Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday Random 10 (December)

Okay, it's not like there's nothing else going on in December, but we have to get better at this next year.


The Beatles - Sea of Monsters
Rufus Wainwright - Respectable Dive
Fountains of Wayne - Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart
The Kinks - Wonder Boy
Freddy Fredrickson - Mr. Downtown
Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
Fountains of Wayne - Troubled Times
Chris Bell - Look Up
The Beatles - All My Loving
Iron & Wine - Naked As We Come (Live)

Multiple Beatles and Fountains of Wayne? Who knew? "Mr. Downtown" is from the Bobby Darin-ish crooner in the great That Thing You Do and "Suspicious Minds" the best thing Elvis did after getting out of the Army.

The Avett Brothers - Shame
Rhett Miller - I'll Cry Instead
The Decemberists - The Wanting Comes in Waves / Repaid
Peter Case - Entella Hotel
Rhett Miller - Singular Girl
Wilco - Comment (If All Men Are Truly Brothers)
Gary U.S. Bonds - I Want You (Live)
The Avett Brothers - Paul Newman vs. the Demons
Kopecky Family Band - Are You Listening
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Listen to Her Heart

11. Steve Dawson - Obsidian

We continue to be baffled by why Rhett Miller isn't a household name. Got a double shot of the Avetts this week as well. The Bonds tune (not the Dylan song) is from a gritty little King Biscuit Flour Hour live CD from 2000. The Kopeckys' lead singer went to high school with our youngest. They're mining a similar vein to the Lumineers and Edward Sharpe, only we think they do it better. Dawson was the kid's songwriting teacher at Old Town School of Folk Music and this is the terrific lead tune from the fine I Will Miss the Trumpets and the Drums.

Patty Griffin - Rain
The Avett Brothers - Colorshow
Joe Henry - Stranger
Fountains of Wayne - Please Don't Rock Me Tonight
Elvis Presley - I Love You Because
Over the Rhine - Days Like This
Johnny Rivers - Mountain of Love
Gary U.S. Bonds - Murder in the First Degree
Wilco - California Stars
Michael Kiwanuka - Always Waiting

Robert Plant's in a band with Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller, which is a pretty damned good excuse to not rehash Zep's glory days. "Mountain..." is our favorite Johnny Rivers tune and the Bonds song is from the aforementioned disc.

The Beatles - And I Love Her
Crowded House - I Feel Possessed
Rosanne Cash - The Wheel
The Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing
Rhett Miller - Lost Without You
The Belfast Cowboys - Wild Night
The B-52's - Deadbeat Club
The Avett Brothers - I Killed Sally's Lover (Live)
Dwight Yoakam - Little Ways
R.E.M. - Shiny Happy People

Not much to say except, we don't think there's ever been a mix like this with nothing but favorite artists.

Them - Baby Please Don't Go
The Band - I Shall Be Released
Steve Dawson - Worry Worry Worry
The Shins - The Rifle's Spiral
Rosanne Cash with Johnny Cash - September When It Comes
The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver - Sailing
Old 97's - Won't Be Home
John Wesley Harding - Poor Heart
Bob Mould - Silver Age
World Party - Vanity Fair

11. Kopecky Family Band - She Is the One

Van the Man leads off, there's a Sutherland Brothers tune that Rod Stewart had a big hit with (check out Lifeboat, which features this and their terrific minor hit "You Got Me Anyway"), some Wes (whose debut novel, Misfortune, we're currently reading), the title tune from Mould's fine new record, and some bonus Kopecky Family.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question ("So was Santa good to you?"), already in progress.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Random 10

Hey! Where did November go? Holy cow, we're three weeks behind again! 


Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Tears of a Clown
Paul Simon - Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War
The Silos - I'm Over You
The Turtles - You Know What I Mean
Old 97's - Timebomb
The Avett Brothers - Salvation Song (live)
The Beatles - Wait
Jonathan Rundman - I Thought You Were Mine (remix)
Muddy Waters - Sugar Sweet
Los Lobos - I Got to Let You Know (live)

"Just like Pagliacci did" is a terrific line in a terrific song. "Timebomb" is the killer lead track from the reissue of the Old 97's Too Far to Care 15th anniversary reissue, which is well worth your time. Cool to have The Silos and the Rundman tune (written about a Silos show) in the same mix!

Dawes - Time Spent in Los Angeles
The Bad Plus - Layin' a Strip for the Higher-Self State Line
Rodney Crowell - Closer to Heaven
Simon & Garfunkel - I Am a Rock
This Train - I Don't Mind
The Beatles - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Faces - Angel (live)
Old 97's - Old Familiar Steam
Dolly Varden - Done (Done)
The Beatles - The End

The Dolly Varden track's from the album to be released in January, but you can get it now if you're on the mailing list. The Crowell tune is the nice closer from the fine Sex & Gasoline. And, once again, if you're trying to explain to a disbelieving under-35 that Rod Stewart was once a critically acclaimed and respected artist, play 'em this Faces cover of Hendrix.

The Beach Boys - My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine)
Fountains of Wayne - Small Favors
The Bee Gees - For Whom the Bell Tolls
The Beatles - Paperback Writer
The Ventures - Pipeline
Son Volt - Atmosphere
Golden Smog - V
John Wesley Harding - Burn
Over the Rhine - The Laugh of Recognition
Bettye LaVette - I Guess We Shouldn't Talk About That Now

11. Bruce Springsteen - Badlands

All the major "B" 60's bands represented here. The bonus is one of the songs we heard the E Street Band play a few weeks back at a terrific, energetic show at the Xcel Energy Center. 

