Category Archives: Feel Bad For You

Feel Bad For You – October 2015 – Halloween


FBFY goes all spooky this month with our traditional Halloween mix, here’s the Dropbox link:

1. “Country Music, I’m Talking To You”
Darrell Scott
10 Songs Of Ben Bullington (2915)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Home truths about the state of country music in one of the late Ben Bullington’s songs Scott chose for a really wonderful album.

2. “Freak Of Nature”
Freak Of Nature (2001)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Better beware, I’m your midnight angel.

3. “Where the Night Goes”
Josh Ritter
Sermon on the Rocks (2015)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Josh Ritter’s new record is mighty fine.

4. “Killing Time”
City And Colour
If I Should Go Before You (2015)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Some songs just feel like the season, and this is one that feels like autumn, decay, and disillusionment.

What if you’re here when I’m not ready?
What if I’m not willing to listen?
I hope these devils never leave me
‘Cause I keep takin’ what they’re givin’

5. “Champagne Halloween”
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Greetings From St. Paul & The Broken Bones (2012)
Submitted By: Trailer

6. “Cuts Like a Knife”
The Hold Steady
Live from the Horseshoe Tavern, Bootleg (2014)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: But it feels so right.

7. “Halloween”
The Dream Syndicate
Days of Wine & Roses (1982, reissue 2015)
Submitted By: The Mad Mackerel
Comments: A triumph from the halcyon days of the Paisley Underground – jangly, dark-hearted indie.

8. “Midnight”
Hank Levine & The Blazers
Single A Side (1960)
Submitted By: @popa2unes

9. “Evil Eye”
Al Saxon
Single (1962)
Submitted By: @popa2unes

10. “Monsters Crash the Pajama Party”
Radio Spot
Single (1965)
Submitted By: @popa2unes

11. “Happy Halloween”
Green Pajamas
Happy Halloween! (2014)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: Not too spooky, a result of the band’s purchase of a Casio MT-68 keyboard back in 1984 and originally released on cassette. Reissued on CD in 2014.

12. “The Black Rider”
Tom Waits
The Black Rider (1993)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: I’m not a big Halloween guy. But this ‘un truly creeps me out. Waits’ voice is intriguing in its own right. It draws you near before he sets his hook. And then, wonderful lyrics ooze from this song such as ‘I’ll drink your blood like wine,’ ‘Take off you skin and dance around in your bones,’ and ‘May I use your skull for a bowl?’

13. “Scorpios Vegas”
Gun Outfit
Dream All Over (2015)
Submitted By: magearwig
Comments: The best song on an album that’s front-to-back brilliant.

14. “Peter Gunn”
Roy Buchanan
Dancing On The Edge (1986)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: This can’t be what Henry Mancini heard while writing the tune. Lucky for us, Roy heard something different and reached for the Telecaster.

15. “Halloweenhead”
Ryan Adams
Easy Tiger (2007)
Submitted By: Truersound/Not RMR
Comments: Guitar Solo! I love this song!

16. “Death Garage”
Peter Holsapple and the H Bombs
Big Black Truck (1978)
Submitted By: Verbow
Comments: Pre-db’s tune by the one and only Mr. Holsapple. Heard it on KDHX a few Halloween’s ago – not explicitly about Halloween, but its creepy in an Ed Wood movie sorta way.

17. “Pajama Party in a Haunted House”
Beat Happening
Black Candy (1989)
Submitted By: Verbow
Comments: One of my favorite Beat Happening songs – first heard it on the legendary Sub Pop 200 compilation. Again, not about Halloween per se, but it has that nightmarish quality that is kinda spooky.

18. “Halloween”
Attica (2014)
Submitted By: Verbow
Comments: Hey, this one actually says Halloween in the title! Great song from one of my current obsessions – the mighty Wussy. Not spooky or scary – just a great song.

19. “Hell Yes”
Alkaline Trio
Halloween at the Metro (2003)
Submitted By: Verbow
Comments: Alkaline Trio is noted for their generally macabre song topics and sense of humor, so playing a song with the lyrics “bless me dark father I have sinned/ I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again” on Halloween night seems just about right. Great version of one of my favorite Alk3 songs.

20. “Ghost Town (Extended V)”
The Specials
The Best of the Specials (2008)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: Originally released on the 12” single version this is the extended version of The Specials 1981 classic which was the one of the last recordings they made before they split.

21. “There’s a Ghost In My House”
R. Dean Taylor
Single (1967)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: Another classic track but this time a it’s a timeless Northern Soul favourite, written by Holland Dozier Holland and released on a Motown imprint in 1967

22. “Halloween”
Kirsty MacColl
Electric Landlady (1991)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: A themed track from the late great Kirsty MacColl

23 “Werewolves of London”
The Flamin’ Groovies
Jumpin in the Night (1979)
Submitted by: TheSecondSingle/Beldo
Comments: Not quite as good as the original but very good and different enough to sound fresh

24. “Red Right Hand”
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Let Love In (1994)
Submitted by: TheSecondSingle/Beldo
Comments: One of my all time favorite songs and to think I first heard it in Wes Craven’s Scream.

