Feel Bad For January 2013: Choice Cuts

Hi all!

It’s a New Year! It’s a new curator (@BoogieStudio22)! It’s a new mixtape! We are starting afresh, in 2013, by looking back on 2012. Our motley crew of malcontent, miscreant, ne’er-do-well music lovers have chosen their favorite songs, their “Choice Cuts”, of 2012. Crank up the volume and check out 20 cuts from a variety of artists and genres.

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1. Title: All Over You
Artist: Dead Exs
Album (year): Resurrection (2012)
Submitted By: tincanman (http://tincanland.wordpress.com)
Comments: Rock and roll doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it rarely should. Guitars. Attitude. Mud (see song video: http://bit.ly/Wcnsod). The Dead Exs (http://thedeadexs.com) are my favourite new band of 2012; what the Black Keys would be if Dan Auerbach didn’t have his head so far up his own ass.

2. Title: I Gotta Get Shorty Out of Jail
Artist: Andre Williams & The Sadies
Album (2012): Night and Day
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: Canada’s soul singer/cult legend Andre Williams with The Sadies’ Jon Langford, long-time line-up of Dallas Good on guitars and keys, his brother Travis Good on guitars and fiddle, Mike Belitsky on drums, and the mighty Sean Dean on the bass, Matt Verta-Ray of Heavy Trash, Danny Kroha of Detroit’s own gutter-blues The Gories, featuring fabulously retro cool back-up vocals by Sallie Timms and Kelly Hogan and directed by Jon Spencer

3. Title: Impossible Sky
Artist: Woods
Album: Bend Beyond (2012)
Submitted by: Erschen
Comments: This is a sunny power pop gem. “without looking up, I can see the most impossible sky”. They can make a gloomy line like that so optimistic.

4. Title: Everyone
Artist: Ancient Whales
Album (year): Ancient Whales Birthing (2012)
Submitted By: The Mad Mackerel music blog
Comments: This track comes from a six track album released right at the beginning of 2012, which may mean it didn’t garner the attention it truly deserved. Everyone is anchored by a huge, catchy, insistent riff and a simple lyric while drums clatter away behind it. An absolute sonic treasure!

5. Title: People Of This Land
Artist: Lincoln Durham
Album: The Shovel vs. The Howling Bones (2012)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: I discovered this song by listening all the way to the end of one of Bill Frater’s great Freight Train Boogie podcasts (ftbpodcasts.com) early in 2012. Great track in my opinion.

6. Title: Teenage Gravity
Artist: Kasey Anderson & The Honkies
Album (Year): Let The Bloody Moon Rise (2012)
Submitted by: Simon (Beat Surrender)
Comments: Love this version of the track from the 2012 album Let the Bloody Moon Rise, it first appeared on Kasey’s album Nowhere Nights that was released in 2010, I was in two minds whether to submit this track or one of the versions of his song Exit Ghost that’s also a big favourite of mine too, links for the Daytrotter version and with Star Anna. The man himself his currently on a hiatus – hope to hear from him sooner rather than later.

7. Title: Some Kind of Devil
Artist: Flint Hill Specials
Album (year): The Wigg EP (2012)
Submitted By: TheOtherBrit
Comments: This project from Jeff Moore of National Grain is pretty awesome, especially when you throw a few District Attorneys into the mix for the live show.

8. Title: Turn Away
Artist: forgetters
Album (year): forgetters (2012)
Submitted By: scratchedsoul
Comments: This record was the long awaited return of Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil). He had last been heard from in 2012 with an (excellent) 4 song single and this full album is a real treat. Blake’s quality songwriting is throughout the record, this song being a highlight for me. The record was produced by J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Office of Future Plans) and his crisp production just adds to the enjoyment of the record. Only a full-length Paul Westerberg record would have been more exciting for me in 2012. There’s always 2013 for that.

9. Title: As Close As I Came to Being Right
Artist: Rhett Miller (w/Roseanne Cash)
Album: The Dreamer (2012)
Submitted by: Gorrck
Comment: Rhett played an opening set for the Old 97s shows in Phoenix and played some of his solo work. This is my favorite off his latest solo effort.

10. Title: Museum of Flight
Artist: Damien Jurado
Album (year): Maraqopa
Submitted By: Beldo aka @TheSecondSingle
Comments: I had never really gotten into Jurado, but starting with this song (maybe my favorite of the year) and working backwards through his catalog, I’m starting to think he might make a damn fine successor to Neil.

11. Title: House Carpenter
Artist: Lonesome Sisters with Riley Baugus
Album (year): Lonesome Scenes (2012)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: The Lonesome Sisters were a fantastic discovery for me this year, doesn’t hurt to have Riley Baugus on banjo either, but what really blew me away the first time hearing this album was this hauntingly beautiful rendition of House Carpenter. Also called The Demon Lover and other titles, House Carpenter is one of those timeless english ballads (this one a warning to women about the dire consequences of temptation and infidelity) that have survived the ages thanks to the tenacity of appalachian ballad singers. In this tradition, I think the Lonesome Sisters have done a damn fine job.

