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!