Friday, February 22, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
3.4.08 (Big Day)
The Black Crowes - Warpaint (Silver Arrow)
The first release from the soulful Black Crowes in 7 years is set for early March. 10 of the 11 tracks were written by Chris and Rich, and the album marks the debut for two new band members: guitarist Luther Dickinson and keyboardist Adam MacDougall.
1. Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution
2. Walk Believer Walk
3. Oh Josephine
5. Wee Who See The Deep
6. Locust Street
7. Movin' On Down The Line
8. Wounded Bird
9. God's Got It ~ this is the same song that OCMS did on Big Iron World, written by The Reverend Charlie Jackson
10. There's Gold In Them Hills
11. Whoa Mule
The Felice Brothers - The Felice Brothers (Team Love)
The band (3 out of 4 are actual brothers), from upstate New York, released Tonight at the Arizona in the UK early last year. Upon returning to the States, they hooked up with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes for some concert dates, and consequently he signed them to his label. The've been called 'backwoods americana' and have a perfectly un-polished sound with hints of Dylan, Townes, and Neil Young. Their self-titled American debut is due out March 4th.
pre-order The Felice Brothers here
Whiskeytown - Stranger's Almanac (Deluxe Edition) (Mood Food/Geffen)
* The song linked here is from a solo concert of Ryan's (with help from Caitlin Cary) at The Brewery in Raleigh, NC in '99. The quality isn't great, but here the song is stripped down to its core - Ryan is strumming just enough to keep in time. The vocals are amazing and, compared to the version that showed up on Jacksonville City Nights, much slower, which reveals just how, well.... heartbreaking the song really is.
2. The Good Life
3. mp3: Who Am I to Say
4. Lone Pine Hill
5. South Georgia Sugar Babe
6. What Do You Do When You're Lonesome
7. Turn Out My Lights
8. Lonesome and You
9. Ain't Glad I'm Leavin'
10. Faraway In Another Town
2. It's A Shame
3. Girl Downtown
4. Bad Liver And A Broken Heart
6. mp3: I Got A Gig
7. Faulkner Street
8. Wild As A Turkey
9. Don't Let Me Fall
10. A Lover Like You
11. I Don't Wanna Grow Up
12. Knockin' Over Whiskeys
13. Willing To Love Again
14. She Left Me For Jesus
Monday, February 18, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
mp3: Bruce Robison - Valentine ~ from Country Sunshine (2001)
A good little love song from the album that gave us 'Tonight' and 'What Would Willie Do".
mp3: Old 97's - Valentine (live) ~ from Satellite Rides [Bonus Disc] (2001)
One of the 97's slower tunes - sung acoustic by bassist Murray Hammond.
mp3: Steve Earle - Valentine's Day ~ from Together at the Bluebird Cafe (2001)
If you like folk/country music and don't have this album, get it now. Recorded live in '95 (15 months before Townes's death), it features Steve, Townes, and Guy Clark's best material performed with some great banter in between. Valentine's Day is a re-creation of a gift Steve gave his wife one February when he had nothing else to give.
mp3: Ryan Adams - Oh My Sweet Valentine (live) ~ bootleg from The Exit/In in Nashville (10-28-99)
From one of a couple RA bootleg shows from pre-Heartbreaker times that i have, Oh My Sweet Valentine is one of Ryan's unreleased tracks that, how i'll never understand, never made the cut for an album. The acoustic show features some gems like Hey There, Mrs. Lovely (which was re-worked and turned into These Girls for Easy Tiger - 8 years later) and Onslow County - one of Ryan's many hometown-inspired tunes. The omnipresent Gillian Welch joins Ryan on stage for a couple great tunes including Helpless, Dancing With The Women At The Bar, and her own The Revelator.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
As this so-called winter fades to spring, and it warms up in places, other than here - that need warming up, hippies everywhere start making road trip plans. Because from March thru August, outdoor music festivals are happening across the country from Newport to Galveston, Austin to Wilkesboro, Manchester to the Everglades. i'm not gonna try to act like i've been to any of these outside of Texas, but i will in due time. Here's a little info on some of the festivals that i wish i could go to:
Langerado Music Festval ~ March 6-9, 2008
Big Cypress Indian Reservation - South Florida (6th Annual)
The unofficial 'kickoff' to festival season, Langerado brings the Jam Band centered large outdoor festival scene to South Florida.
Headliners: Beastie Boys, R.E.M., 311, Matisyahu, Ben Folds
Don't Miss: Avett Brothers, Wood Brothers, Josh Ritter, Robert Randolph, The Felice Brothers, of Montreal, Blind Melon, Arrested Development, The National
mp3: Josh Ritter - Girl In The War ~ from The Animal Years (2006)
mp3: The Felice Brothers - Roll On Arte ~ from Tonight At the Arizona (2007)
South-by-Southwest Arts Conference & Music Festival ~ March 7-16, 2008
Austin, Texas (21st Annual)
Unlike the rest of the festivals on this list, SXSW's objective is to provide exposure for obsure, unsigned, and relatively unknown bands. It takes place inside the city limits of a big city. For that reason, bands simply perform at various venues around Austin. Showcasing some 10,000 acts from around the globe, the event can be a little overwhelming, so don't plan on catching everything - shoot for about 5%.
