david bowie – golden years (jeremy sole remix)

golden years (jeremy sole remix) — david bowie

To celebrate the release of David Bowie’s re-mastered Station to Station, EMI Records asked 4 KCRW DJs, Jeremy Sole, Anthony Valadez, Eric J Lawrence, and Chris Douridas, to each remixed the album’s lead single, Golden Years. Station to Station was recorded in Los Angeles, so it was fitting for some of KCRW’s leading tastemakers to take on the task, with each remix heard by Bowie himself. Each DJ took a unique path in recreating, deconstructing or re-imagining the classic song.

 

DJ Jeremy Sole flew across the country to work with Victor Axelrod, aka Ticklah, the keyboardist for Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra and Amy Winehouse, among others. They replayed the song in a full live setting in Brooklyn’s Dunham Studios — along with members of Budos Band, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, and Menahan Street Band — recording 100% analog to 2” tape to get a vintage feel.

 

“My plan was to not remix, but re-play the song in a full live setting, as if in 1975 Bowie recorded the original and then flew to Brooklyn (or even Jamaica) to cut another take with “my” players. Everything was recorded 100% analog to 2” tape. All equipment that was available before 1975. My approach was to take influence of the Jamaican musicians (and recording styles) of the mid-seventies, and their infatuation with American Soul music. If you dig it, that would be great. Knowing that BOWIE digs it, I’m over the moon.”

 

45 rpm Golden Years : David Bowie vs KCRW
released 2011

mary gauthier – mercy now

i drink — mary gauthier

wikipedia says: Mary Veronica Gauthier born March 11, 1962) is an American folk singer-songwriter. Gauthier was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Born to a mother she never knew and left in St Vincent’s Women and Infants Asylum, Gauthier was adopted when she was a year old by an Italian Catholic couple from Thibodaux, Louisiana.

 

At age 15, she ran away from home, and spent the next several years in drug rehabilitation, halfway houses, and living with friends; she spent her 18th birthday in a jail cell. Struggling to deal with being adopted, she used drugs and alcohol. These experiences provided fodder for her songwriting later on.

 

Spurred on by friends, she enrolled at Louisiana State University as a philosophy major, dropping out during her senior year.

 

After attending the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, she opened a Cajun restaurant in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, Dixie Kitchen (also the title of her first album). Mary ran, and cooked at, the restaurant for eleven years. She was arrested for drunk driving opening night, July 12, 1990, and has been sober ever since.

 

After achieving sobriety, she was driven to dedicate herself full-time to songwriting, and embarked upon a career in music. She wrote her first song at age 35.

 

album mercy now
released 2005

tom waits – filipino box spring hog

filipino box spring hog — tom waits

i know that tom waits has a wife named kathleen. and kathleen shares co-writing credits on some of wait’s songs.

 

there you go. now you know everything that i know about tom waits.

 

i don’t know where he’s from and i don’t know where he lives. all i know is his music. and i’m not going to link to his wikipedia page because, frankly, i don’t give a damn.

 

why would i want to know about the man when i can know him by his persona?!

 

i did find myself wondering what the hell he’s going on about in this song. someone over at urban dictionary makes the following claim…

 

A full hog cooked in this backyard fashion:

Build a big fire, throw a box spring on it until it’s burnt off everything but the steel springs, put a hog over the springs above the coals, sauce it with a broom, flip it over every now and then.

Dig a big pit in a dirt alley road
Fill it with madrone and bay
Stinks like hell
And the neighbors complain
Don’t give a hoot what they say
Slap that hog
Gotta roll em over twice
Baste him with a sweeping broom
You gotta swat them flies
And chain up the dogs
Cookin up a Filipino Box Spring Hog

 

see what i mean?! i’m quite sure that dinner at tom’s house is never as interesting as it is in my imagination.

 

album Mule Variations
released 1999

andrew bird – oh no

oh no — andrew bird
wikipedia says: Andrew Wegman Bird is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He was initially known through his work with the band Squirrel Nut Zippers before forming Bowl of Fire, and is now best known as a solo musician. Bird’s primary instrument is the violin, but he is also proficient at other instruments including whistling, guitar, and the glockenspiel.

