"Soul Kitchen" is supposedly about a soul food restaurant Jim Morrison used to hang out at in Venice (CA); I never bought it. The song came out on the eponymous debut Doors album in 1967. Exactly ten en years later, John Doe, Billy Zoom, Exene Cervenka, and DJ Bonebrake got together in the Doors' old hometown and started a band, X. They recorded this frenetic cover of "Soul Kitchen" for their 1980 debut LP, Los Angeles. And you remember who produced that punk masterpiece, right? Right, Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek. The next year X released their second album, Wild Gift, another masterpiece. I figured I'd through in "When Our Love Passed Out on the Couch" from that album onto tonight's LNMC Sunday two-fer.
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I really love world music and find it really sad that many Americans--perhaps because of the foreign language?--never really listen to music from other countries.
Amadou and Mariam are a duo of musicians from Mali who happen to be blind. I love the Middle Eastern and South American influences in their music, which I've heard described as "Afro-blues."
Senegal Fast Food from Dimanche à Bamako (h/t Hugh J.)