Monday, April 30, 2007

Wait a that a washboard??

So, i know you all logged on to RadioKGB today thinking, "Man, i sure hope Ryan finished his new webcast!!" Well, unfortunately, I haven't even started on it. So, to tide you over until I've finished I've decided to give you a quick listen to something I've been listening to for the past week or so.

I'd like to introduce you to Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band consists of two dudes (one of which I would assume is Reverend Peyton) that play guitar and drums and one chick that plays the washboard........wait for it......yes, the washboard.

Not Really That Damn Big

This is quite unlike everything else I've posted about here at RadioKGB and to be perfectly honest I'm surprised myself that I like it. But all the songs are just so toe-tapping good. So, I'm gonna post two songs here, and I think you should give them a listen. And if your toe doesn't start tapping to these songs then you lack either A) a soul or B) toes.

So, let me know what you think. I know yall gots some opinions, so let's hear them.

Wait....what's that? You say you'd like to purchase a Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band CD but you don't know where to go to buy it. Hmm, I understand. Let me see if I can be of some help. Try here and here. See if that helps.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

DBT - The Dirt Underneath

This weekend, The Drive-By Truckers kicked off their Dirt Underneath Tour in their homebase of Athens, Georgia. A stripped down affair, the intent for these shows was to play some oldies, play some new ones, and do a few new things with the old ones. Those of you used to the headbanging, rock and roll side of the Truckers will be in for a nice little surprise. I love the hard rocking Truckers as much as anyone, but this acoustic heavy stuff sounds good, with heavy doses of John Neff pushing the steel and Spooner Oldham, a man who has played with some guys named Dylan and Young (maybe you've heard of them), gracing the keys. Below are a couple of songs from the Friday night gig:

DBT - My Sweet Annette
The first DBT song that blew me away many years ago, this features Cooley on the banjo. Yowza!

DBT - Bob
A new Cooley song from what I understand. Dude continues to write great stuff and I'm looking forward to hearing more and more of him over the next few records.

[Buy DBT here and here]

Thanks to all the tapers who 1) do a great job with the recordings and 2) bust their asses to get this stuff out to the masses. Check out to get your hands on the recordings!

If you get the chance (wish I did), check out the Truckers at a venue near you.

Tue May 1 - Austin, TX - Antone's

Wed May 2 - Austin, TX - Antone's

Fri May 4 - Santa Fe, NM - Lensic PAC with Alejandro Escovedo

Sat May 5 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre with Alejandro Escovedo - ROCK SHOW (Not part of The Dirt Underneath)

Sunday May 6 - Indio, CA - Stagecoach Festival - ROCK SHOW (Not part of The Dirt Underneath)

Mon May 7 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

Tue May 8 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

Thu May 10 - Park City, UT - Suede

Fri May 11 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen

Sat May 12 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre & Cafe

Sun May 13 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre & Cafe

Thu June 21 - Knoxville, TN - Sundown in the City

Fri June 22 - Richmond, VA - Brown's Island

Sat Jun 23 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues

Sun June 24 - Athens, GA - ATHFEST

Fri July 6 - Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival

Sat Jul 14 - Masontown, WV - All Good Music Festival - ROCK SHOW (Not part of The Dirt Underneath)

Thu Jul 19 - New York, NY - Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park - ROCK SHOW (Not part of The Dirt Underneath)


Saturday, April 28, 2007

Saturday Six Pack II

Homer endorsing both the drinking and the rocking!

Good evening folks. I was hoping to simply cut and paste last week's 6 pack entry, since the Cardinals and Cubs were supposed to be on TV here. Unfortunately, we got stuck with the Yankees and Red Sox. I'm sick of hearing about these teams. It seems all ESPN talked about this past week was Boston-New York and Brady Quinn. Anyway, enough of my complaining, let's get to the good stuff.

