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Feel Bad For You – December Mixtape

Saving the best to last ? I’ll let you decide, but for me this collection is the finest of of the FBFY year – Enjoy!

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Thanks to Amy for all of her work behind the scenes this year, thanks too everyone who’s contributed in any way shape or form and thanks all for listening.

1. Title: The Money Goes
Artist: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Album (year): Between The Ditches (2012)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: I saw this band at the 8×10 in Baltimore. It was a transformative experience, standing in the middle of a crowd of screaming, stomping, whiskey-fueled, wild-eyed music fans. The Reverend, who hails from Brown County, IN, could teach Jack White a few things about playing guitar…and about performing. I’m completely serious. Catch ‘em if you can.

2. Title: Molotovs
Artist: Dorado
Album (year): Anger, Hunger, Love And The Fear Of Death (2013)
Submitted by: Corey Flegel
Comments: This is a side project by Birmingham badasses Through The Sparks. The Dorado full length will be released 1/5/13 via This Is American Music.

3 Title: I’m Going Back
Artist: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Album (year): Smoking in Heaven (2011)
Submitted By: BoogieStudio22
Comments: I was recently directed to this fun, retro-50s group consisting of multi-instrumentalist siblings. Just good fun.

4. Title: Stupa
Artist: District Attorneys
Album (year): Jr. (2012)
Submitted By: TheOtherBrit
Comments: These guys have my favorite album of the year but this is off their just released free EP from thisisamericanmusic.com!

5. Title: Endeavor
Artist: Timo Räisänen
Album (year): Endeavor (2012)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Fizz bop Swedish pop! A friend posted this on the tweeters a week or two ago and the damn hook won’t get out of my head. Bonus saxophone solo!

6. Title: Get Me In A Room
Artist: Hallelujah the Hills
Album (year): No One Know What Happens Next (2012)
Submitted by: Simon
Comments: Thanks to everyone who’s contributed and given their time to creating the posts and artwork, so much music, so little time – you filter the great from the mediocre. This is an ear-worm of a track and the video features our erstwhile collator and editor-in-chief Amy https://vimeo.com/38678429.

7. Title: The Cigarette Song
Artist: The Patinettes
Album (year): Bliss (2011)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: I’m sure like me, this monthly exercise always gets you rooting deep into all the music you’ve accumulated and saying Oh yeah haven’t heard this album in a while! The Patinettes only album Bliss is filled with retro surf rock flair, beautiful vocals and a catchy bluegrass/country vibe and it just found it’s way back onto my pod. They are a five piece crew from Zaragoza, Spain.

8. Title: In Pacific Time
Artist: Micah Schnabel
Album (year): How to Quit Smoking/In Pacific Time CDR (2012)
Submitted By: scratchedsoul
Comments: I travel a lot for work which can be shitty sometimes and sometimes it’s great. At the end of the summer I found myself in Buffalo for work and went and saw Two Cow Garage open for Lucero. Micah and Shane were selling their wares after the show and this is from a CDR Micah was selling. Both songs are ridiculously good.

9. Title: Little Mystery
Artist: Todd Thibaud
Album: Little Mystery (1999)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Thibaud was one of the early artists introduced to me by the randomness of Pandora. Not terribly edgy – yet this Boston singer has some solid, creative pop tunes. I revisited Little Mystery for FBFY and realized the multiple meanings of that song title this time of year. The song itself tells the story of the girl about town who craves the return of a little mystery in her life – but who is resigned to know it ain’t happenin’. But don’t we all crave the return of a little mystery? Hell, is mystery even possible in a world of Facebook, Twitter and iPhones? Whacked relationships. Gender-known deliveries. Loathed gift cards vs. wrapped presents bought with intent and a smile. The mystery of Santa that recedes with each generation more quickly than any glacier melts. Those damn Mayans. The journey to Bethlehem and the everlasting impact of the events that may have happened there. But hey, Merry Friggin’ Christmas y’all. Thanks for listening, downloading, sharing and/or ignoring my submissions this year. Have a drink on me, kiss the ones you love and pray for the ones you don’t.

10. Title: To Sir With Love
Artists: Lulu
Album (year): To Sir With Love (1967)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: I’ve been listening to Steve Earle’s SiriusXM radio show, and he recently discussed the work of producer Mickie Most. This track stands out among his many, many great recordings.

