Mixmas 2011 :: Richie Follin of Cults & of Guards
January 2nd, 2012 by Matt
If it’s December, then you know it’s Mixmas time at You Ain’t No Picasso! Each year I get a bunch of my favorite bands to contribute themed mixes and share their thoughts about each of the tracks
Richie actually did this Mixmas for LAST year’s collection. But like the recovering-from-kidney-transplant fool that I was, I forgot to include it. He was understanding enough for me to save it for this year’s go-around. It’s fitting, since both of his bands exploded this year!
“Heavy holiday grooves that aren’t about the holidays” by Richie Follin of Cults & of Guards
MP3: Demon Fuzz – Hymn To Mother Earth
The first time I heard the intro to this song I thought it was the Beach Boys…now that I know about the group that is really funny to me. This song came out on their album “Afreaka” released in 1970 and it is by far my favorite track. Some of the best super psych funk ever released. Check out the album cover too…more bands should have album covers like it.
YT Link: Selda – Mehmet Emmi
Only heavy grooves from this Turkish born psych folk funk political activist lady. My favorite singer ,that lyrically I can’t understand a single word from. You can pretend she is singing about the holidays if you like.
YT Link: Serge Gainsbourg – Ballade De Melody Nelson
I heard this album, and the whole story behind it, the first time I toured France and have been enjoying it since.
YT Link: Frank Zappa – Willie The Pimp
I really wasn’t all that into Frank Zappa until I heard his “Hot Rats” album ,and now I am a huge fan. Captain Beefheart sings on it too which is a plus…some of my favorite drumming and “rock” violin playing here…hehehe.
YT Link: Phil Upchurch – Black Gold
Chicago born guitar shredder shredding…savagely open your xmas presents to this one.
YT Link: Twin Sister – Milk & Honey
For some reason this song fits on this playlist in my mind. Lost Can song maybe with girl singing…I got to tour with them recently and they are wonderful live.
YT Link: Henry Mancini – Lujon
I actually found out about his song from the Big Lebowski soundtrack…but i guess it has been on a bunch of soundtracks and was originally a theme song to a 50′s television show. You should be able drink egg nog to it.
YT Link: Cem Karaca & Kardaslar Apaslar – Tatli Dillim
I just found this on my ipod one day it was part of a comp…so, I looked it up and he apparently was a prominent Turkish-Armenian rock musician and one of the most important figures in the Anatolian rock movement. I enjoy the guitar solo…maybe you will too.
YT Link: Bob Dylan & The Band – Yazoo Street Scandal
I believe this is Rick Danko on bass…he is one of my favorite bass players…so stoned, so many brown notes.
YT Link: David Axelrod – The Smile
This is Ted’s (the Guards drummer) favorite artist. Best tones ever…for stuffing your stockings.