Cosmic American Girl wrote:First I want to apologize for the lateness I found out in mid April after a trip to the ER that I had to get my gall bladder out and so the last month was very hectic but all is slowly getting back to normal now.
I enjoyed this disc very much. It has such great cohesion and a real Southern feel.
I was your mixer this month and let me start by saying that I like the Mix Club as well as the next guy but your health surely comes first. I'm glad all is well and you're on the road to recovery. Tell Tony to get good care of you!
1) I knew I was in for a good listen from the opening track. Blue Yodel from the Cash/Dylan Sessions. Yes!
Pretty hard to disguise this one. I've been listening to the Dylan/Cash boots a lot lately. I wonder if they will ever get an official release?
2) This is obviously Captain Beefheart but I'm not familiar with the track. I did love it though.
The good Captain doing Click Clack from The Spotlight Kid. One of my favorite 45s.
3) Great blues tune. I'm bad with my remembering who is who but I really like this. Every time I hear something like this I know I should be listening to more.
Guitarist extraordinaire Blind Blake with Police Dog Blues. It's scary to me how good (and overlooked) a guitar player this man was. I learned how to play this but I can't play it as fast as he can with the accuracy he displays.
4) Another old barrel house sound. Awesome 40's?
Actually from the recent past. Early to mid 2000's. This is Carlos Guitarlos (once of LA's Top Jimmy and the Rhythm Pigs) who was lost to homelessness and mental illness for many years but found his way back a few years ago and has released a couple of very good CDs. The piano player is Gene Taylor (once of the Blasters and many other bands). Pretty authentic, no?
5) Sounds like a Lomax type recording. I'm loving all the piano on this disc.
This one is old. Pinetop Blues by Pinetop Perkins. He just passed away last year at 98 years old. One of the last of his kind.
6) I feel like I'm in New Orleans. Really makes me wish we could have made it for the JUoTA. I had so much fun last time and this is bringing back good memories.
Eh Titte Fille by Zydeco king Clifton Chenier. I was lucky enough to see him live twice before he passed away and they rate among the best live shows I've had the pleasure to attend. His accordian is the lead instrument on this but whoever is playing the piano is the unsung hero here.
7) 50's? 60's? Another song I've never heard but liked.
A real favorite of mine and one that has shown up on more than one Mix Club CD. Betty James doing A Little Mixed Up. A single that Chess Records picked up off a smaller label in (I assume) the early 60s. I love this track. The two guitarists play very simple parts that mesh beautifully and she tosses off the vocal in an almost bored manner that just flat works.
8) Finally one that I know! Patterson Hood! I love Killers and Stars and this cover is so great.
This is a pretty wonderful version of this song. Actually better than Tom T Hall's original, I think. I've been known to knock out a version of this when guitars are being passed around.
9) Some more blues. Possibly Buddy Guy? Definitely has the Chicago style sound.
The aforementioned Top Jimmy (not with The Rhythm Pigs, though) from one of his his last records before he died. An amazing and authentic blues shouter who was a thrill to see live back in the day. The song is Some Nerve which I think was done by Detroit Jr.
10) This one has a such a groove. Is it Professor Longhair maybe?
Good call. This is Fess from a Live at Tipitina's record from late in his life. I love the steel drums! What I wouldn't do to be able to play piano like that.
11) Some 50's rock 'n' roll with kinda crazy lyrics and a little bit of a New Orleans feel.
Rockin' Behind the Iron Curtain by Bobby Marchan with Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns. Just another great slab o' serious clowning by NOLA's greatest R&R band.
12) Bon Ton Roula. Can I say again how much I dig this disc!
Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow doing the song he made famous. I have several versions of this song but none better than this.
13) Oh yeah! Memphis Minnie and In My Girlish Days.
Have you ever heard the NY Dolls version of this? From one of the recent reunion live discs. David Johansson does it up just fine!
14) I'll take a guess and say the title of this song is I'm Gonna Kill You. Fabulous!
I'm Gonna Kill You indeed! C&W's own Wynn Stewart. My last band used to do a version of this. Strangely it always went over well.
15) Que Sera, Sera is the closer. No idea who it is though.
