Monday Mixtape Update 11.24.08: A Lil’ Bit Cuntry

November 24th, 2008 · 8 Comments


Another day, another dollar. Tomorrow I re-enter the “rat race”, so don’t expect too much updates on the site, even though I’ve got some good idears floatin’ about. Today’s mix features country songs by rock artists (and a few artists who straddle the country/rock divide like a bad dude on mean pony). Cowboy up!

Read on for track list and link …

Lee Hazelwood

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01. Whiskeytown — “Yesterday’s News” Before he started putting out way too many half-decent MOR albums, Ryan Adams fronted this great alt-country group. Still sounds good to me.

02. Mekons — “Chivalry” From one of the best albums of any genre, period, 1985’s Fear and Whiskey.

03. The Band — “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” What a night!

04. Lee Hazelwood — “I Move Around” R.I.P. Lee!

05. Scott Walker — “Sunshine” Walker’s “country” album Stretch is only about half a country album, and it’s not as bad as people always say—it’s just real boring, which may be worse. But his gentle cover of Mike Newbury’s “Sunshine” is one of his best song interpretations.

06. Todd Rundgren — “The Range War” Even when he’s aping a country ballad, he’s gotta throw in all those weird piano chords. Silly.

07. The Byrds — “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” You ain’t a-goin’ nowhars, y’hear?

08. John Cale — “Adelaide” The driving force behind the experimental sonics of the Velvet Underground, Cale shocked a lot of people when his first album turned out to be fairly conventional, vaguely parochial pop/rock.

09. Neil Young — “The Emperor of Wyoming” From Neil’s first album.

10. Creedence Clearwater Revival — “Lodi”
[after reporting the stolen car]
The Dude: Do you find them much, these, stolen cars?
Younger Cop: Sometimes. Wouldn’t hold out much hope for the tape deck though.
Older Cop: Or the Creedence.

11. Pavement — “Range Life” Probably my favorite track from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain.

12. Magnetic Fields — “Papa Was a Rodeo” I love the way Stephin Merritt obfuscates the sexual identity of his narrators. This song is probably the most brilliant example of that.

13. Bob Dylan — “I Threw It All Away” Good feelin’ down ‘n’ out music.

Mike Nesmith

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14. Elvis Costello — “I’ll Wear It Proudly” You just wear that shit and don’t worry about all the haters.

15. Nick Lowe — “Without Love” From his second album, Labour of Lust.

16. The Beatles — “What Goes On” Probably the third best song Ringo ever sang on, outside of “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Don’t Pass Me By”.

17. The Move — “Ben Crawley Steel Company” A little Johnny Cash send-up, and the only song ever to feature vocals by Bev Bevan.

18. Mike Nesmith — “Joanne” Clearly the most talented of the Monkees, this is from Nesmith’s 1970 album Magnetic South.

19. Stevie Nicks — “Leather and Lace” A little bit of naughty, a little bit of nice …

20. Steve Earle — “Little Rock N’ Roller” Earle’s probably in the “Too country for rock, too rock for country” category.

21. Fleetwood Mac — “That’s Alright” Country tune by the Mac.

22. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band — “Living Without You” This probably belonged on my Randy Newman mix, but what the hell, it’s got a country vibe.

23. Rolling Stones — “Dead Flowers” The group’s tribute (musically) to their friend Gram Parsons.

24. Magnetic Fields — “Too Drunk to Dream” One of the best off the new MF album.

25. The Kinks — “Muswell Hillbilly” About a British guy who longs to be a hillbilly living in West Virginia.

26. Palace Music — “New Partner” Howdy there, pardner.

Tags: Monday Mixtape Update

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Layla // Nov 24, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Yeeaaaah. Just what I want to listen to Monday morning.
    PS Is there a Stevie Nicks and/or Fleetwood Mac song on every mix you make? (I ask that in the most non-hatin’ way.)

  • 2 felipe // Nov 24, 2008 at 11:21 am

    that Mekons record is pure un-cut gold!

  • 3 Layla // Nov 24, 2008 at 11:40 am

    ps among others, i’m totes in LUV with that manfred mann song. it’s right up there with semi-detached suburban mr. james!

  • 4 Joel // Nov 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Layla—I love the Mac, but i think it’s just a coincidence that these two weeks i’ve been a little heavy on the Stevie. Also, you NEED to get that s/t Manfred Mann’s Earth Band debut album. It is amazing.

    Felipe—Mekons are great. I can hook you up with that album next time you’re on AIM.

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