12. Title: Nostalgic For…
Artist: The Wind-Up Birds
Album (year): The Land (2012)
Submitted By: April @ http://nowthissound.com (Now This Sound Is Brave)
Comments: I first heard the Wind-Up Birds’ first full-length album, The Land, back in May, and it still holds a prominent place in my personal listening rotation. The band are writing songs right now, so I’m excited about more charged and charging songs from the Leeds quartet.

13. Title: One Of Every Color
Artist: Browan Lollar
Album: For The Givers & The Takers (2012)
Submitted by: Corey Flegel (This Is American Music)

14. Title: A Few Towns More
Artist: McDougall
Album (year): A Few Towns More (2012)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs (ninebullets.net)
Comments: Favorite song from my favorite album of the year.

15. Title: Here Comes My Baby
Artist: Mic Harrison And The High Score
Album (year): Still Wanna Fight (2012)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: When I found out the theme this month was Choice Cuts I knew right away that I wanted to choose a song from this album…then I had to double check that I hadn’t already submitted a song from it this year. THEN my problem was which song from the album was I gonna choose! This was actually really hard, because I love all the songs, and it was a hard choice between this song and “This Is A Notice” (so check out that song too). I might be a little bit partial to these fellers, Mic Harrison and The High Score are as nice and genuine group of guys as you can ever meet. They’re road warriors, going out on to play shows just about every weekend, and then back to their jobs during the week. That’s dedication. Do yourself a favor and download/order this album, and check out their website and see when they’re rolling thru your town. www.micharrison.com

16. Title: Wrecked
Artist: Turnpike Troubadours
Album (year): Goodbye Normal Street (2012)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: One of my favorite songs of the year from one of my favorite albums of the year!

17. Title: Wined And Dined
Artist: Men On The Border
Album (year): Shine! [2012]
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This song is from an album of songs by Syd Barrett, as interpreted by Men On The Border. The band chose to emphasize the positive aspects of Syd’s spirit and music, and the resulting music is bright, breezy, and slightly psychedelic. Wined And Dined is a lovely sonic vacation to the countryside. Try the psilocybin tapenade!

18. Title: Movement and Location
Artist: Punch Brothers
Album (year): Who’s Feeling Young Now? (2012)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: No album I listened to more in 2012.

19. Title: The Descent
Artist: Bob Mould
Album (year): Silver Age (2012)
Submitted By: Verbow
Comments: So I had about 12 songs I thought about using, but in the end I went the simpleton’s route and chose my favorite song off my favorite album of 2012. This song is classic Bob all the way – and after hearing this song you will not be able to get it out of your head for days. Rock on Bob!

20. Title: Guttersnipe
Artist: Bhi Bhiman
Album (year): Bhiman (2012)
Submitted by: BoogieStudio22
Comments: This is singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman’s second album, but I first learned about him on Noisetrade earlier in 2012. I keep coming back to this album and this song in particular. This song ‘spoke’ to me while I was making some changes in my professional life. I love the last two lines of the song (felt like my mantra for a while in early- to mid-2012):

I never heeded the signs
But I’m well on my way to feeling fine

19 thoughts on “Feel Bad For January 2013: Choice Cuts

  1. First installment of comments – People I’d heard of before:

    @Rockstar Aimz I’ve tended to hear Troubadours’ as a bit lightweight – great to see, probably, but not to collect. But this is a great song! Great wheat from chaff pick, you.

    @philnorman Have just started getting into Punch Buddies. (Yes, I know it’s ‘brothers’. Their lack of imagination isn’t my fault :) )

    @popa2unes I grew up a Good Brothers (parents of Sadies’ Dallas & Travis Good) fan. Saw them oodles of times at festivals. Have searched in vain over the years for their The Kind of Man That I Am (which probably isn’t as good as I remember it anyway)
    Sadies sound similarly a big fish in a little pond – albeit with better PR – but love Williams voice here so am off to get this and Red Dirt.

    @Erschen That’s not the opening from Sweet Jane is it? Nah, thought not.

    @Beldo Jurado’s earlier stuff is uneven – mostly because he’s not particularly interested in the studio. He hit his stride with producer/engineer/multi-instrumentaist Richard Swift for Saint Bartlet (2010) and Maraqopa (2012). I heard Swift explain in an interview that Jurado comes in with his songs, sings and plays them on guitar, and Swift pretty much does the rest. Jurado might come back at the end for some backing vocals, etc. Weird, but it works.

    @BoogieStudio22 Initially passed over Bhiman because it sounded like yet another too-earnest singer-songwriter. Which was a mistake.

