Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jan 2nd 2014 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Barrence Whitfield and The Savages “I'm Sad About It” from Dig Thy Savage Soul (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) —Happy New Year, everybody. This show will be a recap of some of my favorite things I heard in 2013. - This is an incendiary cover version of a Lee Moses song.Buy it!
The James Hunter Six “Heartreak” from Minute By Minute (Go Records, under license to Concord Music Group 2013) —Written by James Hunter and produced by Bosco Mann of the Dap-Kings. Not just a terrific album in 2013 but a terrific live show at the Old Rock House, as well.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Stranger To My Happiness” from Give The People What They Want (Daptone 2014) N —This album doesn't come out until 2014 but this single from the record came out in 2013. They will be at the Pageant in March (Sunday 3/2) with Valerie June opening. Not to be missed.Buy it!
Laura Mvula “Green Garden” from Sing to the Moon (RCA Victor 2013) —Debut full-length album from the artist based out of Birmingham, UK. This is one of my favorite singles of the year. She's hard to categorize. She's as much influenced by Brian Wilson as she is soul and gospel.Buy it!
Valerie June “On My Way Home” from Pushin' Against a Stone (Concord 2013) —Another artist that isn't easy to categorize. She can sound country and/or Appalachian on one song and like a down and dirty blues singer on the next. She wrote this song with Booker T. Jones who also plays organ and provides backing vocals.Buy it!
Buddy & Julie Miller and the McCrary Sisters “Something Within” from The Oxford American Southern Music CD (Oxford American 2013) —The southern music edition of Oxford American magazine that also comes with a 2-CD compilation is always one of the year's musical highlights. This collection featuring music from TN is one of their best, yet. This was recorded specially for this issBuy it!
Booker T. “Your Love Is No Love (feat. Vintage Trouble)” from Sound the Alarm (Stax Records url 2013) —This album is too uneven for me to consider it one of the best albums of the year but this track co-written by Booker T. and Vintage Trouble with an exceptional vocal by Ty Taylor is a definite highlight.Buy it!
Garland Jeffreys “It's What I Am” from Truth Serum (Thirty Tigers www.thirtytigers.com 2013) —This song will never make any Pitchfork top 50 list. OK, so tell me what on their list has this much soul?Buy it!
Mavis Staples “I Like the Things About Me” from One True Vine (Anti- www.anti.com 2013) —Written by Pops Staples and Martha Stubbs and produced by Jeff Tweedy. Backing vocals by Kelly Hogan, Liam Cunningham, Donny Gerrard, and Tiffany "Makeda" Francisco.Buy it!
Ennio Morricone “Muchio Selvaggio” from Action! 15 Cult Movie Classics (Mojo 2013) —Music bed. 1973 instrumental written by Ennio Morricone and found on this 2013 compilation of songs from cult movie soundtracks.Buy it!
Dengue Fever “Taxi Dancer” from Girl from the North EP (Tuk Tuk Records 2013) N —New three-song EP from the band out of Los Angeles that mixes up Cambodian pop, surf, Ethiopian jazz, rock, and more. Such a great groove on this.Buy it!
Mulatu Astatke “Yekermo Sew” from Ethiopiques 4 - Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentals 1969-74 (Buda Musique 1998) —Music bed. 1969 Ethiopian jazz instrumental composed by Mulatu Astatke.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “You Know I Won't” from Push Any Button (Littlebox Recordings 2013) —This was on my top 10 favorite albums of 2013 list. She never disappoints. This is a great slice of jangly, Beatlesque pop.Buy it!
Grace Basement “Warmest Winter Clothes” from Wheel Within A Wheel (Avonmore 2013) L —Written and sung by Kevin Buckley. Lots of really fine songs on this album from the band based out of St. Louis.Buy it!
Villagers “Earthly Pleasure” from (Domino Recording Co Ltd 2013) —Written and sung by Conor J. O'Brien. The second album from the Irish singer/songwriter and stronger than his acclaimed debut. That bodes well.Buy it!
Neko Case “City Swans” from The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (Anti- www.anti.com 2013) —This topped my list of favorite albums of 2013. This was written by Neko Case and Paul Rigby. This album has both stripped-down songs and songs with big production. This happens to be one of the big production ones. Both approaches work equally well.Buy it!
Laura Veirs “Dorothy of the Island” from Warp and Weft (Raven Marching Band 2013) —This song combines parts of the traditional song "Motherless Children" with lyrics and music by Laura Veirs. Neko Case adds harmony vocals to this track.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Every Weekday” from Desire Lines (4AD 2013) —This was also on my top 10 list of favorite albums of 2013. Written and sung by Traceyanne Campbell with backing vocals by Neko Case.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Saskatchewan To Chicago” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2013) —This album also made my top 10 list of favorite albums of 2013. Roy Kasten of "Feel Like Going Home" named this his favorite song of 2013. That's good enough for me.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “You Put the Flame On It (feat. Menahan Street Band)” from Victim Of Love (Dunham 2013) —You guessed it. This is another one that made my top 10 list of favorite albums from 2013. C'mon, try to be in a bad mood after hearing this one.Buy it!
Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones “Long Time Gone” from Foreverly (Reprise 2013) —One of the surprise duet albums of 2013. This Tex Ritter song is off this collection of songs originally written or interpreted by the Everly Brothers on their 1958 album, "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us."Buy it!
Woody Jackson “Pear Shaped” from Good Vibrations: A Record Shop, A label, A Film Soundtrack (Big Beat rhino.com 2013) —Music bed. Instrumental written for this 2013 movie soundtrack.Buy it!
La Luz “Sure As Spring” from It's Alive (Hardly Art 2013) —Featuring the lead vocals and lead guitar of Shana Cleveland. 60s pop and surf-influenced music out of Seattle. Nice harmonies on this album, as well.Buy it!
John Paul Keith “Baby We're a Bad Idea” from Memphis Circa 3AM (Big Legal Mess Records / Fat Possum / Hostess 2013) —Yet another one that made my top 10 list of favorite albums from 2013. Just a collection of really well-written and tuneful pop songs. - Fri 1/10 Motel Mirrors (feat. John Paul Keith, Amy LaVere, and Shawn Zorn) – Off Broadway.Buy it!
The Ventures “Mufreesboro” from Long-Lost Honkers & Twangers (Ace 2013) —Music bed. Previously unreleased instrumental found on this 2013 instrumental collection of rarities and unissued tracks.Buy it!
Jason Isbell “Elephant (Radio Edit)” from Southeastern (Thirty Tigers www.thirtytigers.com 2013) —This made my top 10 list of favorite albums of 2013, as well. #2, I believe. This song kills me. Allen Dahm of "Bittersweet Melody" writes about this song at http://kdhx.org/music/news/best-of-2013-881-kdhx-djs-songs-of-the-year.Buy it!
Laura Marling “Where Can I Go?” from Once I Was an Eagle (Ribbon Records 2013) —This is really a terrific record. One I didn't listen to closely and in its entirety until after top 10 lists were compiled.Buy it!
Linda Thompson “It Won't Be Long Now” from Won't Be Long Now (Pettifer Sounds www.lindathompsonmusic.com 2013) —Beautiful song written by Teddy Thompson and featuring David Mansfield on mandolin. Teddy Thompson will be opening up for Richard Thompson at the Pageant in February (Wed 2/19).Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Salford Sunday” from Electric (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) —Richard Thompson will be performing solo and acoustic and Teddy Thompson is opening at the Pageant in February (Wed 2/19). Highly recommended.Buy it!
Low “Just Make It Stop” from The Invisible Way (Love Da Records 2013) —This one features the lead vocals of drummer Mimi Parker. She sings lead on five songs which is not the norm for Low. Produced by Jeff Tweedy.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Perfect Person” from Jungle (Blip Blap! 2013) L —Middle Class Fashion topped the 88.1 KDHX top album spins of 2013 list. 117 spins at the time the list was compiled. Very impressive.Buy it!
Son Volt “Hearts And Minds” from Honky Tonk (Rounder www.rounder.com 2013) L —So many talented St. Louis musicians are on this album including Gary Hunt, Justin Branum, Thayne Bradford and Brad Sarno. I guess by now Mark Spencer is considered a St. Louisan, as well. Really an overlooked album.Buy it!
Brandi Clark “The Day She Got Divorced” from 12 Stories (Slate Creek Records 2013) —Another one off my top 10 list of favorite albums I heard in 2013. Also, the best country album I heard. Written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Mark D. Sanders.Buy it!
Mount Moriah “I Built a Town” from Miracle Temple (Merge 2013) —Sounds like a beautiful hybrid of Dolly Parton, Neil Young's "Helpless", and more. Heather McEntire sings lead on this with Amy Ray on backing vocals. #9 on my top 10 list of favorite albums I heard in 2013.Buy it!
Ransom Note “Georgia” from Big Soul (Tower Groove Records 2013) L —Holy Toledo! I almost left this song off my year-end recap. That wouldn't have been right. Featuring Merv Schrock on lead vocals.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge “Central Time” from Live at KDHX 5/29/13 (KDHX 2013) L —You would have to say Pokey LaFarge is probably the biggest thing going out of St. Louis right now. Sure, he did this song live on David Letterman. But he also did it live at the KDHX studio in May of 2013.Buy it!
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