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Weekend Playlist

16 May 2011

“The state can’t give you freedom, and the state can’t take it away. You’re born with it, like your eyes, like your ears. Freedom is something you assume, then you wait for someone to try to take it away. The degree to which you resist is the degree to which you are free…” ~ Utah Phillips


Delaney & Bonnie | Motel Shot


MFSB | Love Is The Message


Herbert | Scale


Ohio Players | Skin Tight


United Soul | Music With Funkadelic


Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan | In Session


The Allman Brothers Band | Dreams


Whiskeytown | Pneumonia


The Insect Trust | The Insect Trust


Gene Ammons | Boss Tenor


Oscar Peteterson | Oscar Peterson Trio + 1 (Clark Terry)


Gerry Mulligan & Ben Webster | Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster


Ben Webster | At Ease


Miles Davis | Kind Of Blue


Miles Davis | Filles de Kilamanjaro


Peace Orchestra | Peace Orchestra Reset


Fujiya & Miyagi | Lightbulbs


Utah Phillips | All Used Up


King Floyd | King Floyd


Eddie Hazel | Jams From The Heart


Donny Hathaway | Extension Of A Man

Weekend Playlist

20 September 2010

“My earliest memory is shouting: at what and for what reason, I don’t know. Probably a tantrum; or I may have been rehearsing. I was always an early starter.” ~ Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead


Michael Nesmith & The First National Band | Magnetic South


LCD Soundsystem | LCD Soundsystem


Whiskeytown | Pneumonia


M. Ward | Hold Time


Various Artists | I’m Not There Soundtrack


James Brown | Star Time


The Rolling Stones | A Bigger Bang


The Kleptones | A Night At The Hip-Hopera


Mark Lanegan | Whiskey For The Holy Ghost


Buzzcocks | Singles Going Steady


Kasabian | Kasabian


Daft Punk | Discovery


William Shatner | Has Been


The Pharaohs | In The Basement


Radiohead | In Rainbows


INXS | Listen Like Thieves


Motorhead | No Remorse


Andres Segovia | The Segovia Collection


The Isley Brothers | 3 + 3


Kruder & Dorfmeister | The K&D Sessions

Weekend Playlist

15 February 2010

“I’m just trying to get the ideas out before the inspiration is gone. Everything I do is motivated by the fear of running out of time.” ~ Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., aka Jay Reatard


Jay-Z | The Blueprint


Street Sweeper Social Club | Street Sweeper Social Club


Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson | The First Minute Of A New Day


Ween | The Mollusk


Pixies | Bossanova


Suicide | Suicide


Jay Reatard | Matador Singles ’08


John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers | With Eric Clapton


Lonnie Mack | Glad I’m In The Band


Talking Heads | Talking Heads: 77


Brazilian Girls | Brazilian Girls


Various Artists | Hi:Fidelity Lounge Volume Three: Cosmopolitan Grooves


Neil Young | On The Beach


Whiskeytown | Strangers Almanac


Them Crooked Vultures | Them Crooked Vultures


Various Artists | Woodstock Soundtrack


The Miles Davis Quintet | Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet


The J.J. Johnson Sextet | J.J. Inc


Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, John Coltrane, Zoot Sims | Tenor Conclave


Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan | Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan
[album cover not pictured]

Weekend Playlist

26 October 2009

“We almost caved the roof in.” ~ George Clinton

Whiskeytown | Pneumonia
Whiskeytown | Pneumonia

Jerry Garcia Band | Cats Under The Stars
Jerry Garcia Band | Cats Under The Stars

The Rolling Stones | Tattoo You
The Rolling Stones | Tattoo You

M. Ward | Duet For Guitars #2
M. Ward | Duet For Guitars #2

Beastie Boys | Check Your Head
Beastie Boys | Check Your Head

The Black Keys | Thickfreakness
Black Keys | Thickfreakness

Dead Kennedys | Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
Dead Kennedys | Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Zeph & Azeem | Rise Up
Zeph & Azeem | Rise Up

