Platter Playlists

Month: March, 2014

Day 92: Kevin Ayers – When Your Parents Go To Sleep

Kevin Ayers – When Your Parents Go To Sleep I know I tend to be very hyperbolic but in this case you have to believe me. This song will blow your mind! I have to assume the position I did with the Syd Barrett song and say that I’m not a big Soft Machine fan. […]

Day 91: John Hartford – In Tall Buildings

John Hartford – In Tall Buildings My friend who runs a hot dog place in town told me this song is the reason why he’s a “Hot Dog Man.” Nobody’s gonna make him say goodbye to the flowers or the dew. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 90: John Buck Wilkin – Apartment Twenty-One

John Buck Wilkin – Apartment Twenty-One John Buck Wilkin is the son of Marijohn Wilkin, who co-wrote “Long Black Veil.” This record plays the way this song plays. Very strong and catchy at the outset, but it gets a little rough as it goes along. It’s still a good,mellow, songwriter’s song and I hope you […]

Day 89: The Byrds – You Don’t Miss Your Water

The Byrds – You Don’t Miss Your Water The “lost” Gram Parsons vocal version of the William Bell classic. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 88: Merle Haggard – I Take A Lot of Pride in What I Am

Merle Haggard – I Take A Lot of Pride in What I Am Love this song. It’s such a fine example of the way a semi-autobiographical country song should sound. Enough of that trucks and jeans crap! [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 87: Michael Hurley – Hog Of The Forsaken

Michael Hurley – Hog Of The Forsaken Michael Hurley has done several versions of this song, spanning his career. I won’t say this is the best but it definitely shines. There is something about Hurley’s fiddle-heavy songs that hit the right spot every time. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a […]

In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)

Lee Dorsey – Little Baby Danny White – The Twitch Hank Levine – Image pt. 1 Bobby Bland – Ain’t Nothin’ You Can Do Nat Phillips – I’m Sorry I Hurt You Wilson Pickett – I’m Sorry About That Merle Haggard –  In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) Otis Redding – Open […]

Day 86: Nick Drake – Fly

Nick Drake – Fly 1969 home recording of one of his finest. I first heard this song on Royal Tenenbaums. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 85: John Cale – Andalucia

John Cale – Andalucia There’s nothing like seeking out the source to a good cover. When I heard Yo La Tengo covering this song I knew I had to seek it out. I knew of Cale’s involvement in an early Velvet Underground line-up but had no idea, and was very pleased to find out, his […]

Day 84: Tim Hardin – Lady Came From Baltimore

Tim Hardin – Lady Came From Baltimore I feel like Tim Hardin can be pretty hit or miss and the later albums better looked at as a whole. But the first three records contain songs like this that easily stand on their own and are big hits. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download […]

Day 83: Magnolia Electric Co. – An Arrow In The Gale

Magnolia Electric Co. – An Arrow In The Gale A perfect bookend to this tributary week and the career of a talented songwriter lost too soon. listen

Day 82: Magnolia Electric Co. – Whip-poor-will

Magnolia Electric Co. – Whip-poor-will listen

Day 81: Magnolia Electric Co. – Song for Willie

Magnolia Electric Co. – Song for Willie I hope y’all have been enjoying this week-long tribute to Jason Molina. These next three songs are off his final Magnolia Electric Co. record, Josephine. These are killer songs. In my opinion, they are the best songs Molina wrote: timeless, country songs with this theme and feeling that […]

Day 80: Magnolia Electric Co. – Lonesome Valley

Magnolia Electric Co. – Lonesome Valley “I turn my pain into a simple plan Harmony onward friend Dragging myself out again” listen

Day 79: Magnolia Electric Co. – Hammer Down

Magnolia Electric Co. – Hammer Down “When its been my ghost and the empty road I think the stars are just the neon lights Shining through the dance floor” listen

Day 78: Magnolia Electric Co. – Northstar Blues

Magnolia Electric Co. – Northstar Blues This is a tough one but a great one. listen

Day 77: Magnolia Electric Co. – The Dark Don’t Hide It

Magnolia Electric Co. – The Dark Don’t Hide It Jason Molina(Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co.) died on this day last year. He was one of the most honest singer-songwriters I followed and it all happened way too soon. Each day this week I will upload a song by his final band, Magnolia Electric Co., through […]

BONUS CUT: Leonard Cohen – Lover, Lover, Lover

Leonard Cohen – Lover, Lover, Lover One of the things I love about doing Platter Cuts is being able to showcase music that I wouldn’t necessarily feature in a mix. Either because it is too slow or too weird or just doesn’t fit. This song isn’t too slow but it is kind of weird. In […]

Day 76: Rodriguez – Cause

Rodriguez – Cause Closing out my songwriters themed week with a wonderful song by Rodriguez.  Just a perfectly orchestrated haunting cut that I think is best heard late at night in a dark room. But that’s just me. Enjoy. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 75: Tom Waits – Grapefruit Moon

