Favorite Albums – P

Party Monster movie soundtrack

5 star tracks: “Take Me To The Club – Mannequin”
4 star tracks: “2 of Hearts – Stacey Q”, “Go – Tones on Tail”

by Souxie & The Banshees

5 star tracks: “Peek-A-Boo”, “Carousel”
4 star tracks: “Turn To Stone”

by The Decemberists

O how I love The Mariners Revenge Song! It makes me so happy to sing along with it.

5 star tracks: “The Mariner’s Revenge Song”
4 star tracks: “We Both Go Down Together”, “16 Military Wives”

by Rufus Wainwright

Delightful album. “In A Graveyard” belongs in any optimistic mix about death. I also really like the rhythms in “Rebel Prince”.

5 star tracks: “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk”, “In A Graveyard”
4 star tracks: “Greek Song”, “The Tower Of Learning”, “Grey Gardens”, “Rebel Prince”, “The Consort”

Prolonging The Magic
by Cake

Cake usually features in my mix cds for long drives.

5 star tracks: “Satan Is My Motor”, “Hem Of Your Garment”
4 star tracks: “Guitar”, “Where Would I Be?”

Pure Funk

Excellent collection.

5 star tracks: “Tell Me Something Good – Rufus (featuring Chaka Khan)”
4 star tracks: “Shining Star – Earth, Wind & Fire”, “Lady Marmalade – Labelle”, “Mr. Big Stuff – Jean Knight”, “Fire – Ohio Players”, “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again – L.T.D.”, “Super Freak – Rick James”

Favorite albums – L & M

Last Word In
by Johnny Boyd

The lovely voice and marvelous style of the former lead singer of Indigo Swing. As you can imagine, it’s hard to keep from tapping your feet to this. My favorite part though is hearing his smile as he sings “Honey-Dew”; simply enchanting.

5 star tracks: “I’ll Do Right By You”, “Last Word In”, “Honey-Dew”
4 star tracks: “Angie’s Song (Baby, Don’t You Know)”, “Some Eggs”

Les Triplettes De Belleville
(movie soundtrack)

Great movie and the music makes me so happy. I love the musical era this evokes.

5 star tracks: “Belleville Rendez-Vous”, “Belleville Rendez-Vous (Maquette)”, “Belleville Rendez-Vous (Version Anglaise)”
4 star tracks: “Générique D’ouverture”, “Cabaret D’ouverture”, “Attila Marcel”, “Thème Bruno”, “Tout Doux Bruno”, “Bach À La Jazz”, “Cabaret Aspirateur”, “La Jungle De Belleville”, “Barbier ‘Cieco Cieco'”, “Pa Pa Pa Palavas”

Let It Be
by The Beatles

Not my favorite Beatles album, but it might contain my favorite Beatles song. “Across The Universe” is at least a heavy contender for the title.

5 star tracks: “Two Of Us”, “Across The Universe”
4 star tracks: “Dig A Pony”, “One After 909”

Let It Beast
by dj BC and The Beastles

Brilliant mashups of The Beatles and the Beastie Boys. Just go hunt up these tracks, they’re bloody amazing.

5 star tracks: “Lovely NYC”
4 star tracks: “Belly Movin'”, “Buildin My Life”, “A Day In The Life Of A Beastie Boy”

by Jump, Little Children

I can’t remember how I found this album – Pandora random track maybe? – but I really love their sound.

5 star tracks: “Come Out Clean”, “Cathedrals”, “My Guitar”
4 star tracks: “Say Goodnight”, “Close Your Eyes”

Metro Stylee
by Metro Stylee

I found this one from one brilliant and terrifically sexy track (“Naked Reggae”) on some collected album of ska from the BiB label. Had a hard time tracking down the full album. Finally was able to get it from Amazon Stores. How can you go wrong with lyrics like “I want to destroy everything, I want to destroy everything, passively, non-aggressively” sung by Trisha Verdolino’s incredible voice?

5 star tracks: “Destroy”, “Naked Reggae”
4 star tracks: “Lullaby”

Mink Car
by They Might Be Giants

Scintillating pop. In a TMBG sense, at least.

5 star tracks: “Bangs”, “Man It’s So Loud In Here”, “Older”, “Wicked Little Critta”
4 star tracks: “Mr Xcitement With Doughty”, “Another First Kiss”, “I’ve Got A Fang”, “Hovering Sombrero”, “Hopeless Bleak Despair”, “Drink!”

