If I learned one lesson from my last harddrive crash, it was that it's pointless to stash a pile of mixes solely in iTunes playlists. Fuggers disappear without a trace. So from here on in I'm gonna try to post 'em as I compile 'em, which should explain why this covers mix follows so closely on the heels of the most recent faves mix.
I'm not promising this kind of frequency as the norm. There's no way I can realistically expect good intentions to compete in any way with my inherent laziness. Also, while I'm coming clean about expectations - and pic to the contrary - don't expect any disco on this one (or any one). Although please feel free to rollerskate to yer heart's content.
1. Wi11ie Ni1e Sweet Jane (Velvet Undergound)
2. The Stripes Come Together (Beatles)
3. Sober Sisters & the Dirty Four Radar Love (Golden Earring)
4. The Do11yrots Rock 'n' Ro11 All Nite (Kiss)
5. The Verbs Baby Blue (Badfinger)
6. The Cherry Drops I Wanna Be With You (Raspberries)
7. Wy1dlife Rock Candy (Brats)
8. The Sirens Gudbuy T'Jane (Slade)
9. Waco Bros. All Or Nothing (Small Faces)
10. The Nomads American Slang (Jack Oblivion)
11. The C1arks I Want You Bad (NRBQ, via the Long Ryders)
12. Downtown Boys Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
13. The Dah1manns Teenage News (Sylvain Sylvain)
14. Frankenstein 3000 Star (David Bowie)
15. 69 Cats Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon)
16. Nikki Hi11 Twistin' The Night Away (Sam Cooke)
17. V.V. Brown Video Killed The Radio Star (Bruce Wooley, via the Buggles)
18. Baby1on Zoo Honaloochie Boogie (Mott the Hoople)
19. Rooney Metal Guru (T.Rex)
20. Robyn Hitchcock Let Me Roll It (Wings)
21. Tim Armstrong Ooh La La (Faces)
22. Lords of A1tamont Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones)
This first faves mix is coming a little earlier than in most years. That means one of two possibilities: either 1) this year is gonna be packed full of the punkpopglamtrash'n'roll this blog is dedicated to, or 2) my quality control has jumped the shark along with a variety of other sea creatures. And frankly, I don't believe that last one for a second.
Only extra note is that the Wy1dlife song is from 2015 - but I missed it and it's awesome, so it's included with the hopes that the boys have a new reckid comin' down the pike for this year.
1. The Wi1d Feathers Happy Again
2. Muncie Gir1s I Don't Want to Talk About It
3. Jack Ob1ivion & the Sheiks Fast Friends
4. Javier Escovedo Downtown
5. The 1 Don't Cares Born for Me
6. B1eached Sour Candy
7. Hinds Chi1i Town
8. Prope11er You Remind Me of You
9. Aubrie Se11ers Dreaming in the Day
10. Dany Laj & the Looks Sma11 Town Kid
11. M. Ward Time Won't Wait Up
12. Mother's Chi1dren No Rules
13. Pub1ic Access TV On Location
14. Tacocat I Hate the Weekend
15. Cheap Star The Other Side
16. The Breakdowns Your Hand in Mine
17. Dr. Dog Dead Record P1ayer
18. Wy1d1ife (It's Ca11ed) Rock 'n' Roll
19. Ginger Wi1dheart Do You?
20. Bent Shapes Rea1ization Hits
21. Benji Hughes Longshot
22. Basia Bu1at Long Goodbye
I always hold off on compiling my Best of the Year list until deep into January, and even then there's always a stack of shoulda-been hits I never managed to hear in time. Subsequently, I use the Orphans series as a place to house such lost gems - as well as being a repository for some of the tracks that just never quite sonically fit in during the year. This time out, however, I'm breaking my own rule by including tracks by the Ravyns and CVB (which date back to 2014), Va11ey Lodge (2013), and the Nomads (2012). All the rest obediently adhere to the established UHM tenets, meaning they're from 2015. Also meaning they totally rock.
