Feel Bad For You November Mixtape


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

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


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)
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!

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.


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

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!

Feel Bad For You September Mixtape

Mmmmmmmmm tasty, for free home delivery of the deliciously eclectic September FBFY click here.

Thanks to Matt for putting it together and Annie Tuff for the cover art.

Title: Astronomy
Artist: Blue Oyster Cult
Album: Secret Treaties (1974)
Submitted by: Shooter Jennings
Comments: Part of one of the most expansive and confusing concept albums ever written which involves Aliens, Dark Mirrors and Lesbians (supposedly)

Stick With Me
Nicki Bluhm
Driftwood (2011)
Comments: This one has gotten under my skin lately, to me it brings back memories of the classic duets I grew up on.

Title: Red on the Head
Artist: Jonny Corndawg
Album: Down On The Bikini Line (2011)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: As the calendar turns to September, what comes to mind? State fairs. And with state fairs, what comes to mind? Corn dogs, right? Well, maybe. I first heard Jonny Corndawg in 2009 when he opened for the legendary Billy Joe Shaver at Nashville’s Exit-In. In the two years since, I’ve learned he is a leather worker, an avid runner, a gypsy-like touring machine, and an artist with a brand new release with some pretty witty – even bordering on juvenile – lyrics. Right in my wheelhouse.

San Souci (2011)
Interesting instrumental rock. Kind of all over the place.

Title: Keep On Letting Me Down
Artist: Mic Harrison And The High Score
Album: (year) 2010
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: I might be a little partial to this band…. But, I truly love this song, it was my instant favorite from this album (“Great Commotion” ), and I think it stands as one of my top songs from Mic and The High Score.

Title: Space Guitar
Artist: Johnny “Guitar” Watson
Album: (year) single (1954)
Submitted By: Bowood
Comments: This record influenced everyone from Dick Dale to Jimi Hendrix . Watson later made records that influenced 70′s funk and 80′s rap. Great performer and singer. Quite a character too.

Title : Stars Fell
Artist : Lauderdale
Album : Moving On 2011
Submitted by : Corey Flegel
Comments : My favorite song I’ve heard this year…Yeah, I’m biased and I don’t care. Go get it here if you want : www.thisisamericanmusic.com

Title: Orphan Girl
Artist: Emmylou Harris
Album: Wrecking Ball (1995)
Submitted By: Phil Norman | @philnorman
Comments: A Gillian Welch tune, sung by Emmylou, produced by Daniel Lanois. One of my all-time favorite albums.

Roamin’ and Ramblin’ Blues
David “Honeyboy” Edwards
Alan Lomax Field Recording, 1942, taken from Delta Bluesman (1992), Earwig/Indigo Records
Submitted by Brad Kelley
Comments: This one was easy. Honeyboy Edwards died August 29, 2011, at the age of 96. He traveled and performed with Robert Johnson during the 1930s. He moved to Chicago and performed nearly 100 shows a year until 2008, but continued to play concerts until earlier this year. This guy is the real thing, and his death is the end of an era. He knew and played with everyone in that first generation of Delta Blues. (This might look like two mp3s, but the first is just a brief introduction by the folklorist Alan Lomax.)
Addenum: The Asswipe who manages this mixtape is a fuckhead and keeps you from hearing a historically significant audio recording introduction to this song, which is only 28 sec and it’s just talking and technically not a SONG, so you’ll never get to hear it because he’s a dick.

Title: Eula Mae
Artist: The Whiskey Gentry
Album (year): Please Make Welcome (2011)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs (ninebullets.net)
Comments: Band out of Atlanta I really dig.

Title: The World Is Yours
Artist: The Hangdogs
Album: Beware Of The Dog (2000)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: been in a conspiritorial anti-gov mood lately, and this song follows that trail nicely

Title: Blue Suicide
Artist: Coma Cinema
Album: (year) Blue Suicide (2011)
Submitted By: Lord Summerisle
Comments: Just discovered this band in August only to find that they are calling it quits at the end of this year. All of their stuff is available for free download at http://comacinema.org/sounds.html

Title: Burning up the Wind
Artist: Frank Bang and the Secret Stash
Album: Wonder Woman (2011)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: Chicago based, unsigned Kick Arse Rock n Blues band – Frank “Bang” Blinkal – Vocals/Guitar Bob Spelbring – Drums/Vocals Josh Hyland – Bass/ vocals – Tony MacQuaid – Guitar/Vocals and by the way, ifin ya like em 3 downloads available on their Reverbnation or Facebook page

Title: September Song
Artist: Lou Reed
Album: (year) Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill (1994)
Submitted By: @mikeorren
Comments: It’s September. Kurt Weill was German. Lou Reed is back, doing an album about a German character, with Metallica. So, all logic screams that this is the only song to submit this month.

