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2009

December 2009

Full Disclosure

I guess I've been picking up or buying a few recordings recently, as it was only October when I put together a similarly eclectic mix of contemporary pop music. Though some folks might define pop as exclusively commercial crap, I call it anything that is tuneful, catchy and concise.

Full disclosure: there are a number of conflicts of interest this month. Steven Reker was a dancer and guitarist on my tour, and his great tracks aren't even available yet. Clare, of Clare & the Reasons, is Jenni Muldaur's sister, and Jenni also sang and danced on my tour. Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) played on the upcoming Here Lies Love CDs, and the Ahn trio (Tata Bojs and Ahn Trio) played at a festival with us in the Czech Republic. tUne-YarDs just opened for Dirty Projectors here in NY — their live show is miles beyond this recording (which is still not bad).

—DB
Midtown

- Song Artist Buy
1 Thing Amerie Amazon
All the Wine Clare & the Reasons Amazon
Born 2 B Fly Da Brats From Da Ville Amazon
Chasing Pirates Norah Jones Amazon
Hey Annie Annie Amazon
In for the Kill La Roux Amazon
Atlas Battles Amazon
All Is Love Karen O & The Kids Amazon
Beach Town Le Loup Amazon
Black Cat Broadcast Amazon
Ooh You Hurt Me So Clare & the Reasons Amazon
The Best Thing Doveman Amazon
Armour Love La Roux Amazon
Blue Lips Regina Spektor Amazon
Must Be the Moon !!! Amazon
Night Time in the Backyard Lucas Santtana  
Our Team Is Grand Clare & the Reasons Amazon
When We Swam Thao with The Get Down Stay Down Amazon
C.V.A.N. Tata Bojs & Ahn Trio  
Don't Stop Annie Amazon
Eat Your Heart Micachu Amazon
High Horse Daniel Johnston Amazon
Possibility Lykke Li Amazon
You Got Me Clare & the Reasons Amazon
Curly Teeth Micachu Amazon
Love Hurtz Da Brats From Da Ville Amazon
Reservoir Steven Reker  
Forgive Me Le Loup Amazon
From Silence Doveman Amazon
Runners Steven Reker  
This Is the Real Me Da Brats From Da Ville Amazon
Cover My Eyes La Roux Amazon
Three Strangers Steven Reker  
Yadnus !!! Amazon
Fire of Birds DM Stith Amazon
Floor Micachu Amazon
I Can't Live Far From Music Lucas Santtana  
Trouble Was For Thao with The Get Down Stay Down Amazon
Fireflies Owl City Amazon
Morning Glory Cloud DM Stith Amazon
Oh. No. Thao with The Get Down Stay Down Amazon
Lost In My Infinite Memory Daniel Johnston Amazon
Tigers Doveman Amazon
But What of the Strangers Thao with The Get Down Stay Down Amazon
Reflections Are Protection La Roux Amazon
Guts Micachu & the Shapes Amazon
Pěšáci Tata Bojs & Ahn Trio  
Real Live Flesh tUne-YarDs Amazon
Wake Up (You Sleepy Head) Clare & the Reasons Amazon
Hardcore Micachu  
Infinity Guitars Sleigh Bells  
 

November 2009

Background Music for Thanksgiving Family Hell

I did a playlist of standards a while ago, but felt like hearing some of these songs recently, and realized I'd accumulated some more of them, enough to make a 3+ hour playlist. There are some of the usual suspects — Billie Holiday and Nina Simone — but also some new surprises: Carla Bruni, first lady of France, doing a lovely version of "You Belong To Me" (bet she's said that line before!); Nellie McKay doing Doris Day but, well, with better arrangements; and Rufus and Martha Wainwright doing a couple of tunes from his "I was Judy Garland for a night" show. The Doors and Lotte Lenya both do Kurt Weil; her version of "Lost in the Stars" chokes me up — it's from his musical set in apartheid-era South Africa. She was his wife.

Anyway, holiday season approaches and it's time to bury the yule log and burn the hatchet. Canadian Thanksgiving comes earlier, and it's less suspiciously associated with a gang of religious fundamentalists than the US version. In either case people get together and risk choking, food coma or tears — hope there is some laughter, too.