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question, already in progress.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Sunday Random 10

That extra hour of sleep worked miracles! We're posting on Sunday Random 10 on the actual Sunday!


Sam & Dave - Soul Man
The Twilight Hours - Forgot Me Now
Beki Hemingway & Jonathan Rundman - List of Things to Do
Joe Henry - Struck
Southside Johnny with La Bamba's Big Band (feat. Tom Waits) - Walk Away
Girlyman - Caroline
Eddie Cochran - Teenage Breakdown
Wilco - I Am Not Willing
The Kinks - A Well Respected Man
Kirsty MacColl - They Don't Know

And a bonus eleven, since you've all been so patient, 

The Band - Up on Cripple Creek

Rest in Peace, Levon.

The Twilight Hours is gorgeous pop from former Trip Shakespeare bandmates Matt Wilson and John Munson (see also, Semisonic, The New Standards, Wits), which you can hear (for free!) here. To pick up on another thread, if you don't own Joe Henry's Scar, what are you waiting for? Southside and Waits pop up again this week, as do Girlyman. And if you only know "They Don't Know" from Tracey Ullman's cover, well, you don't know. Click that link, then go here.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question ("Why the hell wasn't Kirsty MacColl an international megastar?"), already in progress.

Sunday Random 10 (Catching up - October)

Almost caught up...


Wilco - Comment (If All Men Are Truly Brothers)
Brian Wilson - Love and Mercy
This Train - Like It or Not 
Gear Daddies - Minnesota Polka
Neil Young - Southern Man
Patty Griffin - Flaming Red
Lost Dogs - No Ship Coming In 
Girlyman - The Person You Want
Peter Gabriel - Family Snapshot 
Lookbook - Real Love

We have the lead tracks from Brian Wilson's first solo record and the Lost Dogs' second (and best), a tune from This Train, one of our very favorite bands (Please, please, please make that threatened new record, guys!), and the Gear Daddies goofing around in the studio. Once again, if you don't own Flaming Red, go get it! The kid turned us on to Girlyman and their wonderful vocal harmonies.

Marshall Crenshaw - Monday Morning Rock
Crowded House - Into Temptation
Crowded House - Twice If You're Lucky
Nate Houge - Redemption
The Del Fuegos - Fade to Blue
Jonathan Rundman - Little Bible
Dar Williams - Teen for God
The Decemberists - Dear Avery
Southside Johnny with La Bamba's Big Band (feat. Tom Waits) - Walk Away
Girlyman - Break Me Slow

A tw0-fer from Crowded House (we'll come back to them later in this post), then the religious themes kick in this Sunday, with Houge, Rundman and Williams. That spectatular Southside/Waits duet has some hints of repentance, as well. Enjoyed seeing the Del Fuegos' play that song at their reunion tour back in February. More Girlyman, too!

Yes - And You and I
This Train - Jazz
The Beatles - Two of Us
Arcade Fire - Une Annee Sans Lumiere
The Rolling Stones - Good Times, Bad Times
The Replacements - Achin' to Be
Bettye LaVette - It Don't Come Easy
Wilco - You Are My Face
Fountains of Wayne - Cold Comfort Flowers
Shawn Colvin (w/Mary Chapin Carpenter) - One Cool Remove

After 10 minutes of classic Yes, we get This Train's stream-of-consciousness minute-and-a-half rant, then some Beatles and Stones. Saw the terrific Bettye LaVette at the Minnesota State Fair this year, and yes, that's a Ringo Starr cover.   

David Bowie - Five Years
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
Stevie Nicks - Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
Dar Williams - Better Things
Wilco - Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
Daniel Amos - (What's Come) Over Me
Daryl Hall & John Oates - Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song)
Dan Zanes - Blow Ye Winds In the Morning
Los Lobos - Wicked Rain (Live)
The Baseball Project - The Closer

Dar covers a Kinks song that should have been a huge hit, Daniel Amos channels "I Should Have Known Better", a tune from Abandonded Luncheonette, an album you really need if you all you think of is "Maneater" when you hear "Hall & Oates" mentioned, and we close with a Baseball Project song on the same day Sergio Romo closed out the Detroit Tigers to complete a sweep and make the Giants the World Series champs again.

Whew! We're all caught up!

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question ("Why the hell isn't Neil Finn a huge international megastar?"), already in progress.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday Random 10 (Catching up - September)

Continuing with the catching up...


Old 97's - Wish the Worst (live)
Solomon Burke - Can't Nobody Love You 
The Beatles - She Loves You (mono) 
Tom Waits - Somewhere 
U2 - Beautiful Day 
Steve Winwood - Higher Love 
Feist - Caught a Long Wind 
The Beatles - Paperback Writer 
The Beatles - Act Naturally 
Crowded House - It's Only Natural 

Major Beatles thing going on here. As with last month, it's not a surprise, since there's a lotta Beatles on the Nano. Didn't hear "Beautiful Day" enough at Target Field this year. (They play it after every Twins victory.)

