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The Monday Morning Mix – If We Took A Holiday – 10/12/09


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About Today's Mix:

Welcome to another exciting Columbus Day!

It's time for audience participation time!

Raise your hands if you're working like I am today!

*giant flood of hands goes up*

Now keep those hands up!

Let's give the middle finger salute to all of the people that have today off!

*sea of middle fingers appears throughout the crowd, creating a scene that feels kind of like the last OzzFest*

Frankly, I had no idea that today was a holiday.  And why would that be?  Because I'm frikkin' working today, as you read this.  I sat at my computer typing this note to all of you as the final moments of the weekend slipped away at a rate of speed that was much faster than I had been hoping for.  I mean for Christ's sake, I still had Friday On MY Mind, people!  I felt like I was STILL Born to Run, and as I continued to let these feelings wash across my body, I realized that in reality, Monday was knocking at the door.

Cripe.  Weekend over.

Today's Monday Morning Mix is a re-run of one of the many great mixes that we've received this year.  This particular one came courtesy of our pal Cleveland Caper back in May, and we're still hungover from listening to it!  If you're working today, turn this one up nice and loud so that your boss fully gets the musical message where you would rather be today.  On your couch. Television on.  Stereo blaring.  Beer in hand.  Feet up.

We feel ya.

For next week's Monday Mix - we're going to go all the way back to 1991.

Until then....

Mix Notes:


Honky Tonks & Hootenannies (Download)

1. "Old Number Seven" - The Devil Makes Three (The Devil Makes Three)

I figured I'd ease into it with this one...This is a new discovery (passed to me, not made myself) of a great band from Cali. Their fusion of punk, rockabilly and blues is so believably authentic you can't help but think you're listening to something, like, you know, old;) Rarely do I enjoy every song on a band's album, but DHT totally delivers on this one. I also thoroughly enjoy "The Plank."

2. "Black Betty" - Ram Jam (Ram Jam)

If you can listen to this song without at least tapping your foot then we wouldn't like each other. Ram Jam took Leadbelly's classic and short song and turned it into a hit. Spiderbait also does a great job covering this badass tune. This song makes me want to slam back a sixer of PBR while tuning my (imaginary) '69 Pontiac GTO.

3. "Swing Low" - Rocco DeLuca & The Burden (I Trust You To Kill Me)

I have Jack Bauer, I mean Kiefer Sutherland to thank for my exposure to this band in '06 via the documentary, "I Trust You To Kill Me." The documentary was sub-par, but the music rocked and I think he (they) is highly underrated.

4. "Jack Killed Mom" - Jenny Lewis (Acid Tongue)

First, I loved her in "The Wizard" then I loved her with Rilo Kiley and now I crush hard on solo Jenny Lewis. Maybe it's because I am one, but I love when a chick makes a kick-ass album and Jenny did it with Acid Tongue. Her songs are also great for singing in the shower (oooo, another mix idea!)

5. "Come Pick Me Up" - Ryan Adams (Heartbreaker)

If I listed the reasons I love my boyfriend, exposing me to Ryan Adam's music would be close to the top of the list. This song, along with his duet with Emmylou Harris, "Sweet Carolina" are my absolute favorites. When I heard this song for the first time, I couldn't believe my ears. I love when a song is darkly beautiful like this.

6. "Ted's Jam" - Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Live at The Wetlands)

Oh this song. Ummm, this one is a sore spot for me as I was invited to this show in '01 and didn't effing go. Stupid. (Editor's note: Yup!) Anyway, I don't know if there's anything to say about RR, you just have to listen. I will say this song has no words and I never notice.

7. "Home" - Marc Broussard (Carencro)

I discovered Marc Broussard (again thanks to the boy) when this song appeared on a free mix CD in a copy of Esquire. This song makes me want to eat a big bowl of jambalaya. 'nough said.

8. "Dixie Chicken" - Little Feat (Hotcakes & Outtakes Disc 1)

I love this song for so many reasons, namely because Little Feat is one of my Dad's favorite bands, so it reminds me of him. When, I hear this song, I am 6, back in our old living room on a sunny, Spring Saturday morning. No TV allowed, just music as we were all doing chores with several impromptu dance parties of course. My favorite version of this song is the band joined by Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris. Youtube it, it's so worth it.

9. "Stack-O-Lee" - Samuel L. Jackson (Black Snake Moan)

Who knew he could sing? Not I. I loved this movie and I love this scene where he is singing this song in a bar and there are sweaty, happy people gyrating all over the place. Great movie. Great song.

10. "Talk On Indolence" - The Avett Brothers (Four Thieves Gone)

The first time I saw The Avett Brothers was at my cousin's wedding in a barn in PA. How cool is that? They got married in a barn and were lucky enough to be able to book the Avett Brothers before they blew up and got signed by Rick Rubin. I fell in love. These guys are awesome! I think this song is quintessential AB with elements of rock, folk and even a little punk.

11. Long Ride Home - Patty Griffin (A Kiss In Time)

I just love her distinctive voice. It makes me feel like I'm back in time, at the Kentucky State Fair with a caramel apple in my hand.

12. Medicine Bag - C. Gibbs (Medicine Bag Single)

This song is a great one by C. Gibbs of Lucinda Black Bear. To my knowledge it was only released as a single/video. The video is just as awesome as the song and all I wanna do is run my fingers through his big hair.

13. Thank God I'm A Country Boy - John Denver (The Essential John Denver)

Maybe homeslice was a country boy, but anyone who rocks out with the Muppets and meets his maker in a fiery plane crash is a total rock star in my book. Also, this song makes me want pancakes reeaaaaalll bad!

14. Champagne & Reefer - Muddy Waters (Muddy Mississippi Waters Live)

I mean c'mon, it's Muddy Waters. In other news, check out his website for music info and some Mud-tastic recipes.

15. I Never Picked Cotton - Johnny Cash (American I: Unchained)

Because the Man In Black always gets the last word. Always.

  • clevelandcaper

    a reprise? amazing. i'm honored that my musical compilation abilities impressed the lord of music even once, but a second time? now i'm starting to develop an ego!

  • Matt

    Heck yeah, sista! You still workin' on your next mix? Had to pull this one out again!

  • Matt

    Heck yeah, sista! You still workin' on your next mix? Had to pull this one out again!

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