Archive for ‘Mike’s Monday Muse’

January 17, 2022

Mike’s Monday Muse – Phương Tâm

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

As a wartime teenager, Phương Tâm performed in the Saigon nightclubs becoming one of Vietnam’s first successful rock-n-rollers. Tâm gave it up for love eventually fleeing Vietnam with her husband to California in 1975 where they raised a family. Incredibly, Tâm never shared her past fame with her children. Her daughter, Hannah Hà, found out in 2019 after being contacted by a Vietnamese film producer asking to use her mom’s music in a movie. Hà was inspired to find her mom’s tunes, which led to the fabulous 25-song compilation called Magical Nights: Saigon Surf Twist & Soul (1964-1966).

January 10, 2022

Mike’s Monday Muse – Trace Mountains

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Last fall I read a recommendation from rock star John Moreland about House Of Confusion, the new album by Lame-O Records recording artists, Trace Mountains. John was right-on of course. Months later I think we all need to own their previous record, Lost In The Country, too. File Trace Mountains under early morning coffee/late night driving jams.

January 3, 2022

Mike’s Monday Muse – The Specials

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

The Specials (UK national treasure) interpret 12 tunes by Leonard Cohen, Bob Marley, Talking Heads, Staple Singers, and others on their 2021 release, Protest Songs 1924-2012. This Frank Zappa cover is a thumper of a rock jam.

June 21, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Hiss Golden Messenger at Big Pink

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Hiss Golden Messenger spent a night at Big Pink, the house made famous by The Band where they made Music From Big Pink and The Basement Tapes recordings. This is a short film that includes a few tunes played live by MC Taylor that one magical evening. Very cool. Hiss Golden Messenger’s new record, Quietly Blowing It, comes out June 25.

June 14, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Barbara Lynn

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Before crushing it left-handed, she tells a great story about Mick Jagger calling her to get permission to cover this song on their Rolling Stones, Now! record. Barbara Lynn, Empress of Gulf Coast Soul, has written, sang and played lead guitar on most of her songs during her incredible 60-year career. She’s so damn good and cool she toured with Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, etc. and has been sampled by Moby and Lil’ Wayne.

June 7, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood and Jason Isbell

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Three former Drive-By Trucker bandmates swapping tunes and stories recorded live at the Shoals Theatre in Florence, AL in 2014. This 4LP box set was just released on vinyl last week.

June 1, 2021

Mike’s Tuesday Muse

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people. Yesterday was a holiday though, so enjoy the rare, elusive and exquisite Mike’s Tuesday Muse.

“We start every performance since Lou Reed’s passing with a little feedback if you don’t mind. This is in memory of Lou, alright?” I don’t fucking mind at all.

May 10, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Ted Taylor

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Ted Taylor was an overlooked R&B musician born in Oklahoma in 1934. His music has been sampled by Kendrick Lamar, Ludacris and others. As far as I can tell this amazing song, “Cummins Prison Farm,” did not appear on the original 1972 album, Taylor Made, but came out on the 2007 reissue.

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May 3, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Green On Red

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

I see this happy vision of Alejandro and Javier Escovedo buying Dan Stuart and Chuck Prophet beers at the Continental Club every time I hear this song. Green On Red‘s “Gas Food Lodging” was released in 1985 on Engima Records and it is a roots rock classic. “Live At Onkel Po’s Carnegie Hall, Hamburg, April 11​,​1985 – Archive 3” became available through Green On Red’s bandcamp site in early April.

April 26, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Toots & The Maytals

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

File under tunes I can never get sick of. This is my favorite song on what I think is the greatest reggae (Toots literally created that word and of course trailblazed the genre) album ever made, Funky Kingston. RIP and thanks Toots.

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