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Well here we are at the mid-point of another work week... time marches on... doesn't it?
We have another outstanding shuffle featuring classic tunes and some new and newish music... JUMP!
"I'm Set Free" (live) by The Velvet Underground
I have a confession. Sometimes, I secretly and privately scoff at people who accumulate every piece of recorded music of their favorite band... you know imports, bootlegs, rarities - without regard to the quality of the recording or whatever... I mean... I don't mean to knock anyone - especially a music lover, but it just seems a bit silly to me sometimes. That being said, I am nothing if not hypocritical. I give you a short sample of a recording from Max's in 1970. My only defense... it's the Velvet Underground.
"Starting All Over Again" by Amy Black
My shuffle functions seems to be as much in love with the new Amy Black album as I am. We have another track from the Muscle Shoals Sessions today. This one is a cover of a song originally recorded by Mel and Tim at Muscle Shoals. The song was later covered by Hall and Oates.
"Wedding Song" by Charlie Whitten
Charlie Whitten is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville. I had heard his name and grabbed some music from a Noisetrade Sampler of his music. This song comes from his CD entitled Hey Love. I like it a bunch.
"In Spite of Ourselves" by Iris Dement, John Prine
You haven't really lived until you've heard Darrin Bradbury and Jon Latham sing this song - impromptu - in the middle of a crowded bar. But, Iris and John do a pretty decent version, too.
"Afrique" (take 3 vocal) by Duke Ellington
I have to admit, I am sometimes intimidated by Jazz as a genre. As it should be obvious by now, I am not a musician, and so I know there are technical nuances to the music that I just don't get. Actually that is true about a lot of music, but jazz seems by design to be more focused on that aspect. Also, although I have been really listening to jazz for about 25 years, my listening has been kind of haphazard. I have a pretty solid base in Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and a few others... but I know I have missed out (so far) on some really crucial artists and recordings. All that being said, hearing Duke Ellington come up on my shuffle makes me happy!
"Sixes + Sevens" by Indigenous Engines
Indigenous Engines is the new project by my friend Andrew Adkins (The Colored Parade). This new project has two EPs currently available for Free Download via Bandcamp. This song is from one of those EPs called Werewolves (the other EP is called Witches). Check it out!
"Visitation Rights" by The Transcendents
I joked about my shuffle needing to clear out the transcendents' self-titled album to make room for their new EP Lay Where You Collapse. Regardless of my joke, this track is our final listen to that first record. Look and listen for the new record to appear in the shuffle soon. The band is from Christchurch, New Zealand, and man oh man, I like their music a ton.
"If I Didn't Love You" by Squeeze
I hate to randomly mention Jon Latham twice in a post - no I don't - but a recent status update of his on Facebook prompted me to dig out my Squeeze Singles album and load it into the Playlist. This band was just about perfect, and Singles was a handy way to catch up on their early music. This song was originally on the band's 1980 album Argybargy. The band was originally active from their formation in 1974!! until 1982. When I really caught up with them that original run was over. Fortunately, they reunited in 1985 and got to seem them live with Jools Holland on keyboard.