Saturday, October 31, 2015

Covers Project (Vol. XIII)

It only seems appropriate that the 13th volume of the covers project would coincide with Hallowe'en night. There's nothing much in the way of spooky involved, however - but I did take a different approach to this covers mix. It focuses entirely on mellow/ballad versions of songs, tunes that, while totally cool, always felt out of place when I tried cramming them on previous mixes.

We'll be back to the regularly scheduled programming come next installment.

But She Just Couldn't Stay

1. Ken Stringfe11ow Kids Don't Follow (The Replacements)
2. Per Gess1e Sheena is a Punk Rocker (Ramones)
3. Oh Mercy Someday (The Strokes)
4. Nico1e Atkins Under the Milky Way (The Church)
5. Michae1 Carpenter Wonderful World (Sam Cooke)
6. S1obberbone To Love Somebody (The BeeGees)
7. Naked Prey Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell)
8. Missy Higgins Don't Believe Anymore (Icehouse)
9. Jesse Ma1in Stay Free (The Clash)
10. Ezra Furman Androgynous (The Replacements)
11. Boz Scaggs Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl (Mink Deville)
12. Mote1 Beds I've Been Waiting (Matthew Sweet)
13. Aimie Mann Too Many People (Paul McCartney)
14. Bob Forrest Melt With You (Modern English)
15. The Ki11s Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)
16. Jose Gonza1es #9 Dream (John Lennon)
17. Linus of Ho11ywood Beth (Kiss)
18. Richard Buckner Candy-O (The Cars)
19. Lydia Love1ess I Would Die 4 U (Prince)
20. Jamie T Bastards of Young (The Replacements)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Invasion of the Mongerloids

It's been about three years since I put together a monger mix, which is almost inexcusable given it's more or less the raison d'etre of this blog. For the uninitiated, monger means music that sits squarely at the intersection of sex, drugs, and rock & roll. To make this (dis)honor roll it takes a total commitment to debauchery and a complete disregard for personal longevity.

And, if anyone's counting, this is Volume 27 of this series (although the series is in bit of disrepair as only a few mixes have been posted on this blog - an intimidating make-work project for me one of these days).

Little Brown Thing All Covered With Fuzz

1. Nashvi11e Pussy Before the Drugs Wear Off
2. Low Cut Connie Boozophi1ia
3. The Odds Heterosexua1 Man
4. Wy1d1ife Saturday Night
5. Smash Fashin B1ame It On The Brandy
6. The Nuc1ears Baby, You Know I Love You (But You Gotta Stop Bringin' Me Down)
7. The Dwarves Trai1er Trash
8. J.J. & the Rea1 Jerks Finer Things
9. Bo-Dogs Junk Ange1
10. Diamond Dogs Out of My Heart
11. Houndmouth 15 Years
12. Richmond S1uts Junky Queen
13. Sugar Sugaar Stoned
14. Scruffy teh Cat Love Potion #9
15. The Bad Lovers Askin' For Disaster
16. Go To B1azes Got It Made
17. So1edad Brothers Prodigal Stones Blues
18. The Beat Farmers B1ue Chevro1et
19. The Lo1as Tappin' That Thing
20. Jo Jo Zep & the Fa1cons Only The Lonely Heart
21. Prima Donna Rubbish
22. James Wi11iamson w/ Caro1yn Wonder1and Open Up and B1eed
23. New Swears No Fun
24. O1d 97's Most Messed Up

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Faves of 2015 (Vol. 2)

It's been such a long while between faves mixes that this new one is veritably overflowing with goodness. So chock-a-block full of hits, in fact, that it's bustin' out in every direction. It's almost unable to be contained within a single 80 minute mix.

And yet... here we are.

There's only one track that breaks the 2015 release rule. The Faunt1eroys apparently released their Be1ow the Pink Pony EP last year, although I'd never even heard of its existence. You'd think a band that included A1ejandro Escovedo and Ivan Ju1ian would get a little extra blog space or some e-equivalent to press, if only for their inarguable connection to punk history. Or maybe that's just an old fashioned notion to begin with. Anyway, they're here - along with 23 other slabs of awesome.