25. “Human Fly”
The Cramps
Gravest Hits (1979)
Submitted by: The SecondSingle/Beldo
Comments: Like a ’50s horror movie in the form of a deranged garage punk song.

26. “Dark Night”
The Blasters
Hard Line (1985)
Submitted by: TheSecondSingle/Beldo
Comments: A great rockabilly song with some very dark lyrics about a murder. If you’re not familiar with The Blasters (and you should be), you may recognize it as the title song in From Dusk Til Dawn.

Feel Bad For You – September 2015



Enjoy another eclectic mix from the FBFY collective.

1. “Circle of One”
The Lemonheads
Bored on the Fourth of July: The BBC Session (2015)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Sticker reads: “Recorded on the Fourth of July, 1989, at the BBC, for the legendary John Peel, their only BBC session available commercially for the first time.” Definitely worth the wait.

2. “Red Eyes”
The War on Drugs
Lost in the Dream (2014)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: This track came on our local indie station and for some reason it captures my current mood of disillusionment quite well.

3. “Waterfalls”
Crow and the Canyon
Leaving Soon (to be released in 2015)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: I just learned about this Portland, Oregon, band through one of the songs, “Wine and Whiskey,” featured on Bill Frater’s Freight Train Boogie podcast. I’ve tramped around trying to find a few more of their songs, and all I’ve found so far have been spot-on. I particularly like Waterfalls which will the the lead track for their upcoming debut release. Haven’t experienced a waterfall yet that hasn’t mesmerized me. (For the record, I recently returned from a trip to Portland where I had a blast on an all-day pub crawl. Highly recommended.)

4. “Motorcycle (Straight to Hell)”
Table Scraps
Single (2015)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: This has been a great year so far for raucous punk rock music – Spray Paint, Bully, Slaves, Cruising, TRAAMS, Protomartyr, Trance Farmers, Tough Age, the Woolen Men, and Titus Andronicus have all released some superb tunes, but our current favourite is this feral, fuzzed up, slab of blistering proto-punk from Birmingham based duo Table Scraps. Like Black Sabbath fighting the Stooges in a sack of rats. Play loud.

5. “The Stranger (Song of Revenge)”
Eric Andersen
Shadow and Light of Albert Camus (2015)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Lesser-known 60’s Greenwich Village folkie seeks meaning and value in mid-1900’s French philosophy. As you do.

6. “I Need Never Get Old”
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (2015)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Neo-honkeytonk-soul. S.O.B. is the hit, but the whole damn record is great.

7. “Madhouse Promenade”
Have Gun Will Travel
Science From an Easy Chair (2015)
Submitted By: Autopsy IV (
Comments: This album is a concept album that tells the story Ernest Shackleton’s ill fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition as detailed in the book Endurance. The crew spent almost a year at sea living on the pack ice of the antarctic and as a result they would walk around their floe for exercise. That called that walk the Madhouse Promenade. Also, the reference to “Science From an Easy Chair” in the song is a reference to one of the books they had with them and read repeatedly in their 500 days lost at sea.

8. “We are Nothing”
Beach Slang
Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street EP (2014)
Submitted By: @scratchedsoul
Comments: I got this record last year, listened to it, liked it, and would pull it out occasionally. I saw them this summer, was dead tired and really not in the mood for the rock show. Once they started playing I found that second wind and with each song moved closer to the stage. I hadn’t seen a performance like this since Jawbreaker (who they covered that night). Debut album comes out in October. This is from an EP from last year. One of the best opening lines I’ve heard in a song in years “Sometimes, I don’t want to try, I’d rather fuck up.”

9. “Somewhere Else”
Kathleen Edwards
Back To Me (2005)
Submitted by: Simon
Comments: Have being after a copy of Kathleen’s 2005 release on vinyl for a number of years, finally got my hands on a reasonably priced copy in mint condition so thought I’d share a track from it this month and one of my favourites is Kathleen’s version of the Jim Bryson tune Somewhere Else.

10. “Self-Taught Learner”
Lissy Trullie
Self-Taught Learner (2009)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: September already?! Well, it’s cool, I just spent too much money on Halloween decorations. And K-Mart has all their artificial Christmas trees up. Happy New Year everybody!

11. “I Gotsta Get Paid”
ZZ Top
La Futura (2012)
Submitted By: Trailer

12. “House on the Hill”
Ryan Adams
Live After Deaf (2012)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Say what you will about Mr. David Ryan Adams, but the dude has his moments of genius.

13. “Cold Night”
Chuck Ragan & Austin Lucas
Bristle Ridge (2008)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: This song feels like fall.

14. “Boom”
Zombie Garden Club
Zombie Garden Club (2015)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: Great debut album of old school rock and roll out of Toronto.

14. “I’m Rowed Out”
The Dupont Circles
The Active Listener – Nuggets II Revisited (2015)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I got Aimz’ mail and thought I was some lame-ass dork that accidentally deletes mail. Glad to learn I’m not that dork. Anyway… I’m out of town and away from my music library, so I scrambled to find something for this month. I remembered that I had some mail about the new Active Listener comp, so I give it a spin. This song stood out because I was thrown back to the psychedelic 60s with simple guitar chords/riffs and cheesy organ. Enjoy. I sure did.

