Randall Bramblett’s Fall Playlist


Randall Bramblett is coming to town on Friday, just as fall feels like it’s kicking into high gear. In honor of the changing weather and Bramblett’s Live Lunch set, here is his fall 2015 playlist.

Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands – Bob Dylan

Fill up the whole side of an LP why don’t you? One full on beautiful elegiac surreal masterpiece that changed the way I thought of songwriting forever.

Oh, Mary Don’t You Weep – Aretha Franklin

From her Amazing Grace live album. This one just gets to me. The powerful voice of the Queen and the choir behind her with Bernard Purdie and Chuck Rainey. As the Reverend C.F. says, “Aretha has never left the church.”

Get Off In It – Eddie Hinton

Blue eyed soul from one of the Muscle Shoals greats. What is he saying at the beginning? No one knows. “A wise man once told me” is how the verse starts out. It’s a swirling mystery of a song about getting off in it (the mystical world. love, getting high?) He left us too soon for me to ask him.

Concierto de Aranjuez – Miles Davis

This one is from Sketches of Spain. I always thought this is one for the desert island. Gil Evans’ harmonies and Miles’ sparse melodies still affect my song writing today. Genuis!

My Lagan Love – Van Morrison & The Chieftans

Irish blues delivered with such power and freedom by the master and his soulmates from the Old Country. Sounds like he finally came home on this one. Love the way it ends. Classic Van ad-libing into the mystic.

San Fermin – No Devil


San Fermin frontman Allen Tate goes full Bill Callahan on the plucky single No Devil, and this is in no way a complaint. The track appears on the deluxe edition of San Fermin’s Jackrabbit LP, which is out now.

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St. Germain – Sittin’ Here


St. Germain, whose albums Boulevard (1995) and Tourist (2000) originated a genre of French electronic music that later included artists like Air, has returned to the studio to create his first album in 15 years. The self-titled record marries percussive grooves, which have always been central to St Germain’s sound, with a new element: traditional Malian music.

Sittin’ Here features Guimba Kouyate on guitar and Nahawa Doumbia on vocals.

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Chris Robinson’s Turkey Feathers in the Leaves Playlist


The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is playing the Mercury Ballroom Tuesday, Sept. 22. In anticipation of the show, Chris gave us his Turkey Feathers in the Leaves playlist.

The Advisory Circle – Further Starry Wisdom

“Incredible experimental electronic music. The artist behind The Advisory Circle is Jon Brooks who had an obsession with public information films from the 1970s. These records are always on in the bus at just the right time.”

Gabor Szabo – 3 King Fishers

“Everyone who knows, knows that every record by him through 1973 is genius. He’s a Hungarian guitarist that I’m obsessed with. My favorite jazz guitarist of them all.”

Jessica Pratt – Game That I Play

“Jessica is a young singer/songwriter currently based in Los Angeles who’s made two beautiful, melancholy, baroque records. A great guitarist and my favorite lyricist of anyone that’s not deceased or still in their 20s.”

John Mayall – Saw Mill Gulch Road

“The great John Mayall from his 1969 album Turning Point. Beautiful pastoral English blues. Your perfect Fall day kind of record.”

John Sebastian – Face of Appalachia

“A gorgeous song written and produced by Lowell George. A smoky, morning song.”

Gentle Giant – Black Cat

“As the days grow shorter and sunlight fades, this is the perfect autumn twilight number.”

Father John Misty Covers Ryan Adams’ Cover of Taylor Swift


Less than a day after Ryan Adams released his version of Taylor Swift’s blockbuster 1989 LP, Father John Misty decided to release his interpretation of Adams’ interpretation of Taylor Swift — in the style of the Velvet Underground. If it wasn’t already official, it is now: The internet has finally eaten itself.

Tuesday Featured Artist: Calexico


Calexico is playing Headliners Sept. 22. In anticipation of the show, John Timmons dialed up Joey Burns of the band to chat about the new Edge of the Sun LP and some songs that Burns wants you to hear.

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Mexican Institute of Sound – Es-toy

“Camilo Lara is the s***. In his project Mexican Institute of Sound he combines samples, loops, instruments and delivers a potent party mix. This song comes from his 2012 album release Politico and his latest album is also badass made together with Toy Selectah called Compass. He is an inspiration on many levels. ”

Ceci Bastida – Una Vez Mas

“One of my favorite writers and singers with a new album, a new solo career, a new child and a fresh take on life and all of its beauty and chaos. I like the contrast between electronic keyboard blips and brass section phrases. They provide a cool backdrop for the once punk rock singer from the band Tijuana No to build her vocals. By the chorus they converge in a glorious way. I keep returning to her work and look forward to hearing more from her.”

SaintSeneca – Visions

“I heard this song on local Tucson radio KXCI and was immediately hooked. The first opening riffs reminded me of an acoustic chunky Sonic Youth motif which leads you into a series of dynamic shifts centered around a well written verse and celebrational chorus. Love the lines ‘You’re the ghost that I was born to know, and you’re the throat from which the echo’s thrown.’ There is plenty of slow motion, stop time and catch breath before submerging into wondrous wash of color and enthusiasm.”

Natalia Lafourcade – Hasta la Raíz

“Before traveling to Mexico City to start work on writing new material with Calexico, our keyboardist turned me on to this singer songwriter from Mexico. Her last album was a duets performing works from the great composer Augustin Lara. She keeps getting better and better. On her new album of original material which was partially recorded at Sonic Ranch in West Texas, she goes deep. Here is one of the first songs released from her album.”

Sonido Gallo Negro – Chamula (Métete)

“This is a good example of an interstellar cumbia in overdrive with call and response-style farfisa organ blasts together with time-warp-tremolo electric guitar. I play this song in my kitchen and there is not a soul who does start swaying and getting out of their chair. How can you deny the charm from the guira which is a percussion instrument that sounds like someone is grating car parts into a large metal bucket. Hypnotic and psychedelic with a touch of sci-fi, makes for a good combination plate.”

Lhasa de Sela – Con Toda Palabra

“One of my all time favorite singers and songwriters, Lhasa taps into the realm of classic singers such as Nina Simone and Portugal’s queen of Fado Amália Rodrigues. Lhasa sang in at least three different languages and unfortunately passed away too soon. This is one of my favorite songs from her critically acclaimed album The Living Road and a great way to conclude this mix. Thanks so much for listening.”