Friday, August 17, 2012
"Singalong Burning Wood": THE WEEKEND MIX
I've been wanting to do this for a long time, but I've always felt like the theme was a bit trite. Then on Tuesday, I caught Marshall Crenshaw's fantabulous late afternoon set at City Winery where he thankfully played a bunch of songs from his last release "Jaggedland." (A truly amazing record!) Next morning, I felt like hearing said album, and that was when I decided, everyone must hear that title song.
And here we are. Music. No lyrics.
The title of the mix is a bit misleading, as more than half of the songs never had lyrics to begin with. But, if I may say so, I love the way this turned out.
"Sal, The best example of band transformations I know is the Doobie Brothers, starting out as a loose, jammy, biker bar band, and turning into a naugahyde sofa cover. "
Might be my favorite thing all year. Thanks, JAG, for that comment.
And speaking of the Doobie Bros, I've always thought their hits were so much worse than their albums cuts like "Another Park, Another Sunday." "South City Midnight Lady." "Wheels Of Fortune." And the track that opens up the mix, from "Stampede." Great playing.
The Beatles track will speak for itself. Chills. Over and over again.
This version of the B.J. Thomas hit is sublime. There is some bleed, as it is not an officially released backing track, but what a beauty. Same thoughts on "Rain On The Roof."
And don't tell me that modulation in "A Summer Place" doesn't knock you out.
And of course, the inspiration for this Weekend Mix, "Jaggedland." So beautifully sad and so melancholy.
Slat Key Soquel Rag- Doobie Brothers
And Your Bird Can Sing- The Beatles
Jack's Tune- Southern Culture On The Skids
Sombre Reptiles- Brian Eno
Hooked On A Feeling- B.J. Thomas
Jaggedland- Marshall Crenshaw
Bernadette- The Funk Brothers
Someday We'll Know- New Radicals
Rain On The Roof- The Lovin' Spoonful
Sidewalk Cafe- Todd Rundgren
Underneath The Bunker- R.E.M.
Bron-Yr-Aur- Led Zeppelin
Singalong Junk- Paul McCartney
Theme From "A Summer Place"- Percy Faith