Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday Random Ten #19

Here are the first ten songs to pop up on my iPod; Artist/ Song/ Album:

1. Onipa Nua/ Auntie Rosina/ I Feel Alright

2. Paul McCartney/ Too Many People/ Wingspan: Hits and Highlights

3. Marshall Crenshaw/ Whenever You're On My Mind/ This is Easy: The Best of Marshall Crenshaw

4. Rick Nelson/ Lonesome Town/ Greatest Hits

5. Beastie Boys/ Don't Play No Game That I can't Win/ Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2

6. Ryan Adams/ La Cieniga Just Smiled/ The Suicide Handbook

7. Frank Zappa/ Sunshine of Your Love/ The Best Band You Never Heard

8. Kalambya Boys/ Eka Nzasu/ Utanu UTA 113

9. Elmore James/ Madison Blues/ The Sky Is Crying: Best of Elmore James

10. Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadors/ Drivin' Nails in My Coffin/ Waltz Across Texas

Not a lot of information available on the late Mr. Nua, who I learned of via Awesome Tapes from Africa. From Ghana; blind since age 2; made two albums.

McCartney cops to the fact that his song contains a little dig or two at John and Yoko, but still. "How Do You Sleep?" is a bit of an overreaction.

Crenshaw's back catalogue is deep. If all you know is a hit or two, seek out more. What a great songwriter.

That's my favorite track on the new Beasties album, because it features the delicious vocals of Santigold. Can't wait for her to release another full-length. There's a video that goes with it.

Ryan Adams is, like Prince and Ani diFranco, an overachiever who could benefit from an editor. It's great that you're prolific, but you probably don't need to release everything you ever wrote. In this case, the official releases being insufficient, he fills up many bootlegs as well.

More esoteric Africana, this time from Kenya. Don't know much about it, but I know what I like.

Lotta people cover Elmore; nothing like the original.

Now go out there and do the random thing.

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