11. Title: I Wanna Live
Artist: The Ramones
Album (year): This version is from the “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: The Anthology [Disc 2]” (1999) but it’s originally on “Halfway to Sanity” (1987)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: I’ve been on an 80′s Ramones kick in between surf music and crazy Christmas music…so…here ya go.

12. Title: Keep the Boy Alive
Artist: Sebadoh
Album (year): Secret EP (2012)
Submitted By: Ryan (verbow over at altcountrytab.ca)
Comments: I guess the successful Dino Jr reunion has inspired Lou Barlow to revive Sebadoh. They snuck this EP out earlier this year, a teaser for a forthcoming full album in 2013. This is the first song off that EP – and I love the hell out of it. I’ve always dug Lou’s stuff – I wish I had a bunch of enlightening things to say about it, but I don’t. Its just a base instinct I guess. Viva la Sebadoh!

13. Title: God Damned the Rain to Fall
Artist: Horsehead
Album (year): Sympathetic Vibrations (2012)
Submitted By: Trailer
Comments: If you’re gonna do an impression of The Black Crowes, you might as well do it this damn good.

14. Title: Black Tar Carpet Ride
Artist: The Lollipops
Album (2012): Pop Narcotics (2012)
Submitted By: The Mad Mackerel
Comments: “We’ll shoot some heroin, and take to the skies.” Told over a simple acoustic strum, this is an unapologetic, woozy, hypnotically brilliant paean to the delights of chasing the dragon. The best addition to the Sex and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll mantra we’ve heard all year. The only apology? For “the times we almost died.” It comes from The Lollipops sublime May release, Pop Narcotics – available as a Pay What You Want deal from their Bandcamp page.

15. Title: Blood, Sweat & Murder
Artist: Scott H. Biram
Album (year): The Dirty Old One Man Band (2005)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs (ninebullets)
Comments: My father was a HUGE Scotty Biram fan. I’m glad he got to see him live before he got sick. This was one of my dad’s favorite SHB songs.

16. Title: Beer Cans
Artist: Old 97’s
Album (year): Too Far To Care (Bonus track, 2012 reissue)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Sums up my existence these days.

17. Title: Letters Home From the Garden of Stone
Artist: Everlast
Album (year): Love, War, and the Ghost of Whitey Ford (2008)
Submitted By: tincanman
Comments: A soldier ponders his place in the battlefield. Masterfully crafted lyrics and production. And that voice is so seductive!

18. Title: Dead Souls
Artist: Joy Division
Album (year): live (1980)
Submitted By: April @ Now This Sound Is Brave
Comments: This is from a show Joy Division played at the University of London Union on February 8, 1980, recently remastered by audio engineer Drew Crumbaugh. I’ve been listening to Joy Division since I was in my early teens, and everytime I listen to them, I still think it is some of the greatest music I’ve ever heard.

19. Title: Armegideon Time
Artist: Willie Williams
Album: Armegideon Time (1978)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Dec. 21, 2012: Armegideon Time

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Feel Bad For You – November Mixtape

This months Feel Bad For You is available for your listening pleasure, thank you to Rockstar Aimz for curating and Hoosier Buddy for the artwork.

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1. Title: Done Got Old
Artist: Heartless Bastards
Album: Stairs and Elevators (2005)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comment: I just turned 40. This is my new theme song.

2. Title: Outrageous
Artist: Paul Simon
Album: Surprise (2006)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: It’s outrageous a man like me can stand here and complain.

3. Title: Sadie
Artist: Hound Dog Taylor
Album: Natural Boogie (1974)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: just three guys laying the groove down, no big deal

4. Title: A Horse Called Music
Artist: Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
Album: Heroes (2012)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: The original of this song is almost too clean and pure beauty. This has some rough edges but retains the beauty of the song.

5. Title: Beat Surrender
Artist: The Jam
Album: Direction Reaction Creation (1997)
Submitted By: Simon
Comments: Thirty years ago this month the ‘best fucking band in the world’ released their final single and were on the road for their farewell Beat Surrender tour – what else could I choose this month – more on the blog later this month.

6. Title: Blackberries
Artist: Boca Chica
Album (year): Transform Into Beasts (2007)
Submitted By: BoogieStudio22
Comments: I can’t remember how I stumbled upon Boca Chica, but I’ve had them on my ‘buy’ list for a while. I finally picked up one of their earlier albums and have been enjoying it this week. I had a tough time choosing a song for this month’s FBFY, but I keep going back to this one, so here you go.