Drive-By Truckers - Self Destructive Zones
Beki Hemingway & Jonathan Rundman - Consolation Prize
The Capitols - Cool Jerk
Elvis Costello - Accidents Will Happen
Tom Waits - Burma Shave
Dolly Varden - Forgiven Now
Split Enz - I Got You
Patty Griffin - Goodbye
The Stone Roses - This is the One
The Beatles - All My Loving

Again, if you don't own Patty Griffin's Flaming Red album, what are you waiting for?

Glen Hansard - Trying to Pull Myself Away
The 4onthefloor - Why Don't We Do It In the Road?
Toad the Wet Sprocket - Fall Down
The Lovin' Spoonful - Coconut Grove
Wilco - Art of Almost 
Uncle Tupelo - No Sense in Lovin'
The Replacements - I'll Buy 
Paul McCartney - The Inch Worm
Fountains of Wayne - The Valley of Malls 
Patty Griffin - Up to the Mountain (MLK Song) 

This is the third cover of "The Inch Worm" I've heard in the last five years (The New Standards and Dan Zanes are the others) and my least favorite of the three, but McCartney's Kisses on the Bottom is still a fine little record.

Jonathan Rundman - Get Behind The Wheel
Mavis Staples - Eyes on the Prize
The Who - There's A Doctor
Tom Waits - Tom Traubert's Blues
Adam Again - So Long
Erik Brandt - Thoughtless 
Mason Jennings - Child Of Nature
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Learning To Fly
Craig Finn - Jackson
World Party - Way Down Now

That Mavis album (We'll Never Turn Back) is the best thing Ry Cooder's done in the last five years.

Lucinda Williams - Buttercup
Buddy Miller - Worry Too Much
The Pogues - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
The Coasters - Shoppin' for Clothes
Stevie Wonder - You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Elvis Presley - I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')
Wilco - Why Would You Wanna Live?
Dwight Yoakam - Trying
The Who - Pure and Easy
The New Standards - I Will Dare

Nice Pogues cover of Eric Bogle's fine song about an Australian WWI veteran. The new Dwight Yoakam record's quite nice as well.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question, already in progress.

Sunday Random 10 (Catching up - August)

Continuing with getting caught up.


The Decemberists - Grace Cathedral Hill 
Lost Dogs - Jimmy 
The Decemberists - Down by the Water 
Erik Brandt - Anywhere But Here 
Simon & Garfunkel - Homeward Bound 
Paul McCartney - Brown Eyed Handsome Man 
The Avett Brothers - Ill with Want 
Tom Waits - Last Leaf 
Elvis Costello and The Attractions - Miracle Man (Live)
The Civil Wars - Birds of a Feather 

Got a Decemberists thing going this week. "Jimmy" reminds me of how much I miss Gene Eugene's voice.


Joe Henry - Heaven's Escape 
Brian Wilson - Child Is the Father of the Man
Daniel Amos - (What's Come) Over Me 
Allen Toussaint - Solitude 
The Beatles - Don't Let Me Down (from Let it Be...Naked) 
The Avett Brothers - The Perfect Space (Live) 
Jonathan Rundman - Tired Tired Tired 
Marshall Crenshaw - Little Wild One (No. 5) 
Boiling Point - Thanks & Praise 
Jonathan Rundman - Meeting Nixon 

Got a Rundman thing going on here, which is not surprising, since there's a lotta Rundman on the Nano.  


Tom Petty – Free Fallin’
Robert Plant – Angel Dance
Lucinda Williams – Tryin’ to Get to Heaven
The Shins – A Comet Appears
Major Lance – The Monkey Time
Beki Hemingway – My World
Elvis Presley – I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’)
The Beatles – P.S. I Love You (mono)
Carrie Newcomer – We Were Sleeping
Miles Davis – So What

"The Monkey Time" is one of my favorite songs to play. Nice juxtaposition of "Angel Dance" and "Tryin' to Get to Heaven".

Vince Guaraldi - Treat Street 
The Avett Brothers - One Line Wonder
The Neville Brothers - Hercules
Shawn Colvin - The Dead of the Night 
Dan Zanes - Railroad Bill 
Peter Case - Travellin' Light
Laura Nyro & Labelle - The Monkey Time/Dancing in the Street
Beki Hemingway - Simplicity 
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Even the Losers
Bob Dylan - When the Ship Comes In (demo) 

And "The Monkey Time" shows up again! And once again, if you don't own Laura Nyro and Labelle's Gonna Take a Miracle album, what are you waiting for?

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question, already in progress.

Sunday Random 10 (Catching up - July)

Been way too much going on lately, so let's get caught up.


Jonathan Rundman - Dialysis Carpool
Jars of Clay - Sunny Days
Elton John - Rotten Peaches
The Who - I Can't Explain
The Who - There's a Doctor
John Lennon - Jealous Guy
Neville Brothers - Every Day
Lucinda Williams - Awakening
Jonathan Rundman - Little Bible
Glen Hansard - Fallen From the Sky

The little green Nano had a Who thing going this day. The Elton tune is from Madman Across the Water, which I picked up in a used vinyl bin after meaning to buy it for about forty years.

