Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Aug 5th 2010 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Sugar Pie DeSanto “Soulful Dress” from The Chess Story 1957-64 (MCA 2001) —Recorded in 1964 for the Checker label. Sugar Pie DeSanto is still performing and will be at the Ponderosa Stomp taking place in New Orleans this September.Buy it!
Barbara Lynn “You Can't Buy My Love” from The Jamie Singles Collection 1962-1965 (Jamie 2008) —Written by Billy & Bobby Babineaux & recorded in 1965. Barbara Lynn will also be at the Ponderosa Stomp in September.Buy it!
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Bettye LaVette “What's Happening Brother (Featuring Bettye LaVette)” from What's Going On (Shout! Factory 2006) —Co-written by Marvin Gaye & James Nyx, Jr. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be coming to the Sheldon Concert Hall early next year (02/26/11). And Bettye LaVette will be at the Old Rock House this Friday (8/6).Buy it!
Patrice Holloway “Those DJ Shows” from A Cellarful of Motown - Vol. 2 (Universal 2005) —Written by Smokey Robinson and recorded in 1965 but not released until this compilation came out in 2005. Hard to believe since it is such a strong track.Buy it!
Al Green “Stop and Check Myself” from Back Up Train (Remastered) (Arista/Legacy 2005) —Real early Al Green recorded in 1967 with a band called the Soul Mates -- long before Hi Records & Willie Mitchell came into the picture.Buy it!
Julie London “'Tain't What You Do” from Ultra-Lounge Artist Series: Wild / Cool / Swingin' Vol. 5 (CAPITOL 1999) —Recorded in 1960.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Think About Your Troubles (alternate version)” from The Point! (RCA Victor 1972) —Alternate version recorded in 1971. George Tipton is responsible for the wonderful arrangements on this album.Buy it!
Robbie Fulks “Fountains of Wayne Hotline” from Fountains of Wayne Hotline - Single (Yep Roc 2005) —2005 single that never fails to make me laugh. I doubt that Fountains of Wayne really dig it, though. "Employ the radical dynamic shift and slather the holy hell out of the thing with a semi-ironic Beach Boys vocal pad."Buy it!
Betty & The Werewolves “Paper Thin” from Teatime Favourites (Damaged Goods 2010) N —Extremely catchy (hey, that's not an insult) indie pop-punk out of London. This sounds like it would be a fun band to see live.Buy it!
Dean and Britta “Silver Factory Theme” from 13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature 2010) N —Music bed. Snippet from this five-minute instrumental that kicks off their album which is a new soundtrack written for 13 different short black-and-white silent films made by Andy Warhol between 1964 and 1966.Buy it!
Dean and Britta “I'll Keep It With Mine” from 13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature 2010) N —Beautiful Bob Dylan cover from their new release. Britta Phillips takes on the Nico vocal on this track.Buy it!
Mountain Man “Soft Skin” from Made the Harbor CD ALBUM (Partisan 2010) N —Indie folk out of Vermont featuring the harmony vocals of Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Amelia Randall Meath from their debut release.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Aloha Oe” from American VI: Ain't No Grave (American 2010) —Johnny Cash died just three months after these recordings were wrapped up. This affecting vocal is a fitting way to sign off the final collection of songs resulting from the Johnny Cash & Rick Rubin collaboration.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Come On Up to the House” from Mule Variations ALBUM (Anti 1999) —Written by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan. "There's no light in the tunnel / No irons in the fire / Come on up to the house / And your singing lead soprano In a junkman's choir / You gotta come on up to the house."Buy it!
The Rockhouse Ramblers “Bubbles in the Glass” from Lies and Damn Lies CD ALBUM (self 2010) N L —Written by Liz Anderson and featuring the vocals of Dade Farrar. These songs were recorded in 2004 and are being released now for the first time. They are having their CD release party at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room next Friday (8/13).Buy it!
Charlie Walker “Who Will Buy the Wine” from Greatest Honky Tonk Hits (Audium 2003) —Honky-tonk classic from 1960 written by Billy Mize. "Not so long ago you held our baby's bottle / But the one you're holding now's a different kind / And you'd never know whose lips you'll soon be kissin' / Cause it all depends on who will buy the wine."Buy it!
The Lovin' Spoonful “Nashville Cats” from Greatest Hits (BMG 2002) —Written by John Sebastian & released in 1966. Per John Sebastian -- "We thought our version would cross over to the country market. It never did. So we're always kind, gee, well I guess that tells us what we are and what we aren't."Buy it!
The Union Electric “Thylacine” from Thylacine/Bugs single (self 2010) N L —New 2-song multi-colored vinyl single. This track features words by Stefene Russell - from KDHX's Literature for the Halibut - (from "The Extinction of The Species" -- a series of poems by Stefene Russell) & vocals by Tim Rakel (of KDHX's Mystery Train).Buy it!