Friday, February 25, 2011

Music Library: Missy Elliott, Mitch Ryder, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mo Tucker, Moaners, Model-Citizen, Modern English

Missy Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly (1997). Apparently this redefined hip-hop.  My grasp of hip-hop history is shaky, though.  I know it's an enjoyable listen.

Mitch Ryder - "When You Were Mine." Cover of the great Prince tune by the great garage rocker.

Elizabeth Mitchell - Sunny Day (2010). I wish I liked this more.  Smithsonian gave it to me as a promo.  I like Mitchell.  I like her music with Ida, and I like the idea of her children's music, which involves collaboration with her husband and young daughter.  I love that she has Levon Helm and Jon Langford playing on this album.  And my wife and kids absolutely adore this album.  That should be enough.

Mo Tucker - I Spent A Week There The Other Night (1993). The former Velvet Underground drummer made a number of solo albums in the 80s and 90s.  This one has each of her former band members from the original VU on different tracks, and it's a pretty decent album despite Tucker's rather amusical voice.  I want to mention that Tucker retired at some point in the 90s and recently resurged in footage of a Tea Party rally in Georgia.  Say it ain't so, Mo!

The Moaners - "Monkey Tongue." Pretty rockin' slide-blues track from the new band of Melissa Swingle, formerly of the pretty rockin' Trailer Bride.

Model-Citizen - "Slipped Away." Another great single by a band where I wish I had at least a whole album.  Model-Citizen, which may or may not be a going concern, is (or was) led by Matt Patton, also of The Dexateens.  Whereas the Dexateens built their sound on the countrier side of the Stones, Model-Citizen is made of Who and Faces.  Excellent stuff.

Modern English - "I Melt With You." I keep this around just in case I am called upon to DJ a middle school dance in 1987.


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