Feel Bad For You – January 2014 Mixtape

FBFY Jan 2014

FBFY January is live and awaiting your ears, this month’s selection is a collection of the contributors favourite tracks of 2013 – enjoy.


Title: Cornmeal Waltz
Artist: Guy Clark
Album (year): My Favorite Picture of You (2013)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Suggesting the man Emmylou Harris calls “the poet laureate of cowboy songs” could top his best work is ludicrous. So call me ludicrous. It’s a painting (yeah, yeah…mangled poet-painter metaphor..tell someone whio cares) that tricks all 5 senses into thinking you are there.

Title: Most People
Artist: Dawes
Album (year): Stories Don’t End (2013)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: No one here needs another reminder of how good Isbell’s Southeastern album is. And I already submitted a track from my other favorite album the year, Raina Rose’s Caldera. So here’s a track from an album and a band that has grown on me lately. Sometimes I get annoyed at Dawes’ slobbering homage to the sounds of Jackson Browne, but this is a damn good tune and a damn fine message.

Title: Never Enough
Artist: Trixie Whitley
Album (year): Fourth Corner (2013)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I stumbled on to Trixie Whitley through the Daytrotter site (Daytrotter.com) in early 2013 and immediately fell for her voice. I picked up her 2012 EP, The Engine, and her 2013 full-length, Fourth Corner. I was going back to her EP and LP, over and over, all year.

Title: Far And Slow
Artist: T. Rogers
Album (year): Simple Lijfe [2013]
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Fine band, not from around here, but they know their way around and inside and
through the blues. Their name is based on the Hungarian word “troger”, meaning someone with
a relaxed attitude towards life. Keb’ Mo’ joins them on the song “Angelina.”
Some tracks from the album available for free (or donation) here: http://trogers.hu/index.html

Title: Drive All Night (Bruce Springsteen cover)
Artist: Glen Hansard
Album (year): Drive All Night EP (2003)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Mr. Hansard quietly put out a short EP late this past November that went under the radar for a lot of people. This cover is more of a tribute to The Boss and features Eddie Vedder and Joe Henry on background vocals, plus Jake Clemons (nephew of Clarence) on sax.

Title: Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song
Artist: Amos Lee
Album (year):
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: I completely missed this album until late in 2013. This beautiful song features Patty Griffin on background vocals.

Title: Red Rose Nantahala
Artist: Hiss Golden Messenger
Album (Year): Haw (2013)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: The guitar work on this…it sears a gigantic chasm into my skullbones

Title: Sad Days Lonely Nights
Artist: Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg
Album (2013): Pain Killers
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: No comment it speaks for itself and me

Title: Splinters
Artist: Austin Lucas
Album: Stay Reckless (2013)
Submitted By: Trailer
Comments: This one just hurts all over.

Title: Miss Watson
Artist: Semi-Twang
Album: The Why And What For (2013)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: I heard several good ‘uns in 2013 – many through some great performances at Couch By Couchwest. But for sheer fun, this one is right at the top of my list. ? Elementary Miss Watson / Let’s discuss this in my Datsun / You want love, I believe I got some / Elementary Miss Watson ?

Title: Neon Cathedral
Artist: Macklemore
Album (year): The Heist (2013)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs
Comments: Great writing transcends genres and this, simply, is a great song about alcohol and drinking culture.

Title: The Dream’s in the Ditch
Artist: Deer Tick
Album (year): Negativity (2013)
Submitted By: @mikebeebe
Comments: Got to see Deer Tick a couple of times last year, but the best had to be the After Show Party at Newport Blues Cafe on the final night of the Newport Folk Fest. It was just before Negativity was released and they played the whole thing front to back that night, followed up with some other DT favorites. Fun night, great show, and this song from the album in particular is one I keep going back to.

Title: The Highway
Artist: Holly Williams
Album (year): The Highway (2013)
Submitted By: Simon www.beat-surrender.com
Comments: My top two of tracks of 2013 have already made appearances on FBFY (Elephant / Song for Zula) so I’ve gone for this one from Holly Williams which according to iTunes is my third most played track for 2013.

Title: Tennessee
Artist: Great Peacock
Album (year): 2013 single off of their Spring 2014 release
Submitted by: Corey Flegel

Title: Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier
Artist: A.A.Bondy
Album: Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War (2013)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: From a sublime album of traditional civil war songs reinterpreted by some of today’s best artists comes this ghostly, echoing track by A.A.Bondy that is as good as anything we heard over the whole year.

UK Blog Sound 2014 Poll Winners Revealed


Marika Hackman and Banks tie as joint winners, very pleased for both of them but particularly Marika who’s songs were featured several times during 2013 on Beat Surrender, the runner-up was Sivu who was just one vote behind the two winners

The UK Blog Sound of 2014 is a poll of 59 UK based music bloggers. It asked them to each vote for their three favourite emerging artists. This is the third year the poll has taken place and for the first time two artists have tied for equal first place, each receiving an identical number of votes.

