Monday, March 28, 2011
Monday Random Ten #2
1. Yol Aralong/Jeas Cyclo/Cambodia Rocks
2. Esther Phillips/Just Say Goodbye/And I Love Him
3. Joan Armatrading/There Ain't a Girl Alive/Into the Blues
4. The Free Design/Now Is the Time/The Best of the Free Design
6. Roxy Music/In Every Dream Home a Heartache/For Your Pleasure
6. Doug Sahm/Wallflower/The Best of Doug Sahm
7. The Kinks/David Watts/Something Else by the Kinks
8. Tonya Donelly/Long, Long, Long/This Hungry Life
9. Fountains of Wayne/'92 Subaru/Traffic and Weather
10. Louis Armstrong/Savoy Blues/Hot Fives and Sevens Vol. III
The Cambodia Rocks anthology is one of the coolest things I've ever heard. If you like world music and garage rock in equal parts, this is for you. All the artists were influenced by American rock and soul in the bars of Phnom Penh during the war - which none of them survived.
The Free Design were a kind of a jazzy pop vocal group, active from 1967 to 1972. I read about them in the Rough Guide book The Best Music You've Never Heard: Musical Adventures Off the Beaten Track. Even if the Free Design aren't your particular brand of steeped beverage, you'll find plenty in there that is.
That Joan Armatrading album completely kicks ass. If you think of her as a gentle, soulful singer/songwriter, think again.
The Doug Sahm track is a collaboration with Bob Dylan. Sahm and Dylan were good friends until the former's untimely demise in 1999.
That's Tanya Donnely of Throwing Muses, Belly, and the Breeders, covering George's spooky White Album number.
Don't want to insult your intelligence, but if you didn't know, Fountains of Wayne is your go-to source for literate power pop.
Keep on shufflin'!