Cut Every Corner
The Simpsons
Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons

The Simpsons [Hank Azaria / Nancy Cartwright / Dan Castellaneta / Julie Kavner / Maggie Roswell / Yeardley Smith], on a tune penned by Alf Clausen & Mike Reiss, “Cut Every Corner”

From Go Simpsonic with the Simpsons (Rhino, 1999)

Balls In Your Mouth (Featuring Eddie Vedder)
Jimmy Fallon
Blow Your Pants Off

Jimmy Fallon and Eddie Vedder riff on the consequences of BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, on “Balls in Your Mouth”

From Blow Your Pants Off (Loudmouth / Warner Brothers, 2012)

Cloud Of Unknowing (Feat. Bobby Womack And Sinfonia ViVA)
Plastic Beach

Gorillaz, featuring Bobby Womack, “Cloud of Unknowing”

From Plastic Beach (Virgin, 2010)

Stylo (Album Version) [feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack]
Plastic Beach

Gorillaz, featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack, “Stylo”

From Plastic Beach (Virgin, 2010)

Beautiful Darkside
Classic Crime

The Classic Crime, “Beautiful Darkside”

From the Seattle rock quartet’s Kickstarter-funded project, Phoenix (Goomba, 2012)

Glowing Heart
Aoife O'Donovan
Red & White & Blue & Gold (& Live)

Aoife O’Donovan, “Glowing Heart”

From the Red & White & Blue & Gold (& Live) EP, and also released on her debut solo LP, Fossils (Yep Roc, 2013)

Excuse Me While I Drink Myself to Death
Old Enough to Know Better: 15 Years of Merge Records

Spent, “Excuse Me While I Drink Myself to Death”

From the 2004 compilation, Old Enough 2 Know Better: 15 Years of Merge Records; originally released on Songs of Drinking and Rebellion (Merge, 1995)

What Kind of Cool(will we think of next)
Cody ChesnuTT
Landing On A Hundred + B-Sides & Remixes

Cody ChesnuTT, “What Kind of Cool (Will We Think of Next)”

From Landing on a Hundred (One Little Indian / Vibration Vineyard, 2012)

Ramble On (Rough Mix With Vocal)
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition)

Led Zeppelin, “Ramble On” [Rough Mix with Vocal]

From Led Zeppelin II [Deluxe Edition] (Atlantic, 2014); originally released by Atlantic in 1969

Considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time, “the opening lines of ‘Ramble On’ paraphrase a poem that Tolkien wrote in the Elvish tongue of Quenya

The Cape Verdean Blues (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2003 Digital Remaster)
Horace Silver
The Cape Verdean Blues (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

Horace Silver Quintet, “The Cape Verdean Blues”

Titile track from album of the same name, originally released on Blue Note in 1965, and remastered in 2003

Connecticut native Horace Silver was an NEA Jazz Master who passed away on June 18; featured here on saxophone is Ohio native Joe Lovano, who will be performing in Connecticut tonight

Across 110th Street
Bobby Womack
Midnight Mover: The Bobby Womack Collection

Bobby Womack, “Across 110th Street”

From Anthology (Capitol, 2003), and previously released on Midnight Mover: The Bobby Womack Collection (EMI, 1993); originally released as the first song on the soundtrack to the motion picture of the same name, Across 110th Street (Charly, 1972), the song was also featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown (1997) and Ridley Scott’s American Gangster (2007)

In 2009, Bobby Womack returned to his hometown of Cleveland for his long overdue induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He passed away on June 27th of this year. Here is the NYT obituary, and here are radio segments from WHYY’s Fresh Air, WNYC’s Soundcheck, CBC radio’s Q, and BBC Radio 4’s Last Word.

Geri Allen with Charlie Haden, Paul Motian

Charlie Haden (bass) & Paul Motian (drums), featuring Geri Allen (piano), “Sandino”

From Etudes (Soul Note, 1987)

Charlie Haden, who passed away on Friday, July 11th, was, as The Atlantic's David Graham described him, a “rooted radical.” Haden will be deeply missed; he, in LA Times' jazz critic Chris Barton's words, “spoke for beauty”:

Near the end of the night, Haden bowed his head and spoke of his friend and guitarist Jim Hall, who had died not long before the show.

“Don’t understand why life takes beautiful people away,” Haden said, his voice shaking and struggling against a question that ultimately hangs over all of us. “Beautiful people give of themselves.”

I still don’t understand either, Charlie. But we treasure all the beauty you leave behind.

Commando (Remastered Version)
Greatest Hits

The Ramones, “Commando”

From Greatest Hits (Rhino, 2006); originally released on their second studio album, Leave Home (Sire, 1977)

Tommy Ramone, born Erdélyi Tamás, founding and last surviving member of The Ramones, and drummer and producer on their classic first three studio albums, passed away on Friday, July 11th. The Ramones were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. “Commando" is one of just a handful of songs in their catalog whose composition is credited to Tommy.

Eyes On The Prize (Cd)
Mavis Staples
We'll Never Turn Back

Mavis Staples [with Ry Cooder on slide guitar and Ladysmith Black Mambazo on backing vocals], “Eyes on the Prize”

From We’ll Never Turn Back (Anti / Epitaph, 2007)

Their Memories (2005 Digital Remaster)
Harold Budd And Brian Eno
The Pearl

Harold Budd & Brian Eno (w/ Daniel Lanois), “Their Memories”

From The Pearl (Astralwerks, 2005 [EG Records, 1984])