Iâ€™m not old enough to remember it, but the Bâ€™s Knees have been around since around 1800.Â Although in the beginning they were considered insignificant (and really, who among us did not have insignificant knees when we started), they have since grown to be highly admired.Â To be a Bâ€™s Knee has become something to which many aspireâ€¦and few achieve.Â If only I could have more Knees, then everyone could be happy.
I am pleased to present to you now, the Bâ€™s Knees of 2013.
First, the show…
So proud to have them on this yearâ€™s record about records for Record Store Day, we gotta thank Mr. Curt for making sure they were a part.Â But this cd is so cocktail lounge that there is no way you can make it past the second track without looking for your shaker.
This disc makes me want to meet up with the one I want to meet up with to dance with really up close.Â And what more could a gal like me want?
What a groove and luxurious organ.
I disclaim nothing.Â That is how good this disc is.
I admit, I only picked it up due to its relationship to other Bubbles in the Think Tank favorites.Â But it grabbed me from its start, letting me know that any connection was merely to want to create another genius.Â I canâ€™t get enough of this record and eagerly await its followup.
You sure picked two of my favorite tracks from Cathy’s “Swimsuit Season” – damn, I love this record.
I love this CD ! Played it over and over on the way back from their Cape Cod gig !
And I’m picky !
I totally lucked into this disc.Â The cover pulled me in.Â And thenâ€¦it had so many pieces of people I love, I couldnâ€™t turn away.Â But who is giving me any boogie piany that makes me this happy these days?Â Seems like Claudette is it.Â And yes, Claudette is IT.
Stumblin’ Home Satisfied by Claudette…I always do after BITTT.
Love this boogie !! Â It’s boogie in the woogie!
So many Kickstarter et al projects in this yearâ€™s Kneesâ€¦I think that is a testament to the artists that we love having so much love coming back to them.Â This disc rises to super group status without even trying, without even thinking about it.Â It grounds me and lifts me at the same time.Â And Iâ€™m glad every record does not do that so that when it happens on those rare occasions, I really notice.
I know he doesnâ€™t release a title or two or more just to make it into the Bâ€™s Knees, but it never wonâ€™t happen.Â I just have a feeling. David is always just on the right path to find the right musician combo to fit what he does.Â I really hope he never stops.
It’s one thing to be prolific,harder still to be prolific AND consistently good !
Thanks to Yep Roc for knowing that Eleni is someone I should know.Â Metadata can pay off!
What do I love the best about all the things to love about Eleni?Â The flourishes in her tunes that are ten flavors of Skeeter.Â Note such flourish in â€œPut My Baby To Bedâ€ and know what Iâ€™m sayinâ€™.
Put My Baby To Bed by Eleni Mandell is awfully perky
Eleni Mandell sounds like the kinda gal you’d want whispering sweet somethings in your ear.
Yet another Kickstarterâ€¦and Iâ€™m not complaining.
My love of Garland Jeffreys goes back to the movie Times Square and doesnâ€™t end with him telling Dan Reed that I love him.
This album feels so fresh, so alive, if I could just take the time to listen when I donâ€™t feel much of either, I could pull myself together.Â Maybe I should do thatâ€¦
I’ve been aÂ Garland JeffreysÂ fan for years & years – another crowdfunded album that I supported and that made the B’s Knees!
Brilliant sounding guitars Hey!
This rocks, and drones !
Last year I said that Geraint Watkins made me feel things I forgot I could feel.Â So how could he make me feel those kinds of things now?
This oneâ€¦yes this oneâ€¦I melt, I sway, I swoon.Â He really takes my legs right out from under me.Â And if that means I can be legless with those whom I want to be legless, then itâ€™s all working out right.
This started playing and I thought to myself “this must be Geraint Watkins” … lo & behold!
I Love Mosquito ….I remember this….Just elegantly delicious !
Geraint Watkins make me want to drink bourbon and smoke Gauloise cigarettes
You know how we feel about the Hi-Risers here at Bubbles in the Think Tank.Â Greg on his own steps up the romantic.Â He sings right to youâ€¦you canâ€™t stop listening.Â And he has tunes co-written with John DeAngelis?Â What more could we want as our knees go so weak?
Lonesome Brothers – Check Engine
It wouldnâ€™t be the Bâ€™s Knees without Ray Mason.Â And the listeners agree.
Love that loopy Lonesome Brothers groove on â€œ12 pieces of Paperâ€!
“Devastated” is a gem on “Check Engine” – I dig the horns a whole lot.
Harmonies and hooks? Â It’s like they know me.