This week I had a hankerin' for rock and roll songs. All of these bad boys have some killer riffs that'll get you headbanging like these two guys

Guided By Voices -- Atom Eyes from Under the Bushes Under the Stars
I've been on a big indie rock kick from the early to mid 1990s. I'm a relative newbie to GBV, but I look forward to diving in even more.
[Buy Guided By Voices here and here]

Pearl Jam -- State of Love and Trust from Thunder Bay Canada 9/9/05
Talk about a hot riff, this live cut has got it!
[Buy Pearl Jam here]

The Drams -- Unhinged from Jubilee Dive
Brent Best and company rocked for years in Slobberbone. With The Drams, that rocking continues.
[Buy The Drams here and here]

Dinosaur Jr -- Let It Ride from Bug
Dinosaur Jr's new record hits stores this Tuesday and it smokes! I have not stopped listening to it for the last month. Let It Ride, dating back to 1988, gives a little taste of the band that might have created the best album of 2007 when it's all said and done.
[Buy Dinosaur Jr here and here]

Lucero -- San Francisco from Rebels, Rogues and Sworn Brothers
Two Cow Garage's new CD brought me back to these guys and their great album from 2006. Songs of lost loves....refreshing.
[Buy Lucero here]

The Hold Steady -- The Swish from Almost Killed Me
By now, all 3 of you know my love for their 2006 album Boys and Girls In America. However, this song, dating from 2004's Almost Killed Me, might be their hardest rocking of all.
[Buy The Hold Steady here and here]

Hope you enjoy this week's Six Pack. Be sure not to chug all of these in an hour or you'll likely be falling down. As Homer Simpson says, "Don't Stop A Rockin'"!


Top 5 - Quick Three Minute Ditty

JJ Cale - the master of the demo

Let's try a Top 5 a little more academic, because you gotta be able to mix opinion with fact if you're gonna get any where in this blog. But, don't worry, it's not too tricky. Everybody's got their favorite little ditty they can hum along with. Sometimes if a song gets too long and too complicated, it loses all its meaning. Plenty of artists out there can say all they need to in an easy melody and a few short minutes. I figure most songs are between 3 and 5 minutes long. So, what about those quick three minute ditties? Let me have em - what are your Top 5 Song Under 3:00? I'm sure there are plenty of them.

Here's a great example, just to get you started. Blues songs can be really simple and get their point across pretty quickly. I particularly like this Spencer Davis Group song (Steve Winwood singing). Hopefully, it'll get you started.

Spencer Davis Group - The Hammer Song (2:16)
[buy Spencer Davis Group here]


Thursday, April 26, 2007

AG Webcast Episode 4

Guest Rosemary White and Accessible Jazz

>>>>> AG Webcast Episode 4 <<<<<

I’m bringing back the guest host this week, by inviting Rosemary White onto the webcast. Rose has offered up 5 songs she enjoys, told me why she likes them, and answered a few other questions. I’m excited about having guests on the show to bring in some new music (and allow me to do a little less preparation!). Thanks a lot to Rose for being the test case in this little experiment. After that we hear a little jazz that I’ve been digging on lately. Here’s the setlist:

Rose’s Ass-kicking Songs

1. Regina Spektor – On the Radio
2. Dropkick Murphys – I’m Shipping Up to Boston
3. Jack Johnson – We’re Going to Be Friends
4. Gary Jules – Princess of Hollywood Way
5. Kenny Rogers – The Gambler

Accessible Jazz

6. Harry Connick, Jr – Mardi Gras in New Orleans from chanson du vieux carre (2007)
7. Harry Connick, Jr – Ash Wednesday from chanson du vieux carre (2007)

Review of this album

8. Norah Jones – Sinkin Soon from Not Too Late (2006)
9. Norah Jones – My Dear Country from Not Too Late (2006)

10. Norah Jones – More Than This (Roxy Music cover)

Paste Magazine Interview of Norah Jones

11. Paris Combo – Fibre de Verre from Putamayo Presents French Cafe (2003)
12. Medeski, Martin, and Wood – Chubb Subb from Get Shorty Soundtrack (1995)


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

What the hell is an Icky Thump??

