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22Jun/095

The Monday Morning Mix – The Completely Random Pete From Blogness CD Sampler – 6/22/09

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About Today's Mix:

I don't think this one requires a lot of setup. Not too long after I started the blog, a new mecca for Springsteen lovers like myself came along on the internet. I can't completely recall how I came across Blogness on the Edge of Town, but someone pointed me towards the site, and the site name hooked me in as a regular visitor and commenter nearly immediately.

If you're a Bruce fan and haven't visited Blogness yet, I can't imagine why you're still reading this post. Tell ya what - download today's mix, hit play, and head over to Blogness to catch up on everything that you've missed!

Blogness head proprietor Peter Chianca also maintains the excellent At Large blog, and is an all-around good dude in my book.

I was thrilled to open the P.O. Box to find a no-nonsense/no B.S./down and dirty super-awesome mix from Pete, and now it's my duty to share it with my fellow Vinyl citizens.

Good stuff, and incorporating a cut from one of the more random Brian Setzer solo albums into your mix, is always awesome! I can think of one other person that owns that particular album (Kevin, I'm looking at you...)

Enjoy!

The Completely Random Pete From Blogness CD Sampler (download)

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1. "None But the Brave," Bruce Springsteen, The Essential Bruce Springsteen. The fact that this was an outtake speaks to the depth of the man's catalogue. Plenty of artists don't come up with anything this good in their entire careers. So there.

2. "The 3 Kids in Brooklyn," Butch Walker, Sycamore Meadows. Why isn't this guy rich and famous? I don't get it, America.

3. "Barbwire Fence," Brian Setzer, The Knife Feels Like Justice. Was I the only one who loved Setzer's first solo album? Was I the only one who bought Setzer's first solo album?

4. "Could've Been Anyone," Aimee Mann, Whatever. I think Aimee Mann should have been super-big, like Sheryl Crow big.

5. "I Believe," Chris Isaak, Forever Blue. I hear Isaak and Setzer are doing a show together in California -- now there's a tour I'd like to see!

6. "If You Belonged to Me," Traveling Wilburys, Volume 3. Did Dylan ever have more fun than when he was a Wilbury? (BTW, this is off the orginal disc, not that slick remastered whatever-it-is box set.)

7. "Dirty Old Town," David Byrne, Rei Momo. I still love his first solo disc, although his most recent was probably his best since then. But why no Heads reunion?

8. "Minutes to Memories," John Cougar Mellencamp, Scarecrow. I think this was actually the only song at that album that wasn't a hit.

9. "Meet Me By The River's Edge," The Gaslight Anthem, The '59 Sound. Best Springsteen tribute song ever.

10. "Rock & Roll Heaven's Gate," Indigo Girls, Despite Our Differences. I know people love their new album, but I actually think this one was their true return to form. Why? Because they started using the F-word, that's why.

11. "Redemption Song," Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer, Cash Unearthed. Love this cover -- especially poignant now that both of these guys are gone.

12. "Let Them All Talk," Elvis Costello, Punch the Clock. Elvis + Horns = Whammy!

13. "Stars of Leo," M. Ward, Hold Time. How does he get that subway sound in this song? I love M. Ward because you get the sense that he actually listens to records that came out before 1980.

14. "Pizza Cutter," Letters to Cleo, Wholesale Meats and Fish. Surreal Twitter moment of the year: Following Kay Hanley live tweeting a Red Sox/Angels game from L.A. -- with pictures!

15. "Better Back Off," Marshall Crenshaw, Life's Too Short. Add this guy to the Setzer/Isaak tour and I am there, baby!

16. "Someone to Pull the Trigger" (live), Matthew Sweet, Son of Altered Beast. His best slow song, period.

17. "Adios Hermanos," Paul Simon, Songs from The Capeman. I can see why this musical was a flop -- I imagine sitting through it in the theater was a real downer. But I love what he did with some of the '50s melodies here.

18. "Hi Heel Sneakers" (live), Tom Jones, Live at Caesar's Palace. Get thee to a Tom Jones show. He's on tour right now, you have no excuse.

19. "Murder 101," The Wallflowers, Breach. Elvis + Wallflowers = Double Whammy!

20. "Perfect Situation," Weezer, Make Believe. Lousy album, great song. Plus, I just like saying "Weezer."