Solid Gold - Love You To
Elvis Presley - Mystery Train
Erik Brandt - Hanna Marie
The Wonders - Dance With Me Tonight
Jonathan Rundman - The Sound of the Cicadas
The Decemberists - One Engine
The Who - Imagine a Man
The Soggy Bottom Boys - I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
The Beach Boys - Heroes and Villains (Part 1)
The Lovin' Spoonful - Didn't Want to Have to Do It

Wonder if anyone has video of the Blaine UMC Variety Show from the year the kid and I did "Man of Constant Sorrow" with Kermit, Fozzie, and Animal as the Froggy Bottom Boys. From holding puppets up for four solid minutes, we both gained new appreciation for Fred Rogers's upper body strength.

Bruce Springsteen - This Depression
Joe Henry - Civil War
Boiling Point - Stars Are Falling
The Beatles - Don't Bother Me
Rockpile - Let It Rock (Live)
Crowded House - Private Universe
Rhett Miller - Like Love
Joe Henry - One Shoe On
Dusty Springfield - You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amour

That's a pretty nice mix there.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question, already in progress.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Sunday Random 10 (x2)

Been a busy week what with Independence Day and staying cool in the hundred-degree temps.


Gear Daddies - Dream Vacation
Talking Heads - Heaven
Crowded House - Into Temptation
Joe Henry - Curt Flood
The Beach Boys - California Girls
Joan Osborne - Champagne and Wine
Ry Cooder - Smack Dab in the Middle
Tom Petty - Don't Come Around Here No More
The Clash - Lover's Rock
The Del Fuegos - Don't Run Wild

Dream Vacation is the lead track on the great Gear Daddies compilation Can't Have Nothin' Nice on St. Paul-based Crackpot Records, the founder of which you can hear here (for another week or so). The Osborne track is from a fine new collection of R&B covers.

So that was Sunday morning. After that, we piled in the car and headed for Duluth to see another wonderful Wilco show at Bayfront Festival Park on the shore of Lake Superior. (Unlike the previous wonderful Wilco show at Bayfront the day after Labor Day 2007, our teeth weren't chattering.)

Wilco - One by One (live)
Brinsley Schwarz - Surrender to the Rhythm
Allen Toussaint - Day Dream
The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
Jonathan Rundman - Grace Is Crying Her Eyes Out
Elvis Presley - Kentucky Rain
The Shins - Girl on the Wing
Wilco - Everlasting Everything
Wilco - In a Future Age
Gary U.S. Bonds - New Orleans

Okay, so the little green Nano knows we saw Wilco last Sunday and knows that none of the three tunes it offered up this week were in the set list. The Pogues tune, of course, is from one of our Desert Island discs

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question ("Is there anything less like a Springsteen song than a David Brooks column?"), already in progress.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday Random Ten (European Edition)

Okay, this time we've really been busy, as we'll explain below. 


June 10
Vince Guaraldi - Star Song
Rosanne Cash - Motherless Children
The Rascals - Easy Rollin'
Crowded House - Pour Le Monde
(Tues am) Ike Reilly - God Damn Shame
(Wed am) The Lovin' Spoonful - Daydream
Spike Jones - Dance of the Hours
World Party - World Party
Meat Puppets (feat. Alison Scott) - Tomorrow Never Knows
The Baseball Project - Tony (Boston's Chosen Son)

Started this one on Sunday evening on a Moscow-to-Volgograd flight (which, to us, was really a late Sunday morning CDT) and, having a charming young Volgograd boy as a seatmate, we hit pause, had a nice chat with his quite good English skills, and finished it on Tuesday and Wednesday morning in a spartan Soviet-era Volgograd hotel that was not unlike the vibe of a northern Minnesota cabin. 

Interesting mix of tunes, from Guaraldi's Latin jazz (and if you only know his Charlie Brown Christmas album, you really need to hear more) to Doodles Weaver's reportage of the Indy 500 in Jones's 40s classic, to The Baseball Project's tribute to Tony Conigliaro.

June 17
The Coasters - Idol With the Golden Head
Duke Otherwise - Bananas?
Jonathan Rundman - A Better Place
The Temptations - Get Ready
The Animals - We Gotta Get Out of This Place
The Vicksburgs - Drive Faster
The Decemberists - California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade
Jonathan Rundman - A Farm in Minnesota
The Beatles - I'll Follow the Sun
The O'Jays - For the Love of Money

Did this ten on a Sunday evening in a London hotel room, so it's cool that some Animals and Fab Four popped up. (Sadly, we didn't make it to a certain crosswalk in St. John's Wood, but we did have our photo taken outside Waterloo Station.) 

June 24
Erik Brandt - Hanna Marie
This Train - A Million Years
Richard Thompson - Jerusalem on the Jukebox
Sanctus Real - These Things Take Time
Elvis Costello and The Attractions - Man Out of Time
Laura Nyro and Labelle - Spanish Harlem
Old 97's - Timebomb
Lost Dogs - Eleanor, It's Raining Now
The Beatles - The Ballad of John & Yoko
Tom Waits - Filipino Box Spring Hog

Did these back at TWDQ HQ this morning. Again, if you've never heard Laura Nyro and the then-little-known Labelle, you need to rectify that.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question ("Wouldn't it be nice to hear someone on this side of the pond, calling out tax dodgers as immoral?"), already in progress.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Sunday Random 10 (x2)

Hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend! Been busy around TWDQ HQ, so we're a week behind again. Let's see what the little green Nano came up with this week.


