Platter Playlists

An all vinyl playlist blog and 365 songs for 365 days.

Someday I’ll Be A Farmer


Melanie – Someday I’ll Be A Farmer
Paul & Linda McCartney – Ram On
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Monkberry Moon Delight
Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo – Rocky Raccoon
Sir Douglas Quintet – I Don’t Want To Go Home
Terry Allen – Cortez Sail
Oscar Benton – Bensonhurst Blues
John Cale – Cable Hogue
Prelude – After The Gold Rush
Nina Simone – The Desperate Ones
Kim Jung Mi – Haenim


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Day 240: Bob Dylan – Oh, Sister


Another one of my favorite songs that was used beautifully in Transparent.


Day 239: Ted Lucas – It Is So Nice To Get Stoned


Not a lot of complexity to this one and nor should there have to be. A song whose melody and tone are perfectly representative of it’s subject.


Day 238: Loudon Wainwright III – Come A Long Way


Just a perfectly paced song from a musician whose words have dug deep his whole career.


Day 237: David Blue – The Grand Hotel


Here’s a little treat from one of Dylan’s contemporaries in the Greenwich Folk scene.  Originally released in a stripped down version in 1966, this song was revamped two years later and featured on These 23 Days in Semptember.


Day 236: Ralph McTell – First Song


After flipping past this record for years, I decided to pick it up for a buck this weekend. Sure enough, it’s got a couple of really strong folk songs on it. British folk/blues that’d interest fans of Bert Jansch and Nick Drake.


Day 235: Townes Van Zandt – Greensboro Woman


Close the week out with the Late Great.


Day 234: Tom Rush – Joshua Gone Barbados

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The first few Tom Rush records are riddled with gems like this one. I thoroughly recommend them.


Day 233: Cliff Gober – A Poor Wayfaring Stranger


Insanely soulful rendition of a traditional classic. Thanks to the folks at Numero Group.


Day 232: Abner Jay – I’m Georgia Bound


Abner Jay makes me love blues and totally forget about boring repetitive blues lyrics and melodies. Maybe it is because he’s completely out of his mind and wildly original. This is the only reissue I’ve scooped up and I can’t wait to get more.


Day 231: Bob Lind – The Times They Are A Changin’


Like the saying goes: Another day; Another Dylan cover. Okay, that isn’t a saying… but it should be. This echoey, jingle-jangle cover is straight-up hypnotizing.


Day 230: Cat Stevens – Trouble


Father John Misty’s amazing cover of this song recently drove me to blow the dust off this one and take it for a spin. Not to mention it provides the soundtrack to one of the best film endings ever.



Day 230: Moby Grape – 8:05


“I can’t go on without you… it’s useless to try.” Perfect song.


Day 229 : Joe Cocker – Just Like A Woman


As you can probably tell, I am a sucker for Dylan covers. I make a habit of supplying the best.


Day 228: Neil Young – Razor Love


I heard this amazing song on “Transparent” and had totally forgot I owned this record. Had to share it.


Day 227: Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Hey Little


It’s always a treat to highlight a Bonnie “Prince” Billy song. Particularly one I feel like a lot of people don’t know about. This came out on the Chijimi EP that came out with 2009′s Beware. What follows is a swooning story of a father’s love for his son, but the greatness in it’s sentimentality so outways the possible badness.


Day 226: My Morning Jacket – Old September Blues


A newish song compared to the other stuff I play but a song that I hold dear to my heart. And seeing as it is now October, it seems apropos.


Day 225: Michael Hurley – The Vt.-Ore. Floor


Here is an interesting question I posed to myself recently: “When did you start exclusively listening to music that couldn’t walk a mile within radius of a radio station in a million years?” And I think my answer is just when I woke up and when I started respecting the stories of songs. Hurley is a songwriter like no other. Take this song for example. It overrides like EVERY songwriting standard but seems to capture dozens or poetic feelings that makes it truer than almost everything else.


Day 224: Nick Drake – Rider On The Wheel


I am so grateful for the existence of the posthumous album that houses this and many more unreleased gems.


