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Feel Bad For You – March 2015


Here’s this months FBFY selection for your aural delectation.
Thanks to Annie for the artwork & Amy for putting things together.

1. “Magnet”
Punch Brothers
The Phosphorescent Blues (2015)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Editor’s Note: Phil submitted this track but I lost the comments. D’oh!

2. “Bomb Disneyland”
The Fat White Family
Champagne Holocaust (2014)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: Saw The Fat White Family live for the first time last week and was blown away by the mix of hazy motorik rhythms, queasy 60s psychedelia and crazy frontman histrionics. They finished with this track which was like the Stooges crossed with Heath Ledger’s Joker…awesome.

3. “Rockin’ With Peggy”
L.C. Robinson
House Cleanin’ Blues (1974)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Some kick-ass instrumental blues from the mid-70s.

4. “Hurry Up And Wait”
Ben Miller Band
New West / Normaltown Records 2015 Spring Sampler (2015)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Some recent kick-ass ‘Ozark Stomp’ from a guy who’s been getting some ‘airtime’ on various podcasts.

5. “Ramblin’ Ways”
American Aquarium
Wolves (2015)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This slinky, slappy groove feels new and familiar at the same time. I used to think this was about life on the road, but it’s really about sincere devotion. Could have been a song by Two Cow Garage, but it ain’t. I want to move to where this is on the radio.

6. “No Good”
Banditos (2015)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: Quiver with me, I came across this band on a reverbnation excursion a while back and was mesmerized, and was excited to hear Bloodshot Records picked them up recently after seeing them at SXSW. Their debut self-titled releases on May 12th. Pre-order on Bandcamp. The members of the band first met playing in various punk and rock ‘n’ roll projects around Birmingham at D.I.Y., all-ages venues. In 2010, singer/guitarist Corey Parsons and singer/banjo player Stephen Pierce began busking around town and were soon asked to perform at their favorite local bar. Without a full band they invited friends Randy Wade (drums), Jeffrey Salter (guitar), and Mary Beth Richardson (vocals) to join them.

7. “Don’t Look That Way”
Shelly Poole
Hard Time For the Dreamer (2005)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: A recent English discovery. Nice slow burner torch song. What is this hold FBFY has over me?

8. “Nissim”
The Gaslamp Killer
Breakthrough (2012)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: I’ve been playing a lot of GTA V lately.

9. “Unspoken Thing”
David Corley
Available Light (2015)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments One of my favourite releases so far this year. Has a nice John Murry-like desperation to it along with an excellent lazy country shuffle.

10. “Dogs of Lust”
The The
Dusk (1993)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: Winter was a bitch; let’s skip spring altogether and go right to sultry summer nights full of booze and sexual urgings.

11. “Jesus Built My Hotrod”
Psalm 69 (1992)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Kicking it old school. I’m realizing this song is older than some of the kids I manage. Plus if this is up on my iTunes at work, it will not raise eyebrows from the church crowd. Hehehehe. I’m old.

12. “Light Enough to Travel”
The Be Good Tanyas
Blue Horse (2001)
Submitted By: @simon2307
Comments: Just can’t get this song out my head the last few days, my favourite track from TBGT.

13. “Awkward”
Awkward (Single) (2013)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: SPRING, kind of. It’s more of a muddy mess. At least the ice has melted, aside from a random pile of gross snow you might find in a parking lot (but that’s more in a days drive, not in my actual town). Anyway. Everything is muddy, it looks gross but there’s hope. Time change has happened, everyone is groggy and feels weird this week….but man oh man it’s so awesome. Does this explain anything about my song choice? Who knows?

14. “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star cover)
J. Mascis
Fade Into You 7″ (2014)
Submitted By: @TheSecondSingle
Comments: Fantastic acoustic cover of a classic.

15. “Chains Off Me”
Delta Routine
You and Your Lion (2015)
Submitted By: Trailer

16. “Chank-A-Chank”
The Big Happy
The Big Happy (2006)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: Submitted in memory of Nashville drumming and alt-country institution, Billy Block, who lost his courageous battle with cancer on March 11. The Big Happy was a short-lived band he had with Billy on drums, wife Jill Block on guitars-bass-vocals, Tom Mason on guitar, and his wife Pru Clearwater on vocals and guitar. R.I.P. Mr. Nashville.

17. “Meet a Changing World”
Smug Brothers
Woodpecker Paradise (2015)
Submitted By: @CaptainsDead

18. “Born in the USA” (Bruce Srpingsteen Cover)
Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires
Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute to Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A (2014)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Isbell turns this Springsteen classic into a totally different song by playing it in a minor key, but it’s Shires’s violin that makes the song completely haunting. Take that Ronald Reagan. This record was made in honor of the 30th anniversary of Born in the U.S.A. Congratulations, you are old.

Feel Bad For You – February 2015


Here’s this months FBFY special, to celebrate the years shortest month you get 49 tracks that all clock in at under two minutes and there are some killer songs this month, dive right in.


1. “An Arrow in the Gale”
Magnolia Electric Co.
Josephine (2009)
Submitted By: @captainsdead

2. “Your Name is Wild”
Guided By Voices
Under the Bushes, Under the Stars (1996)
Submitted By: @captainsdead

3. “Calinda”
The Louisiana Honeydrippers
Bayou Bluegrass (1960)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Mandatory Cajun song to make the old ladies mad. I should get bonus points for song being exactly 2 mins.

