(February 9, 2016): Chumbawamba ‎– Jacob’s Ladder (Not in My Name)

From the 2002 CD maxi-single, Jacob’s Ladder (Not in My Name).  Released in the lead up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S. and the so-called “coalition of the willing”.  The anti-war protest songs never matched those of the 1960s and 70s with Vietnam, but some, like this, are clear rivals.  The tune was included on the 2003 anti-war CD compilation, Peace Not War.  Another instance of not singing loudly enough to stop the war.

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(February 8, 2015): The Copyrights – Worn Out Passport

From the 2011 album, North Sentinel Island.  A band that hails from Carbondale, Illinois.  No longer sure how I wound up with an digital copy of this LP, the discogs info indicates that it was limited to a vinyl pressing of 1500 copies in various colors.  Anyway, a good sentiment.

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(February 1, 2016): Pete Seeger – We Shall Overcome

From the 1963 live album, We Shall Overcome: Recorded Live at His Historic Carnegie Hall Concert June 8, 1963.  A fitting song for morning filed with yet more terrible news of bombings and 131 deaths in Nigerian Dalori villages and Damascus.  Also, just catching up with the sad news the Pete Seeger died three days ago.  I am reminded by his shout out in this recording to Alice Polixer — the oldest attendee at this concert — that he was one year older than her when he died.  We shall overcome.

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(January 31, 2016): Barclay James Harvest – Poor Boys Blues/Mill Boys/For No One

K-SHE Classic.  From the 1974 album, Everyone Is Everybody Else.  The band’s first sweetmeatrelease on the Polydor label.  So far as I can recall these three songs were alway played seamlessly every time they were played in St. Louis.  Poor Boys is a Les Holroyd composition and Mill Boys and For No One are down to John Lees.  Rodger Bain produced the LP, which seemed incongruous because he previously produced for Black Sabbath and Judas Priest.  Despite, or maybe because of this, the result was outstanding.  Heavy in the right places and slow.

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(January 30, 2016): Air Liquide – Fuckdup (Campfire Version)

From the 2004 album, Let Your Ears Be The Receiver.  A song off the 14th and last long player released before Air Liquide — Ingmar Koch (AKA “Dr Walker”) and Cem Oral (AKA “Jammin’ Unit”) — called it quits.  Mary Applegate is on vocals.

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(January 29, 2016): Odetta – Please Send Me Someone To Love

From the 1999 album, Blues Everywhere I Go.  A duet with Dr. John on piano and accompanying vocals.  This Percy Mayfield classic reached number one on the R&B charts in 1950.  Aside from Odetta, notable covers include Ruth Brown, B.B. King, Paul Butterfield, and Big Shoulders.

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(January 28, 2016): Clifford Brown and Max Roach – Swingin’

From the 1955 album, Study in Brown.  One of the most notable hard bop sessions of 1955.  Everyone should know Brown’s solo on Cherokee, but he rips on Swingin’ too.  With Richie Powell (piano), George Morrow (bass), and Harold Land (tenor sax).  Original liner notes are here.


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