Ry Cooder “3rd Base, Dodger Stadium” from Chávez Ravine (Nonesuch 2005) —Same as it ever was - " As for the victims, the government now has license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more. The Founders cannot have intended this perverse result." - Sandra Day O' ConnorBuy it!
Joe Strummer “Nica Libre” from Walker (Astralwerks 1987) —Music bed. Instrumental written and produced by Joe Strummer.Buy it!
Joe Pug “Downbound Train” from Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Born in the U.S.A. (Lightning Rod Records www.lightningrodrecords.com 2014) N —Found on this new compilation of various artists performing songs off Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A." album. As is the case for most tribute albums, some works and some doesn't. This does for me, however.Buy it!
Neko Case “Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis” from New Coat of Paint - Songs of Tom Waits (Manifesto Records 2004) —Written by Tom Waits. Beautiful and affecting.Buy it!
Tom Waits “In The Neighborhood” from Swordfishtrombones (Island 1983) —"Well, the eggs chase the bacon round the fryin' pan / And the whinin' dog pigeons by the steeple bell rope / And the dogs tipped the garbage pails over last night / And there's always construction work bothering you / In the neighborhood"Buy it!
Tom Waits “Just Another Sucker On the Vine” from Swordfishtrombones (Island 1983) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Tom Waits..Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Closing Time” from Live In London CD ALBUM (Columbia 2009) —Written by Leonard Cohen and recorded live in 2008. Backing vocals by the Webb Sisters and Sharon Robinson.Buy it!
Jennifer Warnes “Coming Back To You” from Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (BMG 1987) —Written by Leonard Cohen and featuring David Lindley on steel guitar. Bobby King, Willie Greene Jr., and Terry Evans provide backing vocals.Buy it!
Ian McCullough “Suzanne” from Cohen Covered (Mojo 2008) —Written by Leonard Cohen - Sat 9/20 Tower of Song: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen and 80th Birthday Party. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Allah-Las “Ferus Gallery” from Worship the Sun (Innovative Leisure www.innovativeleisure.net 2014) —Music bed. Instrumental from their new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
The Seeds “Mr. Farmer” from Singles As & Bs 1965-1970 (Big Beat rhino.com 2014) N —Written by Sky Saxon and recorded in 1966 for the GNP Crescendo label. Who doesn't like a good organic farming song?Buy it!
Allah-Las “Artifact” from Worship the Sun (Innovative Leisure www.innovativeleisure.net 2014) N —Fitting title for this Los Angeles-based 60s-garage influenced band. Produced by Nick Waterhouse.Buy it!
Steelism “The Landlocked Surfer” from 615 to Fame (Single Lock Records 2014) N —Really interesting instrumentals on this new release. Off-kiler take on a surf instrumental composed by the aforementioned Spencer Cullum and Jeremy Fetzer.Buy it!
Steelism “Cat's Eye Ring” from 615 to Fame (Single Lock Records 2014) N —Music bed. Written by guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal steel guitarist Spencer Cullum out of Nashville.Buy it!
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan “Come Undone” from Hawk (Vanguard 2010) —Written, arranged, and produced by Isobel Campbell and featuring the duet vocals of Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan.Buy it!
Lili Haydn “My My Cross The Line” from Lililand (MRI 2014) N —How's this for an interesting co-write? Written by David Essex, Marvin Etzioni, and Lili Haydn. The violinist extraordinaire wrote or co-wrote every song on this album.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “Willie's Mood” from Ooh Baby, You Turn Me On (Hi Records / Fat Possum Records 1967) —Music bed. 1967 instrumental composed by Willie Mitchell and Teenie Hodges.Buy it!
Mike Farris “Power of Love” from Shine For All the People (Compass Records 2014) N —Written by the former leader of the Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies and found on this new release of all soul gospel-flovored material. Al Green-influenced, to be sure.Buy it!
Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens “Humble Me” from Cold World (Daptone 2014) N —Written by Daptone Records co-founder and Dap-Kings bassist, Bosco Mann.Buy it!
