Thursday, July 30, 2015

July's Underappreciated Music: the links

The monthly assembly of undervalued and often nearly "lost" music, or simply music the blogger in question wants to remind you reader/listeners of...and the last entry in this series from the late Randy Johnson. (There are still a few of his film reviews that will appear in the Tuesday's Overlooked roundups.)

Patti Abbott: Bryan Adams; bland modern albums; Western television opening themes; Jason Isbell; soundtrack: Under the Skin

Jayme Lynn Blaschke: Friday Night Videos

Elgin Bleecker: Doris Day/Tony Bennett: "Close Your Eyes"

Paul Brazill: A Song for Saturday

Miriam Makeba: "Erev Shel Shoshanim"

Jim C.: Summertime with Blossom Dearie; Sonny Criss

Sean Coleman: Weird Al Yankovic

Bill Crider: British Invasion: Forgotten Music; Song of the DayForgotten Hits: Local Charts

Cullen Gallagher: rediscovering vinyl

Jeff Gemmill: First Aid Kit @ XPoNential Music Festival, 7/25/15;
Jill Johnson; Top 5s

King Pleasure, Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks: "Don't Get Scared"

Jerry House: Daily Music+; Hymn Time

Randy Johnson: Mac Sabbath: "Frying Pan"

George Kelley: Miles Davis: Live at Newport 1955-1975

Kate Laity: things after The Fall

The Way It Is: "Joni Mitchell" (CBC 1968)

At 20 minutes, the 1965 debut episode JM recording of the theme song, in better fidelity. (And apparently you'll have to scroll back the full show above, since it doesn't seem to like the proximity of the skip-ahead 20-minute link under it...for me, it jumps into the 1968 version of the theme at show's end, with unfortunate static.)

Todd Mason: "Eight Miles High";  9 Songs (more or less); musics brought together when Gil Scott-Heron and the Last Poets invented modern rap ca. 1969 

Patrick Murtha: Junior Brown: 12 Shades of Brown

Rainbow Quest: Pete Seeger hosts Elizabeth Cotten, Rosa Valentin & Rafael Martinez (NYC local, then syndicated, 1965)

1. Pete Seeger opening medley
2. Valentin & Martinez: The Soldier Went to War
3. Valentin & Martinez: May, The Month of Flowers
4. Valentin & Martinez: Aguinaldo
5. All: Guantanamera
6. Pete Seeger: My Home's Across the Smoky Mountains
7. Pete Seeger: 'Way Out There
8. Elizabeth Cotten: Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad
9. Elizabeth Cotten: Mama Your Papa Loves You
10. Elizabeth Cotten: Wilson Rag
11. Elizabeth Cotten: Freight Train

Lawrence Person: Shoegazer Sunday

Charlie Ricci: The Supremes: "When the Lovelight Starts..."

Soundstage: "Sing Me a Jazz Song"; Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Eddie Jefferson, Leon Thomas (PBS 1975)


Charlie Ricci said...

A great crop of music this month, most of it truly underappreciated. I mostly despise rap & and hip-hop but I've always found what Gil Scott Heron brought to the table compelling.

Elgin Bleecker said...

Todd – Mind if I contribute as couple of tunes?

Todd Mason said...

Elgin--done! Thanks.

Charlie--It always helps to keep your ears open...I like Scott-Heron more than the Last Poets, but they certainly were, together, the most visible founders of rap, and frequently minimized in the rush to tag Grandmaster Flash and the other folk from the other end of the '70s as the the Poets once put it on an album, This Is Madness. Thanks for being the most consistent contributor over the years!!

George said...

As always, thank you for assembling all these great "under-appreciated" links!

Todd Mason said...

Thank you, George, for your consistent contribution...and sorry I took another opportunity to bash the Davis style cult. At his best, he was a very talented vicious spoiled brat of a man.