4. “I’m Black”
Furry Lewis
The Alabama State Troupers Road Show (1972)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: This is off a double album that is fairly horrible, but side 1 is all Furry Lewis, and the only reason worth having this album. OG rap, your new jam.

5. “Country Delight”
Country Mike
Country Mike’s Greatest Hits (1998)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: I was wrong, THIS is your new jam.

6. “Tell Her Lies and Feed Her Candy”
The Sadies
Precious Moments (1998)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: The Sadies cover Porter Wagoner. Some good advice in this song.

7. “Get Drunk”
Drag the River
Closed. (2002)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Getting drunk is awesome. In fact, it’s what I’m doing right now.

8. “Never Talking To You Again”
Hüsker Dü
Zen Arcade (1984)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Some Grant Hart Goodness. I once heard the Foo Fighters cover this song, and it was brilliant.

9. “Fried My Little Brains”
The Kills
Keep On Your Mean Side (2003)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: Our favourite riff of the millennium!

10. “Somethin’ Else”
Eddie Cochran
The Best of Eddie Cochran (1988)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: For us, the best two minutes of genuine cars and girls rock’n’roll ever committed to vinyl.

11. “Midnight Wave”
Two Wounded Birds
Midnight Wave (2011)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: The sadly missed Two Wounded Birds flared briefly with their Link Wray inspired surf rock and this was their finest two minutes – in party mood, flicking up their collars and spitting out the gum.

12. “All Mods Cons”
The Jam
All Mod Cons (1978)
Submitted By: @simon2307
Comments: …learned more from a two minute record, baby, then I ever learned in school.

13. “Jolene”
Me First & the Gimme Gimmes
Love Their Country (2006)
Submitted By: @simon2307
Comments: Much better than the White Stripes version.

14. “Little Deuce Coupe”
The Beach Boys
Little Deuce Coupe (1963)
Submitted By: @simon2307
Comments: Borrowed and never gave back my dad’s copy of this.

15. “Crazy Mother Fucker From Shelby Ohio”
Tim Easton
Not Cool (2013)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: Short song, great swampy sound, underrated songwriter.

16. “Stolen The Moon”
Bob Walkenhorst
The Beginner (2003)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: From the front man of The Rainmakers. Planning to visit Kansas City? If so, you can request Bob play it on Wednesday nights at The Record Bar.

17. “Crush Your Skull”
Elvis Hitler
Disgraceland (1988)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: I wonder why this band didn’t make it.

18. “Heaven and Hell”
Willie Nelson
Phases and Stages (1974)
Submitted By: @philnorman

19. “The One After 909″
The Beatles
Complete Rooftop Recordings (1969)
Submitted by: @philnorman

20. “Catching on Fire”
They Might Be Giants
Apollo 18 (1992)
Submitted by: @philnorman

21. “She Said Yeah”
The Rolling Stones
December’s Children (and Everybody’s) (1965)
Submitted By: Trailer

22. “Selfish Lover”
Gary Floater
Who Cares (2014)
Submitted By: Trailer

23. “Fragmented World”
Split Single
Fragmented World (2010)
Submitted By: Ryan(Verbow @ Americanamusic.ca)
Comments: One of my favorite songs from my favorite record of 2014. Just a great power pop song. Jason Narducy (leader of Split Single) has gotten plenty of attention for his bass duties in Bob Mould’s band and as a touring member of Superchunk – its about time he gets some credit for his own fantastic songs.

24. “Songs About Boats”
Teenage Retirement (2014)
Submitted By: Ryan (Verbow @ Americanamusic.ca)
Comments: Great 90’s sounding slice of rock and roll. There was a ton of great music that come out last year that I’m just getting around to.

25. “Walking Out on Love”
Paul Collins’ Beat
The Beat (1979)
Submitted By: Ryan (Verbow @ Americanamusic.ca)
Comments: Power pop heaven. This is a tighter, more crisp version of a song that Collins wrote for The Nerve (and which appeared on their only album). Just a great turn it up and sing it loud type song.

26. “Mark on the Bus”
Beastie Boys
Check Your Head (1992)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Short. I ride on the bus into the city every day…. If I had a nickel for every time this album has been played, I could have retired while in college.

27. “Chromatic Death”
Stormtroopers of Death
Speak English or Die (1985)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Shorter. One of the guys from Anthrax was part of this. Not sure if they were serious or not. The lead singer did go on to found Method of Destruction and I did see a flyer for their show in Glasgow for July 2014.

28. “Ballad of Jimi Hendrix”
Stormtroopers of Death
Speak English or Die (1985)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Shortest. Sorry. I’ll go get a mop.

29. “Little Bit of Whiskey”
Bill Morrissey
Bill Morrissey (1991)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: This is typical of his terse, beautiful compositions about the harshness of eastern seaboard life (Mark Erelli did a tribute album last year called Milltowns, which is a must for any folk collection)

30. “Better Not Wake The Baby”
The Decemberists
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (2015)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Colin Meloy being deceptively flippant again. Probably had cabin fever.

31. “I Wanna Lose Control”
Paul Westerberg/Deathray
Open Season (OST) (2006)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: My first thought for under 2 minute songs was the Ramones, and I think this channels them well. Continues my ‘cabin fever is a bitch’ theme.

