Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Bird Is The Word

Happy Thanksgiving.


"Carvin' The Bird" mp3
by Charlie Parker Septet, 1947.
available on The Legendary Dial Masters Vol. 1-2

"Bird's Nest" mp3
by Charlie Parker Quartet, 1947.
available on The Legendary Dial Masters Vol. 1-2

"Bird of Paradise" mp3
by Charlie Parker Quintet, 1947.
available on The Legendary Dial Masters Vol. 1-2

"Bird Feathers" mp3
by Charlie Parker Quintet, 1947.
available on The Legendary Dial Masters Vol. 1-2


"Surfin Bird" mp3
by The Ramones, 1977.
available on Rocket To Russia

"I Thank You" mp3
by Sam & Dave, 1968.
available on The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968

"Thankful 'N Thoughtful" mp3
by Sly & The Family Stone, 1973
available on Fresh

"Be Thankful For What You Got"
by William DeVaughn, 1974
available on Be Thankful For What You Got

"Be Thankful For What You Got"
by Yo La Tengo, 1998.
available on Little Honda

"Thank You Friends"
by Big Star, 1974.
available on Sister Lovers

Along with Miles Davis, (as heard in the above Charlie Parker Quintet) here's a few perspectives on Thanksgiving from two more of St. Louis' finest....


"Thanksgiving Pussy"
by Redd Foxx
available on Fugg It!!

"Thanksgiving Prayer",
William S. Burroughs, 1986.
directed by Gus Van Sant

Friday, November 9, 2007

Bob's Not There

The other night I was lucky enough to see the Dylan tribute concert at the Beacon Theater, a benefit/tribute thing that was as formless as Todd Haynes' much ballyhooed and forthcoming film I'm Not There promises to be. Don't get me wrong, I can't wait to see the film, I'm just not expecting much. The concert was kinda a big mess, but sprinkled with some outstanding performances by John Doe, Jim James, Dan Hicks, J. Mascis, Al Kooper, Calexico, and others. After a while, I was overcome by the feeling that I'd rather hear Dylan do these songs than the steady stream of performers that took the stage. Anyway, I've compiled a little playlist of recordings of Dylan covers: more versions of Bob Dylan done by others, I know. Somehow it's easier to take it at home. There's an endless well to choose from - literally thousands - here's a few interesting ones.

Have a good weekend.


"Like A Rolling Stone" mp3
by The Soup Greens, 1965.
available on Pebbles Volume 1

"It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" mp3
by Chris Farlowe, 1966.
available on Out Of Time

"Wallflower" mp3
by Doug Sahm with Bob Dylan, 1973.
available on The Best of Doug Sahm & Friends

"I Threw It All Away" mp3
by Yo La Tengo, 1987.
available on President Yo La Tengo/New Wave Hot Dogs

"Girl From North Country" mp3
by Link Wray, 1965.
available on The Swan Singles Collection

"Baby, I'm In The Mood For You" mp3
by Dion DiMucci, 1965.
available on King Of The New York Streets

"Going Going Gone" mp3
by Richard Hell and the Voidoids, 1982.
available on Destiny Street

"If You Gotta Go" mp3
by The Flying Burrito Brothers, 1970.
available on Burrito Deluxe

"I'll Keep It With Mine" mp3
by Fairport Convention, 1969.
available on Meet Me On The Ledge

"Kingsport Town" mp3
by Cat Power, 2000.
available on The Covers Record

"I Shall Be Released" mp3
by Nina Simone, 1969.
available on Sugar In My Bowl

"Mama You've Been On My Mind"
by Rod Stewart, 1972.
available on Never A Dull Moment

"Wallflower" mp3
by Buddy & Julie Miller, 2001
available on Buddy & Julie Miller

"It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"
by The 13th Floor Elevators, 1967.
available on Easter Everywhere

"Like A Rolling Pin" mp3
by The Replacements, 1990.
available on Don't Sell Or Buy, It's Crap
(out of print)

"Baby, I'm In The Mood" mp3
"Dylan Story" mp3
by Dion, 2007
available on Son of Skip James

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Five Guys Named Slim

There's something in a nickname.

Some guys are called "Tex."
Some guys are called "Shorty."

These guys are all called "Slim."


"I'm A King Bee" mp3
by Slim Harpo, 1957.
available on The Excello Singles Anthology

"Cement Mixer ((Put-Ti-Put-Ti)" mp3
by Slim Gaillard Trio, 1945.
available on Cement Mixer, Putti, Putti

"Life Is Like That" mp3
by Memphis Slim, 1951
available on The Very Best of Memphis Slim

"Sugar Plum" mp3
by Lightnin' Slim, 1955.
Out of Print

"New Arrival" mp3
by Guitar Slim & His Playboys, 1951
available on: Guitar Slim 1951-1954

****** Bonus Slim *******


"Hate This Town" mp3
"Cooler Then" mp3
"Nowheres Near" mp3

by Slim Dunlap, 1996.
available on Times Like This
Out of Print
burned copies available from Twin/Tone Digital