As promised, I'm closing out the week with a product of the year-end events that inspired me. You don't have to be Schopenhauer to figure out the theme.
As usual, "The Weekend Mix" got a preview or two, as well as some editing, before completion. I like the way it all plays together.
A few quick notes:
I don't usually like Billy May's brash style of arranging, but his work with Nat "King" Cole is stellar, and with all due respect to Hank Williams and Tony Bennett, this version of "Cold, Cold Heart" is still my favorite.
I've mentioned The Galaxies before. This is a band I was hipped to by my friend Jeff, and this particular song, "An Ocean Between Us," tears my heart out.
(Stay tuned for Jeff's excellent "Best Of 2010" list, which has been submitted, approved, and now sits in the on-deck circle.)
I know some of you never got on the Black Crowes train, but they remain one of my very favorite live bands. Their studio output has been very uneven the last few years, but 2009's "Before The Frost" was one of the best of their career. This track, "Cold Boy Smile," which I think dates back 6-7 years, only just got recorded and released on the band's supposed farewell album "Crowesology." I'm happy it did, as it has always killed me live.
Once again, thank you for your indulgence with all things Brooklyn. I'm not sure if it's out of my system. (Actually, I don't really want it to be. But I will spare you the details.) The end of a year can really do a number on people, and a swim in Coney Island seemed liked the right elixir.
Hello Brooklyn- The Beastie Boys
Dirty Water- The Standells
Baby, It's Cold Outside- Pezband
Washed By The Water- Will Hoge
An Ocean Between Us- The Galaxies
Coney Island Baby- The Excellents
The Swimming Song- Loudon Wainwright III
She's So Cold- The Rolling Stones
Brooklyn Roads- Neil Diamond
Cold, Cold, Heart- Nat "King" Cole
Swimming- Little Dragon
Cold Boy Smile- The Black Crowes
Wade In The Water- Stars Of Virginia
Coney Island- Van Morrison