Music I’m Listening To


SELECTED BY DAVID PHILLIPS:


Steve, From the videos you choose to show us on your blog, you and I seem to have a lot of the same tastes in music. I wanted to know if you have ever listened to Kirsty Maccoll, and mainly her Tropical Brainstorm album. She’s an English girl singing Spanish tunes, and for some reason the whole album works. The most famous song from it is “In These Shoes.”

   Sad story, this album was released to great reviews and she ended up dying in a boating accident several months later.

   I just had a friend borrow my CD and tell me how much he enjoyed her music, so when I was listening to the Marianne Faithfull song you posted, I thought of you, and hope you enjoy it. The rest of the album is great, but I’m not sure if any or all of the other songs are online.

Are you old enough to remember this one?

   Not to be confused with the much more recent heavy metal rock band from Sweden of the same name, this earlier version who also called themselves The Haunted was a garage band from Montréal, Québec, Canada. The LP below (re-released on CD) played in its entirety, was their only studio album, but there were three compilation albums released later on, in 1983 (2) and 1995.


   Puss n Boots is an alternative country band from Brooklyn NY. Members are Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper.

    From the online SingOut website:

    “People Get Ready” continues to cross, or defy, genre in the 52 years since its creation. It remains both enormously popular and enormously accessible to a wide range of artists. Rolling Stone named it as the 24th greatest song of all time. The Rise Again songbook places “People Get Ready” in its “Gospel” section, but also footnotes it in the “Freedom” section. Along the way, it has fit into soul, gospel, jazz, reggae, country (gospel), blues, rock, and pop genres.

From Wikipedia, “‘The Sheltering Sky’ is named after and partially inspired by the 1949 novel of the same name by Paul Bowles.”

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