Top 20, August 2013

I went to see both Prince and Kaah, which is notiable in the playlist.
I’ve also made a shift from one computer to another and forgot to scrobble my songs during the last week. I’ve fixed all that now.


1. Rodrigo y Gabriela – Tamacun (11)

2. Louis Armstrong – Lazy River (7)

2. Nolan Porter – If I Could Only Be Sure (7)

2. Sam Dees – Lonely For You, Baby (7)

5. Prince – Uptown (6)
6 Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (5)
6. Pilot – Magic (5)
6. Tommy James & The Shondells – Crystal Blue Persuasion (5)
6. The Cats – Let’s Dance (5)
6. Jussi Björling – L’Elisir d’Amore: Una furtiva lagrima (5)
6. Julia Lee – I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (5)
6.  Gabin – Bang Bang To The Rock’ n’ Roll (5)
13. Santana – Well All Right (4)
13. Frank Sinatra – Where Or When (4)
13. Major Lance – Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um (4)
13. George McCrae – I Get Lifted (4)
13. Irma Thomas – Breakaway (4)
13. The Blue Stars – Lullaby Of Birdland (4)
Although the title is in english this song is sung in french in this version.
13. Kaah – Kom å bind mej (4)
13. Madeleine Chartrand – Ani Kuni (4)
13. The Three Ginx – On A Steamer Coming Over (4)
13. Sugar Billy – Super Duper Love (4)
13. Slim Harpo – I’m A Kingbee (4)
13. She & Him – Sweet Darlin’ (4)
13. Edwin Astley & His Orchestra – Mio Amore Sta Lontano (4)
13. Doris Troy – Just One Look – Single/LP Version (4)
13. Sweatson Klank – Little Time To Fly (4)
13. Tom Odell – Can’t Pretend (4)
13. Kaah – Vill bara leka mer (4)
13. Peggy Lee – It’s A Good Day – 1998 Digital Remaster (4)
13. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – Min We Tun So (4)


Monthly top 20, July 2013

Gosh I haven’t been able to blog since last monthly top 20.

I blame everything on working in the middle of a beautiful summer, which this truly has been. If I’ve had any energy left after work I’ve been wanting to play in the sunshine. Not blog. That’s the awful truth.

But I also admit that sitting here writing this feels pretty nice too. I will better myself. I’ve got a few blog ideas in my head. Will get to them eventually.

Anyway. On with the show.

1. Tom Odell – Can’t Pretend (19)

Tom litterarly crushed all competition with this little number. I’ve listen to this song more than twice as many times as all the other songs in the entire world this month. I fell in love. The reason is all the little twist and turns the song takes as you listen to it. It reminds me of early Coldplay songs. And that’s a compliment.

2. Louis Armstrong – Lazy River (9)

During this month I also started to re-watch Ken Burns excellent documentary about the history of jazz. It got me listening to this and be amazed by the way he sings this song. I mean, of all the ways this song could be sung, he sings it this way. Only Luois could do it like this.

3. Frank Ocean – Thinkin’ About You (9)

Franks grip on a top 3 position is firm. The video can be found in this post.

4. XTC – Summers Cauldron (8)

A summer song. Crickets and birds in the background. 80’s inspired synth pop in the forefront. Very likeable.

5. Yazoo – Nobody’s Diary (7)
5. Brook Benton – Blue Moon (7)
7. Madonna – Open Your Heart (6)
7. Los Bravos – Black Is Black (6)
7. Burt Bacharach – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (6)
7. Santana – Well All Right (6)
7. Rotary Connection – Respect (6)
7. Sam Dees – Lonely For You Baby (6)
7. C Ramchandra – Shola Jo Bhadke (6)
7. Sly & The Family Stone – Hot Fun In The Summertime (6)
15. Supertramp – Dreamer (5)
15. The Lovin’ Spoonful – You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice (5)
15. Al Green – I Want To Hold Your Hand (5)
15. Marvin Gaye – Wherever I Lay My Hat (5)
15. Slim Harpo – Te Ni Nee Ni Nu (5)
15. Rodrigo y Gabriella – Tamacun (5)
15. Charlie Shavers – You’ve Changed (5)
15. Lack Of Afro – Touch My Soul (5)

And here’s the entire spotify playlist. Talk to you soon.

Top 20, June 2013

June was the month I re-fell in love with Frank Ocean. I’m not quite sure why, besides him being a very talented young man.

“Thinking About You” is a wonderful love song. What I really enjoy about it is the way he builds it. In the beginning he’s quite casual about his love and then, at the end, you notice that this boy has fallen pretty hard. Well done Frank.

“Via Con Me”. This song has lots of great stuff – a great arrangement, a cool italian humming away and then there’s the; “Chi-boom, dut-du-dut-du-dum”. Irresistable.

In forth place I’ve been listening to this wonderful cover by Corinne Bailey Rae. She really adds something new to this Bob Marley classic.