—DB

- Song Artist Buy
Witchcraft Chris Connor Amazon
The Way You Look Tonight Fred Astaire Amazon
They All Laughed Ginger Rogers Amazon
Top Hat, White Tie and Tails Fred Astaire Amazon
Fine And Mellow Billie Holiday Amazon
On the Sunny Side of the Street Willie Nelson Amazon
God Bless the Child Billie Holiday Amazon
Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered Anita O'Day Amazon
You Are Too Beautiful John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman Amazon
I Can't Get Started Billie Holiday Amazon
Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye Fred Astaire Amazon
Solitude Billie Holiday Amazon
Love Is Here To Stay Blossom Dearie Amazon
Let's Face the Music and Dance Fred Astaire Amazon
But Not For Me Chris Connor Amazon
You Don't Know What Love Is Nina Simone Amazon
You Belong To Me Carla Bruni Amazon
The Very Thought of You Nellie McKay Amazon
They Can't Take That Away From Me Fred Astaire Amazon
Alabama-Song Ute Lemper Amazon
Strange Fruit Billie Holiday Amazon
How Long Has This Been Going On Rufus Wainwright  
September Song Willie Nelson Amazon
Night and Day Fred Astaire Amazon
Moonlight in Vermont Willie Nelson Amazon
I Remember You Nellie McKay Amazon
Lost in the Stars Maurice Levine & Lotte Lenya Amazon
Change Partners Fred Astaire Amazon
Lady Sings the Blues Billie Holiday Amazon
All of Me Willie Nelson Amazon
Someone To Watch Over Me Blossom Dearie Amazon
Blue Skies Willie Nelson Amazon
Mean To Me Nellie McKay Amazon
Embraceable You Chris Connor Amazon
Speak Low Lotte LenyaAmazon
Don't Get Around Much Anymore Willie Nelson Amazon
Good Morning Heartache Billie Holiday Amazon
Send Me No Flowers Nellie McKay Amazon
Stormy Weather Martha Wainwright  
Mack the Knife Eartha Kitt  
Unchained Melody Willie Nelson Amazon
Sentimental Journey Nellie McKay Amazon
Stardust Willie Nelson Amazon
Lush Life John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman Amazon
Cheek To Cheek Fred Astaire Amazon
Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) The Doors Amazon
Go 'Way From My Window Chris Connor Amazon
Black Hills of Dakota Nellie McKay Amazon
I Didn't Know What Time It Was Dorothy Dandridge Amazon
Our Love Is Here To Stay Nat King Cole Amazon
A Fine Romance Fred Astaire Amazon
The Very Thought Of You Billie Holiday Amazon
Somewhere Over The Rainbow/
What a Wonderful World
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Amazon
Puttin' On the Ritz Fred Astaire Amazon
When A Woman Loves A Man Billie Holiday Amazon
I Didn't Know What Time It Was Peggy Lee Amazon
 

October 2009

Fresh Produce

This month is tunes from CDs that I've purchased and downloaded over the last few months. It's another eclectic selection, and not much holds it all together except that most of it is in English. Some great stuff... although I have to say I am still listening to both these and the last batch of similar material that I posted.

—DB

- Song Artist Buy
Jaykub (feat. Jason Lytle) Sparklehorse  
Half Asleep School Of Seven Bells Amazon
Miles Petrina  
Pain (feat. Iggy Pop) Sparklehorse  
Heavy Cross The Gossip Amazon
Face to Face on High Places School Of Seven Bells Amazon
Sleep Alone Bat For Lashes Amazon
She Says It's Not For Long Dez Mona Amazon
Peanut Butter Jelly Dj Chipman Amazon
First Train Home Imogen Heap Amazon
The Afterlife Yacht Amazon
Standing In The Way Of Control The Gossip Amazon
Eaguro Guro Deerhoof Amazon
Underbelly Wild Beasts Amazon
Silverscreen Jesca Hoop Amazon
The CN Tower Belongs To The Dead Final Fantasy Amazon
No Mascara Tears Hanne Hukkelberg Amazon
Snoopy Waves Deerhoof Amazon
Aha! Imogen Heap Amazon
Between Two Lungs Florence + The Machine Amazon
Nothingness Georgia Anne Muldrow Amazon
Movement I: In The Countenance Of Kings Sufjan Stevens  
All The King's Men Wild Beasts Amazon
Numina o Deerhoof Amazon
Pop Goes The World The Gossip Amazon
Daddy's Gone (feat. Nina Persson) Sparklehorse  
No You Girls Franz Ferdinand Amazon
These Are My Twisted Words Radiohead  
Iamundernodisguise School Of Seven Bells Amazon
Ew Koushik Amazon
An Eluardian Instance (Radio Edit) of Montreal Amazon
Insane Lullaby (feat. James Mercer) Sparklehorse  
Drumming Song Florence + The Machine Amazon
Salt Of The Earth Hanne Hukkelberg Amazon
Life within a life Jesca Hoop Amazon
Harry Patch (In Memory Of) Radiohead  
Cheerleader Grizzly Bear Amazon
Dog Days Are Over Florence + The Machine Amazon
Who Fingered Rock n Roll Cornershop  
Revenge (feat. Wayne Coyne) Sparklehorse  
Men In Love The Gossip Amazon
Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back Deerhoof Amazon
Hooting & Howling Wild Beasts Amazon
Between Two Mysteries Mount Eerie Amazon
A Milli (Explicit) Lil Wayne Amazon
Bygd Til By Hanne Hukkelberg Amazon
This Is The Dream Of Win & Regine Final Fantasy Amazon
Ancient Questions Mount Eerie Amazon
Hide And Seek Imogen Heap Amazon
The Tears And Music Of Love Deerhoof Amazon
Dimestore Diamond The Gossip Amazon
Cool World Georgia Anne Muldrow Amazon
Natural Light Casiotone For The Painfully Alone Amazon
Havoc in Heaven Jesca Hoop Amazon
 

