Monday, December 29, 2014

On the Right Side of 2014

   As I was putting the finishing touches on my year end, I couldn't help but notice how many veteran acts are on the last half of Disc Two (save Benjamin Booker, Mr. Little Jeans, and even, by comparison, Andrew Bird).  All I'll say is that the old cats still had it this year.  To encourage folks to go out and buy a new artist they're interested in, all the mp3s are tagged with the album they came from.  I've also re-upped all the best of compilations from years past.  Hope everyone has a very happy New Year.

Disc One

Morning Beck
Life of Doubt Withered Hand
Long Legged Blonde Memphis Margot & The Nuclear So & So's
Now Hear In Cloud Nothings
Cruel City Augustines
Hard Wired Shakey Graves
The New SF Bay Blues Hurray for the Riff Raff
Dogs Sun Kil Moon
When He's Gone Drive-By Truckers
Next Time Curtis Harding
Can You Do This Aloe Blacc
Alafia Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics
The Silent Orchestra Hamilton Leithauser
I Never Learn Lykke Li
Holding On for Life Broken Bells
Close My Eyes Redding Hunter
This Old Heartache Lucinda Williams
Lights Out Angel Olsen

Disc Two

Title Of This Song Moses Sumney
What Love Looks Like Mirel Wagner
Love Song Dawn Landes
Lift Me Up Michaela Anne
Life of Sin Sturgill Simpson
I Can't Keep The Tears From Falling Nude Beach
Cult Of Love Dum Dum Girls
African Man Tony Allen
Stranger to My Happiness Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Blue Surf Dex Romweber Duo
How You Want It Done? Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin
Dirt Chuck Prophet
The Killing Season Mark Lanegan Band
Rescue Song Mr. Little Jeans
You Got Me Singing Leonard Cohen
Slow Coming Benjamin Booker
Recalling the Truth Robyn Hitchcock
Cathedral in the Dell Andrew Bird

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On the Right Side of Christmas 2014

  It's that time of year again for my annual Christmas mix.  I've also re-upped all the previous ones (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) for the newcomers to the blog.


I'll Be Walkin' The Floor This Christmas Ernest Tubb
Have Yourself A Merry Christmas Freedy Johnston
Merry Christmas Baby Ike & Tina Turner
Go Where I Send Thee Joan Osborne
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Los Straitjackets
Father Christmas The Kinks
Stay In Army Navy
Christmas Eve Teenage Fanclub
The Little Drummer Boy Johnny Cash
Christmas In Vietnam Soul Searchers
Christmas Time Blues Roy Milton
The Christmas Song Jimmy Smith
I Know What You Want For Christmas Kay Martin & Her Body Guards
Christmas Is Going To The Dogs Eels
Holiday Spirit The dB's
Christmas Night Dwight Twilley
Hang A String Of Lights Great Lake Swimmers
I'll Be Home for Christmas Merle Haggard
Let Me Be Your Christmas Toy Chocolate Snow
Christmas Thyme The Olms
So Much Wine The Handsome Family
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear The Louvin Brothers
Merry Christmas Sister Lucille Pope
Auld Lang Syne The Drifters

Friday, October 31, 2014

I Was on My Way to Nowhere

   I'm fairly cognizant of the belief that songs about being on the road are kinda hackneyed.   But, well, you know...I still like them - especially on my morning ride on the commuter train.  I'm also in the process of re-upping the ones from previous years if you're new to the blog.


Return of the Grievous Angel Gram Parsons
Trip To Hyden Tom T. Hall
Driving Along Nilsson
Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone Charley Pride
Side Of The Road Foster And Lloyd
Lucky Moon True Believers
I'm Movin On Clyde McPhatter
Lonesome Road Blues Bill Monroe
Milwaukee Here I Come Jimmy Martin
I Just Wanted To See You So Bad Joy Lynn White
Travelin' On Simon Bonney
Coming Home Roy Orbison
Lonesome Roads Carla Bozulich
Green, Green Rocky Road Oscar Isaac
Eight More Miles Kieran Kane
Yesterday Clyde Virginia Terry Anderson
Ramblin Man Jimmie Dale Gilmore
87 Southbound Wayne Hancock
Stranger In The Mirror Tarnation
Water In the Fuel Paul Kelly & Kasey Chambers

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sing a Sad Song with Buck, Merle, and Wynn

    I haven't done any Los Angeles music scene - past or present - mixes this year, so I thought it
was high time for a 1960s Bakersfield Sound comp.  And while there were a bunch of good acts during this time, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Wynn Stewart were in a league of their own.  I tried hard not to use too many of their standards, but sometimes a boy just can't help himself.

