Lucinda Williams Rarities

January 10, 2007 by · 3 Comments
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Inspired by Heather’s great post and contest involving the newly remastered Lucinda Williams Car Wheels On A Gravel Road disc I thought I’d bring you all a batch of my favorite Lucinda Williams rarities from various tribute albums and compilations. Many of them are out of print but, I’ve also listed the discs they come from if you want to try and track them down yourself.

Many of these songs are covers, just listen to the way Lucinda pours the emotion and soul into each one and makes it her own.

Also coming in early February is Lucinda’s brand new album West. If you caught her recently on tour you may have had the privilege of hearing some of the new tunes. Check out a couple of those live tunes at There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You

MP3: Lucinda Williams – Dark Side Of Life
A TOWN SOUTH OF BAKERSFIELD (1988) – Enigma D2-73302-A
Lucinda Williams – Pancakes
BORN TO CHOOSE (1993) – Rykodisc RCD 10256
Lucinda Williams – Main Road
SWEET RELIEF – A Benefit For Victoria Williams (1993) – Chaos OK 57134
Lucinda Williams – You Don’t Have Very Far To Go
TULARE DUST: A Songwriters’ Tribute To Merle Haggard (1994) – Hightone HCD 8058
Lucinda Williams – Positively 4th Street
Lucinda Williams – Come To Me Baby
TRIBUTE TO HOWLIN’ WOLF – (1998) – Telarc 83427
Lucinda Williams – Here In California
TREASURES LEFT BEHIND: Remembering Kate Wolf – (1998) – Red House RHR CD 114
Lucinda Williams – Cold Cold Heart
TIMELESS – Hank Williams Tribute (2001) – Lost Highway Records 088 170 239-2
Lucinda Williams – Angels Laid Him Away
AVALON BLUES: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt (2001) Vanguard 79582-2
Lucinda Williams – Nothin’
POET: a Tribute to Townes Van Zandt (2002) – Free Falls FFE-7019-2

Zipfile of all the songs here

Too effin’ cool : iPhone is here

January 9, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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TOO HOT ! for words ! it’s a phone and an ipod with a touch screen and widescreen video.
Today at the MacWorld conference Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone

more at engadget:

Happy Birthday EP

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Today we celebrate the birthday of The King, Elvis Presley, who would have been 72 today.

From The Mailbag : Lovesick Cousin

January 7, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Something from the mailbag today. If you have something I should hear, all the contact info is there on the right hand side of the page. I may not feature everything that gets sent on the blog but it all absolutely gets listened to and you will hear back from me.

If you’ve ever been in a band, or have known anyone in a band, you know there’s always been that struggle between playing the music in your soul to often little acclaim or “selling out” and being a cover band and playing to larger audiences.

This quote from Lovesick Cousin’s myspace page kind of sums up the frustration bands begin to feel.

How long ’til we get there?

Lovesick Cousin started out as a wonderful
little americana band about three years ago.

Fronted by two
singer-songwriters with a passion for music that was at once accessible and off
the beaten path.

The singer-songwriters are still the same, but
somewhere along the way it became rather nice to actually be paid for
playing…and that usually means selling your soul to those who want to
hear…well…what-ever type of music it is that they want to hear.

Don’t get us wrong, playing is better than not playing and when the
collective age of your trio is just about 131 or so, and Karaoke is
everywhere…you learn to be entertained by playing “Soul Pocket” or whatever
the group dujor may be–because it could just be that you’re lucky to be

But do us a favor…if you’d be so kind.

you come out to see/hear us (by this I mean if you happen to
actually/accidentally stroll into a club/bar where we are performing) ask if the
band does any originals…then you may proceed to ply us with requests for “Bob
Seger”, “Bag of Snot”, “Brittany what-ever-her-name-was”, etc.

We will
smile, God will smile on you everyone wins.

Lovesick Cousin has crafted a fine disc of alt country songs. They list The Jayhawks, Johnny Cash, Neil Young,and The Byrds among thier influences and they have learned their lessons well. I hear a bit of all of those as well a bit of bands like Lone Justice or the Cowboy Junkies in their sound. If you like the songs posted below they have quite a few more at their website and on their myspace. These are roughs from their upcoming album, I know I’m looking forward to the finished product. If you’re in the Norfolk area, go and check them out. Make their day, tell them I sent you and request their original songs.

Lovesick Cousin is:
April Phillips-Bass and vocals
Bob Rankin- Guitar and vocals
Russell Scarborough- Drums

Upcoming Shows:
01/13/2007 09:00 PM – Captain Ron’s 9300 Chesapeake Blvd., Norfolk, Virginia
01/19/2007 09:00 PM – O’Sullivan’s Norfolk 4300 Colley Ave., Norfolk, Virginia
01/20/2007 09:00 PM – O’Sullivan’s Norfolk 4300 Colley Ave., Norfolk, Virginia
01/27/2007 09:00 PM – Whitehorse Pub Pembroke Mall, Virginia Beach, Virginia

MP3: Lovesick Cousin – Somehwere Behind
Lovesick Cousin – Greeting Card
MP3: Lovesick Cousin – Rollin’ and Wonderin’


New Cold War Kids Tour Dates

January 5, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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In addition to a January simultaneous residency on both coasts, alternating between New York and Los Angeles, Cold War Kids have just announced an extensive US and European tour. I caught them the day after their Letterman performance(video below) in Philadelphia and they were every bit as engaging live as they are on disc. Don’t miss them if they’re coming near you.

