Feel Bad For February

… and we’re back! I considered and then threw out a number of ideas for different themes and went with goulash (def: an eclectic and uncoordinated mixture of something). What a mixture we’ve got! We are spanning quite a few genres and yet it works! Thanks to Matt (@truersound) for this month’s artwork. If you aren’t watching “the big game” today, grab your favorite intoxicant, kick back and listen to some tunes. Oh! And leave some comments!

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  1. Title: Cleaning Out My Closet (Eminem cover)
    Artist: Angel Haze
    Album: Classick (2012)
    Submitted By: @tincanman2010 (http://tincanland.wordpress.com/)
    Comments: NSFW! wtf, rap on FBFY? Yeah, deal with it bitches. Eminem broke through rap’s colour barrier and Haze threatens to shatter it’s gender ceiling, so a cover seems appropriate. Similar styles, too
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  3. Title: 1965 (Duas Tribos)
    Artist: Legião Urbana
    Album (year): As Quatro Estações [2007]
    Submitted By: hoosier buddy
    Comments: First, thanks go out to my last.fm friend Vitória for turning me on to this album. This song reminds me a little of The Refreshments circa 1996 – and also reminds me walking barefoot on hot beach sand, driving too fast in cars with bench seats, the big knobs on Silvertone guitar amps, Sandy Nelson of Superdrums! fame, first kisses, cool water when you’re super thirsty, and Deputy Dawg’s hat in the episode titled “National Spoof Day”.
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  5. Title: King’s Flashlight
    Artist: Elliott, Rose, Da Costa
    Album (year): CA TX NY Vol. 1 (2012)
    Submitted By: @philnorman
    Comments:  An indie-songwriter supergroup kicking out a catchy jam
    from Raina Rose. The whole 6 song EP is fantastic.
    http://store.thefamilyrecords.com/products/ca-tx-ny-vol-1-ep
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  7. Title: Pale Rider
    Artist: Heavy Horses
    Album (year):  Murder Ballads & Other Love Songs
    Submitted By: Bryan Childs (ninebullets.net)
    Comments: The Heavy Horses are the band I am currently and completely crushing on.
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  9. Title: Abandoned
    Artist: Phil Norman
    Album (2010): Four Februarys
    Submitted By: @popa2unes
    Comments: Well there’s February, a short month it will go by like that, then there’s March with cxcw in the middle of it which will go by too fast, really it’s almost spring.  There’s this guy Phil Norman, who does this February Album Writing Month (FAWM) thingy 14 songs in 28 days so there is sure to be some great new tunes coming from him, you may have heard of him and or it, He’s also in the excellent band called Blue Moonshine which rumors are they are close to releasing some new material which mayhaps will coincide with cxcw? Anyhoo I have a playlist on my Ipod with this song from Four Februarys ’07-‘10  in it and when it comes on I have to hit repeat, I dig it so much. Hope you enjoy it to, and follow along this year’s FAWM and nudge him and the band about cxcw, They’re on twitter and stuff.
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  11. Title: Manchester
    Artist: Kishi Bashi
    Album (year): 151a (2012)
    Submitted By: TheOtherBrit
    Comments: Stepping out of my Southern band box for this earworm that I discovered thanks to the end of the year lists. Though technically, still from the South.
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  13. Title: This Boy Is Exhausted
    Artist: The Wrens
    Album (year): The Meadowlands (2003)
    Submitted By: Ryan (Verbow @ altcountrytab.ca)
    Comments: I think this is at least the third Wrens song I have submitted to this comp.  I can’t help it – I love the heck out of them and keep dreaming of a day when they actually release some new material.  10 years is a long time gone, but I digress – this is just a great example of a rock and roll song, about the tedium and glory of playing in a band and playing live.  Crank it up.
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  15. Title: Lay Down
    Artist: Alberta Cross
    Album (year): Daytrotter Session, 2KHz, 1/3/2013
    Submitted By: BoogieStudio22
    Comments: Damn! I like these guys. Daytrotter Studios seems to be regular stop for these guys and they trotted out a new session in early January. I’m lovin’ this song right now.  I keep meaning to buy some Alberta Cross, but never get around to it. I will buy one of their albums this month!
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  17. Title: Born to Ruin
    Artist: Wildlife
    Album (year): …On the Heart (2013)
    Submitted By:  April @ Now This Sound Is Brave
    Comments: I was introduced to this Canadian band on Daytrotter’s Barnstormer 5 tour, and they were so brilliant that they overshadowed nearly all the other bands for me. “Born to Ruin” is the lead single off their second album, which is due out in early March, and when I first heard it, I couldn’t stop playing it. Their big drums, big vocals, and big heart keep getting me.
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  19. Title: “I See a Darkness”
    Artist: Bonnie “Prince” Billy
    Album (year): Now Here’s My Plan EP (2012)
    Submitted By: Beldo or @TheSecondSingle
    Comments: Will Oldham remakes his own classic as a spirited ’70s-style country rocker.
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  21. Title: I Still Write Your Name In The Snow
    Artist: Chet Atkins