â€œArriving in a Drumâ€ sneaks into my head so many times in a day that there was no way this release couldnâ€™t make the list.
We talk about Pete and his own TSOP, and this record wonâ€™t shut us up anytime soon.Â Plus we share a record cover artistâ€¦Jad Fair!
I’m having a dance party here at Chez Valet!
First purchase of the night. But I got a late start
“Face the Bird” is one great song – I love the kids voices on it, and the video is one of the adorable, loving things I’ve seen in a very long time. This makes me so damn happy!
Great solo records from both Mike Gent and Pete Donnelly this year – The Figgs are one creative fucking band.
Yet even another crowdfunded record on the list this year.Â I had no idea what to expect from Mink Stole, but this shot way up on the list (MBTSUTMB) on the first listen and stayed there.
Female Trouble by Mink Stole?Â Well, duh.Â Perfect!
Hearing this, I’m all noirish and stuff !
It’s got a soupcon of Peggie Lee.
Mink StoleÂ – a B’s Knees! I gave to her Kickstarter campaign for this CD and damn glad I did
X is right up there with Actual Sighs for me.Â Lucious!
My fave Robyn release in some timeâ€¦and thatâ€™s saying something given how much I love them all.Â I think David Greenberger said it best:
Â I love this ensemble he has, the cello really adds a mysterious richness. This is a potent album indeed (“I’m ready for the end of time…”).
Thereâ€™s just something about this one that keeps me coming back to it.Â Why Steve took so long to do this, I have no idea, but I am so glad that he did.
I feel so wrong to put my own record in the Bâ€™s Knees again, but itâ€™s soooooo good.Â My curatorial skills shine at their finest! Â (Plus it was the only way I was going to get Chandler Travis in this year, thanks to the Catbirds!)
Playing Records is such a catchy goddamn song, I still listen to it !
I could listen to Chie sing a little something to me every day. Â I haven’t yet found where to get the record if you missed the Kickstarter, but I will strike this out when I do! Â Here’s the link to the rest of their stuff!
For some reason, â€œWalkinâ€™ My Baby Back Homeâ€ made me want to hearÂ ChieÂ sing “Surrey With the Fringe On Top”Â
Again, I dig the banjer player.Â My inner hick, yes,but great arrangementÂ
I LOVE that Hotshots CD !! Different from their other CD’s…the banjo player is way cool and uses the instrument in creative ways not wholly expected
Chie KodamaÂ andÂ The Hot ShotsÂ – hard to get much more adorable and sweet – and dig that crazy banjo! I’d be honored & delighted to sample her kissin’, that’s for sure.
This disc may have been the toughest one to narrow down what to play.Â The Liminanas always grab me in that way that I like so much.
BbÂ The Liminanas apparently fucking rule, ITPOOT.
This Liminanas track (â€œI Miei Occhi Sono I Tuoi Occhiâ€ )is beautiful and haunting!
Those Spampinato harmonies are some of the sweetest in the world.Â This EP just made me want more.
Note the brotherly harmony !Â Â Nothing like it.
How Will I Know – Great tune ! Buy it !
Spampinato harmonies are delicious and make Linda smile!
Keith Streng is enough to make me want to buy just about anything, but teamed up with this supergroup there was no way it would miss the list.
The Split Squad are my kinda supergroup. Yours, too!
This song makes me feel like I’m floating on a cloud. Oh wait….maybe it’s the weed…..
I really had no idea what to expect from this disc when it landed in my hands.Â But oh did it make me happy, want a martini and start to move like I was listening to a Kirsty MacColl record.Â Thatâ€™s how you know itâ€™s good.
Then thereâ€™s the single tunes we couldnâ€™t let goâ€¦
Chuck U. & Lady Di â€“ “Zilch” from A Lowbudget Barrel of Monkees
Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola â€“ “Fred Boak” from their Kickstarter campaign thank you songs
and of course
Sweet Joe Silver & Suzy â€“ Bubbles in the Think Tank Jingle
And as Marshall Frederick Stockwell, Jr.Â said of the show:
THAT was a great B’s Knees show, or I’m not the Titular Head of Research of BITTT, All Purpose Chimp at Bittt Records,Titular…you get the idea.
More great music comes out that goes under the general radar. Thank Kahimi for this show !!
Not that much silly, but who cares ? “So much love I can barely find room for my Scotch on the Rocks !! “—
Exclaims Irving “Hype” Blurbman of the Barnstable Blatant Exxagerater.
Bye kids !
It’s not that we’re purposely playing these artists because they are from the BITTT Records stable of stars, it’s because our stable is carefully hand selected and talented !