September 2009

Brasil, Again

This is the second Brazil playlist this year. They've been busy. The first, in January, was the result of me visiting over the holidays and picking up some CDs and recommendations from folks there. This one is stuff that's come out since then — some of it very much a mixture of Brazilian grooves created with electronic soundz and beats, and some that represents a parallel trend of musicians there, rediscovering semi-under-appreciated local genres and giving them their own new spin. Sometimes, the two trends seem to be embodied in the same record — electronics mixed in with regional and traditional musical styles. Anyway, lots of great stuff, and more on the way.

—DB
NYC

- Song Artist Buy
Roendo As Unhas Maria Alcina Amazon
Jack Soul Brasileiro (Lenine) Jackson Do Pandeiro  
Lavanda Otto Amazon
Me Deixa Em Paz Orquestra Imperial Amazon
Pega Eu Bezerra Da Silva  
Pelo Mar Lhe Mando Flor Margareth Menezes  
Samba Sem Nenhum Problema Marcio Local Amazon
Sobre O Amor E Seu Trabalho Silencioso CéU Amazon
Take Saravá Silvia Torres  
Minha Missão Mariana Aydar  
Na Gangorra Mariana Aydar  
Lourinha Americana Mestre Laurentino  
Menino Das Laranjas Mariana Aydar Amazon
Chiado Bom Dona Hilda  
Maior É Deus Mariana Aydar  
A Fumaça Já Subiu Pra Cuca Bezerra Da Silva  
Cachorro vira-lata Maria Alcina Amazon
Cangote CéU Amazon
Rei do Gado Silvia Torres  
Sem Compromisso Orquestra Imperial  
Tento Entender Otto Amazon
Malandro Demais Vira Bicho Bezerra Da Silva  
Seja O Que Deus Quiser Bezerra Da Silva  
Um A Um (Paralamas Do Sucesso) Jackson Do Pandeiro Amazon
Bubuia CéU Amazon
Chiclete Com Banana (Gal Costa) Jackson Do Pandeiro Amazon
Cobra Criada Bezerra Da Silva  
Fuori Stagione Debora Petrina Amazon
Meu Samba É Duro Na Queda Bezerra Da Silva  
Soul Do Samba Marcio Local Amazon
Vivo Isolado Do Mundo Zeca Pagodinho Amazon
Erecão Orquestra Imperial  
O Ricardao Bezerra Da Silva  
Pras Bandas De Lá Mariana Aydar  
Brincadeira na Fogueira Silvia Torres  
Dedo De Deus Otto Amazon
Manhã Azul Mariana Aydar  
Cordeiro De Nanã / Deixa A Gira Gira / Atabaque, Chora Margareth Menezes Amazon
Tá? Mariana Aydar  
Vira Lata CéU Amazon
Jardim De Alá Orquestra Imperial  
Pomba Cor de Cal Silvia Torres  
As Meninas da Gare Silvia Torres  
Ponteiro CéU Amazon
Lenda Yorubá Margareth Menezes Amazon
O Samba Me Persegue Mariana Aydar  
Suingue Dominou Marcio Local Amazon
Ela Rebola Orquestra Imperial  
Lusna (Mecanica Celeste Aplicada) Yonlu Amazon
Apolo Do Samba Bezerra Da Silva  
Espaçonave CéU Amazon
Quem Sabe Deus Otto Amazon
Sem Gravidade Otto Amazon
Posso Até Me Apaixonar Zeca Pagodinho Amazon
O Samba Nunca Foi De Arruaça Zeca Pagodinho Amazon
Babel Bee Debora Petrina Amazon
 

August 2009

I've Fallen and I Can't Keep Up

I am in Ghent, a charming Belgian town that was once the largest town in Europe. We have a little over one week to go on what has been pretty much a year-long tour. I've been on the road here in Europe all month and just haven't had time to put a new playlist together. I've picked up some nice records in Greece and Italy, and some alt pop in Poland, but haven't had a chance to go through them all yet. I will have a new playlist for September.

