Sunday, August 28, 2022

Good Music to Chill out to: Steve Gunn and Kurt Vile

     I've always loved the scene in 24 Hour Party People where Tony Wilson gets very high and imagines that he meets God (who looks exactly like Tony Wilson).  God reassures him about the choices he's made and also tells him that he should release a Vini Reilly greatest hits compilation as it's "good music to chill out to".  Well, this isn't a Vini Reilly compilation, but I've increasingly found both Kurt Vile and Steve Gunn (who was/sometimes still is Kurt Vile's guitarist) excellent music to, well, chill out to.  For those wanting more Vile or Gunn, I'd recommend Kurt Vile's Childish Prodigy and Steve Gunn's The Unseen in Between.


Clay Pigeons

Shannon Lay & Steve Gunn

Red Apples

Kurt Vile

New Moon

Steve Gunn

It's Alright

Kurt Vile

Goodbye, Freaks

Kurt Vile

Conditions Wild

Steve Gunn

I'm an Outlaw

Kurt Vile

Trailways Ramble

Steve Gunn

Over Everything

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

Way Out Weather

Steve Gunn

Dive for the Pearl

Steve Gunn

Speed of the Sound of Loneliness

Kurt Vile

Other You

Steve Gunn

Wakin' on a Pretty Day

Kurt Vile


Thursday, August 11, 2022

Isaac Hayes: A Tribute and a Retrospective

Isaac Hayes would have turned 80 on 
August 20 (and died on August 10, 2008) so I thought I though it appropriate to post both a 
retrospective of his solo work as well as a set of covers of Isaac Hayes' songs.  In addition to being a truly iconic figure in American popular culture, he really had one of the greatest ten year runs in pop music - from the mid to late 1960s, he was an incredibly prolific songwriter (though one must give ample credit as well to his songwriting partner, David Porter) and then he released a string of great solo albums from 1969 to 1974.   

I'll Never Fall In Love Again

It's Too Late (She's Gone)

(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right

Bumpy's Lament

You Never Cross My Mind

The Feeling Keeps On Coming


Theme From "The Men"

You're In My Arms Again

Blue Groove


Your Loving Is Much Too Strong

I Stand Accused

Runnin' Out Of Fools

Songs from the Book of Isaac

I Had A Dream

Johnnie Taylor

As Long As I've Got You

The Charmels

Let Me Be Good To You

Carla Thomas

Sister's Got A Boyfriend

Rufus Thomas

In The Twilight Zone

The Astors

I Take What I Want

Aretha Franklin

You Got Me Hummin'

Reigning Sound

You Don’t Know Like I Know

Sam & Dave

Weak Spot

The Detroit Cobras

I'm A Big Girl Now

Mable John

Soul Girl

Jeanne & The Darlings


Booker T. & The MG's

It's Happening All Over

William Bell

Do Your Thing

Lyn Collins


Rachel Sweet


El Michels Affair

Make It Me

The Premiers

The Sweeter He Is (Pt. 1 & 2)

The Soul Children

I'll Run Your Heart Away

Lisa Miller

If I Ever Needed Love (I Sure Do Need It Now)

Ruby Johnson