Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday Random 10

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! We're thankful for you and we're thankful for music! Shall we see what the little green Nano served up today?

Tres Chicas - Drop Me Down
Hank Williams - Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
Ace - How Long
Muddy Waters - Stuff You Gotta Watch
The Who - We're Not Gonna Take It
Drive-By Truckers - The Righteous Path
Michael Penn - Mary Lynn
The Who - Call Me Lightning
The Rascals - Mustang Sally
Todd Rundgren - I Saw the Light
Bonus 11 and 12 because, um...well, it's the first Sunday in Advent, so it's the Christmas season, and um...yeah, like the "Twelve Days of Christmas", and it's a Christmas song, so that's a sign that we ought to do twelve! Yeah, that's it! (Actually, 11 was a pretty great song and then twelve is brand new and we simply must mention it.)
Rodney Crowell - Closer to Heaven
Los Straitjackets - Que Verdes Son
Okay, we see the Nano is liking The Who this week. Ace's one and only hit appears (though Paul Carrack went on to have several more), there's some Hank Sr. and Muddy, and the terrific lead track from the great Something/Anything?, which we'd strummed on the uke earlier in the day.

Now to the bonus tracks. The Rodney Crowell song is the beautiful closing piece from the Joe Henry-produced Sex & Gasoline and we introduced a bunch of folks to Los Straitjackets' first holiday record several years ago, but didn't get in early enough to get one of the limited run of the Yuletide Beat CDs, so we ended up downloading it last week and "Que Verdes Son" is one of those tracks. We're not sure why we waited so long. Go. Get. It.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question (While Jimmy Fallon and The Roots are apologizing for the sexism, shouldn't they also apologize for assuming our former Congresswoman knows enough about what she speaks to be lying?), already in progress.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Random 10 (x3)

Yeah, we've been busy, busy, busy. Here's what the little green Nano's spit out the last few weeks.

Wilco - Black Moon (Alt.)
Feist - Cicadas and Gulls
Rod Stewart - Reason to Believe
The Beatles - Here Comes the Sun
Robert Palmer - Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)
Buffalo Springfield - Mr. Soul
The Beatles - Rain
Wilson Pickett - In the Midnight Hour
Ivy - Distant Lights
Preservation Hall Jazz Band (feat. Anita Briem) - C'est Si Bon

(A few new tunes here. We like the new Wilco album better than Wilco (the album) but not as much as Sky Blue Sky. The new Feist is quite good. The new Ivy record is heavy on the electronica, but we're liking it.)

The Beatles - Sexy Sadie
The Civil Wars - 20 Years
Steve Goodman - Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere - One of Those Days
Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens - Streets of Bakersfield
The Civil Wars - Girl with the Red Balloon
Arcade Fire - Sprawl I (Flatland)
Erik Brandt - Shit List
Joe Henry - Last One Out
The Replacements - I'll Be You

(The Nano likes The Civil Wars, too. Dwight and Buck are terrific.)

Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
Laura Nyro & Labelle - I Met Him on a Sunday
Rockpile - Play That Fast Thing (One More Time)
The Beatles - Honey Pie
Husker Du - Love Is All Around
The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
Titus Andronicus - Theme from "Cheers"
This Train - The Missing Link
The Rascals - Love Is a Beautiful Thing
Elvis Costello and The Attractions - This Year's Girl (Live)

(The new Ryan Adams record is gorgeous. You know how we feel about Ms. Nyro's collaboration with Labelle that predates "Lady Marmalade" by a couple of years. Yes, the Huskers' are covering the theme from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It was a B-side that any respectable Minnesotan ought to own. Nice to hear This Train after seeing Mark Robertson's current band Thursday night.)

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question (Christiane Amanpour's roundtable today: George Will, Peggy Noonan, Matthew Dowd, and Paul Krugman prompts us to ask (again) "What liberal media?")