Dang! It’s cold up here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s been dipping into the teens, which is cold for us. This should warm you up. It’s the last, hot, little mixtape of 2013 and it’s the goulash variety of any song, any year, any genre. As usual, it’s all over the map and more fun than a barrel full of monkeys.
This is also the last mixtape for me as curator, though I’ll continue to participate as a contributor. We are rotating the curatorship on an annual basis and my tour of duty is over. I’ve had a blast this year and everyone has been really supportive of me. My favorite part of the year was the theme-based mixtapes and I gotta say, you all stepped up and did a great job. Anywho, Matt Peyton (Truersound) takes over in January for the the annual ‘best of’ mixtape, so watch for that.
So on with the December mixtape. Listen up and share your thoughts folks!
Thanks to @popa2unes for the artwork. I think he did a great job!
[Didn't notice the artwork was album size until now. Oh well....]
1. Title: Christmas Morning Blues
Artist: Titus Turner
Album (2005): Blues, Blues Christmas (1925-1955)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: bah humbug, I thought long and hard for about a minute, and decided to submit a Christmas song.
2. Title: “Charley’s Girl”
Artist: Lou Reed
Album (year): Coney Island Baby (1975)
Submitted By: @TheSecondSingle
Comments: Since I forgot to send a Reed track in last month, I figured I would throw this one on and keep the fire going. Definitely one of Reed’s more groove-tastic (and catchy) tracks, and one of my favorites.
3. Title: Tipitina (Live)
Artist: Professor Longhair
Album (year): Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology (1993)
Submitted By: Trailer (Farce the Music)
Comments: I love how uninhibited this guy was with his voice…. and the instrumentation couldn’t be better. Live R&B recordings nearly always trump studio for me.
4. Title: 92 Subaru
Artist: Fountains of Wayne
Album (year): Traffic & Weather (2007)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: My 99 Subaru exploded on the way to work this morning. Yes, you can finally kill a Subaru. I’m living proof.
5. Title: Songs That She Sang In The Shower
Album (year): Southeastern (2013)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comment: From easily the album of the year. Submitted by a guy I judge worse than anyone else one else (other than @BoogieStudio22. of course)
6. Title: Let Me Be
Artist: Star Anna
Album (year): Go To Hell (2013)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Stake your turf and prepare to defend it – that’s the message from Star Anna’s album “Go To Hell.” She has chosen a complex, expansive, and sonically varied musical home for herself; and all but dared us to tell her where the boundaries lie.
7. Title: Mighty Stitch
Artist: Crow’s Share
Album (year): Crow’s Share (2013)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs (Ninebullets Radio)
Comments: Reader Submitted. Blogger Approved.
8. Title: Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High
Artist: Arctic Monkeys
Album (year): AM (2013)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Alex Turner is a clever, disruptive boy. He tosses off lines Ray Davies & Elvis Costello would die for…”.Is your heart still open, and if so I want to know what time it shuts”…and America has barely noticed.
[Editor's note: How'd this guy sneak in a second song ]
9. Title: Wishing Tree
Artist: Charlie Sexton Sextet
Album: Under The Wishing Tree (1995)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: The title track (well, kinda) from an under-appreciated record. I didn’t want to roll out a predictable Christmas song. Yet, December IS the month of Christmas. So while this song isn’t necessarily about Christmas, the title could be interpreted as being tied to it. Make sense? Not really? Yeah, I guess I tend to agree. But hey, it still holds up well even after almost two decades. Merry Christmas to all who have enjoyed FBFY in 2013.
10. Title: Mythological Blues
Artist: Ernest Rogers
Album (year): Turn Me Loose: Outsiders of Old Time Music (2013), Recorded 1928
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: A Sol Invictus carol if there ever were one.
11. Title: Donde Esta Santa Claus
Artist: Augie Rios
Album (year): Donde Esta Santa Claus 1959
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: I know we’re not officially having a Christmas mix, but I just found out about this song and I couldn’t resist adding it to the list. It’s been in heavy rotation around my house since Thanksgiving (which is really early for me).
12. Title: Sun City (VII)
Artist: Artists Against Apartheid
Album: Sun City (1985)
Submitted by: Simon (www.beat-surrender.com)
Comments : “It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world. And at peace with myself.”
13. Title: Up for the Down Stroke
Album (Year): Tear the Roof Off (1974-1980)
Submitted by: Gorrck
Comments: Saw George Clinton a few weeks ago (4th time). He did indeed tear the roof off. This is for those 2 or 3 of you who do not have any Parliament in your collection. You’ll thank me later.
14. Title: Takin a Ride
Artist: The Replacements
Album (year): Live, Riot Fest Toronto (8/25/2013)
Submitted By: @scratchedsoul
Comments: This was the first song the band had played together in 22 years. And the start to the greatest hour and fifteen minutes of music I experienced this year. Still get chills every time I listen to it.
15. Title: The Temptation of Adam
Artist: Josh Ritter
Album (year): The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter (2007)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: A slightly older one from Josh, but lately I’ve been completely obsessed with this song.
16. Title: Storms Never Last (Live at St Pancras Church)
Album: Muchacho (Deluxe Edition) (2013)
Submitted By: The Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: This version of the Waylon Jennings song must be the most sublime, affecting, beautiful cover of the year.
17. Title: Chicago Boogie
Artist: J.B. Hutto
Album (Year): Blues For Fonessa (1976)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Who doesn’t like some Chicago blues?