Platter Playlists

Month: May, 2014

Day 140: Randy Newman – I’ll Be Home

Closing out the week with some live Randy Newman. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 139: John Prine – The Late John Garfield Blues

To follow up yesterday’s somewhat straightforward John Prine song, I present a song that is a bit less obvious and narrative. I’ve always thought this could be a Tom Waits song, poetically linking city streets and drifters, trains and old time movie stars. “The lyrics are all mood.  In fact, Prine claims that he mostly just […]

Day 138: John Prine – Sam Stone

First Prine song to make it here but definitely not the last. A heartbreaking song about a ragged veteran with a habit he can’t kick. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 137: Loudon Wainwright III – Old Paint

Ok so “Old Paint” came on the album preceding “New Paint.” They don’t really have a lot in common beside the similarity in name, but the name thing was enough excuse for me to feature both gems back to back. Here Loudon explores his inner country & western side and comes out with a subtle […]

Day 136: Loudon Wainwright III – New Paint

For today I’ll leave you with Loud’s folk narrative of the new paint of a budding relationship. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

I’m Living Good

The Ovations – I’m Living Good Ruby Andrews – You Made A Believer (Out of Me) Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces – Searchin’ For My Love Oscar Brown Jr. – But I Was Cool Johnny Jones – Tennessee Waltz Andy Kim – Baby I Love You Beach Boys – The Times They Are A-Changin’ […]

Day 135: Karen Dalton – Reason To Believe

And now Karen Dalton doing a hauntingly lo-fi cover of Tim Hardin for your Friday afternoon. You deserve it. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 134: Van Morrison – Everyone

In 1967, Bert Berns produced Van Morrison’s most notable and radio-friendly song, “Brown Eyed Girl.” Rather than feature a song we’ve all heard a million times, I’ve decided to post a song that quite a few of you may have never heard at all. This deep cut from 1970’s Moondance has nothing to do with Bert […]

Day 133: Wilson Pickett – Come Home Baby

On this 1965 duet with fellow Berns-produced artist, Tami Lynn, we find Wilson Pickett plowing the fields of lost love with a big beat and an epic horn section. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 132: Solomon Burke – Cry To Me

This 1962 classic from Solomon Burke, written by Bert Russell (Bert Berns), peaked at #5 on the R&B Charts and needs no further introduction. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 131: Garnet Mimms – I’ll Take Good Care Of You

For the next three days I’ll be featuring songs produced by legendary 60s producer Bert Berns. I was originally turned on to him by Ace’s amazing compilation, but this past weekend on WFMU Michael Shelley’s show was devoted to Bern’s work and featured an interview with Joel Selvin, music writer and author of the new […]

Day 130: Jake and the Family Jewels – At The Well

This is another band I was turned on to by Bob Brainen’s show. Jake started in the Greenwich Village scene with his partner Bunky and in the 7os he recorded a couple of albums with his band, The Family Jewels. The vocals here kind of run in that same lazy, low-tempo stream that has run […]

Day 129: The Beau Brummels – Tennessee Walker

Sal Valentino and the rest of the Beau Brummels took about a seven year break after 1968 and returned with this reunion album full of great songs with a lazy delivery that is the icing on top of the cake. Gate of Hearts also appears on this record. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] […]

Day 128: The Beach Boys – I’d Love Just Once To See You

One thing I can say about this song is that it sounds improvised. But it features about seven little parts in it’s short run-time that are just pure Beach Boys magic. I think that’s enough to make it a good song. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 127: NRBQ – Things To You

This week I have chosen songs that were introduced to me by WFMU’s wonderful DJ, Bob Brainen. He has impeccable taste and is crazy about NRBQ. I love this NRBQ record in particular and especial Terry Adams’ songs. This one is a knockout and such a modest beauty. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] […]

Day 126: Donovan – Celeste

Any Donovan fan has undoubtedly been exposed to this psychedelic album-closing track. This song is a grand hypnotic tour de force of a song and it has got to be one of the best album closers ever. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 125: Bee Gees – With The Sun In My Eyes

Bee Gees – With The Sun In My Eyes Songs like this solidify my admiration for the Bee Gees. I feel like a broken record when I try to convince people that the early Bee Gees output is legendary but I will keep at it. This song isn’t a smash hit and it doesn’t reach […]

Day 124: Nina Simone – Turn! Turn! Turn!

Nina Simone – Turn! Turn! Turn! Awesome organ-drenched beautifully vocalized reinterpretation of the classic Byrds song. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Singles Going Steady Vol. 2: South Louisiana Saturday Night

For the second installment of Singles Going Steady I present to you a finely groomed assortment of Swamp Pop, Cajun fiddle and zydeco tunes taken straight from the original 45rpm releases, which spun in every other jukebox and radio station in South Louisiana. A few months ago, I went down to a man’s house in […]

Day 123: Arthur Conley – Let Nothing Separate Us

Arthur Conley – Let Nothing Separate Us There are only a handful of music writers that I’ll blindly trust and seek out everything they write about or recommend. One of these people is soul music writer and historian, Dave Godin. I first heard the beautiful deep soul gem on Godin’s compilation Deep Soul Treasures Volume […]

Day 122: The Mad Lads – Cry Baby

The Mad Lads – Cry Baby  Always finding it difficult to make a name for themselves among the Stax all-stars like Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, The Mad Lads remain one of the lesser-known treasures of 926 E. McLemore.  Heavily inspired by The Temptations and the doo wop sound, they weren’t on top of the […]

Day 121: Clarence Carter – Soul Deep

Clarence Carter – Soul Deep Before you start today’s selection, I want to share something with you. This cut DID NOT chart. It is a #1 HIT in my books and one of my favorite soul songs of all time. It contains boisterous baritone vocals, wicked hooks and metaphorical lyrics that just don’t quit. This […]

Day 120: O.V. Wright – I Was Born All Over

O.V. Wright – I Was Born All Over “That’s How Strong My Love Is” is arguably one of the best and most frequently covered soul classics. Otis Redding’s rendition, in classic Redding fashion-nearly reconstructed, is what first led me to O.V. Wright. My love for the Otis Redding cover left me with an itch that […]

May ’14 :: Platter Cuts Mix :: Come Home Baby

Kip Anderson – Without A Woman O.V. Wright – I Was Born All Over Clarence Carter – Soul Deep The Mad Lads – Cry Baby Arthur Conley – Let Nothing Separate Us Nina Simone – Turn! Turn! Turn! Bee Gees – With The Sun In My Eyes Donovan – Celeste NRBQ – Things To You […]

Day 119: Kip Anderson – Without A Woman

Kip Anderson – Without A Woman “Without a Woman” is an example of Deep Southern Soul at it’s finest. Sung from the point of view of a man who loved and lost, the song escalates from gentle words of wisdom to passionate soulful screaming as if to say “You idiot! Give her what she needs […]

May ’14 :: Ain’t Got No; I Got Life

Allen Toussaint – We The People Nina Simone – Ain’t Got No; I Got Life Abner Jay – I’m So Depressed Buck Owens – Act Naturally Solomon Burke – Everybody Needs Somebody To Love The Showmen – It Will Stand The Wonder Who – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright Blossom Dearie – Figure Eight Fleetwood […]