Friday, July 26, 2013
"Heavy July Rotation" : THE WEEKEND MIX
Back in the day before iTunes, zip cars and Janelle Monae, I had a wonderful routine when listening to records. It was a three part operation with no particular order for any particular day.
1. 45s, where I'd focus on just that, my singles, both A's & B's, quite often playing the same handful of faves along with some new additons.
2. Full Albums, which usually took place on a Tuesday or Saturday, the two days I'd go record shopping. It was much easier to focus on one or two albums back then, as that was all I could afford at one time and there were no other options. Saturday shopping was a bit different, as it would also include the trading in of some lemons, which put some ease on the wallet and afforded me a few extra used LPs.
3. The Mixtape, where I just wanted to listen to my favorites, new and old, and because it was so easy, would throw in a 90 minute Memorex Chromium Dioxide and record it all for posterity. Giving that new cassette a title was another favorite activity. (Found a mix from 1979 recently that I called "Janne Shlobovnik's Journey Through Minsk." I was damaged at an early age.)
Listening to music has changed. It's a discussion that we have often. With our iTunes libraries and iPods at our fingertips, our patience is non-existent. It's too easy to hit "NEXT" if something doesn't jive right away. I also find myself listening to something new once, deciding if it was good or bad, almost always never to return one way or the other, unless it's a record by a favorite artist. I think there's too much music out there. Some will argue that that is a good thing. I'm not some.
In the words of Marty DeBurgi, "Enough of my yakking."
This mix features songs that I seem to be going back to over and over, like the old mixtape days. I couldn't throw a cassette into my TEAC, so once I realized I was giving these tunes some heavy rotation, I jotted them down and put them all together in iTunes.
Some are new, like The Electric Soft Parade and the best Bruce Springsteen song of the month by Willie Nile.
Some are classics that for whatever reason, made their way into my wheelhouse like never before, like the Buffalo Springfield track and the NRBQ track. (Let me take this opportunity to say that I've listened to the first two Buffalo Springfield albums more in the last two weeks than I have in the last 40 years. Hard to find better records.)
A new discovery for me this year is Sutherland Bros. & Quiver. Having only been familiar with the hit single "I Don't Want To Love You (But You Got Me Anyway)," I decided to give the rest of their output a go, since I had acquired it all in a collection. I highly recommend listening to their first 5 LPs. Amazing songwriting, great playing. What a surprise!
The Taj Mahal track was written by New Orleans great Jon Cleary and is one of the most soulful and heartbreaking vocal performances ever delivered by Mr. Mahal.
The haunting Everly's track is not a Fogerty cover.
The rest? Well, they are here for a reason. I've played them all more than twice in the last week or so.
Good, good stuff.
Hope you dig these tracks as much I do.
OH...and that picture of the frog? I've looked at that 100 times in the last day, so it counts as "heavy rotation."
Stay in trouble.
Happenings Ten Years Time Ago- The Yardbirds
Everybody's Falling In Love- World Party
Things Change- Dwight Yoakam
Hung Upside Down- Buffalo Springfield
A Girl Like That- NRBQ
If I Ever See The Light- Willie Nile
Fun On The Farm- Sutherland Bros. & Quiver
You & Your Sister- Chris Bell
21st Century Gypsy Singing Lover Man- Taj Mahal
The Dolphins- Fred Neil
Daddy Rollin' (In Your Arms)- Dion
Green River- Everly Brothers
Feel Older Now- Flo & Eddie
The Corner Of Highdown & Montefiore- Electric Soft Parade