Arcade Fire - Sprawl I (Flatland)
The Clash - Clampdown
Billy Bragg - Lay Down Your Weary Tune
Rickie Lee Jones - The Moon is Made of Gold
Joe Henry - The World and All I Know
The Who - My Wife
Old 97's - Please Hold On While the Train is Moving
Feist - Caught a Long Wind
The Lovin' Spoonful - Lovin' You
The Kinks - Here Come the People in Grey

Bonnie Raitt - God Only Knows
The Temptations - Cloud Nine
Ivy - The Conversation
Dolly Varden - Forgiven Now
Jonathan Rundman - Minneapolis
The Baseball Project - The Closer
Patty Griffin - Go Now
Tinted Windows - Nothing to Me
Rockpile - You Ain't Nothin' But Fine (Live)
Todd Rundgren - We Gotta Get You a Woman

Good week for Adam Schlesinger's side projects (Ivy, Tinted Windows). We also get Bonnie Raitt's nice Joe Henry cover and Jonathan Rundman's 19-second tribute to what would soon become his metro area of residence. We'll see if he ever leaves here. Also, we do not endorse some of the sentiments in Mr. Rundgren's first big hit. Smart women are even more fun, Todd.

Should be a good week for new tunes, with new Beach Boys, Rhett Miller, and Shawn Colvin discs due out, so we'll see if any of them show up in the shuffle.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question ("Amen. Wouldn't it be great if the media stopped referring to non-apology apologies as apologies?"), already in progress.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sunday Random 10 (x3)

Hey, how did we get three weeks behind? Oh yeah, we were cleaning TWDQ HQ last weekend for a Mothers' Day celebration--then it turned out to be such a nice day that everyone wanted to be outside.


R.E.M. - Shiny Happy People
Crowded House - Into Temptation
The Coasters - Young Blood
Kirsty MacColl - Caroline
Legendary Shack Shakers - Two Tickets to Hell
The Who - Sea and Sand
Taylor Swift (feat. The Civil Wars) - Safe & Sound
Brinsley Schwarz - Brand New You, Brand New Me
The New Standards - The Inchworm
The Who - Sally Simpson

11. The Who - Imagine a Man

The Nano had quite the thing for The Who this week.

Blind Pilot - I Know
The Beatles - With a Little Help from My Friends
Arcade Fire - Windowsill
The Kinks - All Day and All of the Night
Paul McCartney - She Said Yeah
Fountains of Wayne - Cemetery Guns
Muddy Waters - My Home Is In the Delta
Wilco - Sonny Feeling
The Beatles - Love You To
The Soggy Bottom Boys - I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow

Lots of Beatles here, which isn't a surprise. The Soggy Bottom Boys track always reminds us of Dan Tyminski's wife's great quip when he told her that in the musical numbers in O Brother, Where Art Thou, she'll hear his voice but see George Clooney singing:  "Dan, that's my fantasy."

The Lovin' Spoonful - Younger Generation
The Kinks - All Day and All of the Night
The Beach Boys - Sloop John B.
The Replacements - I Will Dare
Old 97's - The Dance Class
Dwight Yoakam - Little Ways
The Pogues - Fiesta
Los Straitjackets - Ana (Anna)
The Replacements - Androgynous
Gary U.S. Bonds - Daddy's Come Home

11 - Gear Daddies - Little Red Corvette
12 - Lost Dogs - Breathe Deep

The Nano's got a "All Day and All of the Night" streak going here. A pair from the 'Mats great Let it Be, a tune from the recently acquired Bonds live at King Biscuit Flower Hour disc, and when we let it keep rolling, the first two bonus tracks were quite excellent as well.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question (Don't you just love schadenfreude?), already in progress.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Sunday Random 10

Too much going on yesterday, so here's what the little green Nano coughed up--yes, we've had a cold--on Sunday.


Brinsley Schwarz - Down in the Dive
The Replacements - Achin' to Be
The Jayhawks - Closer to Your Side
Fountains of Wayne - It Must Be Summer
The Beatles - Tell Me Why
Beki Hemingway - Only Thing Worse
Buddy & Julie Miller - Ellis County
The Beatles - Something
Muddy Waters - You Shook Me
The Beatles - Sea of Time

Wow, three from the mop-tops! I swear it knows we're booking travel to the UK. (Okay, that last one's George Martin from the Yellow Submarine soundtrack.) Reminds us that the Harrison documentary's out tomorrow. Having been sick, we opted to skip the Fountains of Wayne show Saturday night. We also need to learn that terrific Miller song for one of the Tuesday night shindigs at TWDQ HQ.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question (Who the hell booked this idiot in the first place?), already in progress.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday Random 10

Hope you all celebrated Record Store Day in the traditional manner. We picked up a Lovin' Spoonful anthology yesterday to add to the mix for this week, so we'll see if it comes up. (The three Van Morrison LPs acquired haven't been burned from vinyl to disc yet.)