15. “(Made Us Feel Like) Kings”
Will Johnson
Swan City Vampires (2015)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: Who better to eulogize the reign of Centro-matic than Will Johnson himself?

16. “Rocks in the Basement”
American Fiction (2015)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: West Virginia’s Ona may just restore our faith in rock and roll with their debut LP, American Fiction.

17. “Grizzly Adams”
Roberto & The Tickety 2
Middle Age Spread (2015)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: Just some fine musicians with a fine sense of humour.

Feel Bad For You – August 2015



1. “Police Car”
Larry Wallis
Police Car 7″ (1977)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Recently been diving and exploring into this strain of punk rock from the late 70s/early 80s. So many forgotten gems, so many sweet bass lines.

2. “Tell Me What You Want From Me”
Good Old War
Broken Into Better Shape (2015)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: The kings of earnest catchy folk-pop return with a more produced treatment. And it works, repeating a hook until it is stuck in your ear like a space bug in the Wrath of Khan.

3. “(I Love Your) Psychedelic Curtains”
(The) Nervous Wrecks
(The) World of…(The) Nervous Rex (2011)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comment: New band to me, this track was featured on a recent online radio show I’ve being tuning into of late (Fusion On Air) and it’s become an ear worm. Check out their album – it’s a good ‘un.

4. “Pearly Gates”
The Men
Tomorrow’s Hits (2014)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Craig Finn tweeted the other day that this was the best song he’s ever heard. Be a blast to play live mostly drunk.

5.”American Bigfoot”
Fangs and Twang
Fangs and Twang (2015)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: Former members of Black Jake and the Carnies, Billy LaLonde (drums, vocals), Andy Benes (guitar, vocals), and Joe Bertoletti (bass, vocals) new band Fangs and Twang. This is the first single from new release in July.

6. “Back Up Mama”
Buddy Guy
Born To Play Guitar (2015)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: We still have plenty to learn from Buddy Guy, ’cause nowadays, you just can’t be too sure.
Note from our buddy BoogieStudio22: It’s been all elbows and assholes at work this week, but I’m having a blast. With that in mind, a ‘work’ mini-mix:

7. “Work to Do”
Olds Sleeper
Chasing Ghosts (2015)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I love this guy’s minimalist blues.

8. “Hard Workin Man”
Left Lane Cruiser
All You Can Eat!! (2009)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: And now for some nice dirty, grungy blues.

9. “Working at Working”
Wayne Hancock
Muddy Roots 2011 Compilation, Volume 1 (2011)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Some might say that Wayne is a bit heavily influenced by Hank, but I love how he puts it all together.

10. “Hey Mama, My Time Ain’t Long”
Jonathan Tyler
Holy Smokes (2015)
Submitted By: @Trailer

11. “People Who Died”
Government Cheese
Government Cheese: 1985-1995 (2010)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: The Cheese’s cover of Jim Carroll’s song is best experienced live. And loud. And perhaps a bit disoriented. Next best thing perhaps is to watch it. Highly encourage you to watch a couple of versions of it on YouTube – two separated by almost a quarter-century. 1992 version below:

12. “Wheels on Fire”
Neil Young and The Sadies
Garth Hudson Presents a Canadian Celebration of The Band (2010)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: I finally saw The Sadies live for the first time since I left Canada four years ago. They played in this crappy Boston-area venue where the sound was horrid and the opening bands were worse, but damn if they are not one of the best live bands going. Neil Young was not at this show, because if he was I would have died of musical awesomeness right in front of the stage and I would not be posting right now. I’m not sure if this album was distributed in the U.S. It’s very hit and miss, but this track is definitely a hit.

13. “You Will Always Bring Me Flowers”
Shannon and The Clams
Sleep Talk (2011)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: This band has been in pretty constant rotation for me lately. The end of summer can be a big ol’ bummer, so it’s important for me to keep listening to fun music that makes me wanna dance around like a goofball.

14. “The Witches Song”
Longshot Nelson & The Disjoints
Coming For Your Blood (2013)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: Getting near autumn and I suppose Hallowe’en. Too soon?

15. “Saturday”
All of Something (2015)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: To be released on 30 October, All of Something by Ohio’s SPORTS is a welcomed return to the halcyon days of indie rock post-Nirvana. “Saturday,” the album’s first single, is an angst-ridden treat of empty calories but not one lacking universal sentiment.

16. “Safe Corridor”
Cruising EP (2015)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: The best (and catchiest) surf-punk riff of the year so far.

Feel Bad For You – July 2015



Another eclectic mix from the Feel Bad For You team, big thanks to Rockstar Aimz for curating and Trailer for the artwork.

1. “Guided By Voices”
Selective Service (2001)
Submitted By: magearwig
Comments: One of a few songs anointed the “ballad of Guided By Voices” by none other than Robert Pollard. Perhaps the perfect summer song. Oh yeah, fuck Don Henley.
Note: This track was supposed to be on the June mix, but I missed it. D’oh! Sorry. 🙁

2. “True Believers”
Have Gun Will Travel
Science From An Easy Chair (2015)
Submitted By: Autopsy IV
Comments: Lead single from the upcoming Have Gun Will Travel album, Science From An Easy Chair. Love the rim shot drums on this song as well as the guitars in it.