 

album noble beast
released 2009

the raconteurs – these stones will shout

these stones will shout — raconteurs

wikipedia says: The Raconteurs also known as The Saboteurs in Australia, are an American rock group that was formed in Detroit, Michigan, featuring four musicians associated with earlier musical projects: Jack White (formerly of The White Stripes, currently The Dead Weather, as well as solo), Brendan Benson (solo), Jack Lawrence (of The Greenhornes, Blanche and The Dead Weather), and Patrick Keeler (also of The Greenhornes).

 

The band is based in Nashville, Tennessee. According to the band’s official website, “The seed was sown in an attic in the middle of a hot summer when friends Jack White and Brendan Benson got together and wrote a song that truly inspired them. This song was ‘Steady, As She Goes’ and the inspiration led to the creation of a full band with the addition of Lawrence and Keeler.” The band came together in Detroit during 2005 and recorded when time allowed for the remainder of the year. Due to the various members’ success in other bands, they were quickly dubbed a supergroup. The band, however, asserted they were not, saying that the term implies something pre-planned or temporary, whereas they are actually “a new band made up of old friends.”

 

album consolers of the lonely
released 2008

madeleine peyroux – dance me to the end of love

dance me to the end of love — madeleine peyroux

wikipedia says: Madeleine Peyroux (born April 18, 1974, Athens, Georgia, United States) is a French-American jazz and blues singer-songwriter.

 

wikipedia also says: Dance Me to the End of Love is a song by Leonard Cohen. The song follows a typical Greek “hassapiko” dance path, most probably inspired by Cohen’s long lasting affiliation to the Greek island of Hydra. It was first performed by Cohen on his 1984 album Various Positions. It has been recorded by various artists and in 2009 was described as “trembling on the brink of becoming a standard.”

 

album careless love
released 2004

ween – a tear for eddie

A Tear For Eddie — Ween

Wikipedia says: Ween is an alternative rock band formed in New Hope, Pennsylvania, in 1984 by childhood friends Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, better known by their respective stage names, Gene Ween and Dean Ween. After meeting in a middle-school typing class, the two began playing music and immediately chose the name Ween as well as their Ramones-inspired pseudonyms. Ween performed as a duo backed by a Digital Audio Tape for the band’s first ten years of existence before expanding to a four- (and later five-) piece act. The band’s highest charting single is “Push th’ Little Daisies”, which was a hit in the United States and Australia.

 

While Ween is generally categorized as an alternative rock band, they are known for their highly eclectic catalog of songs inspired by funk, soul, country, gospel, prog, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock, and more. Despite never receiving much mainstream recognition, Ween developed a large, devoted cult following.

 

Wikipedia also says: A Tear for Eddie was dedicated to the funk/psychedelic guitar pioneer Eddie Hazel, who died December 23, 1992.

 

album chocolate and cheese
released 1994

lykke li – dance dance dance

Dance, Dance, Dance — Lykke Li

Wikipedia says: Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson (born 18 March 1986), known as Lykke Li is a Swedish singer, songwriter and model. Her music often blends elements of indie pop, dream pop and electronic; instruments in her songs include violins, synthesisers, tambourines, trumpets, saxophones, cellos, and African drums. Li possesses the vocal range of a soprano. Li’s debut album, Youth Novels, was released in 2008. Her second album, Wounded Rhymes, was released in 2011, followed by her third album, I Never Learn, in 2014. In 2016, Lykke Li formed the band LIV.

 

Bonus: Lykke Li & Bon Iver doing ‘Dance Dance Dance’ in L.A

 

Album Youth Novels
Released 2008

ben harper – there will be a light

There Will Be A Light — Ben Harper with the Blind Boys Of Alabama

Wikipedia says: Benjamin Chase “Ben” Harper (born October 28, 1969) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Harper plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music and is known for his guitar-playing skills, vocals, live performances, and activism.  […]

 

There Will Be a Light is a gospel album by Ben Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama, released in 2004. This album would go on to pick up a Grammy award for Best Gospel album while Harper would also win a Grammy for the track, 11th Commandment.

 

Wikipedia also says: The Blind Boys of Alabama are a five-time Grammy Award winning gospel group who first sang together in 1939. The Blind Boys have toured for seven decades, and created an extensive discography.

 

The Blind Boys of Alabama sing mainly spiritually uplifting songs, as well as giving encouragement to those with disabilities. In the words of one of the group’s blind members, Ricky Mckinnie, “Our disability doesn’t have to be a handicap. It’s not about what you can’t do. It’s about what you do. And what we do is sing good gospel music.”

