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From '50s NYC clubland, a Yma Sumac-inspired version of "Babalu" by jazz/calypso singer Phyllis Branch.
The radio showThe show is Lost Frequencies. Every Monday night from 9pm to 11pm (CST) on Marfa Public Radio I explore the atmospheric side of post-War music: bop & vocals, soul/R&B heartbreak, exotica & soundtrack moods, Latin jazz, oddball instrumentals, honky-tonk ballads, early electronics - even some dreamy '60s psychedelic pop. Tune in at Marfa Public Radio or at KRTS 93.5fm.
Category Archives: Country
Nowhere Town: 100 Lost Places and Spaces
Hi everybody, long time. So I’ve posted a third collection of 100 thematically related 45s over at the Exotica Project. The new page is named Nowhere Town, and it’s comprised of lonesome and atmospheric country, rockabilly and teen pop 45s … Continue reading
The lonesome drifter’s tale
Three mournful country melodramas this week. All released between 1957 and 1960, these make for a fun, highly atmospheric bunch. These selections are somewhat tricky to place in the continuum of post-War commercial records. They share some of the darkness … Continue reading
2013/03/19 Posted in Country Leave a comment
Like AM Radio Dust, its companion volume, Bright Lights is just as much an exploration of lost spaces and places as it is of sound. I hope you enjoy it. Bright Lights (single MP3 file) Susan Rafey, “The Big Hurt” … Continue reading
This is one of those weeks where three records get posted alongside each other not because they share some very specific theme or belong, musically- or culturally-speaking, in the same sub-sub-genre. (Jazz, early rock ‘n’ roll, pop, R&B and country … Continue reading
2012/07/30 Posted in Country, Jazz Obscura, Latin, R&B/Vocal Groups Leave a comment
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 … Continue reading
The teen art of lonesome
Heartbreak and loneliness, as topics, had already been beaten to death in teenage popular music on the eve of the British Invasion. But that wasn’t necessarily the problem. Rather, it was that heartbreak and loneliness were always so poorly and … Continue reading
2011/02/07 Posted in Country, Psychedelic/Pop 5 Comments
Early country rock
Country rock is largely, and probably accurately, identified with late ‘60s Los Angeles. The new sensibility drew its earliest and most influential adherents from a variety of musical quarters and pedigrees. In 1966 and ’67, when it first began to … Continue reading
2010/09/06 Posted in Country, Psychedelic/Pop 4 Comments