Friday, June 17, 2011

Shannon and the Clams--Sleep Talk

I have no recollection of ever purchasing or downloading this record. It's as if it were sent to my iPhone directly from heaven. I can't figure out where it came from, but it just keeps coming up on shuffle pretty much every day. Each one of these songs comes up I think it's some old Crickets record or a Darlene Love track I overlooked on the Phil Spector box set. Although it's far too stripped down to have anything to do with Phil Spector. Nonetheless, every time this mystery music comes on my phone I am both blown away by and completely confused about what I'm listening to. It even has the vintage production that makes me wonder just exactly when it was recorded. This is just really great garage rock stripped down to drums bass and one guitar with too of the strongest vocalists I have heard in this genre of contemporary garage rock. Half of the vox come from one of Hunx and His Punx's punkettes, Shannon Shaw, the other vocalist Cody Blanchard provides some equally impressive singing and songwriting. This is great beach music just in time for summer. I don't know where it came from or why, but I'm so happy the gods bestowed this gift upon me. Stand out tracks include "You Will Always Bring Me Flowers," "Done with You," "Oh Louie," "Half Rat," and "Sleep Talk."

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Across America: 50 Songs about 50 States -- An Aggregatibacter Mixtape

This is a cross-country musical road trip for anyone who wishes they were on the road, but is stuck in front of a computer instead. Or for those lucky people who really are on the road with a iPhone wired up to the car stereo. There are also two talking tracks I couldn't help but add. Track list below.

Alabama-It's Hard to be Humble (When You're from Alabama)-Phosphorescent
Alaska-Anchorage-The Church
Arizona-Yuma-Justin Townes Earle
Arkansas-Arkansas-Damien Jurado
California-California Zephyr-Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar (Lyrics by Jack Kerouac)
Colorado-Denver-Clem Snide
Connecticut-Kylie from Connecticut-Ben Folds
Florida-Florida-Vic Chesnutt
Georgia-West of Rome-Sparklehorse (Vic Chesnutt cover)
Hawaii-Rock-A-Hula Baby-Elvis Presley
Idaho-Idaho-Inara George and Van Dyke Parks
Illinois-The Giant of Illinois-The Handsome Family
Indiana-Indiana-Cymbals Eat Guitars
Iowa-Sioux City-The Jayhawks
Kansas-Kansas City-Wilbert Harrison
Kentucky-Kentucky Bourbon-Murder By Death
Louisiana-Mardi Gras in New Orleans-Professor Longhair
Maine-Maine Island Lovers-Okkervil River
Maryland-Baltimore-The Tamlins
Massachusetts-Girlfriend-The Modern Lovers
Michigan-Motor City is Burning-MC5
Minnesota-News from Central Minnesota-The State
Minnesota-X-Mas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis
Mississippi-Tupelo-Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Missouri-Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey-Little Richard
Montana-The Red Headed Stranger-Willie Nelson
Nebraska-Nebraska-Bruce Springsteen
Nevada-Viva Las Vegas-Dead Kennedys
New Hampshire-New Hampshire-Sonic Youth
New Jersey-Jersey's Where it's At-Belle & Sebastian
New Jersey-A More Perfect Union-Titus Andronicus
New Mexico-Albuquerque-Neil Young
New York-Shattered-The Rolling Stones
North Carolina-Nirvana-Tom Waits (Lyrics by Charles Bukowski)
North Dakota-Hard Travelin'-Woody Guthrie
Oklahoma-Oklahoma, USA-The Kinks
Oregon-Portland-The Replacements
Pennsylvania-Allentown-Billy Joel
Rhode Island-RI is Famous for You-Blossom Dearie
South Carolina-Carolina Drama-The Raconteurs
South Dakota-Reno Dakota-The Magnetic Fields
Tennessee-Memphis in June-Nina Simone
Texas-Dallas-Silver Jews
Utah-The History of Utah-Camper Van Beethoven
Vermont-Moonlight in Vermont-Captain Beefheart
Virginia-East Virginia Blues-Gob Iron
Washington-Seattle, Washington-Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
West Virginia-I Wanna Go Back to West Virginia-Spike Jones & His City Slickers
Wisconsin-Wisconsin-Bon Iver
Wyoming-Poofter's Froth Wyoming Plans-Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart

Friday, June 3, 2011

Sun-Drenched Weekend -- An Aggregatibacter Mixtape

I really should be sleeping or doing homework, but instead I've wasted the evening making this mix tape. I hope somebody out there enjoys it. Just a few sunny (and not-so-sunny) songs to go with this beautiful weather.

Leave a comment if you like it...or even if you hate there anybody out there?

Tracklist below...

You Can Never Hold Back Spring-Tom Waits
Lovely Day-Alex Chilton
Fat Old Sun-Pink Floyd
Hello Sunshine-Damien Jurado & Richard Swift
Rainbows-Dennis Wilson
Maui Chimes-Mike Hanapi
Lay Back In The Sun-Spiritualized Electric Mainline
Bustin' Surfboards-The Tornadoes
Surf City (Revisited)-The Black Angels
Sad Vacation-Johnny Thunders
The Mermaid Parade-Phosphorescent
Gulf Shores-Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Summersong-Roy Orbison
Deadbeat Summer-Neon Indian
Beach Foam-Future Islands
Sunday Beach Mambo-Charles Iwebue & His Archibogs
Secret Picnic Spot-Beat Happening
Seasonal Delicacies-Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch
Ice Cream Man-The Modern Lovers
Melted-Ty Segall
Kauoha Mai-Sol Hoopi
Blue Corolla-Casiotone For The Painfully Alone
County Fair-Bruce Springsteen
Saints-The Breeders