Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Breakfast of Champions. A fill-in on 12/28/11.

Selections from my 27+ favorite Records of 2011. (It's true...some I didn't get to but the complete list-with links-is below this post)

Background music for most of the show - Chris Joss - Sticks

Rhys Chatham - "Outdoor Spell" from Outdoor Spell
Ethel Profit - "I Got to Make It" from V/A - This May Be My Last Time Singing
Willie Wright - "I'm So Happy Now" from Telling the Truth
Shabazz Palaces - "Are You...Can You...Were You..." from Black Up
Thomas Bryan Eaton - "When You're Dancing" from When You're Dancing 

The Cars - "Free" from Move Like This
Dan Melchior und das Menace - "Drama Queens on Prozac" from Catbirds & Cardinals

Band of the Week: Joel R.L. Phelps - "Spokane Motel Blues" & "Get the Chills"

Cheap Girls - "Pure Hate"

Delaney Davidson - "Another Man's Eyes" from Bad Luck Man
Bird Names - "The Beach at the Lake" from Metabolism: A Salute to the Energy of the Sun
The Field - "Burned Out" from Looping State of Mind
The Bees - "Silver Line" from Every Step's a Yes
Peter, Bjorn, & John - "Second Chance" from Gimme Some

Doug Shipton - "Track 17" from Dedicated Swallower of Fashion
Wooden Shjips - "Lazy Bones" from West
Paul Messis - "What Am I Going to Do?" from The Problem With Me
Dawes - "How Far We've Come" from Nothing Is Wrong
Jonathan Wilson - "Can We Really Party Today?" from Gentle Spirit

O'Death - "Ghost Head" from Outside
The Higher State - "It's Not Up to You" from Freakout at the Gallery
The Cambodian Space Project - "Have Visa, No Have Rice" from 2011: A Space Odyssey
Yellow Chair - "Bebe Zeva" from Curses
Ikebe Shakedown - "The Hold Up" from S/T

Glossary - "Keep It Coming" from Long Live All of Us
The Impossibles - "Mister Slow" from V/A - Intercontinental Transmissions, Vol. 1
Jeff & Jane Hudson - "Los Alamos" from Flesh

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The 27 Best Records of the Year

It's time. Here are my choices for the best 27 LPs released this year. Additionally, I've added my favorite LP of the Year, Single of the Year, Reissue of the Year, and Anthology of the Year. I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. What'd I miss? Oh, this is in no particular order.

Paul Messis - The Problem With Me (13 O'Clock Records)
The Higher State - Freakout at the Gallery (13 O'Clock Records)

Thomas Bryan Eaton - When You're Dancing (Self Released)

The Only Sons - American Stranger (This Is American Music)

The Bees - Every Step's a Yes (ATO Records)

Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (Temporary Residence)

The Cars - Move Like This (Hear Music)

Ikebe Shakedown - S/T (Ubiquity Records)

Josh T. Pearson - Last of the Country Gentlemen (Mute Records)

Shabazz Palaces - Black Up (Sub Pop Records)

Bird Names - Metabolism: A Salute to the Energy of the Sun (Northern Spy Records)
Wooden Shjips - West (Thrill Jockey Records)

Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong (ATO Records)

Doug Shipton - Dedicated Swallower of Fashion (Fat City)

Jonathan Wilson - Gentle Spirit (Bella Union)

O'Death - Outside (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
Lauderdale - Moving On (Not Sure, Self? TIAM?)

McCarthy Trenching - Fresh Blood (Slumber Party Records)

Yellow Chair - Curses (Self Released)

Cambodian Space Project - 2011: A Space Odyssey (Metal Postcard Records)

The Field - Looping State of Mind (Kompakt)

Prison Book Club - S/T (Big Bullet Records)

Dan Melchior und das Menace - Catbirds & Cardinals (Northern Spy Records)

Darondo - Listen to My Song: The Music City Sessions (Omnivore Recordings)
Delaney Davidson - Bad Luck Man (Voodoo Rhythm Records)

Glossary - Long Live All of Us (Self Released)

Rhys Chatham - Outdoor Spell (Northern Spy Records)

My favorite record of the year is Glossary's Long Live All of Us. Kids, no one is doing such perfect, no nonsense, no bullshit rock and roll right now better than this band from Murfreesboro, TN. If you don't know them run to and pick their stuff. You can thank me later. No, seriously, get going...