Notable Shows: Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet (with Bela Fleck), The Acorn, Ryan Bingham, The Black Keys, Deer Tick, Jakob Dylan, Justin Townes Earle, Joe Ely, The Felice Brothers, James McMurtry, Tift Merritt, Ian Moore, Okkervil River, Reckless Kelly, Bruce Robison, Carrie Rodriguez
mp3: Abigail Washburn - Eve Stole The Apple ~ from Song of the Traveling Daughter (2005)
mp3: Deer Tick - Ashamed ~ from War Elephant (2007)
mp3: James McMurtry - See The Elephant ~ from Childish Things (2006)
mp3: Carrie Rodriguez - 50's French Movie ~ from Seven Angels on a Bicycle (2006)
Stingaree Music Festival ~ April 18-20, 2008
Crystal Beach - Port Bolivar, Texas (2nd Annual)
Hayes Carll wanted to bring a taste of Americana music to his adopted home on the Texas Coast. He did so in a songwriter-based weekend festival that brings out the laid-back attitude of Bolivar Island.
Notable Shows: The Band of Heathens, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Dedringers, Corb Lund, Mando Saenz, Darrell Scott, The Sideshow Tramps
mp3: The Band of Heathens - Bumblebee ~ from Live From Momo's (2006)
mp3: The Dedringers - Dr. Jennings ~ from their MySpace page
mp3: Mando Saenz - When I Come Around ~ from Watertown (2004)
Merlefest ~ April 24-27, 2008
Wilkes Community College - Wilkesboro, NC (20th Annual)
Bluegrass Legend Doc Watson started this festival in '88 as a tribute to his late son, Eddy Merle Watson. It has grown from two flatbed trailers into 13+ stages and 80,000 participants. It features showcase concerts, bluegrass pickin'/jam sessions, and guitar workshops.
Notable Shows: The Avett Brothers, Tift Merritt, Old Crow Medicine Show (whom Doc is credited as discovering), Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, The Waifs, Abigail Washburn, and, of course, Doc Watson.
mp3: Old Crow Medicine Show - We're All In This Together ~ from Old Crow Medicine Show (2004)
mp3: The Stanley Brothers - Angel Band ~ from O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack (2000)
mp3: The Waifs - Lighthouse ~ from Up All Night (2003)
**check out Martha's Vineyard Radio to
stream tons of shows from past Merlefests, SXSW's, and Newport Folk
Bonnaroo Muisc & Arts Festival ~ June 12-15, 2008
Manchester, Tennessee (7th Annual)
Rolling Stone Magazine named Bonnaroo one of the 50 Moments that Changed Rock & Roll History. Held on a 700-acre farm in Tennessee, the 4-day event features tons of concerts - ranging from Jam Bands, to Bluegrass, to Reggae, to Hip-Hop and Electronica. The festival even has an on-site cinema, beer garden, arcade, and comedy club.
Headliners: Pearl Jam, Metallica, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Willie Nelson
Don't Miss: The Raconteurs, Iron & Wine, Rilo Kiley, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Avett Brothers, Abigail Washburn, The Felice Brothers
mp3: Iron & Wine - Boy With a Coin ~ from The Shepherd's Dog (2007)
mp3: Rilo Kiley - The Moneymaker ~ from Under The Blacklight (2007)
Newport Folk Festival ~ not yet announced (Early August)
Newport, Rhode Island (49th Annual)
The setting for one of the most infamous concerts in music history - when Dylan went Electric in 1965 - The Newpot Folk Festival is one of the longest running music fests in the country.
Notable Shows from 2007: Allman Brothers Band, Allison Krauss & Union Station, Emmylou Harris, Alejandro Escovedo, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem
mp3: Bob Dylan - Maggie's Farm ~ from 1965 Newport Folk Festival
also check out:
The Other Side of the Mirror
- a great documentary about Dylan's evolution from a lanky, folk-singing kid in '63 to a rock & roll icon when he suprised, and infuriated, many by plugging in at Newport in '65.
Listen to the odd mix of cheers and boo's when he finishes his fist song of the night with Paul Butterfield's Blues Band in the MP3 above.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
some of my favorites from Little Rock:
mp3: Down The Road Tonight
mp3: Long Way Home
and one from Flowers and Liquor:
mp3: Naked Checkers
mp3: The Sideshow Tramps - New Train ~ from Medicine Show (2007)
Friday, February 8, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Then one fateful day about a month ago, iTunes froze up on me. Instead of being patient - which i have a hard time doing - i ejected the iPod by right clicking on the device through 'my computer'. Turned on my iPod and............. 'no music'
Upon closer inspection, 26 or so gigs of space were still taken up, but not as 'music'. The files were listed under the category 'other'..... so there's some hope.
Restarted the iPod - no luck
Apple's only suggestion is to restore the iPod to factory settings - which deletes everything off the Ipod - and simply re-sync the device through iTunes. Great!.... if you have all your music on your computer - but that's why i spent $300 on a HUGE iPod. Fuck you Steve Jobs.
Now, i could restore the iPod and load everything back on - i have it all somewhere, whether its on my old mp3 player or on cd's - but that's a lot of carpel-tunnel inducing hours. Plus, all the time i spent organizing artists, album information, genres, album art, etc. would be lost, and i would have to do it all again. And, come on, i've got a blog to write.
Got home from class today and a little brown box is waiting for me.........
Back In Business!