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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Town_(The_Specials_song)

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.

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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 (ninebullets.net)
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsJgZB33uGE

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.

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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.

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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

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