Dolly Varden - We Are Lucky (Live)
The New Standards - Toxic
Bonnie Raitt - Million Miles
The Monkees - (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
Dr. John - Kingdom of Izzness
Preservation Hall Jazz Band (feat. Louis Armstrong) - Rockin' Chair
Junior Brown - Surf Medley
Lucinda Williams - Blessed
Arcade Fire - Modern Man
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - If You Call

The Dolly Varden tune's a live track that may appear on their forthcoming album. (Get a sneak peek here.) Yes, that's a Britney Spears cover by the terrific New Standards. Couple of new songs from solid new albums by Ms. Raitt and the Doc. Lucinda's title track made our Faves compilation last year.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question (Will her personal Warhol clock never run down?), now in progress.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Random 10

Sunny/rainy/sunny/stormy Sunday here at TWDQ. Fortunately, the hail and storms bypassed us here.

Let's see what the little green Nano had for us today. Let's...Hit...Shuffle!

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (Live)
Drive-By Truckers - The Boys from Alabama
Los Lobos - When the Circus Comes
Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy
Kirsty MacColl - Can't Stop Killing You
Florence + the Machine - Remain Nameless
The Beatles - I Dig a Pony
Hank Williams Sr. - Your Cheatin' Heart (single version)
Bryan Ferry - Bob Dylan's Dream
The Ike Reilly Assassination - God and Money

Well, we broke the two-week Wilco lead-off streak, which is funny since we just ordered Wilco tix yesterday. The Costello tune might be our favorite Elvis tune after this. It also gives us an good excuse to post this little slice of awesomeness. And that Gin Blossoms song is a killer rock 'n roll tune.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question (Why did Hilary Rosen need to apologize for telling the truth?), already in progress.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Sunday Random 10

Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it! Been a long day, so here's what the little green Nano came up with this morning.


Wilco - Wishful Thinking
Greg Brown - I Don't Know Anybody in This Town
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Without a Heart
Yusuf - Heaven/Where True Love Goes
The Kinks - Picture Book
Carly Simon - Just Like a Woman
Joe Henry - Fireman's Wedding
Jeff Arundel - It's Okay
Drive-By Truckers - Everybody Needs Love
Dan Zanes - When the Curtains of Night are Pinned Back

Wilco leads off for the second week in a row. We'll see if they can keep the streak up next week. The wonderful Kinks tune (from The Village Green Preservation Society) made a memorable appearance in a HP printer commercial a few years back. The Carly Simon track is one of the less memorable Dylan covers on Amnesty International's 4-disc Chimes of Freedom. If you don't own Joe Henry's terrific Kindness of the World, go track down a copy. Same goes for Dan Zanes' Parades and Panoramas.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question (Why isn't this guy on the Sunday morning talk shows?), already in progress.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Sunday Random 10 catch-up

Wow, where did those three weeks go?

Oh well, Let's...Hit...Shuffle!

XTC - Playground
The Rascals - You Better Run
Diane Birch - Photograph
Old 97's - The Other Shoe
The Beatles - She's Leaving Home
This Train - Great Atomic Power
Muddy Waters - Young Fashioned Ways
Robert Palmer - Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)
Van Morrison - Real Real Gone
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Without a Heart
(Bonus) Mavis Staples - In Christ There Is No East or West

We actually went out and picked up Van the Man's Enlightenment after hearing the Belfast Cowboys terrific cover of "Real Real Gone".

The Rascals - A Beautiful Morning
Elvis Presley - You're a Heartbreaker
The Muppets - Wipe Out
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (Live)
Geraint Watkins - Two Rocks
Brendan Benson - Misery
Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne
The Temptations - Ain't Too Proud to Beg
Preservation Hall Jazz Band (feat. Anita Briem) - C'est Si Bon
The Coasters - Three Cool Cats

One of our favorite Costello tunes, from the Live at Hollywood High album, and we learned of the Coasters original from Ry Cooder's cover on the fine Chavez Ravine.

Wilco - Hummingbird (Live)
The Decemberists - Foregone
The Beatles - Maxwell's Silver Hammer
Kirsty MacColl - Miss Otis Regrets
The Band - Acadian Driftwood
Toad the Wet Sprocket - Fall Down
The Beatles - Misery
The Who - I'm a Boy
The Who - Quadrophenia
Joe Henry - Nico Lost One Small Buddha
(Bonus) The Honeydogs - Dear Prudence

Seemed to be in a Beatleish mood today. I'm sure it knows we were watching the Abbey Road Crosswalk cam yesterday. Interesting back-to-back murder songs, too.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question (Why isn't it ever about race?), already in progress.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Random 10

Incredibly beautiful spring weekend here at TWDQ. We're embarrassed to say we didn't crank up the little green Nano while taking a stroll in the extra daylight. Instead, here's what the Nano shook out on the beautiful ride to and from church this afternoon.


Wild Flag - Electric Band
The Coasters - Young Blood
Etta James - Something's Got a Hold on Me
Kirsty MacColl - Perfect Day
Dan Zanes - The Mermaid
Allen Toussaint - A Dear Old Southland
XTC - The Meeting Place
Death Cab for Cutie - Crooked Teeth
The Beatles - Honey Pie
The Who - Happy Jack (Acoustic)

Boy, oh boy, do we miss Kirsty MacColl. At minimum, go find yourself a copy of Galore. You won't be sorry.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question ("Can we call them racist, misogynist bigots now?"), already in progress.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Sunday Random 10

Hey, it's Sunday again! And we're on time this week!

Was a beautiful, sunny day (albeit a bit chilly) at TWDQ HQ, plus we got to listen to a bit of the local nine getting warmed up in Fort Myers--the new guy's going to be fine, BTW--so let's see what the little green Nano came up with today before the ball game.


