Category Archives: FBFY

Feel Bad For You – July 2014


Welcome to this month’s Feel Bad For You ‘mixtape’ another eclectic set of killer tunes to enjoy, thanks to all for the tunes and especially to Matt for putting it together.


Title: Sexy Eiffel Towers
Artist: Bow Wow Wow
Album (year): Your Cassette Pet EP (1980)
Submitted by: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: I heard this by chance the other day, and it immediately transported me back to my early teenage years listening to John Peel late at night in my bedroom trying to discover the latest cool music. In fact the first title for the blog was going to be “We’re All John Peels Now”, but that’s another story. Instead just listen to two and a half minutes of perfect, suggestive, breathless bubblegum indie from 33 years ago!

Title: Midnight On A Monday
Artist: Anna Tivel
Album: Before Machines (2014)
Submitted by: Romeo Sid Vicious
Comments: I just can’t enough of this girl! She blows my mind.

Title: Ms. Fat Booty
Artist: Marvin Gaye / Mos Def (Amerigo Gazaway)
Album (year): Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (2014)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: When these mash-ups work, it’s magical — even better when we’re talking about combining the goodness of Marvin Gaye and Mos Def.

Title: Living The Dream
Artist: Warren Pash
Album: Plastic Rulers (2008)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Warren Pash, a songwriter who now claims East Nashville as home, presumably gets to cash a pretty nice regular check as a co-writer of the Hall & Oates hit “Private Eyes”. Seeing as I’ve pretty well rejected all of H&O’s songs over the years, I’ve never sought out anyone who may have helped them with their songs. But when I was intro’d to Pash’s music by Tommy Womack, I instantly changed my mind. Loads of jangly guitar. Solid pop. And with the 4th of July falling this month, aren’t we all Living The Dream? No? Oh. Well, then I feel bad for you.

Title: Oye Como Va (live at El Jefe)
Artist: Perico Hernandez
Album (year): Chef OST (2014)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Brass replaces Carlos’ guitar in this made for a hot summer afternoon cover. An accompanying cold drink is not optional. Neither is playing it at low volume.

Title: Fury Of The Light
Artist: The Bones of J.R. Jones
Album (year): Dark Was The Yearling (2014)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: One of my favorite new artists. I submitted another song by this fella in April. Here’s one from his recently released album. Check him out!

Title: Headlights
Artist: Ellen Sundberg
Album (year): Headlights (2014 EP)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Straight from Swedesplease, an awesome music blog ( that this week introduced me to Ellen Sundberg, a singer songwriter from Bjärme in Jämtland, Sweden. The EP is a teaser for the forthcoming album “White Smoke and Pines”, to be released in the Fall. Ellen traveled to Austin, TX to record with Israel Nash and his band, with Nash producing. The song starts disarmingly enough like a kitchen jam session, and then quickly shifts to hypnotic space and time twisting raga-folk mode. I’m totally seduced by this song. There I something lovely about the way it undersells, creating all this space, easing back for a comforting pedal steel solo, building to an emotional climax only to drop back into personal space for the tag. “Wake up in the morning, fall asleep in the night. Fall asleep in the morning, wake up in the night.” I want to stay in this song and not wake up.

Title: Avant Gardener
Artist: Courtney Barnett
Album (year) The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (2013)
Submitted by: Simon
Comments: iTunes tell me I played this track more often than any other last month and so it gets my vote this month, plus I’ve just finished watching Breaking Bad, grow tomatoes, sweetcorn and radishes, and a bonus point goes to any songwriter who can weave anaphylactic, emphyseeming and pseudo-ephedrine into her lyrics.

Title: Stand By Me
Artist: Spyder Turner
Album (Year): Single (1967)
Submitted By: @popa2unes

Title: Airstream Shack
Artist: DM Bob & Jem Finer
Album (year): Pirana (2008)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: I feel like my songs for submitted for the FBFY July either
represent feeling really hot and sweaty (I live in the south…) OR
Music you listen to while driving to the lake (again…I live in the
south). One day I’ll live in an airstream…one day….