Well, its the new album by the White Stripes coming out June 12. However, the single was released to a radio station last night at midnight. So now, I've got the link to it. I've already listened to it and I love it. If this single, also the title track, is any indication, then they've gone away from the blues/country sound of the last album and are ickily thumping there way through this one. Give the single a listen and let me know what you think.

White Stripes - Icky Thump

I will now continue sitting at my desk staring at the calendar, anxiously awaiting June 12.


Edit: Sorry, kids. It looks like the mp3 has been removed. However, have no fear. One can purchase the song for $0.99 on iTunes. Highly worth it, in my book.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Rock and/or roll from Columbus

Taking a look at Two Cow Garage's myspace page, I see enough to know that these guys are a really great band. First, the actual music. They play rock and roll music, loud rock and roll music. If you like the Drive-By Truckers, Lucero, or a band like Glossary, you'll probably dig these guys. Second, PBR is their number one friend on their myspace page. Wa wa wee wa!

With their third release, Two Cow Garage continues its tradition of hard rocking guitars. However, they also shows signs of growth from their second album, The Wall Against Our Back, with horn arrangements on songs like Mediocre and more poignant song writing included in songs such as Should've California and No Shame. Here's my favorite track from the album, probably because it describes me in many a thing:

Two Cow Garage -- Mediocre

[Buy Two Cow Garage here and here]


Monday, April 23, 2007

Borders Recommendation

I was in Borders this weekend, strutting around the store, sporting a $10 gift card (Easter present from my girlfriend’s Mom – pretty sweet), looking for some CD to take a chance on. I picked a Yo La Tengo album as a safe bet (can’t just get one CD when at the store) and continued my search for some risky business, when I passed by the recommendations posted by the Borders employees. Right damn smack in the middle was an album by The Snake the Cross the Crown – an Alabama band. The sticker on the front of the CD suggested this work for fans of Wilco and the hand written recommendation suggested it to be a diamond in the rough, signed “the entire Borders staff”. Alright, sounds promising. I’ll give it a go. And so I did. I gave it three or four listens today and while nothing in it was objectionable, nothing jumped out at me either. I sort of found it to be: blah. We love to talk about our favorite bands here at KGB, but I’d like to take this opportunity to warn listeners about so-so music and, more importantly, about Borders employees recommendations. That recommendation must have just been some dare from one of the stock boys. My second choice for a shot in the dark CD was a Putamayo Presents – Acoustic African music. I bet that one would have been sweet.


R.I.P. Boris Yeltsin

Tough day here at the Radio KGB headquarters, what with the passing of Boris Yeltsin and all. I offer up this song, that has nothing to do with Boris Yeltsin, but is by a group called Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Not even sure if he would've liked this song, but here's paying my repect....

I'd like to use this opportunity to advertise a site I recently stumbled upon. The website is Daytrotter is a site in which travelling indie rockers stop by and offer up recordings on their way across the country. The bands usually record B-sides or alternate versions of songs on their albums live in the Daytrotter studio. Four songs are always recorded and are made available for FREE download at the Daytrotter website. The above tribute to Boris Yeltsin was taken from the Daytrotter website. There's still a lot of bands on the site that I've never heard, but I figured why not give some of these touring bands a chance.

I've decided to give you a listen to two other songs I got from Daytrotter. These songs are from two of the bigger names currently on the indie circuit. Enjoy.


Saturday, April 21, 2007

Saturday Six Pack I

Happy Saturday to everybody! It's a beautiful spring afternoon here in southern Ohio and I've just settled in to watch the Cardinals-Cubs and opened my first Budweiser. Here's to spring days and drinking in the afternoon! Speaking of drinking, today begins a new feature on KGB. Circa every Saturday, or perhaps some early morning Sundays, I'll be posting my Saturday Six Pack of songs. These will be 6 songs that I'm jonesing on for the last few days. The more great music, the better!