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Volume 1

Sing A Sad Song Merle Haggard
Don't Let Her Know Buck Owens
Unfaithful Arms Wynn Stewart
Judy Wynn Stewart
Old Fashioned Love Merle Haggard
All of a Sudden Wynn Stewart
Honky Tonk Man Buck Owens
I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can Merle Haggard
(I Want) No One But You Buck Owens
Buck's Polka Buck Owens
I Done Done It Wynn Stewart
California Cottonfields Merle Haggard
He Don't Deserve You Anymore Buck Owens
You Took Her Off My Hand Wynn Stewart
Gambling Polka Dot Blues Merle Haggard
Travelin' Blues Merle Haggard
You Can Always Give Her Back to Me Wynn Stewart
Down To The River Buck Owens
Volume 2
Let the Whole World Sing it With Me Wynn Stewart
If I Had Left It Up To You Merle Haggard
Where Does The Good Times Go Buck Owens
I'll Take a Chance on Loving You Buck Owens
Little Ole Wine Drinker Me  Merle Haggard And The Strangers
Slightly Used Wynn Stewart
My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You Buck Owens
The Girl Turned Ripe Merle Haggard
I Keep Forgettin' That I Forgot About You Wynn Stewart
Something To Remember You By Buck Owens
I'll Break Out Again Tonight Merle Haggard
Angels Don't Lie Wynn Stewart
Three Cheers For The Losers Wynn Stewart
Keys In The Mailbox Buck Owens
Mixed Up Mess Of A Heart  Merle Haggard & The Strangers
The Girl On Sugar Pie Lane Buck Owens
Don't Spook Me Wynn Stewart
Long Black Limousine  Merle Haggard & The Strangers

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Soul in the Post-Soul Era

   It's probably best not to spend too much time comparing the soul music of the last 35 years to classic soul (I'd call it the period from the early 60s to the mid 70s, but that's just me) mostly because you just sound like an old crank.  Since I probably sound like an old crank a lot more than I think, I think it's best, then, to just groove (as we used to say in the 70s) to all the good soul since the early 80's.   As for the comps below, I tried to stay from those artists who were classic soul stars and still recording in the 80s, 90s, or 00s, but I couldn't help myself and had to include a track from Al Green. (I defend its inclusion on the grounds that it's a duet with Corinne Bailey Rae.)

Side A

Why Didn't You Call Me Macy Gray
Comin' From A Higher Place Baby Charles
Do The 45 Ryan Shaw
Baby Angie Stone with Betty Wright
Paradise Lost Kings Go Forth
Desert Song Alice Smith
White Noise Willis Earl Beal
I Need A Friend Curtis Harding
Do You Love Me (Like You Say You Do) Lee Fields & The Expressions
Who's Gonna Save My Soul Gnarls Barkley
Soul Suckers Amos Lee
Rocketship Donnie
Too Late MED
100 Yard Dash Raphael Saadiq
Sign Your Name Terence Trent D'arby
When You Love Somebody Leela James
Promises india.arie
Untitled (How Does It Feel) D'Angelo

Side B

I Need A Dollar Aloe Blacc
Feeling Free Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators
Hi Roller The Bo-Keys
Everything Is Everything Lauryn Hill
Back To Black Amy Winehouse
Super Rich Kids Frank Ocean
Honey Molasses Jill Scott
Comin' From Where I'm From Anthony Hamilton
Pink Cashmere Prince
T.O.N.Y. Solange
Answer Me Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Idlewild Blues (Clean) Outkast
Kick The Blanket The Mighty Imperials
I Let You Go Ricky Fanté
Take Your Time Al Green featuring Corinne Bailey Rae
Tell Me What Fine Young Cannibals
Always Waiting Michael Kiwanuka
Crying in the Chapel (feat. Menahan Street Band) Charles Bradley

