Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Rosanne By Any Other Name

Yes, I know the name of the comp is pretty lame, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying the great Rosanne Cash (whose memoir comes out in August).

Seven Year Ache
The Summer I Read Collette
Miss The Mississippi And You
I Count the Tears
I Don't Have To Crawl
Fair And Tender Ladies
The Winding Stream
I Still Miss Someone
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party
Pink Bedroom
One Step Over The Line
Baby, Better Start Turnin' 'em Down
Our Little Angel
Seventh Avenue
What We Really Want
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
The World Unseen
Somewhere in the Stars

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Besotted With Brazil Classics

While waiting in line to go see Caetano Veloso last month, I spotted David Byrne. I was really tempted to go up and ask him why there is no Brazil Classics 6 on Luaka Bop (his label) - there’s Volume 1 (Beleza Tropical), Volume 2 (O Samba), Volume 3 (Forro, Etc.), Volume 4 (The Best of Tom Ze – Massive Hits), Volume 5 (Tom Ze – The Hips of Tradition) , and Volume 7 (What’s Happening in Pernambuco). Because I’m a wee bit obsessive, I was curious. Plus, I think it would have been funny to see him look at me like I’m bonkers. But discretion (or cowardice) prevented me from acting on this impulse. Since I still wanted to make a Brazil Classics compilation, I just decided to include some tracks from Beleza Tropical 2 Novo! Mais! Melhor! – think of it as an honorary Brazil Classics cd, especially since it is on the Luaka Bop label.

A Felicidade Tom Ze
Balanca Pema Marisa Monte
O Fole Roncou Luiz Gonzaga
Carimbo Nacio Zumbi
San Vicente Milton Nascimento
Sarau Para Ramades Paulinho da Viola
Our Monthly Bread Tom Ze
Multiply into One Tom Ze
O Leaozinho Caetano Veloso
Ela Nao Gosta De Mim Agepe
Se Vacilar O Jacare Abraca Wado E Realismo Fantastico
Chiclete Com Banana Jackson Do Pandeiro
Bog La Bog Carlinhos Brown
Acho Carlos Careqa
Querubim Dominguinhos
Vale Do Juca Siba
Doi Tom Ze
Batuco No Chao Martinho Da Silva
Quilombo, O El Dorado Negro Gilberto Gil

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Succumbing to Cat and Nina

I'll confess I was trying to think of a cute name for the mixtape - you know, one that incorporated Cat Power and Nina Simone's brilliant eccentricities and Southern backgrounds. But I suppose that's something best let to someone with a better knowledge of Southern literature (and brilliant eccentricities :).

(Update: The initial mixtape had two (albeit different) versions of Werewolf, so I redid the comp and replaced the first one with Willie. And yes, my lazy ass editor apologizes for this mix-up. :)

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Cat Power
Central Park Blues Nina Simone
Willie Cat Power
Nobody's Fault But Mine Nina Simone
You Don't Know What Love Is Nina Simone
Dark End Of The Street Cat Power
Solitude Nina Simone
Don't Explain Cat Power
Aretha, Sing One For Me Cat Power
Tell Me More Nina Simone
Free Cat Power
Be My Husband Nina Simone
House of the Rising Sun Nina Simone
Wild Is The Wind Cat Power
Feeling Good Nina Simone
The Werewolf Cat Power
Come On In My Kitchen Cat Power
Who Knows Where The Time Goes Nina Simone

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Summoning John Doe

It took him a long time, but John Doe finally put out a full length country album with The Sadies last year. Even though I love The Sadies, I confess to being a tad skeptic about the pairing for reasons I don't quite remember now that it's my favorite solo album of his (with Forever Hasn't Happened Yet a close second). I put a couple of his early solo albums on my Rooting Around in the 80s comps last year, but this week's mixtape covers his solo albums, soundtrack cuts, live tracks, and other non-album releases (as well as one cut from the 2005 Knitters album) from the last 15-20 years. And yes, I included Take #52 again - I just couldn't help myself. :)

7 Holes
Let's Be Mad (Acoustic)
Hwy 5 with Neko Case
There She Goes Again
Hot Burrito No. 2
Someday / No Day
Long Chain On
The Unhappy Song
A Little More Time
Speed Of Love
I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
It Just Dawned On Me
The Cold Hard Facts of Life
Baby's In Black
Quiet Desperation
Meanest Man In The World (Live)
Big Moon
I Will Always Love You
I Can't Hold Myself in Line
I'm in Love With a Girl
Take # 52