27Apr/095

Good Listening: Indigo Girls – New York City 3/26/09

From talking with fellow music loving friends, we all agree that Poseidon and the Bitter Bug - the new album from the Indigo Girls, is their best album in a really long time. It's been quite a while since I've paid real attention to an Indigo Girls release - Swamp Ophelia was the last one that I really loved, and I was still living at home with Mom and Dad when I got that one....so yeah, it's been a while!

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I caught up to at least 2000 with the Indigo Girls a few years ago when Jefito posted this bootleg (download) which continues to be one of my favorite listening choices on the Ipod, wherever I might be at any given moment.

Poseidon and the Bitter Bug is a brilliant batch of songs, and lucky for you all, Emily and Amy played a great acoustic set for WFUV in late March that will sell your ears on the new album as the album itself did for mine.

"Closer to Fine" falls early in the setlist, as it always does - I'm amazed at how many times the Indigo Girls have performed this one, night after night - and yet it still maintains the same fresh honesty and passion that was present in the recorded version the first time I heard it. And that was over 20 years ago, folks!

Enjoy this, and please snag yourself a copy of Poseidon pronto - You'll be so glad that you did.

A special note on the broadcast below - Make sure to check out Rita Houston's great interview with the band, midway through the set. Great stuff!

P.S. - If you haven't visited WFUV's corner of music blog awesomeness on the web, you really need to - Check it out here for lots of regularly updated content from Rita and the whole WFUV crew!

Indigo Girls
The Living Room
New York City
March 26th, 2009

broadcast live on WFUV

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Grab full-res files of this show at Dimeadozen (Free membership required.)

Thanks to the original taper/poster

1. intro--Rita Houston
2. Love Of Our Lives
3. Sugar Tongue
4. Closer To Fine
5. Yield
6. Fleet Of Hope
7. Driver Education
8. interview
9. Power Of Two
10. Kid Fears
11. What Are You Like
12. Second Time Around
13. Galileo

Amy Ray - guitar, vox
Emily Saliers- guitar, vox

8Mar/091

The 100 Greatest Singer-Songwriter Albums of All Time

Thanks to all for your lyrical help in the previous post - the song that I was searching for was "Love Letter" by Bonnie Raitt. Nowhere close to John Parr, but I guess at least I found out from the experience that there is a video for "Naughty, Naughty." Who knew?

I woke up this morning to an email in my inbox from Amazon promoting a list of The 100 Greatest Singer-Songwriter Albums of All Time. It's pretty apparent that I've been on a list kick recently, so I was interested to dig in and check out their choices.

Paul McCartney - Ram

There are some interesting titles on the list - I'm not sure that Ram would have been my first choice for a McCartney album - that honor would probably go to McCartney. P.S. - Check this out, Ram fans.......Ram on!

Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger

My man Willie Nelson grabs a justified slot with Red Headed Stranger, and I can't argue that pick because there are hundreds of Nelson's albums that you could have put in that position. It's nice to see a Nelson album featured that isn't Stardust. Although if you ever bump into me on that desert island, you can bet that I'll have my copy of Stardust with me!

By the way, if you're a Willie fan, you'll really want to check out Willie and The Wheel - Nelson's new album collaboration with the members of Asleep At The Wheel. The version of "I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World" is fantastic! Willie and The Wheel also features guest appearances from Letterman keyboard nut Paul Shaffer and Vince Gill.

As long as we're talking Willie, take a listen below to "Hesitation Blues," another one of my favorites from the new album.

Jackson Browne - Jackson Browne

Other stuff on the list - Jackson Browne's self-titled disc, known by some as "Saturate Before Using," Heartbreaker by Ryan Adams, and one that I can never ever argue with, the self-titled Indigo Girls disc.

Indigo Girls - Closer To Fine (live)

Check out the entire list here.

You can also rock out with an Amazon list of The 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time and the 100 Greatest Romantic Albums of All Time. The Amazon folks are apparently going to create lists like this throughout 2009...and I can't wait. So many lists, so much music, and there's still never enough time to listen to it all...

Speaking of that, let me leave you with this one: Popdose editor Jeff Giles posted a great piece this week titled "Tuning Out The Static" that captures the ever-changing world of being a music fan. You'll enjoy every word, sentence, and paragraph of this one.

Until we meet again.....Cheers!!

(Now playing as I hit submit: Psychedelic Furs - "Heartbreak Beat")