Concerted By Jonathan Fischer

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Concerted by Jonathan

Monday Morning Blues : The Song Remains The Blues

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In honor of the two new Led Zeppelin releases coming this fall a double dose of the Monday Morning Blues today featuring songs that Led Zeppelin went on to make famous.

Via Marketwire:
Available November 13, Atlantic Records/Rhino Entertainment will honor the Rock & Rock Hall of Famers with the release of “Mothership,” a 24-track, two-CD comprehensive collection that spans their illustrious career. All eight of the band’s classic studio albums are represented here, with the tracks being personally selected by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones. “Mothership” includes landmark songs such as “Whole Lotta Love,” “Immigrant Song,” “Kashmir,” “Rock And Roll,” “Dazed And Confused,” and “Stairway To Heaven.” The set will also include new liner notes by famed rock writer David Fricke.

Slated for a simultaneous release, Warner Home Video debuts brand-new DVD editions of “The Song Remains The Same,” now for the first time with all 14 songs from the original concert. The DVD features newly remixed and remastered sound, 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound, and boasts more than 40 minutes of added bonus material*, including never-before-released performance footage of “Over The Hills And Far Away” and “Celebration Day”; plus performances of “Misty Mountain Hop” and “The Ocean”; a rare 1976 BBC interview with Robert Plant and Peter Grant; vintage TV footage from the Drake Hotel robbery during the New York concert stand; and a Cameron Crowe radio show.

MP3: Muddy Waters – You Shook Me
Buy The Chess Box
MP3: Jake Holmes – Dazed and Confused
Buy The Above Ground Sound of Jake Holmes
MP3: Muddy Waters – You Need Love
Buy The Chess Box
MP3: Willie Dixon – Bring It On Home
Buy The Chess Box
MP3: Memphis Minnie – When The Levee Breaks
Buy Queen Of The Blues
MP3: John Renbourn – Nobodys Fault But Mine
Buy Another Monday


Sunday Morning Bloghopping

July 29, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Some Sunday morning bloghopping for you to enjoy while you drink your coffee.

Be sure to stop by The Glorious Hum and see why Kate has become one of my new favorite daily reads.

Bruce at Some Velvet Blog has an excellent Little Feat restrospective as well as a video look at the bands who have been on The Simpsons

Casey at The College Crowd Digs Me looks inside Wilco’s Being There and also has a great introduction to Randy Newman

Over at I Am Fuel, You Are Friends, Heather and Ryan Adams become BFF’s

Looking for a band of brothers ? The Duke over at The Late Greats has one(in fact, has many) for you

For all you locals, Matt at The BM Rant has an updated list of all the upcoming shows in Philadelphia

1-2-3 Another Pop Explosion : Black Mountain US Tour Dates

July 28, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Some fantastic news I just heard today :
Black Mountain are about to go on their first North American tour in almost two years. Their self-titled disc was one of the best of 2005. And make sure you start saving up your pennies, because they will have a new album coming in early 2008. Oh yeah.

MP3: Black Mountain – Modern Music
MP3: Black Mountain – Druganaut

Buy Black Mountain

Black Mountain Tour Dates
09/28/07 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court w/ Cave Singers
09/29/07 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive w/ Cave Singers
10/01/07 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room w/ Cave Singers
10/02/07 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry w/ Cave Singers
10/03/07 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle w/ Cave Singers
10/05/07 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern w/ Cave Singers + Oakley Hall
10/06/07 Montreal, Quebec – Le National w/ Lightning Dust + Oakley Hall + Sunset Rubdown
10/08/07 Allston, MA – Great Scott w/ Cave Singers
10/10/07 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge w/ Cave Singers
10/11/07 Brooklyn, NY – Southpaw w/ Cave Singers
10/12/07 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s w/ Cave Singers
10/13/07 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop w/ Cave Singers
10/14/07 Bloomington, IN – Bluebird w/ Cave Singers
10/15/07 Louisville, KY – Headliners w/ Cave Singers + Wax Fang
10/17/07 Norman, OK – The Opolis w/ Cave Singers
10/18/07 Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf w/ Cave Singers
10/21/07 Phoenix, AZ – Modified w/ Cave Singers
10/23/07 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo w/ Cave Singers
10/24/07 San Francisco, CA – The Independent w/ Cave Singers
10/26/07 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge w/ Cave Singers
10/27/07 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
11/03/07 Vancouver, BC Canada – Richards on Richards


5 On A Friday : …One Louder

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Ever want to say “F— It, It’s Friday” turn the music up real loud and get your inner punk rock on? Today is YOUR day. Here’s five 5 classics that will have your speakers smoking in just under 15 minutes. Let it rip.