Day 223: Donovan – Ramblin’ Boy


Though it holds a strong resemblance to Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe,” it was written the same year and I hold nothing against either. They are both equally heroes of mine and it’s a lot more fun not to judge.


Day 222: Lee Hazlewood – Won’t You Tell Your Dreams


Fantastic, haunting Hazlewood gem brought to you by this Light In The Attic covers reissue.


Gold Leaves cover


Day 221: Ian Matthews – Close The Door Lightly When You Go


Delightful Eric Anderson cover. The guitar sounded so much like Richard Thompson that I had to glance at the liner notes but unfortunately it wasn’t the Fairport reunion I was hoping for.


Day 220: Roger McGuinn – I’m So Restless


From one Byrds fan to another, I don’t recommend this record. It’s riddled with sax and cheesy synth but this opening track, from McGuinn’s 1973 solo debut, is a perfectly Byrdsian ballad that’s a great throwback to the old sound.


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Big Star – September Gurls (rehearsal)
Lonnie Mack – Florida
Michael Nesmith – Harmony Constant
Willie Nelson – Look What Thoughts Will Do
Phosphorescent – Can I Sleep In Your Arms?
James Talley – Give My Love To Marie
Nora Guthrie – Home Before Dark
Lee Hazelwood – House Safe For Tigers
The Everly Brothers – Breakdown
Joe South – Coming Down All Alone
The Byrds – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Sandy Denny – Tomorrow Is Such A Long Time
Bob Dylan – Percy’s Song (take 2)


Day 219: Graham Nash – Hey You (Looking At The Moon)


Don’t like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young? Me either, but this song is awesome.


Soulful Shade of Blue


Brook Benton – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
Miriam Makeba – Oxgam
Bob Lind – Fennario
Tom Paxton – Last Thing On My Mind
The Beach Boys – Little Bird
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Soulful Shade Of Blue
Matthews Southern Comfort – Tell Me Why
Richard & Linda Thompson – Down Where The Drunkards Roll
Tom Waits – Old Shoes
Greg Brown – Out In The Country
Hazel and Alice – Pretty Bird


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Day 218: Bob Dylan – Percy’s Song (take 2)


Here’s one by the man himself. A little dusty but a rare and intimate acoustic gem.


Day 217: Sandy Denny – Tomorrow Is A Long Time


Few can cover Dylan like Sandy Denny and her Fairport family. Beautiful vocals, timeless lyrics.


Country Roads Magazine Mix :: There’s A Will, There’s A Way

I am grateful to Country Roads Magazine and Alex V. Cook for covering Platter Playlists for their October issue. As a supplement to the article, I present this new mix of Louisiana-based R&B and Funk. Enjoy.



Danny White – The Twitch
Art Neville – Arabian Love Song
Huey “Piano” Smith – Free, Single and Disengaged
Percy Mayfield – Louisiana
Lee Dorsey – Little Baby
Allen Toussaint – Soul Sister
Tommy Ridgley – Girl From Kooka Monga
Fats Domino – I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
Clarence “Frogman” Henry – Troubles, Troubles
Toussaint Mccall – I’m Undecided
Ernie K-Doe – There’s A Will, There’s A Way


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Day 216: The Byrds – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue


Take the 45 of the early Byrds cover of this Dylan song and slow it down to 33rpm and you’d have something close to this subtle masterpiece.


Early-Byrds version

Also, check out my Byrds mix up on MixCloud here.

Day 215: Joe South – Coming Down All Alone


And now some late-period Joe South off his 1972 record.