—DB

July 2009

Merged

Some years ago Tricia Mesigian was doing merch on one of my tours and we discovered we had some musical tastes and acquaintances in common — Lambchop was one group I remember. Quite a few of these groups were distributed by a small record company in Chapel Hill, NC called Merge. Tricia convinced us to play a club in nearby Carboro, NC called Cat’s Cradle that was a few doors away from a bar/hang she had just opened called Orange County Social Club. She introduced me to Mac and some other folks from Superchunk/Merge and we all kept in contact. When Merge act Arcade Fire blew up a couple of years ago the label got some extra attention, and probably some extra stress as well. But they, and the band, handled it really well.

The label approached me about a year ago as they were asking various folks to curate compilations from their 20-year history. How they’ve survived 20 years of the music biz wars is a miracle and somewhat amazing. Some might think that having acts like Arcade Fire and She and Him keep the label afloat — and maybe they do — but I know that big success can also overwhelm a small efficient staff. Success can bloat a small company, and then they have to deal with their expanded bulk after the big hit is over.

Somehow Merge has managed to do it.

Anyway. They approached a wide variety of folks — a chef (David Chang), artists (Andrea Zittel and Marcel Dzama), a writer (Jonathan Lethem) and of course musicians (Georgia Hubley and me). We were given iPods loaded with every song ever released on Merge — a clever way to both ingratiate themselves with us and provide us with the tools to do the selecting. It took me a long and pleasant time to rummage through the thousands of tunes. Like everyone, I have favorite bands, but I didn’t want to overrepresent, so I made an effort to discover gems I had never known about.

So, Merge will release a CD of my selections plus a cover version I did of an East River Pipe song. In the meantime, here are pretty much all my selections, plus the backup choices (in case other curators HAD to have a certain song) and a bunch of Merge instrumentals. I almost suggested that my compilation be all instrumentals — to make it cohesive — but I changed my mind.

Congratulations, guys…

—DB
NYC

- Song Artist Buy
As You Turn To Go The 6ths (with Momus) Amazon
Blake Carrington Shark Quest Amazon
Good Morning Sleepyhead Eric Bachmann Amazon
King Of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1 Neutral Milk Hotel Amazon
Low Pressure Spaceheads Amazon
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) Arcade Fire Amazon
Tonight I Have To Leave It Shout Out Louds Amazon
The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side The Magnetic Fields Amazon
I Think I Need A New Heart The Magnetic Fields Amazon
Another Morning American Music Club Amazon
I Turn My Camera On (John McEntire Remix) Spoon Amazon
Ocean of Noise Calexico Amazon
The Man Who Loved Beer Lambchop Amazon
Asia Minor Bio Ritmo  
I Turn My Camera On Spoon Amazon
I Won't Dream About The Girl East River Pipe Amazon
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea Neutral Milk Hotel Amazon
Steve McQueen Lambchop Amazon
The Land Of Nod Annie Hayden Amazon
The Pawnbroker Pram Amazon
A Day Without Glasses Lambchop  
Don't You Evah Spoon Amazon
Ellen's Theme Shark Quest Amazon
Florida's On Fire (Acoustic Demo) Superchunk Amazon
Good Thing I Don't Have Any Feelings Future Bible Heroes  
Girls On The Freeway East River Pipe Amazon
Her Richard Buckner Amazon
Peepshow Pram Amazon
Pen And Notebook Camera Obscura Amazon
Fool Neutral Milk Hotel Amazon
End Matt Elliott Amazon
Shake Our Tree The Rosebuds Amazon
The Book I Haven't Read Lambchop Amazon
Books Written For Girls Camera Obscura Amazon
Leeward Pram Amazon
Stare The Graveyard Down East River Pipe Amazon
My Body Is A Cage Arcade Fire Amazon
Arrangements Of Shapes And Space Camera Obscura Amazon
I Don't Want To See You Camera Obscura Amazon
Squat The Idea Spaceheads Amazon
You You You You You The 6ths (with Katharine Whalen) Amazon
Breaking Every Rule Language English Cornershop Amazon
Josephine The Magnetic Fields Amazon
Albatross Annie Hayden Amazon
Being Tyler Lambchop Amazon
Black Mirror Spaceheads Amazon
Something's Going On Lambchop Amazon
To Describe You (Ttef Vs. Tarwater) The Third Eye Foundation Amazon
 

June 2009

Watching Music

These are all songs that I've recently added to my iPod and computer for additional listening. Some are fairly recent, and others have been around for a while. Oddly enough, videos seem to be making a comeback — not on MTV, but the quasi-indie stuff posted on YouTube yields some amazing work. "Chocolate Rain" — which is more or less a single shot of a nerdy guy singing a great song through some weird plug-in — is a viral smash, and St. Vincent's video for "Actor" is deeply disturbing, as is Grizzly Bear's for "Two Weeks"... and so is Fever Ray's for "If I Had a Heart." Maybe next time I'll post a bunch of videos instead, but then you can't wander around the house or office while listening. Hmm...