Whiskeytown -- Angels Are Messengers From God from Rural Free Delivery
RA and CC singing blissfully as always.
[Buy Whiskeytown here]

Great Lake Swimmers -- Various Stages from Bodies and Minds
Indie band out of Canada. They just released a new album in 2007, but this is from their 2005 release.
[Buy Great Lake Swimmers here]

Son Volt -- Highways and Cigarettes from The Search
My favorite song from my favorite album of the year thus far. Farrar, with Shannon McNally accompanying on harmonies, sounds as good as ever.
[Buy Son Volt here]

Mark Kozelek -- Cruiser from Little Drummer Boy
One of Kozelek's many fine originals. This is taken from his live acoustic album released this year.
[Buy Mark Kozelek here]

Gillian Welch -- Black Star from Black Star EP
Gillian Welch covering a Radiohead song? Yes, and very well at that.
[Buy Gillian Welch here]

Bloodkin -- End of the Show from Good Luck Charm
Loved this song for years thanks to WIdespread Panic and JB's heart felt delivery. The Hutchens have written great songs for years, this included.
[Buy Bloodkin here]


Thursday, April 19, 2007


Here’s an interesting guy with interesting music that at least seems to be positively influencing hip-hop, rap, and other music (something I’m all for). Squarepusher, or Tom Jenkinson, is a middle-aged Brit that’s bucking all the trends and pushing music in a new direction – a digital direction. Let’s make music with computers. At first thought, being a saxophone and guitar player, this troubles me. It just doesn’t seem as real as belting out that high note, altering your air flow to change intonation, or bending a note by moving a guitar string. But, what is playing piano, if not pushing some buttons. Music always has to be processed through something – vocal cords, the metal and wood of a saxophone. Why can’t it be processed through electronics? I’m starting to warm to the idea. Squarepusher warmed to it long ago and is making it all happen now. What I think most impresses me about Squarepusher is that behind all the computers he’s really one of the best bass players in the world (see the clips below). Dude can really move. But, he’s doing more than just playing bass, he’s making it different. In some ways I think that makes the music harder to follow – a sort of inaccessibility that is sometimes associated with jazz or even jam bands. An interesting quote from the end of an interview posted on his website: “But I'm still left thinking about the music. Six pints later: ‘what are you supposed to do when you listen to your stuff?’ Tom says, ‘You can put it on and dance around like a chicken on fire.’ Enough said.” Well, that’s one way to do it.

Now, how is he influencing hip-hop and rap? Well, they love him! Everybody from Outkast to Tom Yorke to Flea thinks this guy’s bad ass. If that brings some creativity to other genres of music, I’m all for it.

So, if you’re as intrigued as I am, here’s more info on the master:

Squarepusher Website – lots of clips, interviews, and videos
Wikipedia site – interesting squarepusher philosophy, not sure about its validity

Some buddies from Vandy (Leilord and Brian) actually introduced me to this guy. Here are the tracks that they recommended:

Can’t get by with out some YouTube clips!


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

What he said........

Well said Kendall. There's not much I can add about the terrible VT tragedy expect its pointless to attempt to make sense of these things. They don't make sense, and they never will. My prayers are with anyone affected by yesterday's events. Now, speaking of music as a healing power, I will add my two cents (by way of three songs that have always helped or meant a lot to me).

Dave Matthews - Everyday: This is my 9-11 song. This is live from a WTC benefit that was aired on television

And here are two other songs about healing that I think you should hear......

Coldplay - Everything's Not Lost
Ben Kweller - In Other Words


Monday, April 16, 2007


I am sure everyone has heard about the stuff at Virginia Tech. Really, really sad. I don't know anyone directly or indirectly involved, but as my good buddy Ryan Gordon said, this hits close to home because it occurred on the college campus.

