5 On A Friday : Radio, Radio

August 31, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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To quote the words of one Mr. Van Morrison “Turn up your radio…”

1: Bruce Springsteen – Radio Nowhere
Buy Magic
2: Mary Weiss – Cry About The Radio
Buy Dangerous Game
3: Grave Cowboys – Truck Radio
Buy Dead Man’s Shoes
4: Jesse Malin – Broken Radio
Buy Glitter In The Gutter
5: Jim White – Static On The Radio (w/Aimee Mann)
Buy Drill A Hole In That Substrate And Tell Me What You See

Wednesday Night Bloghopping

August 30, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Some bloghopping stops to entertain you while my next real post lingers behind schedule.

Make Kate’s day by stopping by and wishing The Glorious Hum a Happy 2nd Birthday.

Heather loves The Swimmers almost as much as I do, get their live EP at I Am Fuel,You Are Friends.

Michael and Trip at Teenage Kicks share their excellent new discovery Jeremy Fisher.

Bruce does double duty bringing us Mary Louise Parker shaking the moneymaker on a pool table to Illinois on his new blog Philadelphia Freedom, and a taste of some exclusive live Spoon at Some Velvet Blog

Powerpopulist finds the good stuff for you so you don’t have to

Heather’s not the only show in Colorado, Julio at Cause=Time brings an endless stream of new and excellent music your way

And last but not least don’t miss my trip back through high school as I guest blog with The Duke over at The Late Greats

Random Song Of The Day : 8-6-7-5-3-0-9

August 29, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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MP3: Tommy Tutone – 867-5309 Jenny

Buy Tommy Tutone 2
Man this song really went from being on the radio everywhere to being on the radio nowhere didn’t it.

Monday Morning Blues : Goin’ Down South

August 27, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Paying a bit of a tribute today to Mississippi, birthplace of the blues and home to many infamous juke joints like the one in the photo above where you could hear authentic blues music, drink, and dance the night away. Here’s a few songs influenced by the deep south Mississippi sound.

MP3: North Mississippi Allstars – Goin’ Down South
Buy Shake Hands With Shorty
MP3: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Missisippi Kid
Buy Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
MP3: ZZ Top – My Head’s In Mississippi
Buy Recycler


New Music : GOIN’ HOME: A Tribute to Fats Domino

August 25, 2007 by · 3 Comments
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Via Vanguard Records:
GOIN’ HOME: A Tribute to Fats Domino


Icons from the world of rock, blues, reggae, pop and country music have joined together to salute the genius of legendary piano man FATS DOMINO for the upcoming double CD set, Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino.

Goin’ Home is set for a September 25th release on Vanguard Records. This stellar tribute to one of the cornerstones of rock n’ roll music will help raise desperately needed funds specifically earmarked for instruments to be donated to New Orleans’ public school children.

Monies raised from the sales of Goin’ Home will also go toward the rebuilding of Fats Domino’s home and to create a community center in the Crescent City’s still ravaged Lower 9th Ward. Proceeds of Goin’ Home will fund additional community related

The Tipitina’s Foundation, a 501 ©(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving the cultural legacy of New Orleans through music education for the youth and providing programs that support working musicians of New Orleans and the Gulf Region, conceived and executive produced Goin’ Home.

The roster of music royalty contributing their interpretations of classic Fats Domino songs include: Sir Elton John (Blueberry Hill), Sir Paul McCartney (I Want To Walk You Home), Tom Petty (I’m Walkin’), Robert Plant (It Keeps Rainin’), Willie Nelson (I Hear You Knockin’), B.B. King (Goin’ Home) and Neil Young (Walkin’ To New Orleans).

Goin’ Home will also feature the late John Lennon’s version of Fats’ most popular song, “Ain’t That A Shame.”

In addition, some of modern music’s most prolific artists have contributed their time and talent including Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, Ben Harper with The Skatalites, Toots and The Maytals, Taj Mahal, Herbie Hancock and Bonnie Raitt. Up and coming stars such as Marc Broussard with Sam Bush, Corrine Bailey Rae and Joss Stone with blues master Buddy Guy have recorded their renditions for this unique compilation.

The participation of some of New Orleans’ greatest musicians has been paramount in the process of recording of Goin’ Home. Dr. John, Art Neville, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Galactic,Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Theresa Andersson, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Rebirth Brass Band and NOLA funk masters George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli and Henry Butler.

Goin’ Home is the brainchild of Tipitina’s Foundation executive director Bill Taylor. “The idea came to me last September when I was trying to come up with a way to thank Fats for donating the proceeds of his last recording, Alive and Kickin’ to our Foundation. I also wanted to create a project that could shine the spotlight on our city’s unique music culture”.

Kevin Welk, President and General Manager of The Welk Music Group stated, “We feel privileged to be involved in such a worthy project. Not only is this a great cause, it continues to raise awareness to a great city that needs all of our support.”

Taylor adds, “Fats Domino is the cornerstone of New Orleans music, which in turn became the bedrock for R&B, Soul, Country, Reggae and Rock and Roll. Getting him back to his Lower 9th Ward house will send a clear message to his friends, neighbors and fans that we in New Orleans are coming back and Fats is leading the way.”

Some great new music for a worthy cause and a tribute to true legend. Here’s a tasty sample to tide you over until September 25th rolls around.

