Sound Salvation (Music)
Fri Sep 16th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
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Patti Smith “Summer Cannibals”
from Outside Society (Arista 2011) N —There's just no other song in her extensive catalogue that has this one's bizarre and irressitibly catchy tone.
Prince “Dirty Mind” (Warner Brothers 1980) —The wunderkind - playing all the instruments himself and inventing a new kind of funk.
XTC “The Loving”
from Oranges and Lemons (Geffen unk 1989) —For some reason, it took me longer to get this majestic and lush classic than a lot of XTC songs I love. I can't remember why, but this one didn't impress me back when it was new.
Phantom Planet “Leader”
from Raise the Dead (Atlantic 2008) —These guys tried so hard to mix strong melodies with sounds the kids could go for - I like their best stuff more and more all the time.
The Frank Vignola Quintet “Black Sabbath”
from ??? (???? 2009) —At some point in the last two years, I put this album into itunes, then I forgot where I put the disc - the other day, this cut popped up in random shuffle, and I wanted to share it with you, but now I've forgotten what record it came from.
Spirit “Apple Orchard”
from Clear (Epic 1969) —The cowbell doesn't dominate on this masterpiece, but when it comes in, it's perfect.
The Gourds “Drop What I'm Doing”
from Old Mad Joy (Vanguard 2011) N —Unlike Spirit or Los Lobos, the Gourds don't mess around with rhythmic subtlety - they just bang the cowbell every beat.
Imelda May “Kentish Town Waltz”
from Mayhem (Decca 2010) N —This woman can sing, and she writes some pretty darn good songs. Usually, she rocks hard, but this pretty little waltz is stunning.
Nick Lowe “Shame on the Rain”
from The Old Magic (Yep Roc 2011) N —I find I appreciate the perfection of each new Nick Lowe song much more when I don't hear them all together.
Kathy Mattea “Green Rolling Hills”
from Coal (R.E.D. 2008) —Mattea sings the heck out of this Hazel Dickens ballad.
Stevie Wonder “Big Brother”
from Talking Book (Motown 1972) —We're 2 weeks away from the big celebration of Stevie Wonder's music down at Off Broadway; I wonder if somebody will pick this one to play.
Marianne Faithfull “Why Did We Have to Part”
from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) N —As great as she is at performing other people's songs, it's important to remember that Faithfull is a great writer herself. This song is devastatingly powerful.
Marquise Knox “Feel Like Goin' Home”
from Here I Am (APO 2011) N —19 years old and he plays like he's possessed by Muddy Waters on this cut. Sings it with his own voice, too, no imitation.
Rufus Thomas “Soul Food”
from Do The Funky Chicken (stax 1970) N —There's nothing quite like Rufus Thomas on any subject - but you can tell food is near and dear to his heart here.
John Doe “Painting the Town Blue”
from Keeper (Yep Roc 2011) N —It's not as though the X original needed to be redone, but he wrote it, so he can sing it any way he wants to, and I kinda like this new take.
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