Feel Good Mix Tape

This time around my picks are going to be old songs that remind me of my childhood.

Please note: I said “remind me of my childhood” not “popular when I was a child”. ≧◡≦

A Side

1.) Big Bopper – Chantilly Lace – I have a memory of sitting on the back of the couch when I was a little girl, like pre-kindergarten most likely, listening to music with my dad and telling him I was going to be a singer when I grow up. I also remember the tape player he used, with the red record button on hit. HAH! The song that was playing was either this one or the next song.

2.) Roseanne Cash – Tennessee Flat Top Box – Also one of my all time favorite songs. I used to love when my dad’s band would play it. They did it best, of course; and yes I am aware that it’s a Johnny Cash song – but this tape is the songs that remind me of my childhood. 😉

3.) Mungo Jerry – In the Summer Time – Unapologetically this song will ALWAYS remind me of the fun times I had as a kid with my BFF Tego.

4.) Bill Haley & His Comets – Rock Around the Clock – while I do remember watching this movie on TV with my dad when I was little, I just remember jamming out to this song with him more than that. 🙂 (Fun fact, my dad an I used to have so much fun just doing our thing waiting for the UPS man, eating Peanut Butter and Mayo sandwiches, and listening to awesome music, I was pretty upset when I had to go kindergarten.)

5.) The Coasters – Yakety Yak – It was hard to choose between this song and Charlie Brown, but this one takes the cake in silly, fun, upbeat songs in my memory bank.

6.) J Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers – Last Kiss – Ohhh! When Pearl Jam covered this song it PISSED me off! I think that was the start of me refusing to like a cover song for the next 20 years (that’s changed to an extent now, but I still hate that cover).

B Side

1.) David Allan Coe – The Old Grey Goose is Dead – This is a totally epic song from a totally epic artist and my dad’s band totally did it better! There was a place we’d go up in the mountains in the summer time (well there were a few) but this place was like a trailer built into a cabin that two very sweet, wonderful people lived at, it was kind of halfway between town and the mountain home of another guy in my dad’s band and less treacherous to get to I suppose. We used to pan for gold in the creek (with margarine lids. . . just getting the mica flakes. . .). Anyway, the last time I remember hearing them play that song I had to be twelve years old and it was at that cabin.

2.) EmmyLou Harris – Crescent City  – this is the song that will always remind me of when my younger brother and younger sister and I were getting along and having fun. Of course we get along great now, but that wasn’t necessary the case very often when we were all hormonal teenagers.

3.) Sonny James – Running Bear – now, this one is tricky because there are so many versions of it. The radio station here plays “oldies” on Fridays until noon. I remember listening intently for this song to come one, and if noon hit and I hadn’t heard it, I was disappointed.

4.) Jim Lowe – Green Door – Are you even kidding me? Just listen to it! This might be the actual coolest song ever!

5.) The Tornados – Telstar – yeah, there’s no words, and that’s okay. When I hear this song it sucks me right back to that weird yellow shag carpet and off white arm chair in the living room of the farm house I grew up in. And – I’m telling you that was probably 33 years ago if I’m talking about that dang chair with the denim cover my mom sewed for it because it was so worn through.

6.) Iron Butterfly – In a Gadda Da Vida – there are two reasons this is the last song – 1.) it’s quite long and “trippy” 2.) it doesn’t quite fit the vibe of the rest of the tape. BUT! I HAD to include it. Sometimes when we were checking out the records that my dad had, my mom would bust this out because she had the album. BECAUSE my mom was the original cool girl. So we’d spend all afternoon listening the Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly and mom would come in and bust this out and we thought it was soooo coooool. And it was.

Thanks for following me down that memory lane. . .

xoxo

-S

 

 

Mix Tape Vol. 2

It is HIGH time that we have another Mix Tape. What do you say? This time I’d like to showcase my affinity for this folky movement that is out there right now. I personally feel that it is a direct result of Punk Rockers being born to Outlaw Country parents and giving birth to Hipsters. It’s the best.

Earlier this summer I was fortunate enough to be able to see The Devil Makes Three at the RedRocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. Let me tell you, if you ever get a chance to see literally any show there, do it. It was amazing. This was my second show at RedRocks. The first was two summers ago when I got to see the Dirty Heads. That, too was amazing. (Though it got rained out and I dealt with some absolute crap. Meh.) But seriously, it’s an outdoor venue with a natural amphitheater. Never before have I been to a venue that just feels like home.