Mock Tudor
by Richard Thompson

Brilliant songwriter, frequently able to make you squirm with the sharp edges of his lyrics. This one hooks me with the rhythms most of all, though.

5 star tracks: “Sibella”, “Bathsheba Smiles”
4 star tracks: “Crawl Back (Under My Stone)”, “Walking The Long Miles Home”

Moon Over The Interstate
by The Mollys

Good rollicking stuff. Favorite tracks for long night drives. Penny whistle & polkas are hard to argue with as fine tools for staying awake.

5 star tracks: “The Lang Town/Unfortunate Rake”, “Holding On:I Want To Polka/Skoda Lasky (Beer Barrel Polka)/Carnival Mundo”
4 star tracks: “Rosie”

Moving Pictures
by Rush

My favorite Rush album. Amazing that so few guys can make so much sound.

5 star tracks: “YYZ”, “Limelight”
4 star tracks: “Vital Signs”

Mule Variations
by Tom Waits

Gotta love Tom.

5 star tracks: “Big In Japan”, “Cold Water”
4 star tracks: “Low Side Of The Road”, “Black Market Baby”, “Chocolate Jesus”

Music 1968-1971
by Mason Williams

This is a placeholder really for the album The Mason Williams Ear Show which has never come out on CD. The track about traveling with the refrain “how long has it been since I’ve been somewhere” will be in this list if it ever does.

5 star tracks: “$13 Stella”
4 star tracks: “Classical Gas”, “Saturday Night At The World”, “The Last Great Waltz”, “Baroque-A-Nova”

Music For A Darkened Theatre
by Danny Elfman

Great stuff, but much better in a shuffle play world since the his tracks can really start to sound too similar. This is good early stuff, though.

5 star tracks: “Beetlejuice”, “Hot To Trot”
4 star tracks: “Face Like A Frog”

Music From The Motion Picture Ocean’s 11

Can’t help it. I really like this album and the snappy dialogue clips.

5 star tracks: “Gritty Shaker (David Holmes)”, “Dialogue: Pickpockets”
4 star tracks: “Caravan (Arthur Lyman)”,  “A Little Less Conversation”, “Dialogue: $160 Million Chinese Man”, “Claire De Lune (Philadelphia Orchestra)”

Favorite albums – E, F, G, H, I, J and K

Not a lot in this chunk of the alphabet, oddly.

Gordon's Non-Punk Faves
mix disc from a pal o' mine in January 2006

He's a big ol' ex-punk but  I just love how eclectic his taste is.

5 star tracks: Pink – "Get The Party Started", Gillian Welch – "Elvis Presley Blues"
4 star tracks: Talking Heads – "Life During Wartime", Sylvester – "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)"

Her Majesty the Decemberists
by The Decemberists

Such a fine fine record.

5 star tracks: "Los Angeles, I'm Yours", "The Soldering Life", "The Chimbley Sweep"
4 star tracks: "Shanty for the Arethusa", "Billy Liar", "Red Right Ankle", "I Was Meant For the Stage"

Home In Halifax
by Stan Rogers

Great songwriter & folk singer lost prematurely in another damn plane crash accident. (Musicians, stay out of the tiny planes! They hate music!) Truly an astounding storyteller and a real Canadian treasure.

5 star tracks: "The Idiot", "Workin' Joe"
4 star tracks: "Field Behind The Plow", "Morris Dancers" (snarky dialogue intro to The Idiot), "The Mary Ellen Carter" (incredible song, but I like the version on Between The Breaks better)

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
by Neutral Milk Hotel

So odd, so great.

5 star tracks: "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea", "Two-Headed Boy"
4 star tracks: "King of Carrot Flowers Part 1"

Favorite Albums – B, C & D

Big Science
Laurie Anderson

Haven't had this in iTunes long enough, I suspect, for it to settle to its eventual high ratings. A deep and abiding favorite album. Can't remember who turned me on to this but it was back in my undergraduate days at UC Santa Cruz, I think.

