Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Melinda and I are heading to the island of Curacao in June to get married and tonight's set was the first of many to start getting us in the island mood. AND, it's also to combat this horrible winter we've been having in Vermont--cold and no snow. I'm turning into a real winter wuss. I'm retiring to Florida 30 years too early.
1. Untamed Youth - Contentment - Untamed Melodies
2. Abel Zenon - Pas O Soue La - Tumbele!
3. Clarence Curvan & His Mod Sounds - Calypsoul - Calypsoul 70
4. Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban - Patricia - Mambo Sinuendo
5. Estrellas del Caribe - Cara Bunita - Riba Dempel
6. Mighty Sparrow - Mango Vert - First Flight
7. True Born Calypsonians - Nowhere Like Limon - Calypso Limon Legends
8. U-Roy & The Paragons - Tide Is High - Version Galore
9. U-Roy & The Paragons - The Same Song - Version Galore
10. Hepcat - I Can't Wait - Right On Time
11. Hepcat - The Secret - Right On Time
12. Jehro - Shantytown Carnival - Jehro
Monday, February 15, 2010
I've been on a Replacements kick lately and this is a great picture of the Minneapolis band. They've touched and influenced so many bands over the years. There is just something so solid and real about a mid-west band.
Another solid, real, and straight-ahead rock'n'roll Minneapolis band, The Hold Steady, state that The Replacements (along with The Band's movie, The Last Waltz) are the reason they started a band in the first place. The Hold Steady are playing Higher Ground on 4/5 and I'm so excited.
1. The Ready Men - Disintegration - Get Ready!
2. The Soft Pack - C'mon - The Soft Pack
3. The Soft Pack - Answer To Yourself - The Soft Pack
4. The Soft Pack - Mexico - The Soft Pack
5. The Tallest Man on Earth - The King Of Spain - The Wild Hunt
6. Dawn Landes & Justin Townes Earle - Do I Ever Cross Your Mind - Single
7. Josh Ritter - Change of Time - So Runs The World Away
8. The Replacements - I Will Dare - Let It Be
9. The Replacements - Unsatisfied - Let It Be
10. The Replacements - Answering Machine - Let It Be
11. The Hold Steady - How a Resurrection Really Feels - Separation Sunday
12. Harlem - Come Back Jonee - Single
They're supposed to be beach combers in honor of Real Estates excellent song "Beach Comber". I really like the range of artists I included in this show.
The three songs are from Vampire Weekend's new album, which is phenomenal. Very varied. The aforementioned song by Real Estate is reverb-filled excellence and the set by Surfer Blood reminded me of a couple different bands -- Weezer, Vampire Weekend, and a bit of Pavement. Great all-around band of non-surfers from Palm Beach, FL.
And of course, I can't end this post without mentioning the very meaningful tune "First Day Of My Life" by Bright Eyes...
The more I look at this playlist, the more I realize how much I like these bands.
1. Los Straitjackets - Midnight In Salerno - Supersonic Guitars in 3-D
2. Vampire Weekend - White Sky - Contra
3. Vampire Weekend - California English - Contra
4. Vampire Weekend - Diplomat's Son - Contra
5. The Heligoats - Fish Sticks - Goodness Gracious
6. Real Estate - Beach Comber - Real Estate
7. White Rabits - Percussion Gun - It's Frightening
8. Surfer Blood - Swim - Astro Coast
9. Surfer Blood - Take It Easy - Astro Coast
10. Surfer Blood - Floating Vibes - Astro Coast
11. Adam Carroll - Red Bandana Blues - South of Town
12. Chris Smither - Leave The Light On - Leave The Light On
13. Bright Eyes - First Day Of My Life - I'm Wide Awake It's Morning