Sunday, July 27, 2014

An Homage to Jo Carol Pierce: Across the Great Divide, Bad Girls Upset by the Truth, and Songs from Chippy

   It's another bright sunny afternoon here in the Northeast (even though I am currently inside), so I thought some Texas alternative country music was in store.   Specifically a trio of out of print albums from the 1990s all featuring Jo Carol Pierce: Across the Great Divide, an album of Austinites covering Jo Carol Pierce songs; Pierce's own release Bad Girls Upset by the Truth; and Songs from Chippy which features (among others) Pierce, Wayne Hancock, Terry and Jo Harvey Allen, Butch Hancock, and Robert Earl Keen.  I know it's a little blasphemous, but I like the covers album best -  a few missteps and perhaps a little dated twenty years after its release, but most of the performances and songwriting still hold up well.

Across the Great Divide

Sacrifical Island Tombstone Psycomotor
Queen Of Heaven Joe Ely
Across The Great Divide Kris McKay
My Boyfriend Pork with Alejandro Escovedo
Ruby Loose Diamonds
Scratch Upon Her Windowpane Darden Smith
Something More Lords Of Love
Jim Henry Henley Spot Removal
Reunion Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Heaven And Hell (Their Exact Location) Michael Hall
Does God Have Us By Twat Or What ? Girls In The Nose
You Bother Me The Wannabes
Buttons Of Your Skin Lisa Mednick
Loose Diamond David Halley & Rich & Katy Brotherton
Borderline Tango Shoulders
Secret Dan The Namedroppers
Blue Norther Gretchen Phillips & Kathy McCarty
I Blame God Terry Allen
Apocalyptic Horses Robert Jacks & Kim Longacre

Bad Girls Upset by the Truth

You Bother Me
Blue Norther
Secret Dan
Across the Great Divide
Scratch upon Her Windowpane
Borderline Tango
I Blame God
Does God Have Us by the Twat or What?
Loose Diamonds
Daddy's Song
Apocalyptic Horses
Vaginal Angel

Songs From Chippy

Goodnight Dear Diary Joe Ely
Across The Great Divide Jo Carol Pierce
Chippy Narration Jo Harvey Allen
Buildin' More Fires Joe Ely
Wind's Gonna Blow You Away Butch Hancock
Gonna California Terry Allen
Thunderstorms & Neon Signs Wayne Hancock
Fate With A Capital F Joe Ely & Terry Allen
The Way I Was Raised Jo Harvey Allen
Cup Of Tea Jo Harvey Allen & Joe Ely
Tongues Jo Carol Pierce
Low Lights Of Town Butch Hancock
I Blame God Jo Carol Pierce
Oil Wells Jo Harvey Allen &amp Joe Ely
Cold Black Hammer Joe Ely
Boomtown Boogie Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Jo Carol Pierce, & Joe Ely
Back To Black Wayne Hancock
Just Dancin' Jo Harvey Allen & Barry Tubb
Whiskey And Women And Money To Burn Joe Ely
Morning Goodness Robert Earl Keen & Butch Hancock
Angels Of The Wind Terry Allen
Roll Around Butch Hancock
Goodnight Joe Ely

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I Like the Sound of that Tweedy Fellow

     When Bob Dylan, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket played a couple of shows together, one writer labeled it as the ultimate "Dad Rock" event.  I couldn't help but feel more than a bit older than I had just seconds before reading it, but I couldn't deny there was at least a little truth to the moniker. Nonetheless, it didn't deter me from putting together a compilation covering all of Jeff Tweedy's musical ventures over the last 25 years.  In doing so, I was impressed by how many "white guy rock" (for lack of a better term) subgenres he's at least dabbled in - punk, folk-rock, experimental indie rock, classic rock, prog rock, and of course, alternative country. I guess, as Tweedy himself say, one "shouldn't be ashamed" of their enduring fondness for Dad Rock.  Also, fyi, he's got a new solo album coming out in September with his son playing drums.  