Stevie Wonder | Songs In The Key Of Life
Stevie Wonder | Songs In The Key Of Life

Outkast | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Outkast | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Toots & The Maytals | Funky Kingston
Toots & The Maytals | Funky Kingston

Pink Floyd | The Wall
Pink Floyd | The Wall

Various Artists | Old School Vs. New School
Various Artists | Old School Vs. New School

Talking Heads | Remain In Light
Talking Heads | Remain In Light

Funkadelic | Cosmic Slop
Funkadelic | Cosmic Slop

Blue Mitchell | Blue's Moods
Blue Mitchell | Blue’s Moods

Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker | Mulligan/Baker
Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker | Mulligan/Baker

Marvin Gaye | Trouble Man
Marvin Gaye | Trouble Man Soundtrack

The Meters | Rejuvenation
The Meters | Rejuvenation

Van Halen | Fair Warning
Van Halen | Fair Warning

Weekend Playlist

24 August 2009

“Our music is red – with purple flashes.” ~ Eddie Fisher of The Creation

Bettye Swann | Bettye Swann (1968-1970)
Bettye Swann | Bettye Swann (1968-1970)

Eric Clapton | circa 2004
Eric Clapton | Crossroads Guitar Festival – Dallas, TX – 6/6/04
[Album cover not pictured]

Eric Clapton | Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert
Eric Clapton | Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert

Various Artists | Latin Funk Flavas
Various Artists | Latin Funk Flavas

Pink Floyd | Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Pink Floyd | Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Muddy Waters | At Newport 1960
Muddy Waters | At Newport 1960

Tosca | J.A.C.
Tosca | J.A.C.

Furry Lewis | Shake 'Em On Down
Furry Lewis | Shake ‘Em On Down

Bar-Kays | The Best Of
Bar-Kays | The Best Of

The Beatles | The Alternate Revolver
The Beatles | The Alternate Revolver

Various Artists | Mojo presents Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers
Various Artists | Mojo presents Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers

The Pharcyde | Cydeways: The Best Of
The Pharcyde | Cydeways: The Best Of

The Byrds | Fifth Dimension
The Byrds | Fifth Dimension

The Creation | We Are Paintermen
The Creation | We Are Paintermen

Ray Charles | Standards
Ray Charles | Standards

Whiskeytown | Faithless Street
Whiskeytown | Faithless Street

Ramones | Leave Home
Ramones | Leave Home

Willie Colon | El Malo
Willie Colon | El Malo

Jackie Mittoo | Showcase
Jackie Mittoo | Showcase

The Last Emperor | Palace Of The Pretender
The Last Emperor | Palace Of The Pretender

Bob Dylan | Modern Times
Bob Dylan | Modern Times

Fear | The Record
Fear | The Record

Wynton Marsalis | Baroque Music For Trumpets
Wynton Marsalis | Baroque Music For Trumpets

Nitin Sawhney | Prophesy
Nitin Sawhney | Prophesy

Thievery Corporation | DJ Kicks
Thievery Corporation | DJ Kicks

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Weekend Playlist

15 June 2009

With stardust in his hair, moonbeams in his eye and liquor in his belly, your intrepid blogger is currently traveling all over this great country of ours. From the home base of Oakland, CA to Newport, RI for a long weekend with the in-laws, I’m now halfway back and enjoying a quick visit with an old friend in Chicago. Many thanks to Orville & Wilbur Wright, for inventing the airplane, and then following that up with an even cooler invention – the iPod…

Various Artists | I'm Not There Soundtrack
Various Artists | I’m Not There Soundtrack

Miles Davis | Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud
Miles Davis | Ascenseur Pour L’echafaud