3. “The Rise of the Black Messiah”
Indigo Girls
One Lost Day (2015)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: You didn’t think a new Indigo Girls record could be released without me submitting a track did you? Written for the case of the Angola 3, it feels even more appropriate given recent events and the ugly evils of a racist system we’re still not able to face directly.

4. “Rules of Change”
Neil Young + Promise of the Real
The Monsanto Years (2015)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Enlightened anger; got a good beat, easy to dance to, I’ll give it a 90.

“Seeds have floated, birds have flown
Seeds have traveled far from home
Seeds are life it can’t be owned
Not even by Monsanto
People must be free to grow”

5. “Who Are You Listening To?”
Billy Hubbard
Demo (2015)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: The Knoxville Americana-ist has been working on this song for awhile and recorded a demo at home to send out into the interwebs for comment. I feedbacked him 🙂 that it’s one heck of a song. And not a bad question.

6. “Imuhar (Freemen)”
Nomad (2013)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Sometimes a song just plugs itself into your brain; that’s what happened to me with this Bombino number. The swaying beat, the elegant vibraphone solo, the hypnotic guitar arpeggiation, all tell me I need to be smoking what this dude is smoking.

7. “I Ride My Bike”
Kerosene Hat (1993)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I’ve been riding my bicycle a lot, so …

8. “Trash The Sun”
Hymn For Her
Lucy & Wayne’s Smokin Flames (2013)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Can’t wait to say goodbye to July. Good lawdy it’s hot. Wait. What? AUGUST??? Damn.

9. “Yuma”
Justin Townes Earle
Yuma EP (2007)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: Just discovered this beauty… “And is it too much to ask, he cried as he stepped into the wind, He turned his back onto the world and he fell back to earth again, So with the wind in his hair, and smile on his face, he crashed through the hood of an Old’s 98, and he lay there dying on a cold winters day, all alone, all alone.

10. “Atlantic City (Gonna Make a Million Tonight)”
East River Pipe
The Gasoline Age (1999)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: East River Pipe a.k.a. F.M. ‘Fred’ Cornog is a recent discovery for me even though his early recordings (93-96) were released on legendary UK indie label Sarah Records, this sound effect laden track is from an album released by the mighty Merge Records in 99.

11. “24 Frames”
Jason Isbell
Something More Than Free (2015)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Just got this today — enjoying listening to the new album.

12. “Call To Arms”
Fritz Montana
Double A Side (2015)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: I’m digging on this San Francisco based blues/indie rock trio Fritz Montana. New 7″ just released. New album later this year.

13. “I’m Not The Same”
Fritz Montana
Double A Side (2015)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes

14. “You Got to Me”
James McMurtry
Complicated Game (2015)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: McMurtry paints with words, way Rembrandt, Monet, or Picasso paints with oils.

15. “Too Close To Home”
My Life in Black and White
Columbia (2014)
Submitted By: Romeo Sid Vicious
Comments: Having kids is always bittersweet. Summers can be especially so. This track is one I’ve been listening to a lot lately while thinking about my kids but it stands on its own even for those without kids. It’s a great punk track from a band who doesn’t get nearly enough attention.

16. “Summer’s Cauldron”
Skylarking (1986)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: It’s been awfully warm in the Pacific Northwest, so this song came to mind.

17. “Husk”
Michael Rank & Stag
Horsehair (2015)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: From Rank’s latest album, really rootsy Americana from an artist who has released five spellbinding albums in the last four years.

18. “Philophobia”
A Heart of Glass EP (2015)
Submitted By: magearwig
Comments: The raw and unadorned first single from Australia’s Copywrite. The band’s debut LP will be released on 11 August.

19. “Littleworth”
T. Hardy Morris
Drownin’ on a Mountaintop (2015)
Submitted By: Trailer

20. “I Love a Rainy Night”
Eddie Rabbitt
Number One Hits (2009)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: So, everything keeps getting rained out right now. But it’s ok…because I love a rainy night.

21. “When My First Wife Left Me”
R.L. Burnside
Too Bad Jim (1994)
Submitted By: Truersound

22. “James Alley Blues”
Jeff Tweedy, Roger McGuin & Jay Bennett
The Harry Smith Connection (1997)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Salt for salt

Feel Bad For You – June 2015


This month’s FBFY is a celebration of summer, thanks to all taking part and Amy for putting it together and @philnorman for the artwork.


1. “It Must Be Summer”
Fountains of Wayne
Utopia Parkway (1999)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: It must be summer, because I’m falling apart.

2. “This Summer”
The Royal Sea
The Royal Sea (2011)
Submitted By: The Mad Mackerel
Comments: The Royal Sea’s album was a particular favourite for us in 2011, although never seemed to get the acclaim we thought it deserved. A beguiling mix of surf rock, garage and indie pop, lead track This Summer opens with a spectacularly catchy drum beat before the vocals of Timmy Sunshine come in like a rush of sugar coated adrenalin, plaintively announcing:

We crashed everybody’s parties,
we drank cheap wine and whiskey.
We partied up on the rooftops,
I’m glad it was just you and me.