The absolutely coolest thing about that concert, however, is that I got to see a band open for the Devil Makes Three that I saw as a baby band at a tiny venue about 10 years ago. A few weeks ago my sister and her dude, my younger brother, and I all went to see them AGAIN in Fort Collins, Co. I love them. Murder By Death. (There is a bond between my brother, sister, and I over this band as well. They really had a presence during a lot of our early-adult formative years stuff.)

41664722_1523699067775802_5095338697212014499_n(1)

Now back to the story. . . something I find truly amazing about these bands is that most of them have beautifully done studio versions of their songs, but their live music is also amazing.

What I wish I could show you is the Pirate Bagpipe Band I saw at the Larkspur Renaissance Festival. . .

Saho’s Folky Shit:

A Side

1.) Devil Makes Three – Black Irish

Studio Version

Full disclosure: 9 times out of 10 this is the first song I turn on when I hop in the car. It never gets old.

Live Version

2.) Poor Man’s Poison – Devil’s Price

3.) The Dead South  – Banjo Odyssey

Seriously you’re playing a cello as a bass? Bear my sons.

4.) Gasoline Lollipops – Death

5.) Kongos – Hey I Don’t Know

This one has to make the list because the acoustic version just fits the vibe.

Yes I’ll share with you the original, which is far different, yet bass ass.

6.) Lost Dog Street Band – September Doves

B Side

7.) Rosemary – Sierra Ferrell

I just really love this girl. Her music is so folky and yet diverse. This song makes me think of folk music of today but in the 1920s. LOVE

8.) Murder By Death – Brother

This song will make me cry almost every time.

9.) Old Crow Medicine Show – Carry Me Back to Virginia

HA! HA! HA! You thought I was going to say Wagon Wheel?! Grow up. . .

10.) Widow’s Bane – Haul Away Boys!

Shut it. I don’t have to buy into someone else’s standard of what folk is. Shuunnnnn!

11.) Josh Turner/Reina del Cid/Other Bad Asses – Dooley

Just look at all of their stuff. They are amazazazing.

12.) Bubbles – Liquor & Whores

This just can’t NOT be on this list.

 

I hope you enjoyed this. There’s much more to be had from every artist listed. Dive deep into the YouTube of it all.

xoxo

-S

Mix Tape Vol.1

I couldn’t wait. I had to get this one out to you babes tonight.

If you know me you know that I love music. Not like an emo teenager who can’t take her headphones out and join the real world, but like a real MUSIC person. I love something from just about every genre. I can’t subscribe to one and I can’t tell you why I like certain songs, exactly. I just like them if they are good. I had a teacher in high school tell me that I need to work for Rolling Stone.

I think what I’m going to do here is periodically post some playlists with themes for you all. You know – since I can’t make mix tapes anymore. . . I don’t know where to buy tapes and I don’t have a tape deck. Wait. Yes I do. In my record player. But I can’t make mix tapes with it, shoot.

I subscribe to Apple Music because they bought out the Beats by Dre music app and I really liked that a lot. I sincerely recommend this to anyone who loves music in any capacity. You can get a plan for $9.99/month and find damned near any song. Yes, I will admit that some songs that I’m looking for are even too abstract for Apple Music, but this is a rarity. I make tons of playlists and am constantly adding to them and creating more. I stopped listening to the radio voluntarily in about 1999 or 2000. . . whenever I discovered Napster, which at the time was an illegal peer-to-peer music sharing program. And I’ve never turned back. I would say this ranks right up there with deleting my Facebook account as one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

So. Without further adieu – here is my first Mix Tape for you!

Saho’s Quintessential Proto-Punk:

A Side

1.) Lou Reed – This Magic Moment

2.) The Sonics – Psycho

3.) Monks – Shut Up

4.) Love – 7 and 7 is

5.) The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat

6.) MC5 – Kick Out the Jams

B Side

7.) Iggy & the Stooges – Search and Destroy

8.) New York Dolls – Trash

9.) Patti Smith – Free Money

10.) The Modern Lovers – Road Runner

11.) Pere Ubu – Final Solution

12.) The Clash – London Calling

 

*disclaimer – I started this playlist a long long time ago and several of the songs were drawn straight from an article that I would have no idea how to find anymore or I’d be very happy to reference the article and credit the author. That being said, he’s not wrong. It’s very good music!

**double disclaimer – some of these don’t fall in the parameters of traditional Proto-Punk, but what are parameters anyway? It’s good to color outside of the lines.

Let me know what you think! Post your own favorite Proto-Punk songs below!

xoxo

-S