1. B1itzen Trapper Rock & Roll Was Made For You
2. The Be11furies Bad Seed Sown
3. Jetbone Fifth Time Loser
4. Honeymoon Disease You're Too Late
5. The Pi1grims Smokes Too Much
6. The Ravyns Incidentally Baby
7. Shove1s & Rope w/ Butch Wa1ker Bullet Belt
8. At1antic Thri11s Treat My Baby
9. Thee Tsunamis Cry Baby
10. Va11ey Lodge Kiss Me, I'm Drunk
11. The New Trocaderos I'm So Bad
12. Modern Kicks Up All Night
13. Curt Baker I Can't Wait
14. Camper Von Beethoven It Was Like That When We Got Here
15. Matt Whipkey 1:59
16. Nick Waterhouse It No. 3
17. Graham Parker & the Rumour Swing State
18. The Stone Foxes New York Ta1k
19. The Breakdowns I Know Your Name, I Lost Your Number
20. The Vo1canics What I Found
21. The Nomads You Won't Break My Heart
22. Cristopher the Conquered I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll
Power pop punk glam trash armed with an amazing arsenal of hooks and a fearless hold on that old rock & roll rhythm. True believers.
2. Ike Reilly Born On Fire
Connects the dots between '65 Dylan, '77 punk, ancient blues & right fuckin' now with an earned swagger.
3. Royal Headache High
Band crashes & bashes, the singer soars, the album targets nothing less than pop immortality & hits it right between the eyes.
4. JD McPherson Let The Good Times Roll
JD flirts with the rock & roll revivalist retro ghetto but imbues every classic move with a modern sheen, turning old dead ends into a freeway of fresh thrills.
5. Dot Dash Earthquakes & Tidal Waves
Dot Dash have expanded from the brittle post-punk of their previous
albums to incorporate ever more melodic strains in their DNA, from the 80s all the way up to the immediate future.
6. Minky Starshine Pop Jewelry
Streamlined and sleek power pop with its focus squarely set on gorgeous, laid-back songcraft.
7. Diane Coffee Everybody's A Good Dog
out the true follow-up to Foxygen's masterful "We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic" was by drummer Shaun Fleming's side
project Diane Coffee. A cuinsinart of genre fuckery that doesn't forget the tunes.
8. The Role Models The Go-To Guy
Rough, tough Replacements-style what-the-fuck, complete with the
requisite doses of hopelessness and world-beater arrogance.
9. Simi Stone Simi Stone
There's equal streaks of 50s doo wop and 70s Laurel Canyon
singer/songwriter cool running through Simi's mellow take on modern
R&B that is endlessly awesome.
10. Lucero All A Man Should Do
Lucero all grown up and glossed with big time production. Old time fans might miss the sharp punk edges, but Ben Nichols' songs carry the depth and melody to merit a place in the Memphis soul tradition.
11. The Sonics This Is The Sonics
12. Simon Love It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time
13. The Ballantynes Dark Drives, Life Signs
14. Sugar Sugaar - Strange Kicks
15. Orange Humble Band - Depressing Beauty
16. Terra Lightfoot - Every Time My Mind Runs Wild
17. Turbo Fruits - No Control
18. Donald Cumming - Out Calls Only
19. Dr. Boogie - Gotta Get Back To New York City
20. Dan Kelly - Leisure Panic
21. Low Cut Connie - Hi Honey
22. Ryan Hamilton - Hell Of A Day
23. Baby Shakes - Starry Eyes
24. Biters - Electric Blood
25. Downtown Boys - Full Communism
26. Leon Bridges - Coming Home
27. Barrence Whitfield & the Savages - Under A Savage Sky
28. Shovels & Rope - Busted Jukebox Vol. 1
29. White Reaper - White Reaper Does It Again
30. Nikki Hill - Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists
31. Reno Bo - Lessons From A Shooting Star
32. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think...