    Album: Almost Alone (1996)
    Submitted By: toomuchcountry
    Comments: Ahh, love is in the crisp air of winter – and apparently soaked into the new fallen snow. While listening to these romantic lyrics as sung by the original Certified Guitar Player, just remember to pay heed to Frank Zappa’s advice.
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  23. Title: Victoria
    Artist: The Kinks
    Album (Year): Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (1969)
    Submitted by: Erschen
    Comments: Been on a Kinks kick lately and really love this overlooked gem.
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  25. Title: Night Train
    Artist: Oscar Peterson Trio
    Album (year): Night Train (1962)
    Submitted by: Gorrck
    Comment: Old school jazz.  Go pour yourself a cocktail and enjoy.  NOTE:  Not to be confused with GnR’s “Night Train”
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  27. Title: Ape of Dorado
    Artist: Dorado
    Album (year): Anger Hunger Love and the Fear of Death (2013)
    Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
    Comments: Dorado is our first great discovery of 2013. Dorado is one Jody Nelson. Dorado is sonic chaos. Dorado is musical mayhem. Dorado is somehow simultaneously disjointed and perfectly cohesive.While its roots might nominally be in southern rock, there are plenty of other forces at work here – psychedelia, folk, country-noir, art-rock, straight-up indie – the musical cauldron bubbles and seethes with every imaginable ingredient. This track, Ape of Dorado dips into a rockabilly rhythm, gives that up as a bad job and heads helter-skelter into scrappy indie rock, but does it all brilliantly. Dorado is what we imagine Heath Ledger’s Joker might have on repeat on his iPod.
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  29. Title: Funtimes In Babylon (Demo)
    Artist: Father John Misty
    Album (year): Fear Fun Demos 2012
    Submitted By:  Sandy @ Slowcoustic
    Comments: Last year’s album Fear Fun from Father John Misty was one of the albums I was most interested in (due to my appreciation of J. Tillman’s previous work). It ended up being one of the year’s best albums in my opinion and quite frankly surprised me. So then, how about the cross between the older more acoustic J. Tillman and the new indie crooner Father John Misty? The acoustic demo for the opening track of the new album seems to be just that spot.
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  31. Title: Love Reign O’er Me
    Artist: Pete Townshend
    Album (year): The Quadrophenia Demos 2 (2012)
    Submitted By: Simon
    Comments: This track sounds better every time I listen to it,  a wonderful version of a classic Who song from the soundtrack to Quadrophenia, released on a  2012 Record Store Day limited edition 10″ and the Director’s Cut box set.
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  33. Title: You Gave Your Love To Me Softly
    Artist: Weezer
    Album (year): Angus (Soundtrack) (1995)
    Submitted By: annieTUFF
    Comments: Man, I completely froze on song choice this month….BUT I’ve been revisiting my love for Weezer lately, so here you go FBFY.
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  35. Title: Answering Machine (home solo demo)
    Artist: The Replacements
    Album (year): Let it Be (orig. 1984, Deluxe Edition 2008)
    Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
    Comments: Went on a “Let it Be” bender this weekend. I think I like this song better than “I Will Dare,” and that song is genius.
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  37. Title: Girlfriend
    Artist: Slim Dunlap
    Album (year): Times Like This (1994)
    Submitted By: @scratchedsoul
    Comments: Slim was the guitarist in the Replacements after Bobby Stinson left the band.  In Feb 2012 he had a pretty massive stroke which sucks. This is a song off his 2nd (and last) album.  He played solo in Boston one night on this tour and at the end of his set he said he needed someone to drive him to Cleveland after the gig. If you did he would buy your plane ticket home. I wish I could say I volunteered, but I didn’t. Regrets.  There’s a fund set up to help defray costs. More info here http://songsforslim.com 
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  39. Title: What is the Color of the Soul of a Man
    Artist: Jimmy Driftwood
    Album: Voice of The People (1963)
    Submitted by: Truersound
    Comments: Picked this record up recently and it proceeded to blow me away, this song in particular. Then found out it was released in 1963…wow
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  41. Title: Anymore
    Artist: Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats
    Album: Just Relax, Honey (2009)
    Submitted by: BoogieStudio22
    Comments: Yeah… I added a second song. So what? This band sent us (FBFY) a little press release with some videos. So I say “What the heck, I’ll watch the videos”:
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1hmOMKCd5M
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48ZKos2D9Wg
     
    I liked what heard (a bit of folk, indie, alt-country, americana, etc…) so I headed over to their site (http://www.jonathanwarrenmusic.com) , sampled the songs and bought their two albums. They are operating on the ‘ pay whatever you can afford’ principle, so if you like what you hear and pick up their albums, throw some money their way… like I did. Oh… and they were recently featured over on @popa2unes site too.

