Feel Bad for May 2015

A small but mighty mixtape this month. Thanks to Hoosier Buddy and his long-haired dachshund puppy Maisey for the artwork. Say it with me people, “Awwwwwwwwww!” Happy House-training! May or May not Feel Bad for You! And puppy nips.

FBFY May 2015

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1. “Batman”
Bob Schneider
Live at the Paramount Theatre, Volume 2 (2011)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: There’s a live, acoustic version of this song recorded at a radio station in Boston making references to various Boston places, and it’s just fantastic. I can’t find it anywhere. This version will have to do.

2. “Lovin’ Babe”
Anna & Elizabeth
Anna & Elizabeth (2015)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: SWVA represent. Check out the podcast of their Floyd Radio Show on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-floyd-radio-show/id592756379)

3. “Tell Her You Belong To Me”
Beth Hart
Better Than Home (2015)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: From what so far is the blues album of the year, a blues-soul torch song about her dad leaving her mom for another woman. Best new ‘old’ song I’ve heard since Amy Winehouse.

4. “I Can’t Stop It”
Anthony Da Costa
Da Costa (2015)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: From the upcoming album from a great young songwriter from Austin-TX-by-way-of-NY. Get on board.

5. “Livin’ On”
13th Floor Elevators
Bull of the Woods (1969)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: The 13th Floor Elevators performed for the first time in 47 years at Levitation Fest in Austin this past weekend! Four of the original members Erickson, Leatherman, Walton, and Hall were joined by Erickson’s son Jegar, Fred Mitchim and Eli Southard subbed for the late Stacy Sutherland. The album Bull in the Woods, is the last album they worked on as a group, featuring the 1968 line-up and also Ronnie Leatherman, though both Roky Erickson and Tommy Hall had noticeable absences during recording, guitarist Stacy Sutherland, carried the weight of the songwriting credits (five tracks, co-writing a further four with Tommy Hall) with Roky credited with one co-write with Hall. The album wasn’t released until 1969, by which time the group had effectively disbanded. So 47 years later, they’re Livin’ On.

6. “You’re Gonna Miss Me”
13th Floor Elevators
The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators (1966)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: Something as epic as the return of Texas’ fathers of psych from a 47 year hiatus demands a double shot! Here’s the first time an electric jug made it onto Billboard’s top 100, charting at #55

7. “Vetvi”
Theodor Bastard
Vetvi (2015)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: In the world of Folk / Ethnic / Trip-Hop / Experimental / World music, this song is an example of how good it can get when a Russian band travels to the frozen northern wastes to record an album about “our places of power, the places where stones and winds are talking to us.” Traditional Mongol and Russian instruments include the morin khuur, dunchen, gusli, cajon, and vargan. Vocalist Yana Veva paints (and pants) with her pure voice, bringing drama without histrionics. Check out the official video: https://youtu.be/b2pvaP_OED8
I usually fall in love with cinematic music, because through it I can travel in space and time. Sure, I’d love to know what she’s singing about, but not knowing is no obstacle to feeling the deep pulse of this haunting song.

8. “Asa Jones’ Blues”
Charlie Parr
Daytrotter Studio 4/27/2015 (2015)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I’m a big fan of Charlie Parr’s minimalist blues. He recently did a Daytrotter Session and this is one of my favorites from that session.

9. “Lost In A Crowd”
Fantastic Negrito
Studio Paradiso 4/20/15 (2015)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Another Daytrotter Session. This time an artist I had never heard of, but liked his alternative/rock/blues.

10.”Me Oh My”
The Honeycutters
Me Oh My (2015)
Submitted By: Trailer
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11. “Ambition”
Velvet Elvis
Velvet Elvis (1988)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: From the Mitch Easter.

12. “Breakfast in Bed”
Dusty Springfield
Dusty in Memphis (1969)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: thumbing my way through some old albums the other day I came across one that I’d not played for some time, my copy was rescued from a charity shop (before they discovered Discogs) the vinyls seen some action, it cracks and pops and the sleeves held together by sticky tape – but it’s still a pleasure to listen too. “Somebody was trying to tell me that CDs are better than vinyl because they don’t have any surface noise. I said, ‘Listen, mate, life has surface noise.’” – John Peel

13. “Rooster Still Crows”
Barna Howard
Quite A Feelin’ (2015)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: Out this month, Barna Howard’s second album has some songs that can stand beside early Kristofferson and Prine. This is one of them.

14. “My Own Saving Grace”
Andrew Bryant
This is the Life (2015)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: My favorite lyrics from my favorite album released thus far this year.

15. “Love Detective”
The Arab Strap
The Red Strap (2001)
Submitted By: The Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: A salutary tale for all those who have suffered jealousy, envy or any form of paranoia. A lover gains possession of his partners “wee red cash box” of memorabilia and cannot resist looking inside giving the listener a sumptuously cringe-worthy insight into the insecurities and fantasies of the human psyche.