Hey ho! It's Wednesday. We have a pretty fun shuffle today - 11 songs strong with some real curveballs and some real treats. Scroll down or click through for the music:
"Where Was Baby Jesus Born?" by Annie Sellick from Let's Make a Christmas Memory
From Sellick's 2013 jazzy Christmas album which we featured heavily last year comes this soulful number.
"Surrounded" by Dan Coyle from Perfect Word. Perfect Beat.
Another great song from Dan Coyle's awesome newish album. Please check him out if you haven't done so yet - you won't be disappointed.
"The Body Snatcher, 1945" by Sci-Fi Romance from October
Yeah, Yeah... it's December not October. Time for Christmas tunes not Halloween/Horror-based songs... but seriously folks great music has no season. I dig this whole album. This song is based upon the 1945 film based upon a Robert Louis Stevenson short story and produced and adapted for the screen by the legendary Val Lewton. Val Lewton is notable for his work with RKO pictures where he was given lurid titles and a low budget and managed to make some truly remarkable films - like I Walked with a Zombie. In the hands of E2TG favorite and CXCW alum Vance Kotrla aka Sci-Fi Romance, the film is reimagined as a damn fine song.
"East Nashville" by Sammy Brue from Bootleg Sessions VOL I
Sammy Brue appears on the cover of Justin Townes Earle's latest album as a younger doppelganger of JTE. He also happens to be a very talented young singer/songwriter in his own right. He is from Salt Lake City, Utah, but his Nashville connection is strong - the album cover previously mentioned was photographed in Fannie Mae Dees Park in Nashville - popularly known as Dragon Park. And the song we feature today is named for one of my current favorite parts of the city.
"Pedestrians" by The Slaughterhouse Chorus from The Entrée - A Built4BBQ Sampler/Download Single
The Slaughterhouse Chorus are from Albany, NY. They play a rocking mix of Americana and Punk. I had the opportunity to see them live in 2013 when they did a tour with The End Men. This song is from the Built4BBQ sampler, and The Slaughterhouse Chorus are a major driving force behind this awesome collective.
"3-9-4" by Lemonheads from Hate Your Friends
Taking things all the way back to 1987 and the debut album by Boston punk band, The Lemonheads. Recommended if you only know It's Ashame about Ray and the Mrs. Robinson cover...
In what could be a first (but who's counting?), a day after featuring the Tom Wait's original, we have this awesome cover version by Neko Case. It's been a good week for Tom Waits and Tom Waits' covers.
"Put the Loot in the Boot" by Mae West from Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree - A Vintage Holiday Sampler/Wild Christmas
The year I was born, Mae West - the Hollywood actress best know for her provocative roles in films of the 30s and 40s, made a Rock and Roll Christmas album (7 Christmas songs and one Beatles' cover). I feel like this completes some unspecified step in our quest to cover every conceivable form of music.
"Tortured Birds" by Ron Muga from Wonderful Doom
Another great song from this New York Singer/Songwriter. Ron Muga's music can be found on Bandcamp. Check him out.
"Let Me Hang Your Stockings In Your Christmas Tree" by Roosevelt Sykes from Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree - A Vintage Holiday Sampler
A suggestive and absolutely fun Holiday number from Blues/Boogie Woogie piano legend Roosevelt Sykes.
"So Lonesome I Could Fly" by Marti Jones from My Tidy Doily Dream
We close things out with simply a beautiful song by one of my all time favorite singer/songwriters. This is from her 2002 album. I have to give a shout out/mention to the event which inspired me to add this to my playlist at this time... If you are in the vicinity (or can be) of Woodbridge Middle School in Woodbridge, NJ tomorrow night there is a remarkable song circle going down featuring Ms. Jones, her husband (and producer extraordinaire + songwriting genius in his own right) Don Dixon, Marshall Crenshaw, and Richard Barone. HERE is the link to the Facebook event. I will have to comfort myself knowing I got to see Marti Jones and Don Dixon in Nashville in the early 90s.