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Fun-filled night at Coverbest at The Beast (The Basement East)... Terry Rickards always does a great job putting those events on... I really dug Matt Haeck doing Tom Waits, Darrin Bradbury doing Modest Mouse, Sarah Potenza doing Gillian Welch, and Tesla Rossa doing Beck... plus lots of inspiring conversations about music and East Nashville and creativity....
Tonight, Fats Kaplin returns to his Thursday Night residency at The 5 Spot - the penultimate week of this month-long (sans St. Patrick's Day) event... I missed two weeks ago, and I do not want to miss this one... It is guaranteed to be some of the best music around and highly entertaining, too.
Later tonight, Chris Scruggs and The Stone Fox Five are playing what I think is their second show since the club that gave them their name closed unexpectedly. They will be at The Country with The Farmer and Adele opening. I have heard a lot about The Farmer and Adele, but I have not seen them yet.
I am off work tomorrow. I may try to do a Featured Friday Shuffle from home, but no promises... stay tuned.
Meanwhile, Thursday - means we throw it back like an undersized fish....
"Dead and Gone" by Blake Babies
Another from that live album recently released on Noisetrade. Blake Babies formed in Boston in 1986 and gave Juliana Hatfield her start. This recording is from a show for Emerson College on 5/9/1989. The song itself was released on the band's 1989 album Earwig.
"Summer's Cauldron" by XTC
In the interesting timing category... This song is the opening song from XTC's 1986 album, Skylarking which was produced by Todd Rundgren. Apparently, Rundgren recently reignited a long standing "feud" with Andy Partridge about the album to which Partridge responded in long series of tweets.... anyway, I always liked the album... from this outsider perspective, it is an interesting bit of historical information. And anyway, I dig this song.
"Deacon Jones" by Louis Jordan
Disclosure time, my practice is to remove songs from my phone once I have featured them so I don't have too many repeats - not to say a song may not reappear, but I try to avoid songs coming up again too soon after I featured them. Sometime - as in this case, I fail to delete the song. So - here is "Deacon Jones" which was featured two weeks ago (on another #TBT). What the hell, it's a great and fun song.
"Gigantic" by Pixies
From Surfer Rosa (1988) - the band's first solo album. And yeah - there is a bit of connection between this and a song later in the shuffle that I will not elaborate on...
"Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen
The year was 1975, the album was Born to Run, the song was Born to Run... a true American rock and roll anthem...
"Calinda" by Jim Smoak and the Louisiana Honeydrippers
Bluegrass music is not often associated with Louisiana, but Jim Smoak who was born in South Carolina and played with Bill Monroe early in his career - was living in the Bayou State when he put together the Louisiana Honeydrippers and recorded this music back in 1960.
"The Big Johnson" by Neighborhood Texture Jam
From Funeral Mountain.... Neighborhood Texture Jam were loud and wild and often highly inappropriate... they also recorded some great songs (even songs like this one that you don't always want to share in sensitive company)... This song connects with a song from earlier in the shuffle for reasons I will not elaborate on...
"Where Did All the Girls Come From" by Treat Her Right
From the fantastic self-titled debut from 1986 by Treat Her Right... speaking of connections - Treat Her Right like Blake Babies were from Boston. The album from which this song came was released in 1986 same as Skylarking (mentioned earlier). And on a personal note, this song asks the musical question that I often found myself asking in my reckless youth... #chickmagnet ;-) #ironichashtag #whyamIhashtagginginmyblogpost #lame