We've reached the midpoint of the week.... let's jump right into the shuffle....
"Feeling Called Love" by Wire
The second to last song from Pink Flag - the groundbreaking debut album by the influential English post-punk band.
"The Distance Between Us" by Marshall Crenshaw
From Downtown... I always thought it was "The Distance Between" and it is listed that way in some sources, but this was how it imported into iTunes and how it is listed on Amazon. I also saw it listed as "The Distance Between Me and You"... whatever it is called, it is a great song from one of America's best songwriters.
"Walkin' Boss" by Sam Amidon
This is from Sam Amidon's 2014 album Lily-O. I got it off of a Noisetrade sampler for Big Ears Festival which being held in Knoxville this weekend. Sounds like a pretty diverse and interesting festival. Sam Amidon is married to Beth Orton in case you need to know that.
"Tahquitz" by Whale Fall
The term whale fall refers to the carcass of a cetacean which has fallen to the Bathyal or Abyssal zone on the ocean floor and then become a complex ecosystem. The name highlights (and these are my words) the complex and yet organic nature of the instrumental post-rock music made by this L.A. band. This track comes from the band's second album called The Madrean which is an eight chapter instrumental story of the arid Madrean region of the American west.
"Good, Good Man" by Carl Anderson
Carl Anderson is a Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter who is originally from Charlottesville, VA. His new album Risk of Loss is due out April 7. He just put a Spring Sampler out on Noisetrade which is where I grabbed this track which is from his 2013 album Wolftown. He has a CD release show at The Basement on April 6 along with Mary Bragg who will also be releasing a new album April 7.
"Don't Wanna Die Anymore" by Ivan and Alyosha
From their 2013 album All The Times We Had, this may be the first song that turned me on to Ivan and Alyosha. If not, it is certainly one of my favorites.
"Smoke (La Vie En Fumer)" by The Tubes
I'm going to admit right out of the gate that just about everything I know about The Tubes is from being a teenager and being fascinated by their music video for the song, "She's a Beauty". That being said, this song which was included on the Feel Bad for You short songs mixtape is pretty darn cool. The song was the lead track on the 1977 album, Now.
"Blanket of Sorrow" by Jason and the Scorchers
From Lost and Found - more proof that Jason and the Scorchers are one of the great American rock bands.
"Desperate Times" (Work Tape) by Will Hoge
Will Hoge is a Nashville singer-songwriter. Like Carl Anderson he is scheduled to release a new album on April 7, and he put out a Noisetrade sampler in advance of that release. The album will be called Small Town Dreams, and the finished product of this song will be on it.
"The Light" by Boy Named Banjo
Another uplifting track from Long Story Short. I liked this song a lot.
"Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man" by Guadalcanal Diary
Closing things out with the instrumental title track from the debut album by Marietta, Georgia's Guadalcanal Diary whose name inspired a 1943 book and film... or maybe I have that backwards. Guadalcanal Diary shows were always a good excuse for a drive to Nashville when I was in college.