Cold Wars On Letterman performing Hang Me Up To Dry
Cold War Kids upcoming tour dates
Jan 10 2007 9:00P Pianos New York, New York
Jan 12 2007 7:00P Silverlake Lounge Los Angeles, California
Jan 17 2007 9:00P Union Hall New York, New York
Jan 19 2007 7:00P Silverlake Lounge Los Angeles, California
Jan 22 2007 8:00P The Belly Up Tavern San Diego, California
Jan 24 2007 8:00P Mercury Lounge New York
Jan 26 2007 8:00P Spaceland Los Angeles
Feb 2 2007 8:00P Manchester Academy Manchester
Feb 3 2007 8:00P Barrowlands Glasgow
Feb 4 2007 8:00P Birmingham Academy Birmingham
Feb 6 2007 8:00P Gebaeude 9 Cologne
Feb 7 2007 8:00P AB Club Brussels
Feb 8 2007 8:00P Paradiso Amsterdam
Feb 9 2007 8:00P Postbanhof Berlin
Feb 11 2007 8:00P Knust Hamburg
Feb 12 2007 8:00P La Cigalle Paris
Feb 13 2007 8:00P Shepards Bush Empire London
Feb 22 2007 8:00P The Troubadour Los Angeles, California
Feb 23 2007 8:00P Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California
Feb 24 2007 8:00P The Attic Santa Cruz, California
Mar 2 2007 8:00P Hi-Dive Denver, Colorado
Mar 3 2007 8:00P Sokol Underground Omaha, Nebraska
Mar 4 2007 8:00P The Bottleneck Lawrence, Kansas
Mar 6 2007 8:00P Varsity Theater Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 7 2007 8:00P The Rave at the Eagles Club Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mar 8 2007 8:00P The Annex Madison, Wisconsin
Mar 9 2007 8:00P Subterranean Chicago, Illinois
Mar 10 2007 8:00P Mojo’s columbia, Missouri
Mar 12 2007 8:00P Juanita’s Little Rock, Arkansas
Mar 14 2007 8:00P Gypsy Tea Room Dallas, Texas
Mar 19 2007 8:00P The Republic New Orleans, Louisiana
Mar 20 2007 8:00P Club Downunder Tallahassee, Florida
Mar 21 2007 8:00P the social orlando, Florida
Mar 22 2007 8:00P Cafe 11 St. Augustine, Florida
Mar 23 2007 8:00P Vinyl atlanta, Georgia
Mar 24 2007 8:00P Mercy lounge Nashville, Tennessee
Mar 26 2007 8:00P Village Tavern mt pleasant, South Carolina
Mar 27 2007 8:00P local 506 chapel hill, North Carolina
Mar 28 2007 8:00P Nightclub 9:30 washington dc, Washington DC
Mar 29 2007 8:00P First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mar 30 2007 8:00P Middle East downstairs Boston, Massachusetts
Mar 31 2007 8:00P Pearl Street Nightclub Northhampton, Massachusetts
Apr 2 2007 8:00P La Salsa Rossa Montreal, Quebec
Apr 4 2007 8:00P The Mod Club toronto, Ontario
Apr 6 2007 8:00P Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Apr 7 2007 8:00P Bowery Ballroom New York, New York


Boys And Girls In the UK

January 3, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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America may have The Hold Steady, but The UK has The Fratellis. Like the bastard child of the punk rock Buzzcocks and 70’s glam T.Rex they spin frenetics blasts of pop about boys and girls and all that goes on thereabouts. Or as the bio blurb on their website puts it :

So Mince was a stoner,Barry was a car thief and Jon was just a jon.
stovable loners meet frustrated aristocratic nymphs. Where shoefetishists will
go to the gang fight and where Stacie Anne meets the Budhill boys in the back

With names like Barry,Mince and Jon these Glasgow boys may sound like understudies for the Bay City Rollers, but they know how to kick out the rock and roll. They’ve spent the last year tearing up the UK, playing over 140 shows. Now they’re bringing it to the US, the Flathead EP was just released to Itunes, and their debut full length Costello Music(currently only available in the UK) hits US shores on March 13th.
Here’s a couple tunes for you, Chelesa Dagger – one of their UK singles from earlier this year, and Country Boys and City Girls – number 5 in a series of free mp3s they’re giving away on their website as part of what they’re calling The Budhill Singles Club.

The Fratellis are from Glasgow, Scotland and are :
Jon Fratelli – vocals, guitar
Mince Fratelli – drums, vocals
Barry Fratelli – bass, shouting

website :
myspace :

MP3: The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
The Fratellis – Country Boys And City Girls

iTunes : The Flathead EP
Amazon :
Costello Music(UK Import Edition)

Happy New Year !

January 1, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Welcome to 2007 !
Wishing everyone a healthy and happy new year !

Here’s a few points of view in song to help start yours.

MP3: Nada Surf – Blankest Year
Slaid Cleaves – One Good Year
Semisonic – This Will Be My Year

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