Sunday, November 26, 2023

On the Right Side of Christmas 2023

   Is it just me or does Christmas music lack the stigma it used to have? It's hard to think of many artists who haven't recorded at least one Christmas song - though that could be more a function of the age and type of artists I listen to. :) Anyway, it means that there's still a lot of great Christmas songs that haven't appeared on any of my previous compilations (and all of the the previous Christmas compilations are also available).  Hope folks enjoy it.


Chi Town Christmas

Chance The Rapper ft Jeremih

Oh, Mary and the Baby, Sweet Lamb

Elizabeth Mitchell


Lloyd Glenn Trio

Mambo Santa Mambo

The Enchanters

Jingle Jangle

The Penguins

Kisses For Christmas

Marti Brom

Christmas Lights

Billy Childish

Little Drummer Boy

The Bomboras

Christmas Time in Nassau

King Scratch

Christmas Time (Is Here Again)

The Beatles

Christmas Is the Time to Be With Your Baby

The Orchids

Xmas in the Jailhouse


It's Christmas Time in Louisiana

Johnnie Allan

Christmas Love

Rotary Connection

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Phoebe Bridgers

The First Song

Band of Horses

Empty Stocking Blues

Floyd Dixon

Blue Christmas

Girl in a Coma


Vince Guaraldi

Meri Kirihimete

Erny Belle

Shine a Light

Hiss Golden Messenger

The Bells

Bobby Powell

Silent Night

The Impressions

Auld Lang Syne

Pistol Annies

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Ooh Carlas!: Carla Thomas and Carla Morrison

   I'm not quite sure how I came up with the idea to pair Carla Thomas and Carla Morrison.  I'd been listening to the 1960s Stax box set a lot - in particular, Carla Thomas - and may have just been scrolling through Itunes artists when the idea came to me.  At any rate, they're both gifted and underappreciated singers and I think they sound quite good together.  Hope folks enjoy it. (Btw, Carla Thomas, after a really long absence from performing, sings background on a cut from Valerie June's 2021 release "The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers.)


Looking Back

Carla Thomas

Pale Blue Eyes

Carla Morrison

It Ain't No Easy Thing

Carla Thomas


Carla Morrison

Azúcar Morena

Carla Morrison

Pick Up The Pieces

Carla Thomas


Carla Morrison

Guide Me Well

Carla Thomas

Tu Manera de Querer

Carla Morrison

Something Good (Is Going To Happen To You)

Carla Thomas

Ooh Carla, Ooh Otis

Otis Redding & Carla Thomas

Tú Atacas

Carla Morrison

What A Fool I've Been

Carla Thomas


Carla Morrison

Comfort Me

Carla Thomas

Amor, Amor

Carla Morrison

Saturday, September 30, 2023

I Hear an Angel Singing: The Obscurantist Guide to Angel Olsen

      I’ve loved Angel Olsen’s music ever since I heard Burn Your Fire for No Witness  nearly ten years ago.   However, if someone had told me that her 2022 release “Big Time” was her version of a country soul record before I actually listened to it, I think I still would have been more than a little skeptical.   You know, it sounds like a pretentious chef on a sitcom describes doing an “Asian fusion take on chocolate chip pancakes”. But the album is absolutely exquisite - I had no clue just how much I needed an Angel Olsen country soul album. In my entranced state over the last year, I did a full dig into her eclectic catalog, including a lot of live versions and appearances on other artist’s albums.  However, I didn't include any of her work on Bonnie Prince Billy's albums from the early 2010s as it's mostly her on background vocals.  Enjoy!!

                                              Disc 1

Since You Broke My Heart

Angel Olsen

More Than This

Angel Olsen

My Last Date (With You)

Angel Olsen

You're Gonna Be Sorry

Angel Olsen

Forever Young

Angel Olsen

Stranger's Kiss

Alex Cameron(w/Angel Olsen)


Angel Olsen

Sweet Dreams

Angel Olsen

Never Be Mine

Angel Olsen


Angel Olsen


Angel Olsen


Angel Olsen


Chivalrous Amoekons

Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)

Hamilton Leithauser and Angel Olsen

Who's Sorry Now

Angel Olsen

Right Now

Angel Olsen

                                              Disc 2


Angel Olsen (and Hand Habits)

One Too Many Mornings

Angel Olsen

True Blue

Mark Ronson w/Angel Olsen

All Mirrors

Angel Olsen

Fly On Your Wall

Angel Olsen

Mr. Lonely

Angel Olsen & Emile Mosseri

Drunk and with Dreams

Angel Olsen

Halfway To Paradise

Angel Olsen

Cold Blooded Old Times

Angel Olsen

Sidetracked In Miami

Tim Kinsella (w/Angel Olsen)


Angel Olsen

The Blacksmith

Angel Olsen

Something on Your Mind

Angel Olsen

My Reverie

Angel Olsen

Nothing's Free

Angel Olsen

Alive and Dying (Waving, Smiling)

Angel Olsen


Monday, September 4, 2023

The Derailers' "Reverb Deluxe" and Joy Lynn White's "The Lucky Few"

      I was listening to several Joy Lynn White and Derailers  albums recently and was curious if their albums were still available on streaming.   I was quite surprised when I found out that the albums I consider their respective best (The Derailers' Reverb Deluxe and Joy Lynn White's The Lucky Few) are both out of print, even as all of their other releases are available for streaming.  So I felt it my duty to post two of the finest  alternative country releases in 1997 - if I was doing a best of from that year, they would definitely make the top ten.  Enjoy.

