Feel Bad For You – August 2015

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

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Feel Bad For You – July 2015

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

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Feel Bad For You – June 2015

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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.



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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]”
Pavement
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”
EPMD
Strictly Business (1988)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Summerjam

14. “Summer Wine”
Hazeldine
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”
Kostars
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.

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FEEL BAD FOR YOU – MAY 2015

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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.

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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 (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-floyd-radio-show/id592756379)

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: https://youtu.be/b2pvaP_OED8
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
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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.

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