  2. tincanman, well we almost had a double shot of The Dead Exs, but I’ve already submitted Dead Exs before and I just couldn’t decide what song to submit as I dig them all, glad to see my bud’s dp and wylie submitted by someone else. Oh and a slight monkey wrench Resurrection was released in 2011 but I won’t tell anyone. you do have the new one Relovolution I trust?

    Popa2unes damn that’s a good tune

    Erschen, really dig this, love 60′s girl garage, never heard them, off in search of.

    The Mad Mackerel instant ear worm

    toomuchcountry Lincoln Durham just plain badass

    Simon got hooked on KA when I heard his 2011 daytrotter session

    TheOtherBrit unfamiliar with which is why I look forward to this monthly excursion

    scratchedsoul another unfamiliar with added to the look for more list

    Gorrck you had me at Rhett Miller, with a side of Roseanne Cash, tickled pink

    TheSecondSingle who are you? who is Damien Jurado? followed ya on twitter and off to google

    Truersound damn I love this, start blogging again dang it! I don’t like having to wait a month to find out what’s in your ear hole!

    April this is something completely different in a fantastic way, diggin it

    Corey Flegel damn you, you’re making me slow dance alone!

    Bryan barebones badness

    annieTUFF love that geetar riff, another I’ll have to check more of.

    Rockstar Aimz have to agree with you, one of my favorite albums also

    hoosier buddy dude, puff puff pass, I can groove on the grass all day with this

    phil norman awesome prog grass

    Verbow popped me right outta my seat rip rocker

    BoogieStudio22 nothing like Bhi when I’m wining and dining my imaginary girl friend fireside

  3. First installment of comments – People I’ve hard of before:

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    @April Brits seem to do these ‘talking songs’ so well. Good luck to the Birds.

    @Bryan Never heard of him, but I’m sold.

    @AnnieTUFF Mic Harrison has a Smithereens thing going. I like that.

    @Truersound The House Carpenter is the kind of folk I usually find tedious, but holy catfish Batman, this version by Lonesome Sisters & Riley Baugus is so good it isn’t even funny. (I have no idea what that saying means).
    This is, by far, the standout of this month’s FBFY. I’ve gone back and listened to the dozenish other versions I have and no one else can touch this.

    @hoosier buddy Interesting project (and well described so I have nothing else to say!)

    @toomuchcountry I have this album and love it!

    @scratchedsoul I’m a little old to be following indie bands that only stay together for a year, but if this is what Schwarzenbach has been doing, I need to do some back cataloguing. (Not too old to jumop on the ‘turn any noun into a verb’ bandwagon, or bandwagonning, as I like to call it)

  4. What a wanker I am. Disregard first line on above post. pretend I didn’t miss end bold commands.

    @Popa2unes: I heard about Dead Exs through the Hubbards. (Not the Ron L Hubbards. Or the telescope people)

  5. This was a great mix, there were a lot of really great songs, I didn’t do a complete play by play because I started playing the mix as I was cooking dinner (I made tacos just in case you were interested). But anyway, I stopped a couple of times to make some quick notes.

    @tincanman All Over You by: Dead Exs Man, I really need to check out more of this band, I really liked their song/vid on CxCW and this is great too. (BTW anyone else already looking forward to CXCW ????)

    @popa2unes I Gotta Get Shorty Out of Jail by: Andre Williams & The Sadies How have I missed out on this????

    @Erschen Impossible Sky by: WoodsThis is great, I can picture this song in a soundtrack of a wistful end of summer 8mm beach video (make sense? I dunno. But that’s what I see).

    @The Mad Mackerel Everyone by: Ancient Whales I need more of this band.

    @Truersound House Carpenter by Lonesome Sisters with Riley Baugus: I’m a sucker for a song like this. I’m from Knoxville, Tennessee and those good ol’ mountain songs are just a part of my blood.

    @Bryan Childs A Few Towns More by: McDougall His voice really stood out to me. Good stuff.

    I need to take another listen when I’m not half distracted with cooking, but I wanted to post this anyway (it really is one of my New Years resolutions…)

  6. I love tacos! As for the songs, I am picking up a distinct 70s vibe from this compilation. At times I hear sounds that remind me of the Faces, or Fleetwood Mac, or Eric Anderson, or the Flying Burrito Brothers. Perhaps one of these days we can do a comp where everyone submits two songs, one modern piece and another song from a previous era that may have influenced the newer artist.

    • Ruthie Foster, a blueswoman with unlimited potential, did an album of 70′s covers this year. It can’t really be an album of the year ’cause it’s covers, but I like the idea that she had a hankering to do this and did. (She even gave up her guitar to concentrate on her singing for it).

      • I just put The Grifter’s Hymnal on for a spin. Sounds good so far! It’s always a plus when the guitars sound like guitars and not like major household appliances.

        • Ray Wylie Hubbard reminds me a little of Greg Brown. Loving the way this album feels, like a front porch drinking session with someone who is not gonna judge you.

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