Just One More Time
Lover's Lie
California Angel
Can't Stop A Train
I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love (Today)
Pawnshop Wedding Rings
No One To Talk To But The Blues
Dull Edge Of The Blade
Tears In Your Eyes
It's Too Late
You Don't Have To Go
Painful Days And Sleepless Nights
Come Back / Raspberry Beret

Too Big for This Town
Try Not to Be So Lonely
Why Do I Love You
I Doubt If It Does to You
It's About Me
I Just Wanted to See You So Bad
It's Better This Way
The Lucky Few
Life's Just Too Short
I Lost It

Sunday, July 23, 2023

More Covers of the Rolling Stones

    I hope it's not overkill, but I thought it was necessary to have a different cover of Satisfaction in each volume, especially as I just couldn't see leaving either the Devo or Otis Redding version out.  Also, while I was putting together these comps, I went back and listened to a lot of Stones albums, some of which I hadn't listened to in a long time - growing up listening to classic rock radio in the 70s kind of burns one out on just about any classic rock song that's in heavy rotation (for years and years...).  Anyway, I have to say that I came away newly impressed by how well the Stones transitioned into the disco era of the late 70's.  Some Girls, Emotional Rescue, and Tattoo You  aren't my favorite Stones albums, but, they still sound like a band following their muse, rather than a band just trying desperately to follow a trend.  I mean, I'm not gonna name any bands, but.....some releases from rock artists in the late 1970s and early 1980s were pretty dreckful.  

   Anyway, hope folks like this third volume.


Backstreet Girl


Loving Cup

The Bittersweets


Womack And Womack

Fool To Cry

Tegan & Sara

Honky Tonk Women

The Flying Burrito Brothers

19th Nervous Breakdown

Jason & The Scorchers

Brown Sugar

Alice Russell

Sister Morphine

Ren Harvieu

As Tears Go By

Marianne Faithfull

Ventilator Blues

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

Gimme Shelter

Cal Tjader

Paint It Black

The Feelies

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction


Saturday, July 1, 2023

Leave No Stones Song Uncovered: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones

      Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are both turning 80 this year (July 26 and December 18, respectively) so I thought it only appropriate to put together a Rolling Stones tribute.  Perhaps maybe I should have done a compilation of songs the Rolling Stones recorded themselves, but I still find that a compilation of covers almost always gives me a better appreciation of the musicians' artistry and songwriting ability.  Even though there are very few covers on this compilation that I definitively prefer to the Rolling Stones' versions (and I shan't say which ones), but they all have their charms and hearing the song in a different voice often enhances my fondness for the original.  Anyway, hope you like them and I'll post a Volume 3 next week 

  Download both volumes

  Volume One

Dead Flowers

Townes Van Zandt

She Smiled Sweetly

Billy Bragg

No Expectations


Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind

Vashti Bunyan

Jumpin' Jack Flash

Ananda Shankar

Mother's Little Helper

Liz Phair

Let's Spend The Night Together

Joe Simon


Otis Redding

Aqui En Mi Nube


Play With Fire

The Fleshtones

Miss You

The Concretes

Wild Horses

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

I Got The Blues

Aloe Blacc & Joel Van Dijk

Volume Two

Waiting On A Friend

Over the Rhine

Emotional Rescue

St. Vincent

Moonlight Mile

Lee Fields

You Can't Always Get What You Want

P.P. Arnold

Sympathy For The Devil


The Last Time

Dwight Yoakam


Los Apson

What a Shame

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete

Under My Thumb

Veronica Falls


The Sugarman 3

Just Wanna See His Face

The Blind Boys Of Alabama

I Am Waiting

Jennifer Warren

I'd Much Rather Be with the Boys

Reigning Sound

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Country/Folk Legends: Kris Kristofferson, Bob Neuwirth, and Mickey Newbury

       I'm taking a break from the Texas Legends Series (they're all still available to download), though I do anticipate doing a few more in the future.  I'm can't precisely remember why I decided on Kristofferson, Neuwirth, and Newbury, though I do recall I was listening to a lot of Newbury a while back (and it was before Neuwirth sadly died a year ago).  Nonetheless, I think the three sound good together and serve as an excellent soundtrack for any lazy summer weekend doings.  I should note that Newbury and Kristofferson were both born in Texas (Neuwirth was born in Akron, Ohio), but they were both more associated with Nashville, especially Newbury.  And if you want to dig deeper into their respective catalogs, I'd start with Kristofferson's "Kristofferson", Neuwirth's "99 Monkeys", and Newbury's "Harlequin Melodies". Actually, I think Newbury's best albums are 'Frisco Mabel Joy" and "Heaven Help the Child", but they're inexplicably out of print.


She Even Woke Me Up To Say Go

Mickey Newbury

I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground

Bob Neuwirth with Eliza Carthy

Billy Dee

Kris Kristofferson

Born to Die Alone

Kris Kristofferson

Aracely's Natia

Bob Neuwirth

Why You Been Gone So Long

Mickey Newbury

The Lady's Not For Sale

Kris Kristofferson

Annabelle Lee

Bob Neuwirth

T. Total Tommy

Mickey Newbury

Somebody Nobody Knows

Kris Kristofferson

Life Is For Living

Bob Neuwirth

Frisco Depot

Mickey Newbury

Rock Salt and Nails

Bob Neuwirth

Why Me

Kris Kristofferson

Sweet Memories

Mickey Newbury

Just Dropped In

Mickey Newbury

Between Heaven And Here

Kris Kristofferson

Blue Detour

Bob Neuwirth