YouTube Tuesday : SXSW 2007

March 20, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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I wasn’t there, but thanks to the magic of YouTube we can all experience a piece of the annual music festival from deep in the heart of Texas, SXSW.
The Fratellis with Pete Townshend – The Seeker

Amy Winehouse – Rehab (acoustic)

Tom Morello with Slash and Perry Farrell

OreSkaBand – PANTIME, Hana no Ska Dance, Pinocchio

The Stooges – No Fun

Lily Allen – Heart of Glass (acoustic in-store)

Wrapping up the week

March 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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So spring is about to roll in, here on the east coast we’ll be spending the next couple days continuing to thaw from what was our biggest ice/snowstorm of the winter. Bring on the global warming.

Here’s what I’ve been listening to most this past week: The Swimmers – Fighting Trees, Arcade Fire – Neon Bible, Julie Doiron – Woke Myself Up, Mary Weiss – Dangerous Game, Creeping Weeds – We Are All Part Of A Dream you’re Having, The Hold Steady – Boys And Girls In America, Wilco – Sky Blue Sky, !!! – Myth Takes, Neil Young – Live At Massey Hall, and Odawas – Raven And The White Night. Something new you think I should hear, leave a comment and let me know.


K’nise Connection‘s artist of the week is the O Brother Where Art Thou? styled folk music of Ian Thomas
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The shows where I’ll be this week:

Tuesday March 20 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA
WXPN Philly Local presents The Swimmers,Sharon Little and Scott Sax,John Flynn, and Hail Social

The Swimmers
MP3: The Swimmers – Pocketful of Gold
Sharon Little & Scot Sax with their band
MP3: Sharon Little – Everybody Round Here
John Flynn
MP3: John Flynn – Who’s Whose
Hail Social (CD Release Party)
MP3: Hail Social – Heaven

Wednesday March 21 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA
Hoodoo Gurus w/Shane

MP3: Hoodoo Gurus – I Want You Back
MP3: Hoodoo Gurus – Death Defying
MP3: Hoodoo Gurus – What’s My Scene

Saturday March 24, Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ
Snow Patrol, Silversun Pickups, and OK Go

Concerted by Jonathan Fischer

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5 On A Friday : Everything’s Gone Green

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Getting all green on you today in honor of the impending Saint Patrick’s Day holiday tomorrow.
And remember as you celebrate tomorrow that real beer is definitely not green, go with the Guinness.

1: The Smithereens – Green Thoughts
from Green Thoughts
2: REM- Green Grow The Rushes
from Fables Of The Reconstruction
3: Elvis Costello – Green Shirt(acoustic)
from Armed Forces
4: The Kinks – Village Green
from The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
5: Hüsker Dü – Green Eyes
from Flip Your Wig

LIVE : 03.14.07 The Creeping Weeds,The Novenas @ The Khyber

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Some photos of a stellar performance by The Creeping Weeds and The Novenas from Wednesday March 14th at The Khyber in Philadelphia PA. Hong Kong Stingray and Timothy Bracken Complex were also on the bill for a great night of Philadelphia local music.

The Novenas

Creeping Weeds





Random Song Of The Day : Graham Parker – Mercury Poisoning

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In 1978 after becoming increasingly frustrated with a record company that he felt had mismanaged his output, Graham Parker recorded one of his best singles, the biting angry kiss off song to his label, Mercury Poisoning. One of his harder to find songs, it was originally released on a promo 12″ one-sided gray vinyl single with only his name and the song title. Arista, his new record comapny refused to be associated with it and insisted their name be left off of it. Parker then went on to record arguably the finest album of his career as his first release for Arista, the brilliant Squeezing Out Sparks.

MP3: Graham Parker And The Rumour – Mercury Poisoning

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Then and Now : Mary Weiss, from Leader Of The Pack to a Dangerous Game

March 13, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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THEN: In 1964 led by Mary Weiss, along with her sister Betty, and the identical Ganser twins ,Mary Ann and Margie, The Shangri-Las exploded onto the scene with a bad girl image and a string of classic hit singles including Leader Of the Pack and Remember(Walking In The Sand) amongst others. Within five years they though would flame out amidst a swirl of litigation and called it quits. Their songs and influence lived on in artists like Blondie, The Runaways and even The New York Dolls.NOW : Nearly forty years later Mary Weiss is finally back with her first solo album, Dangerous Game. Produced by Billy Miller and Greg Cartwright, and backed up by Memphis’ The Reigning Sound it picks right up where she left off without missing a beat. The new disc is filled with fine garage rock guitar, bad girl swagger, and a voice that sounds as fresh as it did in 1964.

MP3: The Shangri-Las – Leader Of The Pack
MP3: The Shangri-Las – Remember(Walking In The Sand)
MP3: Mary Weiss – Don’t Come Back
MP3: Mary Weiss – I Don’t Care

See her tonight Tuesday March 13 with The Reigning Sound on Late Night with Conan O’Brien

And for those of you at SXSW this week
Thursday, March 15, 2007, 8:00pm
SXSW NORTON RECORDS SHOWCASE, Austin, Texas
Featuring Mary Weiss, Reigning Sound, Sam The Sham, The Alarm Clocks, The A-Bones, Dex Romweber Duo

Not sure what to think? Check out these interesting statistics from amazon.com
What do customers ultimately buy after viewing this item?