 

Album there will be a light
Released 2004

elvis costello – this year’s model

Radio, Radio — Elvis Costello

Wikipedia says: “This Year’s Model is Elvis Costello’s second album and his first with the Attractions, released in 1978. It was mainly recorded at Eden Studios in West London.

 

It was voted the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll. In 2000, Q magazine placed This Year’s Model at number 82 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 1987, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 11 on its list of the best albums of the period 1967–1987. In 2003, the album was ranked number 98 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

 

Album this year’s model
Released 1978

stevie wonder – sir duke

Sir Duke — Stevie Wonder

Wikipedia says: “Sir Duke is a song composed and performed by Stevie Wonder, from his 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life. The song was written in tribute to Duke Ellington, the influential jazz legend who had died in 1974. The lyrics also refer to Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.”

 

Album songs in the key of life
Released 1976

bob marley & the wailers – natty dread

Natty Dread — Bob Marley & The Wailers

Wikipedia says: “Natty Dread is a 1974 reggae album by Bob Marley & The Wailers. An important transition in Marley’s discography, Natty Dread was the first album released as Bob Marley & the Wailers (as opposed to The Wailers) and the first recorded without former bandmates Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. It is also the first album recorded with the I-Threes, a female vocal trio that included Bob’s wife, Rita Marley, along with Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt. In 2003, the album was ranked number 181 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.”

 

Album natty dread
Released 1974

amy winehouse – valerie (the zutons)

Valerie — Amy Winehouse

Wikipedia says: “Valerie” is a song written by English indie rock band The Zutons from their second studio album Tired of Hanging Around.

Winehouse had previously recorded a slower-tempo version of the song, which appeared as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Back to Black.

 

Album back to black (deluxe edition)
Released 2006

the cure – boys don’t cry (acoustic)

Boys Don't Cry — The Cure

Wikipedia says: “Boys Don’t Cry is a song by English rock band the Cure. It was released in the UK as a stand-alone single in June 1979, and was included as the title track on Boys Don’t Cry, the American equivalent to Three Imaginary Boys.”

 

Wikipedia also says: “Greatest Hits is a 2001 compilation album by The Cure. The band’s relationship with longtime label Fiction Records came to a close, and The Cure were obliged to release one final album for the label. Robert Smith agreed to release a greatest hits album under the condition that he could choose the tracks himself. The band also recorded a special studio album released as a bonus disc to some versions of the album. The disc, titled Acoustic Hits, is the eighteen songs from the North American release re-recorded using acoustic guitars.”

 

Album acoustic hits
Released 2001

cake – war pigs (black sabbath)

War Pigs — cake
Wikipedia says: “B-Sides and Rarities is a rarities compilation album by Cake, an alternative rock band from Sacramento, California. It features several cover songs, including Black Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’ and Barry White’s ‘Never, Never Gonna Give You Up.’

 

Originally, Columbia Records requested the band to release a greatest hits compilation, but the band promptly refused. During the legal fall-out, Cake formed its own record label, Upbeat Records, and released B-Sides and Rarities.

 

A limited edition version of the album features a bonus track, a live version of ‘War Pigs‘ featuring Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips.”

 

 

Album b-sides and rarities
Released 2007

alice russell – a fly in the hand

A Fly In The Hand — Alice Russell

Wikipedia says: “Alice Russell (born 1 March 1976 in Suffolk, England) is a British soul singer. She is the daughter of an organist, and grew up in Framlingham, Suffolk. At the age of nine, following in her father and sisters’ musical footsteps, Russell began taking lessons on the cello, and sang in choirs, before studying art and music in Brighton from 1994.

 

As well as the classical influences of her father, and formal music lessons, Russell began finding influence in Gospel music and soul artists such as Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin from an early age which played a big part in the shaping of her style.[3] Artists including Minnie Riperton, Eva Cassidy, Chaka Khan and Jill Scott are listed by Alice Russell as influences.”

 

Album my favorite letters
Released 2005

the fixx – one thing leads to another

One Thing Leads To Another — The Fixx

i’m going to be honest with you… for me these guys are a one-hit wonder. sorry guys. but hot damn! what a great song.

