Monday Morning Blues : Drinking Away Your St Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2008 by · 3 Comments
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What originally started as an Irish religious holiday back in the 17th century has now become one largest worldwide holiday celebrations of the year. St Patrick’s Day is when everyone gets to be Irish for a day, so put on your best green shirt, pour yourself a pint of Guinness and a shot of whiskey and join the party. Have fun and be safe.

John Lee Hooker – One Bourbon, One Scotch, And One Beer
Buy The Very Best Of
Slaid Cleaves – Horseshoe Lounge
Buy Broke Down
Memphis – Incredibly Drunk On Whiskey
Buy A Little Place In The Wilderness
Richard And Linda Thompson – Down Where The Drunkards Roll
Buy I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
Chelsea Taube – Drunk And Not Not Married
More Chelsea Taube
Hogan’s Goat – Whiskey
Buy Good Intention Road
Uncle Tupelo – Whiskey Bottle
Buy No Depression
Theolonius Monk Straight, No Chaser
Buy Straight, No Chaser
Gillian Welch – Whiskey Girl
Buy Hell Among The Yearlings

LIVE: Jotto, Squaaks, The Chimeras,Thinking Machines @ Johnny Brenda’s 03.15.08

March 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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While most of the music world was converging on Austin, Texas for the SXSW conference, Philadelphia was still asserting it’s place as a music city to reckoned with last night at Johnny Brenda’s. First up in a preview of next month’s Bag Of Songs night April 20th at The M Room were the Thinking Machines with an amazing set of songs from their brand new cd, A Complete Record Of Urban Archaeology. A guitar oriented rhythmic sound sound I can best describe as sort of like Gang Of Four meets Fugazi. Next up was folk-edelic stylings of The Chimeras playing songs from their new disc, Party Of God, a loosely conceptual rumination on war and religion in the middle east. Baltimore’s Squaaks were next, tearing through a tight set of their blend of high energy rock. Jotto closed the evening with a set of dancey music that fans of current buzz bands Yeasayer or MGMT would love.

MP3: Thinking Machines – Return To The Red Sun
Buy A Complete Record Of Urban Archaeology
MP3: The Chimeras – Good Friday
Buy Party Of God
MP3: Squaaks – Be Dry My Bleeding Heart
Buy Rock Control
MP3: Jotto – Backyard Circus
Buy Jotto EP

Thinking Machines

The Chimeras



5 On A Friday : Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

March 14, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Spring is coming, that time of year when the air is especially full of change. Why not embrace some change in your world.

1: JJ Cale – Changes
Buy Any Way The Wind Blows
2: Seu Jorge – Changes
Buy The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions
3: Dumptruck – Change
Buy Positively Dumptruck
4: Buddy Holly – Changing All Those Changes
Buy Gold
5: Mary Lou Lord – Lights Are Changing
Buy Got No Shadow

Chilling With Earth, Roots And Water

March 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Starting in the late 60’s and on through the 70’s Toronto became a northern hot bed for a burgeoning reggae scene as a large influx of Jamaican residents shaped their own music culture there. Light In The Attic records has been releasing a series of records under the Jamaica To Toronto moniker chronicling the amazing classic sounds emanating from there. Earth, Roots and Water‘s Innocent Youths is the seventh and final record in that series. Originally pressed in 1977 it’s long been out of print and extremely hard to find. It’s a lost classic of soul infused reggae perfect for just kicking back and chilling out to.

From the press release :
Earth, Roots & Water was initially formed in the mid-seventies to provide hard rhythms and tight backing tracks for the growing number of musical friends and family who ventured to Jerry Brown’s Malton, Ontario, basement studio. Over the years, a veritable who’s who of Jamaican music scene passed through Summer Sound to record with like-minded brethren. Jackie Mittoo, Willi Williams, Johnny Osbourne, Carl Dawkins, Leroy Sibbles, Stranger Cole, and King Jammy are just a handful of the label’s impressive roster.

By 1977, Earth, Roots & Water had developed into an engaging live entity as well, based around the talents of Adrian “Homer” Miller (vocals), Anthony “Base” Hibbert (bass), Colin “Zuba” Suban (drums), Matt Shelley (guitar), and Tony “KB” Moore (keyboards). Both a sonic and visual force, the charismatic youths soon found themselves performing in and around the Toronto area, opening up for The Police and The Stranglers while extending the UK-born punk/reggae love affair to North America.