7. Title: California Dreamin’
Artist: Barry McGuire
Album: Dunhill LP 50005 (1965)
Submitted By: tincanman
Comments: Sounds like someone taking the piss (UK saying), but this is the original. The Mamas & Papas were in the studio at the same time, so supplied the backing vocals. The Cave-like harshness over the sappy sweet harmonies make it almost punky … or is it because McGuire can’t hold a tune?

8. Title: Everybody Knows
Artist: Allen Thompson Band
Album: Salvation In The Ground (2012)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs (ninebullets.net)
Comments: “Everybody Knows” isn’t a comfortable song. It doesn’t really have a groove and you’ll never dance to it, but like The Eagles “Desperado,” you might find yourself wanting to hold up a lighter while it’s playing. The track eschews “a catchy tune” and goes for the “honesty so brutal you can’t help but sit down and pay attention” lyrics…

9. Title: Separation Anxiety
Artist: Mutts
Album: Separation Anxiety (2012)
Submitted By: April @ Now This Sound Is Brave
Comments: I figured there could hardly be a more fitting contribution to a mixtape that encourages drunken commentary than this shambling, drunken, everybody-sing-now ditty from Chicago’s Mutts.

10. Title: Jamie
Artist: Weezer
Album: DGC Rarities, Volume 1 (1994)
Submitted By: Ryan (Verbow @ Altcountrytab.ca)
Comments: Been on a Weezer kick lately. This is a fine track that didn’t make the Blue Album – just a sweet slice of power poppy goodness. It also comes with a cool story – it was recorded by a friend of the band for his college final – he got a B on it. Nice. Also reminds me of a girl I knew named Suzanne – I keed I keed, a girl named Jamie. Swoon. Good times.

11. Title: Two Riders
Artist: Bohannons
Album: Unaka Rising (2012)
Submitted By: TheOtherBrit
Comments: While the bulk of Atlanta was down the street at the democrats’ bar watching the election results, the Bohannons were putting on a scalp-peeling show for less than a dozen people that rivaled the show I saw for a near sold out crowd in their home-town Chattanooga. This album doesn’t do their live show justice (which is one of the best I’ve seen in years), but for $5 from thisisamericanmusic.com it’s gonna be one of your favorite albums this year.

12. Title: Snake Song
Artist: David Olney with Sergio Garcia
Album: Unreleased – Live at Grimey’s (2012)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Back in February, author Brian Atkinson made an in-store appearance at Grimey’s New and Preloved Music in Nashville to promote “I’ll Be Here In The Morning”, his book about Townes van Zandt. Grimey added to the promotion of Brian’s book by inviting incredible talents such as Will Kimbrough and the legendary Steve Young to sing covers of Townes’ songs or their songs that may have been somehow influenced by him. The striking highlight for me, however, was David Olney’s cover of Snake Song featuring jaw-dropping guitar work by Sergio Webb. My video of the performance is also on YouTube (as well as the performances by Kimbrough and Young).

13. Title: Oxblood
Artist: The Donkeys
Album: Born With Stripes (2011)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Like your second trip to the kissing booth, this song is as thrilling as it is comfortable. With echoes of Marc Bolan, Ray Davies, and the Commotions (minus Lloyd Cole), the alt-country psychedelia whangs and burbles along. The musical question, “could there be a relationship here?”, applies as much to the listener as it does to the girl who says she’s “got friends in from out of town.”

14. Title: Reefer
Artist: Harlan Pepper
Album: Young and Old (2012)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: I spent most of the week trying to weed out a song to submit, and then Colorado and Washington State made this old stoner a very happy hippie.

15. Title: Joe
Artist: The Pollies
Album: Where the Lies Begin (2012)
Submitted By: Trailer

16. Title: Fields of June
Artist: Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo (featuring Frank Turner)
Album: Field of June single (2012)
Submitted By: scratchedsoul
Comments: I don’t know much about Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo but Frank Turner tweets about them a lot. Now he’s singing with her and it’s obvious why he likes her. She was part of the Revival Tour in Europe this year.

17. Title: Calm Me Down
Artist: Port O’Brien
Album: Threadbare (2010)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: Lately this has been my “ease me into the morning while driving” song.