33. Blow Monkeys - If Not Now, When?
34. Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms - Heart String Soul
35. Andra Day - Cheers to the Fall
36. The Connection - Labor of Love
37. Jesse Malin - New York Before The War
38. Thunderbitch - Thunderbitch
39. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
40. Prima Donna - Nine Lives & Forty Fives
Favorite EPs of 2015:
The Breakdowns - Heavy Metal Bombs Modern Kicks - The Kicks Ain't All Right The Pilgrims - Shred Savage Rooni - Yodo Rooni - Pilot
And, finally, a sampler mix of some of my absolute favorites from that list. There's no specific order to the mix - just tried to keep the flow - and to that end I've picked fairly randomly from the entire top 40. I'm hoping you'll find something that'll lead you to an entire album (or albums) of new faves.If that's ever the case (or is never the case), let me know in the comments.
And thanks for hangin' around and hangin' in. All the best in 2016!
My only message to 2015 is this: go suck on a box of dongs. You were even worse than 2013 and 2006. Those were two years that thought they were big shots, and where are they now? That's right. Gone. Gone and forgotten. Just like you in a couple of weeks, 2015. You dick.
1. Futurheads Xmas Was Better in the 80s
2. Primitives You Trashed My Xmas
3. Honeymoon Sta11ions Snowbirds
4. Cave Singers Xmas Night
5. The Drabs Santa's Got Toys
6. 1indby w/ 1eon Bridges & A1i Grant Merry Xmas Baby
7. Pink Ti1es A1one Again at Xmas Time
8. The Both You're a Gift
9. Gri11ade Just a Sad Xmas
10. Les Deux1uxes La Fi11e du Pere Noel
11. Pub1ic Access TV Here Come the Be11s (Xmas Gift)
12. Si1very Christmas '74
13. The Do11yrots Run Run Rudolph
14. The 1ove Me Nots Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me
15. The Nuc1ears Nuc1ear Winter Wonderland
16. a Drift Merry Xmas (War Isn't Over)
17. The Eversuns The Xmas Suicide Song
18. Ho11y Go1ightly & the Brokeoffs Xmas is a Lie
19. Char1ie's Hand Movements It's Xmas Time (& I Don't Want to Wait)
20. Frankie & the Heartstrings w/ Edwyn Co11ins (Too Right) It's Xmas
21. The Huntingtuns It's Always Xmas at My House
22. Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene Crime Scene Xmas
23. AC & his Midwest Merrymakers Xmas Makes Me Horny
24. Foxtai1s Brigade I'm Not Really in the Xmas Mood This Year
25. Diamond Rugs Xmas in a Chinese Restaurant
I lost a lot in 2015: friends, friends' loved ones, my pet, and my hard drive. The hard drive was the least significant, of course, but its crash destroyed a number of mixes and random music that I'd planned to post here. I've managed to cobble together a final volume of 2015 faves - and I only wish those other losses were as easy to replace. Take care out there, everybody.
1. Simon Love (****) Is A Dirty Word
2. Lucero Can't You Hear Them How1
3. Simi Stone Bitches F1y
4. Dan Ke11y Never Stop The Rot
5. Sweet Spirit Rebe1 Rebe1
6. Josh Ritter Where The Night Goes
7. Bott1e Rockets Monday
8. Wreck1ess Eric Several Shades of Green
9. Shi1pa Ray Johnny Thunders Fanstasy Space Camp
10. The Kickback Scorched Earth Brouhaha
11. Young Riva1 Interior Light
12. Terra Lightfoot Home To You
13. Beach S1ang Hard Luck Kid
14. Jesse Ma1in Whitestone City Limits
15. Vidunder Gone With Dawn
16. Spoon I've Been Good Too Long
17. The Libertines Gunga Din
18. Thunderbitch Eastside Party
19. You Am I Buzz The Boss
20. Summer Twins Juju
21. Sugar Sugaar Strange
22. Ho11y Go1ight1y & the BrokeOffs Coulda Shoulda Woulda
23. Andra Dey Gin & Juice (Let Go My Hand)
24. Rooni Roses
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.
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)
SWM, slim, attractive, likes candle-lit dinners, romantic walks in the rain, the purring of contented kittens, and pointing and laughing at the handicapped. No head games please.
Everything on this blog is an attempt to support bands and artists that I feel deserve more attention. If you have a problem with my use of a song or a link, please contact me directly and I'll simply remove it. T'ain't no big thang.