One of our favourite songs of that, or any other year, “This Summer” should have been the woozy, feel good hit of that summer.

3. “Acceleration
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’
Songs About Cars, Space and The Ramones EP (2012)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: My iPod gets a spring cleaning to get ready for road trips. No point trying to listen to delicate little songs with their pretty little lyrics when you’re booking down the highway with windows wide open. Thirty years these Atlanta dudes have been racking up the miles.

4. “Summer’s Kiss”
The Afghan Whigs
Black Love (1996)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: I nearly submitted Chuck Prophet’s “Summertime Thing,” but something made me keep looking until I hooked into “Summer’s Kiss.” The intro builds from an almost space jam to a driving, Lindsey Buckingham-style one note guitar solo; then explodes with big drums, bigger guitars, and Dulli. “Do you know the words? Sing along with me; and put on your rose fur coat, baby, it’s 1973.” Demons mess with his head and heart. He wishes he had her back, but admits he is alone. We are all alone.

5. “Summer Babe [Live]”
Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe (2002)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Slacker rock at its best!

6. “Constructive Summer”
The Hold Steady
Stay Positive (2008)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: When The Hold Steady was good, they were great!

7. “Summertime”
Janis Joplin
18 Essential Songs (1995)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: This song still gives me chills, even in the heat of the summer.

8. “Sleep All Summer”
Crooked Fingers
Dignity and Shame (2005)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Try not to spend your summer brooding over lost love. Or something.

9. “Summer School”
Liquor Giants
Every Other Day At A Time (1998)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: I was ready to listen to this band when their first album was released. Ward Dotson fronted the Liquor Giants, and I was a fan of his previous band, The Pontiac Brothers.

10. “Your Frown’s My Friend”
Greg Summerlin
The Young Meteors (2005)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: OK, so it’s not a song ABOUT summer. But it’s still a pretty kickin song by someone WITH summer in his name.

11. “Over The Red Cedar”
Charlie Parr
Sumpjumper (2015)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Great song off his latest

12. “Rainbow Sign”
The Buckstankle Boys
The New Young Fogies Vol. 1 (2012)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Met these guys at Mt. Airy, which is where they hail from. Some astounding talent.

13. “Strictly Business”
Strictly Business (1988)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Summerjam

14. “Summer Wine”
Digging You Up (1998)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: Great cover of the classic Lee Hazelwood / Nancy Sinatra tune

15. “Summer Wine”
Lana Del Ray
Unreleased? (Youtube rip)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: ditto

16. “Long Hot Summer Days”
Turnpike Troubadors
Diamonds and Gasoline (2010)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Fantastic John Hartford cover. Can’t wait for their new album to be released this coming fall.

17. “You Keep Me Hanging On”
Vanilla Fudge
Vanilla Fudge (1966)
Submitted By: @PopaTunes
Comments: While there are plenty of newer summer songs, summer takes me back to my youth, spinning records on a portable record player in the woods in the mountains, sharing new music with my summer friends. This one was a staple summer after summer. One I remember most though is Archie Bell and the Drells tighten up, which is at my kid’s house.

18. “Red Umbrella”
Klassics with a “K” (1996)
Submitted by: April @ Now This Sound Is Brave
Comments: Not about summer, per se (the lyrics talk about a rainy day, in fact), the vibe of this song by Kostars is summery as fuck. This song from the side project of Jill Cunniff and Vivian Trimble of Luscious Jackson brings to mind the tropicalia sound of classics like “The Girl from Ipanema” and feels like a cool breeze blowing in off the ocean.

19. “Far From Any Road”
The Handsome Family
Singing Bones (2003)
Submitted By: Trailer
Comments: True Detective returns June 21. What better time to recall the haunting theme song from season 1?

20. “Boss”
The Rumblers
The Roots Of The Cramps (2009)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: I can’t get enough surf music, what says summer more than surf? I love how dirty and gritty this is. The whole comp “Roots Of The Cramps” is really great. I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t know how many of the Cramps songs I loved were covers until years later, and it’s fun to check out the originals.

21. “Two Kegs In The Swimming Pool”
Mike Kelly
Wake The Dead (2010)
Submitted By: @RomeoSidVicious
Comments: It’s looking like it’s going to a damp, hot summer here in Houston and I didn’t want to go with the obvious songs complaining about that state of affairs so I dug deep and pulled out this Mike Kelly tune. The summer relation is that there’s obviously a swimming pool involved and for most of the country those are only involved in summer activities. I think plenty of us have lived the night described here, although I’ve never been able to afford two kegs…

22. “Hot Fun In The Summertime”
Sly & The Family Stone
Greatest Hits (1970)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: Reminds me of hot days in the excellent summers of the seventies.

23. “The Warmth of the Sun”
The Beach Boys
Endless Summer (1974)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: A little melancholy to end the mix, but what’s a summer mix without the Beach Boys? This song was originally released in 1964.