Greg Brown - Lovinest One
Jimmy Donley - Radio, Jukebox and TV
Dan Zanes - Deep Blue Sea
Bob Dylan - The Man in Me
Lone Justice - Dreams Come True (Stand Up and Take It)
XTC - King for a Day
Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
Joe Henry - Unspeakable
The New Standards - Song 2

Okay, so the Nano was really into Dylan and XTC. (We always love a good excuse to point you to Sal Nunziato's terrific love song to that terrific love song.) The Jimmy Donley track is from the new Oxford American Music Issue CD, this year it's focused on Mississippi music. Always a great read and listen. It also popped out some Dan Zanes, whom we caught on the Del Fuegos reunion tour Tuesday night. (Good show at a great venue, plus their new EP is pretty solid.) And we wrap with some local faves covering Blur.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question (Shouldn't an apology contain, y'know, actual apologizing?), already in progress.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Sunday Random 10 catch-up

Before another Sunday rolls around, let's get this baby up to date.


Crowded House - Saturday Sun
Jars of Clay - Sunny Days
Jim Jackson - Old Dog Blue
The Animals - Boom Boom
Lucinda Williams - Blessed
U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name
Little Feat - Oh Atlanta
Mary Lou Lord - Lights Are Changing
The Beatles - Old Brown Shoe
Peter Case - Banks of the River

Ms. Williams' tune made this year's Faves compilation and the Mary Lou Lord song is the version from her self-titled debut, which we highly recommend.

The Temptations - Don't Look Back
The Temptations - Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)
Elvis Costello - Satellite
Elvis Presley - Blue Moon
Jules Shear - Sad Sound of the Wind
John Hiatt - Detroit Made
Eddie Vedder - Sleepless Nights
Muddy Waters - Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone
Los Lobos - I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)
Rhett Miller - Happiness

Wow. We once opened a church variety show singing & playing "Don't Look Back" with three guys in shades doing backups, finger snaps, and a bit of choreography. The Shear tune is another of his gorgeous pop songs that should've been a monster hit back in the early 90's. And yeah, Eddie Vedder and ukuleles combined for a terrific album, and we've always been pretty apathetic toward Pearl Jam.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question (Rush Limbaugh said something incredibly misogynistic this week. Wouldn't the sun rising in the east be a bigger story?), already in progress.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday Random 10 (x3)

Been busy, blah, blah, blah, so let's get caught up on the little green Nano's selections.


Elvis Costello & The Attractions - License to Kill
R.E.M. - Supernatural Superserious
Kirsty MacColl & The Pogues - Miss Otis Regrets
Jonathan Rundman - Local Road
U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
The Ventures - Walk Don't Run
Thea Gilmore - I'll Remember You
Muddy Waters - I Feel Like Going Home
Bruce Springsteen - Fire

The Costello and Gilmore tunes are from the Chimes of Freedom - The Songs of Bob Dylan 4 CD set that dropped earlier that week. Good to see the remaining Beach Boys on the Grammys tonight singing "Good Vibrations."

Greg Brown - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
The Beatles - Wait
Solomon Burke - I Need Your Love in My Life
Beki Hemingway - My World
Adele - Make You Feel My Love
U2 - Beautiful Day
Muddy Waters - Mean Red Spider
Sussan Deyhim - All I Really Want to Do
Drive-By Truckers - The Day John Henry Died

Hope Adele rented a pickup truck to carry home all her hardware tonight.

And "Anselma" is one the kid and I used to dance around the room to. (We need to do that again when you're back from Russia.)

Van Morrison - Domino
Jonathan Rundman - The Loneliness of Happiness
Marah - 20,000 Streets Under the Sky
The Avett Brothers - Kick Drum Heart (Live)
Loggins & Messina - Angry Eyes
Greg Brown - Remember the Sun
Tom Waits - House Where Nobody Lives
Steve Dawson - Goodbye
The Beatles - I'm Only Sleeping

If you don't own EBTG's wonderful Idlewild, do yourself a favor and go get it. Coincidentally, we just heard Nils Lofgren on World Cafe last night talking about helping Danny Whitten finish the song "I Don't Want to Talk About It" and EBTG does a terrific cover of it on that very same record.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question (What the hell was that Nicki Minaj deal?), already in progress.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Random 10

Finally starting to get wintry here in the land of TWDQ. Fortunately, not wintry enough to shovel or blow winter out of the driveway.

Let's see what the little green Nano has in store for today.


Mary Lou Lord - His Indie World
Nick Lowe - I Read a Lot
Ry Cooder - Do Re Mi
Todd Snider - Disorganized Crime
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - This Year's Girl (Live)
Fountains of Wayne - Nightlight
Tracey Thorn - Late in the Afternoon
Al Green - You Ought to Be with Me
The Avett Brothers - All My Mistakes

The wonderful Mary Lou Lord song that leads this off is one we'll throw on repeat, so this list could well have been ten repeats of that. Couldn't find it on YouTube, but there is a nice version from the BBC in the link above. Nick Lowe is aging so, so gracefully. We highly recommend his most recent album. Couldn't find a live clip of the Split Lip Rayfield tune, but do check out the clip to see the awesome gas tank bass.

