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🦋 Feel Alright

My mix tape of happy music is now online -- an hour of tunes with the common factor being that they all lift my spirits when I listen to them. ("Easy Listening"?) Download the mp3's here: Feel Alright mix. Track listing and some notes below the fold. Let me know how you like it!

(...Damn, I knew I was going to do something wrong with the metadata. If you add these files to iTunes, they will go in the wrong order. You can, if you wish to, correct the order by highlighting all of the songs, choosing "Get info (ctrl-I)", and deleting the "disk # of #" fields. ...Okay, I think this is fixed now... But if you add them into iTunes and the order looks wrong, well you know what to do.)

Track Listing

  1. Robyn Hitchcock & the Electric Trams: mic check/"The Museum of Sex" -- Concert at Arts Theatre, London, 5/18/08 (a date close to my heart)
  2. Merle Travis: "Blue Smoke" (1960?)
  3. Fletcher Henderson & his Orchestra: "King Porter Stomp" (1932)
  4. Luther Strong: "Hog-Eyed Man" (1937)
  5. Clarence Samuels: "Boogie-Woogie Blues"
  6. Pachacamac: "Arpay" (2006)
  7. The Band with Muddy Waters: "Caldonia" (1978)
  8. Jelly Roll Morton & the Red Hot Peppers: "Little Lawrence" (1930)
  9. The Carver Boys: "Sleeping Lula" (1937)
  10. Rick Danko and Levon Helm: "Ophelia" -- Concert in Eugene, Oregon, January '83
  11. Natalie MacMaster: selections from "The Fiddling Ladies" (1999)
  12. The New Riders of the Purple Sage: "It's Alright With Me" (1973)
  13. Dixieland Jug Blowers: "Boodle-am-Shake" (1926)
  14. Jimmy McGriff: "A Thing to Come By" (1969)
  15. Old & In the Way: "Jerry's Breakdown" -- Concert at Sonoma Fairgrounds, 11/4/73
  16. Abrew's Portuguese Instrumental Trio: "Cabo Verdranos Peca Nove" (1931)
  17. Delmore Bros.: "Kentucky Mountains"
  18. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: "Black Mountain Rag" (1972)
  19. Robyn Hitchcock: "Alright, Yeah" (1996)


I open and close this mix with Hitchcock, just like I did my last one. I'm happy with this, I'll probably do it on my next mix as well. (After all, I mean he is the Alpha and the Omega.) The "Electric Trams" are (I believe) a nonce group, I've never heard of them other than this concert. Personnel include Hitchcock regulars Kimberley Rew and Morris Windsor. The mic check at the beginning of "The Museum of Sex" was sort of what made me start building this mix.

The Luther Strong and Carver Boys tracks are from a collection of early recordings from Kentucky that my parents gave me for my birthday (thanks!) -- if you like it be sure to check out the Luther Strong recordings archived at Juneberry. (Juneberry is also the source of the Jelly Roll Morton and Dixieland Jug Blowers tracks.) There's also some more recent folk-music type recordings here, and blurring over from folk-music into rock and roll. Enjoy!

posted afternoon of Saturday, May 31st, 2008
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posted evening of May 31st, 2008 by Benjamin Baxter

Yep, they're great for storage. A free account lets you upload a couple albums' worth of mp3's per month, a paid account (not particularly expensive) has no limitations.

posted evening of May 31st, 2008 by Jeremy

Whoa! Thanks! Downloading.

posted afternoon of the 6th by Mike Qtips


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