Title: My Baby Took My Baby Away
Artist: Bobby Bare Jr.’s Young Criminals Starvation League
Album: Undefeated (2014)
Submitted By: Trailer

Title: Jacob’s Ladder
Artist: Mark Lanegan
Album: Funeral Blues (2011)
Submitted by: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: First contribution and this just seemed apt as I tend to share Lanegan more than most artists.

Title: “Soul Deep”
Artist: The Box Tops
Album: Dimensions (1969)
Submitted by: TheSecondSingle
Comments: The hit single from Alex Chilton’s first band’s last album

Title: The Mayor of Simpleton
Artist: XTC
Album (year): Oranges & Lemons (1989)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: This album came out 25 years ago. Congratulations, you are old.

Title: I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
Artist: Stonewall Jackson
Album (Year): Trouble And Me (1965)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Underrated



Feel Bad For You - June 2014


We’re bringing this months FBFY to you a little late this month but it’s well worth the wait – really good compilation this one.

Title: Next to the Trash
Artist: Punch Brothers
Album (year): Antifogmatic (2010)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: It’s all part of having a man in the house

Title: Where Is My Knife
Artist: The Amazing Snakeheads
Album: Amphetamine Ballads (2014)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: Undoubtedly our live discovery of the year at the Great Escape Festival. Menacing, brooding, savage, threatening, and quite, quite brilliant. Junkyard punk and voodoo blues combine to create a sleazy, hypnotic masterpiece on this, one of many standouts on their debut album.

Title: She’s Got A Heart Of Stone
Artist: The Singles
Album (year): Daytrotter Studio Session (4/9/2014)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: As I’ve mentioned a time or two or a hundred, I’m a sucker for power pop. I came across The Singles on a recent Daytrotter ( session and they blew me away. I hear the best of the 60s pop and garage bands, as well as power pop from the 80s (Romantics, Smithereens, etc…).

Title: Too Shiny
Artist: Zoe Muth
Album (Year) World of Strangers (2014)
Submitted by: Simon
Comments: Loving the new Zoe Muth album at the moment and this is one of the many highlights from it

Title: Two Ambulance Day
Artist: The Wind-Up Birds
Album (year): Poor Music [2014]
Submitted By: hoosier buddy (with thanks to April for introducing this band to me)
Comments: Poor Music by The Wind-Up Birds (released on Sturdy Records 27 May 2014) is a terrible, heartbreaking, immediate, loose-tense, connect-the-dots-and-see-where-you’ve-got-to-now album. It will push you to drink, then give you cause to despair, then inspire you to anger that extends in all directions and feeds on throbbing bass and desperate drumming. I’m not suicidal; just enlightened in a way I totally did not expect. Picking just one song was an exercise in futility, as there is no filler in the 17 tracks on this CD. In the end I had to choose, and Two Ambulance Day offered itself as a harbinger of what will be. Watch out!
From the blog Life Is One Big Review:
“‘Two Ambulance Day’ is another dose of brilliant post-punk sarcasm. Lead singer Paul Ackroyd’s vocals are impassioned, as always. Ambience gives way to a high energy finish and the track overall leaves you with the overwhelming feeling that the country is going to shit.”

Artist: Matt Woods
Song: Liberty Bell
Album: With Love From Brushy Mountain
Label: Lonely Ones Records
Year: 2014
Submitted By: Adam Dawson:
Comments: My submission this month comes from the new Matt Woods record that I can’t stop listening to. Every year there are a few records that really rise above even the great records of that year and With Love From Brushy Mountain is definitely one this year. I chose “Liberty Bell” really because it’s the last track on the album and the last one I listened to today, therefore the lines “My bloodshot eyes can hide about behind these shades and a couple of drinks” are stuck in my head. I could have just as easily sent in any song from the record and been happy with my submission for the month.

