A frosty, cold morning here in Nashville. I needed some tunes to heat things up, and as usual my shuffle mode did not let me down.... let's get to the mix o' the day
"I Confess" by Tom Tom Club
Nothing heats things up like good dance music, and Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth and company make some of the best. This is another from Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom (1988).
"The War on the Terror and the Drugs" by Ike Reilly with Shooter Jennings
Somebody has to fight the war on the terror and the war on the drugs. You can take all the terror and Ike and Shooter will take all the drugs. Deal?
"Boys Can Never Tell" by J Roddy Walston and the Business
J Roddy Walston and the Business are based out of Richmond, VA, but the band formed in Cleveland, TN. The song came to me via a Noisetrade sampler of artist scheduled to appear at this year's Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The video I found is J Roddy playing this song with Shovels and Ropes. From Essential Tremors.
"All Kindsa Girls" by The Real Kids
Proto-Punk from Boston. John Felice was an early member of The Modern Lovers and left to form The Real Kids in 1972. Aggressive music based upon the roots of rock and roll music. This still sounds great 40+ years later. From the self-titled first album.
"This Will End in Tears" by Sean Watkins
Another great song from Sean Watkins' All I Do is Lie album.
"The Old Revolution" by Leonard Cohen
Going way back to 1969 and Leonard Cohen's second album, Songs from a Room. Sublimely wonderful song, sung by a golden throated still young singer.
"The Cardinal" by Julie Christensen Band
That sly shuffle function has done it again, Julie Christensen spent a decade or so singing back up for Leonard Cohen. Before that, as part of the Divine Horsemen, she was an active part of an L.A. scene that helped to fuse the bond between Punk and what would become Alt-Country and Americana. Now, East Nashville is proud to claim her as our own, and she is stepping out with some great new songs (look for an album upcoming). The Cardinal which is a stand out of her recent live shows comes off a demo with the incredible band she has assembled. The accompanying video can serve as a preview of what you will see you come out to The Family Wash in East Nashville on Friday night. Julie and her band go on at 9:30, and my friend Russell Thompson begins around 8:30.
"Lisa Anne" by Bill Lloyd
I don't know how many times or ways I can say that Bill Lloyd is one of Nashville's greatest musical assets. Besides the incredible Pop songwriting demonstrated on Feeling the Elephant (and his other albums), he leads the incredible Long Players who recreate classic albums (often joined by some of the original players). He was also part of the Country music duo Foster and Lloyd (whose first two album are being rereleased by RCA soon).
"Young Love" by Telepathic Teddy Bear
We close things out with a gorgeous song by Telepathic Teddy Bear from his album called Forgiveness.