Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Cursive Tour Dates (Atlanta on May 1), Video of the Day
The new album, their first since 2006, is the fourth full-length release since the band's inception in 1997. As strong as 2003's The Ugly Organ, Cursive will take their unique blend of rock on the road with Man Man opening on the majority of dates.
Here's the video to their current single, "From The Hips"
APR. 24 ST. LOUIS, MO THE FIREBIRD
APR. 25 MEMPHIS, TN HI TONE
APR. 26 NASHVILLE, TN MERCY LOUNGE*
APR. 27 BIRMINGHAM, AL BOTTLETREE*
APR. 28 PENSACOLA, FL SLUGGOS*
APR. 29 ORLANDO, FL THE SOCIAL*
APR. 30 ORLANDO, FL THE SOCIAL*
MAY 1 ATLANTA, GA VARIETY PLAYHOUSE*
MAY 2 CARRBORO, NC CAT’S CRADLE*
MAY 3 WASHINGTON, DC BLACK CAT*
MAY 4 STATE COLLEGE, PA THE STATE THEATRE*
MAY 5 PITTSBURGH, PA DIESEL*
MAY 6 DETROIT, MI MAGIC STICK*
MAY 7 MILWAUKEE, WI TURNER HALL
MAY 8 MINNEAPOLIS, MN FIRST AVENUE
MAY 9 CHICAGO, IL BOTTOM LOUNGE
* with MAN MAN
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Phoenix - Lisztomania Video of the Day
NEW RENTALS MP3!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Beard Power! Video of the Day
Labels: video of the day
Monday, April 13, 2009
New Steve Earle Album Coming Soon ... MP3 now
MP3 - Steve Earle - "To Live Is To Fly"
Los Angeles, CA -- Steve Earle is set to release Townes, his highly anticipated follow up to the Grammy Award winning album Washington Square Serenade, on May 12th via New West Records. The 15-song set is comprised of songs written by Earle’s friend and mentor, the late singer-songwriter, Townes Van Zandt. Townes will also be available as a deluxe two-CD set, as well as double Limited Edition 180 gram vinyl.
The album was produced by Earle at his home in Greenwich Village, at Sound Emporium and Room and Board in Nashville, TN and The Nest in Hollywood, CA. The track “Lungs,” was produced and mixed by the Dust Brothers’ John King and features Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine/The Nightwatchman on electric guitar. Earle’s wife, the acclaimed singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, is featured on backing vocals on “Loretta” and “To Live Is To Fly.” Three songs cut in Nashville, “White Freightliner Blues,” “Delta Momma Blues,” and “Don’t Take It Too Bad” feature a bluegrass band consisting of Dennis Crouch, Tim O’Brien, Darrel Scott and Shad Cobb.
Earle met Townes Van Zandt in 1972 at one of Earle’s performances at The Old Quarter in Houston, TX. Van Zandt was in the audience and playfully heckled Earle throughout the performance to play the song “Wabash Cannonball.” Earle admitted that he didn’t know how to play the tune and Van Zandt replied incredibly “You call yourself a folksinger and you don’t know ‘Wabash Cannonball?’” Earle then silenced him by playing the Van Zandt song “Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold,” not an easy feat due to its quickly-paced mouthful of lyrics squeezed into just over two minutes of song. Their bond was immediately formed. On Townes, Earle and his son, singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle (named after
Van Zandt) trade verses on the tune, a song the two of them have been playing together since Justin was a teenager.
The songs selected for Townes were the ones that meant the most to Earle and the ones he personally connected to (not including selections featured on previous Earle albums). Some of the selections chosen were songs that Earle has played his entire career (“Pancho and Lefty,” “Lungs,” “White Freightliner Blues”) and others he had to learn specifically for recording. He learned the song “(Quicksilver Daydreams of) Maria” directly from Van Zandt, and taught himself “Marie” and “Rake” specifically for the album’s recording. Once a song he played during his live show, Earle relearned “Colorado Girl” in the original Open D tuning that Van Zandt played it in. Earle recorded the New York sessions solo and then added the other instruments later on in order to preserve the spirit of Van Zandt’s original solo performances to the best of his recollection.
When speaking about Townes, Earle stated, “This may be one of the best records I’ve ever made. That hurts a singer-songwriter’s feelings. Then again, it’s some consolation that I cherry picked through the career of one of the best songwriters that ever lived.” Townes Van Zandt’s debut album, For The Sake Of The Song, was released in 1968. His last, No Deeper Blue appeared in 1995. His life and songs are the subject of the critically acclaimed 2006 documentary film, Be Here To Love Me. Van Zandt died in 1997 at the age of 52.
While being a protégé of Van Zandt, Earle is a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.” What followed was an extremely exciting array of twelve releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’ (1995), the politically charged masterpiece Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now (2004) and Washington Square Serenade (2007). Earle also produced the Grammy nominated album,
Day After Tomorrow, by the legendary Joan Baez in 2008.
Townes Track Listing:
1. Pancho and Lefty
2. White Freightliner Blues
3. Colorado Girl
4. Where I Lead Me
6. No Place To Fall
8. Brand New Companion
10. Delta Momma Blues
12. Don’t Take It Too Bad
13. Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold
14. (Quicksilver Daydreams Of) Maria
15. To Live Is To Fly
Labels: steve earle
RIP Harry Kalas; Mark Fidrych
A tough day in the baseball/sports world with the loss of broadcaster Harry Kalas and then this afternoon of Mark "The Bird" Fidrych.
Kalas, the voice of the Phillies, NFL Films and Puppy Bowl was 73 when he died after passing out at the stadium.
Fidrych, 54, died in a farming accident. The Bird had a sort, but memorable career as a pitcher as a Detroit Tiger. A free sprit, he was maybe best known for talking to the baseball while pitching ...
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Remembering Mighty K.C.
It is hard for me to believe that it has been 15 years since the news came that Kurt Cobain died. I was on spring break during my senior year of high school. I remember staring at the radio in shock as the stations reported his death. For the next few hours, I was in a state of shock. I remember walking outside that afternoon with the voices of 99X and Album 88 deejay's saying, "Again, unconfirmed reports out of Seattle say there has been a shooting at the house of Kurt Cobain." that turned into, "The AP is now confirming that Kurt Cobain has been found dead at his home."
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Remembering the band For Squirrels
For Squirrels has one of the saddest stories of the immediate post-grunge era as the lead singer, bass player and manager were killed in a wreck returning from CMJ New York just as the single for "Mighty K.C." was beginning to get air-play.The band wrote the song after the death of Kurt Cobain.
From 1995, here's "Mighty K.C." by the Gainesville, Florida band, For Squirrels.
Unfortunately, no embedded link is available for the video, so you will have to click here to watch it: here
Labels: for squirrels
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