MP3: Earth, Roots And Water – Tribulations
Buy Innocent Youths

[Jamaica To Toronto Series]

Monday Morning Blues : You Think You Got Car Trouble…

March 10, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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Cars and car troubles have had many a musician singing the blues, here’s just a small sampling for you today.

ZZ Top – She Loves My Automobile
Buy Deguello
The Rolling Stones – Black Limousine
Buy Tattoo You
Steve Miller Band – Mercury Blues
Buy Fly Like An Eagle
Violent Femmes – Gimme The Car
Buy Violent Femmes
The Clash – Brand New Cadillac
Buy London Calling
Chuck Berry – You Can’t Catch Me
Buy The Great Twenty-Eight
Dave Edmunds – Dear Dad
Buy D. E. 7th
The Bottle Rockets – 1,000 Dollar Car
Buy The Brooklyn Side
Rosanne Cash – Black Cadillac
Buy Black Cadillac


New Music : Weinland – La Lamentor

March 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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The emotional ebb and flow that complicates life’s relationships has always been a powerful catalyst for artistic expression. The best works seem both deep, introspective and personal while invoking a connection with the listener the reflects their own feelings. Time tested classics like Bob Dylan‘s Blood On The Tracks and Neil Young‘s Comes A Time, to newer works like Ryan AdamsHeartbreaker and Julie Doiron‘s Woke Myself Up all being prime examples.

Well now you can add Weinland‘s La Mentor to that list, a powerful chronicle of the pain, loneliness, and longing of life’s complex relationships. The intricate sound of album is built up from the stark, powerful, acoustic guitar and vocals of John Adam Weiland Shearer and tastefully augmented by the band which includes Aaron “Rantz” Pomerantz (dobro, mandolin, bells, pedal steel, accordion, lap steel, etc), Rory Brown (bass), Ian Lyles (drums, banjo) and Paul Christensen (piano, keyboards). There are also guest performances by by Adam Selzer (M.Ward, Norfolk and Western), Rachel Blumberg (M.Ward, Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, Norfolk and Western), and Nathan Delffs (The Shaky Hands) among others.

As lyrically powerful as it is musical, from the haunting despair captured in the opening lines “God here I come. Heaven above. Give me a gun. God here I come” to the final resolve of the single line of the closing song In This The End , “I’ll help you pack up your books and clothes and forward the letters of friends who don’t know” the albums 11 songs are a brilliant narrative on the tug of war that ensues in disintegrating love relationships. One of the best releases of 2008 so far.

MP3: Weinland – Sick As A Gun
Buy La Lamentor


Daylight Savings Time Waits For No One

March 9, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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If you’re wondering where that last hour went, Daylight Savings Time starts today in the US so don’t forget to move those clocks ahead one hour.
The blue areas on the map show where Daylight Savings Time is used.

The Boys Boys Boys Sing About The Girls Girls Girls

March 7, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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All the boys know, where better to look than the girls for inspiration. Songs about girls make the rock and roll world go round. What’s your favorite song about a girl ?

1: Dave Edmunds – Girls Talk
Buy Repeat When Necessary
2: Tim Easton – Help Me Find My Space Girl
Buy Special 20
3: The Cribs – Girls Like Mystery
Buy Mens’s Needs, Women;s Needs, Whatever
4: Wheat – I Met A Girl
Buy Per Second, Per Second, Per Second…Every Second
5: Big Star – I’m In Love With A Girl
Buy #1 Record / Radio City

REM : Supernatural Superserious Video

March 6, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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I know, I know, almost everyone’s heard it by now and you may have even seen this video for Supernatural Superserious already, but its the most rocking thing REM has done in a long time so why not hear it again. The new album Accelerate is due out April 1st and REM is going on tour, with Modest Mouse and The National in tow to boot. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Upcoming REM Tour Dates

23 Vancouver – Deer Lake Park
29 Los Angeles – Hollywood Bowl
31 Berkeley – The Greek Theatre
03 Denver – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
06 Chicago – United Center
08 Toronto – Molson Amphitheatre
10 Raleigh – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
11 Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion
13 Boston – Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
14 Long Island – Jones Beach Theater
18 Philadelphia – Mann Center for the Performing Arts
19 New York City – TBA
21 Atlanta – Lakewood Amphitheatre


LIVE: Roky Erickson 03.02.08 at Maxwells

March 5, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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A couple photos from Sunday night’s Roky Erickson show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken NJ. Roky and his band The Explosions blistered through a set of songs that made him the legend he is today. Opening with A Cold Night For Alligators and tearing through a set of his classics like You’re Gonna Miss Me, Bermuda,Two Headed Dog , Starry Eyes and more.

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