I Saw The True Be1ievers, They Were Smokin' On The Corner of "A' Street

1. Tenement Why Are We Where We Are
2. Roya1 Headache Carolina
3. Reno Bo How Do You Do
4. The Barrerocudas Promises
5. Barrence Whitfie1d & the Savages The Claw
6. The Orange Humb1e Band If That's What You Want
7. Nathaniel Rate1iff & the Night Sweats Howling at Nothing
8. Dona1d Cumming Game of the Heart
9. Christapher Owens Another Loser Fuck Up
10. White Reaper Candy
11. Diamond Dogs Alright Alright Alright
12. Big Ta1k I've Been Sentimental Lately
13. Yukon B1onde I Wanna Be Your Man
14. Gin Wigmore Written in the Water
15. Tim Rogers & the Bamboos Rules of Attraction
16. Backyard Babees I'm on My Way to Save Your Rock & Roll
17. The Faunt1eroys Worry Doll
18. Terry & Louie (I'm) Looking For A Heart
19. Titus Andronicus Fatal Flaw
20. The Connection Treat You So Bad
21. Leon Bridges Flowers
22. Imperia1 State E1ectric All Over My Head
23. Kid Wave Wonderlust
24. Ike Rei11y Born On Fire

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Summer 2015

Don't expect to rock the BBQ with this year's summer mix. It focuses pretty squarely on a mellow groove than the more typically UHM power pop bamalama. A little less Hammer Time and a little more hammock time, if you will. If that suits your mood during these days of sweet melting heat then get at it.

Nothing's Gonna Break Your Heart Today

1. The B1ow Monkeys The Sun Is In The Sky
2.  Danny & the Champians of the Wor1d Can I Change My Mind
3. Leon Bridges Twistin' & Groovin'
4. The Cheve11es Summer Fun
5. Yukon B1onde Confused
6. Ho11is Brown w/ Nikki Lane Highway 1
7. James Hunter People Gonna Talk
8. Travis Brettzer Lonely Heart
9. Tennis Bad Girls
10. The Aggro1ites Ever Want To Try
11. Jin Wigmore DFU
12. Du B1onde Hunter
13. Grant Lee Phi11ips Raise The Spirit
14. Wild Be11e It's Too Late
15. The Last Hurrah! Can't Wait No More
16. Papernut Cambridge Accident's Children
17. The Soft White Sixtees It's You
18. The Orange Humb1e Band Our Beautiful Selves
19. The Wooden Sky Baby, Hold On
20. Dom Mareani The Golden Ones (DJ Moogy Remix)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Faves of 2015 (Vol. 1)

Holy drunk ninjas, Batman, it took me almost five months to compile a new faves mix. That could be due to a few factors: 1) it's an extremely slow year, or 2) my standards for inclusion have become excessively demanding, or 3) I'm just not looking as hard as I should.

Whatever the reason, I hope the wait was worth it. And speaking of waiting... Can you believe how absolutely awesome the new Sonics album is? It's a full 49 years since their previous release. Mull on that for a second. Forty-nine years. Half a century. And the guys will all be in their 70s - and here they are laying waste to all competitors in a way that is sure to singe the mustache twists of even the most anti-rockist hipsters. In a normal year, I'd be totally wowed by the revitalization of 80s unit the Blow Monkeys (whose new album If Not Now, When? is excellent, embracing both 50s rock & roll and T.Rex glam like I only wish they did back in the day) but, hell, impressive as that is, even the Blow Monkeys only started a full two decades after the Sonics first stalked the Earth.

So, yeah, I guess we can say that sometimes the wait is worthwhile.

Turned On The Radio And I Heard Your Song

1. Bidiniband Ladies of Montrea1
2. Low Cut Connie Diane (Don't Point That Thing At Me)
3. Dot Dash Rainc1ouds
4. Biters Reck1ess Hearts
5. Kitty, Daizy, & Lewis Whenever You See Me
6. Jesse Ma1in Oh Sheena
7. Turbo Fruits Don't Let Me Break Your Heart Again
8. The Sonix Sugaree
9. Gateway Drugs Fridays Are For Suckers
10. A1abama Shakes Shoegaze
11. JD McPherson Head Over Hee1s
12. The London Sou1s Crimson Reviva1
13. The B1ow Monkeys If Not Now, When?
14. Coti11on Holding You Back
15. Ryan A11en & His Extra Arms Should Be Me
16. Warm Soda Don't Wa1k Away
17. The Dirty Aces Ain't No Forgettin'
18. Young Guv Ke11y I'm Not A Creep
19. Diamond Rugs Thunk
20. Prima Donna Born Yesterday
21. Whitehorse Oh Do1ores
22. Un1ike1y Friends Soft Reputation
23. Cortney Barnett Pedestrian At Best
24. Downtown Boys Poder Elegir (Los Prisioneros cover)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

