Friday, July 3, 2015
The Weekend Mix: 7/3/15
This has been an uninspiring week with unpleasantness, unnecessary distractions, unfulfillment and a good dozen more "un" words. I will spare you details other than, I did not make it to the Richard Thompson show last week, for those who have been asking. That is all I'd like to say about that UNbelievable Manhattan disaster.
I did clear my head, if only for a little while, with a trip to Coney Island. Something about the train ride through familiar territory with the iPod surprising me at every stop and an ocean at journey's end that can revive the temporary inactivity of all that has suddenly gone to sleep. The picture above is the view from the Q train as you pull into Coney Island. For me, it's like seeing Oz for the first time. (The magical land, not the HBO show.)
Almost all of the songs below played on the iPod exactly as programmed for the mix, with the exception of The Beatles' "Cry For A Shadow," which I tossed in, breaking the unwritten law of "no more than one artist on a mix." I thought it sounded great following Roy Wood's homage to the Andrews Sisters, "Mustard."
Another discovery is "Bring Back That Leroy Brown," not necessarily a go-to Queen track for me, but one that took on a new life with headphones. I know this tune inside and out, but never quite appreciated the musicianship. It's more than just a novelty tune.
I didn't spend too many words, if any, singing the praises of FFS, the new collaboration between Sparks and Franz Ferdinand. I'll do it now. It is one of my favorite releases of the year and sounded great coming right after the Posies' "She's Coming Down Again," which has some of my favorite Ken Stringfellow lyrics.
The Rod Stewart, if you didn't already know, was written by Paul McCartney. Anyone have Paul's demo?
Have a safe holiday weekend. No illegal fireworks. Enjoy the music. Thanks for your indulgence.
Mustard- Roy Wood
Cry For A Shadow-The Beatles
I Read You Like An Open Book- The Tages
Ride- Nick Drake
Bring Back That Leroy Brown- Queen
My Clown- July
She's Coming Down Again- The Posies
Dictator's Son- FFS
Basket Case- Warren Zevon
All The Rage- Elvis Costello
Mine For Me- Rod Stewart
Good Morning, Good Morning (Demo)- The Beatles
The Mole From The Ministry- Dukes Of Stratosphear