Feel Bad For November

Hidely-ho neighbors! We’ve back, and feeling bad for November. Your favorite bloggers, twitters, hurricane survivors, pinko commie liberals, and conspiracy theorist wingnuts present this month’s mix. Thanks to Hoosier Buddy for the artwork – he took the photo while standing in the ocean near La Jolla, California. Feel bad for those of us standing in snow (or worse).

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1. Title: Done Got Old
Artist: Heartless Bastards
Album: Stairs and Elevators (2005)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comment: I just turned 40. This is my new theme song.

2. Title: Outrageous
Artist: Paul Simon
Album: Surprise (2006)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: It’s outrageous a man like me can stand here and complain.

3. Title: Sadie
Artist: Hound Dog Taylor
Album: Natural Boogie (1974)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: just three guys laying the groove down, no big deal

4. Title: A Horse Called Music
Artist: Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
Album: Heroes (2012)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: The original of this song is almost too clean and pure beauty. This has some rough edges but retains the beauty of the song.

5. Title: Beat Surrender
Artist: The Jam
Album: Direction Reaction Creation (1997)
Submitted By: Simon
Comments: Thirty years ago this month the ‘best fucking band in the world’ released their final single and were on the road for their farewell Beat Surrender tour – what else could I choose this month – more on the blog later this month.

6. Title: Blackberries
Artist: Boca Chica
Album (year): Transform Into Beasts (2007)
Submitted By: BoogieStudio22
Comments: I can’t remember how I stumbled upon Boca Chica, but I’ve had them on my ‘buy’ list for a while. I finally picked up one of their earlier albums and have been enjoying it this week. I had a tough time choosing a song for this month’s FBFY, but I keep going back to this one, so here you go.

7. Title: California Dreamin’
Artist: Barry McGuire
Album: Dunhill LP 50005 (1965)
Submitted By: tincanman
Comments: Sounds like someone taking the piss (UK saying), but this is the original. The Mamas & Papas were in the studio at the same time, so supplied the backing vocals. The Cave-like harshness over the sappy sweet harmonies make it almost punky … or is it because McGuire can’t hold a tune?

8. Title: Everybody Knows
Artist: Allen Thompson Band
Album: Salvation In The Ground (2012)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs (ninebullets.net)
Comments: “Everybody Knows” isn’t a comfortable song. It doesn’t really have a groove and you’ll never dance to it, but like The Eagles “Desperado,” you might find yourself wanting to hold up a lighter while it’s playing. The track eschews “a catchy tune” and goes for the “honesty so brutal you can’t help but sit down and pay attention” lyrics…

9. Title: Separation Anxiety
Artist: Mutts
Album: Separation Anxiety (2012)
Submitted By: April @ Now This Sound Is Brave
Comments: I figured there could hardly be a more fitting contribution to a mixtape that encourages drunken commentary than this shambling, drunken, everybody-sing-now ditty from Chicago’s Mutts.

10. Title: Jamie
Artist: Weezer
Album: DGC Rarities, Volume 1 (1994)
Submitted By: Ryan (Verbow @ Altcountrytab.ca)
Comments: Been on a Weezer kick lately. This is a fine track that didn’t make the Blue Album – just a sweet slice of power poppy goodness. It also comes with a cool story – it was recorded by a friend of the band for his college final – he got a B on it. Nice. Also reminds me of a girl I knew named Suzanne – I keed I keed, a girl named Jamie. Swoon. Good times.

11. Title: Two Riders
Artist: Bohannons
Album: Unaka Rising (2012)
Submitted By: TheOtherBrit
Comments: While the bulk of Atlanta was down the street at the democrats’ bar watching the election results, the Bohannons were putting on a scalp-peeling show for less than a dozen people that rivaled the show I saw for a near sold out crowd in their home-town Chattanooga. This album doesn’t do their live show justice (which is one of the best I’ve seen in years), but for $5 from thisisamericanmusic.com it’s gonna be one of your favorite albums this year.

12. Title: Snake Song
Artist: David Olney with Sergio Garcia
Album: Unreleased – Live at Grimey’s (2012)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Back in February, author Brian Atkinson made an in-store appearance at Grimey’s New and Preloved Music in Nashville to promote “I’ll Be Here In The Morning”, his book about Townes van Zandt. Grimey added to the promotion of Brian’s book by inviting incredible talents such as Will Kimbrough and the legendary Steve Young to sing covers of Townes’ songs or their songs that may have been somehow influenced by him. The striking highlight for me, however, was David Olney’s cover of Snake Song featuring jaw-dropping guitar work by Sergio Webb. My video of the performance is also on YouTube (as well as the performances by Kimbrough and Young).