—DB

- Song Artist Buy
Taste Animal Collective Amazon
Oh No Andrew Bird Amazon
Seven Fever Ray Amazon
Not a Robot, But a Ghost Andrew Bird Amazon
Pynt Hanne Hukkelberg Amazon
Laughing With a Mouth of Blood St. Vincent Amazon
Re: Stacks Bon Iver Amazon
Now's The Only Time I Know Fever Ray Amazon
Foreground Grizzly Bear Amazon
When I Grow Up Fever Ray Amazon
Maafa: Transatlantic Dementia Pattie Blingh And The Akebulan Five Amazon
A Cheater's Armoury Hanne Hukkelberg Amazon
The Party St. Vincent Amazon
Weed Jam Deradoorian Amazon
Yes, So On And So On Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Amazon
Chocolate Rain Tay Zonday  
The End Is Near The Fiery Furnaces  
Fidelity: Do Right, Girl Pattie Blingh And The Akebulan Five Amazon
David's Lamentation The Good Players Amazon
The Wolves (Act I and II) Bon Iver Amazon
My Girls Animal Collective Amazon
Away With Murder Camera Obscura Amazon
Bluish Animal Collective Amazon
I'm Not Done Fever Ray Amazon
But For You Who Fear My Name The Welcome Wagon Amazon
Save Me From What I Want St. Vincent Amazon
We Go Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Amazon
The North Wind Hanne Hukkelberg Amazon
Green Rain Shugo Tokumaru Amazon
Souverian Andrew Bird Amazon
Flume Bon Iver Amazon
Mosquito Path 三宅純  
Two Weeks Grizzly Bear Amazon
Guys Eyes Animal Collective Amazon
Actor Out of Work St. Vincent Amazon
About Face Grizzly Bear Amazon
Keep The Streets Empty For Me Fever Ray Amazon
 

May 2009

Collaborations

My recent record-length collaboration with Brian Eno and my in-progress collaboration with Fatboy Slim aren't represented here, but I've done a lot of others over the years. Some songs haven't found a home yet, but most have. Some of these were written for various Red Hot projects — AIDS benefit records produced over the last couple of decades that have always encouraged collaboration — and a few of them will be performed at Radio City on May 3 in connection with Red Hot's most recent collection, "Dark Was The Night."

Though Pitchfork claims I will collaborate with anyone for a bag of Doritos, I think I sometimes need a little more incentive than that — a beer to go with the Doritos, perhaps. Anyway, certain songs obviously work better than others, but since most are one-offs, both sides are usually willing to give the thing a try, as the risk is minimal — and sometimes the musical challenge opens up a door, establishes a friendship and inaugurates a new musical direction that wouldn't have happened otherwise.

—DB

- Song Artist Buy
Dreamworld: Marco De Canaveses David Byrne & Caetano Veloso  
Ex-Guru Fiery Furnaces & David Byrne  
Gnit Marie Daune, Scratch & David Byrne  
Lazy X-Press 2 feat. David Byrne Amazon
Psychedelic Afternoon David Byrne & Imani Coppola  
For You David Byrne & David Shrigley Amazon
Hoy No Le Temo A La Muerte La Portuaria feat. David Byrne Amazon
Ladybug Ladybug David Byrne & Morcheeba  
Ain't Got So Far To Go David Byrne & Morcheeba  
Liquid Days Philip Glass & David Byrne Amazon
Empire David Byrne & Devo  
Open the Kingdom Philip Glass & David Byrne Amazon
God's Child David Byrne & Selena Amazon
Don't Fence Me In David Byrne Amazon
Si Fulano David Byrne, Peret & Carol C Amazon
The Heart's a Lonely Hunter Thievery Corporation feat. David Byrne  
Waters of March David Byrne & Marisa Monte  
Ambulance Man Dirty Projectors & David Byrne  
Asa Branca (Clerkenwell Cowboy Mix) Forro In The Dark & David Byrne  
Fall With Me Paul Van Dyk feat. David Byrne Amazon
How Does the Brain Wave? Baby Elephant & David Byrne Amazon
I Wish Forro In The Dark & David Byrne Amazon
Knotty Pine Dirty Projectors & David Byrne Amazon
Losing Myself Brazilian Girls & David Byrne Amazon
Outra Insensatez Poe Tom Zé & David Byrne  
Statue of Liberty Marisa Monte & David Byrne  
The People Tree N.A.S.A. feat. David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift Of Gab & Z-Trip Amazon
Toe Jam The BPA feat. David Byrne Amazon
 

April 2009

Soundtrack for a European Tour

We're touring Europe for the month of April, and as we make our way from town to town, sometimes we're given CDs — by artists, labels or friends. There are some tunes in this month's playlist that won't be out for a couple of months! Sometimes we actually have time to stop into an indie shop and see what the staff recommends. Sometimes I read an online review of someone's new CD and might download all or part of it. Without my home & office CDs to pull from, I forgo a theme for a bit of a what's up hodgepodge.