King Curtis “When A Man Loves A Woman” from Do Your Thing (Atlantic 1970) —1970 instrumental version of the Percy Sledge classic.Buy it!
Mitty Collier “Everybody Makes A Mistake Sometimes” from Shades of Mittly Collier: The Chess Singles 1961-1968 (Kent 2008) —Just felt like playing a set of soul ballads. This was written by Eddie Floyd and Al Bell and was recorded in 1968 for the Chess label.Buy it!
Wayne Cochran “Big City Woman” from Goin' Back to Miami (Ace 2014) —Written by Memphis session great and singer-songwriter Eddie Hinton and recorded for Chess in 1968.Buy it!
Lee Fields “Faithful Man” from Live at KDHX: Volume 12 (KDHX 2014) N —Sat 9/20 Lee Fields and the Expressions will be at 2720 Cherokee this Saturday (9/20). Also on the bill are Big Brother Thunder & The Master Blasters and Hal Greens - This track was recorded live at KDHX on 3/27/13.Buy it!
The Rumblers “Soulful Jerk” from It's A Gas! (Ace 2010) —Music bed. 1964 Southern California garage rock instrumental recorded for the Downey label.Buy it!
Dee Dee Warwick “We're Doing Fine” from I Want To Be With You /I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (Mercury 1967) —Written by Horace Ott and originally released as a single for the Blue Rock label in 1965.Buy it!
Helene Smith “Pain In My Heart” from Eccentric Soul, Vol. 7: The Deep City Label (Numero Group 2006) —1967 version of the Otis Redding or Allen Toussaint song (depends on how you want to look at it) recorded for the Miami-based Deep City label.Buy it!
Ike & Tina Turner “Your Love Is Mine” from The Archive Series, Vol. 6 - Rollin' (Yellow Label 2009) —Smoldering soul song written by Ike Turner and featuring the Ikettes at their finest.Buy it!
The Ikettes “Don't Feel Sorry For Me” from DJ Snowboy Presents The Good Foot (BGP url 2014) N —1965 Modern recording featuring the vocals of Robbie Montgomery, Venetta Fields, and Jessie Smith.Buy it!
Lee Allen “Rockin' At Cosimo's” from The Cosimo Matassa Story (Proper 2007) —Music bed. 1956 instrumental recorded for the Aladdin label at Cosimo Studio.Buy it!
Little Richard “The Girl Can't Help It” from 18 Greatest Hits (Rhino 1985) —Recorded at Cosimo Studio in 1956. Written by Bobby Troup and featuring the same sax players and drummer as the previous Roy Montrell track.Buy it!
Roy Montrell “(Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone” from The Specialty Story (Specialty Records 1994) —Recorded in 1965 at Cosimo Matassa's J&M Music Shop. Featuring Lee Allen on tenor sax and Alvin "Red" Tyler on baritone sax. The memorable drums on this one are by Earl Palmer.Buy it!
Ernie K. Doe “A Certain Girl” from Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (Charly 2011) —Written by Allen Toussaint and recorded at Cosimo Matassa's studio for the Minit label in 1961.Buy it!
Willie Tee “Teasin' You” from Cracking The Cosimo Code-60s New Orleans R&B and souk. (Ace 2014) N —Recorded at Cosimo Matassa's studio in 1965 and produced by Wardell Quezergue. Written by Earl King. Fats Domino, Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, Little Richard, Lee Dorsey, Lloyd Price, Irma Thomas and so many more - they all were recorded by CosimoBuy it!
Lee Allen “Tic Toc” from Gumbo Ya Ya: The Cosimo Matassa Story (Proper 2012) —Music bed. This set goes out to Cosimo Matassa who passed away last Thurday at the age of 88. He recorded so many New Orleans R&B, rock, and soul classics from the late 40s to the early 70s. - This instrumental was recorded in 1957 and was the b-sideBuy it!
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