Feel Like Going Home (Music)
With Roy Kasten
Wed Jan 4th 2012 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
David Wax Museum “Born With A Broken Heart” from Everything Is Saved (self-released 2010) —40. This morning we resume the top 80 countdown for FLGH. The former Missourian David Wax put out this fine collection of Calexio-esque songs near the start of the year.Buy it!
Alison Krauss and Union Station “Lay My Burden Down” from Paper Airplane (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 2011) —39. A truly melancholy album from Ms. Krauss, her first with US in seven years or so. This song was written by Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still.Buy it!
Madeleine Peyroux “Martha, My Dear” from Standing On the Rooftop (Decca 2011) —37. One of a number of delightful covers from Ms. Peyroux, but her originals are also excellent. On this album she's joined by Marc Ribot and Allen Toussaint among others.Buy it!
The Antlers “I Don't Want Love” from Burst Apart (Frenchkiss 2011) —30. Another entry in the non-sophomore slump sweepstakes. Be sure to check out the band's fine Live at KDHX session from this year at KDHX.org.Buy it!
Young Statues “Spacism” from Young Statues (Banquet Records 2011) —29. Not an album that appeared on many lists but terrific all the same. First album from the Philly band led by Carmen Cirignano.Buy it!
Lucinda Williams “Copenhagen” from Blessed SINGLE (Lost Highway 2011) —28. As with all of her post-Car Wheels output, I do wish Lu would pair her records down a bit, but the best of this album, like this song, have stuck with me all year.Buy it!
Glen Campbell “In My Arms” from Ghost on the Canvas (Surf Dog Records) —26. If this does turn out to be Mr. Campbell's final album he went out on a true grace note. Song written by Teddy Thompson.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three “Ain't The Same” from Middle of Everywhere (Free Dirt Records 2011) L —20. Pokey and the boys recently appeared on Jools Holland. Good for them. Check out the handwritten correspondence between writer pj del and Pokey at KDHX.org.Buy it!
Dan Baker “365 Days” from Sad Song Junkie (Trespass Music 2011) —19. Technically this self-released album came out in 2010 but only got any kind of distribution this year, so it makes the list. Dan Baker hails from Boston but recorded this fine set of Waitsian tunes in Nashville with members of the Time Jumpers.Buy it!
The Duke And The King “Shaky” from The Duke And The King (Anti- 2011) —18. One of my songs of this or any year. Simone Felice and Robert Bird Burke with a soulful, catchy take on what war does to a man.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “Eternity” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) —11. I think this album would have done better on the year-end lists were it not for the "My Little Pony" inspired album cover.Buy it!
Fleet Foxes “Montezuma” from Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop 2011) —9. Hard to imagine how the band would follow up such a much-loved debut but they managed it on the strength of Robin Pecknold's songwriting.Buy it!
The Decemberists “January Hymn” from The King Is Dead (Capitol Records 2011) —8. The album through which I finally got the Decemberists. Thanks much to Peter Buck, Gillian and David and Tucker Martine.Buy it!
Abigail Washburn “City Of Refuge” from City of Refuge (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 2011) —5. An album that came out at the very beginning of the year. Indie pop meets old time music via terrific songs and soul.Buy it!
Gillian Welch “Hard Times” from The Harrow & The Harvest (Acony 2011) —1. Gillian and David waited eight years to release this album. They know why. Storytelling like this doesn't come easy. "Hard Times" is another song of the year in my book. Thanks for listening and here's to more great songs and music in 2012.Buy it!
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