5 star tracks: "Born, Never Asked", "Let X=X"
4 star tracks: "From The Air", "Walking And Falling"

Blade Runner – Esper Edition or Sunetul Original Al Filmului versions

If I had these, which of course I don't, of course, I'm sure I'd rate them about like this:
5 star tracks: "Bicycle Riders", "One More Kiss, Dear"
4 star tracks: "Blush Response", "Memories of Green", "Esper Analysis", "Blade Runner Blues"

Castaways and Cutouts
The Decemberists

Thanks to my pal Shannon for getting me turned onto this fine, fine band.

5 star tracks: "July, July!", "The Legionnaire's Lament"
4 star tracks: "Here I Dreamt I was an Architect", "A Cautionary Song", "Cocoon", "Grace Cathedral Hill", "California One / Youth and Beauty Brigade"


Do You Like My Tight Sweater?

Odd but tasty. Can't remember how I discovered this album.

5 star tracks: "Fun For Me", "Dirty Monkey"
4 star tracks: "Party Weirdo"

Duty Now For The Future / New Traditionalists

All hail Devo! I am so proud of my 14 or 15 year old self for perceiving the quality of their music (and I'm grateful to Dr. Demento for playing the band).

5 star tracks: "S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain)", "Timing X", "Jerkin' Back 'n' Forth"
4 star tracks: "Devo Corporate Anthem", "Strange Pursuits", "Pink Pussy Cat", "Redeye Express", "Through Being Cool", "Secret Agent Man", "Going Under", "Beautiful World", "Working In A Coal Mine"

QotD: This Week’s Top 25

What are your top 25 most played songs? 
Submitted by Cooxie 

1.  "Cashmere" – Nerf Herder

2.  (tie) "Big Time Sensuality" – Bjork
           "Man, It's So Loud In Here" – They Might Be Giants

4.  (tie) "Overture/All That Jazz" – soundtrack to Chicago
           "Om Namaha Shiva" – Sheila Chandra

6.  "Hem Of Your Garment" – Cake

7.  (tie) "Polythene Pam" – The Beatles
           "A Cautionary Tale" – The Decemberists

9.  "Bodysuit" – The Billy Nayer Show (from The American Astronaut soundtrack)

10. (tie) "Carry That Weight" – The Beatles
            "July, July!" – The Decemberists

12. (tie) "Here Comes The Sun" – The Beatles
            "Across The Universe" – The Beatles
            "Time Has Told Me" – Nick Drake

15. (tie) "The End" – The Beatles
            "The Baby In The Jar" -  The Billy Nayer Show (from The American Astronaut soundtrack)
            "ABoneCroneDrone1" – Sheila Chandra
            "ABoneCroneDrone3" – Sheila Chandra
            "Mr Xcitement With Doughty" – They Might Be Giants

20. (tie) "Golden Slumbers" – The Beatles
            "The Legionnaire's Lament" – The Decemberists
            "Wildest Pig In Captivity" – John Renbourn

23. (tie) "Because" – The Beatles
            "Mean Mr. Mustard" – The Beatles
            "Her Majesty" – The Beatles
            "Hey Bulldog" – The Beatles
            "I Wanna Be Adored" – The Stone Roses

The influence of the album or album side play is substantial.

Favorite albums – A & before

Leo Kottke
6- And 12-String Guitar

Love this one. Always great to dive into working on a project with this.

5 star tracks: "Vaseline Machine Gun", "Busted Bicycle"
4 star tracks: "The Driving Of The Year Nail", "The Sailor's Grave On The Prairie", "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring"

1 Man Banjo
A Ghost Tree

Local musician Sean Lee gets me stomping my feet with his fine raunchy old time sound. Go see him live.

5 star tracks: "Blue Fool", "Ragged"
4 star tracks: "Mole", "Visque Devil", "Pixie Hop", "Magical Fire/Gobbelin Train"

The Beatles

Abbey Road

Really just one of the best albums ever by anyone. This is one of the few that still gets me to turn off shuffle play and just listen to that second side straight through.

5 star tracks: "Here Comes The Sun", "Mean Mr. Mustard", "Polythene Pam", "Golden Slumbers", "Carry That Weight", "The End"
4 star tracks: "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", "Because", "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window"

Sheila Chandra


This album is always there for me when I'm too stressed or hectic brained to wind down for sleep. It unties my knots and reconnects me to my sense of wellness & safety. Abstract vocal therapy.

5 star tracks: "ABoneCroneDrone 3", ABoneCroneDrone 6"
4 star tracks: all of the other 4 on the album

Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band

Acoustic Swing & Jug

Happy music I've been enjoying my whole life. It's pretty cool to have an album that you've loved every year since you were back in the single digits. Plus, listen, folks! Banjos, kazoos & washboards, how can you go wrong?