18. Title: Rotten Alabama
Artist: Ramsay Midwood
Album: Larry Buys A Lighter (2011)
Submitted by: Corey Flegel (This Is American Music)
Comments: Ramsay is a Texas legend in my eyes. Every record he’s put out is stellar. If you’re ever in Austin…

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Feel Bad For You November Mixtape

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Here’s November’s mix-tape from your favourite bloggers

Artwork by Shooter Jennings, putting it all together Matt A Truer Sound

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Title: Lowdown
Artist: Tom Waits
Album: (year)2006
Submitted By: Brad Kelley
Comments: In honor of his first release of new studio material in seven years, Bad As Me, I give you great song from the 3 CD 2006 compilation, Orphans. This rocks.

“Ballad of Fuck All”
Malcolm Middleton
Waxing Gibbous (2009)
Gorrck
This song fits my mood these days. Fuck it all. Burn it all down. Meh, there’s a new episode of “Community” I haven’t seen yet.

Title: Beauty Queen Sister
Artist: Indigo Girls
Album: Beauty Queen Sister (2011)
Submitted By: Phil Norman – @philnorman
Comments: You should have seen the look on Matt’s face when I told him I followed the Indigo Girls around like a deadhead back in ’94. These ladies been writing great song after great song for over 20 years.

Title: I Can Tell
Artist: Jo Wymer
Album: Living With Scars(2011)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: I have to thank bryan at Ninebullets for turning me on to this great lady in my backyard. So I’ll let him say it: ‘She growls, purrs, and isn’t afraid to hit the high notes throughout her hook-laden debut and it’s literally a tour de force of potential hits, songs that are radio-ready, if radio had any soul left. Check out Ninebullets to get another two songs.

Title: Lionhearted
Artist: 4 On The Floor
Album: 4×4 (2011)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: I reviewed a new CD by this Minneapolis quartet last spring (http://toomuchcountry.blogspot.com/2011/03/cd-review-4-on-floor.html). While the gimmicks are heavy (4 band members, all songs in 4/4 time, songs involve band members kicking their own bass drum, album name 4×4, etc.), the music is pretty dadgum good. Thought it was worthy of submitting for FBFY.

Title: Outlaw Man
Artist: The Eagles
Album: Desperado (1973)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs (ninebullets.net)
Comments: Deperado, the second studio album by The Eagles, was a concept album loosely based on the infamous Dalton Gang. Anytime people just scoff at the notion the Eagles were ever a good band, I give them this album.

Title: In America
Artist: The Vandals
Album: Play Really Bad Original Country Tunes (1999)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: for the occupiers

Title: Worth
Artist: Powder Mill
Album: Money, Marbles and Chalk (2010)
Submitted by: Shooter Jennings
Comments: Womern

Title: Beautiful Bad Day
Artist: R. Mutt
Album: Leash On Life (2011)
Submitted By: PearlSnapMan

Title: Hold On
Artist: Alabama Shakes
Album: Alabama Shakes EP (2011)
Submitted By: TheOtherBrit
Comments: I’m driving to Alabama in a matter of hours to see this band. I love this EP and not just because this song uses my name. I think you’ll be hearing a lot from these guys (and girl) in the next year.

Title: “Fool’s Gold”
Artist: The Damn Quails
Album: Down The Hatch (2011)
Submitted By: Trailer
Comments: I’m obsessed with this band at the moment.

Title: Somewhere Else
Artist: Jim Bryson
Album: Live At The First Baptist Church (2008)
Submitted By: Simon
Comments: Great live version of a track that appeared on Bryson’s 2003 album The North Side Benches, for the unacquainted Bryson is a long-time sidekick and collaborator of Kathleen Edwards – who recorded a version of this track on her Back To Me album.

Title: Pray on Me
Artist: Kill It Kid
Album: Feet Fall Heavy (2011)
Submitted By: April @ Now This Sound Is Brave
Comments: Matt from Mudlow turned Rick Saunders on to this band, and Rick, in turn, tapped it into my veins. I was about five songs into this album before I could finally close my gaping jaw. Thundering.

Title: What’s the Matter with You
Artist: Split Enz
Album: True Colours (1980)
Submitted By: BoogieStudio22
Comments: Power pop at its finest. Love the keys!

Title: Cleveland Polka
Artist: mr. Gnome
Album: Heave Yer Skeleton (2009)
Submitted By: April @ Now This Sound Is Brave
Comments: My favorite Cleveland band has released their third full-length album, Madness in Miniature. Since I don’t have that album yet, here’s a track from an earlier album that should show you why you need to buy all their LPs and EPs and see them live and buy lots of merch. After all, mr. Gnome is better than porn.

