumes of country-soul.  And if you haven't had enough, I'd especially recommend the following albums: James Carr "A Man Needs a Woman", Candi Staton "Candi Staton", O.V. Wright "8 Men and 4 Women", The War and Treaty "Healing Tide", Cat Power "The Greatest", Arthur Alexander "Lonely Just Like Me", Bettye Swann "Bettye Swann", and Ted Hawkins "The Next Hundred Years".  


  Disc 3

The Greatest

Cat Power

Gentle On My Mind

Tony Borders

Search Your Heart

Rudolph Taylor

Everybody Loves A Winner

William Bell

Lonely Street

Bap Kennedy

How Can You Mend A Broken Heart

Al Green

Blue Eyed Soul


Pity a Fool

Barbara & The Browns

Steal Away

Billy Joe Royal

If You're Not Back In Love By Monday

Millie Jackson

Help Me Make It Through The Night

Joe Simon

Go Home Girl

Arthur Alexander

Willie & Laura Mae Jones

Dusty Springfield

Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

Bettye Swann

I Can't Be Satisfied

Spence Wiggins

A Sad Sad Song

Charles Crawford

There's a Heartbreak Somewhere

Roscoe Shelton

Do Right Woman, Do Right Man

Etta James

Disc 4

Strange Conversation

Ted Hawkins

Whispering Pines

Kelly Hogan & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts

You Left The Water Running

Maurice & Mac

If I Had a Hammer

Willie Hightower

Suspicious Minds

Elvis Presley

Lover Don't Go

Nick Lowe

A Satisfied Mind

Bobby Hebb

Don't Let Her Know

Ray Charles

In The Same Motel

Dicky Williams

Starving for Your Love

Ella Washington

Something About What Happens When We Talk

Lucinda Williams

Funny How Time Slips Away

Joe Hinton

A Woman Left Lonely

Charlie Rich

The Dark End of the Street

Dan Penn

Why Not Tonight

Jimmy Hughes

Tennessee Waltz

Otis Redding

My Baby's Gone

The Wallace Brothers

Sudden Stop

Percy Sledge

Sunday, February 28, 2021

There's a Heartbreak Somewhere: A Compendium of Country Soul

         I don't know why it took me so long to put together a country soul compilation as it's easily one of my very favorite genres/subgenres of music.  Perhaps, it's because it's a difficult genre/subgenre to adequately define.   I mean, "I" know it when I hear it, but I would also imagine some of the stuff that I consider to be country soul isn't seen that way by others.  

        Regardless, I hope folks enjoy the compilation, even if you have misgivings about some of the choices.  I would also highly recommend Charles Hughes' book - Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American SouthIt's a very interesting look at the complicated racial dynamics at play amongst musicians, producers, record labels during the heyday of country soul in the 1960s and 1970s "country-soul triangle" (Memphis, Nashville, and Muscle Shoals).  It's published by an academic press and there's a little academic jargon, but it's really a must-read for any fan of country soul.  (You can also check out Charles Hughes' country soul playlist on Spotify if you're interested.)

       I'll post Discs 3 & 4 next month - in case, you were wondering why I omitted your favorite country soul artist. :)  I've also re-upped my rare soul compilations from five years ago.

Download Disc 1 and 2

Disc 1

Just A Little Lovin'

Shelby Lynne

To The Other Woman (I'm The Other Woman)

Doris Duke

A Woman Is A Man's Best Friend

James Carr

Ode to Billy Joe

Joe Tex

He Made A Woman Out Of Me

Bobbie Gentry

The Son Of Hickory Holler Tramp

O.C. Smith

A Man Needs a Woman (a Woman Needs a Man)

Z.Z. Hill

I Don't Need You No More

George Jackson

He'll Have To Go

Solomon Burke

Eddie And Polly

The Delines

It Ain't Easier


You Really Know How to Hurt a Guy

Arthur Conley

I Threw It All Away

Bob Dylan

Sleeping Without You Is a Dragg

Swamp Dogg


Clarence Carter

Just Like Old Times

Mighty Sam McClain

Your Cold Heart

Lloyd Hendricks

Stand By Your Man

Candi Staton

Disc 2

Hold on

Alabama Shakes

Let's Do It Over

Toussaint Mccall

Life Has Its Little Ups And Downs

Brook Benton

You've Been Crying

O.V. Wright

She's Not For You

Willie Nelson

Reconsider Me

Johnny Adams

Son Of A Preacher Man

Aretha Franklin

Needledrop Blues

Emily Duff


Irma Thomas

You Are My Sunshine

Earl Gaines

She Ain't Gonna Do Right

James & Bobby Purify

I'm So Proud

Hacienda Brothers

While I'm Away (Baby Keep The Faith)