The UK Blog Sound of 2014 is a poll designed to compliment the BBC Sound of poll and is voted for only by UK music blogs. This year 139 acts received at least 1 vote from the 59 participating blogs, the vast majority of the 139 receiving just 1 solitary vote. Of the 15 acts on the BBC Sound of list 7 of them failed to secure a single vote from UK Blog Sound voters.

The UK blogs that took part in the voting were:

17 Seconds, A Pocket Full Of Seeds, All Noise, Alphabet Bands, Beat Surrender, Both Bars On,Brapscallions, Breaking More Waves, Brighton Music Blog, Cat From Japan, Daisy Digital, Details Of My Life, Don’t Watch Me Dancing, Dots and Dashes, Drunken Werewolf, Eaten By Monsters,Echoes and Dust, electronic rumors, Faded Glamour, God Is In The TV, Gold Flake Paint, Hearty Vibes, I Love Pie, In Love Not Limbo, Just Music That I Like, Killing Moon, Like 1999, Little Indie Blogs, Love Music : Love Life, Music Broke My Bones, Music Liberation,Music Like Dirt, My Band’s Better Than Your Band, My Day By Day Music, Not Many Experts, Peenko, Pop Dodger, Repeat Button,Scientists Of Sound, Scottish Fiction, Skeletory, Sleep In Music, Some Of It Is True, Sound Influx, Sounds Good To Me Too, Sounds Of Now Music, Sweeping The Nation, The Blue Walrus,The Devil Has The Best Tuna, The Electricity Club, The Evening’s Empire, The Mad Mackerel,The Metaphorical Boat, The Sound Of Confusion, The Underclassed,This Must Be Pop, Thoughts On Music, Von Pip Musical Express, When The Gramophone Rings

Beat Surrender : Best of 2013

It’s that time of year again to try and break down this years favourites into some kind of order, truth be told the #1 choice was the easiest I’ve had to make in recent years, separating #2 through #5 was a little more difficult – they are all great albums, stylistically very different but all have outstanding songs, from #6 onwards the degree of separation reduces and to be honest if I sat down with the final list next week the order could shift significantly, in the tradition of never doing it exactly the same way year-on-year this time around I’ve gone for a more straight forward chart and the number 33 seemed an appropriate choice given the top ten all found their way into my collection on vinyl (no doubt this influenced the final choices). Having already seen a number of fellow bloggers best of’s it evident there are some big name Americana acts missing from the Beat Surrender run down, as ever too much music and not enough time.

1. Jason Isbell – Southeastern

2. Camera Obscura – Desire Lines

3. Danny & The Champions of the World – Stay True

4. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

5. Caitlin Rose – The Stand In

6. Lindi Ortega – Tin Star

7. Holly Williams – The Highway

8. Sturgill Simpson = High Top Mountain

9. My Darling Clementine – The Reconciliation

10. Austin Lucas – Stay Reckless

11. Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart

12. Chris T-T & The Hoodrats – The Bear

13. Phosphorescent – Muchacho

14. John Moreland – In the Throes

15. Frankie & The Heartstrings – The Days Run Away

16. Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo – Dear River

17. Star Anna – Go To Hell

“For Anyone” by Star Anna (official music video) from Coalter Digital on Vimeo.

18. Thee Spivs – The Crowds & The Sounds

19. Doc Feldman & the LD50 – Sundowning At The Station

20. Israel Nash Gripka – Rain Plans

21. Shona Tucker – A Tell All

22. The Lucky Strikes – The Exile & The Sea

23. Laura Cantrell – No Way Here From There

24. Possessed by Paul James -There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely

25. Amanda Shires – Down Fell The Doves

26. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse

27. MG Boulter – The Water Or The Wave

28 Annie Keating – For Keeps

Annie Keating – All Gone

29. The Handsome Family – Wilderness

30. Paper Aeroplanes – Little Letters

31. Wynntown Marshalls – The Long Haul

32. Slaid Cleaves – Still Fighting The War

33. Lloyd Cole – Standards

Best of the Visuals 2013 Part 1

Here’s a selection of my favourite video performances from the last 12 months, in no particular order.

Camera Obscura – Fifth In Line To The Throne

Frightened Rabbit – Holy

London Grammar – Wicked Game (Live at WFUV)

Frank Turner – Losing Days

KT Tunstall – “The Boys of Summer” (Live – WFUV)

Girl Called Johnny – Heaven Knows

Lindi Ortega – Tin Star Orange Lounge Session

The Fauns – Lights

Lloyd Cole – Period Piece

The Dirty Beggars – Codeine (Jason Isbell Cover)

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