32. “Skilly Bom Billy Flop”
The Imperial Rooster
Cluckaphony (2013)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: Nobody packs an under two minute wallop quite like the late, great Imperial Rooster.

33. “Up”
The Renaldo The Ensemble
Why Are You (2009)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: The Renaldo The Ensemble can get you up in just a few seconds.

34. “Smoke (La Vie En Fumer)”
The Tubes
Infomercial – How To Become Tubular (1999)​
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: “Your life is smoke and the world is my ashtray.” Fee Waybill lets us know it’s okay to be uncomfortable in a rock club.

35. “Helter Skelter”
The Bobs
Best of The Bobs: 20 Songs From 20 Years (2003)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This cover version conveys the drama carried out in the lyric, while playing a game with the music that ignores rules, convention, and common sense. It’s perfect.

36. “Country Song 2″
Lizzie Huffman
Lizzie Huffman & Her Brother Band (2010)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Yes, we can tell she’s lying, but we won’t hold that against her. She’s sweet, and her nervousness makes her even more appealing.

37. “The Imposter”
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Get Happy (1980)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke

38. “Another Green World”
Brian Eno
Another Green World (1975)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke

39. “Alison’s Starting to Happen”
The Lemonheads
It’s a Shame About Ray (1992)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke

40. “I’m in Love with a Girl”
Big Star
#1 Record/Radio City (1992)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: This song epitomizes all that I love about pop music.

41. “I Missed the Point”
Neko Case
Blacklisted [Bonus Track] (2003)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I love Neko’s voice and also wanted a song that would reference my love of country influences.

42. “Broken Face”
Surfer Rosa (1988)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I was into a lot of 80s/90s alternative music and Pixies are a favorite.

43. “Somebody Kill Me”
Adam Sandler
The Wedding Singer [Original Soundtrack] (1998)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Bonus humor track. While listening to my 600+ tracks that are less than 2:00 minutes, this popped up. It still makes me laugh out loud.

44. “All”
All (1987)
Submitted By: @Scratched Soul

45. “No, All!”
All (1987)
Submitted By: @Scratched Soul

46. “Short Songs”
Dead Kennedys
Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death (1987)
Submitted By: @Scratched Soul

47. “You’re Hurting”
Cars Can Be Blue
Doubly Unbeatable (2008)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: So, what’s a FBFY Feb mixtape without a bitter anti-love song? AND under 2 minutes. 2 birds.

48. “Weirdo”
Masked Intruder
M.I. (2014)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: I’ve really gotten into these guys over the past year. Check ‘em out, they have some awesome videos too. “I don’t wanna be alone tonight” is an adorable 8 bit favorite.

49. “Feeling Called Love”
Pink Flag (2006)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments I mean, it’s Wire…and a love song…and under 2 minutes. C’mon.

Feel Bad For 2014


Following the tradition of previous years your favourite nafarious cyber music collective start the Feel Bad For You year looking backwards, so here’s our take of 2014.

Thank to all taking part and especially to Rockstar Aimz for curating, Trailer for the artwork and RomeoSidVicious for the server space and the mixtape widget.


1. “Sing Along”
Robert Ellis
The Lights From The Chemical Plant
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Non-Sturgill entry, heard this one early in 2014 and it kept me stompin’ my arches flat all year (still does).

2. “Southern Grammar”
Hiss Golden Messenger
Lateness of Dancers
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Easily my favorite album of the year, and my iTunes play count confirms it. This track just gets better with each listen. “Let’s just be simple, for a little while.” Album runner-up: Amy Ray, Goodnight Tender. Album released-late-but-still-great: D’Angelo, Black Messiah.

3. “Ain’t That Easy”
D’Angelo and The Vanguard
Black Messiah
Submitted By: Hoosier Buddy
Comments: Sure the intro sounds like a spaceship starting in a funk garage, but this song only gets better. Check the first two lines: “Take a toke of smoke from me as you dream inside, Let your days slip away come with me and ride.” I will ride in this spaceship anytime. Is that an alien probe, or are you just happy to see me?

4. “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive”
Old 97’s
Most Messed Up
Submitted By: @Mando_Lines
Comments: Rhett Miller sings about being in a rock band for a long time.

5. “Right Time”
Nikki Lane
All or Nothin’
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: It would have been easy to pick a track off the latest Old 97’s release from this year, but I chose this instead. She was the opening act for the Old 97’s when they came through Phoenix and she played an amazing set — and with great energy and stage presence. Nice old school sound.

6. “Kim”
Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams
Submitted By: Trailer
Comments: Just making sure a song from an artist on my album cover made the comp.

7. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (Supremes cover)
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: 2014 get out of my life and let me sleep at night. Be a man, whoa oh ho ah.

8. “I Won’t Slip Up”
The Delines
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: Fell in love with this track from the very first listen a year ago, the album is a real gem and one I know I’ll still be playing for many years to come.

9. “Old Vinyl and Innocence”
Two Mule Blues
Old Vinyl and Innocence
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: A multi-year Couch By Couchwest veteran band. One that blows up stuff with the gorgeous Wasatch Mountains as a backdrop. With a song about Gram Parsons. Oh yeaaahhh, my iTunes listen count continues to rise for this one.

