With my lack of posting lately, it’s hardly my place to give anyone else shit, but now that Truersound Matt has finally gotten off his ass, I can present you with this month’s FBFY mix, compiled by bloggers, tweeters, music makers and music lovers and powered by love. And hate. And liberal doses of alcohol and caffeine. And possibly narcotics. And electricity. Stream or download below.
Title: This Ship Was Built To Last
Artist: The Duke Spirit
Submitted By: Shooter
Comments: Why don’t you go over there and blow me and come back over here and fuck you
Title: The Stranger Song
Artist: Leonard Cohen
Album: Songs of Leonard Cohen
Submitted By: Adam Sheets
Title: Quarter Chicken Dark
Artist: Yo Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan
Album: The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Submitted By: Phil Norman – @philnorman
Comments: You should need no comment after seeing the names of the four masters making this music.
Title: Solitary Man
Submitted By: BoogieStudio22
Comments: Who can resist a great Neil Diamond cover?
Title: Zane Merite
Album: Zane Merite
Submitted By: April @ Now This Sound Is Brave
Comments: I knew what Mudlow looked like (thanks to this photo set on Flickr) a few years before I knew what they sounded like (which seems fair enough since Mudlow takes their time between albums). And what they sound like is the noir soundtrack of my (rougher, dustier) dreams. This song will make a reappearance on their next, just-finished album, so think of it as an early preview.
Title: Presents From The Past
Artist: Billy Joe Shaver
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: It’s a Billy Joe xmas
Title: Impermanent Things
Artist: Peter Himmelman
Album: Mission Of My Soul: The Best of Peter Himmelman
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: My knee-jerk reaction was to offer Ray LaMontagne’s “Beg, Steal or Borrow” as a Dirty Santa submission for this month’s compilation. However, I’m a sucker for Christmas. I want to believe – I have to believe – that there is still a shred of relevance to it. Even if the time and events surrounding it have been bastardized by black days, cyber weeks, thoughtless gift cards, hair-graying stress over time at “your folks or mine this year?”, apathetic efforts in helping the truly needy, gluttony, etc., there is still something magical about The Day. Being Jewish, Himmelman clearly didn’t write this song about Christmas. Nonetheless, I think its a good kick-in-the-gut reminder where my priorities need to be -and where they shouldn’t. Thus endeth the soapbox. Enjoy the track. And thanks to those who sampled, listened, downloaded, commented, and ignored my submissions this year – and to FBFY overall. See ya in 12.
Title: Up the Junction
Artist: Chris Difford
Album: Uncut Sept 2006
Submitted By: Simon
Comments: Had this track stuck in my head for a few days now, like this version with a little bit of steel.
Title: This Town
Artist: Don Ryan
Album: Tangle Town
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: Staying in my own backyard again this month, Don Ryan is from Hawthorne NJ. The 18 song album is available on his bandcamp page, name your price. fantastic witty dark lyrics and multi influenced music mixed together by a mad scientist. “As defeat licks the jaws of victory, The rotten teeth of injury and insult gnaw at me, The local stigmatic handsome gentleman detonates, incinerates the town he’s living in”
Title: Speak Plainly Diana (Live)
Artist: Joe Pug
Album: Live at Lincoln Hall
Submitted By: Autopsy IV (ninebullets.net)
Comments: A live album with no new songs on it a Top 10 of the year? Better fucking believe it.
Title: Ruby Jack
Artist: Ronnie Lane & Steve Marriott
Album: The Legendary Majik Mijits
Submitted By: Erschen
Title: Merry Christmas To You
Artist: The High Score
Album: Christmas Split
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: I know this wasn’t technically a Christmas themed mix, but I’ve been listening to this song a bunch today….so you should too. AND it talks about New Years Eve too…soooo really it’s fitting for the entire month of December (yay).
This is actually one half a free split that Mic Harrison and The High Score put out for download on their website last year (it’s still up, you can download both songs @ http://www.micharrison.com/Download.html. )
By the way, I kept going back and forth between this song, and the Dwarves “Drinkin’ Up Christmas” and the Vandals “My first X-mas As a Woman” so, go find those (slightly offensive) Christmas songs too.
Title: Whiskey Christmas
Artist: Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Album: Christmas Songs For Drunken Atheists
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Christmas brings psychotic family, massive consumerism,
loneliness, huge expectations, and getting stuck overnight in an
airport somewhere during a goddamn snowstorm. But at least there’s
Artist: The Decemberists
Album: Long Live the King
Submitted By: Ryan (Verbow @ Altcountrytab.ca)
Comments: I never thought I would like anything by the Decemberists, but The King is Dead is my favorite album of 2011. The follow up EP Long Live the King is a pretty good addendum, with “Foregone” being the best of the bunch. Cannot believe this song didn’t make the album proper – listen to that pedal steel!
Album: Watching Western Skies (EP)
Submitted By: Cowbelle (www.morecowbelle.net)
Comments: Riviera were an alt.country group in Chicago, now re-located and re-grouped in Portland, OR.