“Hurricane Season”
Trombone Shorty
Backatown (2010)
Gorrck’s Axiom: Carrying a trombone simultaneously increases *AND* decreases your risk of being detained by law enforcement authorities.

Title: Six Pack
Artist: Prison Book Club
Album: self titled (2011)
Submitted By: TheOtherBrit
Comments: I love this album and this band.

Title: Solar Broken Home
Artist: Stephen W. Terrell
Album: Picnic Time for Potatoheads
Submitted by: Adam Sheets

Title: Verse Chorus Verse (aka In His Hands)
Artist: Nirvana
Album: With the Lights Out (2004)
Submitted By: Verbow
This month marks 20 years since the release of Nevermind. In 1991, I was an 11 year old with horrible taste in music (MC Hammer anyone?). One day I stopped on MTV while the video for Smells Like Teen Spirit was on, and I was hooked from there on out. More than anything, Nirvana was a gateway to a whole new world of music that I continue to explore to this day. Is Nevermind my favorite album of all time? No, but its one that I still enjoy and still takes me back to that time like no other. Since everyone knows most of those songs by heart, I thought this outtake from the Nevermind sessions would be a good selection. Enjoy.

Title: Benito’s Dust
Artist: Dolorean
Album: (year) 7″ Split with Holy Sons (2004)
Submitted By: Slowcoustic
Comments: Just your standard hard luck song to rip your guts out.

Title: The Cute Lepers – Noisy Song
Artist: The Cute Lepers
Album: Adventure Time (2011) Buy the vinyl
Submitted By: Simon
Comments: Retro pop-punk from Seattle

Title: Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey
Artist: The [REDACTED]
Album: (year) The [REDACTED] (1968)
Submitted By: Mario Garcia (@marioegarcia, @imperialrooster)
Comments: I’ve been obsessed with this song over the last few days so it seemed like a good one to submit. It’s one of the best songs ever and a top 5 for me from The [REDACTED]. Great riff, great energy, great lyrics. I just hope its inclusion doesn’t get this blog shut down

Title: Gentleman
Artist: The Afghan Whigs
Album: Gentlemen (1993)
Submitted By: April @ Now This Sound Is Brave
Comments: The Afghan Whigs formed in 1986, disbanded in 2001 and remain my favorite band. Gentlemen is a practically perfect album. “Gentleman” is a practically perfect song. Rough, depraved, menacing… perfect.

Title: Bonnie and Clyde
Artist: Little Lisa Dixie
Album: Little Lisa Dixie (2011)
Submitted By: BoogieStudio22
Comments: An artist I stumbled onto quite some time ago. Just learned she put out an album in March 2011. Nice debut.

Title: Alone In This Together
Artist: Star Anna
Album: 2011
Submitted By: Cowbelle www.morecowbelle.net
Comments: A six-minute song is a little obnoxious but worth every second.

Title: Ghost on the Canvas
Artist: Glen Campbell
Album: Ghost on the Canvas (2011)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: How bad-ass is it that Campbell selects a song written by Paul Westerberg.

Southern Independent, Vol. 2

GiveMeMyXXX.com and Black Country Rock present ‘Southern Independent, Vol. 2’ the second official XXX compilation, it’s a free compilation just register to download – includes tracks from Joey Allcorn, Jason Isbell and last month’s Kickstarter recommendation Imperial Rooster, what are you waiting for?

1. Honky Tonk Carnie / Lonewolf OMB
2. Devil In New Orleans / Powder Mill
3. Quittin’ Time / Joecephus and the George Jones Town Massacre
4. Codeine / Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
5. I Like The Way / The Imperial Rooster
6. Whatever Kills Me First / Joey Allcorn
7. Chevy Beretta / Jonny Corndawg
8. Santa Monica / John Carter Cash
9. Sweet Delta Water / Black Oak Arkansas
10. Down and Out / Honky Tonk Hustlas
11. Canteen Full of Dreams / Roger Alan Wade
12. I Ain’t Drunk / Whitey Morgan and the 78’s
13. Hear The Hills / North Mississippi Allstars
14. Hootchie Kootchie Man / Jerry McGill

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