Eddy G Giles & The Jive Five

Loving Cup

The Rolling Stones

One and the Same

The War and Treaty

Hot Burrito #1

The Flying Burrito Brothers

Don't Make Me Hate Loving You

Jeanie Greene

Crying In The Chapel

Mavis Staples With The Staple Singers


Monday, February 1, 2021

Songs for The Uninhabitable Earth Soundtrack

        I'm a little ashamed to admit that it took reading David Wallace-Wells' book, The Uninhabitable Earth two years ago to really send me spiraling into a doom loop about the environment (as I should have been residing in that doom loop a lot longer).  While a doom loop may, understandably, have negative connotations, I think it's kind of a necessary space if it propels climate activism and actions, however small, to reduce carbon emissions.  Now I do realize that making a compilation of environmental songs does nothing to improve the environment, was kind of oddly therapeutic for me and maybe they can use some of the more obscure cuts when they're making the anthology series about the book.  (I just found out about this.)



Hand Habits

Don't Go Near The Water

Johnny Cash

Fall On Me


Monkey Gone to Heaven


I Had a Dream I Was Falling Through a Hole in the Ozone Layer


New World Water

Mos Def

Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

Marvin Gaye

Every Planet We Reach Is Dead


The Trees Are All Gone

Roger McGuinn

Before the Deluge

Eliza Gilkyson

Last Great American Whale

Lou Reed


Caetano Veloso



Humans From Earth

T-Bone Burnett

The New Pollution


And It Rained All Night

Thom Yorke

Earth Intruders


Here Comes The Flood

Robert Fripp

Friday, January 1, 2021

On the Right Side of 2020

I have a lot of unfocused thoughts about 2020, so I'll leave the pontifications about the year that passed to other folks.  The only thing I'll say is that I'm grateful for the fact that artists continued to make music during what must have been an incredibly stressful and anxiety-ridden time for them (and other artists).  So if you have a little money you don't know what to do with, I'd especially recommend the releases from Emma Swift, Clem Snide, Terry Allen,
The Mavericks, and the Sun Ra Arkestra.

As usual, I've only included artists who weren't on the two previous years compilations.  I've also re-upped all my previous best of compilations 200920102011201220132014201520162017, 2018, 2019).  

Here's hoping everyone has a much better 2021!!

Download all 3 discs

Disc 1

Am Gold

Nicole Atkins

La cumbia me está llamando (featuring La Perla)

Nubya Garcia

City of the Vampires

Terry Allen

Love Came Back

Paul Burch

Union, God and Country

Steve Earle & The Dukes

Ginseng Sullivan

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings


Squirrel Flower


Dirty Projectors

Behold, The Deceiver

Shabaka and the Ancestors

Peaceful Afternoon

Rufus Wainwright

Call Me Closer



Tanya Donelly and Gail Greenwood

Bad News Blues

Lucinda Williams

These Are My Friends

Fantastic Negrito


Caleb Giles

Fill My Cup

Thad Cockrell

Diamonds And Dogs

Daniel Romano


Shelby Lynne

Disc 2


Asher Gamedze

Be Thankful For What You Got

Sunny War

King Of The Hill


Hour Of The Furnaces


Star Chambered


Hey, Bus Driver!

Tami Neilson

Keep on Smilin'


Deep In Love

Bonny Light Horseman

Migration of Souls

M. Ward

James and Ira demonstrate mysticism and some confusion holds

Yo La Tengo

Cut Me

Moses Sumney

I Lay Awake

Swamp Dogg

Black Sara

Sir Richard Bishop

Thoughts and Prayers

Drive-By Truckers

The Stuff of Us

Clem Snide

ACC Kirtan

Stephen Malkmus

You're A Big Girl Now

Emma Swift

The President (2020 version)

Robyn Hitchcock

Disc 3

I Contain Multitudes

Bob Dylan

St. Peter's Autograph

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

How Long

Iris DeMent


Lola Kirke

Deep Dream


Days of Heaven

Jerry Joseph

Queer Notions

Sun Ra Arkestra

Looking Back from the Future

The Koreatown Oddity

Late Arriver


Ever-Roving Eye

James Elkington

Think of You Fondly

Ron Sexsmith

Pale Blue Moon

A Girl Called Eddy

Are You Listening?

Lera Lynn

Kulun Mankwaleshi

Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience


The Mavericks

My Favorite Mistake

Esther Rose

Another Space and Time

Laura Veirs

I Remember Everything

John Prine