13. Title: Oxblood
Artist: The Donkeys
Album: Born With Stripes (2011)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Like your second trip to the kissing booth, this song is as thrilling as it is comfortable. With echoes of Marc Bolan, Ray Davies, and the Commotions (minus Lloyd Cole), the alt-country psychedelia whangs and burbles along. The musical question, “could there be a relationship here?”, applies as much to the listener as it does to the girl who says she’s “got friends in from out of town.”

14. Title: Reefer
Artist: Harlan Pepper
Album: Young and Old (2012)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: I spent most of the week trying to weed out a song to submit, and then Colorado and Washington State made this old stoner a very happy hippie.

15. Title: Joe
Artist: The Pollies
Album: Where the Lies Begin (2012)
Submitted By: Trailer

16. Title: Fields of June
Artist: Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo (featuring Frank Turner)
Album: Field of June single (2012)
Submitted By: scratchedsoul
Comments: I don’t know much about Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo but Frank Turner tweets about them a lot. Now he’s singing with her and it’s obvious why he likes her. She was part of the Revival Tour in Europe this year.

17. Title: Calm Me Down
Artist: Port O’Brien
Album: Threadbare (2010)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: Lately this has been my “ease me into the morning while driving” song.

18. Title: Rotten Alabama
Artist: Ramsay Midwood
Album: Larry Buys A Lighter (2011)
Submitted by: Corey Flegel (This Is American Music)
Comments: Ramsay is a Texas legend in my eyes. Every record he’s put out is stellar. If you’re ever in Austin…

11 thoughts on “Feel Bad For November

  1. @BoogieStudio22 tx for the Boca Chica. I have that album and keep forgetting to get more.

    @Trailer I was relistening to that Pollies album just the other night. I think I may have underestimated them first time around. (I suppose I should tell this to the guy who sent me the album, but I forget who it was and searching through emails is so draining)
    Do you have any idea who Joe is in the song?

    @Truersound What a grand night out it would be seeing Hound Dog in a bar!

    @annieTUFF This helps you ease into your day? It would have me doing a quick, probably illegal, u-turn and heading home for a day of music listening.

    @Corey Flegel I like this despite the JJ Cale beat.I have Shoot Out at the OK Chinese Restaurant, but that’s it. Any suggestions?

    @Gorrck Anyone who plays Willie is OK in my book. Wanna get married? (Don’t know if you are a guy or a gal, but doesn’t seem to matter anymore)

    @TheOtherBrit I’m getting a little old for scalp-peeling shows, but I like the Bohannons’ sound. A bit Band of Horses.

    @Bryan Childs Your description of Everybody Knows is bang on. I’ve listened 5 times now and put it on my iPod for more listens. Nice one.

    @philnorman That’s Paul Simon? (Notice I didn’t make a ‘who did he steal this opne from’ joke? I’m bigger than that.)

    @hoosier buddy Do I hear some Vampire Weekend in Oxblood, too?

    @scratchedsoul I was listening to the new Paul Kelly album last week and wondering how many other great Australian talents there are that we don’t pay any/much attention to. Emily certainly fits. I also read a tweet earlier tonight calling Turner one of te best songwriters going, but I haven’t paid much attention. (Me not paying attention seems to apply to a lot of things).

    @Aimz As a 50 yr old, I can’t symapthize too much about 40. Other than I remember it being the worst time in my life. “Hope I die before I get old” – Roger Daltrey

    * If I didn’t say anything about your song it doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. It just means I didn’t have anything intelligent to say [ED: Didn't stop you commenting on the others]. And that I didn’t like it. No! No! No! I did not say that. Where’s the undo butto

