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The Monday Morning Mix – Crazy Water – 7/13/09


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I was planning to go ahead with another one of my mixes today, but weekend plans got in the way and I didn't have time to type up song notes. Which is fine, because it gives me good excuse to share another one of the fine ATV reader submissions with you all! Speaking of that, if you've been on the fence about submitting your mix, right about now would be a great time to get one headed my way. C'mon, it's fun! What are you waiting for?

Speaking of waiting, let's cast a special guilt inducing gaze towards those that have been slacking on sending their mixes in. I won't shame them here in public, but they know who they are.

P.S. - just got a great mix from Scene Magazine staff writer and Slayer book dude D.X. Ferris - watch for that one to show up here soon.

Today's mix is one that kicks you in the face, all the way from Australia where longtime ATV reader Judd is presently. It doesn't matter that Judd is from New Hampshire originally - what is important is that thanks to Judd's current location, we have our first international submission for the Monday Morning Mix.


Here are Judd's mix notes, excerpted from the original posting on his blog:

About Today's Mix:

Music is available everywhere and you can get it at will. Personally, I chose to buy 99% of my stuff. The number one reason is because I buy 99% of my music from my friends at my beloved local record shop (they need all the support they can get). That being said, I love sharing music. I love to turn people on to stuff they never knew existed. But...I don't just drop it in their laps. No, I work up a playlist that summons songs that resemble birds of a feather, corral disparate strangers and call up old-time-used-to-bees.

Case in point, for you the loyal reader and music-head, I have created a playlist that will make your big toe shoot up in your boot. a front burner playlist. A stone-cold ass-kicker capable of leaping tall buildings in a single bound and making a dead man...well, you know the rest.

I spent a bit of time on this one. I wanted to make sure I covered a lot of ground. I threw in healthy doses of blues, shit-hot soul, Cosmic American Music and some true-grit-dirt-road riffs. This is a gare-un-teed party starter. The first few songs take off like Usain Bolt and don't let up until the Woofa-Goofa stops wailing about how he does it. The Dylan tune is the true-grit stuff I was talking about; this song wears dusty boots. The Petty tune starts out with the Stones riff Mike Campbell had been trying to play since he picked up a geetar. Next we moving on down the county line with a few country-ish ditties. Waylon Jennings...he didn't become a legend by following the rules.

Was Not Was...remember them from the '80s with "Everybody Walk the Dinosaur"? That song is a pussy compared to "Crazy Water". I dare you not to tap a toe or do the chicken wing during this song. Double-Dare you. Here she comes...Candi Staton. The boys down at the record shop turned me on to her. She is dripping with sex and soul when she sings. When she's done...and you've cooled your head off by sticking it in the frigidaire...we are going back down a back road on the way to a roadside gin joint where all of your friends will be waiting for you. They'll be sippin' from the still while back-slappin' to Dave Gleason and his funky little string quartet.

Need a curve ball? Here it comes and it has some English on it. A Van Morrison / Lou Reed double-bill that cleans windows that look out onto dirty boulevards.

Whew. If you can still see straight...pour another drink and hit repeat.

The List:

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1. "Butterfly" - Susan Tedeschi - from Back to the River

2. "Play 'em Where They Lay" - Joe Louis Walker - from Blues of the Month Club

3. "Tore Up" - Otis Rush - from Right Place, Wrong Time

4. "Rip It Up" - Little Richard - from The Essential Little Richard

5. "It Ain't What You Do (It's How You Do It) - J. Geils Band - from The Morning After

6. "High Water (For Charlie Patton) - Bob Dylan - from Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series

7. "Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid) - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - from Damn The Torpedoes

8. "Drivin' Wheel" - Emmylou Harris - from Anthology

9. "You Ask Me To" - Waylon Jennings - from Nashville Rebel

10. "Crazy Water" - Was Not Was - from Boo!

11. "I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheard - Candi Staton - from Candi Staton

12. "You Are The Best Thing" - Ray LaMontagne - from Gossip In The Grain

13. "Hurricane" - Levon Helm - from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars

14. "Real Love" - Lucinda Williams - from Little Honey

15. "Take A Fool's Advice" - John Hammond - from Push Comes To Shove

16. "Funky and the Farm Boy" - Rodney Crowell - from Sex & Gasoline

17. "Pullin' Up The Tracks" - Dave Gleason's Wasted Days - from Midnight, California

18. "Cleaning Windows" - Van Morrison - from Beautiful Vision

19. "Dirty Blvd." - Lou Reed - from New York

  • Judd6149

    Matt: Addicted to Vinyl is all killer and no filler. It is chock-full of great stories, hidden gems and the best of the best music…just like a record shop should be. Thx for the honor…

  • kevin

    Hey Judd,
    Great stuff. Anybody still rockin Little Richard is all right with me.

  • Kelly

    Loove the Ray LaMontagne song — my sister actually chose that track as the soundtrack throughout the picture slideshow at my wedding :)

    ps – Matt! I am not a slacker! Would you like me to send you the electronic playlist with my input? I just didn’t want you to feel pressured to put my mix up*

  • Matt Wardlaw

    Yes indeed…just sent ya a message!!

  • Norm

    Another fantastic mix – thats all.