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.