 

Wikipedia says: “The Fixx are a rock and new wave band formed in London in 1979. The band’s hits include “One Thing Leads to Another”, “Saved by Zero”, “Are We Ourselves?”, and “Secret Separation”, all of which made the U.S. Top 20, as well as early MTV Video hits “Red Skies” and “Stand Or Fall” and Mainstream Rock chart hits “Driven Out” and “Deeper and Deeper,” the latter of which was featured on the soundtrack of the 1984 film Streets of Fire.”

 

album reach for the beach
released 1983

pussy riot – straight outta vagina

Straight Outta Vagina — Pussy Riot

Wikipedia says: “Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist protest punk rock group based in Moscow. Founded in August 2011, it has a variable membership of approximately 11 women ranging in age from about 20 to 33 (as of 2012).

 

The group has staged unauthorized provocative guerrilla performances in unusual public places, which were made into music videos and posted online.

 

The collective’s lyrical themes includes feminism, LGBT rights, and opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom the group considers to be a dictator. These themes also encompassed Putin’s links to the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church.”

 

Album xxx
Released 2016

e.s.l. – like a hurricane (neil young)

Like a Hurricane — E.S.L.

Wikipedia says: “e.s.l. is a Canadian folk pop band from Vancouver, British Columbia. The current lineup is Marta Jaciubek-McKeever (previously of Fan Death), Diona Davies (of Geoff Berner’s band and previously of Po’ Girl), Tess Kitchen and Joy Mullen. The members have varied backgrounds that include playing with the ‘Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, punk bands, pop bands, hip hop and beyond.'”

 

Album Eye Contact
Yea 2008

leonard cohen – you want it darker

you want it darker — leonard cohen

 

i did not know that i wanted a darker leonard cohen. he recorded this album from his deathbed. he flew the background singers in from from his family’s synagogue in montreal. it turns out that if this is what is on offer, if this is cohen’s swan song then yes, i do want it darker.

 

Wikipedia says: “Leonard Norman Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter. His work mostly explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships.”

 

 

album you want it darker
Released: 2016

deee-lite – groove is in the heart

Groove Is in the Heart — Deee-Lite

This song came out in 1990.

 

I was in the awkward position of lurching around the hallways of my high school in my leather jacket listening to — what I considered (at the time) to be 12 year-old girl’s music — on my Walkman.

 

But the magic of deee-lite is undeniable, and almost 30 years later this song in particular is clearly a timeless classic. Bootsy Fucking Collins plays bass on this track. And it is still a dance floor shaker the world over.

 

If you do not know or love this song, that’s okay. You are either too old or your heart is barely beating. Either way, I can not help you but MY heart goes out to you. And there’s groove in it!

 

Wikipedia says: “Deee-Lite was an American house and club/dance music group, formed in New York City. The group’s best-known single is “Groove Is in the Heart”, which was released from their 1990 debut album, World Clique, and was a Top 10 hit in multiple countries. That song notably features funk musician Bootsy Collins, a fan of the group. Deee-Lite scored six number-one hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart over their history.”

 

album world clique
released 1990

van halen – panama (acoustic)

Panama (acoustic) — Van Halen

There is a good chance that you are already a huge Van Halen fan. But there’s also a chance that you just see them as another cheesy 80’s hair-metal band.

If that latter is the case, I will forgive you. It sucks to be you, but we all have unfortunate shortcomings.

 

But if you do love Van Halen, perhaps while listening to this track you will come to realize that these guys aren’t just the Rock Gods that they were almost forced to be by the unstoppable train we call ‘The 80’s’.

 

In actual fact it turns out that they may all be slightly autistic musical geek / savants.

If, by chance, this is the conclusion that you have come to just now, I totally agree with you! This new perspective explains a lot about this band. And perhaps now you love them even more — as do I — for being who they are.

 
Wikipedia Says:A Different Kind of Truth was released on February 7, 2012, in both a regular CD and a deluxe version containing a bonus DVD called The Downtown Sessions, which contains acoustic versions of “Panama”, “You and Your Blues” and “Beautiful Girls”. The band also performed “You Really Got Me” in this acoustic session however that was left off the DVD and later released via Youtube.”