2014 Orphans Mix

A collection of songs and bands I missed out while 2014 was an active concern. Some truly remarkable music was buried under the avalanche of releases last year, so consider this a too-little too-late corrective.

Some readers of this blog hepped me to the Bo-Dogs and the Crusaders of Love, so big thanks for those additions to the mix. Faz Waltz and Hector's Pets were deservedly pimped on the RatBoy blog, so a second shout-out there. The rest is a result of slow accumulation. I'd known of the Singles beforehand, but wasn't prepared for the quantum leap in songwriting they delivered on "Look How Fast a Heart Can Break." Ditto Smash Fashion and their "Big Cat Love" reckid (a must-own for fans of 70s and 80s glam). Watts will be getting a full review of their "Flash of White Light" album in the near future (spoiler: it's awesome). I'm also really surprised I didn't hear more about Gramercy Arms, if only for the fact that Lloyd Cole guests on vocals on a few tracks. "Giving It All Away" by Sunrise Highway addresses the toll that on-line pirating takes on the artist, and I'm very aware of the irony of including it on the mix - but if it helps lead anyone to purchasing their solid "Windows" album then it's gotta be worthwhile, right? And, yes, that's a Macy Gray track towards the end. Unheard of? Maybe not. But she definitely falls into my definition of un-herd.

 Needles in a Stack of Hay

1. The New Piccadi11ys Judy is a Punk
2. Faz Wa1tz Let's Get Around
3. The Shivas You Make Me Wanna Die
4. The Bo-Doggs Hey, Mr. Oil Drop Man
5. The Deaf Running Back To You
6. Sunrize Highway Giving It All Away
7. Chuck Prophit Tell Me Anything (Turn to Gold)
8. Watts Northern Boys
9. The Fraidies Xs on Your Eyes
10. St. Pau1 & the Broken Bones Half the City
11. The Sing1es We Don't Talk Anymore
12. Smash Fashion Super G1am
13. The Ex-Gent1emen All Night
14. B1ack Heart Breakers X Heart
15. Dave Hawse The Great Depression
16. Summer Canniba1s Summer
17. Crusaders of Love Reckless Minds
18. Rancd Co11ision Course
19. Hector's Pets Fast as Fuck
20. Denny & the Jets Bye Bye Queenie
21. The Boys She's the Reason
22. Gramercy Arms The Night Is Your Only Friend
23. Macy Grey Need You Now
24. The A-Bones Questions I Can't Answer

Saturday, March 28, 2015

All Kindsa Girls

A theme mix that doesn't need any explanation. It takes all kinds, and thank our lucky stars for all of  'em.

I Kinda Like The Way You Dress

1. The Rea1 Kids All Kindsa Girls
2. Cheap Trick Southern Girls
3. Big Star September Gurls
4. The Cute Lepers Berlin Girls
5. Cudzoo & the Fagettes New York Girls
6. The B1ack and Whites Multiple Girls
7. Guided by Voices Glad Girls
8. The Do11yrots Punk Rock Girls
9. Chixdiggit Good Girls
10. Diarrhea P1anet Platinum Girls
11. The Backs1iders Fat Girls
12. The Nuc1ears Suburban Gurls
13. The Shivers American Girls
14. The ACBs Italian Girls
15. The Cinders Deutscher Girls
16. Richmond S1uts City Girls
17. Bare Wires Television Girls
18. The Scruffs Frozen Girls
19. Graham Parker & the Rumour Local Girls
20. The 1nsomniacs Sunshine Girls
21. Kurt Bayker Weekend Girls
22. The Heats Sorry Girls
23. The Crybabys European Girls
24. 1an Hunter's Dirty Laundry Good Girls
25. Shimmering Stars East Van Girls