The Beta Band | The 3 EPs
The Beta Band | The 3 EPs

The Budos Band | The Budos Band II
The Budos Band | Budos Band II

David Holmes | Let's Get Killed
David Holmes | Let’s Get Killed

Gorillaz | Demon Days
Gorillaz | Demon Days

Beastie Boys | Root Down EP
Beastie Boys | Root Down EP

Kings Of Leon | Youth & Young Manhood
Kings Of Leon | Youth & Young Manhood

M. Ward | End Of Amnesia
M. Ward | End Of Amnesia

Kruder Dorfmeister | The K&D Sessions™
Kruder & Dorfmeister | The K&D Sessions™

David Bowie | The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars
David Bowie | The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars

Prince | Sign O' The Times
Prince | Sign O’ The Times

Whiskeytown | Strangers Almanac
Whiskeytown | Strangers Almanac

Herbie Hancock | Headhunters
Herbie Hancock | Headhunters

Outkast | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Outkast | Speakerboxx/The Love Below

Josh Ritter | Golden Age Of Radio
Josh Ritter | Golden Age Of Radio

Rakim | The 18th Letter/The Book Of Life
Rakim | The 18th Letter/The Book Of Life

Minutemen | Double Nickels On The Dime
Minutemen | Double Nickels On The Dime

INXS | Shabooh Shoobah
INXS | Shabooh Shoobah

Tom Waits | Rain Dogs
Tom Waits | Rain Dogs

Ol' Dirty Bastard | Nigga Please
Ol’ Dirty Bastard | Nigga Please

Zeph & Azeem
Zeph & Azeem | Mixed Messages
[Album cover not pictured]

Sonny Clark | Leapin' And Lopin'
Sonny Clark | Leapin’ And Lopin’

Various Artists | Until The End Of The World Soundtrack
Various Artists | Until The End Of The World Soundtrack

The Yardbirds | Roger The Engineer
The Yardbirds | Roger The Engineer

Steely Dan | Gaucho
Steely Dan | Gaucho

Beck | Guero
Beck | Guero

Dr. Feelgood | Down By The Jetty
Dr. Feelgood | Down By The Jetty

Furr | Furr
Furr | Furr

Madhouse | Serve 'Em
Madhouse | Serve ‘Em

Temple Of The Dog | Temple Of The Dog
Temple Of The Dog | Temple Of The Dog

Black Sabbath | Vol 4
Black Sabbath | Vol 4

Motorhead | Iron Fist
Motorhead | Iron Fist

Iggy Pop | circa 1977
Iggy Pop | Cleveland, OH 3/21/77
[Album cover not pictured]

Weekend Playlist

4 May 2009

Like sands through the hourglass, these were the records of our weekend…

Moby Grape | The Place And The Time
Moby Grape | The Place And The Time

Radiohead | In Rainbows
Radiohead | In Rainbows

Paul McCartney | McCartney
Paul McCartney | McCartney

J.J. Cale | Rewind: Unreleased Recordings
J.J. Cale | Rewind: Unreleased Recordings

Traffic | Dear Mr. Fantasy
Traffic | Dear Mr. Fantasy

David Grisman Quartet | Dawgwood
David Grisman Quartet | Dawgwood

Beck | Modern Guilt
Beck | Modern Guilt

Lee Morgan | Tom Cat
Lee Morgan | Tom Cat

Fleet Foxes | Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes | Fleet Foxes

Sly & The Family Stone | Small Talk
Sly & The Family Stone | Small Talk

The Beatles | Rarities
The Beatles | Rarities

Van Morrison | Veedon Fleece
Van Morrison | Veedon Fleece

War | The World Is A Ghetto
War | The World Is A Ghetto

Mac Wiseman | 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered
Mac Wiseman | ‘Tis Sweet To Be Remembered

Bob Dylan | Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan | Highway 61 Revisited

Kinks | Face To Face
Kinks | Face To Face

Pete Townshend | White City
Pete Townshend | White City

Mighty Imperials | Thunder Chicken
The Mighty Imperials | Thunder Chicken

Dr. John | In The Right Place
Dr. John | In The Right Place

Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger | The World Of Pete Seeger
[Album cover not pictured]