A small but mighty mixtape this month. Thanks to Hoosier Buddy and his long-haired dachshund puppy Maisey for the artwork. Say it with me people, “Awwwwwwwwww!” Happy House-training! May or May not Feel Bad for You! And puppy nips.



1. “Batman”
Bob Schneider
Live at the Paramount Theatre, Volume 2 (2011)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: There’s a live, acoustic version of this song recorded at a radio station in Boston making references to various Boston places, and it’s just fantastic. I can’t find it anywhere. This version will have to do.

2. “Lovin’ Babe”
Anna & Elizabeth
Anna & Elizabeth (2015)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: SWVA represent. Check out the podcast of their Floyd Radio Show on iTunes (

3. “Tell Her You Belong To Me”
Beth Hart
Better Than Home (2015)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: From what so far is the blues album of the year, a blues-soul torch song about her dad leaving her mom for another woman. Best new ‘old’ song I’ve heard since Amy Winehouse.

4. “I Can’t Stop It”
Anthony Da Costa
Da Costa (2015)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: From the upcoming album from a great young songwriter from Austin-TX-by-way-of-NY. Get on board.

5. “Livin’ On”
13th Floor Elevators
Bull of the Woods (1969)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: The 13th Floor Elevators performed for the first time in 47 years at Levitation Fest in Austin this past weekend! Four of the original members Erickson, Leatherman, Walton, and Hall were joined by Erickson’s son Jegar, Fred Mitchim and Eli Southard subbed for the late Stacy Sutherland. The album Bull in the Woods, is the last album they worked on as a group, featuring the 1968 line-up and also Ronnie Leatherman, though both Roky Erickson and Tommy Hall had noticeable absences during recording, guitarist Stacy Sutherland, carried the weight of the songwriting credits (five tracks, co-writing a further four with Tommy Hall) with Roky credited with one co-write with Hall. The album wasn’t released until 1969, by which time the group had effectively disbanded. So 47 years later, they’re Livin’ On.

6. “You’re Gonna Miss Me”
13th Floor Elevators
The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators (1966)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: Something as epic as the return of Texas’ fathers of psych from a 47 year hiatus demands a double shot! Here’s the first time an electric jug made it onto Billboard’s top 100, charting at #55

7. “Vetvi”
Theodor Bastard
Vetvi (2015)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: In the world of Folk / Ethnic / Trip-Hop / Experimental / World music, this song is an example of how good it can get when a Russian band travels to the frozen northern wastes to record an album about “our places of power, the places where stones and winds are talking to us.” Traditional Mongol and Russian instruments include the morin khuur, dunchen, gusli, cajon, and vargan. Vocalist Yana Veva paints (and pants) with her pure voice, bringing drama without histrionics. Check out the official video:
I usually fall in love with cinematic music, because through it I can travel in space and time. Sure, I’d love to know what she’s singing about, but not knowing is no obstacle to feeling the deep pulse of this haunting song.

8. “Asa Jones’ Blues”
Charlie Parr
Daytrotter Studio 4/27/2015 (2015)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I’m a big fan of Charlie Parr’s minimalist blues. He recently did a Daytrotter Session and this is one of my favorites from that session.

9. “Lost In A Crowd”
Fantastic Negrito
Studio Paradiso 4/20/15 (2015)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Another Daytrotter Session. This time an artist I had never heard of, but liked his alternative/rock/blues.

10.”Me Oh My”
The Honeycutters
Me Oh My (2015)
Submitted By: Trailer

11. “Ambition”
Velvet Elvis
Velvet Elvis (1988)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: From the Mitch Easter.

12. “Breakfast in Bed”
Dusty Springfield
Dusty in Memphis (1969)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: thumbing my way through some old albums the other day I came across one that I’d not played for some time, my copy was rescued from a charity shop (before they discovered Discogs) the vinyls seen some action, it cracks and pops and the sleeves held together by sticky tape – but it’s still a pleasure to listen too. “Somebody was trying to tell me that CDs are better than vinyl because they don’t have any surface noise. I said, ‘Listen, mate, life has surface noise.’” – John Peel

13. “Rooster Still Crows”
Barna Howard
Quite A Feelin’ (2015)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: Out this month, Barna Howard’s second album has some songs that can stand beside early Kristofferson and Prine. This is one of them.

14. “My Own Saving Grace”
Andrew Bryant
This is the Life (2015)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: My favorite lyrics from my favorite album released thus far this year.

15. “Love Detective”
The Arab Strap
The Red Strap (2001)
Submitted By: The Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: A salutary tale for all those who have suffered jealousy, envy or any form of paranoia. A lover gains possession of his partners “wee red cash box” of memorabilia and cannot resist looking inside giving the listener a sumptuously cringe-worthy insight into the insecurities and fantasies of the human psyche.

Feel Bad For You – April 2015


This month’s Feel Bad For You goes commercial & multi-media, love ’em or hate ’em you can’t avoid them.  Thanks to Amy for putting things together and Popa Tunes for the artwork.


