Friday, May 2, 2014
The Weekend Mix, 5/2/14
1. Willin'- Little Feat
I don't know how all of you feel about Little Feat, but I think the band's first four records are as good as anything put to wax and "Sailin' Shoes" particularly really shines, especially "Willin'," a song revisited after appearing on the band's debut. I've listened to this song a dozen times in the last week and while it's always been a favortite, I've decided here and now, that it is one of the greatest songs ever written.
2. Bonneville- Little Barrie
No, my plan wasn't a mix featuring the word "little." I fell for "We Are Little Barrie," the London trio's 2005 debut, but hadn't paid much attention since. They recently released "Shadow," and the opening cut grooves very hard, setting the stage for what I had hoped would be a terrific return to form. It's an average record with some highlights, but none quite as exciting for me as "Bonneville."
3. 10,000 Years- The Honeydogs
This is a CD that I had passed from budget bin to budget bin during my retail days, never once paying it any mind. Last year, our pal John Dunbar offered his Top 10 list of 2013 and a band called "And The Professors" stood out of the pack. He then mentioned that if I loved that record I should check out The Honeydogs "10,000 Years." I did and he was right. A beautiful collection of finely crafted baroque pop, with the title cut standing out.
4. Nothing Lasts- Steve Miller
From Miller's post-classic, criminally underrated pre-superstar release, "Recall The Beginning," here's "Nothing Lasts," a psychefolkedelibluesapop tune and another one that's been on heavy rotation.
So it was this quartet of songs that started the heartbeat for this Weekend Mix. The rest of the tunes, like Del Amitri's power pop masterpiece, the Bob Dylan/George Harrison lost duet on "Yesterday," and Bonnie Raitt's gorgeous "Two Lives" came along and felt like nice inclusions.
"I'm Moving On," the country classic is something I've been singing to myself for a month now, so I had to get it out of my system.
Don't dismiss Cheryl Lynn disco classic. This band cooks, especially on the break.
And the rest is the rest and I think it sounds good all together.