MP3: Randy Newman – Blue Monday
MP3: Marc Broussard(feat Sam Bush) – Rising Sun
Buy GOIN’ HOME: A Tribute to Fats Domino


5 On A Friday : Leaks

August 24, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Sorry folks not the kind of leaks your thinking of, but the ones in my basement that require pieces of copper pipe and soldering. The ones that also ate up the portion of my day when I’d usually be preparing 5 on A Friday for you, so unfortunately it will be MIA today.

Never fear, it will be back next week. Have a great weekend

Back on Campus With Vampire Weekend

August 22, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Today’s Random Song Of The Day is a hot one from Vampire Weekend for everyone getting ready to leave behind the sun and fun of summer and head back to school for the fall. Catch them if you can, they just played a sold out show in Philadelphia last week and are back again next month for some more.
UPDATE : 8/22 : I had originally posted the song Campus in keeping with the theme of the post. As it was not the final version of the song the band kindly asked me to take it down and offered Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa instead which I gladly bring you now. Thanks Rostam !

Aug 23 2007 8:00P Space Gallery with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Portland, Maine
Aug 24 2007 8:00P Casa del Popolo with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Montreal, Quebec
Aug 25 2007 8:00P Sneaky Dee's with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Toronto, Ontario
Aug 26 2007 8:00P Bug Jar with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Rochester, New York
Aug 27 2007 8:00P Soundlab with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Buffalo, New York
Aug 28 2007 8:00P Beachland Tavern with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Cleveland, Ohio
Aug 29 2007 8:00P Publico with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug 30 2007 8:00P Buskirk Chumley Theater with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Bloomington, Indiana
Sep 8 2007 8:00P Music Hall of Williamsburg with HARLEM SHAKES + YEASAYER (18+) NY, New York
Sep 13 2007 8:00P M Room Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Josh Ritter : One More, Third Times A Charm

August 20, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Here’s one more taste of the amazing new Josh Ritter album The Historical Conquests Of Josh Ritter that hits stores tomorrow. Watch as Josh and the band get their inner Spoon on in a song that would make Britt Daniel proud. [Buy it]

Josh Ritter and the band perform “Minds Eye,” from the Fall 2007 new album “The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter.” Filmed and edited by the folks of “Juan’s Basement.”

Monday Morning Blues : Steppin’ Out

August 20, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Today for Monday Morning blues, back to 1966, when Eric Clapton still played guitar like it really mattered. The John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton album is full of raw, incendiary, blues guitar playing and was the precursor to the formation of Cream.

Allmusic.com describes it thusly:

Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton was Eric Clapton’s first fully realized album as a blues guitarist — more than that, it was a seminal blues album of the 1960s, perhaps the best British blues album ever cut, and the best LP ever recorded by John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Standing midway between Clapton’s stint with the Yardbirds and the formation of Cream, this album featured the new guitar hero on a series of stripped-down blues standards, Mayall pieces, and one Mayall/Clapton composition, all of which had him stretching out in the idiom for the first time in the studio. This album was the culmination of a very successful year of playing with John Mayall, a fully realized blues creation, featuring sounds very close to the group’s stage performances, and with no compromises. Credit has to go to producer Mike Vernon for the purity and simplicity of the record; most British producers of that era wouldn’t have been able to get it recorded this way, much less released. One can hear the very direct influence of Buddy Guy and a handful of other American bluesmen in the playing. And lest anyone forget the rest of the quartet: future pop/rock superstar John McVie and drummer Hughie Flint provide a rock-hard rhythm section, and Mayall’s organ playing, vocalizing, and second guitar are all of a piece with Clapton’s work. His guitar naturally dominates most of this record, and he can also be heard taking his first lead vocal, but McVie and Flint are just as intense and give the tracks an extra level of steel-strung tension and power, none of which have diminished across several decades.

MP3 : John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Steppin’ Out
MP3 : John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Double Crossing Time
MP3 : John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Key To Love

Buy John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton

The Lightning Bug Situation – A Leaf; A Stream

August 20, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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This cd was first brought to my attention by a friend of the band, who is enamored by the idea that it synchs up with the 1972 film Solaris. Much in the same way Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side Of The Moon is purported to synch up with the Wizard Of Oz. I’ll leave the final determination on that matter to the more “adventurous” of you out there.

The Lightning Bug Situation is the work of Brian Miller, who is one half of San Francisco’s The Speakers along with Peter Musselman and also plays guitar in Jolie Holland‘s band. The new disc, A Leaf;A Stream is essentially Brian’s solo project, but the album is filled out with contributions of many musical friends and family members.

Brian attached a sticky note to the copy of the disc cd he sent me which said “I hope you like it—I put my heart into it.” It couldn’t be more obvious upon listening, the album is an intense, intimate, personal portrait. You get an amazing sense of Brian’s world from the spoken word recollections of his family members, interspersed with his atmospheric folk pop songs. The birth of his new baby, the emotional struggles with his partner Nancy, the heartbreak of losing their dog Topher, the emotions these events trigger are all laid bare in the music. To listen is to feel them with him, the music is it’s own movie.

MP3: The Lightning Bug Situation – Topher’s Last Song
MP3: The Lightning Bug Situation – Iraqi Man And Baby Daughter, 2007

Buy A Leaf; A Stream


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