Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Favorite Crowded House

Is it just me or are overcast fall afternoons practically made for listening to Crowded House's exquisite pop? Whatever your feelings on the subject, here's a Crowded House mixtape, including a couple from their new release Intriguer.

World Where You Live
Sister Madly
Sacred Cow
Private Universe
Kare Kare
Four Seasons In One Day
Love This Life
Walked Her Way Down
Weather With You
She Goes On
Don't Dream It's Over
You Are The One To Make Me Cry
Fingers of Love
Either Side Of The World
Saturday Sun
I Walk Away
Better Be Home Soon

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Different Kind of Southern Rock

In case you've forgotten, there was a period in the 70s when southern rock (sometimes labeled southern boogie) was quite the rage - at least on fm rock radio. Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band (and a couple of others I'm forgetting) were staples of the playlists on all the New York City rock stations I listened to as a teen. Fast forward 7-8 years and a different kind of southern rock emerged - the great jangle pop revolution of the mid 80s spearheaded, of course, by R.E.M. Now, I would bet there's still a lot of folks who still listen to those 80s R.E.M. albums, but just in case folks have forgotten Let's Active, Pylon, Guadalcanal Diary, Love Tractor, etc., here's a couple of southern rock compilations.

Hyena R.E.M.
Easy Does Let's Active
Colorblind the Windbreakers
Satan Love Tractor
Watusi Rodeo Guadalcanal Diary
Stop It Pylon
Oddfellows Local 151 R.E.M.
Laredo Radio The Swimming Pool Q's
Wheel of Pleasure Love Tractor
Plus 7 Fetchin' Bones
Make Up With Me Let's Active
Ten Layers Down Let's Active
Just Fine The Windbreakers
Trail of Tears Guadalcanal Diary
Driver 8 R.E.M.
Crazy Pylon

Download Disc Two

Every Word Means No Let's Active
Blue Tomorrow The Swimming Pool Q's
7 Chinese Brothers R.E.M.
So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry) R.E.M.
Catch the Wind Drivin' N' Cryin'
Gilbert Takes the Wheel Guadalcanal Diary
Run The Windbreakers
Changeless The Windbreakers
Torn Apart The Spongetones
Crystal World Love Tractor
Danger Pylon
Auctioneer (Another Engine) R.E.M.
Volume Pylon
Venice Love Tractor
Reflecting Pool Let's Active
Why Do the Heathen Rage? Guadalcanal Diary

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Soy Un Perdedor: Beck's Bestest

Was it really 16 years ago that we all shed our grungy clothing and sang along to Beck's slacker ode "Loser"? While we all ponder the 90s and the passage of time, here's a sampling of Beck's finest.

Que Onda Guero
Bonfire Blondes
Think I'm In Love
Fresh Hex
The Golden Age
Black Angel's Death Song
Your Cheatin' Heart
Nobody's Fault But My Own
Last Night I Traded My Souls Innermost For Some Pickled Fish
Peaches & Cream
Tender Beasts Of The Spangled Night
Bad Blood

Thursday, September 9, 2010

More 70s Blaxploitation Music

Around this time last year, I put together a mixtape of music from 70s blaxploitation films. Now, I must confess to cheating a little bit on Volume 2 - several of the songs are from the early 70s, but not from any particular film (and the cut from The Budos Band came out only a month ago.) I'll try to be a better boy next week. :)


Easin' In Edwin Starr
The World We Live In McKinley Jackson
Shaft In Africa Johnny Pate
Truck Turner (Main Title) Isaac Hayes
Ain't no Such Thing As Superman Gil Scott-Heron
Cleveland Now Booker T. Jones
Rite of the Ancients The Budos Band
Different Strokes Syl Johnson
Aragon Roy Ayers
Tippi Toes The Meters
People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul James Brown
Brothers on the Slide Cymande
Harlem Bass Tony Barthele
Woman of the Ghetto Marlena Shaw
Nappy Head (Theme from "Ghetto Man") War
Expansions Lonnie Liston Smith
Theme From Cleopatra Jones Joe Simon

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Variations on the Folkie: Bragg, Prine, and Sexsmith

Folk music often gets maligned in certain quarters for a variety of perceived flaws. Heck, even I have often made jokes about folk music (and musicians). :) So, in defense of folk music and all its variations, I offer you a mixtape of Billy Bragg (folk-punk, well sorta), John Prine (folk-country), and Ron Sexsmith (folk-pop/rock).

Update: Something messed up the last third of the cd when I initially burned it, so I got rid of the whole thing and replaced it. So if you downloaded it the first couple of days it was up, you should probably just delete it and download it again.

Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian [Live] John Prine
Tell Me Again Ron Sexsmith
Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key Billy Bragg & Wilco
Love Has No Pride Billy Bragg
Ring Them Bells Ron Sexsmith
Souvenirs John Prine
The Only One Billy Bragg
If You Don't Want My Love John Prine
Almost Always Ron Sexsmith
Summer Blowin' Town Ron Sexsmith
The Warmest Room Billy Bragg
All The Best John Prine
Strawberry Blonde Ron Sexsmith
Glory Of True Love John Prine
A Good Time John Prine
The Milkman Of Human Kindness Billy Bragg
Gold In Them Hills Ron Sexsmith
Beautiful World [Live] John Prine
When the Ship Comes In Billy Bragg
Dolphins Billy Bragg
Seem To Recall Ron Sexsmith