Artist of the Week : Chelsea Taube

November 26, 2006 by · 1 Comment
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Hey all, I’m going to be on vacation hiatus for about the next week, so there will not be new daily posts for a bit. I’m going to leave you with a special feature on one of my personal favorite new artists of the last year or so, Chelsea Taube.

Chelsea is from RochesterMichigan, just outside Detroit. She is just 21 but has the natural songwriting skills people two and three times her age spend their whole life trying to perfect.
Claiming Ryan Adams,Bob Dylan and Patty Griffin among her biggest influences, Chelsea has a knack for poetic lyricism, and an ear for phrasing and melody that are truly original. She has voice that can cut clear through to your soul with it’s emotional power. But don’t just take my word for it spend the next week giving these 25 songs a listen and find why she is consistenly the most played artist on my ipod .

Note, most of these songs are just Chelesa and her acoustic guitar recorded on her laptop, but the brilliance still shines through.
MP3: chelsea taube – a lonely sight
MP3: chelsea taube – august and fall
MP3: chelsea taube – dancing on my bed
MP3: chelsea taube – desperate winters
MP3: chelsea taube – drunk and not married one of my personal favorites
MP3: chelsea taube – easy lover
MP3: chelsea taube – hillsborough street
MP3: chelsea taube – I should’ve thought twice
MP3: chelsea taube – love what you got
MP3: chelsea taube – misery loves company
MP3: chelsea taube – my only memory
MP3: chelsea taube – my sweet girl
MP3: chelsea taube – nicholas – a pure singalong pop song
MP3: chelsea taube – save my soul from the devil this is a classic, some people never write a song this good their whole life
MP3: chelsea taube – the shake some down and dirty rocking blues
MP3: chelsea taube – somehow if the pure emotion of the vocal on this song doesn’t shake your soul nothing can
MP3: chelsea taube – sometimes still the first song I heard by chelsea , had me instantly hooked
MP3: chelsea taube – stand still look pretty (the wreckers) listen to her outwreck the wreckers
MP3: chelsea taube – tell all your friends
MP3: chelsea taube – the truer you are(the bluer you get)
MP3: chelsea taube – theres no home for me
MP3: chelsea taube – underneath(hanson) if you never thought you’d like a hanson song try this
MP3: chelsea taube – wait wait wait
MP3: chelsea taube – wasted
MP3: chelsea taube – your best friend
be sure to also check her myspace for more songs and any upcoming show dates
myspace :

Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Be safe wherever you are or wherever you may be travelling today. Enjoy.
MP3: Joni Mitchell – The Circle Game

Everything Old Is New (Order) Again

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The new Matthew Ryan disc, From A Light Night High Rise is out December 5th. Here’s a preview for you. Sounds like someone’s been listening to a bit of New Order, what do you think ?

MP3: Matthew Ryan – And Never Look Back
MP3: New Order – Your Silent Face
MP3: New Order – Love Vigilantes

official website:

BUY IT: matthew ryan (from

LIVE : 11.21.06 The Hold Steady @ The North Star Bar Philadelphia

November 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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Thanks to being on innumerable mailing lists, an afternoon message announcing just released tickets to the long sold out Hold Steady show at the North Star Bar in Philly resulted in a score of a ticket for last night. It’s no mistake that Boys and Girls In America is one of the most raved about discs of the year. The boys delivered one of the best rock shows I have seen in a long time. Their manic energy on stage never let up once for the full ninety minutes. It was also obvious that they were having FUN up there. These are a few of the pretty crappy looking photos I managed to take last night.
If they haven’t been to your city yet be sure to go check them out. Here’s the dates currently on their itinerary :
Nov 22 2006 8:00P Warsaw Brooklyn, NY
Nov 24 2006 8:00P Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ
Nov 25 2006 8:00P Black Cat Washington DC, DC
Nov 26 2006 8:00P Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
Nov 27 2006 8:00P New Brookland Tavern Columbia, SC
Nov 29 2006 8:00P The Social Orlando, FL
Nov 30 2006 8:00P Orpheum Tampa, FL
Dec 1 2006 8:00P Beta Bar Tallahassee , FL
Dec 2 2006 8:00P The Parish at House of Blues New Orleans, LA
Dec 4 2006 8:00P Sticky Fingerz Little Rock, AR
Dec 5 2006 8:00P Mojo’s Columbia, MO
Dec 6 2006 8:00P The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS
Dec 7 2006 8:00P The Picador (formerly Gabe’s) Iowa City, IA
Dec 8 2006 8:00P Southgate House Newport, KY
Dec 9 2006 8:00P Headliner’s Louisville, KY
Dec 11 2006 8:00P Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Dec 13 2006 8:00P Showplace Buffalo, NY
Dec 15 2006 8:00P Pearl Street Northhampton, MA

The Hold Steady 11.21.06 North Star Bar Philadelphia PA

Stuck Between Stations
cattle And The Creeping Things
The Swish
Chips Ahoy!
Massive Nights
You Can Make Him Like You
Hot Soft Light
Party Pit
Stevie Nix
Your Little Hoodrat Friend
Southtown Girls
How A Resurrection Really Feels

First Night
Same Kooks
Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night
Killer Parties
One big surprise of the night for me was the opening set by Canada’s The Constantines,a band I had not heard of before. Their Spoon meets Fugazi sound was intense live. I bought a couple of their cds after the show, and while good,they don’t really capture the power of their live show. They are opening a number of dates on the Hold Steady tour, if they’re in your town be sure to get there in time to catch them.

