AM Radio Dust

AM Radio Dust

 

A new, or new to Office Naps, mix this week.

AM Radio Dust was my 2009 contribution to the annual CD mix swap over at the Waxidermy forums, the weird id of contemporary record collecting.

AM Radio Dust is a good reflection of where my tastes as a collector and music enthusiast stand.  It’s a parallel universe of sound, a lost, echo-y place of girl-groups, instrumental obscurities, haunted country singers and teen crooners, inadvertent drone and difficult-to-classify, space-age flotsam.

I did choose to re-record (320kpbs) and re-mix the original tracks, however, which suffered from some variable bit rates and generally poor mastering.  As always, nothing was cleaned up, though, no pops or clicks removed.  So here it is.

AM Radio Dust
(single MP3 file)

AM Radio Dust

(zip file with mixed tracks)

The Houstons, “Solar Light”
The Caravelles, “Hey Mama You’ve Been On My Mind”
Jimmy Barden & Donna Byrd, “It’s Never Easy”
Undecided?, “Make Her Cry”
Shadow Casters, “Going to the Moon”
Kumar Basnyet, “Chyangba Ta Naun”
Donald Adkins, “Lonley Side Walks”
Joe D. Gibson, “21 Years (It Takes a Worried Man)”
Jerry Williams & the Epics, “Whatever You Do”
Ervin Litkei, “Music to Play E-S-P By”
The Ultra Mates, “Pitter Patter”
Andrew Paul with Music by The Agents, “A Hearts Not a Toy”
The Desert Rats, “Sohonie”
The Stratfords, “Never Leave Me”
Red Garrison and His Zodiacs, “Chant of the Jungle”
Tracy Pendarvis and the Swampers, “A Thousand Guitars”
Holmes Sisters, “The Love of Jesus”
Ronny Kae, “Swinging Drums”
The Lawrence Comp., “Moon Beams”
Wilbert Harrison, “Happy in Love”
Buddy Long, “It’s Nothin’ to Me”
Johnny Williams, “Another Love”
Bill Osborn – Guitar Solo By Doug Allen, “Bamboo and Rice”
Little John and The Monks, “Black Winds”
Lorrie Collins, “Another Man Done Gone”
Willie Gregg and the Velvetones, “You Fool”
Mona Davis, “I’ll Pick Up My Heart”
Billy Sol and the Thunderbirds, “When You’re Alone”

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18 Responses to AM Radio Dust

  1. ted wicls says:

    Thank you very much, I look forward every other week for your posts & the mixes are such wonderful surprises.
    I am just amazed at the stuff you post. The selections are like the songs you might hear only once or twice, usually late night, on the am stations of my youth, the songs that would have been interspersed with the same lame, usually, top 40 drivel, that was pumped out 24 houirs a day back then but this was the only way you ever got to hear the good stuff, that Ventures instro or surf toon or Joe Meek production or fav girl group song unless you had the money to buy the 45.
    Ah, nostalgia
    Torch

  2. Westex says:

    I’ve listened to this set for a couple of years now without actually knowing what most of the titles were. And now that I see them I see a few surprises…

  3. Johnny Q says:

    Many thanks for this. ‘Another Man Done Gone’ knocks me out, was this done as the Collins Kids or solo? Did she record much without Larry?
    all the best,Johnny

  4. Congawa says:

    Thank you for posting this compilation.

  5. max says:

    this is wonderful. ON is a treasure. thank you.

  6. nrich says:

    This was fantastic in 2009 and still sounds great today. Dare I say classic mix?

  7. ms. xtro says:

    your mixes are always great, and this may be my favorite yet. particular favorites are "solar lights" and "music to play e-s-p by" — you can PLAY e.s.p.? who knew? many thanks.

    • ms. xtro says:

      i’ve been so entranced by "musice to play e-s-p by," i did a little research and found that litkel co-invented a game called "e-s-p"! so, indeed, it is music to play the game to! must be quite a game … this is quite a piece of music.

      • Little Danny says:

        Yeah, it really is something. Incidentally, it (inadvertently) bears some strong resemblance to new ambient work by the Caretaker/Leyland Kirby, whose recordings have a similar lost/haunted quality.

  8. MFOOZ says:

    Bliss!

  9. The Curious Ear says:

    Can you tell me more about Kumar Basnyet, “Chyangba Ta Naun”? Love it!

    Thanks,

    Ed

  10. Puddin' N Tain says:

    This is fantastic. Excellent work.

  11. Ben says:

    dude, this mix is killer!

  12. robert drisdelle says:

    The Shadow Casters may be the best band name in history.

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