  2. 1. Done Got Old. I feel old, too. But at least Aimz will always be slightly older than me.
    2. Outrageous. Wait, @tincanman2010, Paul Simon stole what now? Them’s fighting words.
    3. Sadie. Mighty fine. So much space, such a deep pocket. Jams like this are why I love FBFY.
    4. Horse Called Music. Willie’s voice is magic.
    5. Beat Surrender. If you’re gonna throw a curve-ball after Willie, might was well be irresistible pop.
    6. Blackberries. This is sexy.
    7. California Dreamin’. Thanks for the music history lesson, and for the reminder that a great song is a great song…
    8. Everybody Knows. Damn.
    9. Separation Anxiety. I was soaking in all the feels from the Allen Thompson tune. Now I don’t even know what I feel. Good time craziness.
    10. Jamie. Power pop is not power pop without some woo hoos. Wooooooo.
    11. Two Riders. I’d like to see this live show.
    12. Snake Song. This is awesome. Unavoidable intensity.
    13. Oxblood. A lighter poppy groove was very welcome at this point in the mix.
    14. Reefer. Weed will get you through times with no money better than money will get you through times with no weed.
    15. Joe. Great song, great sound.
    16. Fields of Joe. Perked up at Frank Turner’s voice. Emily’s got some serious pipes, too. Very cool duet.
    17. Calm Me Down. My attention wandered. I think that was the point.
    18. Rotten Alabama. Perfect track to wrap up the mix. Mighty fine, y’all.

    • It is just north of the Torrey Pines Golf Club, in the State Reserve. I was staying at a nearby hotel for a conference, and had some time to hike down to the beach. Gorgeous place, I was a little weirded out by the black sand though.

  3. Great little comp this month! I’ve already been checking out albums at This Is American Music and probably going to spend a buck or $20.

    1. Title: Done Got Old
    Artist: Heartless Bastards
    Comments: Great rockin’ cover and I love Erika Wennertrom’s vocals. That said, Junior Kimbrough has the definitive version (you can just hear that he’s lived the lyrics).

    2. Title: Outrageous
    Artist: Paul Simon
    Comments: A lot of friends and acquaintances love solo Paul Simon. I feel like I should too. To me, all his songs sound the same.

    3. Title: Sadie
    Artist: Hound Dog Taylor
    Comments: Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of blues, so this really hits a sweet spot with me. Great groove. I’ve got a couple of Hound Dog Taylor albums. This was guy was great.

    4. Title: A Horse Called Music
    Artist: Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
    Comments: Not my cup of tea… shot of bourbon… toke of doobie ;)

    5. Title: Beat Surrender
    Artist: The Jam
    Comments: Still holds up after all these years. And yes, I remember when it was released. So what?

    6. Title: Blackberries
    Artist: Boca Chica
    Comments: Not quite folk, not quite country, not quite indie. I like the instrumentation and sparseness of this song. It doesn’t hurt that I’m also a sucker for female vocalists.

    7. Title: California Dreamin’
    Artist: Barry McGuire
    Comments: I had the odd experience of feeling off-balance through the whole song.

    8. Title: Everybody Knows
    Artist: Allen Thompson Band
    Comments: This is not what I was expecting from AutopsyIV and it’s not a song you say you enjoy, but after listening to it twice I have to say it sticks with me and I’ll be back.

    9. Title: Separation Anxiety
    Artist: Mutts
    Comments: Interesting. I can’t place why this seems familiar. Good fun.

    10. Title: Jamie
    Artist: Weezer
    Comments: Why do I still like Weezer? Oh yeah, I’ve got the power pop sickness.

    11. Title: Two Riders
    Artist: Bohannons
    Comments: Okay… I’ve had the Bohannons on my ‘buy’ list for a while. Time to spend money.

    12. Title: Snake Song
    Artist: David Olney with Sergio Garcia
    Comments: Holy shit!

    13. Title: Oxblood
    Artist: The Donkeys
    Comments: This reminds me of some of my favorite 80s alternative bands: Let’s Active, Marshall Crenshaw, Grapes of Wrath, dBs…

    14. Title: Reefer
    Artist: Harlan Pepper
    Comments: Ah… my state (Washington) has done me proud!

    15. Title: Joe
    Artist: The Pollies
    Comments: I like this… I need to check out more of their album.

    16. Title: Fields of June
    Artist: Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo (featuring Frank Turner)
    Comments: … and another artist to check out.

    17. Title: Calm Me Down
    Artist: Port O’Brien
    Comments: I liked the song, particularly the vocals, but it was overly long by at least 2 minutes. I’d still like to check out the rest of the album.

    18. Title: Rotten Alabama
    Artist: Ramsay Midwood
    Comments: That what I’m talkin’ ’bout. Nice little shuffle, fine guitar work.

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