Well, now we know who CeeLo got his look from!
This column is like the title says — its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the '60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.
I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don't miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD'VE been!
Below is a jukebox containing all the songs I picked this week. After you read about them below, go back and listen to whatever you like by just clicking on that title in the jukebox, or stream the whole playlist by clicking on the "play" icon at the top. It's free and it's the entire song. We're not selling anything. We're just in the business of hopefully making your days better by listening to great music.
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1. "Move With You" — Pork Tornado (2:35)
Yeah, I know — their name sounds like a porn movie on the Weather Channel. HEYY! That’s not a bad idea! But alas, this is actually a Phish spin-off and a fine one it is. There is a self-titled album from 2002 and that is where this lives if ya want more. I really like this. It’s a bloozy-doozy.
2. "Free and Lonely" — X Ambassadors (3:00)
This is a band with a fresh sound and a wider range. This not their first visit here and hopefully not their last. Championed by Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons, they got a record deal in 2013 and now have two EPs out there: Love Songs Drug Songs and The Reason. They will be opening for their mutual fans Imagine Dragons and Panic! at the Disco on their respective tours this winter. This band’s music has been used on soundtracks for Blacklist, Sons of Anarchy, WWE, and Orange Is the New Black.
First Rule of Show Business: Never SHOW a hairy arm in a press photo.
3. "Half Crazy" — The Barr Brothers (3:07)
Based on their self-titled debut album, I went to their gig in Boston in 2011 and did my soundcheck hang and bought them dinner. I was especially taken with the fact that the band includes a harpist. The harp is one of my favorite instruments and Sarah Page is a great harpist. She is prominently featured in the intro of this track. They are now out promoting their just released second album, Sleeping Operator, and they are worth seeing live if ya get the chance.
I don't mean to harp on it, but this is a good band!
4. "Mollena" — James Hunter (2:22)
James has caught my ear many times and I am a big fan. Van Morrison is as well and has had James sing backup on a few albums and open for The Man on a few tours. A UK blueser and R&B guy, his Rounder album from 2006, People Gonna Talk, is the one you might wanna pop open first. Dat's wear dis iz from...
James, you goin' to a gig or batting practice?
5. "Postcard" — Jukebox the Ghost (2:43)
I love when I find a new band and there’s more than one good track on their album. Here I am right on time — a band with their very first album and I’m diggin’ it hard. Let’s start with this track. See whatcha think.
Good work, lads! Never seen a shot quite like THIS before. It would make a good postcard.
6. "She's Deceiving" — Swag (2:22)
An all-star band from the early millennium featuring Tom Petersson from Cheap Trick, Ken Coomer from Wilco, Robert Reynolds from The Mavericks, and Jerry Dale McFadden from Sixpence None the Wiser. They make a great sound but I’m sure they were destroyed by various obligations. The album, aptly named Catchall, is from 2001 and this is the closing track.
Yeah, but WHO got to keep the neon sign?
7. "Stand Right Up" — Byron Stingily (2:48)
There are disco records and house music that get through my barriers every now and then. Byron’s output started in 1985. He grew up in west Chicago and got a deal with Atlantic. This track is from 2000 and made it to #6 on the dance charts all those years ago. I still like it and it makes a septuagenarian wiggle around the room a bit every few months.
8. "She" — Marianne Faithfull (2:59)
A cover of a song written by Savage Garden mainstays Daniel Jones and Darren Hayes, it sounds like Marianne could’ve written it and that's a great way to pick outside songs if one writes as well. Throw in a perfect arrangement by Twin Peaker Angelo Badalamenti and you’ve got another perfect track from Marianne. What a gem Andrew Lou Goldman (what I call him) discovered way back when.
9. "September Fields" — Frazey Ford (3:07)
No, it’s not the secret daughter of Gerald and Lita Ford. The Canadian former lead singer of the Be Good Tanyas hitched to Memphis and recorded with the Hodges Brothers, who play on all those vintage Al Green tracks. I can play this over and over and just melt over the organ playing. Frazey has a nice voice, I just wish I could understand more of the lyrics. I had to write out for you the words that I actually hear. Play this and read along. All corrections are welcome in the Comments section. If, in fact, these ARE the real lyrics, she knows many things I don't. For instance: why this song is called "September Fields"? Maybe she’s Totie Fields' secret daughter... Why is there blood all over her tank top?
Well, all you have to do is wander
Low bar shoes they’re all hog-tied
Do you fire yourself ting-a-ling all lonesome
Do you rave in your bod and in your mind
Do you weiner by the streets of your light, hell yeah!
I saw you passing there in the streetlights
Do you ha-ay-ate old soul moan
and are you holding holding on so tight
You say that's what you have and ever rind
A whole lotta nothin' for your time
And have you sent in down in your bones
Do you tour and tang tang and tang all night
And are you holding holding on so tight
10. "We Are All on Drugs" — Weezer (3:10)
I think they are trying to ratify this as the state song of Colorado now. Hunter Thompson died too soon to see drugs made legal in his State of gracelessness. For all us folks from the first '60s and '70s, this is a damn good theme song and a great way to end this week. Weezer Wools! Take Weezer Out Da Freezer!
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