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Playlist 14.01.13

Stuart Bailie | 10:20 UK time, Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Cajun music isn't a massive draw over here, but in Louisiana it's the vernacular for dancing, shouting and expressing the blues. Wiser people can explain the roots of the music but there's a connection to French immigrants, looking for Arcadia, getting frustrated in Canada and then settling in the American south. They maintained their language and an attachment for the accordion. Cajun has forked off into other kinds of popular music, including zydeco and the swamp pop of acts like Lil' Band O' Gold, big faves on the Monday Late Show. Meantime, a TV ad for a phone enquiry service is now using Hee Haw Breakdown by Nolan Cormier & the Louisiana Aces. That's the tune that starts with the song of a donkey braying. Why not, eh?
The Sundown Playboys date back to the Forties, and put out some fine music for the seminal Swallow label. In one of those peculiar steers, it was released in the UK by Apple, The Beatles' label in 1972. Morrissey is a fan and hopefully many of you are also partial.

Bobby Parker - Watch Your Step (EMI)
Palma Violets - Step Up For The Cool Cats (Rough Trade)
The Jepettos - Goldrush (Get Out)
Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams (PIAS)
Allen Touissaint - Soul Sister (Ace)
Christopher Owens - Love Is In The Ear Of The Listener (Turnstile)
David Bowie - Where Are We Now (Sony)
Nick Cave - Jubilee Street (white)
The Hard Chargers - Crazy About You Marilyn (white)
Sean Rowe - Downwind (Anti)
Cave Painting - Leaf (Third Rock)
Wave Machines - I Hold Loneliness (Neapolitan)

The Sundown Playboys - Saturday Night Special (Swallow)
JD McPherson - Dimes For Nickels (Rounder)
Villagers - My Lighthouse (Domino)
Bronagh Gallagher - Here They Go Again (Salty Dog)
Barry Adamson - If You Love Her (Central Control)
Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite - She Got Kick (Decca)
David Bowie - Oh You Pretty Things (EMI)
The Divine Comedy - Life On Mars (Setanta)
Sarafina Steer - Life Before Mutiny (French) (Stolen)
Lord Huron - Ends Of The Earth (PIAS)
Villagers - Passing A Message (Domino)
Marika Hackman - That Iron Taste (white)
Atoms For Peace - Judge, Jury And Executioner (XL)

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