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Jim Ford – Under Construction
Doris Troy – What’cha Gunna Do About It
Eddy Giles – Losin’ Boy
Major Lance – Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um
Joe Tex – I Believe I’m Gunna Make It
Percy Mayfield – Louisiana
Huey ‘Piano’ Smith – Free, Single and Disengaged
Lee Dorsey – Little Baby
Ernie K-doe – Here Come The Girls
Toussaint McCall – I’m Undecided
Rufus Jagneaux – Opelousas Sostan
Johnnie Allan – You Got Me Whistlin’
Jessie Hill – I Studied Soul
Johnny Adams – Georgia Morning Dew
Ray Stinnett – Liberty Train
Lonnie Mack- Florida
Roger Miller – Meanwhile, Back In Abeline
Garnet Mimms – My Baby
The Drapels – Wondering
Arthur Conley – Love Comes And Goes
Bobby Bland – Today
Mable John – Shouldn’t I Love Him
Five Easy Pieces
Gene Clark – Life’s Greatest Fool
John Phillips – Topanga
Merle Haggard – I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am
John Hartford – In Tall Buildings
Linda Ronstadt – I Won’t Be Hangin’ ‘Round
Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash – The Pine Tree
Townes Van Zandt joke
Townes Van Zandt – Gypsy Friday
Michael Hurley – Hog Of The Forsaken
Chris Darrow – Lovers Sleep Abed Tonight
Dave Van Ronk – Dink’s Song
Bob Dylan – You’re A Big Girl Now (’74 outtake)
Bob Frank – Layin’ Around
The Byrds – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Solomon Burke – Can’t Nobody Love You
Johnnie Taylor – You Can’t Get Away From It
Ben E. King – It’s All Over
Wilson Pickett – It’s A Groove
O.V. Wright – I Was Born All Over
Spyder Turner – Stand By Me

Day 214: The Everly Brothers – Breakdown


Late-period Phil and Don covering Kris and sounding a lot like Gram.


Day 213 : Lee Hazlewood – House Safe For Tigers


Can’t love this track enough. Although it’s not one of the dozens of workhorse Hazlewood cuts, this is one of the songs that first made me a believer, through it’s beautiful reissue on Light in the Attic.


Day 212: Nora Guthrie – Home Before Dark


So here is Woody’s daughter. This is one of the few songs she recorded and it sounds like a hauntingly beautiful Belle & Sebastian or Yo La Tengo song… from 1967.


Day 211: Big Star – September Gurls (rehearsal 1974)

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I desperately wanted to include this song in my September Platter Cuts but in the spirit of Platter Playlists I couldn’t include the album cut so I dug a little deeper and pulled out this version, from Norton Records.


February ’14 Platter Cuts Mix Up Now on MixCloud

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Matthews Southern Comfort – Road to Ronderlin
Elyse Weinberg – Houses
Fairport Convention – Book Song
John Phillips – April Anne/
Eddie Floyd – I’ve Just Been Feeling Bad
The Drapels – Wondering
John Cale – Gideon’s Bible
Bert Jansch – One for Jo
Michael Hurley – Eyes, Eyes
Jim Ford – Point of No Return
Bobby Charles – I Must Be In A Good Place Now
Neil Young – Mellow My Mind
The Kinks – Stranger
Donovan – Turquoise
Bob Dylan – Ballad in Plain D
Richard & Linda Thompson – Jet Plane in a Rocking Chair
Big Star – Thirteen
Beach Boys – Big Sur
Dillard & Clark – Out on the Side
Townes Van Zandt – When Your Dream Lovers Die
Johnnie Taylor – Love in the Streets
Etta James – Are My Thoughts With You?
Solomon Burke – Can’t Nobody Love You
Wilson Pickett – I Found A Love
Garnet Mimms – It Was Easier to Hurt Her
Tony Borders – Cheaters Never Win


Day 210: Ernie K-Doe – There’s a Will, There’s a Way


Check out my piece on Cosimo Matassa for Aquarium Drunkard.


Day 209: Clarence Henry – Troubles, Troubles


I first heard this stomping’ b-side on Treme. A show about people with a whole lot of troubles.


Day 208: Tommy Ridgley – The Girl From Kooka-Monga


Another New Orleans gent singing about falling for a foreign beauty. But don’t dismiss it. Ridgley is a force of nature. They don’t call him the “King of the Stroll” for nothing.