Suggested Listening April 19, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical streaming* suggestions for the week.

(Click on the photo of the album or playlist you’d like to hear, to play it!)

V (2019) by Budos Band (Genre: Jazz, Classic R&B, Classic Rock):

The Budos Band describes their music as “doom rock Afro-soul big band with a ’70s touch.” I agree with their assessment and would add they also incorporate a pinch of experimental style into the mix.

If you like late sixties R&B and vintage rock and jazz from the same era, you should enjoy the music of The Budos Band.  V (Five) is the group’s brand new fifth album and it features the songs Old Engine Oil, The Enchanter, Six, Ghost Talk and Maelstrom.


The Drifter (2015) by Mike Flanigin (Genre: Blues):

Mike Flanigin is an Austin, Texas-based blues musician who has worked as a sideman for decades. The Drifter is his first solo album and he’s backed up by some terrific front line players including Jimmy Vaughan, Billy Gibbons, Gary Clark Jr. and Clem Burke.

This is a fun modern blues album!

Songs in the set include The Drifter, Fit to Be Tied, Stop the World, One Little Heart and This Life.


Fantastic Plastic (2017) by The Flamin’ Groovies (Genre: Traditional Rock, Sixties Rock, Roots Rock):

The Flaming Groovies are a traditional rock band who hail from San Francisco. Their first album was released in 1969 and they reformed to record and release this LP in 2017. The band features Chris Wilson on guitar and vocals, Cyril Jordan on guitar, George Alexander on bass and Victor Penalosa on drums; and unlike many albums released by groups who have long been apart and then reunited to play – this one is successful – it features a solid collection of traditional rock songs including: Have You Seen My Baby? Whiskey Woman, City Lights, High Flyin’ Baby and Yesterday’s Numbers.


Folk and Bluegrass Golden Hits, Vol. I by Judy Collins, Bonnie Dobson & Gordon Lightfoot (Genre: Folk):

In researching this LP online, I couldn’t find out when it was recorded. The music was recorded live, apparently during a single concert.

Judging by the tone of the voices of Collins, Lightfoot and Dobson who today range in age from 79-80, I believe this album was recorded in the sixties.

This is a fun classic folk album including the songs: Mountain Thyme & Golden Thread by Judy Collins, Bend in the Water and If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot and Morning Dew & Winter’s Going by Bonnie Dobson.


The Essential Bruce Hornsby by Bruce Hornsby:

Bruce Hornby and his band The Range burst onto the music scene in 1986 with an upbeat piano-centric album titled The Way It Is. In the years since Hornsby has branched out writing songs for other artists, playing jazz and bluegrass and even playing the keyboard with The Grateful Dead.

The Essential Bruce Hornsby collection features 29 songs and includes hits, B sides and a couple of live tracks. It offers a nice overview of Hornsby’s work and includes the songs: The Way It Is, The Valley Road, Black Rats of London, Mandolin Rain and Every Little Kiss.


Spring Cleaning Playlist by Various Artists:

Spring Cleaning playlist features 79 songs with a run time of 5 hours and 43 minutes. The playlist features an upbeat collection of songs some of which feature a cleaning theme and others, including Loverboy’s Working for the Weekend and Billy Joel’s I Go To Extremes seems to included to get you moving fast as you clean!

The collection features a mix of song old and new including Suds in the Bucket by Sara Evans, The Vacuum by Buckcherry, Picking Up The Pieces by Paloma Faith, Elbow Grease by Billy Sheehan and Yakety Yak by The Coasters.


Ultimate Beatnik Collection by Various Artists (Classic Fifties/Early Sixties Rock, Beat Music):

A zany collection of beat tunes including Private Eye by Alan Swain Orchestra, Travelin’ Blues by Slim Grillard & His Boogiereeners, Twisted by Annie Ross, Destination Mars by Frosty and the Diamonds and Dog by Bob Dorough

Bonus: It is the wrong time of the year for listening to holiday music but what a great album!


Jingle Bell Jazz (1962) by Various Artists: 

I know it is April and not November, however, this 1962 album is super cool!

It features great versions of popular holiday songs by classic jazz artists.

Songs on the LP include: Jingle Bells by Duke Ellington, White Christmas by Lionel Hampton, The Christmas Song by Carmen McRae, We Three Kings by Paul Horn, Santa Claus is Coming To Town by The Dave Brubeck Quartet and Blue Christmas by Miles Davis.

Christmas music in April is cool, even as the weather turns warmer!


Videos of the Week:

Old Engine Old by Budos Band


The Drifter by Mike Flanigin & The Drifter Band including Jimmy Vaughan


End of the World by Flamin’ Groovies


Morning Dew by Bonnie Dobson and Robert Plant


Mandolin Rain by Bruce Hornsby & The Range


Car Wash by Henry Mancini


Elbow Grease by Billy Sheehan


Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John


Bongo Blue by Curtis Amy


Destination Mars by Frosty and the Diamonds


Flipsville by Stormy Gale


Twisted by Anne Ross & The Count Basie Orchestra


Frost The Snowman by The Dukes of Dixieland


Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by The Dave Brubeck Quartet


Winter Wonderland by Chico Hamilton

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References


Veteran Texas Musician Mike Flanigin Teams Up With ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons on ‘The Drifter’: Exclusive Song Premiere by Gary Graff, June 17, 2015, Billboard,

*Freegal is a free streaming music service available for free to library cardholders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries. STLS member libraries include all the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler, and Allegany counties — including our own Southeast Steuben County Library.

You can download the Freegal music app to your mobile device or access the desktop version of the site by clicking on the following link:

*The Freegal service offers library card holders the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

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