5 star tracks: "Beedle Um Bum", "I'm a Woman", "Rag Mama", "Richland Woman"
4 star tracks: "Jug Band Music", "Somebody Stole My Gal", "That's When I'll Come Back to You", "Never Swat a Fly", "My Gal", "Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me", "Chevrolet", "Blues in the Bottle",  "Morning Blues", "Borneo", "Downtown Blues", "Wild About My Loving", "I'm Satisfied with My Gal"

They Might Be Giants

Apollo 18

One of the best albums from a contender for the title of Dinah's favorite band. In addition to a bunch of great songs there are lots of just-a-few-seconds-long tracks that liven up my shuffle play life.

5 star tracks: "Mammal", "If I Wasn't Shy", "Turnaround", "What's That Blue Thing Doing Here?" , "Mysterious Whisper"
4 star tracks: "The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)", "Dinner Bell", "Hall of Heads", "Hey Now Everybody", "Aren't You The Guy?", "Leave Me Alone", "All Alone By Myself", "I Heard A Sound", "I Walk Along Darkened Corridors", "Space Suit"

A good reason to work up a sweat

I loves me some Lord Loves A Working Man and 12 Galaxies is one of my favorite venues to see them in. If Joe & I aren't completely wiped out and have in fact safely returned from the aleatoric roadtrip, we may just see you there…

Check out Lord Loves A Working Man LIVE
 On KZSU Radio 90.1 FM
 Wednesday, Juy 26th at 9:00 PM
 and live on the web @ http://kzsulive.stanford.edu/
 (See video at http://studio.stanford.edu/ )

 Then on Sunday:

 "Something Old, Something New"
 A Night of Soul Music With
 Ubiquity Recording Artist Nino Moschella
 Lord Loves A Working Man
 & DJ 4am
 Date: Sunday, July 30th 2006
 Location: 12 Galaxies,
 Address: 2565 Mission Street (@22nd), San Francisco,
 CA 94110
 Time: Doors 8pm/ 9pm Show
 Cost: $8

 Event Description:
 NINO MOSCHELLA, the newest sensation of Bay Area based
 soul label Ubiquity Records, brings his powerhouse
 vocal stylings and his talented band to grace the
 walls of 12 Galaxies.

 His impassioned brand of neo-indie soul captured on
 his debut album "The Fix" has been garnering large
 amounts of critical praise and airplay. The
 influential music blog Music For Robots calls his
 Ubiquity recordings "absolutely fabulous…a record
 that Steve Wonder should be making in 2006." It also
 caused DJ Mag to label his accompanying EP "Single of
 the month" and state, "Cut from the same cloth as
 soul/funk legends Stevie Wonder, Prince, Betty Davis
 and Sly Stone, 29 year old, multi-instrumentalist Nino
 Moschella is what they call in A&R circles "a right
 f*cking find".

 Hosting the evening and also performing is San
 Francisco's own 9-piece 60's style Soul group LORD
 LOVES A WORKING MAN. Rooted in the sounds of Stax and
 Muscle Shoals, LLAWM captures the spirit of the horn
 driven groups and Southern soul shouters of a by-gone
 day. Known for keeping their audiences dancing,
 romancing, and working up a sweat with original songs
 and some rare covers, they pay respectful homage to
 the tradition while infusing it with their own passion
 and spirit.

 Rounding out the evening will be DJ 4am, a favorite
 soul and sound collage vinyl spinner of the late night
 club scenes of the Hush Hush, Element, and Alpha

 Lovers of soul and funk music should not miss this
 chance to experience these new artists who will be
 providing a rare live listening experience that
 satisfies the appetite for sounds of the past as well
 as sounds of the future.

 For more info or music samples please visit

latest arrival from LaLa

Lala.com has changed to a new envelope type with a little writing space on the back of it, like a postcard. Written, in a friendly round hand:

Artist: Clinton

Album: Disco & the 1/2way to Discontent

Favorite tracks: #1 #7 #14

Reminds me of… Someone playing around with a Casio keyboard.

Blurb away. say anything… I loved Cornershop. Clinton is the next band from the Cornershop guy. This one's kind of fun & funky but not something I listen to a lot.