This was so close to being great today.
Sam & Dave, "I Thank You"
I was wondering when we'd get Sam & Dave, one of the top acts from Stax and reliable hitmakers for the label. The drought is over! This comes to us from 1968, an Isaac Hayes song, and goddamn, listen to that.
Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, "Heat Wave"
Hell yes, shuffle, keep it going!
For a long time, I've always thought that at some point, the rats in one of the Muppet movies sang a little bit of this song. Well, my memory was only a little right, the scene had just a little echo of this song.
Darrell Banks, "Just Because Your Love Is Gone"
Go, shuffle, go!
A mid-period Stax song, this is just a gorgeous example of the house style. I don't really know anything about this artist, but who cares?
Sebadoh, "(11 Minute Spoken Wank Courtesy Of Lou's Ego)"
Well, that was fun while it lasted. Song is what it says on the tin. (This is a b-side - very b! - from the "Soul and Fire" single, if you care. You do not.)
Thelonious Monk, "Nutty"
Well, this play list was 4/5 badass today.
(NB: pretty sure this isn't the same version that I got.)