2008 : The Year Of The Rat

February 8, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Starting the Chinese new year today for “The Year Of The Rat”
Those born in the “Year of the Rat” are clever, ambitious, creative, hard-working, fastidious, charming and sociable, but can be a bit stingy when it comes to sharing their wealth or possessions. [SOURCE]

MP3 : The Slip – Even Rats
Buy Eisenhower

Flying Along With Aviary Ghost

February 6, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Bloomington, Indiana’s Aviary Ghost started out for Charlie Crimando and Stephen Kemsley as songwriting project to make some long winter days go by an ended up up as their first full album Memory Is A Hallway. It’s a smooth, soothing blend of bright breezy pop songs with a sound along the lines of early Smiths or The Go Betweens. The perfect soundtrack for sitting back and daydreaming your day away.

MP3: Aviary Ghost – Somewhere Else
Buy Memory Is A Hallway

Aviary Ghost is
Charlie Crimando – vocals, guitar, mandolin
Stephen Kemsley – piano, gizmos, vocals
Jon Clark – electric guitar, keys, vocals
Patrick Moore – bass guitar
CJ Young – Drums

Upcoming Shows
Feb 12 2008 The Bluebird Bloomington, Indiana
Mar 8 2008 Radio Radio w/ Red Light Driver, 8-bit Revival, Small Arms Boy Indianapolis, Indiana
Mar 19 2008 Bear’s Place Bloomington, Indiana
Mar 20 2008 WIUX in-studio (99.1FM) Bloomington, Indiana
Apr 3 2008 NOISE (IU Memorial Union) Bloomington, Indiana
Apr 17 2008 LFB Club Night @ A lot of Bloomington bars Bloomington, Indiana
Apr 18 2008 LFB Club Night @ A lot of All Ages Venues in Bloomington! Bloomington, Indiana
Apr 25 2008 Rhino’s All-Ages Club Bloomington, Indiana

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Monday Morning Blues : Mardi Gras Mixer

February 4, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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A cajun flavored mix to get you all in the mood for New Orleans Mardi Gras tomorrow. So pour yourself a hurricane, put on your party mask, and round up some Mardi Gras beads because this one’s guaranteed to kick your Fat Tuesday party into high gear.

The Hawketts – Mardi Gras Mambo
Buy Treacherous
Ray Charles – Mess Around
Buy The Birth Of Soul
Neville Brothers – Fire On The Bayou
Buy Treacherous
Los Lobos – The Fat Man
Buy Goin’ Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino
Huey Piano Smith And The Clowns – At The Mardi Gras
Buy Havin’ Fun with Huey “Piano” Smith
Art Neville – Zing Zing
Buy Treacherous
Little Richard – Lucille
Buy Best Of
The Bluerunners – Heat Down Below
Buy The Bluerunners
John Delafose & The Eunice Playboys – Pere Et Garçon Zydeco
Buy Pere Et Garçon Zydeco
Le Trio Cadien – Bayou Pon Pon
Buy Le Trio Cadien
Zachary Richard – Filé Gumbo
Buy Zack’s Bon Ton
Jambalaya – Lucinda Williams
Buy Ramblin’
Buckwheat Zydeco – Think It Over One More Time
Buy Waitin’ For My Ya Ya
Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Mardi Gras In New Orleans
Buy Mardi Gras In Montreaux
Preservation Hall Jazz Band – When The Saints Go Marching In
Buy Goin’ Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino

[Painting by Jared Osterhold]

Seeing Shadows On Groundhog Day

February 2, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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A couple of songs to soundtrack your Groundhog Day today. So, is it six more weeks of winter or is it going to be an early spring in just six weeks ? I guess only the shadow knows for sure.

MP3: Brandi Carlile – Shadow On The Wall
Buy The Story
MP3: Velvet Underground – Who Loves The Sun
Buy Loaded

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5 On A Friday : Warning Labels

February 1, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Artists and record labels have always maintained a somewhat tentative alliance. Here’s five on that relationship today from the artist’s point of view and a bonus sixth track from the other point of view, Joni Mitchell‘s tribute to David Geffen, Free Man In Paris.
All kind of inspired today by the release of Nick Lowe‘s rare track, I Love My Label which will be a bonus track on the upcoming 30th anniversary edition of the classic Jesus of Cool.

1: Nick Lowe – I Love My Label
Buy Jesus Of Cool 30th Anniversary Edition
2: Graham Parker – Mercury Poisoning
Buy Passion Is No Ordinary Word
3: The Format – The Compromise (acoustic)
Buy Live From The Living Room Volume One
4: The Sex Pistols – EMI
Buy Never Mind The Bollocks
5: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Workin’ For MCA
Buy Thyrty

Bonus: Joni Mitchell – Free Man In Paris
Buy Court And Spark

New Music : The Black Hollies

February 1, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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An excellent brand new psychedelic garage rock gem from New Jersey’s Black Hollies off of their upcoming disc, Casting Shadows, due out March 11 via Ernest Jenning. Turn it up. And be sure to get out and see them live, tour dates below.

MP3: The Black Hollies – Paisley Pattern Ground
Buy Casting Shadows

Upcoming Shows
02-15 Brooklyn, NY Magnetic Field – Record Release!
02-16 New York, NY Midway w/ Lyres
02-17 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s – Record Release 2!
02-22 Baltimore, MD The Talking Head
02-29 New Haven, CT Cafe Nine
03-01 Somerville, MA Abbey Lounge
03-02 Philadelphia, PA The Fire
03-03 Charlotte, NC The Tremont Music Hall
03-04 Norfolk, VA The Boot
03-07 New Orleans, LA Saturn Bar
03-08 Dallas, TX Club Dada
03-09 Houston, TX Rudyard’s
03-12-03-16 Austin, TX SXSW
03-18 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
03-19 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
03-21 Detroit, MI Lager House

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