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Disc I

When the Roses Bloom Again Billy Bragg & Wilco
Deeper Down Wilco
No More Poetry Wilco
Black Eye Uncle Tupelo
Me Avive Wilco
War on War Wilco
Ever Fallen In Love Wilco
Just A Kid Wilco
Speak Into The Rose Wilco
No Sense In Lovin' Uncle Tupelo
The Family Gardener The Minus Five
Dash 7 Wilco
Disc Two
I Love My Label Wilco
Childlike & Evergreen Wilco
Handshake Drugs Wilco
Behold Jeff Tweedy in the Darkness Deerhoof with Jeff Tweedy
Listen To Her Heart Wilco
Peace, Love And Understanding Golden Smog
Joe Dimaggio Done It Again Billy Bragg & Wilco
Gun Uncle Tupelo
James Alley Blues Wilco
I'm Into Something Good Wilco
Blasting Fonda Wilco
How to Fight Loneliness Wilco
Disc Three
Far, Far Away Wilco
Screen Door Uncle Tupelo
Alone (Shakin Sugar) Wilco
I Might Wilco
Cock In My Pocket Wilco
Sugar, Baby Wilco (w/Roger McGuinn)
Sky Blue Sky Wilco
The Ruling Class Loose Fur
Any Major Dude Will Tell You Wilco
Cars Can't Escape Wilco
One By One Billy Bragg & Wilco
True Love Will Find You In The End Wilco

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sucking in the '70s - Volume 6

        This is my 6th Sucking in the '70s compilation (you can still download volumes 1-5, btw).  I think the reason I like this stuff so much is that ineffable 1970's groove, regardless of the particular genre.  I can't quite put it into words, but listen to the last three songs on this comp one right after the another and I think it'll be clear.  Alas, it's my last one in the series (though I always reserve the right to change my mind).


Viva Tirado Fania All Stars
Love or Let Me Be Lonely The Friends of Distinction
I Want to Take You Higher Ike & Tina Turner
Slow Ride Foghat
Running On Empty Jackson Browne
Too Late to Turn Back Now Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love)  The Presidents
Run To Me Bee Gees
Heart of Gold Neil Young
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Willie Nelson
I'm Easy  Keith Carradine
Sundown Gordon Lightfoot
The Scenery Has Slowly Changed Bobby Whitlock
Superstition Stevie Wonder
Shining Star Earth, Wind & Fire
Love Hangover Diana Ross
Fool For Love Sandy Rogers
For The Good Times Kris Kristofferson
Come Get to This Marvin Gaye
And It Stoned Me Van Morrison

Friday, March 28, 2014

I'm Living in the 80's: Disc Six

       I don't have much to say about this sixth volume of mostly post-punk 80s music, other than it's probably the last one and that you can still download volumes 3-5.   Oh, and I am aware that it's beyond obvious to start this last volume with Killing Joke's Eighties, but I was a pretty obvious fellow for much of the 1980's so it seemed apropos.


Eighties Killing Joke
Infected The The
Natural's Not In It Gang Of Four
If You Were A Priest Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians
Looking From A Hilltop Section 25
The Ability To Swing Thomas Dolby
Come On The Hoodoo Gurus
She's Lost Control Joy Division
Down On Me Jesus And Mary Chain
Desire (Come And Get It) Gene Loves Jezebel
World Shut Your Mouth Julian Cope
Bad Life Public Image Ltd.
Columbus The Church
2 Boys Bauhaus
When Your Dream Of Perfect Beauty Comes True Bill Nelson
Smalltown Boy Bronski Beat
Ivo Cocteau Twins
You Cause As Much Sorrow Sinead O'Connor

Friday, February 28, 2014

In a World of Willie

          I was listening to a lot of Willie Nelson last summer - in particular, discovering his more
obscure 70s stuff.   Additionally, I've  been digging Phosphorescent's dandy Willie tribute album To Willie for several years now.  Hence, a collection of Willie Nelson covers seemed apropos. In doing so, I found out, much to my surprise, that Willie Nelson didn't write Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (it's a Fred Rose tune, btw).  Still, it's such a "Willie song" (and the guy did write a ton of other great ones), I had to include Elliott Smith's version stay in the mix. Revoke my purist card, if you must (especially since Elliott screws up a verse in his live version), but it really fit nicely.

