The good Lord knows Dallas alt-country stalwarts Old 97s don’t come through my town very often. So on June 6th, you will be seeing my Old 97s lovin’ ass at Martini Ranch – in the heart of old town Scottsdale. The last time I saw them in town was May 9th, 2001 at the old Nita’s Hideaway in Tempe (the original one on Rio Salado), with the Honeydogs opening.
So mark your calendars for Monday, June 6th – less than three weeks away… grab your tickets here.
MP3: Oppenheimer (from Fight Songs)
MP3: Salome (from Too Far To Care)
A lot can be accomplished musically in two minutes and twenty eight seconds. What brought this to mind was a Little Feat tune I heard on my way to work recently: “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now”. It funks and it rocks & rolls and grooves…makes me wanna strut down a crowded street with a sweet hat and some big fat shades – a grin on my face. “GIT the hell outta my way people, I’m coming THROUGH!”
I sorted my iTunes by Time, and found 37 tunes in my online collection that clock in at 2:28 (three of ’em by Jim Croce, go figure). Here’s that sweet-ass Little Feat tune and eight other nuggets of under 2:28 goodness…
If you’ve got a spare 22:12, listen to ’em all now…
Little Feat – Feats Don’t Fail Me Now (mp3) – from Feats Don’t Fail Me Now
Steve Earle – South Nashville Blues (mp3) – from I Feel Alright
Reverend Horton Heat – Baddest of the Bad (mp3) – from Liquor in the Front
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop the Rain (mp3) – from Cosmo’s Factory
Old 97’s – Coahuila (mp3) – from Drag It Up
The Byrds – I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better (mp3) – from Mr. Tambourine Man
Calexico – Sunken Waltz (mp3) – from Feast of Wire
Jim Croce – Time in a Bottle (mp3) – from The Definitive Collection
Paul Weller – Spring (At Last) [mp3] – from Illumination [Limited Edition w/ Bonus DVD]
I used to really enjoy creating mixes for friends and – well – especially girlfriends. Inspiration would smack me like a freight train, and I’d dig into my collection and weave together tapestries of musical brilliance (at least I thought so!) and what I thought to be clever proclamations of affection. Well, the girlfriends are no more (my wife would kill me), but I have to get my mix fix in every now and then. So indulge me, my internet friends, and take in my new Ickmix.
It’s a fairly mellow mix. I’m a mellow fellow. I hope you enjoy. If you do, let me know. It may give me a kick in the pants to make more.
Ickmix 2 (mp3 – 63MB – 46:00)
Playlist after the jump:
So how was 2007 for you guys and gals? I can’t complain here. I’m blessed with a beautiful wife and two precious girls, I have a steady job (knock wood), and my family and loved ones are healthy.
I thought I’d punt the blog into 2008 with my premiere podcast on Ickmusic. I used Garageband for the first time, and it made podcast makin’ a breeze. I’ll have to figure out some of the bells and whistles so I can include sound effects and some DJ action next time. For now though, we stick strictly to music – some tunes that will get you kick started for a great New Year’s Eve, even if it only involves sitting at home. That’s what I’ll be doing! Woo hoo!
Enjoy, and I’ll see you on the other side.
Download: Ickmusic’s New Year’s Eve Ickmix (mp3 – about 42MB)
Reverend Horton Heat – “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin'” – from Liquor in the Front
The Ramones – “Surfin’ Bird” – from Rocket to Russia
The Clash – “Lose this Skin” – from Sandinista! (Tymon Dogg on vocals, in case you’re wondering)
Trouble Funk – “Trouble Funk Express” – E Flat Boogie
Shaggy – “O Carolina” – from Oh Carolina
Buckwheat Zydeco – “Ma ‘Tit Fille” – from The Big Easy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Old 97’s – “W. Texas Teardrops” – from Too Far to Care