The Constantines Tour Dates
Nov 22 2006 9:00P Warsaw Brooklyn, New York
Nov 29 2006 9:00P Starlight Waterloo, Ontario
Nov 30 2006 9:00P Call the Office London, Ontario
Dec 1 2006 9:00P Lee’s Palace Toronto, Ontario
Dec 2 2006 2:00P Lee’s Palace Toronto, Ontario
Dec 2 2006 9:00P The Underground Hamilton, Ontario
Jan 29 2007 8:00P Peterborough Memorial Centre Peterborough, Ontario
Jan 31 2007 8:00P General Motors Centre Oshawa, Ontario
Feb 2 2007 8:00P Scotiabank Place Ottawa, Ontario

The Hold Steady
official website:

MP3: The Hold Steady – Hot Soft Light
The Hold Steady – Party Pit

The Constantines
official website:
subpop page:

MP3: The Constantines – Nightime/Anytime(it’s Alright)

BUY IT : the hold steady the constantines

LIVE : Brian Wilson Pet Sounds 40th

November 21, 2006 by · 1 Comment
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So last night I took in the 40th anniversary performance of Pet Sounds by Brian Wilson. Having seen Brian in various TV appearances and the like over the last couple years seeming like a shell of his former self, let me just say I had a few reservations. I tossed those out the window in the first thirty seconds, he looked as healthy as he’s ever been and when he started to sing there was no doubt he could still pull it off. You could tell he was having fun up there and the vibe carried out across the entire room.

The show started off with six songs basically acoustic, guitar and some light percussion, and vocals,LOTS of vocals, that angelic harmony sound that was the Beach Boys trademark. Then Al Jardine strolled out on stage and the bad launched into an electric lineup, althogher there were 11 people on stage, 3 guitar players, a bass player 2 drummers 3 keyboard players who also switched off on variuos other instruments, a female backup singer and Brian who also had a keyboard setup. Just an amazing wall of sound. Some personal first set
highlights were Surfer Girl,Wendy and Sail On Sailor which was just majestic sounding. Brian was animated and talkative and at one poiint led the crowd in a singalong of Row,Row,Row Your Boat. After a short intermission, the band came back on and proceeded to play Pet Sounds in it’s entirety. Oddly enough the band seemed a little looser during the Pet sounds portion of the set but just seemed to pick up momentum as the went along. The stretch from God Only Knows to the end was unreal, with stellar versions of Here Today, I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times and Pet Sounds. Caroline, No closed the Pet sounds portion fo the show to a standing ovation and the crowd never sat back down the rest of the night. The band returned for an encore, and burned through a rocking set of Beach Boys standards and again left the stage. Brian then returned for the last song of the night,a grand finale of Love and Mercy, a song from one of his solo albums.

I highly recommend this show, if you have a chance to catch one of the two remaining New York City shows by all means do so.

Sunday’s setlist from
The Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA

Surfer Girl
Add Some Music
Please Let Me Wonder
You’re Welcome
Then I Kissed Her
Do You Wanna Dance
Little Girl I Once Knew
Row Your Boat
Do It Again
In My Room
California Saga
When I Grow Up
I Get Around
California Girls
Sail On Sailor
Good Vibrations


Pet Sounds
Wouldn’t It Be Nice
You Still Believe In Me
That’s Not Me
Don’t Talk(Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
I’m Waiting For The Day
Let’s Go Away For A While
Sloop JOhn B
God Only KNows
I Know There’s An Answer
Here Today
I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
Pet Sounds
Caroline, No


Johnny B. Good
Help Me Rhonda
Barbara Ann
Surfin’ USA
Fun Fun Fun

2nd Encore :
Love and Mercy

There’s still a couple shows left on the tour :
Tuesday November 21 Beacon Theatre New York, NY 8:00PM
Wednesday November 22 Beacon Theatre New York, NY 8:00PM

official website :

Give A listen to the iTunes Pet Sounds Podcast series here

MP3: The Beach Boys -That’s Not Me
The Beach Boys -Here Today

BUY IT: pet sounds

a break in the clouds

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MP3: The Jayhawks – A Break In The Clouds