1. “Send me on My Way”
Rusted Root
When I Woke (1994)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: This song is the inspiration for this theme. When I first heard in in 1994 I thought it was the Talking Heads. Now I hear it every damn day on Enterprise car rental ads. I wonder if it’s gotten more air time from Enterprise than it ever did from radio play back in the 90s.

2. “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays”
Singles Going Steady (1979)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: As soon as I got the theme for a song in a commercial I had an idea about what I was going to choose. So I decided to send in my pick right away vs. over-thinking it and freezing up on my pick (choosing just one song a month is HARD!). Also, when is a Buzzcocks song on a mixtape a bad thing?
Edit: Nothing says the Buzzcocks like the AARP (2007 video)!

3. “You Spin Me Right Round (Like A Record)”
Dead or Alive
Youthquake (1985)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Catchy, if dated. But who saw the 1985 video and thought, “Gosh I wish I knew where to find a family fun park”? Butlins 2010 advert pushed the nostalgia button with parents…who also remembered androgynous lead singer Pete Burns’s cross-dressing solo career. Course it was all an act, and by 2010 Pete was a Dad. No idea if Butlins paid in park passes.
Edit: For those of us who don’t know, Butlins is a “is a chain of large holiday camps in the United Kingdom.” Yes, I had to google it. 😛

4. “Pink Moon”
Nick Drake
Fruit Tree (1986)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: This Nick Drake song is the first that came to mind when Amy mentioned the theme. The only time a commercial turned me on to an artist.
Edit: Totally agree with Boogie Studio on this one. I saw the commercial in 1999 and I had to know who the artist was. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t this commercial basically give a second life to Nick Drake’s music? Unlike most of these submissions, the ad is actually very good.

5. “Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)”
Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
Decca Records Single (1949)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Nothing immediately came to mind for the theme, so I cheated and googled a list of songs used in commercials. I heard this one recently on a big-band era broadcast and smiled, so it jumped out at me to include. Apparently it was in a Mercedes commercial during the 2000 Olympics. I thought about using the Todd Snider cover, but I like the original…
Edit: The only video I could find was a ska version, but I think it’s the right one. Todd Snider didn’t write this song? Huh.

6. “Theme from Harry’s Game”
Magical Ring (1983)
Submitted by: April
Comments: When the subject of songs used in commercials comes up, this is always the song I think of first. Hearing this song in some car commercial in the ’90s was the first time I remember stopping and thinking, “I need to know what that song is,” during a commercial. It must have been a strange boost for Clannad – the Irish group that spawned Enya and her ubiquitous “Orinoco Flow” – who had written the song back in the ’80s for a television mini-series set during The Troubles in Northern Ireland. I’m betting the commercial sold more copies of Clannad albums than it did of whatever vehicle it had been advertising (it’s telling that I can’t recall what vehicle it was).
Edit: Googled and found it was in a Volkswagen commercial in 1992 to coincide with the movie Patriot Games, where Jack Ryan kicks some IRA ass and Sean Bean’s character dies. Man, Volkswagen is ahead of the curve on advertising music! Couldn’t find the video though.

7. “The Snake”
Al Wilson
Searching for the Dolphins (1968) and too many compilations to mention including, The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter (2012), Paul Weller’s Vinyl Classics Vol.2 (2001) and the recent Move on Up – the Best of Northern Soul (2015)
Comments: Great theme deserves the greatest Northern Soul track ever and one of my all-time favourite songs – get dancing.
The good – when an Ad revives a great tune (my pick this month).
The bad – when a great track is butchered to fit the Ad narrative.

The ugly – when the great track is paired to a crap product (back to my pick this month).

And for fun

8. “I’ve Been Everywhere”
Hayes Carll
Bootleg from Cheatham Street Warehouse, November 30, 2006
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Choice Hotels took liberties with Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” as part of an ad campaign. Hayes Carll also put a spin on the timeless song. Big difference is I’m always inclined to listen to more Hayes, but rarely moved to stay at a Comfort Inn.

9. “Another Girl, Another Planet” (used in an ad for Vodaphone in 2006)
The Only Ones
The Only Ones (1978)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Peter Perrett, lead guitarist for The Only Ones, wrote this refreshing pop song. Lyrics include “I always flirt with death – I could kill, but I don’t care about it- I can face your threats – Stand up tall and scream and shout about it — I think I’m on another world with you, I’m on another planet with you.” So not a terribly serious song, but it takes the emotional impact of young love pretty seriously. Must have had some impact on Paul Westerberg, which leads us to this ‘Mats cover version…

10. “Another Girl, Another Planet”
The Replacements
Shit, Shower & Shave (1989 bootleg)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Killer live version recorded in Bristol, Connecticut, on 31 August, 1989. Until this month, this was the only version I’d ever heard. The ‘Mats bring rock credibility to this song, along with a dose of intense insanity that makes the lyrics more real and heartfelt. And I love the way Westerberg pegs on “Planet” at the end.