We even got a little Al Green this week, which is a pretty good excuse to link to the other Al Green we got this week. The kid thought the aside to the wings was so The West Wing.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question, already in progress.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Random 10

Let's see what the little green Nano produced this morning!


XTC - Blame the Weather
The Beatles - Sea of Time
The Beatles - Lovely Rita
Dr. John - Mos' Scocious
Brook Benton - Rainy Night in Georgia
Lyle Lovett - Cowboy Man
Los Lobos - Carabina .30-30 [Live]
The Temptations - My Girl
Elvis Presley - Blue Moon of Kentucky
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)

Love that it picked up from last week's XTC song at #10 to leading off with XTC this week. (Again, not that the odds of it hitting an XTC tune are terribly long.) The first of the Beatles tracks is one of the instrumentals from Yellow Submarine. (The odds of hitting a Beatles tune are way shorter than XTC.) Brook Benton's tune is from the album that is pound-for-pound the Best Album in Our Collection. [1] There's our choice for the Best Band America has Produced [2], followed by The Tempts singing The Greatest Song Ever Written, and the B-side of the record that made it all happen for The King. It wraps with those crazy Canadian kids who were the highlight of last year's Grammys telecast. [3] Not a bad ten at all.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question (Is Mitt Romney a serial killer?), already in progress.

[1] Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 - Volume 6 1966-1969. Try to find a 2-album set with more great songs on it, we dare you.
[2] Excellence in a broad variety of styles, solid body of work, longevity, same lineup all these years.
[3] But were noticeably absent from tonight's commercial for this year's ceremony.

Monday, January 09, 2012

57 Channels and Nothin' On

Saw the following item in the latest Comcast Xfinity e-mail under the heading "Editor's Top 5 Picks":

Rob: Rob Schneider stars in this new sitcom as a bachelor who marries into a tight-knit Mexican-American family.

An "editor" picked that? Sweet Mother of Pearl, we've only seen the commercials for this stinkfest, so here's This Week's Discussion Question:
How much cash would someone have to pony up to get you to watch an episode of that "editor's pick"?
Please keep the discussion civil and do not wander off into "I think there's an editor with a death wish -- or a new Mercedes," "To paraphrase Arthur Dent, 'Ah, this is obviously some strange usage of the word "stars" that I wasn't previously aware of," or "Hell, it'll make the Republican presidential debates look like Masterpiece freaking Theatre."


Sunday Random 10

Let's see what the little green Nano offered up this week!


Erik Brandt - The Ballad of Janos Sinko
Blind Pilot - We Are the Tide
Husker Du - Makes No Sense At All
Nick Lowe - Somebody Cares for Me
Ike Reilly - Put a Little Love In It
Wilco - Someone Else's Song
Wilco - Solitaire
John Hiatt - When New York Had Her Heart Broke
Los Straitjackets - Close to Christmas (The First Noel)
XTC - Generals and Majors

We're thinking about catching Mr. Brandt opening for Koerner and Glover in the near future. Bought the Blind Pilot album via download on Saturday after seeing them on Letterman (and recalling my buddy Tom raving about them). We're suckers for a band with an extra tom-tom player. Five bucks on Amazon. The Husker tune is the A-side of the single we bought years ago for the terrific B-side, the video of which we'd never seen until just now. There's a pair of pretty obscure Wilco tunes, and Los Straitjackets track is from their terrific new album, Yuletide Beat. And let's just say that as time goes by, the chance of an XTC tune popping up in the mix gets more and more likely.

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question, already in progress.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Sunday Random 10

Happy New Year! Here's what the Nano dropped on New Year's Day 2012!


Eurythmics - Missionary Man
The Band - When I Paint My Masterpiece
Gear Daddies - African Killer Bees
Florence + the Machine - Hurricane Drunk
Wilco - Handshake Drugs
Fountains of Wayne - Revolving Dora
Todd Rundgren - Marlene
The Beatles - Get Back (Let it Be...Naked)
Old 97's - Love Is What You Are
The New Standards - The Dark End of the Street

Hope 2012 is off to a good start!

We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question (Iowa? Really?), already in progress.

Sunday Random 10 (catching up for 2011)

Getting caught up here after a long holiday week. Here's the last of the 2011 randoms. Let's...Hit...Shuffle!

The Coasters - I Must Be Dreamin'
Joe Henry - This is My Favorite Cage
Florence + the Machine - Cosmic Love
Fountains of Wayne - All Kinds of Time
The B-52's - Good Stuff
Ivy - She Really Got to You
Todd Snider - Unorganized Crime
The Beatles - Misery
Diane Birch - Forgiveness
The Staple Singers - Respect Yourself

Ry Cooder - Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Us All
Susan Werner - Sunday Mornings
Beki Hemingway & Jonathan Rundman - Easy Chair
Beki Hemingway & Jonathan Rundman - Everything to Everyone
Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
Wilson Pickett - I'm In Love
Over the Rhine - Here It Is
Dolly Varden - Balcony
The Replacements - I'll Be You
The Ike Reilly Assassination - Garbage Day

Didn't have a lot of holiday music on the Nano this year--or anywhere, for that matter--so it's nice that Over the Rhine's terrific Christmas tune turned up on Christmas Day.

"I'm wrapping up my love this Christmas and here it is."

Peace on earth, goodwill to all...