5 on a Friday

November 17, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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A new feature today called 5 on a Friday where we’ll feature 5 songs all having some connection.
Today, five mash ups that are sure to have you up and dancing to kick off your Friday right.
So put on those dancing shoes and shake’em on down

1 MP3 : Go Home Productions – Ultrathin
website :
Go Home Productions

2 MP3 : Party Ben – Led Snooppelin – Drop It Like It’s a Whole Lotta Love
website :
Party Ben

3 MP3 : Dj Zebra – O brother Ray
website :
DJ Zebra

4 MP3 : Divide & Kreate – I Wanna Be Christina’s Dog
website :
Divide & Kreate

5 MP3 : – Bootystition
website :

Neil Young Live at The Fillmore 1970

November 16, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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For years Neil Young has been promising to release his archives, from the long rumored multi disc box set to the hundreds of live recordings he has. It may be only a trickle but the faucet has finally been turned on, let’s hope he keeps it on long enough to become the river we all know it can be.
Released this past Tuesday, this album showcases the raw guitar fury that would become the trademark Crazy Horse sound that is still influencing the sound of bands like The Hold Steady , Lucero and more to this today. Recorded at the Fillmore East in New York in 1970, it also includes original Carzy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten who would die of an overdose in 1972, way before his time, inspiring Neil’s eulogy to him Tonight’s The Night.

Give a listen to the 15 minute plus version of Cowgirl in the Sand that closes the disc for a taste of their raw guitar brilliance.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse:
Danny Whitten, Neil Young (vocals, guitar)
Jack Nitzsche (electric piano)
Billy Talbot (bass guitar)
Ralph Molina (drums).

Neil Young Live at The Fillmore East 1970
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Down By The River
Come on baby Let’s Go Downtown
Cowgirl in The Sand

MP3: Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Cowgirl In The Sand

BUY IT: neil young

video of the day : chelsea taube

November 15, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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Get this video and more at

Chelsea Taube is an amazing artist from Rochester Michigan, just outside Detroit.
She writes captivating original songs and has the voice of an angel. Trust me, she is going to be a star, it’s just a matter of time.
Check out this video from a recent show of her performing a cover of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah, or better yet
go see her in person this weekend, she has a few shows coming up.

Nov 17 2006 8:00P The Roadhouse Armada, Michigan
Nov 18 2006 7:00P Kaya Coffee House Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Nov 19 2006 9:00P Gus O’Connors Rochester, Michigan

Watch for a bag of songs feature on Chelsea coming soon, in the meantime check out some of her original songs at her myspace page.

myspace :

Grab Bag : Philadelphia

November 13, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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Some random bits from Philadelphia that have crossed the desk lately.
First up Beretta76, this review from yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer sums it
up quite nicely. A hot, rocking disc.

Beretta76 black Beauty

Once you hear the way Camille Escobedo screams “Oh, yeah!” on Black Beauty’s
opening title track, you know this is going to be good. The 10 bracing, catchy
tracks on this Philadelphia band’s self-released debut pack plenty of
power-chord crunch, and the quartet doesn’t let its skepticism about the “Hit
Parade” talk it out of constructing song after song full of catchy hooks.
Escobedo has got her Joan Jett-Suzi Quatro snarl down cold, and Black Beauty
teems with the unpretentious energy of a not-too-polished garage band ready to
take on the world.

– Dan DeLuca

Beretta76 is :
Camille Escobedo – voice, guitar
Pete Rydberg – guitar, voice
Peter Santa Maria – bass, voice
Rob Giglio – drums

Stream 4 songs on their myspace or hear the entire disc at their website

myspace :
official website:

BUY IT: beretta76

Next up, upsincefriday, a band I have seen a number of time but just got a hold
of one their demo discs this past week at their show at the North Star Bar.
Four songs that showcase their pop-punk sound well. Think Dinosaur Jr meets
Weezer and you’ll have an idea of what they sound like.

upsincefriday is:
Damian Colon-vocals,guitar
Mitch Hajdack-vocals,guitar
Anthony DiDonato-drums

myspace :

MP3: upsincefriday – New Jersey’s Not That Far (broken link fixed)

An last but not least, the Us Funk Team cites The Beatles,The Pixies, and Pavement among their main influences. And they’ve learned from them well a blend of those three bands describes their music perfectly. A catchy blend of chaos and melody.

US Funk Team is
Jay Trazka – guitar, vocals
Matt “Tank” Bergman – drums
Jeremy “Jams” Gecker – bass,vocals

myspace :
official website:

some upcoming US Funk Team shows
Nov 17 2006 8:00P Troc Balcony Philadelphia, PA

Nov 25 2006 8:00P Big Art Show @ Sputnik Brooklyn NY
Dec 6 2006 8:00P Chestnut Hill College philadelphia, PA

Dec 8 2006 8:00P House Party Elkins Park, PA

MP3: US Funk Team – All Rolled Into One

BUY IT: us funk team

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