October 2023


A lot of older songs this month means a lot fewer videos for you to see, but we’ve got another great mix of songs, a few you might’ve heard before, but a lot of pretty obscure ones too. That’s sort of what we like best.


Show notes from our October 2023 Spotify Podcast:

We started with Al’s ten submissions and Phoebe’s ten submissions, but our finished, 11-song playlist is put in an order that we think makes sense musically. Which is not same same order that we pick the songs during the picking ceremony heard during our podcast.


Song notes (Quotes are from song lyrics):

  1. It’s both curious and sad that actor/musician/interesting human David McCallum passed away between us recording this episode and releasing it. We mourn his loss.

  2. “Take him by the hand to the river, lead him by the hand into the water”

    We really love Jesca Hoop (who is back for her second appearance)… she brings an energy and a freshness that we have a lot of respect for.

  3. “Tell me, who of them will come to be? How many of them are you and me?”

    Stevie Wonder might be the greatest musical genius of our lifetimes. He’s also back for his second visit with us.

  4. “And if ya don’t like love attachments, if your taste in women gets strange, then go on and spend your money, my friend, down in old La Grange”

    Yet another second visit. We didn’t really know Willis Alan Ramsey before we started doing our playlist, but we definitely love him.

  5. “I went to your girlfriend’s house but she was out, I knocked on your daddy’s door but he began to shout and he said ‘It’s early in the morning'”

    Four artists in a row who we’ve featured twice! Here’s Harry Nilsson’s “Early in the Morning”.

  6. “I’ve lived my life in fits and spurts, maybe I’ve had more than I deserve”

    Let’s take it up a notch. Laura Marling is here with her third song, and this might be our favorite. And the video for “Hope We Meet Again” makes a solid case for it.

  7. “What an awful day, when the judgement comes, and the sinners hear, their eternal doom”

    Marc Ribot is also visiting us for a second time, this time with violinist and vocalist Eszter Balint, from a Doc Watson tribute compilation album.

  8. “I feel like a king ’cause I just kissed my baby”

    The Meters were one of those bands that didn’t have a ton of commercial success, but a had a great deal of influence.

  9. “And I don’t mind if I do ride the coal, ride the coal, I will ride it in the rain, I will ride it in the snow”

    We’re so happy to find and bring you these wonderfully obscure artists. Sundown Songs are a band almost no one has heard of. They deserve to be listened to more.

  10. “Tell me how did you feel, when you come out of the wilderness?”

    Another second visitor, The Be Good Tanyas bring us the spooky and magical “Out Of The Wilderness”.

  11. “Read in the papers, watch on the news, planet’s hangin’ on by the string of its shoes, you sing high, I’ll sing low, down where daylight dare not go”

    We’re happy to have the thoughtful Ben Harper in our playlist at last.


Both our Spotify playlist and our podcast are updated and released around the first of each month. We’re recorded monthly in the warm and cozy hug of the OML Studios in lovely downtown Manchester, Richmond, Virginia.

Thanks to 1792 Small Batch bourbon for help in recording this month. Theme music is from “Red Eye” by E’s Jammy Jams, accordion music by Andrew Huang. Tarte Tatin by Blue Dot Sessions. Dino De Deus by Blue Dot Sessions. Trois Gnossiennes 3 by Blue Dot Sessions. And RIP, Mr. David McCallum.

Featured image: The Partonic Visage, a lovely and highly blinged photograph of Dolly Parton, used during the processional of our monthly playlist picking ceremony.

If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to let us know!

See you next month!


In the Distance, Oblivious
In the Distance, Oblivious
October 2023