Jukebox Upchuck #34
"It's not you, really, it's me."
Apologies for being MIA lately. The usual reasons: work has me working, my free time has been costly, and then there's this little thing known as an impending move. Posts will be sporadic for the next few weeks.
To make up for it, here's a massive jukebox upchuck full of favorite songs of late.
Dusty Springfield – "So Much Love"
I've been listening to so much Dusty In Memphis lately, ever since my trip to Louisville. (Must have been the "Southern" exposure.) That's her in the above pic.
M. Ward – "Headed for a Fall"
M. Ward (and a host of starlets) do this Jimmie Dale Gilmore song some serious justice on Ward's new E.P.
Karen Dalton – "In a Station"
Her cover of the Richard Manuel-penned classic from The Band. You really need to own Dalton's In My Own Time.
Skip James – "Illinois Blues"
I love the guitar playing of this Mississippian legend. I made this song the focal point of a mix I sent to a friend titled Illinoiseboy Blues.
Love – "Alone Again Or"
Oh, how I do love the string/horn arrangements in this song. This is easily the best song Bryan MacLean ever penned for Love. Anyone heard either of his demos records that Sundazed released?
Hank Thompson – "Rockin' in the Congo"
I just love the concept of one of the most popular country artists of the '50s recording a song like this. Thompson beat Jonathan Richman to the punch on this one.
Los Yaki – "Baila el Fredy"
You know how much I love my international garage rock, and this south-of-the-border cover of the classic Freddie & the Dreamers tune is no exception. This comes compliments of Listmaker and his most recent mix, which I was lucky enough to receive.
Surapon – "Ding Dong"
Speaking of Listmaker, I'm surprised that this nugget from the Thai Beat series didn't make it onto If You Want My Listmaker, Volume 3.
Jody Miller – "Queen of the House"
I hadn't heard this ode to the '50s in a long while. A blogger (I forget who) linked to the video for this, which was just hilarious. I'd post it, but I'm too lazy. It's probably on YouTube though.
Wreckless Eric – "Whole Wide World"
I have to agree with Listmaker: The fact that this was the lone song that Harold Crick could perform in Stranger Than Fiction was a head-scratcher, but it's still an incredibly catchy tune.
The Stranglers – "Peaches"
While we're on the topic of songs that played prominent roles in films, I still can not listen to this song without picturing the opening scene of Sexy Beast, where Ray Winstone's character is almost annihilated by a boulder. This is the song playing at that time, as we get to know Ray's tanned gut all too well.
The Lemon Pipers – "Jelly Jungle"
I picked this up in Louisville last month. These Cincinnati psych-poppers are best known for their hit single "Green Tambourine", but I found their follow-up LP to be stupendously stupid and to my liking.
Merle Haggard – "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive"
This is one of my favorite classic country cuts. God I love the lead guitar "solo". I used to spin this on a regular basis when I DJ'ed. I've been thinking about talking to Murph about a one-off Noiseboy gig sometime this summer, before half my friends leave town.
Papercuts – "Sandy"
This totally reminds me of the love affair I had with indie pop about eight years ago. I love the gentle, dreamy vibe and the Rocketship-esque organ. This is taken from their recent album, Can't Go Back, on Devendra Banhart's Gnomonsong label.