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Friday, July 27, 2007

Trailer Life Sampler Playlist

Last week Rhapsody's alphabetical long march through records on CDBaby brought the 2005 release Trailer Life from Drunk Stuntmen into Rhapsody. There were only two songs live on Monday, but by the beginning of this week the full tracklist had become Rhapvailable. With their twin-guitar alt country assault, the Stuntmen are Schmaltzy Junior's favorite live act, having just attended her fourth annual Cape Summer Family show at three years old and some change.

For today's Friday sampler, first we'll take T Flood's ode to the Blood of Christ. Next, Steve's ode to Bolinas, California, tricked out with horns and an electric piano/guitar interlude whose spacious minimalism makes me smile a little wider every time. Last, it's the band's memorial tribute cover of the late Florabama Bard Rusty McHugh's Bus Back To Birmingham.

Happy Friday, peoples.

Trailer Life Sampler Playlist

Get To The Wine
Bus Back To Birmingham

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Lady Ribaldry's Summer Schmaltz All Stars

Today our first playlist inspired by the Rhapsody genius of Lady Ribaldry. Her crowning achievement since getting her new Baby Sansa is a colossal, vein-melting summer playlist of easy listening and lite rock. She even unearthed some of the greats that I've completely overlooked myself over the years here at R&S.

What a woman. Enjoy, everybody.

Lady Ribaldry's Summer Schmaltz All Stars Playlist

Good Morning Starshine - Hair (Cast)
Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James and the Shondells
After The Lovin' - Engelbert Humperdinck
Wildfire - Michael Martin Murphey
Right Down The Line - Gerry Rafferty

Friday, July 13, 2007

Out To Lunch Friday Playlist

This morning out to lunch, how about a bottle of anything, and a glazed donut...

To go.

Yankee Rose (Spanish Album Version) - David Lee Roth

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Folkways Return of the Rarebit Fiend Playlist

I've playlisted songs that came up in dreams before, but here's the tale of the first time I was actually listening to Rhapsody in a dream.

So I was rolling through the Rhapsody, listening to this and that, and suddenly pulled up a record of songs of homeless people during World War II begging for hot dogs in New York City, filed under artist name "Homeless". Apparently this was a distinct musical movement, documented on record. For a bonus WTF factor, the album cover featured a picture of Jason Robards.

Certainly this had to be inspired in part by yesterday's Kobayashi controversy [NY Times], spending too much time with the flotsam of the Folkways Records catalog, and going to sleep after eating blueberry pie, lobster, a Caramel Cone Sundae, and Geary's Hampshire Special Ale.

Here's a playlist of related material to inspire your own memorable slumber! (Ten tracks in under ten minutes.)

Folkways Return of the Rarebit Fiend Playlist

Reveille - Sounds for Camp
Gugamuga - Street and Gangland Rhythms, Beats and Improvisations by Six Boys in Trouble
Cinderella - Skip Rope Songs
Comment on Food - Nueva York: A Tape Documentary of Puerto Rican New Yorkers
Mama's Goin' To Buy Him A Little Lap Dog - Negro Folk Music Of Alabama, Vol. 1: Secular Music
Steel Saw Cutting - Sounds of the Junk Yard
Prayer "Adonai" for Saturday 0146B2 - Religious Music of the Falashas (Jews of Ethiopia)
Pedro Martinez - Mushroom Ceremony of the Mazatec Indians of Mexico
Stethoscope Sounds: Heart Murmurs and Lung Sounds - a Woman with Valve Disease of the Heart before Surgical Operation - Sounds of Medicine
Same with Jamming - Science Fiction Sound Effects Record

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Independence Boss Playlist 2007

I couldn't really even stand Bruce Springsteen as a kid in the seventies (I didn't have the patience for anything more subtle than KISS and AC/DC), but have been converted rather recently by a handful of vintage live shows.

Really unparalleled for transporting you to your own summer night below the sea wall, slowly brushing sand off of her sunburned midriff with the back of your hand, the sound of seagulls fighting over a french fry for a soundtrack. Good stuff.

Here's an emblematic triumvirate of songs from the Hammersmith Odeon '75 record to set the mood today, from Old Orchard Beach right down to the Redneck Riviera.

Independence Boss Playlist 2007 [Rhapsody Online version today]

Spirit In The Night
4th of July, Asbury Park

[photo via kmaisch.com]