—DB
Manchester, UK

- Song Artist Buy
Flume Bon IverAmazon
Perdeu Caetano Veloso  
The City Klima  
The Strangers St. Vincent  
This Tornado Loves You Neko Case Amazon
Epilepsy Is Dancing Antony & The Johnsons Amazon
Hercules Theme Hercules And Love Affair Amazon
My Girls Animal Collective Amazon
My Love The Bird And The Bee Amazon
When I Grow Up Fever Ray Amazon
You Have A Gift Niobe  
The Butcher Final Fantasy Amazon
Natural Light Casiotone For The Painfully Alone Amazon
Seven Fever Ray Amazon
Skeletons Yeah Yeah Yeahs Amazon
Summertime Clothes Animal Collective Amazon
The Wolves (Act I and II) Bon Iver Amazon
When Under Ether PJ Harvey Amazon
RR vs. D Au Amazon
Blind Hercules And Love Affair Amazon
Daily Routine Animal Collective Amazon
Ray Gun The Bird And The Bee Amazon
A Base De Guantanamo Caetano Veloso  
Bluish Animal Collective Amazon
Ludic' Sublime + Jun Miyake  
Never Turn Your Back On
Mother Earth
Neko Case Amazon
Falso Leblon Caetano Veloso  
Silence PJ Harvey Amazon
Killers Casiotone For The Painfully Alone Amazon
I'll Take the Long Way Cryptacize  
The Sun Is An Old Friend (Album Version) El Perro Del Mar Amazon
Warrior Yeah Yeah Yeahs Amazon
Ava Gardener at the Swimming Pool Niobe  
Brother Sport Animal Collective Amazon
Turn Into Yeah Yeah Yeahs Amazon
Je Trace Sublime + Jun Miyake  
Umbrellas Fredo Viola  
Lifespan Of A Fly The Bird And The Bee Amazon
 

March 2009

The Ides of March — Old School Gospel

With the economy and people's finances in free fall, this is a time when many of us pause to reassess our values — what is important to us, what really matters and how we might restructure our lives to reflect those values. Musically, many will turn to songs that convey a feeling of nostalgia — pop and rock and R&B tunes that meant a lot to people when they were younger, and the future looked brighter. I would like to propose that a future with a radically restructured GM (or possibly without GM) might be OK — it might be even better than OK, as those kinds of corporations have not had American citizens' best interests at heart, ever. So, we turn to the values expressed in old school — and I mean really old school — gospel. Whether you believe in the geezer upstairs or not, you might enjoy these tunes. They're also the structural foundation upon which a lot of popular music was built — a strong foundation, I might add.