Artist: Bobby Charles
Song: Street People
Album: Bobby Charles (1972)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Friend played this LP for me recently. Features the Band, dr. John, others, produced by Robbie Robertson. Laid back Louisiana swamp funk. Reissued recently from >

Title: Fire Eyes
Artist: The Entrance Band
Album (2013): Face The Sun
Submitted By: Popa Tunes
Comments: A good friend Mike Newman, former DJ at the defunct East Village Radio started his own label Beyond, Beyond is Beyond last year, with an ear for groovy psych music he is gathering a plethora of tasty bands to the label. If you’re heavy into such music he has a yearly jamscription service that mails every new release on VINYL to your door. There is a free 2014 bandcamp sampler available to indulge in.

Title: My Silver Lining
Artist: First Aid Kit
Album (year): Stay Gold (2014)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs (
Comments: Currently, my favorite song of the year.

Title: Turn The Lights Down Low
Artist: Sarah McLachlan
Album:Shine On (2014)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Don’t worry girls, I haven’t gone soft on you. ooo, er. I don’t usually listen to Sarah, but her latest – about emerging from a period of loss – is tremendous despite the typically tepid Canadian studio work. (One song, Broken Heart, would be an all-time country classic if redone right)

Title: Chicken Hearted
Artist: Roy Orbison
Album (year): The Early Years comp (but released as a single on Sun Records in 1957)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: Who doesn’t like Roy Orbison? This is one of my favorite summertime tunes. (It is also very possible that I was inspired to choose this song by my current hunt for new sunglasses)

Title: Memphis In The Meantime
Artist: John Hiatt
Album: Hiatt Comes Alive At Budokan? (1994)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: I was thrilled along with a few thousand others to see John Hiatt live on a recent Saturday night in the big field of an historic horse farm owned by the city of Franklin, TN. A day later it dawned on me it was the second time for me to see Hiatt – with both times in city parks. The first time was in Chattanooga’s Miller Plaza about 25 years ago when only about 300 folks or so attended. I had the opportunity way back then to meet him after the show, and he autographed my copy of Slow Turning. The dude still gets it done.

Title: The Promise
Artist: When in Rome
Album (year): When in Rome (1988)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: This one is for those of you too young to remember the original and are now enjoying Sturgill Simpson’s cover. This was one of my favorite songs in high school. Sometimes I miss the 80s. Sigh.

Title: No Roads Here
Artist: Corb Lund
Album (year): Counterfeit Blues (2014)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: My third favorite music act (the first being The Sadies and the second being Neil Young) is releasing a live album on July 1. Most of the songs from this album are from his first two albums (2002′s Five Dollar Bill and 2006′s Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer) which are both, sadly, largely unknown to the American audience. There are two or three new tracks on the album too, and this is one of them.

Title: Happy
Artist: John Fullbright
Album (year): Songs (2014)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: You want sad country songs? I’ll give you sad country songs. This album is brilliant.

Title: The Company Song
Artist: Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires
Album (year): Dereconstructed (2014)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: This may be my album of the year. It’s hands down the rock album of the year. If you can imagine a Southern rock arrow starting from Skynyrd and pointing to the Drive-By Truckers, this arrow now points from the DBT to Lee Bains III, but with a dash of punk on the side. Listen closely to the lyrics. Brilliant.

Title: Anchor Iron
Artist: Fire Mountain
Album: All Dies Down (2014)
Submitted By: Trailer (Farce the Music)




This months FBFY is all about the fun, fun, fun.
Big thanks to Matt for putting it together and Annie for the art.


Title : Cold Beverage
Artist: G. Love and Special Sauce
Album: G. Love and Special Sauce (1994)
Submitted by: Adam Dawson (The Broken Jukebox)
Comments: There are a few artists whose records just scream summer time and fun to me. One of them is G. Love and Special Sauce, the mix of blues and hip hop from this Philadelphia native just put me in the mood to go for a long cruise with the windows down. While Cold Beverage is not my favorite G. Love song even from this album, I felt it really embodied the spirit of this month’s theme.

Title: Wild Night
Artist: Van Morrison
Album (year): Tupelo Honey (1971)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Feel good for you.

Title: Let It Slide
Artist: Todd Thibaud
Album: Todd Thibaud Live (2006)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: This is one of many I can plug into a playlist and crank to 11 as the temps begin to consistently break the 90 degree marker.

