Thursday, July 30, 2009

I Was a 90s Indie Goddess

Last week the NY Times published a piece about overly nostalgic 20somethings - with an emphasis on their undying love for Harry Potter. The author also cited as proof the success of Britney Spears last tour, as well as the recent reunions of Blink 182, Limp Bizkit, and Creed. Maybe it's just me, but it seems that nostalgic 20somethings have been around for quite a while. More importantly- couldn't the author have found someone nostalgic for 90s indie rock???

So, in that spirit, I give to you "I Was a 90s Indie Goddess- Volumes 1 and 2" featuring Liz Phair, Juliana Hatfield, Belly, Kristin Hersh, The Breeders, and Mazzy Star. And feel free to engage in as much (or as little) nostalgia as you please.

Supermodel The Juliana HatfieldThree
X-Ray Man Liz Phair
Slow Dog Belly
Angel Belly
Ride It On Mazzy Star
Cannonball The Breeders
No Outlet Juliana Hatfield
Super-Connected Belly
Glory Liz Phair
Velvet Days Kristin Hersh
Seal My Fate Belly
Nirvana Juliana Hatfield
Whip-Smart Liz Phair
Cinco de Mayo Liz Phair
Spin The Bottle The Juliana Hatfield Three
Divine Hammer The Breeders

6'1" Liz Phair
My Sister The Juliana Hatfield Three
This Is The Sound The Juliana Hatfield Three
Sad Dress Belly
Cuckoo Kristin Hersh
Supernova Liz Phair
Get Off Your Knees Juliana Hatfield
Flipside The Breeders
A Dame With A Rod The Juliana Hatfield Three
Unreflected Mazzy Star
Dusted Belly
Now They'll Sleep Belly
Fuck and Run Liz Phair
I See You Juliana Hatfield
S.O.S. The Breeders
Feed the Tree Belly

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Still Tripping On The Sadies

Like most fans of The Sadies (and like most fans of indie bands), I wonder why they haven't become popular. But I'm even more puzzled by something else. Given their surf/country/spaghetti western sound - why hasn't Quentin Tarantino cast them in one of his movies as the house bar band? And has he even put their music in one of his films??? (I don't think he has, but I'm not sure.) At any rate, here's a nice (I think) 20 track sampler of the scintillating sounds of The Sadies.

Pass the Chutney
The Corktown
1000 Cities Falling (Part 1)
Red Cloth
A Simple Aspiration
What's Left Behind
The Curdled Journey
Tell Her Lies & Feed Her Candy
Walking Boss
The Beach Land
16 Mile Creek Breakdown
Oak Ridges
Wolf Tones
The Pyramid
The Hide Out
Empty the Chamber
Talkin' Down
Northumberland West
Dying Is Easy

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Up on the Lowedown

So what's the most impressive aspect of Nick Lowe's career - the songs, the consistent track record, his late career "Brentsford Trilogy" albums (The Impossible Bird, Dig My Mood, and The Convincer), or his work as a producer (Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, The Damned, Graham Parker, Carlene Carter, etc)? While you ponder the question, here's a couple of Nick Lowe mixtapes to enjoy.

(You're My) Wildest Dream
Stick It Where The Sun Don't Shine
7 Nights To Rock
Love Like a Glove
Queen of Sheba
Long Limbed Girl
One's Too Many (And A Hundred Ain't Enough)
You Stabbed Me In The Front
Rocket Coast
You'll Never Get Me Up in One of Those
Born Fighter
Cracking Up
Raging Eyes

We Want Action
Big Hair
American Squirm
The Rose Of England
Lonely Just Like Me
Half A Boy & Half A Man
The Club
Heart Of The City
My Heart Hurts
Zulu Kiss
Cruel To Be Kind
Bobo Ska Diddle Daddle

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A Wave of Old School Reggae

Reggae seems to have acquired a bad name in recent years (cue scene from Ghost World). Now, I never got much into dub, but I still have a fondness for old school reggae – especially those great falsetto voices. So, uh, here’s a reggae compilation.

Sweet Sensation The Melodians
Open Up The Gate The Congos
Undying Love Ernest Wilson
Young Lover The Heptones
Sitting And Watching Dennis Brown
Wonderful Tonight Kotch
Quit Trying Bunny Wailer
On Verra Ca Toure Kunda
Ba Ba Boom The Jamaicans
Puff She Puff Black Uhuru
I Love to Truck Eddy Grant
Mix Up, Mix Up Bob Marley & The Wailers
Gave You My Love Delroy Wilson
I Wish it Would Rain Jimmy Riley
Pure Ranking Horace Andy
Dry Up Your Tears Bruce Ruffin
54-46 That's My Number Toots And The Maytals
The Israelites Desmond Dekker