3 thoughts on “Feel Bad For February

  1. The great thing about FBFY is it reminds you of the familiar artists/songs you love so much, but introduces you to new artists/music and even challenges (me at least) us to listen to music we might normally ignore. This month, in particular, I heard so many musical influences (mine and the artists here). It was like a trip down memory lane, where I’d get lost for a moment and then find the path again. Thanks to everyone for the trip.

    1. Angel Haze / Cleaning Out My Closet (Eminem cover): I’m not normally a fan of rap, but I found I actually enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

    2. Legião Urbana / 1965 (Duas Tribos): It’s the 60s. It’s the 80s. It’s the 00′s. Didn’t understand a word, but I like the music and I can dance to it. I give it an 85.

    3. Elliott, Rose, Da Costa / King’s Flashlight: In ways, reminiscent of early R.E.M. and early New Pornos. I like pop and this has got it. Good stuff.

    4. Heavy Horses / Pale Rider: I’ve lost track of the number of artists/bands that Bryan has gotten me hooked on. Add Heavy Horses to that list. Damn, there goes a few more bucks on new music.

    5. Phil Norman / Abandoned: Fun stuff. It almost has a latin feel to it.. and then it doesn’t. Gonna head over to Phil’s site and check out this FAWM thang.

    6. Kishi Bashi / Manchester: Chamber pop at it’s finest. They fit in well with Of Montreal, Architecture in Helsinki, New Pornos, etc…

    7. The Wrens / This Boy Is Exhausted: And we’re back into a 60s retro sound that sounds like it came from the 80s. Maybe a hint of slacker genre Pavement too? Enough already. I get the message. I’ll check them out :)

    8. Alberta Cross / Lay Down: This stripped down version is a lot different from the album version (I finally started digging into their catalog). I have to put this on repeat every time I hear it.

    9. Wildlife / Born to Ruin: Initially I didn’t think I was going to like this, but it grew on me. I like ‘growers’. They tend to stick with me longer.

    10. Bonnie “Prince” Billy / “I See a Darkness”: This took me by surprise. I’m not used to hearing something so ‘rocking’ out of Will Oldham. Loved it.

    11. Chet Atkins / I Still Write Your Name In The Snow: A class act. Even in his ‘twilight years’, he could play with the best of them.

    12. The Kinks / Victoria: The Davies brothers. One of the first of the sibling rivalry bands, but they sure had a great run. Erschen is right. This is an overlooked gem.

    13. Oscar Peterson Trio / Night Train: Ahhh… this is *my* jazz. I can imagine myself in a jazz club. Maybe not a smokey, basement club, but small and intimate. These cats are groovin’.

    14. Dorado / Ape of Dorado: This song sounds so urgent. Pushing along. Pushing along. As Mad Mackeral said, there’s a lot of influences. I think I hear the Split Enz too.

    15. Father John Misty / Funtimes In Babylon (Demo): I found Father John Misty to be hit and miss for me. This version feels more authentic to me than the released version. I like it a lot. IMHO, I’d like to hear more output in this vein.

    16. Pete Townshend / Love Reign O’er Me: Wow! Again, this sounds so much more authentic than the “original”. There’s something extra, perhaps raw, coming through from Townshend. Thanks for including this.

    17. Weezer / You Gave Your Love To Me Softly: I love me some Weezer. Power pop with some fuzzy guitar. Toss in a little cheesy keyboard and you’ve got a winner.

    18. The Replacements / Answering Machine (home solo demo): Why didn’t they release this version on the album? So much better than the album cut.

    19. Slim Dunlap / Girlfriend: I found it interesting that @scratchedsoul’s submission came in right after @rockstar_aimz. I liked this more than I thought and can hear the Replacements in it. Interesting how that happens.

    20. Jimmy Driftwood / What is the Color of the Soul of a Man: This song had a familiar ‘feel’ to it so I looked up Jimmy Driftwood. He wrote the “Battle of New Orleans”, which I’ve heard, but I think it was the Johnny Horton version. In any case, this is fun stuff.

    21. Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats / Anymore: As I said, these guys reached out to us so I gave them a listen. I’m glad I did. I love the instrumentation, songwriting and vocals.

  2. there is something about this comp that keeps me listening to it over and over. even as it weaves all over the musical road, with each successive listen it becomes more of a piece. songs that I thought were throwaways at first have grown on me. this weird musical chemistry is way beyond my ken but I’m hanging out the window letting the air crash into my face, smiling, listening, not really thinking…

    • Nice. I feel ya on this, I keep starting to write comments about songs, but then I just end up listening…and forget my place. I will do some specific song commentary later though, there’s some really nice ones in this mix.

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