Happy Mothers Day !

May 11, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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A little Mothers’ Day mix for you today. And don’t forget to visit or call your mother today, remember, you wouldn’t be here without her.

Merle Haggard – Mama Tried
Buy Mama Tried
Joni Mitchell – Songs To Aging Children Come
Buy Clouds
Neil Young – I Am A Child
Buy Decade
Beach House – Childhood
Buy Beach House
Liz Phair Mother’s Little Helper
Buy Music from and Inspired by Desperate Housewives
Lucinda Williams – Motherless Children
Buy Ramblin’
Miranda Lambert – Mama I’m Alright
Buy Kerosene
Nellie McKay – Mama And Me
Buy Pretty Little Head
Kanye West – Hey Mama
Buy Late Registration
The Supremes – Love Child
Buy Hitsville USA
Jimmy Castor – Hey Leroy, Your Mamma’s Callin You
Buy Soul Power Instrumentals

5 On A Friday : The Doctor Is In, What’s The Trouble ?

May 9, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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According to Wiki, trouble is a problem, an obstacle which makes it difficult to achieve a desired goal, objective or purpose. It refers to a situation, condition, or issue that is yet unresolved. In a broad sense, a problem exists when an individual becomes aware of a significant difference between what actually is and what is desired.

But sometimes, it’s only just a board game, waiting for you to take your turn.

1: The Replacements – I’m In Trouble
Buy Sorry Ma Forgot to Take Out The Trash
2: The A-Sides – Always In Trouble
Buy Silver Storms
3: Dave Edmunds -Trouble Boys
Buy Tracks On Wax 4
4: Man Man – Big Trouble
Buy Rabbit Habits
5: Limbeck – Trouble
Buy Trouble

Really Got A (Sleeper) Hold On Me

May 7, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Totally rocking my world in a noise is good kind of way this week is No Age’s Nouns album. It takes the blueprint laid down by Sonic Youth’s Teenage Riot and builds one hell of a house on top of it. A shimmering wall noisy guitars all twisted together with melodic power pop hooks. They’re currently blazing through the UK and Europe and return to make the summer even hotter in the US starting in June.

No Age – Sleeper Hold
Buy Nouns

No Age Tour Dates
May 09 Dissonanze Festival, Rome, Italy
May 11 All Tomorrow’s Parties, Minehead, United Kingdom
May 13 Thekla Social, Bristol, United Kingdom
May 15 Great Escape Festival, Brighton, Ireland
May 16 Islington Mill, Manchester, Manchester
May 17 Nasty Fest, Leeds, United Kingdom
May 18 Optimo, Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 20 Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
May 21 Dome, London, United Kingdom
May 22 Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
May 23 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 24 Dagindebranding Festival, Paaard, Netherlands
May 26 Arena, Vienna, Austria
May 27 Zum Tuefel, Heidleberg, Germany
May 28 La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
May 29 Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Jun 29 Blue Iguana, El Paso, TX
Jun 30 Loft, Dallas, TX
Jul 01 Emos, Austin, TX
Jul 03 Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA
Jul 08 Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
Jul 09 Floristree, Baltimore, MD
Jul 10 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
Jul 11 Seaport Music Festival, New York, NY
Jul 13 Sub Pop 20th, Redmond, WA
Jul 14 Middle East, Cambridge, MA
Jul 15 La Sala Rosa (Montreal), Montreal, Canada
Jul 16 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada
Jul 17 Eagle Theatre, Pontiac, MI
Jul 19 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Jul 19 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Jul 21 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
Jul 23 KEXP, Seattle, WA
Jul 24 Richards on Richards, Vancouver, Canada
Jul 26 Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR
Jul 28 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA


New Music : Philadelphia’s The Brakes

May 4, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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Philadelphia has a long tradition of excellent bands that have combined top notch musicianship and songwriting into a jazz,folk, and blues inflected sound. Immensely popular in their hometown, bands like Townhall, Huffamoose, and The Low Road all flamed out too soon in their quest to bring this sound to the world at large. The Brakes are the next in line to attempt to break this sound out of the city and to a wider audience. Favorites on local radio station WXPN and with a strong fanbase, they may just be the ones poised to finally take it all the way. Barely into their early 20’s with the oldest at just 23, The Brakes have already shared bills with the likes of The Hold Steady, Robert Randolph, Widespread Panic and Willie Nelson amongst others.

Recently signed to Hyena Records their new album Tale of Two Cities is being released this Tuesday, May 6th and is solid batch of songs steeped folk, blues, jazz and rock tradition. Recorded live during a month long Spring 2007 dual Philadelphia / New York City residency, hence the name, it showcases the band at their best.

The Brakes :
Zach Djanikian – Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Tenor Saxophone
Matt Kass – Guitars, Bass
Derek Feinberg – Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Adam Flicker – Keyboards, Trumpet, Vocals
Josh Sack – Drums, Cymbals

Give a listen to the Randy Newman-esque album opener Into the Ground, pick up your copy this Tuesday and be sure to catch them as they zig zag the country on tour this spring.

MP3 : The Brakes – Into The Ground
Buy Tale Of Two Cities

Upcoming Tour Dates
May 7, 2008 / Sticky Fingers Chicken Shack / Little Rock, AR
May 9, 2008 / The Cavern / Dallas, TX
May 10, 2008 / Warehouse Live / Houston, TX
May 11, 2008 / Emo’s Alt. Lounge – Inside / Austin, TX
May 13, 2008 / Blueberry Hill / St. Louis, MO
May 14, 2008 / Birdy’s / Indianapolis, IN
May 15 / The Redstone Room / Davenport, IA
May 16, 2008 / The Rave / Milwaukee, WI
May 17, 2008 / Kinetic Playground / Chicago, IL
May 18 / The Eagle Theater / Pontiac, MI
May 20 / The Cambridge Room @ House of Blues / Cleveland, OH
May 21 / Club Cafe / Pittsburgh, PA
May 22 / Coffee East / Easton, MD
May 24 & 25 / Hard Rock Park / Myrtle Beach, MD
June 2 / Mercury Lounge / New York, NY
June 3 / Higher Ground / Burlington, VT
June 5 / The Stone Church / Newmarket, NH


5 On A Friday : Vive la révolution

May 2, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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It’s ony a few more days until Cinco De Mayo, the holiday that marks the anniversary of the revolution by the underpaid agave pickers who were constantly being forced to work long hours in the desert for little pay to help support the worldwide demand for tequila.
Just kidding, it’s not really a revolution but Cinco De Mayo does actually commemorate a victory, that of the Mexican forces over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

1: The Beatles – Revolution 1
Buy The White Album
2: The Clash – Revolution Rock
Buy London Calling
3: Judas Priest – Revolution
Buy The Essential
4: Neil Young – Revolution Blues
Buy On The Beach
5: Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ Bout A Revolution
Buy Tracy Chapman

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