—DB

- Song Artist Buy
I Am The True Vine Rev. Gary Davis Amazon
What About You The Swan Silvertones  
If You Follow Jesus Rev. W.M. Mosley Amazon
Someboby's Knocking Gee's Bend  
Feed Me Jesus The Swan Silvertones  
Somebody's Gone Gee's Bend Residents  
God's Got It Reverend Charlie Jackson Amazon
Brighter Day Ahead The Swan Silvertones  
The Grieved Soul Rick Moody and Nina Katchadourian Amazon
He Wrote The Revelation Sister Gertrude Morgan Amazon
Great Day In December The Swan Silvertones  
It's Gonna Rain Gee's Bend  
Let Jesus Lead You The Jubilee Gospel Team  
Standing On The Promises Tennessee Mountaineers  
Meet Her In The Sky Gee's Bend  
Take The Lord With You The Swan Silvertones  
Christ Arose Sheffield Quartet  
Mary Don't You Weep (1959) The Swan Silvertones  
I Mean To Live For Jesus Blind Alfred Reed  
Bye And Bye The Swan Silvertones  
He's Coming Soon Laura Henton Amazon
Jesus Is A Friend Of Mine The Swan Silvertones  
When Was Jesus Born? Heavenly Gospel Singers Amazon
Return Again The OKeh Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers  
Help Me To Sing Mac Powell Amazon
Way In The Middle Of The Air Sister Gertrude Morgan Amazon
Rock My Soul Golden Gate Jubliee Quartet Amazon
John The Revelator Blind Willie Johnson Amazon
He Is My Story Arizona Dranes And Choir Amazon
My Rock The Swan Silvertones Amazon
Up On A Mountain The Welcome Wagon Amazon
Brethren We Have Met Again Elder Elwood Cornett  
Carry Me Home The Swan Silvertones  
Take Your Burden To The Lord And Leave It There Blind Willie Johnson Amazon
Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane Mother McCollum Amazon
Stranger On The Road Shirley Caesar  
If You See My Savior Thomas A. Dorsey  
Sweet Story Of Old Bela Lam And His Greene County Singers  
China All Things Bright & Beautiful Amazon
Hide Me In The Blood Of Jesus Blind Benny Paris And Wife  
Get Right With God The Swan Silvertones  
I've Got Salvation In My Heart Stovepipe No.1  
I'm Leaning On The Lord The Famous Blue Jay Singers Amazon
But For You Who Fear Name The Welcome Wagon Amazon
Sinner Man The Swan Silvertones  
This World Is a Mean World Gee's Bend Residents  
Saviour Pass Me Not The Swan Silvertones  
Found A Wonderful Savior Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet Amazon
I Am The Living Bread Sister Gertrude Morgan Amazon
Peace In The Valley The Swan Silvertones  
Was The Blood The Blind Boys  
The Lord's Prayer The Swan Silvertones Amazon
Come To The Savior Blue Sky Boys  
I Remember Calvary Ernest V. Stoneman And His Dixie Mountaineers Amazon
Come Out Of The Wilderness The Swan Silvertones  
I Know I've Been Changed Gee's Bend  
I Just Can't Keep from Crying Gee's Bend Residents  
How I Got Over The Swan Silvertones Amazon
Christian's Farewell DM Stith Amazon
I Want Jesus To Walk With Me Dorothy Melton Amazon
Blessed Quietness The Swan Silvertones  
Jesus Is Getting Us Ready For The Great Day Luther Magby Amazon
Mary Don't You Weep The Swan Silvertones Amazon
You Ain't Got But One Life Gee's Bend Residents  
I'll Be A Friend To Jesus Wade Mainer  
A Lady Called Mother The Swan Silvertones Amazon
Walking My Lord Up Calvary Hill Stoney Cooper & Wilma Lee  
Where He Leads Me I Will Follow Blind Willie Harris  
When Jesus Comes The Swan Silvertones  
I'll Lead A Christian Life Elder Harris  
David's Lamentation The Good Players Amazon
Jesus Remembers The Swan Silvertones  
Let Us Make A Record Sister Gertrude Morgan Amazon
That Day On Calvary The Swan Silvertones  
 

February 2009

Japan!

Here are tracks from some of the CDs I was given and picked up on our just-finished tour of Japan. It's by no means representative of anything. Soul Flower Mononoke Summit is a contemporary band that has a lot of Japanese and Okinawan folk influences. Jun Miyake is actually based in Paris and the UA CD accompanies a storybook. One of the Cornelius tracks (Toner) sounds like it's made with sounds of a copy machine. (A vintage copy machine?) Anyway, there's great stuff there — and this playlist doesn't even touch the deep well of Japanese noise bands.

—DB
Perth, Australia

- Song Artist Buy
Alviverde Jun Miyake Amazon
Ceremony [Live] 高木正勝  
Hana Asa-Chang & Junray  
Kinopipinoki UA  
Rehome 高木正勝  
Self Navigation Turtle Island 
ああわからない Soul Flower Mononoke Summit  
風の谷のナウシカ (Instrumental) 小平市立上宿小学校 音楽委員会・音楽クラブ  
ファム・ファタール 大貫妙子  
四面道歌 キセル  
インソムニア Hanno + Fumiya + Aoki 
Bloomy Girls [Live] Takagi Masakatsu  
Fit Song Cornelius Amazon
O FIM Jun Miyake Amazon
真ん中 Turtle Island  
Breezin' Cornelius Amazon
Brighter Shade 高木正勝  
Sus-pecte Jun Miyake Amazon
tHe heRe aNd afTer Jun Miyake Amazon
お富さん Soul Flower Mononoke Summit  
ククラレ Turtle Island  
Flying House 高木正勝  
La Cle Jun Miyake Amazon
Toner Cornelius Amazon
Rehome (Organ Remix) 高木正勝  
島育ち Soul Flower Mononoke Summit  
Le Voyageur Solitaire Jun Miyake Amazon
Smell Up The Moon 高木正勝  
Sound Of House 高木正勝  
Airy Air 高木正勝  
Le mec dans un train Jun Miyake Amazon
ドンパン節 Soul Flower Mononoke Summit  
Est-ce que tu peux me voir? Jun Miyake Amazon
Kujin nu Hana Mika Uchizato  
stones bearing Flowers 三宅純  
Akayura Yasakutsu Oshima  
Lokasa 三宅純  
Red Seeds On Roof 高木正勝  
マジムン・ジャンボリー (命の祝い) Soul Flower Mononoke Summit  
Ratt of Loves 三宅純  
チョンチョンキジムナー Soul Flower Mononoke Summit  
Flat Echo 高木正勝  
 