I could rant and ramble over this for a while, but it wouldn't serve any purpose.

Music heals, at least for me, and I hope some at VT are able to feel a little better tonight because of it.

When 911 hit, I was in my Marley stage. It's probably why I turn to him when things like this happen.

Bob Marley: Trenchtown Rock


Sunday, April 15, 2007

"Baby, there's no guidance when random rules"

I've been on a circa 1990s indie rock kick in the recent days thanks to my rediscovery of a Pavement mix I got a few months ago (I've also been listening to lots of Dinosaur Jr lately -- their newest due out in May is fanfuckingtastic!). Pavement, led by indie rock giant Stephen Malkmus, is one of those bands that took me a while to warm up to. The hooks have always been there for me, but I didn't fully embrace the quirky songwriting until recently.

Malkmus and Berman rockin' the mike.

I think I came around thanks in part to my interest in The Silver Jews. Fronted by David Berman, him and Malkmus have collaborated for years and exhibit similar styles both musically and lyrically. Berman has a distinct style as well -- this ain't just some Malkmus' side project.

Here are some tunes from both Pavement and The Silver Jews.

Pavement -- Summer Babe (Winter Version)

Buy Slanted and Enchanted here

Pavement -- Carrot Rope
Buy Terror Twilight here

The Silver Jews -- Sleeping Is The Only Love
Buy Tanglewood Numbers here

The Silver Jews -- Dallas
Buy The Natural Bridge here


Thursday, April 12, 2007

New Wilco preview...

Wilco is due to release their new album Sky Blue Sky on May 15th. If you surf over to their website, you can get a listen of What Light. Check it out here!

Gotta say, it sounds good to these ears. Wilco is about to kick off a worldwide tour in Australia. For perspectives from Tweedy, John Stirratt, and Glenn Kotche on the making of the record, check out the three interviews below.

The Melbourne Beat
Xpress Magazine
The Courier Mail

Monday, April 9, 2007

Here's to bad ideas....

Well, now they've gone and done it. The Brits have announced perfect plans to eff up everyone's favorite album of all time. In honor of the 40th Anniversary of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, BBC Radio has decided to remake the album with the help of current rock and roll bands. Oasis (duh), The Killers, and Travis (a poor man's Oasis), among others have decided to help out. Oasis makes obvious sense, but after that you get the feeling they had a difficult time getting big name bands to join on (the aforementioned being the only "big" bands).

So, this horrible idea got me thinking. What if I was going to ruin the best album of all time? What bands would I hire on (assuming everyone I asked was onboard for the idea)? I've decided to list the band or artist that I think would do the best cover of every song off of Sgt. Pepper. Some of these were more difficult than I thought they would be. If you've got any good suggestions for any of these, leave your choices in the comments section. This could be fun. Here's what I came up with:

1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Oasis: I'm going to let the most Beatles-esque wannabees around start off and anchor my album. This was the easy.
2. With a Little Help from my Friends - The whole Brushfire gang!!: That's right, I realize Joe Cocker did a pretty damn good version of this song, but I'd like to hear it done all acoustically with Jack Johnson singing lead and Ben Harper, G.Love, and Matt Costa singing the answering portion of the song.
3. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds - A Perfect Circle: Has anyone out there heard APC's version of Lennon's Imagine?? Makes me think they could do a pretty trippy version of this song about....well.....tripping.
4. Getting Better - The Postal Service: I'd like to hear an pseudo-electronic take on the "bounciness" of this song. I think a digital take on the poppy guitar chords would sound cool.
5. Fixing a Hole - Cake: I think Cake could make a pretty decent version of this song. I think they'd do a good job of matching the different sounding guitars.
6. She's Leaving Home - Sufjan Stevens: A harp being plucked over a string arrangement??? Sounds like Sufjan to me.
7. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! - Eels: I think you need kinda a oddball group to compete with the oddball sounds of this songs. I also think the Eels would be good at the waltz.
8. Within You Without You - Incubus: This one was tricky but who the hell owns a sitar nowadays anyways??? I was kinda thinking of the song Aqueous Transmission when I chose this one. I realize that's not exactly a sitar, but the song has a very 'earthy' quality to it that I think Incubus could do well.
9. When I'm 64 - Belle and Sebastian: Quite possibly my least favorite song on the album. I can't think of many bands that I care about that sound THIS poppy. Belle and Sebastian would have to be it, i guess. I need help with this one.
10. Lovely Rita - Red Hot Chili Peppers: Flea killing the bassline and Kiedes "rapping" alongside.....
11. Good Morning Good Morning - The Decemberists: Is Deep Purple still a band?? That's the only other rooster intro i've ever heard. Regardless, I think the Decemberists could prog rock themselves a couple of horns in this one as well as anyone.
12. Sgt. Pepper Reprise - Oasis: See above.
13. A Day in the Life - Radiohead: The classic song off this album. Its an epic, so you obviously need someone big to do this one. Someone that would do this song justice. Radiohead fits the bill better that anyone.

So, that's what I came up with. Like I said, this was pretty tough. So, if you've got some suggestions for any of these let me hear them. Most of us know the songs......I mean it is the greatest of album of all time.


Saturday, April 7, 2007

"That's a bummer man" Part II

Bummer news from the world of the Drive-By Truckers. Jason Isbell, one of the three-headed guitar attack, is out of the band. Jason posted the first news on his myspace page last night and Patterson confirmed it with an email to the DBT mailing list.

Mixed emotions about it. Isbell was the best guitar player of the bunch, but his songwriting style, which leaned a little more poppy, was my least favorite. On a positive note though, John Neff, pedal steel extraordinaire, will step in full time. Patterson and the Stroker Ace are adequate guitar players and with Neff on board, they should be fine and perhaps return a little to their alt-country roots.

Neff spent previous time with the band and helped record Gangstabilly and Pizza Deliverance. The two songs below are from those albums and might give us an idea of the sound we'll hear.

DBT: The Night GG Allin Came to Town

DBT: Steve McQueen


Friday, April 6, 2007

I hate squirrels......

Seriously, I do. And here a Vanderbilt, it's like the little bastards are domesticated. They're everywhere!! And, for some reason, they're totally not scared of people.They jump out from behind trashcans at you, they jump out of trees, from behind buildings...EVERYWHERE!!! One scared the absolute crap out of me while I was walking into school this morning. He ran right in front of me not 1 foot from where I was walking....

Don't let this one fool you. He may be cute, but this one's got diseases

So, in honor of me not liking squirrels (and the fact that I haven't posted in over a week) here's a couple of links to some songs that deal with other topics that I'm not particularly fond of. The songs themselves are good, but the topics they deal with aren't my faves. Hope you enjoy the songs.....

1. Ben Folds - Prison Food: Everytime I've been to prison, the food has been absolutely atrocious. So, if you're looking for a place to get some decent eats, I don't recommend committing a crime.

2. Death Cab for Cutie - Crooked Teeth: For all you younglings out there with braces, here's a bit of advice: When you get your braces off, don't forget to wear your retainer. Because there's nothing worse than being stuck with braces for 4 years only to have your teeth drift right on back to being crooked, only because you were too lazy to where your retainer.

3. Elliott Smith - Waltz #2: I've included this song to represent my aversion to dancing. Whether it be to rap (which I particularly hate) or classical dancing (for which I have taken a few lessons) doesn't matter. I don't like dancing.

4. Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong: It doesn't happen often, but I hate being wrong.....

5. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun: Now I don't mind foreign people, BUT what I don't like is when I'm on an elevator with two people that speak a totally foreign language than me and they speak it right in front of me. That just seems rude. I have no idea what they're saying and I always assume they're making fun of me, when approximately 98% of the time that's not true. It is my opinion that they should either A) Speak English on the elevator, or B) Wait until either they or I get off the elevator to resume their conversation in the foreign language. I don't think that's asking too much.



