This mix has tracks that some of you might not agree with and some I don’t even agree with but this is not my day. This is Veteran’s Day and it’s a day to put politics aside and salute those who keep us free. If you find yourself disagreeing with a song or two on here then suck it up. No politics are welcome on this post. Ever.
I got a call the other day, the details of which I will not share, from my good friend Ryan. It was a good phone call despite the topic we discussed because I hadn’t heard from him in a while and the last time he reached out I dropped the ball and never got back to him. Regardless of that I knew he wasn’t upset with me because he ain’t like that. Our conversation inspired this little compilation, my longest mix tape so far if I remember correctly, but I didn’t have all the music I needed at the office so I couldn’t toss it real quick yesterday morning and my remote connection to home was sketchy and then from home to the server was even more sketchy so I decided to just complete it from the house. As fate would have it the upload didn’t finish, if it finished on schedule, until around 0500 (thanks Comcast. I don’t think we use Comcastic to mean what you think it means) so I couldn’t post until this morning. As if to thumb its nose at me the compilation’s ID3 tags were all funky, likely due to using a Windows program to set them, so this morning I had to download everything, re-tag, re-archive, and the upload everything again. It’s almost as if this compilation didn’t want to be posted. I prevailed in the end and stomped the damn thing into submission. So while the title is private joke and this whole thing is for Ryan I do hope you will all enjoy the music.
I don’t get any credit for this other than converting some files to mp3, retagging, and slapping the pretty cassette tape interface on it. Those kids over the the Lucero message board put this all together. Drop by and give them some props.
Liner Notes from the the board read:
The Fox Hunt – Better Than This (Lucero Cover) “The boys recorded this for the long overdue Lucero tribute album..I heard them play this version when they were here playing Surf Bar on Folly Beach…took some cajoling but I got MK to send me the mp3…here it is.” – JacksonDavis
Lucero – Live 1/4/2002 – American Girl “Sticking with the 4th of July theme. Just for fun.” – Boston Twang
Deer Tick – Born on Flag Day – Houston, TX “The first song that jumped out at me on the new record. Haven’t decided what I think of the new record yet but I like this song.” – Plank10
Cory Branan – Ardent Studios recording – Karen’s Song “I had never heard this prior to hearing it on the streaming file released by Rachel and The City when he was in studio earlier this year…cannot wait for his new album…he and Snodgrass kicked major ass in ATL and Savannah.” – JacksonDavis…thanks to Down South for the editing Wink
Ha Ha Tonka – Novel Sounds of The Nouveau South – Close Every Valve to Your Bleeding Heart “Roaring out of the Ozarks with a bottle in one hand and a bible in the other” – ColoradoAlan
William Elliott Whitmore – Animals In The Dark – Old Devils “My current favourite tune from my favourite album of the year to date.” – JacksonDavis
Hoots & Hellmouth – The Holy Open Secret – What Good Are Plowshares If We Use Them Like Swords “There is something about this band I find deeply interesting. I can’t quite put my finger on it but whatever it is this song has it.” – Autopsy IV
The Only Sons – Steel Hearts – Lay Back Down “This song is eerily relevant for a friends situation right now..” – ColoradoAlan
The Evening Rig – Is Doin’ Stuff – Goddamn, I Could Use A Drink “If you haven’t listened to these guys yet, you probably should.” – algwalcz
Jon Snodgrass w/ Cory Branan – Alone and Distanced “Too bad this isn’t being released on CD or digital download…but…I was able to pry this from someone who had been way late in getting Season 5 of The Wire back to me Cool” – JacksonDavis”
Two Cow Garage – Humble Narrator – Speaking in Cursive “I’ve had this CD for a while but just REALLY started to listen to it, and this song was the first one I kept repeating. ” The sun has a way of making us pay for our revelry filled nights” Amen Brother.” – Hecticeyes
Chad Rex & The Victorstands – Songs to Fix Angels – Build a Rocket “I only recently realized how good Chad Rex is. Besides, it’s the time of year for rockets.” – Boston Twang
Flogging Molly – Swagger – Salty Dog “Irish punk rock is great and good for hanging out in the summer listening to full blast.” – Lennon Medvick
Michael Dean Damron – Father’s Day – Angels Fly Up “It seems like I am always pimping this guy’s music and my work isn’t done until he’s got a platinum award on his wall…or something like that. Father’s Day is a strong contender for the Best of ’09 as far as I’m concerned. I can’t really pinpoint why this song means so much to me, but it affects me somewhere in the guts.” – Bone Machine
Austin Lucas – The Common Cold – Kith and Kin “If you’ve only heard Austin’s new album, definitely check out The Common Cold. Yay for the upcoming tour with Two Cow!” – TheOtherBrit
The Lemonheads – Varshons – Waitin Around to Die “Evan Dando revisits a Townes Van Zandt classic” – ColoradoAlan
Cheap Trick – The Latest – Sick Man Of Europe “Of all the music from my childhood, Cheap Trick are the band that I still enjoy with the intensity of my youth. It’s good to know that they’re still out there plugging away and have a catalog much richer than the classic rock staples (I Want You To Want Me, Surrender, The Flame…). This tune is from their new one, lovingly entitled The Latest, and is further proof that Robin Zander has one of the finer voices in rock some 35 years into his career.” – Bone Machine
The Dexateens – Singlewide – Can You Whoop It “If you like the Dexateens, keep an eye out for Arkadelphia, Lee Bains III’s new band. They’ve even more amazing!” – TheOtherBrit
Trampled by Turtles – Duluth – Empire “These guys are one of my favorite bands that I’ve discovered because they were a Lucero opener. Go see them live if you get the chance.” Boston Twang
Matthew Dean Herman – Blackbird – Blackbird “Fantastic debut album produced by Evan Phillips of The Whipsaws. RIYL: Drive-By Truckers” – Autopsy IV
Lyle Lovette – I Love Everybody – Fat Babies “I’ve been on a Lyle Lovette kick lately. “I don’t like hippies and I don’t like cornbread.” I’m confused that he doesn’t like cornbread.” – Plank10
Ray LaMontagne – Gossip in the Grain – Let it Be Me Submitted by corduroy
Uncle Tupelo – March 16-20 1994 – Moonshiner Submitted by corduroy
Kingston Trio – We’ll Sing in The Sunshine “A fun summertime sing-a-long…” – Nicole
Against Me! – As The Eternal Cowboy – You Look Like I Need Drink “Against Me! has been my sound track all summer, and this is one of my favorites.” – Lennon Medvick
Well I didn’t get any sort of inspiration to write about any of my attempts at life management. I will mention I am re-reading How To Win Friends And Influence People which is a must read for just about anyone regardless of your profession. But that’s all I’ve got on that so I decided to make up for Monday’s lack of music. I thought about this one long and hard and almost came up with a theme. I think everything flows on this one pretty well. I even managed to normalize them so nothing blows your eardrums out if you listen to it on your iPod. That’s about enough outta me…
I think we all have fears that we won’t own up to and sometimes that we don’t even admit to ourselves. I tried to grab some of those themes and bring that in the songs on this mix. I guess I did alright for the most part. Hope you enjoyed this one.