(Late update 12/4/14: Kevinpat, a friend of the blog, has graciously agreed to share a dandy 3rd compilation.  See below for track listing.)

Disc One

Reasons to Quit Phosphorescent
You Look Like The Devil Deadstring Brothers
On The Road Again Pickin' On Series
I'm a Memory Sara Watkins
The Most Unoriginal Sin John Hiatt
She's Not For You Mark Lanegan
Who Do I Know in Dallas Merle Haggard
Make Way for a Better Man Deke Dickerson
Three Days k.d. lang
Are You Sure Ray Price
Crazy Mandy Barnett
Tragedy Charlie Rich
Somebody Pick Up My Pieces Bettye Lavette
Blue Eyes Cryin' In the Rain Elliott Smith
Sad Songs And Waltzes Cake

Disc Two

I Still Can't Believe You're Gone Kelly Hogan & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
Funny How Time Slips Away Al Green
Permanently Lonely The Little Willies
I'm Building Heartaches Thomas Marriott
Undo The Wrong Justin Trevino
Hello Walls Jason & The Scorchers
A Good Hearted Woman George Jones
Man With The Blues Del McCoury
Sister's Coming Home Emmylou Harris
One Day at a Time The Flatlanders
It's Not Supposed To Be That Way Waylon Jennings
Touch Me Buck Owens
Hands on the Wheel The Geraldine Fibbers
Opportunity To Cry Holmes Brothers
Night Life [Live] Aretha Franklin
Disc Three
Valentine The Beautiful South
Heartaches of a Fool Charlie A'Court
A Moment Isn't Very Long Johnny Bush
I Never Cared for You Deke Dickerson
Still is Still Moving to Me Acapulco Radio
Bloody Mary Morning Supersuckers
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me Bitz 'n' Pieces Band
Face of a Fighter Texas Tea
Hands on the Wheel Norah Jones
You Left Me a Long Time Ago Miss Leslie
Don't Say Love (Or Nothing) Bobby Flores
The End of Understanding Jim and Eve Selection
I Gotta Get Drunk The Little Willies
Kneel at the Feet of Jesus George Jones
Family Bible Ricky Skaggs
Healing Hands of Time Jessi Colter
I Never Cared for You Paula Nelson
Good Hearted Woman The Everly Brothers
It's Not Supposed to be That Way Jackson Taylor and the Sinners
Slow Down Old World Richard Buckner
I Didn't Sleep a Wink Last Night Colin Cooper Project
Yesterday's Wine George Jones w/Merle Haggard
My Own Peculiar Way Joe Dolan
Lonely Little Mansion Patti Jerome
The Party's Over Phosphorescent

Friday, January 31, 2014

There's a Soul on Fire: A Bryan Ferry Retrospective

     I quite liked Bryan Ferry (and Roxy Music) back in the 1980s, but I went through a fairly long stretch where I didn't listen to him at all.  In about 2002, several years after it was released, I got As Time Goes By, an album of all 30s and 40s covers.  Maybe it was listening to the album shortly after seeing the movie In the Mood for Love, which features Ferry's version of the title song, but damn, I loved that album.  So go ahead and call me a New Romantic, but here's a two disc retrospective of his more than 40 year career (I stayed away from anything that's on his 1989 Greatest Hits release Street Life.)

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Side One

I'm In The Mood For Love Bryan Ferry
My Only Love Roxy Music
Don't Worry Baby Bryan Ferry
In Your Mind  Bryan Ferry
All I Want Is You  Roxy Music
The Main Thing Roxy Music
New Town Bryan Ferry
Manifesto Roxy Music
I Thought Bryan Ferry
Make You Feel My Love Bryan Ferry
Side Two
I Put A Spell On You Bryan Ferry
Which Way To Turn Bryan Ferry
Editions of You Roxy Music
Whirlwind  Roxy Music
Shameless Bryan Ferry
That's How Strong My Love Is  Bryan Ferry
Ladytron  Roxy Music
Valentine Bryan Ferry
Always Unknowing Roxy Music
Help Me Make It Through The Night  Bryan Ferry