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Music for Hot Weather

Everyone in Bangkok is dripping with sweat this month, complaining about the high temperatures and sticky humidity, and looking for air-conditioned sanctuary whenever and wherever possible. My solution: remove most of my clothing, stay inside with my ceiling fan, and listen to more music! These are the albums that are keeping me happy — and keeping me cool — this month:


Joan Armatrading – This Charming Life

Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Blacknuss

Wilco – The Whole Love

Tangerine Dream – Dream Sequence

The Move – The Very Best Of


Various Artists – Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon

Arthur Russell – World of Echo

Lee Fields – My World

Freddie Hubbard – Hub Tones

Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley – Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley


Dobie Gray – Drift Away/Loving Arms

Texas Tornados – Live from Austin, TX

Wayne Shorter – The Classic Blue Note Recordings

Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Jackie Leven – Shining Brother Shining Sister


Jerry Butler – The Philadelphia Sessions

Milt Jackson – Sunflower

Nada Surf – Lucky

The Feelies – Here Before

Eddi Reader – Simple Soul


The Derek Trucks Band – Joyful Noise

Coleman Hawkins – The Hawk Flies High

The Roots – Things Fall Apart

Jellyfish – Spilt Milk

Aretha Franklin – Spirit in the Dark


Various Artists – Change is Gonna Come: the Voice of Black America 1963-1973

Father’s Children – Who’s Gonna Save the World

The JB’s – Funky Good Time: The Anthology

Crusaders – Crusaders 1

Little Feat and Friends – Join the Band


Beach Boys – Smile

Counting Crows – Underwater Sunshine

Cal Tjader & Eddie Palmieri – El Sonido Nuevo

Mekons – Ancient & Modern

World Party – Egyptology


Various Artists – This One’s for Him: a Tribute to Guy Clark

Maceo Parker – All the King’s Men

Terry Reid – River

Steely Dan – Aja

Amnesty – Free Your Mind: the 700 West Sessions


Edwin Starr – Hell Up in Harlem

Sloan – 4 Nights at the Palais Royale

Shuggie Otis – Here Comes Shuggie Otis/Freedom Flight

Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming

The Waterboys – An Appointment with Mr. Yeats


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