Title: Norman Bates
Artist: The Burning of Rome
Album (year): With Us (2012)
Submitted By: @mikebeebe
Comments: Super fun and super creepy track from my favorite San Diego band, based on Psycho and the Bates Motel.
Title: Deadman’s Curve
Artist: Tyler Childers & High Wall
Album (year): Live at Red Barn Radio (2014)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs
Comments: Off a 4 song live EP. This kid reminds me of a young Isbell a lot.
Title: Sawmill Road
Artist: Mat D and The Profane Saints
Album (year): Holyoke (2014)
Submitted By: BoogieStudio22
Comments: I’m not sure where I’ve been all these years, but I just discovered Mat D in the last few months. His new album, Holyoke, is top-notch. Not a bad song on this album so it was a tough choice, but I am submitting “Sawmill Road”.
Title: La Danse De Mardi Gras
Artist: Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys
Album (year): La Toussaint (1995)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Generally I favor the more primitive Balfa Brothers recording of this, but hard to argue with that accordian solo at the end. In cajun tradition, the mardi gras song is sung during the Mardi Gras Courir, or Mardi Gras Run, where the revelers travel from house to house in their neighborhood, much like halloween, only they are begging for the ingredients to a gumbo that will be eaten by everyone at the end of the night. Which is what all that french they are singing is about.
Title: Morning Dew
Artist: Bonnie Dobson
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Record labias [editors note: this is where 45's come from] recognized there was a goldmine of songwriting in people like Townes, Webb, Tyson and Lightfoot but had no clue how to record them. Music copyright was still in its infancy then so… orchestrate, record, and above all else, steal.
Title: Do You Ever Think Of Me?
Artist: Laura Cantrell
Album (year): [live in London, February 13, 2014]
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Not a huge fan of her music but I like this song.
Title: Salt of the Earth
Artist: The Rolling Stones
Album (year): Beggars Banquet (1968)
Submitted By: Trailer @farcethemusic
Title: King of California
Artist: Dave Alvin
Album (year): King of California (1994)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Title: Time Spent in Los Angeles
Album (year): Nothing is Wrong (2011)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Same comments for both tracks. Times is tough, and to make some money during December and January I took a seasonal retail job at a popular New England outdoors/clothing store. I was worried that the overhead Christmas music would make me want to impale myself with a hangar. But the music actually ruled! The only Christmas song I remember hearing was Joni Mitchel’s “River.” Every day I worked I heard the above Dave Alvin and Dawes songs. I heard tons of other great stuff too, but these two in particular will always remind me of working a crappy retail job for the Christmas of 2013.
Artist: New Electric Ride
Album (2014): Balloon Age
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: gonna lay some groovy psychedelia on you from my good friend Mike Newman’s record label Beyond Beyond is Beyond, The first release of 2014 is New Electric Rides debut LP
Artist: Sun Kil Moon
Album: Benji (2014)
Submitted by: Mad Mackerel
Comments: Benji is sure to be one of our contenders for the end-of-year best of lists and picking a single song from it was damn near impossible. In the end we went for the painfully blunt and revealing Dogs, a song that documents in all its fumbling glory, the step-by-step sexual graduation we all go through and never talk about. Wince in recognition, and then love it!
Title: Hunter Wayne And The Pinstriped Suit
Artist: Levi Massie
Album: Angels Around My Barstool (2013)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: I just learned of this Murfreesboro, TN singer/songwriter when a co-worker passed along a copy of Massie’s CD he’d been given. “Here, a guy told me you might like this. Its not metal so I probably wouldn’t listen to it.” His rejection is my win. Really good stuff. A bit like Jeffrey Foucault if you ask me. The two things I’ve learned about Massie are (1) a local producer / drummer talked him into recording the album just so he could hear the songs and (2) the album title comes from a phrase used by Townes as to how he managed to stay upright as he performed many nights.
Artist: Ola Podrida
Album (year): Ola Podrida (2007)
Submitted By: TheSecondSingle
Comments: A great, slow building rock song that has been in my head for about six months.
Title: Ray Charles Dream
Artist: Water Liars
Album (year): Water Liars (2014)
Submitted By: TheOtherBrit
Comments: If you haven’t heard these guys yet, you need to check them out.
Title: Neil Young
Artist: The Wheat Pool
Album (year): Township (2007)
Submitted By: Simon
Comments: Got into a conversation this weekend about music and memories, points in time, the often fleeting nature of artists and bands and the way you can sometimes stumble upon an album, EP or just a single song that sticks and stops with you long after the band have called it a day. This months track is one such song, one that I love and have often added to playlists for myself and mix tapes for others, thought it was about time I put it in for FBFY. The Wheat Pool were a Canadian alt-country band, they split up almost two years ago, when this happened fifteen years or so ago most of what bands left behind was preserved only for the die-hard fans, these days most leave a trail to follow on the internet, go take a look.
Title: “Wreck of the Old 97″
Artist: Pete Seeger
Album: American Favorite Ballads, Vol 1 (sometime between 1776 and 2014)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Sad to see another American treasure gone.
Title: Lets Dance
Artist: The Ramones
Album (year): Ramones (1976)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: Sometimes you just wanna dance.
Title: Number Three
Artist: They Might Be Giants
Album (year): They Might Be Giants (1986)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: I just finished my 8th February Album Writing Month (FAWM.ORG),and this about how it feels.