 

album Downtown Sessions
released 2015

frazey ford – blue streak mama

Blue Streak Mama — Frazey Ford

Wikipedia says: “Frazey Ford is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She was a founding member of The Be Good Tanyas. Her solo debut Obadiah was released on Nettwerk on July 20, 2010 […] Ford was raised in the Kootenays in Southeastern British Columbia, and Toronto. She currently resides in Vancouver.”

 

Album  Obadiah
Released 2010

louis prima – buona sera

Buona Sera — Louis Prima

Wikipedia says: “Louis Prima (December 7, 1910 – August 24, 1978) was an Italian-American singer, actor, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter. While rooted in New Orleans jazz, swing music, and jump blues, Prima touched on various genres throughout his career: he formed a seven-piece New Orleans-style jazz band in the late 1920s, fronted a swing combo in the 1930s and a big band group in the 1940s, helped to popularize jump blues in the late 1940s and early to mid 1950s.”

 

Album The Wildest!
Released 1956

elliott brood – write it on down for you

Write It All Down For You — Elliott Brood

Wikipedia says: “Elliott Brood is a Canadian three-piece, alternative country band formed in 2002 in Toronto, consisting of Mark Sasso on lead vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, and kazoo, Casey Laforet on guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals, bass pedals, keys, and ukulele, and Stephen Pitkin on percussion, sampler, and backing vocals. The band’s style has been categorized as ‘death country’, ‘frontier rock’, or ‘revival music’.”

 

album Mountain Meadows
released 2008

lp – lost on you (live session)

Lost On You (live session) — LP

Wikipedia says: “Laura Pergolizzi (born c. 1981) is an American pop/rock singer and songwriter, originally from Long Island, New York, who performs under the stage name LP.”

 

Album Live Session EP
Release Date 2016

tony joe white – where do they go?

where do they go — tony joe white
Wikipedia says: “Tony Joe White was the youngest of seven children who grew up on a cotton farm near Oak Grove, Louisiana.”

 

Album rain crow
Released 2016

the bird and the bee – ray guns

Ray Gun — The Bird and the Bee
Wikipedia says: “The Bird and the Bee are an American indie pop musical duo from Los Angeles, consisting of Inara George (“the bird”) and Greg Kurstin (“the bee”). Kurstin—a Grammy-nominated producer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with artists such as Sia, Kylie Minogue, Little Boots, Ladyhawke, Lily Allen, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Beck, The Flaming Lips, and Red Hot Chili Peppers—is also a member of the band Geggy Tah. George and Kurstin met while the two were working on her debut album and they decided to collaborate on a jazz-influenced electropop project.

 

Their debut EP, Again and Again and Again and Again, was released on October 31, 2006, followed by their self-titled debut album on January 23, 2007.”

 

Album Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future
Released 2009

moontricks – home

Shambhala Music Festival says: “Founded in 2012, Moontricks began as a collaboration between guitarist/sample artist Mr. Mercy and producer/harmonica player NOG. With the intention of leaving no genre unturned they began writing bass music that reflected their numerous musical influences, from Dr. Dre to Muddy Waters. In 2015 guitarist and banjo player Sean Rodman was added to the group, bringing his own tasty soul guitar and country banjo picking to the duo.”

 

Album Home EP
Released 2015

nina simone – my baby just cares for me

my baby just cares for me — nina simone

Wikipedia says: “Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon; February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist who worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.”

 

Album Little Girl Blue
Released 1958

nouvelle vague – i melt with you (modern english)

i melt with you — nouvelle vague

Wikipedia says: “Nouvelle Vague is a French cover band led by musicians Olivier Libaux and Marc Collin. Their name means “new wave” in French, and refers simultaneously to the French New Wave cinema movement of the 1960s, to the new wave music movement of the 1970s and 1980s, which provides many of the songs that the band cover, and to bossa nova (Portuguese for “new wave”), a musical style that the band frequently uses in its arrangements.”

 

Album Nouvelle Vague
2004

bob dylan – i shall be released (alternate version)

i shall be released — bob dylan

Wikipedia says: “Dylan recorded two primary versions. The first recording was made in collaboration with the Band during the “basement tapes” sessions in 1967 […] Dylan recorded the song a second time (with a significantly different arrangement and altered lyrics, and accompanied by Happy Traum) in 1971, releasing this new version on Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. II.”

 

Album Greatest Hits Vol. II
Release Date: 1971