Casual readers may not know this, but although I was born in Tennessee, my parents were both born in Louisiana, and I still have some deep roots in that state. There is quite a bit of Louisiana in today's shuffle by some twist of fortune/juju...
My phone did feel heavier this morning - probably due to the nearly 100 songs I added to the current playlist. How much does an MP3 file weigh anyway?
Ah- let's jump into it...
On Record Store Day, while the cool kids were enduring the long lines for the rare vinyl releases, I was perusing the $1.00 CD bins looking for cool finds. I came across this star-studded Cajun Music tribute from early in this century. Americana standard bearer Rodney Crowell is from southern Mississippi which is about as close to Cajun country as you can get without being in South Louisiana. The video is a version of this song from a New York City Cajun band named for a small town near where some of my family lives.
"Loud Loud Loud Loud Guitars" by Young Fresh Fellows from Songs for Slim - A Benefit Compilation for Slim Dunlap
Stick some cotton in your ears if you must... hell, I'll likely be deaf before too long...
This reminds me of three things: 1. Seeing Slim with the 'Mats in the sweaty National Guard Armory in Nashville in the late 80s. 2. Seeing Warren Zevon with the Odds at the Ace of Clubs in Nashville in the early 90s (it was one of the loudest shows I've ever experienced) and 3. that line from They Might Be Giants "She doesn't have to have her Young Fresh Fellows tape back..."
"Fury of the Light" by The Bones of J.R. Jones from Dark was the Yearling
The Bones of J.R. Jones is from Brooklyn and makes some incredible dark, rootsy, blues/folk music. I grabbed this from the July Feel Bad for You mixtape, and I have to hear more!
"Miller, Don't You Even Care?" by The Grimm Generation from The Big Fame
The first of three tracks in today's shuffle from perennial E2TG favorites The Grimm Generation. What you need to know about The Grimm Generation: They are from Connecticut, they make music deeply rooted in themes and influences of which I am all too familiar, and they are awesome. Get The Big Fame - as soon as you possibly can!
"The Big Fame" by The Grimm Generation from The Big Fame
The title track from the landmark album!
"French Quarter" by Delta Spirit from Lost and Found
Our second Louisiana-inspired song... Delta Spirit are from San Diego and currently reside in Brookyln, but as their name implies, the spirit of the Mississippi Delta runs all through their music. This is from a free sampler released on Noisetrade ahead of the band's fourth album which is due in just a couple of weeks. It takes us to a post-Katrina New Orleans...
"Real Bad Voodoo" by The Grimm Generation from The Big Fame
We stay down in the Crescent city and wander into a strange shop with no distinguishable signage, filled with tables and shelves of trinkets and bottles... there is some real bad voodoo...
"Youth Culture Killed My Dog" by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live
In honor of yesterday being National Dog Day, we offer this first album gem from TMBG. Damn you hipsters - stay out of my yard!
"Kentucky" by Year of October from WDVX Blue Plate Special 4/12/2014
And we close things out with one of Year of Octobers prettiest and most heartfelt songs - about their home state. This is the first track on Golden Days - their new album which you can pre-order now!