Entire top 20

Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You
Paolo Conte – Via con me
The Association – Never My Love – Single Edit Version, overdub mix
Corinne Bailey Rae – Is This Love
The Zombies – Care of Cell 44
The Lovin’ Spoonful – You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice
the nashville teens – Tobacco Road
Chaka Khan – Love Has Fallen On Me
Billy Stewart – Strange Feeling – Single Version
Jack White – I’m Shakin’
Christine and the Queens – Nuit 17 à 52
Dorothy Moore – Misty Blue
John Lennon – Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
Monica Zetterlund – Att angöra en brygga
Frankie Lymon – Silhouettes
Andre Toussaint – Calypso Island
Noora Noor – Forget what I said
Har Mar Superstar – Lady, You Shot Me
Jamie N Commons – Rumble And Sway
Arrested Development – Ease My Mind
Supertramp – Dreamer
Tommy James & The Shondells – Crimson and Clover
Älskad låt
Phil Collins – Two Hearts
The Young Rascals – Good Lovin’
The Free Design – Kites Are Fun
Bill Pursell – Our Winter Love
Bola De Nieve – Be Careful It’S My Heart
Margaret Whiting – Just Like a Man

The entire playlist in Spotifyian:

Some lost & found

Here’s this russian guy. A pretty interesting fellow.

Couln’t find any info on this band. But the song is from a New Orleans soul collection.

Yesterday I watched a documentary called “Dreams on a life”, this song was included. It’s and old motown gem. The documentary was quite alright as well – about this female who had been found dead in apartment after three years, without anyone missing her. Why? And who was she?

Space Age music

I got caught up in a dreadful toothache and got completly floored. Since my visit to the dentist I’m off ground and back.

Listenining to space age music always makes me feel like making myself a drink, walk about in furry slippers and a negligé. A bit like the house wifes in mad men, but in a good way.

Anyway, what is space age music?

Wiki lets us know:

Space age pop is a general and loosely based term for a music genre associated with certain Mexican and American composers and songwriters in the Space Age of the 1950s and 1960s. It is also called bachelor pad music or lounge music. Space age pop was inspired by the spirit of those times, an optimism based on the strong post-war economy and technology boom, and excitement about mankind’s early forays into space. Although there is no specific album, date, or year when the genre was born, producer Irwin Chusid identifies its heyday as “roughly 1954 to 1963—from the dawn of high-fidelity (hi-fi) to the arrival of the Beatles.”

The music is not limited to a single style, and it is not always easily categorized. There are several styles that can be recognized as an influence: classical composers like Ravel and Debussy; the big bands of the 1940s; and different exotic styles, such as samba, latin, and calypso jazz. Space Age pop is related to the genres of lounge music, exotica, or beautiful music, and may be regarded as a precursor to the musical genre of space music.

I started listening to lots of space age music a couple of years ago, in the middle of an intense Billy Wilder period. Billy Wilder is one of my favorite directors – best know for “Some like it hot”. “The Apartment” and others.

Of course I’ve got a playlist with space age music. And since I’ve recently found two new lovely additions to it I thought it was  about time to blog it.

First, 3 samples:




50 Songs For A Lazy Summer Day, part 3

It’s time for the third summer mix and as I’m writing this, thunder rolls on by.

I say; If it has to rain it should rain in the summer. Preferably with thunder and lightning – the whole spectacle. Perfect for staying inside, knit something, order indian food (which is what I did) and listen to this. I hope you’ll enjoy it. (It works well with sunshine too. Perhaps even better.)

Here’s three representatives from the playlist:

Ray Charles “Come Rain Or Come Shine”. This is not the version on the playlist it’s an amazing live recording that I found and I thought it might be more fun to post it.

I got this sent to me during the week, it’s my new favorite tune and since it’s slightly summery it’s included on the playlist.

Swedish Koop, melancholic but with a lovely summer feel.

Monthly top 20, May

It’s time for the montly top 20. This month the number one seat is taken by two artists.

1. George McCrae – I Get Lifted (12)

1. Valaida Snow – I Can’t Dance (I Got Ants In My Pants) (12)

3. Ted Gärdestad – Come Give Me Love

4. jj/Lil’ Wayne – My Way (9)
5. The Supremes – It’s Time To Break Down (8)
5. Chaka Khan – Love Has Fallen On Me (8)
5. Letta Mbulu – Pula Yetla (8) as can be heard here.
5. Bernard Cribbins – My Resistance Is Low (8)
5. Jack White – I’m Shakin’ (8)
5. Valerie June – Pushin’ Against A Stone (8) as can be heard here.
11. The Flirtations – Nothing But A Heartache (7)
11. Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas – Trains And Boats And Planes (7)
11. Billy Stewart – Strange Feeling – Single Version (7)
14. Sandie Shaw – Long Live Love (6)
14. Nana Caymmi – Acalanto (6)
16. Tommy James & The Shondells – Crimson and Clover (5)
16. Shirley & Lee – Let the Good Times Roll (5)
16. The Turtles – You Showed Me (5)
16. Johnny Nash – Guava Jelly (5)
16. Harold Dorman – Mountain Of Love (5)
16. Skipworth – Thinking About Your Love
16. The Bandana Splits – Baby Talkin (The Shoo Wop Song) (5)

Here’s the entire playlist on spotify.