Thursday, April 5, 2007

"That's a bummer man"

Tough day for me over here. My sports addictions are taking it on the chin with the Cardinals starting 0-3 and Billy Donovan emphatically turning down the UK coaching job. Thankfully, as Jackopierce once wrote, music as salvation. This podcast pays homage to one of my favorite music websites, This is a great site for finding obscure bands at reasonable prices. They feature lots of indie greats, heavy hitters, and a wide variety of music. You can even get a few free mp3s by trying out their site. All of the following tracks were gems I found at Emusic. Hope you enjoy!

BK Podcast #3

1. The Bottle Rockets -- Middle Man from Zoysia
2. The Bottle Rockets -- Welfare Music from The Brooklyn Side
3. Alejandro Escovedo -- Don't Need You from A Man Under The Influence
4. Alejandro Escovedo -- Wedding Day from A Man Under The Influence
5. M Ward -- To Go Home from Post-War
6. M Ward -- Headed For A Fall from To Go Home EP
7. My Morning Jacket -- Suspicious Minds from The 930 Club 8/16/2002
8. My Morning Jacket -- Just Because I Do from The 930 Club 8/16/2002
9. The Dexateens -- Neil Armstrong from Hardwire Healing
10. The Dexateens -- Some Things from Hardwire Healing
11. Sun Kil Moon -- Neverending Math Equation from Tiny Cities
12. Sun Kil Moon -- Ocean Breathes Salty from Tiny Cities
13. Hayes Carll -- Naked Checkers from Flowers and Liquor
14. Hayes Carll -- Perfect Lover from Flowers and Liquor


Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Stagecoach - California's Country Music Festival

This news briefing/post goes out to all of our Left Coast fans out there. I happen to run across this fantastic little country music festival that'll be going on in Indio, CA (minutes from Joshua Tree NP) in the early month of May called Stagecoach. Yes, the headliners are George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, and Brooks and Dunn, but look at all the other great bands that are gonna be there! Let's call this a country/bluegrass/rock concert - Willie Nelson, Neko Case, Old 97s, Robert Earl Keen, Earl Scruggs, Nickel Creek, Yonder Mountain String Band, John Cowan Band, Emmylou Harris, Drive-By Truckers, Junior Brown, Ricky Skaggs, Doyle Lawson, Del McCoury, Bela Fleck, The Flatlanders, and Garrison Keillor to name a few. Damn, look at that line up! But, also look at that price - nearing $200 for two days. If I had the money, I'd be there. Looks like our devoted fans are going to have to post a review for us.


Monday, April 2, 2007

This Desert Life

I just returned from a fantastic three day weekend at Joshue Tree National Park in celebration of Cesar Chavez Day. Those scorching tempteratures, cool oases, prickly Cholla cacti, and gigantic boulders set my mind to a burning question - what do you listen to in the desert?

<--- The J-Tree itself

A reoccuring song for the weekend happened to be Friends in Low Places (...where the wiskey runs through the oooooaaasis...) by Garth Brooks, but we figured some Johnny Cash, The Doors, Los Lobos, Willie Nelson, and America might be appropriate. Here are a couple I came up with:

The Doors - Riders on the Storm - Its got some rainy sounds in it, but it could also be a dust storm...

America - Horse With No Name - I need not explain

Counting Crows - High Life - "Oh this desert life, this high life..."

Counting Crows - Mrs. Potter's Lullaby - The part about going out to the desert to lie down beneath this mold of stars is pretty appropriate - the stars were awesome out there!

The Allman Brothers Band - Back Where It All Began - "travel out across the burning sand..."

Beastie Boys - Paul Revere - awesome desert story telling

What are some other good desert songs? Let me know about em!