Archive for April, 2009

Kiss The Rest of Your Day Goodbye

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

If you happen to land at, you might never leave. I haven’t even searched anywhere on the site other than the “live concerts” section, and I’m already planning to spend months at a time here. Yes, that’s right, there are over 64,000 concerts here awaiting you. To download. For free.

Naturally, the majority of them are strictly jam-band, with more than 1,000 concerts available from such bands as moe., the Yonder Mountain String Band and Phil Lesh & Friends. But there’s lots of other cool stuff here, too.

Here are just a few that caught my eye (and soon to catch my ear, too):

Mission of Burma (5)
The South Austin Jug Band (14)
Jon Langford (16)
Scrapomatic (17)
Bad Livers (18)
The Horse Flies (27)
The Decemberists (50)
Hamell on Trial (63)
Alejandro Escovedo (66)
Warren Zevon (77)
Cowboy Junkies (181)
Drive-By Truckers (388)
Ryan Adams (397)


Do You Want Instructions Or Best Results?

Thursday, April 30th, 2009


These are the instructions on the back of a sample pack of Clorox premium bleach. When precisely should one add the laundry?

Take It From The Top: Greg Kihn

Thursday, April 30th, 2009


“The blues descended on Vincent Shives like the ashes of some distant fire. It drifted in the air until it fell on his shoulders, carrying the memory of magnificent flames. He walked ghostly through the swamp, albino skin glowing in the platinum radiance of a full moon. He’d been followed for a while by some teenagers who called after him until they realized where he was going. Then they dropped off fast. That had been over an hour ago.”

(Greg Kihn’s “Mojo Hand (Special Warfare),” 1999)

GAUCHO’s “Deep Night”

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Gaucho(Gaucho, 2009): While most of ever-growing parade of neo-Hot Club bands aim to dazzle with their instrumental virtosity, this swinging little six-piece San Francisco combo seems content to keep it in the Gypsy jazz groove without all of that hey-look-at-me showmanship. Not that these guys don’t have the chops; they do, to be sure. For example, the band’s saxman is Ralph Carney – formerly of Tin Huey as well as Tom Waits’ longtime musical cohort. But this all-instrumental album was recorded mostly live at the hip little dive bar Amnesia, where the band has maintained a weekly Wednesday night residency for the past five years, and the organic fingerprints are all over this music. There are standards (“St. Louis Blues,” “Dark Eyes,” “The Sheik of Araby”) as well as lesser known nuggets, all played with verve and and a healthy dose of humor.

Gaucho: Deep Night


Thursday, April 30th, 2009


BOB DYLAN’s “Together Through Life”

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Bob Dylan: Together Through Life(Columbia, 2009): I always end up approaching a new Dylan album with palpable excitement leavened with just a pinch of fear of disappointment. “Together Through Life” is his 33rd studio album, and on the first couple of spins, it’s easy to listen to, but hard to hear. The basic blues format that dominates the 10 songs makes the music sound deceptively simple. Dylan’s sandpaper growl glides casually, almost effortlessly over the lyrics (all but one co-authored by longtime Grateful Dead wordsmith Robert Hunter), making them initially difficult to digest. Granted there’s no surreal, subterranean homesick poetry here (although he does manage to namecheck both Billy Joe Shaver and James Joyce in “I Feel a Change Comin’ On”), but there’s more than meets the ear. The album was alledgedly spurred by the album’s second track, “Life Is Hard,” which Dylan wrote for the upcoming film, “My Own Love Song,” directed by Olivier Dahan (who also helmed the Academy Award-winning “La Vie en Rose”) and starring Renee Zellweger and Forest Whitaker. Ironically, that delicately spun ballad seems to stand apart from the rest of the blues-oriented tunes. Produced by Dylan (pseudonymly as Jack Frost), the new album’s musical muscle is anchored by Los Lobos’ David Hildalgo, whose accordion playing slathers a wistful Tex-Mex feel over nuggets like the strolling “This Dream of You” and “I Feel a Change Comin’ On.” Tom Petty’s right-hand guitarman Mike Campbell also beefs up the band nicely, but let’s face it, this is a Dylan album, and the band really just serves as window dressing. “Together Through Life” won’t convert any non-believers, but the faithful – myself included – will be rewarded with repeated listenings.

Bob Dylan: Together Through Life


Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks(Surfdog, 2009): Hicks was the ultimate hipster when he launched his recording career back in the ’70s with a unique blend of acoustic swing and Gypsy jazz that was at once nostalgic and surreal. Other than the members of the Hot Licks, nothing much else has changed over the years, and even the band’s sound has remained intact despite the revolving musicianship. This new batch of a dozen delightful tunes includes Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” the campfire classic “Ragtime Cowboy Joe” and the jaunty jug band gem “The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me.” In true fashion, the laconic Hicks makes them all sound like his own.

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks: Tangled Tales

Tell Your Friends!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009


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