10. “Dreams To Tell”
The Bones of J.R. Jones
Dark was the Yearling
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I’ve been singing praises for The Bones of J.R. Jones all year. I’ve already submitted two songs to FBFY and here’s a third. I’ve found myself returning to his music over and over in 2014.

11. “Brushed The Dust Off (Lean Into The Wind)”
Miss Shevaugh & Yuma Wray
Lean Into The Wind
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: I can’t look back on 2014 without a nod to Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, my favorite album of the year, their intimate wedding shared with all of CXCW, being able to catch them live at the bus stop cafe with @magearwig, and a year of wonderful twitter interaction with Erin, Chris, Ben and Derek these folks are a beacon of what musicians should be like. Erin’s vocals are as close as I get to a spiritual experience. When the going gets tough this song gets me going.

12. “Making Breakfast”
Twin Peaks
Wild Onions
Submitted By: @TheSecondSingle
Comments: Classic garage rock delivered with a hooky harmonica part and Stones-at-their-down-n-dirtiest swagger.

13. “Windows”
Angel Olsen
Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Submitted By: @TheSecondSingle
Comments: This gal just might beat Cat Power at her own game. Love this voice. And that build up near the end? Forget about it.

14. “Boscombe Armistice”
Blue Rose Code
The Ballads Of Peckham Rye
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: From the moment I heard the pedal steel opening on this song I fell in love with it.

15. “My Mama’s Dead”
Dream Police
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: In my head this is a follow up to Hendrix’s classic “Hey Joe.” Except my head has been split in two by the sheer brutal, pneumatic force of this song, a snarling, distorted beast of a tune that is as brilliantly grim and unforgiving as the title suggests. Are we the only ones who think the Dream Police are a far more enjoyable listen than alter-egos The Men?

16. “Just One of the Guys”
Jenny Lewis
The Voyager
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Great song from an otherwise mediocre album.

17. “Bad Self Portraits”
Lake Street Dive
Bad Self Portraits
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Great song by this Boston band which frequently got me through my long commute to work.

18. “Shut In”
Strand of Oaks
Submitted By: Captains Dead
Comments: Tough to pick my favorite from 2014, but this entire album is tremendous.

Feel Bad For You – December 2014



Best for last from FBFY, this months theme is memories.
Big thanks for all those who’ve contributed this year and too especially to Matt for putting things together.

Title: River
Artist: Joni Mitchell
Album (year): Blue (1971)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Memories and the holidays? Yeah. This one.

Title: Father & Son
Artist: Cat Stevens
Album (year): Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Just saw him do this recently for an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Amazing how a song can evoke such strong memories of my youth and also the adult pain of wanting the best for your kids in a hard life at the same time.

Title: Electric Worry
Artist: Clutch
Album (2007): From Beale Street to Oblivion
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: Memories of teaching my twin boys how to drive, most importantly the art of steering wheel pounding while shifting through gears

Title: Working Class Hero
Artist: John Lennon
Album (1970): John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: I get a sad every December missing John Lennon and wondering what if……
In 1973, US Representative Harley Orrin Staggers heard the song — which includes the lines “‘Til you’re so fucking crazy you can’t follow their rules” and “But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see” on WGTB and lodged a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The manager of the station, Ken Sleeman, faced a year in prison and a $10,000 fine, but defended his decision to play the song saying, “The People of Washington, DC are sophisticated enough to accept the occasional four-letter word in context, and not become sexually aroused, offended, or upset.” The charges were dropped.[5] Other US radio stations, like Boston’s WBCN, banned the song for its use of the word “fucking”. In Australia, the album was released with the expletive removed from the song and the lyrics censored on the inner sleeve.

Title: Waterloo Sunset
Artist: Ray Davies with Dessoff Chamber Choir
Album (Year) The Kinks Choral Concert (New York 2009)
Submitted by: Simon @simon2307
Comments: I only have The Kinks original recording of this track on a 45 so settled with a more recent version by Ray Davies with the Dessoff Chamber Choir, you can listen to whole concert on NPR http://www.npr.org/2009/12/22/121757293/the-kinks-choral-concert. The track itself was a seminal influence on my musical taste and one that evokes a lot of fond memories of people and places. I’ve wrote about it a couple of times on the blog – http://www.beat-surrender.com/2009/03/05/waterloo-sunset/

Title: Take Your Shoes of Dance Part 2
Artist: Booker T Averhart & The Mustangs
Album (Year) For Dancers Also (1983) on Kent Records (re-issued and available on vinyl from Ace Records http://acerecords.co.uk/for-dancers-also-2
Submitted by: Simon @simon2307
Comments: Lead track from the b-side of For Dancers Also, an album what was on the turntable over and over and over gain at the time and one that invokes wonderful memories of a time when I was free of responsibility and world was what happened somewhere else. Part 1 with lyrics http://youtu.be/iU_nCCj3dT0

Title: Lawyers, Guns and Money
Artist: Magnolia Electric Co.
Album (year): Daytrotter Studio (10/26/2009)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Been thinking about Jason Molina lately…..here he is with his band covering one of my all time favorite songs.

Title: Just Me and These Ponies (For Christmas This Year)
Artist: Corb Lund
Album (year): An Americana Christmas (2014)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Corb writes a sad country song for those of us who find Christmas a lonely and isolating holiday. However, the cheesy production on this song kills me. I wish it was just him and an acoustic guitar.