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women from their CD of a couple of years ago. I saw this band live on a gorgeous summer evening outdoors on the Santa Monica Pier and they could not have been better. One of those summer memories that just stick with you.
Thank you so much for a very enjoyable disc. I've played it many times and will be keeping it handy for repeat listens.
Jeff K wrote:Not at all. I love TG. I might be the only one on BCB who does but I don't care.
Mike Boom wrote:This months CD Mix was entitled "The European Female" and proved to be exactly what it says on the tin.
A very cruisy jazzy type samba with some tasty vocals. Not sure who this is, atmospheric and a nice start to the disc
This is French act Nouvelle Vague, who specialise in bossa-nova flavoured versions of classic post-punk songs. The song here is 'Marain' originally recorded by The Sisters of Mercy, believe it or not.
An acoustic and string led number. I really like this, but again have no idea who it is. A kinda bizzare and dark lyric about love and its metaphorical minefield.
Norwegian singer, Ane Brun, with 'The Puzzle'; she's a very intriguing songwriter
A sixties sounding French chanteuse, twanging guitars and the brushes are out on the drums. Very groovy
Indeed, this is the legendary Françoise Hardy, with 'Ton Meilleur Ami'
Another nice number , slightly reminiscent of Bjork, musically almost a modern update of the previous track.
This is Stina Nordenstam, from Sweden, with 'He Watches Her From Behind'. I often put her songs on Mix Club discs, and many people can't get past her voice.
Another acoustic and string driven track, threatens to break out but stays controlled and subdued throughout, again nice vocal.
This is actually a German metal band, Leaves' Eyes, with 'Ankomst', one of their occasional outings into folky territory. The singer, Liv Kristine, is Norwegian, and here she gets to sing in her native tongue.
A change of pace to a reggae number, this voice sounds vaguely familiar. I like this one a lot.
There aren't too many Icelanders of Italian descent in the music industry, so Emiliana Torrini could be number one in a field of, er, one. This is called 'Me And Armini'.
This is another familiar sounding voice, interesting lyrics.
The singer is Eszter Balint, with 'Tattoo Sun'. She's a New York-based Hungarian, best-known for her performance in Jim Jarmusch's breakout film Stranger Than Paradise.
Ahhh I know this one, Nina Persson from the Cardigans, I'm not sure what this is from though, very nice track.
You recognised the singer well - this is Nina's occasional side project A Camp with 'Bear On The Beach'. I can't listen to this without thinking of Yompi...
i like this one, more of an electro type pop song, but nice vocal and floats along. Interested to know who this is.
It's chilly Norwegian duo Röyksopp with 'What Else Is There?'. They have an excuse for being chilly, given that their hometown is inside the Arctic Circle. The guest singer is Karin Dreijer Andersson, a Swede who fronts The Knife and records as Fever Ray. If you like this, I strongly recommend you investigate both of Karin's acts; she's a fascinating and mysterious woman.
The Concretes ? not sure what song this is but great stuff, I love this.
Another correct guess! The song is 'Grey Days'
Electro number - kinda female Depeche Mode but without the melody - not my bag.
It was actually a UK-based hard electro band called Hard Corps, who had a French singer. The song is 'Dirty', and I played it obsessively back in the day.
Orchestral Heavy Metal. This has to be German. Interesting, but again not my bag.
It's sung in German, but the band are from the tiny nation of Liechtenstein. They are called Elis, and the song is called 'Der Letzte Tag'. Sadly, about a year after this was recorded, singer Sabine Dünser died of a brain haemorrhage.
See above without the orchestral bit - I don't like that hyper smooth distorted guitar sound of this type of metal.
Oddly enough, this is a band that is normally very orchestral. It's my Finnish favourites Nightwish, with one of their earlier, heavier tracks, 'Sacrament of Wilderness'. They couldn't afford to use orchestras at this point
Another electro metal type track - this actually IS a cover of a Depeche Mode track.
It's Italian gothic metallers Lacuna Coil, with a strangely faithful cover of 'Enjoy The Silence'.
All in all a very enjoyable disc, and really liked every track really up until the last four, but even those make for interesting listening all the same and am keen to see the reveal. Again enjoyed hearing things I would not normally listen to or even be exposed to, which is what I really really like about the Mix club. Thanks to my mixer and apologies for the lateness of the review.
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