Title: Mississippi Delta
Artist Bobby Gentry
Album (Year): Ode To Billy Joe (1967)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Obligatory:

Title: Wild About You Baby
Artist: Hound Dog Taylor
Album (year): Live At Joe’s Place (1992)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Tell me these guys aren’t having a bunch of drunken fun and that it’s not contagious. I dare you! I triple dog dare you!

Title: Jimmy Buffett Doesn’t Live in Key West Anymore
Artist: David Allan Coe
Album (year): ?? [Editor's Note: This is from the 1978 album Nothing Sacred, never officially released]
Submitted By: Trailer
Comments: This is supposedly a track from Coe’s infamous 18 X-Rated Hits, which features lots of cursing, misogyny and racism. This is the only song from that bunch I’ve actually heard… and it’s fun. And not safe for work.

Title: Do It Again
Artist: Camera Obscura
Album: Desire Lines (2013)
Submitted by: Simon
Comments: Lovely melody, catchy hook, a favorite track from Camera Obscura that always brings a smile to my face – this version is from their KCRW performance in June of last year ( full performance on YouTube )

Title: Matamoros
Artist: The Afghan Whigs
Album (year): Do To The Beast [2014]
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: At this juncture, I don’t have a fun point of view to share, which has affected my song choice. This song has plenty of dark energy, and feels like a tune I’d want to have blasting in the car as the summer sun is setting and I’m leaving the beach on my way to hit some bars. The emotions are complicated, just the way I like them. You have no idea what is going on behind these shades. “Now that the blood has begun I’d like to see how it’s done.”

Title: The Wind-up Birds Songwriting Workshop
Artist: The Wind-up Birds
Album (year): Poor Music (2014)
Submitted By: April
Comments: The triumphant return of TWUB to the FBFY mix! Our men from Leeds will be releasing their second full-length album, Poor Music, on Sturdy Records at the end of this month, and you should go ahead and just pre-order it now because, Jesus, it is good. This song does what it says on the tin, while making you want to dance like those white-lipsticked, bouffant-haired girls from 1960s video clips. (A departure from TWUB songs shared in the mix in the past, but I promise the sharp, engrossing lyrical stories we know TWUB for are gloriously represented on the new album.)

Title: Gay Bar
Artist: Electric Six
Album (year): Fire (2003)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Summer afternoons cry out for some infectious NSFW guitar pop. Ladies, please don’t take this literally. I am still available for BBQs. And not infectious.

Title: Time to Switch to Whiskey
Artist: Corb Lund
Album (year): Five Dollar Bill (2002)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: You know what’s fun and energetic? Getting drunk.

Title: Right Time
Artist: Nikki Lane
Album (Year):All or Nothin’ (2014)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: She opened for the Old 97′s last night. Great show! I can’t hear much and I’m up to early.

Title: Loadie Boots
Artist: Ne’er Do Wells
Album (year): Gift Of Knowledge (2004)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: These guys are always fun, and make me dance like a fool.

Title: Goin’ Down That Road Feelin’ Bad
Artist: Golden River Grass
Album (Year): The Art Of Field Recording Vol 1 (2007)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: To me summer reminds me of hanging out at festivals with friends old and new and playing music all night and this recording is the closest thing I’ve ever heard to capturing the essence of those moments.

Title: Home for a Rest
Artist: Spirit of the West
Album (year): Save this House (1990)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Getting drunk is fun! Being hungover, not so much fun. This song will make you feel better. For some reason this

song reminds me of visiting Gorrck. I’m not sure why.

Title: Warm It Up Kane
Artist: Big Daddy Kane
Album (Year): It’s A Big Daddy Thing (1989)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Bonus Track, because the FBFY crew just doesn’t like fun songs.




Thanks to Matt for putting it together and Phil for the cover art.

Title: Scratch
Artist: Morphine
Album (year): Yes (1995)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This album comes out swinging…not punching, but swinging. The first three tracks either have you on the bus with the rest of the merry pranksters, or not. Scratch is one of those songs where the feel contrasts with the subject matter; the singer really does not seem to mind starting over from scratch. Is it the epitome of cool, or an inability to care? Methinks the former.

