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I haven’t done one of the From the Stacks posts in a while; haven’t been that inspired by much. Happily, I pulled the amazing Martinis & Bikinis record from an old hard drive into my excellent AppleTV streaming set up (basically, the AppleTV acting as a server).

It’s such an extraordinary record, and Ms. Phillips is truly a great artist: wonderful voice, inventive (but not overly “clever”) arrangements, evocative lyrics.

She has a wealth of fine records in her catalog, but Martinis & Bikinis is the one I always recommend to people who are wondering where to start.

If forced, I suppose, I’d pick the elegiac “Strawberry Road” as the song to listen to first. Here ya go:

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It finally feels a bit like fall down here in New Orleans. There are few better soundtracks to the fall than this unbelievable record by the Feelies (Automatic for the People is certainly another contender – the nexus, of course being that Pete Buck from REM produced “The Good Earth”).

I can’t overstate how important this record is and was to me. In college there was probably not a week that went by where we didn’t bang out impromptu versions of their songs. Greg Jacobs, the drummer for the band I was in in college actually recently admitted to me that he was pretty much channeling the Feelies when we played; check out his most excellent current band, Verona Downs.

This is not simply a walk down a leaf-strewn memory lane, however. As with prior “From the Stacks” selections, The Good Earth holds up extraordinarily well. I urge you to check it out.

Here’s a sample:
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the Feelies “Let’s Go”

Also, and I’m sad to say i just found out about this, but Feelies founder, Glenn Mercer, has a fairly recent solo album out called Wheels In Motion.

I shall be checking this out post-haste.

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