Feel Bad For July 2014

Another month, another mix, another late posting. Please welcome our newest contributor Blabber N’ Smoke and thanks to Toomuchcountry for this month’s cover art from Country Fried Rock’s childhood. As always, drunken rambling comments strongly encouraged. Hope yall enjoy it.

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Title: Sexy Eiffel Towers
Artist: Bow Wow Wow
Album (year): Your Cassette Pet EP (1980)
Submitted by: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: I heard this by chance the other day, and it immediately transported me back to my early teenage years listening to John Peel late at night in my bedroom trying to discover the latest cool music. In fact the first title for the blog was going to be “We’re All John Peels Now”, but that’s another story. Instead just listen to two and a half minutes of perfect, suggestive, breathless bubblegum indie from 33 years ago!

Title: Midnight On A Monday
Artist: Anna Tivel
Album: Before Machines (2014)
Submitted by: Romeo Sid Vicious
Comments: I just can’t enough of this girl! She blows my mind.

Title: Ms. Fat Booty
Artist: Marvin Gaye / Mos Def (Amerigo Gazaway)
Album (year): Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (2014)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: When these mash-ups work, it’s magical — even better when we’re talking about combining the goodness of Marvin Gaye and Mos Def.

Title: Living The Dream
Artist: Warren Pash
Album: Plastic Rulers (2008)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Warren Pash, a songwriter who now claims East Nashville as home, presumably gets to cash a pretty nice regular check as a co-writer of the Hall & Oates hit “Private Eyes”. Seeing as I’ve pretty well rejected all of H&O’s songs over the years, I’ve never sought out anyone who may have helped them with their songs. But when I was intro’d to Pash’s music by Tommy Womack, I instantly changed my mind. Loads of jangly guitar. Solid pop. And with the 4th of July falling this month, aren’t we all Living The Dream? No? Oh. Well, then I feel bad for you.

Title: Oye Como Va (live at El Jefe)
Artist: Perico Hernandez
Album (year): Chef OST (2014)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Brass replaces Carlos’ guitar in this made for a hot summer afternoon cover. An accompanying cold drink is not optional. Neither is playing it at low volume.

Title: Fury Of The Light
Artist: The Bones of J.R. Jones
Album (year): Dark Was The Yearling (2014)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: One of my favorite new artists. I submitted another song by this fella in April. Here’s one from his recently released album. Check him out!

Title: Headlights
Artist: Ellen Sundberg
Album (year): Headlights (2014 EP)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Straight from Swedesplease, an awesome music blog (www.swedesplease.net) that this week introduced me to Ellen Sundberg, a singer songwriter from Bjärme in Jämtland, Sweden. The EP is a teaser for the forthcoming album “White Smoke and Pines”, to be released in the Fall. Ellen traveled to Austin, TX to record with Israel Nash and his band, with Nash producing. The song starts disarmingly enough like a kitchen jam session, and then quickly shifts to hypnotic space and time twisting raga-folk mode. I’m totally seduced by this song. There I something lovely about the way it undersells, creating all this space, easing back for a comforting pedal steel solo, building to an emotional climax only to drop back into personal space for the tag. “Wake up in the morning, fall asleep in the night. Fall asleep in the morning, wake up in the night.” I want to stay in this song and not wake up.

Title: Avant Gardener
Artist: Courtney Barnett
Album (year) The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (2013)
Submitted by: Simon
Comments: iTunes tell me I played this track more often than any other last month and so it gets my vote this month, plus I’ve just finished watching Breaking Bad, grow tomatoes, sweetcorn and radishes, and a bonus point goes to any songwriter who can weave anaphylactic, emphyseeming and pseudo-ephedrine into her lyrics.

Title: Stand By Me
Artist: Spyder Turner
Album (Year): Single (1967)
Submitted By: @popa2unes

Title: Airstream Shack
Artist: DM Bob & Jem Finer
Album (year): Pirana (2008)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: I feel like my songs for submitted for the FBFY July either
represent feeling really hot and sweaty (I live in the south…) OR
Music you listen to while driving to the lake (again…I live in the
south). One day I’ll live in an airstream…one day….

Title: My Baby Took My Baby Away
Artist: Bobby Bare Jr.’s Young Criminals Starvation League
Album: Undefeated (2014)
Submitted By: Trailer
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Title: Jacob’s Ladder
Artist: Mark Lanegan
Album: Funeral Blues (2011)
Submitted by: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: First contribution and this just seemed apt as I tend to share Lanegan more than most artists.

Title: “Soul Deep”
Artist: The Box Tops
Album: Dimensions (1969)
Submitted by: TheSecondSingle
Comments: The hit single from Alex Chilton’s first band’s last album

Title: The Mayor of Simpleton
Artist: XTC
Album (year): Oranges & Lemons (1989)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: This album came out 25 years ago. Congratulations, you are old.

Title: I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
Artist: Stonewall Jackson
Album (Year): Trouble And Me (1965)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Underrated