I was working from home while it was all snowy and icy and this got a lot of play. Its better than the one on Feats Don't Fail Me Now. I love Little Feat and hearing this again reminded me of living in South London in the hot long Summer of 1976, before Punk's Year Zero made stuff like this unfashionable. The guitar and organ playing on this is superb and the sound is crystal clear. Allegedly Lowell George mixed the bootleg for release himself.
- Carole Bristol
A serendipitous purchase of Shrimp Boat's Cavale some years ago delivered several oddly-beautiful tunes. This one has a couple of melody lines that just wash around your head and make even the darkest corners a little brighter. Many of the notes are not exactly where they 'should' be but I rather like the ramshackle effect.
Tin asked for a brash alternative to pretty voices & perfectly tuned guitars.
Their new Falling Down A Mountain album has six keeper songs on it, and this and Harmony At My Table are the mosty fully realized (quite a few never seem to get past their initial premse). You'd think Stuart A Staples would be over his lonlieness by now, but apparently not. And he is spot on - there's no place so alone as somewhere you used to belong.
I picked up my guitar the other day and played a G major and for some unconscious reason changed to F minor. I know that sound, I thought. 'Twas The Beach Boys' I Can Hear Music. Picked out the rest of the song and added it to my repertoire.
Fintan credits Down Home Girl to the Coasters but research suggests the Alvin Robinson version that he linked to in the RR Rivers thread is actually the 1964 original (Stones cover '65, Coasters cover '66). I first met the song many years back on one of the live albums by the 'Saturday Night Live!' house band, a.k.a. The Blues Brothers, but neither of those boys had enough dip and slip in his voice to match the original. It's so gritty it makes you itch, especially when Alvin mentions his girl wearing a fibreglass dress, for heaven's sake!
Grammy's: BONUS EARWORM
Beyonce won six Grammy's Sunday, which should make her a Spill outcast. And while she's unquestionably in the record selling business, If I Were A Boy shows she's not as vacuous as Simon Cowell's puppet troupe.
NEXT WEEK: One's already in, so 5-6 slots available. It's pretty much first-come first-serve and i'd be nice to hear from people wheo haven't participated yet. Please email email@example.com by next Tuesday or you'll be stuck with all my picks.