Title: No Happier
Artist: Low Duo
Album: The EP of Fear and Failure (2011)
Submitted By: Slowcoustic
Comments: Something a bit different in it not being just a “guy with an acoustic guitar”, still a bit lo-fi and very UK sounding. Just something that catches my ear now and again.

Title: Fall Asleep
Artist: Courtesy Tier
Album: Holy Hot Fire EP
Submitted By: Cowbelle (www.morecowbelle.net)
Comments: A gem from my inbox. More on these guys soon on the blog.

Title: Oo-Ma-Liddi
Artist: J.J Jackson & The Jackals
Album: The Roots Of The Cramps (2009)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: I always get mixtape anxiety right before I submit a song, and I really, really, reeeeaaaaalllly couldn’t decide what song to use for this month (its was a fierce internal struggle between Roky Erickson, The Undertones, and Screaming Lord Sutch….). So, instead of going with any of the bands I just mentioned I went for a completely different choice. This song never fails to make me dance like a fool, even while driving….which is dangerous AND I look like an idiot. But dang dudes, just listen to this and try not to shimmy and shake.
Also, I believe the original release of this song was 1959, but the 2009 “Roots of the Cramps” comp is really good, check it out.

Title: Safe
Artist: Danny Barnes
Album: Rocket (2011)
Submitted by: Mando_Lines (Jim Warren)
Comments: Nice track off of Mr. Barnes new record. Not representative of the rest of the record, however, which is mainly rock.

Title: God Damn Job
Artist: The Replacements
Album: Stink (1982)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: This song is the story of my life right now. Feel bad for me!

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Feel Bad For You October Mixtape

Instrumental theme for this month’s Feel Bad For You.

Thanks to Matt for putting it together and Phil Norman for the cover art.

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Title: For Stormy
Artist: Chelsea Crowell
Album: Crystal City
Year: 2011
Submitted By: Mando_lines
Comments: For Stormy is an instrumental track off of Chelsea Crowell’s upcoming record, Crystal City. The song originally had lyrics, but Ms. Crowell made the decision to jettison the lyrics and had her producer, Loney Hutchins, play lap steel in place of her vocal track. A Tennessee thunder storm (and tornado siren) are in the background, if you listen closely. Conveniently, the siren was in the same key as the song.

Title: Twilight On Sometimes Island (SoulQuest 17)
Artist: Lil’ Cap’n Travis
Album: Twilight On Sometimes Island
Year: 2007
Submitted By: Erschen
Comment: Love me some Pedal Steel

Title: Fortune Cookie
Artist: Los Straitjackets
Album: The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets
Year: 2009
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: Everyone’s favorite Mexican wrestling mask-wearing, Chuck Taylor-clad, surf and garage instrumental rock band, we had these guys play at a traditional Hot Rod Show I was involved with a couple summers ago, they know how to have a good time and get everyone dancing.

Title: Townsend, TN
Artist: The Royal Court of China
Album: Self-Titled (1989)
Submitted by: toomuchcountry
Comments: The Royal Court of China was a Nashville-based, Elliston Place/Rock Block staple band in the late 1980s who later took a shot at the big time with a relo to LA. Bands such as The Questionnaires (featuring great songwriter Tom Littlefield), Government Cheese, Will & The Bushmen (fronted by Will Kimbrough), and RCC were among the second and larger wave of memorable bands that followed the original Nashville rockers, Jason & The Scorchers. The band got its name from a magazine interview with Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers. In the interview, the two of them mentioned that they had rejected RCC as a name for their name and instead chose The Firm. RCC’s second album, Geared & Primed, was hard-edged and included their only hit – Half The Truth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4JNLthoQRU). But their first and self-titled release included a wider range of guitar playing, a mandolin, some slide to give it a distinctly-Nashville touch, a few more harmonies, and this instrumental named for one of the most beautiful, tranquil parts of East Tennessee.

Title: Hobo’s Blues
Artist: Paul Simon & Stéphane Grappelli
Album: Paul Simon
Year: 1972
Submitted By: Phil Norman | @philnorman
Comments: I’ve been on a Paul Simon binge lately, and I was already thinking of submitting a gypsy jazz track when I remembered this little ditty with the master himself, Stéphane Grappelli.

Artist – Japancakes
Song – Only Shallow
Album – Loveless (2007)
Submitted by – Corey Flegel (This Is American Music)
Comments – featuring Pedal Steel God John Neff of DBT before he was John Neff of DBT…always a badass.