Title: American Girl
Artist: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Album (year): Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1976)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: When I saw the ‘memories’ theme, this is the first song that came to mind. Every time I hear this song, it takes me back to my 16 & 17-year-old self in 1976 – 1977 timeframe. I’ve got my driver’s license, my parents’ Impala, windows are down, cruising everywhere with my best friend Mike (or maybe cruisin’ in his metallic blue Duster), and American Girl is blasting from the stereo. Damn! Those were great times!

Title: Radio Free Europe
Artist: R.E.M.
Album (year): Eponymous (1988), but I remember hearing the original single in 1981
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Hearing this single, in 1981, was one of the many turning points in my musical journey. These guys melded the sounds of the 60s that my brother had introduced me to, the country I had abandoned in my youth and rock that I always loved, into a blend that hit my musical sweet spot in the early 80s. This song reminds me hanging with my college buddies in the computer lab, another buddy Mike in our college radio station, my next door neighbor Patty & I sharing music, and friends in local bands.

Title: Fracking
Artist: Tanya Tagaq
Album (year): Animism (2014)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Tanya is a Native Canadian throat singer, and her album has received widespread acclaim in folk circles. Kinda hard to get your mind around, but she beat out Drake and Arcade Fire for Canadian album of the year.

Title: Blood Oranges In The Snow
Artist: Over The Rhine
Album (year): Blood Oranges In The Snow (2014)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: As with their previous Christmas forays, they celebrate the season without getting too sappy about it.

Title: Sixteen Tons
Artist: Tennessee Ernie Ford
Album (Year): Single (1955)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: My Grandad loved this song and it will always remind me of him.

Title: Miss Marcy
Artist: Johnny Horton
Album (Year): Single (1960)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: My high school drafting teacher was something of a mentor, a grandfather figure to me after my own died, and also a very accomplished musician (for example he was once a member of Charlie Monroe’s band). He used to bring his banjo and guitar into the class and play tunes for us. This is a favorite he used to do, though we all knew the song as “Billy Boy”. Took me years to track this down, and of course his rendition is much better.

Title: “Roll Me Up”
Artist: Willie Nelson
Album (Year): Heroes (2012)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: I’ll never forget this song as the first time I heard it was live in concert last December. It was a concert that my wife surprised me with tickets to the show the morning of the concert. She’s not a Willie Nelson fan at all. She bought the tickets months in advance and surprised me. It was fantastic.

Title: Yesterday’s Cakes
Artist: The Cropdusters
Album (year): If The Sober Go To Heaven… (1989)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: Memories…The Cropdusters live for the first time in Southampton in 1987 – the finest hoedown, footstompin’ cowpunk we ever heard. If you loved the Levellers, the Men They Couldn’t Hang, The Pogues et al, then this was the band that should have been bigger than all of them.

Title: Make It Rain
Artist: Tom Waits
Album (year): Real Gone (2004)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: Music gets us through the best of times and the worst of times. 2008 was the latter – this was my go-to song throughout. Can’t listen to it now. “Without her love, Without your kiss, Hell can’t burn me, More than this, I’m burning with all this pain, Put out the fire, And make it rain!”

Title: Shit, Damn, Motherfucker
Artist: D’Angelo
Album: Brown Sugar (1995)
Submitted By: Trailer

Title: Banned In DC
Artist: Bad Brains
Album (year): Black Dots
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: FBFY, have a listen to one of the punkrock bands that helped shape teenage annieTUFF. This was some of the fastest music that I had ever heard, and I was way into it. I still am. I gotta be honest, picking a song for a memory was really hard for me. Not for the lack of memories, but for the abundance of them. So many songs remind me of going to great shows, or the summer starting, or taking a roadtrip, etc. Everything has a song attached to it.

Title: My Uncle Used To Love Me But She Died
Artist: Roger Miller
Album: Words And Music (1966)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: My dad loved his Roger Miller King of the Road LP. So did I. And I remember thinking we had bonus Roger Miller in the house when I got some sort of compilation LP with Snoopy and the Red Baron on the cover. Not sure what I thought it was going to be – or what Santa thought it was. But I remember the Royal Guardsman song was an acquired listen. One song was an immediate hit with me though – the bonus Roger Miller we now had in the house. The song (and Miller’s music) remains a favorite of mine this day.

Title: Memories
Artist: The Silos
Album: Flipping The Bird (unreleased boot)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Went for the all-too-obvious theme connection. The song is relevant to the theme though in that I have memories of how great The Silos were on their first couple of albums, Cuba (where Memories was originally released) and “The Bird Cover”. And it’s cool to hear Bob Rupe on vocals.

Title: Too Much Of A Good Thing
Artist: The Sons (feat. Bret Reilly)
Album (year): Dumb & Dumber OST (1994)
Submitted By: TheSecondSingle
Comments: This was the second album I ever bought (after Weezer’s Blue Album; in my collection I also had the Blind Melon album a friend gave me and a free Tommy Hilfiger promotional CD from Dillards). Can’t remember if I bought it before or after the movie. Probably before, and it started a trend where I would always buy the soundtrack for the movies I wanted to see, before I even saw them. This song always stuck with me. It’s catchy as hell and probably could have been a hit, but then towards the end it kind of goes into this odd, jazzy/lounge feel before coming back to the killer chorus. Not sure what ever happened to these guys, but they made one of my all-time favorites.