Single of the Year:
Cheap Girls - "Pure Hate" (No Idea Records)
Reissue of the Year: TIE!
Willie Wright - Telling the Truth (1977) (Numero Group)

Jeff & Jane Hudson - Flesh (1983) (Captured Tracks)

Anthology of the Year: TIE!

V/A - This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45 rpm, 1957-1983 (Tompkins Square)

V/A - Intercontinental Transmissions, Vol. 1 (Kala Bandar Records)


Friday, December 23, 2011

Lost & Found playlist for 12/22/11

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: Booker T. & the M.G.'s - In the Christmas Spirit

William DeVaughn - "Be Thankful for What You Got"
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "May This Be Love"
Lou Bond - "Why Must Our Eyes Always Be Turned Backwards"
Little Walter - "Keys to the Highway"
Free - "West Indian Woman"

The Rolling Stones - "Far Away Eyes"
Big Dan & the Gospel Heavyweights - "I Believe I Will Go Home"
Kitty Wells - "Christmas Ain't Like Christmas Anymore"
Dusty Springfield - "No Easy Way Down"
Jimmy Smith - "Ain't That Just Like a Woman"

Aaron Neville - "For Every Boy There's Girl"
The Lijadu Sisters - "Amedo"
The Box Tops - "I Met Her in Church"
O.V. Wright - "Let's Straighten It Out"
B.B. King - "Help the Poor"

Janis Joplin - "Trust Me"
The Mighty Hannibal - "I Need a Woman ('Cause I'm a Man)"
Mavis Staples - "You Are Not Alone"
Roy Hamilton - "You Belong to My Heart"
Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva - "I Wish You a Merry Christmas"

Inex & Charlie Foxx - "Baby Drop a Dime"
Brian Auger - "Red Beans & Rice"
Question Mark - "Hey Hey Girl"
Clifton Chenier - "Why Did You Go Last Night"
Don Hollinger - "I Had a Nightmare"

Marvin Gaye - "It's a Desperate Situation"
The Furys - "You're My Little Baby"
Los Matematicos - "La Pelea"
Guitar Slim Green - "Shake 'Em Up"
Riley - "Funky Tar Paper Shack"
The Johnny Otis Show - "Country Girl"

Outro: "Christmas Must Be Tonight" - The Band

Lost & Found playlist for 12/15/11

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: Spirit Free - S/T

Baby Huey & the Babysitters - "Hard Times"
Jimmy McGriff - "Brown Paper Bag"
Al Green - "One Woman"
Duane & Gregg Allman - "Got Rest His Soul"
Arthur Alexander - "Miles and Miles from Nowhere"

The Blues Busters - "Soon You'll Be Gone"
The Rolling Stones - "If You Really Want to Be My Friend"
Gil Scott-Heron & George Jackson - "Winter in America"
100 Proof (Aged in Soul) - "Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)"
James Brown - "It's Christmastime (Part 1)"

Muddy Waters - "Bottom of the Sea"
Lee Dorsey - "Get Outta My Life, Woman"
Darrell Banks - "Only the Strong Survive"
J.J. Barnes - "Chains of Love"
Kwame Nkrumah - "Ninth Son"

Scrapper Blackwell - "Trouble Blues, Part 1"
Jesse Mae Hemphill - "Merry Christmas, Pretty Baby"
The Whirlwinds - "Jesus on the Mainline"
Steve Mancha - "Keep the Faith"
Aaron Neville - "Cry Me a River"

Chubby Checker - "Goodbye Victoria"
Louis Howard - "Comin' Home"
Mike & the Censations - "Victim of Circumstance (Part 1)"
Cal Tjader - "Tra-La-La Song"
Etta James - "You Got It"