Freddie King | The Best Of Freddie King
Freddie King | The Best Of Freddie King

Neil Young | Massey Hall 1971
Neil Young | Massey Hall 1971

Lyrics Born | Everywhere At Once
Lyrics Born | Everywhere At Once

Jerry Lee Lewis | Live At The Star Club Hamburg
Jerry Lee Lewis | Live At The Star Club Hamburg

The Stooges
The Stooges | Declaration Of War: The Best Of The Funhouse Sessions [Album cover not pictured]

Radio Birdman | Radios Appear
Radio Birdman | Radios Appear

Ween | Chocolate And Cheese
Ween | Chocolate And Cheese

Whiskeytown | Strangers Almanac
Whiskeytown | Strangers Almanac

Stevie Wonder | Innervisions
Stevie Wonder | Innervisions

Masterpiece: Heartbreaker

5 March 2009

[Today: Sifting through the wreckage of love gone bad...]

Ryan Adams | Heartbreaker

The heart is a strange symbol of love’s energies. When a relationship burns out and fades away, it’s the mind that’s left wandering over the past, replaying what once was, and dreaming of what might have been. Meanwhile that damned heart just keeps on beating a steady monotone, pushing love’s victim forward into a desperate future full of long nights. Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker is the perfect soundtrack for one of those whiskey-soaked, sorrow-drenched, late night bouts of despair.

Adams was just 27 when he recorded this album, but he sings with an old man’s soul. He’d recently left the band Whiskeytown and broken up with his longtime girlfriend, and the breadth of his grief is etched deeply into each of these songs. In 2001 he told journalist Barney Hoskyns that “Heartbreaker is absolutely raw as hell. And I was really raw. When I made [it], I had parted ways with everything I’d known for almost five and a half years: my girlfriend, my band, New York.” To beat back his blues, Adams headed to Nashville and recorded this album with the help of his friends Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.

It opens incongruously enough with Adams and Rawlings debating about which Morrissey album contains the song ‘Suedehead’. But from there Heartbreaker quickly descends into a beautiful, country-tinged pity party. ‘To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)’ touches on the exhileration that even broken love can bring. ‘My Winding Wheel’ is a desperate plea to an indifferent love. ‘Come Pick Me Up’ sees Adams bargaining with himself over something that will never be. Heartbreaker covers every angle of lost love, with Adams’ harmonica punctuating the gloom and floating around like the ghost of happiness past.

A few years ago I purchased a used LP copy of Heartbreaker. When I got it home, I realized that the previous owner had meticulously (and thoroughly) scratched out the song ‘Why Do They Leave?’ so that it could never be played again. But that isn’t such a surprising development. This is powerful music loaded with heavy emotions – the kind that can get a jilted lover stirred up enough to pull out a knife and start carving stuff up.

Listen: Why Do They Leave?

Listen: Oh My Sweet Carolina

Listen: Damn Sam (I Love A Woman That Rains)

The P Speaks: Songs That Reflect Late November

23 November 2008

Autumn foliage

Somehow we’ve snuck 40 odd weeks into the year and Thanksgiving is upon us, again. dk and I were recently talking about “Thanksgiving Songs” – songs that are uniquely American, like this upcoming holiday. It’s hard to disassociate this holiday from childhood memories of this time of year, like getting up before dawn for the 8 hour drive (Ford Torino wagon, fake wood paneling) to our cousins’ house in Syracuse (where the giant wood console TV was always tuned to football) and post-feast dishwashing that required drill team precision.