Title: Got My Mind (Set On You)
Artist: George Harrison
Album (year): Cloud Nine (1987)
Submitted By: TheSecondSingle
Comments: The first song I remember really loving and learning all the words and singing it around the house.

Feel Bad For You – November 2014

Just in time before the month fades here’s this months FBFY mix for all you musical connoisseurs out there.


Thanks to Matt for curating and all those taking part, here’s the run down………..

Title: Hard Times
Artist: Gillian Welch
Album (year): The Harrow & The Harvest (2011)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Hard times ain’t gonna rule my mind no more. If only I could remember that, maybe times wouldn’t be so hard.

Title: Merrimack County II
Artist: Tom Rush
Album (Year): Merrimack County (1972)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Was recently turned on to Tom Rush by a friend and found a few LPs at a used book store. This tune is off one of those albums

Title: Wino
Artist: Bob Frank
Album: Bob Frank (1972, Remastered 2014)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: Bob Frank’s self titled debut album took elements of Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Ian Tyson and filtered it through a pot-smoked haze. He spent many a stoned evening staggering alone through the mid-south urban gothic landscape of church steps and sleaze bars, with his guitar glued to his arm. Songs would emerge from dreams or drunken visions. And they were great songs, like this one, the marvellous opening track Wino.

Title: Cold Turkey
Artist: John Lennon
Album (year): The John Lennon Collection (1982)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I was jonesin’ for my FBFY earlier this month, so this song seems appropriate. Also, Turkey Day!

Title: Great Blue C
Artist: The 442’s
Album (year): The 442’s (2014)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Kids all over are holding hands, snapping their fingers, and drinking double chocolate malteds; all while swinging and swaying to the sonic stylings of The 442’s. You’re gonna dig their modern sound. So get with it – take this disc for a test drive to the soda shop! Later you can ask your doctor why you don’t have three hands like everyone else.
The 442′s are based in St. Louis, and combine two members of the St. Louis Symphony with two members from the Erin Bode Group. Adam Maness writes songs and plays guitar, accordion, melodica and glockenspiel; Shawn Weil is on violin, Bjorn Ranheim on cello and Sydney Rodway on bass. This album is a trip with stops in classical, folk, jazz, and surrealism.

Title: “Camp Pendleton”
Artist: Camper Van Beethoven
Album (year): El Camino Real (2014)
Submitted By: TheSecondSingle
Comments: My favorite song off the newest CVB album. A little more Cracker sounding than CVB, but that’s never a bad thing.

Title: Long After Tonite’s Candles Are Blown
Artist: Comet Gain
Album (year): Paperback Ghosts (2014)
Submitted by: Simon @simon2307
Comments: Seemed an appropriate choice given this weeks news from the cosmos and what’s more it’s one of my most played tracks of 2014 from Comet Gain who’s back catalogue is a wonderfully eclectic experience if you’re not familiar.

Title: Socking Soul Power
Artist: Simtec & Wylie
Album (1969): 45 single
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: single 45 backed with Stay With Me For Better Or Worse
Simtec & Wylie were an American soul duo from Chicago active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The group was composed of Walter “Simtec” Simmons and Wylie Dixon

Title: Love That I Got
Artist: Strange Majik
Album (2015): Lights On
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: From the upcoming Strange Majik (AKA David Pattillo of The Dead Exs) LP “Lights On.” Love That I Got features the lovely Fiona Silver

Title: Cry Over You
Artist: Tami Neilson
Album (year): Dynamite! (2014)
Submitted By: Trailer

Title: Cat Fur
Artist: The Rulers Of The Root
Album (year): 2014
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: First album from some veterans of the Glasgow music scene backing up the weird and wonderful lyrics of Patrick Gillies.

Title: Please Let Me Let It Go
Artist: Barr Brothers
Album (year): Sleeping Operator (2014)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: A plea for salvation so beautifully judged in pace that I’ll grant it to them. The hints of Neville Brothers in the vocals sealed the deal. Can I hear an AMEN? Or at least an ATIN

Title: Peggy Legg
Artist: Terry Allen
Album: Human Remains (1996)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: November – a month for family gatherings and reflections of things for which we’re thankful. A turkey leg to eat and even one good leg with which to dance.

Title: Dishonest Jenny
Artist: The Faults
Album (year): De-Fault 2001
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: Back with another Knoxville band, I can’t help it. I’ve gotta be real honest here, I’ve been working on the artwork for the new Mic Harrison and the High Score record, and in doing so I’ve been going thru the last 10 years worth of photos I’ve taken of that band. I get all emotional, it’s like going thru family photos. BUT I know over the last couple of years I’ve submitted several Mic Harrison and the High Score songs to FBFY so instead I decided to go a few years prior to a different band…with some of the same members. I’ve been going so far back in time, of course my pick this month goes back over 10 years.
P.S There is some current “The Faults” facebook if you search for them but that is a different band. This is Mic Harrison, Robbie Trosper, Paxton Sellers and either Jeff Bills or Jason Peters (depending on the time)

Feel Bad For You – October 2014 – Halloween


Got a Halloween special this month for you from the FBFY trick or treaters, big thanks to all involved and especially Annie for the art and Matt for curating.


