Memphis to Manchester (Music)
Thu Jan 2nd 2014 7.00am–10.00am
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The James Hunter Six “Heartreak”
from Minute By Minute (Concord 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mavis Staples “I Like the Things About Me”
from One True Vine (Anti 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.
Villagers “Earthly Pleasure”
from (Domino 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.
Dolly Varden “The Milkshake Incident, Part 1”
from For a While (Mid-Fi 2013) —Music bed. Instrumental from the band based out of Chicago. You'll hear more from them later in the show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Richard Thompson “Salford Sunday”
from Electric (New West 2013) —Richard Thompson will be performing solo and acoustic and Teddy Thompson is opening at the Pageant in February (Wed 2/19). Highly recommended.
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.
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.
Son Volt “Hearts And Minds”
from Honky Tonk (Rounder 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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