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- Baaba Maal– Souka Nayo (I Will Follow You)
• part of the charm of this track is Baaba Maal’s voice contrasted against his female chorus. I wouldn’t go as far as saying this is traditional Senegalese music, more of modern pop with Senegalese accents.
- Pavement– Angel Carver Blues/ Mellow Jazz Docent
Westing (By Musket And Sextant)
• and now for something completely different…can one write about Pavement without resorting to such cliches as angular guitar? Hmm. I’ve listened to this song hundreds of times over the years, and I still have no idea what it is about.
- Conet Project, The– Phonetic Alphabet – NATO
The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations
• If you like scratchy radio recordings of an accented woman repeating “Yankee, Hotel, Foxtrot” over and over, before switching to some other phrases equally as opaque, this is a great track for you. I’m guessing Jeff Tweedy is a fan…
- Talking Heads– The Great Curve
The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads
• If you haven’t picked up a copy of this live album, and you like The Talking Heads, then what is wrong with you? Dense, unrelenting grooves, a band at the peak of their power, expanded touring lineup and all. Love it. Adrian Belew goes wild on the electric guitar.
- Stills, Stephen– Song Of Love
• probably the last interesting Stephen Stills album, at least that I’ve heard. Catchy tune.
- Camper Van Beethoven– Ambiguity Song
Telephone Free Landslide Victory
• agh, takes me back to my callow youth in Austin. “Everything seems to be up in the air at this time.”
- Wire– Fragile
• ooh, a double angular guitar cliche in one sitting! This great song is only 1:18 long though.
- Williams, Lucinda– Changed The Locks
Live @ The Fillmore
• live, this song is a lot more powerful than the original version. Ms. Williams voice is on the verge of hoarseness, but she muscles through.
- AC/DC– If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)
Highway To Hell
• Angus Young has some fun with Bon Scott…an update of The Doors song, Peace Frog. Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure this is the very first album I ever purchased with my own money – on cassette tape no less. I was living in cultural wasteland of East Texas, going to middle school, but this album helped ameliorate some of the ennui.
- Temptations, The– Don’t Let The Joneses Get You Down
• a good sentiment, and a great, funky track
- Big Bill Broonzy– Glory Of Love
Uncut: Soul & Fire – Compiled By Paul Weller
• Paul Weller has good musical taste, this is a favorite song of mine as well. Great acoustic blues guitar too. Don’t confuse it with the pop tune by Peter Cetera.
- Coup– 5 Million Ways To Kill A CEO
• a Proto-Occupy Wall Street song, though with a little more imagined violence against CEOs than Occupy would be comfortable with.