Tom Waits – Grapefruit Moon I know this early Waits cut is a little sappy and sentimental and it may be downright cheesy at times. But it reminds me so vividly of when I lived in New Orleans. Driving around the Quarter, down Rampart St., and getting lost in seedy neighborhoods, every adventure scored by […]

Day 74: Fleetwood Mac – What Makes You Think You’re The One

Fleetwood Mac – What Makes You Think You’re The One Such a great Fleetwood Mac song. This record and Rumours are really the only Fleetwood Mac records I’m into mainly because I’m not a blue-rock guy and I have little tolerance for synth. Enjoy this perfect cut. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download […]

Day 73: The Kinks – Johnny Thunder

The Kinks – Johnny Thunder Not much to say about this one other than it is probably my favorite Kinks song. So anthemic. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 72: Paul & Linda McCartney – Long Haired Lady

Paul & Linda McCartney – Long Haired Lady At one time, RAM was my favorite album. I thought it killed every Beatles album except maybe Let It Be. I thought that Paul McCartney had made the weirdest, most beautiful record I had ever heard. And when I first heard this, back in ’05, I felt […]

Day 71: Syd Barrett – Love Song

Syd Barrett – Love Song I am not a Pink Floyd fan. I’m really not a big Syd Barrett fan either. But I just really love this song. So don’t try to convince me to give Dark Side of the Moon another chance! [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 70: Rodriguez – Halfway Up The Stairs

Rodriguez – Halfway Up The Stairs My favorite Rodriguez song. Check out the Light in the Attic reissues and the amazing Searching For Sugarman documentary. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Bonus Cut: Jerry Jeff Walker – Night Rider’s Lament

Jerry Jeff Walker – Night Rider’s Lament I thought since I mentioned Jerry Jeff in my last post I’d throw in this gem as a Bonus Cut. listen

Day 69: Kitty Wells – Delta Dawn

Kitty Wells – Delta Dawn I always get upset when someone tells me they like “all music EXCEPT country music.” They just don’t realize that country music isn’t limited to the trash on CMT. Country music is a freakin’ state of mind. And I don’t mean like “Yeehaw summabitch” with beer and trucks and tight […]

Day 68: Tanya Tucker – What’s Your Mama’s Name

Tanya Tucker – What’s Your Mama’s Name I know this song gets a little airplay on classic country stations but not enough to keep me from wanting to post it here. This song has this chorus that is so catchy I just can’t get over it. To me, everything about this song is perfect. While […]

Day 67: Roger Miller – Meanwhile Back In Abeline

Roger Miller – Meanwhile Back In Abeline I’ve only known about this song for about year but I have to say it’s one of the greatest, catchiest country songs I know. The intro is something I could hear on a loop all day. It blows my mind that this wasn’t a greatest hits and didn’t […]

Day 66: Johnny Adams – Georgia Morning Dew

Johnny Adams – Georgia Morning Dew “Georgia Morning Dew” is a suitable opener for Heart & Soul and I’d venture to say its one of my all-time favorite songs to open a mix with. “Country Funk” played a big part in my musical taste a while back and when I first heard this song the […]

Day 65: Cherokee – Funky Business

Cherokee – Funky Business Honestly, who doesn’t love Country Funk? It’s such an exciting amalgamation of all these great types of music and I love how it is so distinctly Southern and whiskey-drenched. Not long after I started getting into Soul, Country Funk entered the picture. And let’s face it, Country Funk is essentially music […]

Day 64: Duane and Gregg Allman – Morning Dew

Duane and Gregg Allman – Morning Dew This song marks the start of my week of Swamp Rock and Country music. Now I’m not the biggest Allman Brothers fan. In fact, I am not an Allman Brothers fan. But this song and this Souljazz comp introduced be to Swamp Rock and for this I am […]

Day 63: Spyder Turner – Stand By Me

Spyder Turner – Stand By Me Firstly, there is NOTHING wrong with the Ben E. King version of this song other than you may have heard it too many times on classic radio stations. But that is no fault of its own. It’s a fantastic song. Consider Percy Sledge’s version of “When A Man Loves […]

March ’14 :: Platter Cuts Mix :: In Tall Buildings

Percy Mayfield – Louisiana Spyder Turner – Stand By Me Duane & Gregg Allman – Morning Dew Cherokee – Funky Business Johnny Adams – Georgia Morning Dew Roger Miller – Meanwhile Back In Abeline Tanya Tucker – What’s Your Mama’s Name? Kitty Wells – Delta Dawn Jerry Jeff Walker – Night Rider’s Lament Rodriguez – […]

Day 62: Percy Mayfield – Louisiana

Percy Mayfield – Louisiana This has been my anthem over the past couple of years.  I’ve been “tryin’ settle down in my old hometown.” [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

March ’14 :: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away

Bill Cosby – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Fats Domino – Lovely Rita Beau Brummels – You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away The Beatles – Yes It Is Dion – Purple Haze Dave Van Ronk – Dink’s Song Bob Dylan – Lay Down Your Weary Tune The Byrds – He Was A Friend […]