Title: Drivin’ South
Artist: The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Album: Radio One
Year: 1989
Submitted By: BoogieStudio22
Comments: What else is there to say?

Title: Maggot Brain
Artist: The Volebeats
Album: Bloodshot Records: Making Singles, Drinking Doubles
Year: 2002
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: in the pantheon of great rock instrumentals, Funkadelic’s maggot brain is certainly near the top. This is a killer version with some absolutely necessary steel guitar.

Title: A New Life
Artist: Willy Vlautin & Paul Brainard
Album: Northline (Soundtrack To The Book)
Year: 2008
Submitted By: Simon
Comments: Love Willie Vlautin’s writing for Richmond Fontaine and his books are equally fantastic – the book and soundtrack idea works wonderfully well.

Title: “Into the Lungs of Hell”
Artist: Megadeth
Album: So Far, So Good… So What
Year: 1988
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comment: Having sent instrumentals the last 2 months, this actually was a challenge this month. Pulled up Glenn Miller’s “Goin’ Home” — way too mellow and sad. Fired up some Xavier Cugat and remembered I had a cover of Ray Charles doing “One Mint Julep”. Then I realized I submitted the Cugat in 2008. Dammit. So here’s some Megadeth. Enjoy!

Title: “Ghost Song”
Artist: Slithering Beast
Album: Werewolf Ballads
Year: 2006
Submitted By: bootlegend (In My Basement Room)
Comments: One of my favorites from a criminally underexposed band out of Louisville.

Title: Arkansas Traveller
Artist : Norman Blake
Album: Live At McCabes
Year: 1976 ?
Submitted By: Bowood
Comments: This could be why I play guitar, or it could be why I don’t.

Title: Stairway to Heaven
Artist: Rodrigo y Gabriela
Album: Rodrigo y Gabriela
Year: 2006
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz

Title: Bombs Over Baghdad
Artist: Outkast
Album: Stainonia
Year: 2000
Submitted By: Autopsy IV of ninebullets.net
Comments: Bob your head. Rag top.

Title: Squid Omelet
Artist: The Queers
Album: Grow Up
Year: 1990
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: Ok, so when I think instrumental I automatically think surf music. and I LOVE surf music. Dick Dale and the Dale Tones, The Ventures, Frogmen, Sentinals, The Rumblers, Beach Boys (although honestly I don’t listen to them as much as the others I’ve mentioned). I could go on and on about surf music. BUT I wouldn’t have ever gotten started listening to surf music if it weren’t thru a weird backdoor way of getting exposed to it, thru punk. So, I decided to put up the song that got me started really listening to surf instead of one of the other surf bands I mentioned. The Queers are a great band that are pretty heavily influenced by surf music, and you can really hear it in their songs, I love them. Although I had heard surf before I didn’t really appreciate it until after getting into punk. Confused now? Me too. By the way, this song ends kind of abruptly, because it’s supposed to lead right into the next track…so this might not really be the greatest pick for a random mixtape….but I’m telling a story with this song, so, suck it.

Title: Good Grease
Artist: Mark III Trio
Album: Single
Year: Unknown
Submitted By: @mikeorren
Comments: Off a great bootleg instrumental soul compilation that sadly seems to be unavailable on now. The comp disc was called “Bucket o’ Grease”

Title: “Si Paloma”
Artist: Sun Kil Moon
Album: Ghosts of the Great Highway
Year: 2003
Submitted By: Trailer
Comments: I’m not a big fan of instrumentals, but that’s the theme…so here’s a submission from one of my favorite albums of all time.

Title: Moanin’
Artist: Ray Charles
Album: Genius + Soul = Jazz
Year: 1961
Submitted By: Adam Sheets
Comments:

Title: Cissy Strut
Artist: Butch Cassidy Sound System
Album: Butches Brew
Year: 2004
Submitted By: noteethleroy

Title: “Peace in Mississippi (Jimi Hendrix cover)”
Artist: Earth
Album: Pentastar: In the Style of Demons
Year: 1996
Submitted by: TheSecondSingle
Comment: Stoner rock at its best. This may not be most people’s cup o’ tea, but you have to admit: it’s pretty badass.

Title: Green Onions
Artist: Booker T. & the M.G.s
Album: Green Onions
Year: 1962
Submitted By: TheOtherBrit
Comments: Thanks to TheSecondSingle for the inspiration via spotify!

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