Nick Danger wrote:The mix I received this month I found to be interesting and entertaining (and what more can you ask really) and checked a lot of my taste boxes - Garage Rock, Blues, R & B, Country, Pop, and more. Good job mixer!
Thanks! I think I need to thank Paul for detagging this for me.
1. Modern indie, lots of reverb, echo, and layered instruments. I like this. The only criticism I would have is that the vocals are somewhat buried back in the mix. This seems to be a characteristic of a lot of modern production. Good start though.
1. It's certainly a fair criticism. The vocals don't greatly hamper my enjoyment, but you're right the song would've been better had the vocals been a little bit up in the mix. This is Cincinnati band Wussy.
2. A nice instrumental here. Good organ, guitar, drums, and especially the horns.
2. Most Dap-Tone stuff is gold to me. This is particularly true of the latest Budos Band offering.
3. Begins with a Twilight Zone riff then switches to a fuzzy guitar lead. I like this. Good girl singer. This also sounds modern. I'm really curious about who this is.
3. This is King Tuff with Rainbow's Run. I agree with your appraisal except for the fact the King Tuff's real name is Kyle and he is not (at present) a girl.
4. Pounding drums and shouty vocals. The singer sounds like she could be Pat Benatar's little sister. I don't like this as much as what came before but it has it's charm. Really interesting instrumental break, lots of effects.
4. I wonder how Corin Tucker would feel about being described as Pat Benatar's younger sister. You're right about the breaks and the drums, though. This is Sleater Kinney.
5. This guy sounds British. Interesting guitar and drums. Not bad but it's not something I would pursue further probably. It was somewhat of a grower on repeated listens. My knowledge of British music post-invasion is woefully inadequate.
5. They're actually from Texas and got some kind of raw deal from their record company when people started accusing them of being a 13th Floor Elevators' knockoff. Golden Dawn here.
6. Now we're talking, garage rock, a favorite genre. This is great. Sneering vocals, small group, hard charging guitar and drums. Short and powerful like all good garage.
6. I think Jeff K was touting the Back From the Grave series and so I shared my findings from Volume 7 of this fairly daunting collection of Garage tracks. This is Syndicate (who I know nothing about) with Egyptian Thing
7. We're in R & B territory now. Upfront drums, good horns, probably vintage. I like this a lot. No idea who it is but I'm sure I'll be investigating this group out.
7. This is the Teardrops from the Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label comp.
8. More R & B. I may own this. The voice sounds familiar but I can't quite recall it. More great horns. It's too short. It leaves you wanting more.
8. Howard Tate with She's a Burglar. Your comments are right on the money and could be applied to Howard Tate's career (too short, leaves us wanting more.)
9. This is also in my wheelhouse, classic blues. This sounds like Bobby Bland but it's probably not him. Whoever it is, I like it. The guitar cooks.
9. Perfunctory Magic Sam track. The guitar does cook, but that voice. Muthafucka was smoove.
10. This one I do know. This is unmistakably Elmore James. Elmore is the real thing, that classic guitar lick and a voice just perfect for the Blues.
One of the best ever.
10. I also had to help balance some of the misogyny of the previous track. With Baby Please Set a Date.
11. More blues, a guttural voice I don't recognize but I like. It's reminiscent of Howling Wolf. Way too short, I wanted more.
11. Junior Wells and Earl Hooker with Love Me
12. Finishing up the blues section is another deep voiced bluesman. Don't know who it is but he can bring it. I don't like this as much as the ones above but that's more a reflection on how good they were. You don't hear too many good dog songs.
12. I suppose that Titus Turner's track is the least of the four, but this still works for me.
13. This is another genre I like, country, real country, not that adult contemporary with a southern accent they try to pass off as country music in the U.S. It's a nice two girl duet, country piano, steel guitar, the singing is a little sharp but I enjoyed it.
13. I will keep coming back to Freakwater's Old Paint record. This is Smoking Daddy.
14. Also real country, a male vocal I don't recognize. It goes along with a loping beat and a rubber band guitar lead. The harmonies are nice. Really good band.
14. Yeah, I'm not sure what happened to Blue Mountain. I miss them.
15. More modern sounding now, this could be Lucinda Williams. Interesting layered instrumentation, modern production, dirty guitar. I don't know if I could listen to a lot of this but this is entertaining.
15. The discordant guitar makes it more of a slog. I still really like it, though. Jolie Holland from her latest record.
16. This sounds like 60's pop/rock, Paul Revere and the Raiders kinda thing, short, really doesn't overstay it's welcome. I listened to my share of this kind of thing back in the day and I didn't mind this.
16. I never really listened to the Turtles outside of the big hits. Looking to rectify that.
17. This is great. I'm pretty sure it's one of my favorites, Los Straitjackets, but I don't recognize the song. Mexican wrestling masks, two lead guitars, bass, drums and a good measure of attitude and charm. Great way to finish off the mix!
17. I should really check out Los Straightjackets. Keep seeing them referenced and if you're mistaking the Bambi Molesters for them, than they must be great!
Thanks so much Mixer! This seems like a mix made especially for me and I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the reveal.
You're welcome! Let me know if you'd like to pursue anything further. Sendspace is pretty great if you don't have to detag.
1. Teenage Wasteland- Wussy
2. The Sticks- Budos Band
3. Rainbow's Run- King Tuff
4. Surface Envy- Sleater Kinney
5. My Time- The Golden Dawn
6. Egyptian Thing- Syndicate
7. I'm Gonna Get You- The Teardrops
8. She's a Burgler- Howard Tate
9. I Don't Want a Woman- Magic Sam
10. Baby Please Set a Date- Elmore James
11. Love Me- Junior Wells and Earl Hooker
12. Bow Wow- Titus Turner
13. Smoking Daddy- Freakwater
14. Myrna Lee- Blue Mountain
15. On and On- Jolie Holland
16. Outside Chance- The Turtles
17. Wrong Turn- Bambi Molesters