Title: 12 Steps
Artist: Big Shoals
Album (year): Still Go On (2014)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs (
Comments: Debut album from a new band out of Gainesville.

Title: Late for the Sky
Artist: Andrew Rose Gregory (Jackson Browne)
Album (year): The Covers EP (2012)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: One of Jackson Browne’s best, covered by an incredible singer-songwriter in his own right, Andrew Gregory. Yes, Gregory, as in The Gregory Brothers of schmoyoho youtube auto-tuning celebrity. Andrew’s solo work gets overshadowed by internet silliness, and I know I’m submitting a cover, but check out his The Lost Year album, and also his stunning interpretation/musical setting of The Song of Songs.

Title: Sweet Tooth Boogie (Unreleased from The Wildness)
Artist: The Bones of J.R. Jones
Album (year): Reliable the Unreliable EP (2014)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I was introduced to The Bones of J.R. Jones, with a free EP via NoiseTrade (no longer available), in March. He’s got a great folk sound. I like this little ‘boogie’ number so have a listen.

Title: I’m A Little Mixed Up
Artist: Betty James
Album (Year): Released on 45 by Chess (1961)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Heard this on an electric blues comp, dug the hell out of it. So much swagger in the delivery of the vocals, so much interplay between the guitar and rhythm section. A perfect song, a house rocker as they say.

Title: Milk In The Fridge
Artist: Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons
Album (Year): Hey Kid (2014)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: Luckly one of my boys is also a fan and gets to see the band often in the Columbus Ohio area, at the record release party earlier this year he got me an autographed CD, and I swooned. I bet you think, I think this song is about me

Title: Slow Death
Artist: Flamin’ Groovies
Album (year): I’ll Have A…Bucket of Brains: The Original 1972 Rockfield Recordings for U.A. (1995)
Submitted By: TheSecondSingle
Comments: In my opinion, one of the top three finest Rolling Stones rip offs of all time, but with a little of that Groovies jangle that makes them fun.

Title: Broke My Heart
Artist: Tim Easton
Album: Porcupine (2009)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: I’m not sure where I’ve been the last 10 years to have missed the music of Tim Easton. In late March, I took in an in-the round showcase to see East Nashville and Couch By Couchwest faves Eric Brace, Peter Cooper and Jesse Lafser. Easton was the fourth, and I dug each song he performed. I’m now playing from behind and digging his 2009 release Porcupine. And is there anything more obvious to offer a flippant “feel bad for you” than hearing of a broken heart?

Title: Opossum
Artist: Adam Faucett
Album (year): Blind Water Finds Blind Water (2014)
Submitted By: Trailer

Artist: Eddie Noack
Title: Psycho
Album: Psycho: The K-Ark and Allstar Recordings, 1962-1969
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel
Comments: OK so we’ve only just discovered Eddie Noack, best known for this, his 1968 cover of Leon Payne’s serial killer song Psycho. Rockabilly tinged, country cult classic. Pure genius.

Artist: Miles Davis
Title: “Jeru”
Album: Birth of the Cool (1949)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: listened to this on vinyl on my birthday back in March. It was the only cool there was. I am a nerd.

Title: The Heavy Things
Artist: Micah Schnabel
Album: I’m Dead, Serious
Blurb: I have been helping take care of a dear friend who lost his fight with cancer at 9:20 April, 9 2014. This is one of the songs I’ve had on repeat since then. It’s been helping me deal with the loss and the grief. I thought it appropriate to share.

Title: Amphetamine
Artist: Steve Wynn -& the Miracle Three
Album (year): Static Transmission (2003)
Submitted By: Simon Lellow
Comments: This track popped up on shuffle in the car on the way to work a couple of weeks ago, I hit repeat, rolled the window down and gave an impromptu performance – to anyone who witnessed it, sorry. KEXP

Artist: Rod Picott
Album: Hang Your Hopes on a Crooked Nail
Year: 2014
Label: Independent
Comments: I picked this because I have been listening to this record a lot lately and it’s my favorite off it.

Related Posts with Thumbnails