January 2009

Back from Brasil

Just got back from Brasil last week and of course I picked up a pile of CDs while I was there. It took days to listen to all of them. Some contemporary stuff like Lenine, but mostly Afro-Samba bands, Northeastern stuff and some other beautifully recorded folkloric artists. Some straight-ahead sambas, from both Salvador and Rio, and a couple of tunes from an elderly lady in Santo Amaro who plays a plate with a spoon. So it’s light on the baile funk, CSS and mangue beat, but those can come later.

The guy in the CD store was great — you could listen to the CDs if you weren’t sure and he would recommend other artists I might like...and he was often right.

—DB

Song Album Buy
Marca No Pé Batatinha  
O Dia Em Que Faremos Contato Lenine Amazon
Daniel/José Camilo - Cabelo loiro Vários Artistas  
Rosebud (O Verbo E A Verba) Lenine Amazon
Falador Marcelo D2  
Quando Voce ... Dadi w Marisa Monte  
Jack Soul Brasileiro Lenine Amazon
Na Linha E Na Lei Dadi w Rita Lee Amazon
Acorde!Pacifico, Pacato do Cordeiro Manso Gaspar Amazon
Lavadeira Lenine Amazon
Estácio, Eu E Você Luiz Melodia Amazon
Sarah Da Cruz Amazon
Cria Maria Rita Amazon
Magalenha Luma & Só DO Samba  
Jacó/Jacozinho - Pai João Vários Artistas  
Nasceu No Samba Romeu Bule Bule  
Timoneiro Paulinho da Viola Amazon
Toalha Da Saudade Batatinha  
Povo Feliz Psyrico  
Revoada Quinteto Armorial  
É Difícil Viver Assim Paulinho da Viola  
Hoje Eu Quero Sair Só Lenine Amazon
Babá De Luxo Batatinha  
Sambador Falava Baixo Bule Bule  
Tubi Tuby Lenine Amazon
Olhos Coloridos Luma & Só DO Samba  
Domingo A Praia É Do Povão Psyrico  
Cantar Ciranda Siba  
Negrume Da Noite Luma & Só DO Samba  
O Rei Ederaldo Gentil  
Noite Perpétua Roberto Mendes  
Havia em Quibongolóla "um vaso de louça vidrada, cheio de pitombas..." Gaspar Amazon
A Rede Lenine Amazon
Sou Manso / Viola Em Caco Bule Bule  
Arruda E Sossego Alessandra Leão  
Pitada de Tabaco Riachão featuring Carlinhos Brown  
Casa Nova, Raiz Dona Edith Do Prato Amazon
Desperta! Alessandra Leão  
Tem Pouca Diferenca Jackson Do Pandeiro  
Danca Você Luma & Só DO Samba  
Pisando Em Praça De Guerra Siba Amazon
Teixeirinha - Coração de luto Vários Artistas  
Nem O Sol, Nem A Lua, Nem Eu Lenine Amazon
Olinda Alessandra Leão  
Lenda Yorubá Margareth Menezes Amazon
Minha Senhora, How Beautiful Dona Edith Do Prato Amazon
Santo Amaro e uma Flor Walmir Lima  
Magnetismo Raimundo Sodre  
A Folha Da Bananeira Siba  
O Sorriso Da Moca Luma & Só DO Samba  
Ilha de Mare Walmir Lima  
Voz da Alegria Roberto Mendes  
Boleia Brasil Margareth Menezes Amazon
Ponteio Acutilado Quinteto Armorial  
Sacando A Cana Raimundo Sodre  
Ya Ya Ya Kassin+2 Amazon
Pau Puro Bule Bule  
Dor De Verdade Marcelo D2  
Balacubaco Psyrico  
Novo Amor Maria Rita Amazon
Fora de órbita Rita Maria Amazon
O Homem Falou Maria Rita Amazon
In-Lê-In-Lá Ederaldo Gentil  
Samba Do Ziriguidum Jackson Do Pandeiro  
Peregrino Paulinho da Viola  
Pot-Pourri Chulas Roberto Mendes  
Pena Branca/Xavantinho - Calice Bento Vários Artistas Amazon
Alados Siba Amazon
Manda Chamar Roberto Mendes Amazon