Thursday, May 3, 2012

The A to Z Playlists: Ba-Be

Ba-Be by Chris Mueller on Grooveshark

Due to time restraints and a slight case of writer's block, some of today's tracks are going commentless.  My apologies.  Still, I hope you're contuining to find this series of playlists enjoyable and educational.

"Baby Loves the Senator", Budapest One
And we kick the playlist off with this track because, well, it's the first one alphabetically.  Duh.
"Back of Your Mind", Collin Herring
"Bad Luck Blues", Blind Lemon Jefferson
What, you didn't think I'd leave out Mr. Jefferson, did you?  Exclude the man who was the inspiration for this blog's name?  Not a chance.
"Bag Lady", Erykah Badu
If you asked me to name an Erykah Badu song, the first three song names that pop into my mind are from her debut, Baduizm.  Yet Ms. Badu's first single from Mama's Gun spent seven weeks at number one on Billboard's R&B chart, making it arguably her biggest hit.
"Bales of Cocaine", Reverend Horton Heat
"Ballad for the Children", Deadman
Dallas likes to lay claim to this jazz trumpeteer, though based on my limited research, the primary time that Mr. Hargrove was centered in the metroplex was when he attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
"The Ballad of Padre Miguel", Deadman
"Balloon Maker", Midlake
Before the band went all 70's sounding on The Trials of Van Occupanther, this track captured what the band was about in the earliest stages of its career.
"Band", Hagfish
"Bangarang!", Two Knights
I've been hearing some buzz around this band, found this song on Grooveshark, and felt it was deserving of a slot in this playlist.
"Barrel Chested", Slobberbone
Here's the title track to what I would probably have to say is my favorite Slobberbone CD.
"Barrier Reef", Old 97's
In his solo career, Rhett Miller's back up band is called the Serial Ladykillers, no doubt a reference to this song.  Also, his birth name is Stewart Ransom Miller, which is how he introduces himself in the first verse of the song.
"Be Here Now", Salim Nourallah
"Be Patient", Pop Poppins
Hearing this song takes me back to high school, when KDGE would play local bands on a regular basis.  I miss that.  A lot.  Mark, what do you say we make that happen again?
"Beard", Burning Hotels
"Beat the Time", Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
One of my favorite album tracks from Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars.
"Beatrice (Ode)", The Theater Fire
I don't know who Beatrice is, but she must be pretty special, considering the fact that The Theater Fire had three songs about her on Matter and Light.
"Beautiful", Flickerstick
My hope was that this single would have propelled Flickerstick into the national spotlight.  Unfortunately, this band's timing was off, releasing their album Welcoming Home the Astronauts shortly after 9/11 happened.  The band did not get to build upon the momentum from it's victory on VH1's Bands on the Run TV show, and was later dropped by Epic Records.  Yet another band in the "almost made it" category.
"Beautiful", Mystery Skulls
Here's another "Beautiful" song, completely unrelated to the Flickerstick track.  When originally released, the project went by the name of Mr. Sleaze instead of Mystery Skulls, and the title of the song was "Beautiful Girl".  Just a nice bit of useless trivia for you.
"Beautiful Night", Burden Brothers
Here's a double dose of Vaden Todd Lewis, first with the Burden Brothers' biggest hit single...
"Beauty School Dropout", Toadies
And then here's Toadies' contribution to Sandy Does Dallas, where multiple local artists covered songs from the Grease soundtrack.
"Beetle Orange", Spoonfed Tribe
Spoonfed Tribe tends to be quite a polarizing band, with people either regarding them as a fabulous spectacle or as an annoying jam band.  My philosophy on Spoonfed Tribe is quite simple: every local music fan needs to see at least one Spoonfed Tribe show.  Whether you like the band or not is beside the pont.  Soak in the experience of a Spoonfed Tribe show, because that's exactly what it is: an experience.
"Beg You to Stay", Smile Smile
"Begging", Vibrolux
From the first time I heard Vibrolux, I was captivated by Kim Pendleton's soulful yet melancholy vocals.  And while Vibrolux is no more, you can still hear Kim singing with THe BAcksliders.  Speaking of THe BAcksliders, they'll be playing Crown and Harp this Friday along with The Gypsy Bravado and The Hot Sleep.  Hey, give me a break.  When you get to book THe BAcksliders, you wanna promote, promote, promote!
"Beheaded", Bedhead
"Bela Was a Junkie", Shadow Reichenstein
"Belgium", Bowling for Soup
"Believe", Chomsky
"Bells", Black Tie Dynasty
While "Tender" was BTD's breakout hit, the guitar riff that opens this song sucks me in every time.  For my money, this is the band's best song.
"Better by Design", John Lefler
"Better Than Nothing", Sarah Jaffe
That brings us to song #31, and the end of today's playlist.  We'll resume the B's tomorrow.

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