"Let It Rock"
Pretty Girls Make Raves
Tigerbeat6 meow132 2006
Hello Mid-Aughties Bay Area IDM.
Michael Nesmith [05:32]
"Some of Shelley's Blues"
Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash
Pacific Arts/Island Records ILPS 9440 1977
One of my scores from Amsterdam. "Some of Shelley's Blues was going to be part of the Nashville session The Monkees had in 1968. Prior to this version it was also covered by Linda Ronstadt with the Stone Poney's, as well as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Willie Nelson [08:52]
Columbia JC 36189 1979
Having yourself a very Willia xmas? Getting some quality assistance from Booker T on the organ. The title track, made famous by Roy Orbison in 1963, is penned by none other than Willie.
"I Wanna Be Your Lover"
Warner Bros. Records BSK 3366 1979
Prince's sophomore effort and what an effort it is! The album made it to number 22 on the Hot 100, and this lead off single hit number 11 on the US charts.
Linda Ronstadt [18:29]
"Hey Mister, That's Me Up on the Jukebox"
Prisoner in Disguise
Asylum Records 7E-1045 1975
Linda deftly handling this James Taylor number on this multi-platinum album.
Emerson Meyers [22:40]
"In Memoriam for Soprano & Tape"
Provocative Electronics (Electronic Constructions on Traditional Forms)
Westminster Gold WGS-8129 1970
Recorded at the Electronic Music Laboratory of the Catholic University of America, of all places, in 1970. Don't worry, I have an insider checking to see whether his laboratory still exists.
The Cramps [27:35]
"Goo Goo Muck"
I.R.S. Records SP 70016 1981
How timely! The Cramps very well known version of Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads 1962 single. Record fiend friends, let me tell you that I have had a saved eBay search for that original Ronnie Cook single, and it has yet to go for less than three figures. Here's hoping I find it in a random place someday in the future.
Thurston Moore [30:40]
Goofin' Records Goo-010 2006 (originally released on DGC in 1995)
Thurston hearts the queen of noise. This album features artwork by the excellent Rita Ackermann.
Teenbeat TEENBEAT 232 1997
The fourth studio album from one of my favorite bands. This is one of the few that was released on vinyl at the time. Of course there's also the big beautiful box set.
Purple Mountains [39:34]
"She's Making Friends, I'm Turning Stranger"
Drag City DC680 2019
Ugh. Sadly, the final David Berman project. A thoroughly engaging album from start to finish.Interested and brave parties can check out this piece on David Berman's final days in the recent issue of Creem.
"I Can't Get Next to You"
Gordy S-949 1969
Such a hot opening track, this copy has been played many times. I tried to salvage it as best as possible. Number one single from a number 5 album.
The Who [46:24]
Quadrophenia (Music from the Soundtrack of The Who Film)
Polydor 2625 037 1979
And what a film it is. Who knew that the king of the mods had a day job?
Big Blood [51:21]
QuaranTunes Series No.027
Feeding Tube Records FTR634 2021
One of the things that got me through the stay-at-home phase of the pandemic was all of the excellent livestreams from musicians. This particular one from Portland ME's Big Blood was pretty much transcendtal for me. And this particular track featuring Quinissa on vocals scratched an audio itch that I didn't know I had. To really put it over the top for me, they followed it up with a cover of The Clean's "Anything Could Happen".
"We Came to Dance"
Chrysalis CDL 1394 1394
The sixth outing from Midge Ure and company. Oddly, produced by George Martin and less oddly cover design by Peter Saville. This track was the fourth and final single from Quartet.
Robyn Hitchcock 'n' the Egyptians [59:34]
"Madonna of the Wasps"
A&M Records SP 5241 1989
Another musician who had some great livestreams during stay-at-home along with his partner Emma Swift and Tubby and Ringo and Perry the Lobster. This song will forever be one of my favorites of his. Helped out by usual suspect Peter Buck on guitar here.
Fame FA3037 1982 (originally released in 1979)
Japan's third album, transitioning into synth pop territory.
Music behind the DJ: "Gomez" by Vic Mizzy