84% buy Dangerous Game – Mary Weiss
5% buy Live at Massey Hall (CD/DVD) – Neil Young
5% buy The Weirdness – The Stooges
3% buy Best of the Shangri-Las – The Shangri-Las
3% buy Neon Bible – Arcade Fire

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Concerted by Jonathan Fischer

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From The Mailbag : Matt Lutz, K’Nise’s picks, RIAA and more

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First up today is the latest solo album from Matt Lutz, the frontman for popular San Francisco indie-garage rockers The Herms. Matt’s disc is the appropriately named Seesaw, as the gamut of styles on it run from dark Bowieesque goth rockers to loungey instrumentals to the catchy pop number,Took Me A While that I have for you today. If you like this be sure to check out his myspace page for more tunes.

M4A: Matt Lutz – Took Me A While

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Big Thanks to Mona at MLC PR for the track.


K’nise Connection’s Pick of The Week(and Last Week)

K’nise‘s pick this week is the sultry, soulful,jazzy sounds of Toronto’s dazzlingly beautiful Emma-Lee. Not only is Emma-Lee an extremely talented musician she’s an impressive photographer as well. Hear her songs on her myspace page and make sure you check out her photographs as well.
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Since I was on an unxpected hiatus last week and didn’t get to post much, here’s last week’s pick as well. The Hummingbirds are a sweet country duo from Ypsilanti, Michigan composed of Rachel Lynn on Vocals and Guitar and Stephen Grant Wood on Guitars and Vocals. Watch for their new album due out sometime in 2007
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RIAA WTF
If you like music on the internet, and especially if you’re a college student you’ll want to check out these two articles.

Recording Industry vs People Blog posted this open letter to the RIAA
Open Letter to Universities Whose Students Have Been Targeted by the RIAA

Jefito Blog posted this insightful piece on gizmodo.com’s proposed RIAA boycott
A Lovely Month for a Boycott


Way To Go Desmond !
Our former Artist Of The Day, bedroom four track sensation Desmond Reed has had his song Who I’d Like To Meet picked up by Manchester UK based Babyboom Records to be included on their next sampler cd due out March 19th.


Some places to be this week if you’re not in Austin Texas for SXSW

The Swimmers start their Sunday night residency at Pianos in NYC tonight and share the bill with Maria Taylor and Aderbat in Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Sun Mar 11 2007 9:00P Pianos [residency] New York, New York
Thu Mar 15 2007 7:30P FirstUnitarian Church w/ Maria Taylor and Aderbat Philadelphia, PA

In the mood for some blues ? Here’s where Jo Wymer will be this week :
Sun Mar 11 2007 02:00 PM – Travelling Poets Society – Espresso Joes, Keyport,NJ
Sat Mar 17 2007 08:00 PM – Twisted Tree Cafe Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ

World Cafe Live has a pair of shows by Nanci Griffith followed up by one from the legendary Leon Russell
Wed Mar 14 2007 7:30P Nanci Griffith World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA
Thu Mar 15 2007 7:30P Nanci Griffith World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA
Fri Mar 16 2007 7:30P Leon Russell World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA

The Hold Steady are back from the UK with The Thermals in tow to continue their takeover of the Boys And Girls In America. If there’s one hot band to see now these guys are it.
Mon Mar 12 2007 08:00 PM – Club Downunder Tallahassee, FL
Tue Mar 13 2007 08:00 PM – The Bottle Tree Birmingham, AL
Wed Mar 14 2007 08:00 PM – Hi Tone Cafe Memphis,TN
Thu Mar 15 2007 08:00 PM – Off Broadway St. Louis, MO
Fri Mar 16 2007 08:00 PM – Music Mill Indianapolis, IN
Sat Mar 17 2007 08:00 PM – Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH

RIP Brad Delp

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For those of us with a childhood in the days of vinyl records and 8 track tapes, the first Boston album fueled in large part by Brad Delp‘s soaring vocals was the definitive soundtrack to the summer of 1976. Over 30 years later it remains the biggest selling debut of all time. Now equally revered /reviled as an icon of a classic rock era, it’s influence and longevity have been more than proven. Nirvana‘s biggest hit, Smells Like Teen Spirit was based around the guitar part to More Than A Feeling and countless bands from the Smashing Pumpkins on down have utilized the multitrack guitar sound originated by Tom Scholz just to name a couple.

Rest In Peace Brad Delp. A great rock and roll voice will be missed.

Lead Singer of the Band Boston Dies
By Associated Press
Sat Mar 10, 2:10 AM

ATKINSON, N.H. – Brad Delp, the lead singer for the band Boston, was
found dead Friday in his home in southern New Hampshire. He was 55.

Atkinson police responded to a call for help at 1:20 p.m. and found
Delp dead. Lt. William Baldwin said in a news release that there was
no indication of foul play.

“There was nothing disrupted in the house. He was a fairly healthy
person from what we’re able to ascertain,” Police Chief Philip
Consentino told WMUR-TV.

Delp apparently was alone at the time, Baldwin said.

The cause of death remained under investigation. Police said an
incident report would not be available until Monday.

Delp sang on Boston’s 1976 hits “More than a Feeling” and “Long
Time.” He also sang on Boston’s most recent album, “Corporate
America,” released in 2002.

He joined the band in the early 1970s after meeting Tom Scholz, an
MIT student interested in experimental methods of recording music,
according to the group’s official Web site. The band enjoyed its
greatest success and influence during its first decade.

The band’s last appearance was in November 2006 at Boston’s Symphony
Hall.

On Friday night, the Web site was taken down and replaced with the
statement: “We just lost the nicest guy in rock and roll.”

A call to the Swampscott, Mass., home of Boston guitarist Barry
Goudreau was not immediately returned Friday night.

MP3: Boston – More Than A Feeling
from Boston
MP3: Boston – Hitch A Ride
from Boston
MP3: Boston – Don’t Be Afraid
from Don’t Look Back

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