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The Acid-Washed Convolution: Jeff’s Summer 2017 Songpile

Once more into the breach: my quarterly collection of songings what come my way, and which I liketh. As has been recent practice, I have separated it into two continuous playlists, each carefully segued and then sealed in a succulent Swiss quintuple-smooth treble-cream milk chocolate envelope and lovingly frosted with glucose.

PART 1

  1. Benjamin Booker “Witness”
  2. Mobley “Tell Me”
  3. Samantha Crain “Windmill Crusader”
  4. The Church “Another Century”
  5. Ron Gallo “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me”
  6. The Wig “Crackin’ Up”
  7. The Scribblers with Luz & Kid Chocolat “Mark E. Smith”
  8. Rainer Maria “Lower Worlds”
  9. Nine Inch Nails “She’s Gone Away”
  10. Fever Ray “The Wolf”
  11. Archers of Loaf “Jive Kata”
  12. Sales “Talk a Lot”
  13. Thundercat “Bus in These Streets”

PART 2

  1. The Roosters “One of These Days”
  2. KC Bowman “Rose Period”
  3. Ben Gibbard with Aimee Mann “Bigger Than Love”
  4. Great Ytene “Unknowing”
  5. Raleigh “Smoke in Our Eyes”
  6. Blur “Peach”
  7. Slapp Happy “Child Then”
  8. The Drums “Let’s Go Surfing”
  9. Magic Potion “Rest Yr Skull”
  10. Tris McCall “I Like America”
  11. Paul Revere & the Raiders “Burn Like a Candle”
  12. Wilco “All Lives, You Say?”

 

 

 

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Shannon’s Fiat: Jeff’s 2017 Summer Songpile

Here we go again: best batch of songs that came my way from April through June. The title was chosen several months back…and now I can’t remember specifically what it referred to in the source…except that it’s Claude Shannon, not some woman named Shannon, and it’s a done deal, not an Italian sports car. (Timings refer to start times in the segued music file.)

Part 1:

  1. Flock of Dimes “Potential” 0:00
  2. Dario Slavazza “Work Out” 4:42
  3. Jay Som “Turn the Other Cheek” 8:34
  4. Drinks “I Am a Miserable Pig” 11:36
  5. Menace Beach “Maybe We’ll Drown” 15:59
  6. Courtney Barnett “How to Boil an Egg” 19:33
  7. North Collins “Wake Up” 23:23
  8. Angel Olsen “Fly on Your Wall” 26:17
  9. Filthy Friends “Any Kind of Crowd” 29:46
  10. Julian Cope “Ballad of King Plank” 32:58
  11. Cindy Lee “A Message from the Aching Sky” 35:38
  12. She-Devils “The World Laughs” 38:34
  13. Eric Harvey “When I Burn My Masterpiece” 42:20

Part 2:

  1. Suuns “Native Tongue” 0:00
  2. Vinyl Williams “Ode to Eternal” 4:17
  3. Slowdive “30th June” 8:07
  4. Annie Hardy “Want” 15:16
  5. Bob Mould “Eternally Fried” 20:03
  6. The Mike Benign Compulsion “The League of Professional Celebrities” 23:34
  7. Okkervil River “Denomination Blues” 26:10
  8. Midnight Sister “Leave You” 32:33
  9. OFO the Black Company “Allah Wakbarr” 34:54
  10. Ora Cogan “The Light” 38:18
  11. Sparks “Hippopotamus” 42:12
  12. The Grateful Dead “Days Between” 45:03

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So Long, Pink Floyd Wright: Jeff’s 2017 covers mix #1

So here we go again: the most interesting covers that have come my way during the first half of 2017. Each half is a continuously segued mix, sequenced with excruciating care.