Now that I’m approaching my 20th year in Northern California, Thanksgiving is a hike along the ridgeline, friendship and laughter, good pinot noir, tupperware fighting for space in the fridge, and a lovely four day break from the office. We have been blessed with friends who are excellent chefs and excellent hosts, so we rarely cook. (There was the infamous creamed onion and midnight turkey incident of 1992 at 21 Belcher Street, but we won’t go there now…) 

While I love Arlo and Alice’s Restaurant, there is other music that speaks to this time of year. Here are some candidates that might make you put a log on the fire and stare into the flames…

The Band | Twilight

Uncle Tupelo | Screen Door

Josh Ritter | Me & Jiggs

Fleet Foxes | Blue Ridge Mountains

Lucinda Williams | Big Red Sun Blues

Whiskeytown | Jacksonville Skyline

John Phillips | Malibu People

John Fahey | I Am The Resurrection

Allman Brothers | Blue Sky

M. Ward | Duet For Guitars #2

Yo La Tengo | Night Falls On Hoboken

Hank Williams | Settin’ The Woods On Fire

Dave Alvin | Dark Eyes

Fred Neil | I’ve Got A Secret (Didn’t We Shake Sugaree)

Neko Case | Fox Confessor Brings The Flood

Stevie Ray Vaughan | Little Wing

My Morning Jacket | Steam Engine

Johnny Cash | Breaking Bread

The Long Ryders | Ivory Tower

Joe Ely | Gallo Del Cielo

Flying Burrito Brothers | Wheels

Willie Nelson | Moonlight In Vermont

6 Albums I Wish Were In Print On Vinyl

4 May 2008

This list could easily be 60 albums long, but for the sake of brevity I’ve narrowed it down to the records that I’m constantly looking for at my local music stores. There are dozens more that I’ve already tracked down and paid a pretty penny for – including The Soft Boys’ Underwater Moonlight, The Peddlers’ Suite London, the Wild Style soundtrack, The Incredible Bongo Band, and John Phillips’ John Wolfking Of L.A. – that ought to be more readily available on LP.

So if you happen to know somebody who can pull some strings and make things happen, here are a half dozen albums I’d love to see on vinyl, and soon…


Los Lobos * Kiko – Los Lobos have just a couple of albums available on vinyl, and their masterpiece Kiko is not among them. The fact that this album was released in 1992, around the time vinyl was bottoming out, probably explains why it wasn’t issued in the US (it was briefly issued on LP in the UK), but it’s time to re-issue this one on wax.


The Stairs * Mexican R-n-B – There are a few copies of this overlooked early-90′s gem floating around out there – occasionally one will pop up on eBay and fetch upwards of $150. For that kind of dough you could buy the entire Black Lips catalogue on vinyl and still have enough money left over for a night on the town.


Various Artists * The Anthology Of American Folk Music – The few OG copies of this that hit eBay fetch close to $200 apiece. The recent tribute album to the Anthology Of American Folk Music was issued on vinyl, so it can’t be too much to ask for the real deal. This one should definitely be reissued at 78 rpm.


Whiskeytown * Pneumonia Strangers Almanac only recently received the 180 gram treatment, and Pneumonia deserves the same. Whiskeytown’s sound is so suited for LP, it’s a sin that their albums have had to wait any length of time to be issued on vinyl.


Jerry Lee Lewis * Live At The Star Club, Hamburg – This was recorded in 1964, and could well be the very first punk album of all-time. Lewis was an afterthought at this point in his career, and he takes it out on his piano, forcing his hired band to play catchup at breakneck speed. LP copies will fetch $40+ dollars, on the rare occasions that they surface.


A3 * Exile On Coldharbour Lane – Another album that was released for a heartbeat in the UK, this ultra-rare gem is worth $150-$200 on the open market. But this album was a cult curiosity both before and after A3′s ‘Woke Up This Morning’ was picked up as the theme song for The Sopranos, so it’s probably a longshot for any kind of LP reissue.

*****


Honorable mention for Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, which was recently reissued as part of the vinyl box set Fruit Tree but has yet to be reissued on its own. Predictably, the box set can be had for about $50, while single copies of Pink Moon fetch $40-$45 – only in a free market!


Also, M. Ward recently reissued his first album, the confusingly titled Duet For Guitars #2, so there’s reasonable hope that his best album, Transfiguration Of Vincent, will soon be enshrined in waxy goodness.


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