Bonus: Misty Miller – Another Girl Another Planet – Beat Surrender

11. “Ooh La La”
Ooh La La (1973)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: Mitsubishi used this in commercials for their 2001 Galant. When this album came out in ’73 I wore it out, constantly playing it, and it’s still one of my favorite albums and this is one of my favorite songs… It was Ronnie Wood, not Rod Stewart or Ronnie Lane, who sang the lead vocal for this song. Lane and Stewart were at odds at the time. Stewart did not think the song was up to his standards although both he and Lane recorded lead vocals for it. Their producer suggested Wood give it a try, and that’s the version that was used for the album, which was Faces last studio album. Lane left the group after Ooh La La was released and The Faces disbanded after their 1974 tour. This song was used in the final scene of the 1998 movie Rushmore. It was also used in the opening scene of the 2004 movie Without a Paddle.

12. “White Room”
Wheels of Fire (1968)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: In 2000, Apple Computer used this in commercials for their white iMacs which is strange as it’s about depression and hopelessness, but the setting is an empty apartment, I guess with your iMac. As a wee lad I had this 45 in my treasured collection the B side was “Those Were the Days.” It is now in the possession of one of my boys. It was released as a single after Cream had broken up.

13. “Bohemian Like You”
The Dandy Warhols
Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (2000)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: Used in a 2001 Vodafone commercial and chosen purely because that fact is plastered all over the cover via a sticker.
Edit: This is the only video where you have to watch a commercial to see a commercial. Thanks Vodafone! I seem to remember from the documentary Dig! that this commercial made The Dandy Warhols super popular in the UK.

14. “Grounds for Divorce”
The Seldom Seen Kid (2008)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: Elbow’s crowning achievement, both song and album. And that guitar riff!
Edit: (Per Wikipedia) “Grounds for Divorce” was also featured in the 8th episode for the 5th season, and promos for the 6th season of the American TV-show House MD.

15. “A Chicken with It’s Head Cut Off”
Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs (1999)
Submitted By: @scratchedsoul
Comments: I vaguely remember this and had my aging-brain’s thoughts confirmed by the lovely internet which is clearly never wrong. I’m not sure why JC Penney’s would go this way for an ad campaign, but that’s probably why I’m not in advertising. I’m guessing the executive who OKed this is not in advertising either. Incredibly catchy song (as most Magnetic Fields songs are), just not one to inspire shopping.
Edit: It’s a 2013 “Back to School” video, but I can’t find it.

16. “Underwear”
Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs (1999)
Submitted By: @scratchedsoul
Comments: While looking to confirm my thoughts that the other Magnetic Fields song was indeed in a commercial, I also stumbled upon learning that this song was used for a 2009 Puma campaign. Why a footwear company would choose a song called “Underwear” to sell shoes is beyond me.
Edit: Found this one! And it’s another video where you have to watch a commercial to see a commercial. Thanks PUMA!

17. “Dueling Banjos”
Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell
Dueling Banjos: From The Original Soundtrack Deliverance (1972)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Saw this used in a Kentucky Fried Panda Express commercial for PORK RIBS. WTF?

18. “Gigantic”
Surfer Rosa (1988)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: 26 years after its release and less than a year after Kim Deal left the band, the Pixies’ “Gigantic” was co-opted by Apple to promote the iPhone 5S, thus verifying the sentiment that the band’s 2004 return was all about the money.

19. “Love Sick”
Bob Dylan
Time Out of Mind (1997)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Remember our collective “What the fuck?” when Bob Dylan started shilling for Victoria’s Secret in 2004? It’s not like he needs the money. Maybe he was trying to introduce his music to a younger audience? Whatever. Bob works in mysterious ways.

20. “The Thanks I Get”
A bonus internet download to purchasers of Sky Blue Sky (2007) and also on the box set Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 (2014)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Wilco licensed half of Sky Blue Sky for advertising by Volkswagen. At the time I was somewhat offended that Wilco sold out (and equally offended that Sky Blue Sky sucked), but, unlike the Dylan and Buzzcocks fiascoes above, I can actually see Jeff Tweedy driving a Volkswagen.

Bonus! I thought of this one after I uploaded the mix and didn’t feel like re-uploading it.

The Beatles
The Beatles: 1967-1970 (1973)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: The hard rock version was released as the B-side of the “Hey Jude,” as opposed to the slower and experimental versions (“Revolution 1″ and “9”) on the white album. See below for the download. From Wikipedia:

In 1987, “Revolution” became the first Beatles recording to be licensed for use in a television commercial. Nike paid $500,000 for the right to use the song for one year, split between recording owner Capitol-EMI and song publisher ATV Music Publishing (owned by Michael Jackson). Commercials using the song started airing in March 1987.

The three surviving Beatles, through their record company Apple, filed a lawsuit in July 1987 objecting to Nike’s use of the song. The suit was aimed at Nike, its advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, and Capitol-EMI Records. Capitol-EMI said the lawsuit was groundless because they had licensed the use of “Revolution” with the “active support and encouragement of Yoko Ono Lennon, a shareholder and director of Apple.” Ono had expressed approval when the commercial was released, saying the commercial “is making John’s music accessible to a new generation.”

The “Revolution” lawsuit and others involving the Beatles and EMI were settled out of court in November 1989, with the terms kept secret. The financial website included the Nike “Revolution” advertisement campaign in its list of the 100 key business events of the 20th century, as it helped “commodify dissent.”

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