Part 1:

  1. Filthy Friends “Editions of You” (Roxy Music) 0:00
  2. Yachts “There’s a Ghost in My House” (R. Dean Taylor) 2:57
  3. Electric Peanut Butter Company “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac) 5:59
  4. Horace Andy “Straight to Hell” (The Clash) 8:58
  5. The Flamin’ Groovies “River Deep, Mountain High” (Ike & Tina Turner) 14:08
  6. Lulu “Surprise, Surprise” (Rolling Stones) 18:05
  7. R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner “Don’t You Just Know It” (Huey ‘Piano’ Lewis & the Clowns) 20:22
  8. Sam Cohen “Get Happy” (Arlen/Koehler—Ella Fitzgerald) 23:55
  9. Dylan Gardner “Massachusetts [Dragonetti remix]” (Bee Gees) 26:04
  10. Bun E. Carlos ft. Robert Pollard “Idea” (Bee Gees) 29:34
  11. Wilco “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” (Nick Lowe/Elvis Costello) 32:32
  12. The Sadies “Wasn’t Born to Follow” (The Byrds) 36:34
  13. Cody Jinks “Wish You Were Here” (Pink Floyd) 38:58

+ two mashups…one “live,” one studio

Part 2:

  1. Greg Kihn Band “For You” (Bruce Springsteen) 0:00
  2. Tobin Sprout “My Back Pages” (Bob Dylan) 3:53
  3. The Mavericks “A World Without Love” (Peter & Gordon—Lennon/McCartney) 6:58
  4. Fassine “That Wave” (XTC) 1036
  5. Wave Mechanics Union “Heart of the Sunrise” ft. Lydia McAdams (Yes) 14:49
  6. Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld “Hey Hey, My My” (Neil Young & Crazy Horse) 24:42
  7. Buke and Gase “Dress” (PJ Harvey) 30:19
  8. Susanna Hoffs “Take Me with U” (Prince) 33:26
  9. The High Llamas “Frankly, Mr. Shankly” (The Smiths) 36:50
  10. Lida Husik “Good Times Roll” (The Rutles) 40:40
  11. Cracker “Loser” (Grateful Dead) 44:35
  12. Chris Cornell “A Day in the Life” (The Beatles) 50:23

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The Only Gospel Monkey Known! Jeff’s Spring 2017 Songpile

Random good songs that came my way during the first three months of 2017… As usual, these are arranged in musical order with no relation to any sort of ranking, etc. Each file is one big mp3, segued to flow smoothly:

Part 1:

  1. The Spires “Beautiful Cellophane” (0:00) (Thanks to John Andrew Fredrick (The Black Watch) for bringing this band to my attention!)
  2. Japanese Breakfast “Everybody Wants to Love You” (2:31)
  3. Tele Novella “Heavy Balloon” (4:41)
  4. Benoit Pioulard “The Sun Is Going to Explode but Whatever It’s OK” (7:54) (thanks to Dave Walker for this!)
  5. Radiohead “Lozenge of Love” (10:17)
  6. Great Ytene “Locus” (12:29)
  7. Jack Frost “Angela Carter” (17:16) (Grant McLennan and Steve Kilbey, if you didn’t know)
  8. Anthony Phillips “We’re All as We Lie” (21:56)
  9. Weyes Blood “Seven Words” (26:30)
  10. Jay Som “1 Billion Dogs” (31:04)
  11. Slowdive “Star Roving” (33:47)
  12. Telekinesis “Vermilion Night” (39:22)
  13. Pixx “I Bow Down” (43:40)

Part 2:

  1. The Creation “Tom Tom” (0:00)
  2. Overlake “Winter Is Why” (2:53)
  3. Dead Leaf Echo “Strawberryskin” (8:22)
  4. Princess Jesus “Emma, the Demons Are Real” (12:57)
  5. Diagrams “Wild Grasses” (16:28)
  6. Bill DeMain “Leroy Boy” (19:19) (“sequel” to Todd Rundgren’s “We Gotta Get You a Woman”)
  7. Yachts “Now I’m Spoken For” (22:42) (terribly neglected wonderful late-seventies/early-eighties band)
  8. Tris McCall “Take Me to the Waterfall” (25:43) (New Jersey local hero…with a huge, geographically based project at mccallsalmanac.com)
  9. Carl Newman “Our Nero” (29:10)
  10. Nick Hakim “Bet She Looks Like You” (32:14)
  11. Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello “Tommy’s Coming Home” (36:00)
  12. Califone “When the Air Runs Out in Yr Gold Elevator” (40:07) (what other bastard would have a gold elevator?)

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