Title: For The Battered
Artist: Tommy Womack
Album: Stubborn (2000)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Recent high profile cases in the NFL have surfaced what many sadly know all too well. Domestic violence is all too common, and it isn’t restricted to any particular economic status or race. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Help someone if you know they need it. Call, text, email, tweet, or simply go to someone if you are a victim of domestic violence – or if you are someone committing this violence and need a way to stop.

Title: Tubular Bells
Artist: Mike Oldfield
Album (year): Tubular Bells (1973)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Have you ever heard of exorcism? It’s a stylized ritual in which rabbis or priests try to drive out the so-called invading spirit. It’s pretty much discarded these days, except by the Catholics who keep it in the closet as a sort of embarrassment.

Title: Witchcraft in the Air
Artist: Bettye Lavette
Album: Northern Soul All Nighter (2014) and various others too
Submitted by: Simon
Comments: Early track from soul legend Bettye LaVette that’s turned up on a number of compilation albums including this recent release which is one of the better compilations around and as the title track of (Detroit Soul 1957-62) which is another of the genre worth seeking out, according to Bettye’s official website it was released as a single back in 1963.

Title: Dead Man’s Tetris
Artist: Flying Lotus (feat. Captain Murphy & Snoop Dog)
Album (year): You’re Dead! [2014]
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: You never know who you’re going to meet in the afterlife. This is one possible preview of how that might go down. I love that this just sounds like Halloween, and the funhouse atmosphere is extra creepy because of the serious subject matter; friends who died. For a real treat (pun intended) look up the song artwork by Japanese comic book artist Shintaro Kago.

Title: Candy Love Satellite
Artist: That Petrol Emotion
Album (year): End of the Millennium (1988)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Need some ‘candy’ on Halloween. Love the poppy, 60s, retro-vibe to this song.

Title: Scarecrow Blues
Artist: Brock Zeman
Album (year): Songs From The Mud (2005)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: And what’s Halloween without scarecrows? I haven’t listened to Brock in quite some time and have forgotten how much I like him.

Title: The Green Door
Artist: Jim Lowe
Album (year): The Green Door – Single (1956)
Submitted By: TheSecondSingle
Comments: What’s behind the green door, y’all? (Good cover by The Cramps out there, too)

Title: Demon in the Night
Artist: The Goddamn Gallows
Album: The Maker (2014)
Submitted By: Trailer

Title: Rockin’ In The Graveyard
Artist: Jackie Morningstar
Album (year): Single, 1956 (?)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: just a cool Halloween cut.

Title: It’s Just The Night
Artist: Del McCoury
Album (Year): It’s Just The Night (2003)
Submitted By: Truersound

Title: Bringing Mary Home
Artist: Vernon Oxford
Album (Year): Keepin’ It Country (1982)
Submitted By: Truersound

Title: Peggy Sang The Blues
Artist: Frank Turner
Album (year): England Keep My Bones (2011)
Submitted By: Romeo Sid Vicious
Comments: I thought a happy, upbeat ghost song would be a nice Halloween addition. It was either this or something talking about saints and stuff for All Saints Day, there are some good creepy ones out there. I hope everyone has as much fun with Halloween as I do!

Title: It’s Your Voodoo Working
Artist: Charles Sheffield
Album (1961): single 45
By: @popa2unes
Comments: Originally released on Excello 2200, The original issue fetches upward of $1,000 these days,

Title: The Boogie Man
Artist: The Cadillacs
Album (1960): single 45
By: @popa2unes
Comments: The Cadillacs were an American rock and roll and doo-wop group from Harlem, New York; active from 1953 to 1962.

Title: The Midnite Creeper (Part 1)
Artist: Johnny Otis
Album (1956): single 45
By: @popa2unes
Comments: Johnny Otis (born Loannis Alexandres Veliotes, December 28, 1921) was a pioneering rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter, drummer, bandleader and disc jockey

Title: King Of The Bun-Ga-Loos
Artist: The Splinters
Album (1964): single 45
By: @popa2unes
Comments: Have to have some surfoween music! Limited info on this band

Title: Tarantula
Artist: The Tarantulas
Album (1960): single 45
By: @popa2unes
Comments: More surfoween! The Tarantulas first recorded as the Spyders and had some personnel changes before changing their name. Band members included Bobby Tucker, Fred Crook, Dan Rains, Sammy Creason, and Bill English. The Tarantulas’ best known song is “Tarantula,” and they recorded several other songs including “Like Spellbound” and “Kaw Liga.” “Tarantula” was recorded at Fernwood studio in Memphis ca. 1960 and was released as a single (Atlantic-2102 b/w “Black Widow”)

Song: Killer in the Corn
Artist: Brock Zeman
Album $100 Difference
Submitted by: Adam Dawson www.TheBrokenJukebox.com
Just seems appropriate.

Title: Daddy’s Little Pumpkin
Artist: John Prine
Album: from Austin City Limits (1992)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Don’t it make ya wanna dance – and hug your young’uns?

Title: Twin Peaks Twist
Artist: Messer Chups
Album (year): Heretic Channel (2009)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: Everyday, give yourself a little present.

Title: My Boyfriend Is A Zombie
Artist: The Blast Rocks!!!
Album (year): You’re Fired! (2009)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: His affection is an infection.

