“Mistreatin’ Mama” is one of the templates of the modern blues sound, and it was covered by a litany of blues legends like: Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, and Leadbelly. Jaybird Coleman, armed with only a harmonica and a mono microphone – you can feel him pouring his soul into every note of “Mistreatin’ Mama.” Remastered from the original 78, there still remains a slow turning crackle that adds authenticity to this iconic mp3.
Mistreatin’ Mama (play/download mp3)
Mississippi John Hurt sings on this thinly veiled song about domestic violence in “Nobody’s Dirty Business.” According to John, the sadism works both ways. Eventually his woman leaves. But John writes her a letter begging her to come back. She eventually returns and I suspect the dynamic keeps cycling over and over again. An important message brought to you from way back in 1935 – sometimes relationships just plain old don’t work out.
“Nobodys Dirty Business“ (play/download mp3)
This hot little number is a swinging lullaby from Ma Rainey’s earlier catalog. You can hear Ma Rainey’s signature vocal styling pouring from her lips. Grab a loved one and swoon to the blues of “Lucky Rock Blues“.
“Lucky Rock Blues“ (play/download mp3)
Gus Cannon and his Jug Stompers helped define jug music, and how the banjo was used in popular music, in the early 1900s. Derived from spiritual and early folk music, its influence is still felt today.
“Walk Right In“ (play/download mp3)
Aint nuthin’ but a party. A dance floor mashing mash up of Latin and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, pushed along by a sexy synth bass and lead bongos. That’s right, lead bongos. “Ghumbah” is remixed 6 (count ’em) SIX times on this EP, cleverly titled “Ghumbah.”
“Ghumbah (Adam Cruz Remix)” (download mp3)
“Ghumbah (Adam Cruz Remix)” (play)
A classic punk rock theme, if there is such a thing. “I don’t need a..” fill in the blanks. Reminds me of the Buzzcocks more raucous material. Crashing guitars and a lyric that celebrates alienation from freakin’ everything. It’s very positive.
“Don’t Need A” (download mp3)
from “Lost Art”
“Don’t Need A” (play)
MP3 über-sleuth Dan turned me onto this track a year ago and I didn’t get it. I get it now. Some music is like that. Honestly I didn’t like spinach when I was little, and now I love it. So it is with some music. Not everything makes sense right away. And not all music fits into neat manageable piles. This is dark, complex and delicious. Like spinach.
The Paper Chase
“Neat; Manageable; Piles” (download mp3)
from “Young Bodies Heal Quickly, You Know”
“Neat; Manageable; Piles” (play)
Paper Chase at iTunes Store
“I’m a kid and you’re a candy store,” explains Little Pieces in this original power pop treat. Hurling metaphors and guitars into mounds of sugary goodness, the Seattle trio is every bit as talented and clever as they are lighthearted and fun. “I’m a Bull” is but a nibble of this gr8 sounding record, sensitively titled “Vampires Fill Their Waterbeds With Blood.” The single rocks, as does the whole album. You’ll want this one at the ready for sunny days ahead.
“I’m A Bull” (download mp3)
from “Vampires Fill Their Waterbeds With Blood”
“I’m A Bull” (play)
Very little is known about the life or career of Blind Leroy Garnett, apart from the supposition that he came from the Fort Worth area of Texas. A pianist whose style encompassed boogie-woogie and ragtime, he recorded eight sides between 1929 and 1930, featuring vocals by James Wiggins (himself a highly talented blues pianist) and Marie Griffin. Two of his Paramount Records sides were recorded with Wiggins in Richmond, VA in October of 1929.
Blind Leroy Garnett – “Louisiana Glide“ (play/download mp3)
12:00 PM: Pleased to learn there is an artist called Kurt Vile.
I suppose I’ll have to listen to him now.
12:02 PM: Praise be, he has a song called Jesus Fever.
12:15 PM: Approval
Very purty lil’ song. I was half expecting something more outrageous for that title, but it’s a nice folky rocky toe tappin cat nappin ditty. Favorable echoes of early Smiths and REM and Catherine Wheel kinda bidniz. Sooooothing. Goes nicely with this early spring late winter weird schizophrenic foggy drizzly weather we’re having in Oaklandia. Band name intrigue leads to swell new music discovery. Life is good.
Kurt Vile – “Jesus Fever” mp3 (play/download)
Smoke Ring For My Halo album avail direct from Matador.