Random iTunes shuffle today yielded:
- Hüsker Dü– Whatcha Drinkin’?
New Day Rising
one minute and thirty three seconds of punk-y bliss. The lyrics, in total:
I don’t care what you say, I don’t care what you’re drinking today. I don’t care what they say, I’ll be drinking today. I try not to drink anymore, I try not to drink anymore, and try not to think anymore.
- Boozoo Chavis– Goin To The Zydeco
Hey Do Right!
and now for something completely different…some dance music, with accordion.
- McDowell, Fred– Gravel Road Blues
Good Morning, Little School Girl
sometimes called “Mississippi Fred McDowell”, but since he allegedly hated that, I stripped Mississippi from his name. Bottle neck guitar master, with a harsh, country voice. Powerful, hypnotic stuff. Actually, this is dance music too, the insistent beat is there to be heard, and acted upon if you want.
- Marley, Bob & The Wailers– Somewhere To Lay My Head
One Love at Studio One
From a collection of ska and proto-reggae tracks recorded between 1964 and 1966, really a Wailers joint, not just Bob Marley. Dance music!
- Monk, Thelonious– Ruby, My Dear
A classic tune. Thelonious Monk liked to dance around in his idiosyncratic style during other musicians solos.
- R.E.M.– Lightnin’ Hopkins
As far as my ears can tell, this song has absolutely nothing to do with the blues musician, Lightnin’ Hopkins. Still love it.
- Kočani Orkestar– Goodbye Macedonia
Alone At My Wedding
Balkan brass ensemble, with some Middle Eastern influences. I really like this album, but I don’t if it is representative of their other work or not.
- Yo La Tengo– Demons
Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo
Yo La Tengo used to be a favorite band of mine, but their later albums have not moved me. This album is a collection of singles, mostly cover versions, including this so-so swirling tune which was featured in the film I Shot Andy Warhol.
- Paddy Beades– My Darlin’ Coleen Bawn
From Galway To Dublin
Extremely traditional Irish music from an early era. Mournful vocal and mournful fiddle.
- Costa, Gal– Divino Maravilhoso
Weird Brazilian pop music with some nice fuzz guitar that sounds like an over-amplified bee, weaving in and out of the melody. I’m partial to it, but not to everyone’s taste, I’ll readily admit.
- Dylan, Bob– Alberta #4
Universally, critics seem to hate this album, but there are a few good songs on it. This is almost an easy listening tempo, swings nicely.
- Remains, The– Don’t Look Back
Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era
Garage rock! I am a big fan of the genre, and this song doesn’t disappoint. Best played loudly.
- The Jam– I Got By In Time
Originally from The Jam’s first album, In The City, , a good closing tune for today’s randomness. Not really punk, not really British R&B, not quite New Wave, somewhere straddling all three genres…