Title: Devil Do
Artist: Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs (2007)
Album (year): You Can’t Buy A Gun When You’re Crying
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: If I went to Heaven I would only get bored.

Title: Halloween Head
Artist: Ryan Adams
Album: Easy Tiger (2007)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Someone had to submit it.

Title: What’s He Building
Artists: Tom Waits
Album: Mule Variations (1999)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: This is will scare the bejesus out of you.

Judas Priest
“The Sentinel”
Defenders of the Faith (mid 80s)
from what I remember about this song it is a killing machine out for vengeance. Or something. Good song but disturbing lyrics. It was this or the “Monster Mash” but I don’t want to be that guy.

Title: King Harvest
Artist: The Band
Album: The Band (1969)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Halloween splits the Canadian and American Thanksgivings, so I went that way. Also, I don’t like scary things and I feel for this guy.

Feel Bad For You – September 2014



Artist: Chris Carroll
Album: Trouble & Time
Song: Just Like That
Label: Independent
Submitted by: Adam Dawson www.TheBrokenJukebox.com
Comments: Canadian born, Texas based folk/ R&B singer Chris Carroll’s debut record drops next month. I am not normally a big fan of female singers, but I can’t stop listening to this one. This is the first song released on the album.

Title: Lateness of Dancers
Artist: Hiss Golden Messenger
Album (year): Lateness of Dancers (2014)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: “Wheel of love, you broke me.” Saw HGM recently opening for Jason Isbell, and I was frustrated because I couldn’t understand a word. Which is a damn shame, because this record is amazing and I’ve already listened to it a zillion times.

Title: Leyndarmal (King and Cross)
Artist: Asgeir
Album (year): Dýrð í dauðaþögn (2012)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This year Asgeir released an English version of the same album, with only the vocal tracks changed. I much prefer the Icelandic vocals.
Glistening nighttime dew, and she is walking with me.
From the house of red, I hear a child crying.
Foxes heading home, their prey hangs from their jaws.
And the forest knows, but it won’t share the secret.

When the king takes sides,
leaving moral minds; soldiers take their share.
Nighthawks seem to sense that now is the time.
Deep inside them burns the raging fire of life.
He’ll take back what he owns.

Death cannot take hold, if I can keep momentum.

Title: You’re Gonna Lose
Artist: Lions in the Street
Album: self-titled (2014)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: The latest pin-back-your-ears-and-let-’er-rip rock and roll from stubborn “we’ll do things our own damn way, thank you very much” Vancouver outfit.

Title: Shut Up Shuttin’ Up
Artist: Victor
Album: Victor (1996)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: From the side project of Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson. Pretty much what I want to say these days to the overwhelming majority of those in the mainstream, alternative and social media. Just SHUT UP shuttin’ up already! Damn.

Title: “Anarchy in the UK”
Artist: The Sex Pistols
Album: Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Today 9/18/2014 might be the last day the UK exists in its current form. Regardless, going forward will be interesting.

Title: Gonna Walk You To School
Artist: Wild Bill’s Blue Washboard Boys
Album (year): Baby Yum Yum (1970)
Submitted By: BoogieStudio22
Comments: It’s back to school time!

Title: Death Letter Blues
Artist: The Bones of J.R. Jones
Album (2014): Folkadelphia Session 6/7/2014
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: This came out this week freebee on bandcamp

Title: Crying, Crying, Crying
Artist: The Bomb Bassets
Album (year): Take A Trip With… (1997)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: I had a mellow Fall-ish song picked out…but I decided against it. These guys are fun, they make me sing and dance like an idiot. I’ll save a mellow slow song for another day.

Title: I’ve Won Every Battle, But I’ve Lost Every War
Artist: Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer
Album (year): The Flower of Muscle Shoals (2014)
Submitted By: Trailer

Title: Rich Man’s Table
Artist: A Night In The Box
Album (year): 2008
Submitted By: Romeo Sid Vicious
Comments: Not much to say, I found a drive with a bunch of music I thought I’d lost and A Night In The Box – Write A Letter was there. This track makes me happy so here it is, hopefully it makes you happy as well.

Title: Town Clown
Artist: Kelsey Waldon
Album (year): Goldmine (2014)
Submitted by: Simon
Comments: Have featured Kelsey’s material several times on Beat Surrender, missed the release on this one earlier in the year but glad I caught up as it’s her best yet and alongside the Zoe Muth album it’s my favourite of its type this year.

Title: My Young Love Was As Blind As Ray Charles And Half As Cold As Heat
Artist: Kye Alfred Hillig
Album (year): The Buddhist (2014)
Submitted By: The Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: A new discovery for us, sitting somewhere between Sun Kil Moon and Damien Jurado and as good as either…or should that be both? Never mind, a simply brilliant slice of storytelling Americana.

Title: Bone Blue Moon
Artist: Jim dead
Album (year): 2011
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: Jim Dead’s a local musician who churns up a fine dust storm on this brooding slice of desert rock.

Title: Past It
Artist: Jim Lauderdale
Album (year): I’m a Song (2014)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Let’s boogie!

Title: Bill Richardson’s Greenback Dollar
Artist: The Jugbusters
Album (Year): Honky Tonk Hymnal (2013)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: For Bill, fuck cancer

Title: Field of Diamonds
Artist: Johnny Cash
Album (Year): American III (2000)
Submitted By: Truersound

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