Joe Hicks - "Ruby Dean"
Lennie Hibbert - "Real Hot"
Lady Margo - "This Is My Prayer"
Them Two - "Am I a Good Man?"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Friday, December 09, 2011

Lost & Found playlist for 12/8/11

Intro: "Sleigh Ride" - Jon & the Nightriders

Background music for the show: V/A - Yule Struttin'

Thin Lizzy - "Got to Give It Up"
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - "Call On Me"
T. Rex - "Light of Love"
The Hombres - "Let It All Hang Out"
The Animals - "Bury My Body"

The Family Dogg - "Run Run Run Fly Fly Fly"
Bobby Charles - "Small Town Talk"
Alex Chilton - "All I Want Is Money"
Roky Erickson - "You Don't Know Me Yet"
Curved Air - "Back Street Love"

The Remains - "Why Do I Cry"

Leftcoast Leftover from the Under Assistant West Coast Promotions Man, Patrick Bryant: The Bob Seger System - "Gone" from the 1968 LP Ramblin' Gramblin' Man on Capitol/EMI.

Bill Nelson - "Rejoice"
John Cale - "Paris 1919"
The Beatles - "Two of Us" [Naked Version]
The Blues Cellar:

Sonny Boy Williamson with the Yardbirds - "Take It Easy, Baby"
Jimmy Witherspoon - "In the Dark"
Harmonica Williams with Little Freddie King - "Born Dead"
Magic Sam - You Don't Love Me, Baby"
Percy Mayfield - "Sign on the Dotted Line"
Nazz - "Featherbedding Lover"
Henry Flynt & the Insurrections - "Uncle Sam Do"
Greg Kihn - "All the Right Reasons"
Lyme & Cybelle - "Follow Me"
The Firebird - "Living Doll"

Emmit Rhodes - "She's Such a Beauty"
The Daisy Chain - "I'll Come Running"
The Rasperries - "Nobody Knows"
The Rolling Stones - "Drift Away"
The Sonics - "Don't Believe in Christmas"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

This is getting absurd.

Soul stars keep dropping and there isn't anyone to replace these unbelievable singers. Instead we get Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. Anyway, that is an argument for another day. For now, rest in peace Howard Tate and Dobie Gray.

Here is a song from each man to listen to and remember:

Howard Tate - "Half a Man"

Dobie Gray - "Out on the Floor"

Friday, December 02, 2011

Lost & Found playlist for 12/1/11

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: Freddie Hubbard - First Light

Hot Knives - "You Can Get Anything You Want"
The Louvin Brothers - "There's a Higher Power"
Ethel Profit - "I Got to Make It"
Al Greene - "Don't Hurt Me No More"
Timmy Thomas - "People are Changin'"

The Rolling Stones - "Don't Be a Strangers"
Tony Joe White - "Don't Steal My Love"
Bo Diddley - "Heart-O-Matic Love"
Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces - "Try My Love Again"
Syl Johnson - "Falling in Love Again"

Found Song of the Week: Paul Messis - "The Problem With Me" from The Problem With Me, 2001, on 13 O'Clock Records

The Kinks - "Long Tall Shorty"
Howlin' Wolf - "Howlin' for My Darling"
Baby Ray - "There's Something On Your Mind"

Leftcoast Leftover from the Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man, Patrick Bryant: Salena Jones - "Do I Love You" off of This N That from a 2002 BMG release.

Jean Wells - "I'll Drown in My Own Tears"
Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens - "Lift My Burdens"
Todd Rundgren - "Honest Work"
Tom Waits - "Ol' 55"
George Perkins & the Silver Stars - "Crying in the Streets"

The Three Sounds - "Sittin' Duck"
Allen Toussaint - "Sweet Touch of Love"
Little Richard - "Baby Don't You Tear My Clothes"
Mike & the Censations - "I Need Your Lovin'"
The Falcons - "(I'm a Fool) I Must Love You"

Sister Love - "You've Got to Make the Choice"
Gloria Jones - "Tainted Love"
Cash McCall - "Love Me Baby"
Mel Brown - "Blues for Me"
Lee Moses - "Bad Girl, Pt.2"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers