212: “Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac” by Dizzy Gillespie

Sweet cheeks.Here’s a fun Dizzy Gillespie recording. It’s a live version of a song that shows off Dizzy’s sense of humor. Listen to the whole song.

From 1967’s Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. Enjoy sweet cheeks himself.

Song: Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac
Artist: Dizzy Gillespie
Album: Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac
Label: Impulse! Records
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211: “Kupanda” by Mice Parade

Airbrush out my neck and chin.An amazing range of sounds comes out of this NYC-based band, led by percussionist and founding father Adam Pierce. Mice Parade is an anagram of his name.

Caroline Lufkin is the beautiful Okinawan-American singer who prominently portrays the feminine on most of the tracks on Mice Parade’s latest album, What It Means To Be Left-Handed (2010). The album is diverse, delicately sculpted, and every track is a unique experience.

You have to listen closely to understand lyrics, and sometimes I wish they’d speak up, but I guess being partially legible is part of the color they’re painting.

This one, “Kupanda,” can be enjoyed without one word being understood, mama way.

Song: Kupanda
Artist: Mice Parade
Album: This Is What It Means To Be Left-Handed
Label: FatCat Records
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210: “Boombox” by The Mosquitos

So far out he fits right in.From Mosquitos‘ self-titled debut album in 2003, “Boombox” is hard not to enjoy. Portugese and English combine on the lovely lips of JuJu Stulbach.

West Nile virus can suck it.


Song: Boombox
Artist: Mosquitos
Album: Mosquitos
Label: Mosquitos
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209: “Song Up In Her Head” by Sarah Jarosz

The weeds always inspire me to my best picture-readyness.17 when she recorded her debut album Song Up In Her Head (2009), Sarah Jarosz is young, and fresh as the dew on a newly blossomed lily, glistening in the enchanted moonlight of a sweetly-scented Texas mid-summer night… and so on.

Here’s the title track of that debut, from a live recording from the 2010 Americana Music Festival in Nashville.


Song: Song Up In Her Head
Artist: Sarah Jarosz
Album: Song Up In Her Head
Label: Sugar Hill
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208: “The Old Rugged Cross” by Rob Ickes

Smile, you say?Do you have a tenacious, love-scarred, and constantly-beating chunk of muscle in your chest cavity, keeping you alive by pumping oxygenated liquid to miraculously-orchestrated body parts that are consequently energized by the infusion of said oxygenated liquid?

Well, then I think you’ll like this song, inside and out.

By Rob Ickes, “The Old Rugged Cross” is something he’s been known to play alongside Blue Highway.

And if you fart every day, you would probably also like Rob’s version of the Blind Faith classic, “Can’t Find My Way Home.”


Song: The Old Rugged Cross
Artist: Rob Ickes
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207: “Sundust” by Bill Frisell

Engage.Interesting video backdrop and prelude to an interesting tune by existential guitarist Bill FrisellKenny Wolleson on drums, and Hal Willner making the other sounds.

Sounds like music that just couldn’t help but happen.

Enjoy it like mustard and cheese on ham.

Song: Sundust
Artist: Bill Frisell
Album: Unspeakable
Label: Nonesuch Records
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206: “So You Want It To Rain” by Doyle Bramhall II & Smokestack

I forgot your name.Speaking of your mom, why not get your face rocked by this song?

Doyle Bramhall II & Smokestack kicked it like stinky cheese down your boulevard, on Welcome (2001).

Solid, inspired, and funky… like your mom on a steamy, summer night.

Enjoy the tribute.

Song: So You Want It To Rain
Artist: Doyle Bramhall II & Smokestack
Album: Welcome
Label:  RCA Records
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205: “The Reverend” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Beam me up, Scotty. I got the technology.I guess if you’d have told me when I was twelve that The Fresh Prince, my favorite rapper at the time, would become a huge TV and movie star, I might have been a little bit surprised. But how do kids today react when they hear Will Smith’s early rap songs? They’re dated, but oh so Will Smith. The dude was obviously born a star.

When DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince released And In This Corner... in 1989, I was sporting, at the ripe age of 14, a newly-received, bright yellow Sony cassette walkman, and I was so freaking cutting edge that your mom was already hitting on me.

I listened to this song repeatedly. I can still rap every line flawlessly and will do so if you just ask me.

Happy Friday. Enjoy.

Song: The Reverend
Artist: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Album: And In This Corner
Label: Jive Records
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204: “Take Me Home” by Tony Lucca

Yes, a pink wall will offset my manliness.Your mom called. She told me dirty jokes that were so inappropriate, I skipped tears and just blew watery snot into a dirty towel.

She also said you should talk to her more often. And that she loves you. More snot in towel.

Listen to this one, by Tony Lucca, a track you can get for free right now on Amazon.


Song: Take Me Home
Artist: Tony Lucca
Album: Solo
Label: Rock Ridge Music
Buy from: Amazon
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