14 January 2009

Whoopee in Hell Mix #6: There will be machinations unforeseen...

Our semester starts in six days. My vacation has not been as productive as it might ought to have been--visions of a finished article and a dissertation chapter danced in my head twelve days before Christmas, but what I've got is a 3/4 finished article and zero words and a lot of notes for a chapter. It's going to be a long road this semester. I've got 40,000 words to write between now and August (maybe even a shade more), and that's not counting my new little project (She's Making Whoopee in Hell Tonight--perhaps you've heard of it? Probably not).

But a new semester means a new schedule, and although there's not as much time on the bus as this fall, I find myself on the look out for some new tunes as I get ready to do the monthly complete iPod wipe and reload. Two of my biggest recent acquisitions have been a pair of multidisc compilations by forgotten (but dearly beloved by the cognoscenti) country music stars of the 1950s and 1960s--Johnny Horton, the king of the Texas rockabillies (and singer of historical songs from our collective childhoods), and the grand eccentric Charlie Rich (more on him in a week or so, as we move on with Reading Rock). When placed alongside old friends like the Gourds and Son Volt, and paired up with new (and soon to be rocking Milwaukee) finds like the Gaslight Anthem (this, by the way, is my first-ever link to a band's Myspace page. I feel like I've finally made it as a blogger), it's going to be a happy bus ride. I think my wife might even like it.

So, if you're a lifelong schooler (half teacher, half student, all broke...one more degree to finish) like me, enjoy the rest of whatever winter break you may have. If you're a working stiff like the rest of the world, go buy a box set of old country or some concert tickets (you've earned it--and surely, you're making more money than me...), and download you some good music.

Alt. country + classic country + soul = happy travels.

Whoopee in Hell Mix #6: There will be machinations unforeseen...

1) She Left me for Jesus - Hayes Carll
2) God's Got It - Old Crow Medicine Show
3) Kansas City Star - Roger Miller
4) Hallelujah Shine - The Gourds
5) 3 Dimes Down - Drive-By Truckers
6) Medicine Hat - Son Volt
7) I Feel so Good - Richard Thompson (yes, this is its second appearance)
8) The Golden State - John Doe w/Kathleen Edwards
9) 6 o'clock News - Kathleen Edwards
10) Harvest (Neil Young Cover) - Rufus Wainwright
11) All For the Love of a Girl - Johnny Horton
12) Whiskey River (Album Version) - Willie Nelson
13) Dance, Dance, Dance - Crazy Horse
14) Sixteen Tons -
James & Bobby Purify
15) Stand by Your Man - (The Magnificent) Candi Stanton
16) Shut Out the Light - Bruce Springsteen
17) The '59 Sound - Gaslight Anthem
18) Lookin' Out My Backdoor - Creedence Clearwater Revival
19) Mister Garfield - Johnny Cash
20) Si Tu Dois Partir - Fairport Convention
21) L'Encre de tes Yeux - Francis Cabrel
22) Feel Like Going Home (demo) - Charlie Rich
23) Skinny Love - Bon Iver

Get tracks 1-15 here, and 16-23 here.

Posted by Brandon