1: Wire – 12 X U
Buy Pink Flag
2: The Saints – (I’m) Stranded
Buy (I’m) Stranded
3: The Damned – New Rose
Buy Damned Damned Damned
4: The Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer
Buy Young, Loud, And Snotty
5: The Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love
Buy Singles Going Steady

ZIP: Bag All 5


New Music (sort of) :David Vandervelde

July 25, 2007 by · 3 Comments
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Man, sometimes you just miss the bus. I missed the bus big time on this one. How this gem managed to stay off my radar completely in the six months since it’s been released I’ll never know. Since I raved about David Vandervelde‘s live show from Monday night I thought it was only right to let you all have a taste. The Moonhouse Station Band was recorded over a two year period at Jay Bennet‘s (ex-Wilco) Chicago studio on much of the same equipment as Wilco‘s Summerteeth and Being There. The resulting record is part glam rock ala T.Rex or David Bowie and part melodic pop reminiscient of George Harrison or Matthew Sweet‘s best work. An addicting sugar rush of sound that’ll have you coming back for more.
MP3 : David Vandervelde – Nothin’ No
MP3 : David Vandervelde – Jacket
Buy The Moonhouse Station Band (via Secretly Canadian)

Upcoming Tour Dates
07/25/07 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge w/ Blitzen Trapper
07/26/07 Cleveland, OH – Beachland w/ Besnard Lakes
07/27/07 Ann Arbor, The Blind Pig – Blitzen Trapper
07/28/07 Milwaukee, WI – Stonefly Brewing Co
08/04/07 Chicago, IL – Schubas w/ Illinois + Black Angels
08/05/07 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza


From The Mailbag : Eugene Francis Jnr

July 25, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Here’s some brand new music for you straight from the inbox, the folky electronic enhanced sounds of Eugene Francis Jnr. Enjoy.

The history:

On March 8th 1977 at 8.13am Eugene Francis Jnr emerged into our world,
for 2 reasons

a. to make music

b. so that ‘International Women’s Day’ would be officially recognised

9 months earlier it is believed that a chivalrous, Apache Indian made
love to an exquisite, Inuit Eskimo under the timid Welsh sun. The
couple were very much in love but also very much in hiding.

They travelled with Eugene from continent to continent, in search of
work and enlightenment. They were stubborn nomads, who in turn raised
an unshakable hippy…but their taste in music was impeccable

Eugene Francis was raised on Country, Blues and Folk Music, although
when he misbehaved his parents made him listen to 80’Synth-Pop or

After returning to London to study the stars and the planets at
University, Eugene Francis decided to capitalise on being in the
nation’s capital and got busy playing in as many different bands as

These bands were not important

Bored and fed up. Eugene Francis packed his little, junior guitar, and
some threads and headed off to America on a Kerouac. During a late
lock-in @ The White Horse Tavern (NYC) under the watchful eye of Dylan
Thomas. Eugene Francis was enlightened by a friend who told him to move
away from the pop-rock music he had been making and look for something
to call his own.

Up to the challenge Eugene Francis headed back home to the Welsh Hills
to start work.

Just like the construction of chitty-chitty-bang-bang, he disappeared
to work on his project behind locked doors. He emerged 4 months later
holding in his hand the proposed album ‘The Golden Beatle’ and the word
‘Folktronica’ would never be the same.

Now he needed a band, to reproduce the layers of instruments and

Not just any old band, an elite band, a concept band: ‘The Juniors’

Drawing from some of the best bands / musical individuals of the
current Welsh Music Scene (Vito, Broken Leaf) Eugene Francis Jnr has
assembled a democracy, which he calls ‘a harmonious,

And now they plan to take over the world, this one and the next

With Poor Me / Kites being the double A-side Ltd Edition Vinyl, due for
release in June and with the debut album nearing completion, this could
be the year where even the heavens will hear about ‘Eugene Francis Jnr
and the juniors’

MP3: Eugene Francis Jnr – Kites

Ltd Edition 7″ Vinyl In Stores Now!!

CLICK TO BUY ‘Poor Me / Kites’ ON iTunes (U.S.only).


LIVE : 07.23.07 David Vandervelde,Blitzen Trapper,The Peekers at Johnny Brendas

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So I headed out to Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia on a beautiful Monday summer night mainly to see the amazing Blitzen Trapper and ended up seeing a full night of great music. First up was Shreveport, Louisiana’s The Peekers, who turned out an inspired set of psyche-folk-indie rock somewhat similar to the sound of Park The Van label mates,Philly’s own Dr Dog, and The Teeth.
Blitzen Trapper’s country tinged explosion of sound, which they captured so well on their new record ,Wild Mountain Nation is even better live and should be on your do not miss list if they’re coming to your town. Hot, hot, hot. Get out and see them even if it is a school night, you’ll be glad you did.
Next up was my biggest surprise of the evening, David Vandervelde, an artist I knew absolutely zero about when I walked in the door came out and totally rocked the house with his glam rock meets power pop sound. Some of the the boys from Blitzen Trapper joined them for a number of songs adding additional guitar and vocals. I’m a believer.
Pick up their records and run, don’t walk to see these bands if they appear in your ‘hood.
Check their websites and myspace pages for upcoming shows.

The Peekers [MYSPACE]
Blitzen Trapper [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]
David Vandervelde [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]

The Peekers Blitzen Trapper

David Vandervelde

Concerted by Jonathan Fischer

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Concerted by Jonathan

Monday Morning Blues : John Lee Hooker

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Three from the legendary Mr. John Lee Hooker to start your week off in the right groove. Born in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1917, the influence of his rhythmic blend of deep southern blues is still evident in the music being made today.

MP3: John Lee Hooker – Boogie Chillen
MP3: John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom
MP3: John Lee Hooker – Big Legs, Tight Skirt

Buy Very Best Of


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