“Low Road” – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – “Grace Potter and the Nocturnals” (2010)

Apr 29
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I’ve got not much going on in terms of concert tickets for the next several months, and have been relatively inactive through the first four months of the year. What I have seen so far has been rock solid (Alabama Shakes, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Fanfarlo) but I would be more satisfied if I’d been to twice as many shows so far this year. On tap? I got aced out by all of the cool kids with the dexterous trigger fingers for Sigur Rós tickets. Damn it! Sinéad canceled. How come? I don’t think that I have the endurance skills to last me through Sasquatch. Justin Townes Earle – note to self: quit messing around and buy those already.

The only thing that I have on the books for sure is Grace Potter, thanks to the ever reliable Yo-E who already fetched us tickets for a Zoo Tunes show. Her album with her mates The Nocturnals from 2010 is a thoroughly enjoyable rock and roll, blues-centric album with the dynamic front lady coming across as some combination of Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, and Bonnie Raitt. The band comes with their new album in early June so their heavy schedule of summer gigs will give them a chance to unveil their new stuff for the flip flop wearing masses.

This vid is pretty cool stuff with Mr. Hall adding a male vocal counter to the beautiful sounds of Ms. Potter.

The other must on the near horizon is the Capitol Hill Block Party. I’m really excited about that one.


“Little Wing” – Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – “The Sky is Crying” (1991)

Apr 28
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A legend covering a legend. A recipe for perfection.

Enjoy your weekend everyone.


“Golden Eyelids” – Lost in the Trees – “A Church That Fits Our Needs” (2012)

Apr 26
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Yes!!! This is a glorious album. The early career examples of creativity and originality from these chamber rockers makes me hopeful that they’ll be around for many years bearing musical fruit for the rest of us to gorge on. I’m not sure what I’m more in awe of: the beautifully crafted studio product, or that they sound so perfectly harmonious and vibrant live. This is a great band and this album will end up on my list for best albums of the year.


“Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars” – The Sivers – “More” (2011)

Apr 24
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I cued up this album tonight after reading Aaron Paul’s (“Breaking Bad”) mention of them in the May/June issue of Spin. In the mag’s monthly quiz of a celeb, Paul had this to say about The Shivers:

Spin: Who comes after Radiohead on your iPod?
Paul: THE SHIVERS. “Beauty” holds a special place in my heart. My fiancée introduced me to them. On one of our first dates, after having dinner and driving around Santa Monica, we parked in her garage and listened to music for probably two hours. She would plug in her phone and play me something, and I would plug in mine. And I was just blown away by this song.

That was enough for me. I had to check it out. I’m kind of in a Breaking Bad addictive state these days and anything that anyone involved with that show tells me to do, see, or listen to, is going to get my full attention.

I found that I liked “Beauty” but didn’t love it or find it as mesmerizing as Paul did. Fast forward to The Shivers new album, and I found that I like three or four songs on this album more than I like “Beauty.” I really enjoy Keith Zarriello’s soulful strains; it kind of makes me think of Jeff Buckley. Any of “More,” “Two Solitudes,” or “Irrational Love” could have filled this space but “Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars” is definitely the one that I love the most.

What do I have on my Zune after Radiohead?…..

Ray LaMontagne


“Bright Yellow Gun” – Throwing Muses – “University” (1995)

Apr 22
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Supposedly, there’s the makings of a new Throwing Muses album out there waiting to be trimmed up, cut of the excess fat (there are over 30 new songs still in play), and delivered to the band’s fans who’ve been waiting for a new album for 8+ years. If you need a refresher course on the overwhelming power and passion of this band, I think that a good place to start is with the 1992 album “Red Heaven.” Kristin Hersh has one of the most distinct female voices in rock and roll over the last 20 or so years. With the faintest bit of some bluesy roots, her vocal instrument is mostly 90’s era Grade A alt radio. Her band mates capably pull every four minute creation together with strong bass lines and purposeful percussing.

I’ve got a great idea. When they’re ready to go on the road and present the new album in live environments, how about tagging along with TV on the Radio. Actually, that might not work. Who’s going to open and who will be headlining… They can just swap every other night. Problem solved, let’s do it.


“Carry On” – fun. – “Some Nights” (2012)

Apr 22
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I’m occasionally remiss in playing the songs that have actually brought bands to prominence i.e. I don’t always play the hits. It’s kind of Thom Yorkeian of me – not sure why I blamed Yorke for the fact that patrons paying $75 a pop haven’t heard “Creep” in concert almost 20 years maybe it’s his mates who don’t feel like playing it.

I’m not playing “We Are Young” today. I’ve got love for the song but me, you, my dad, and all seven billion other people roaming the planet will have the opportunity to hear it 2 or 3 times today without my help. That song is everywhere, and for good reason. It’s filled with hope, exuberance, doubt, and more hope. The rest of the album is more of the same. This is a really good record. fun. is a nice rock and roll band living somewhere in the same neighborhood as bands such as the All American Rejects. I’m glad that they had the breakthrough hit that will get people (hopefully) buying the whole album. I’ve got fun. as an early front runner to be playing on the Deck the Hall Ball line up later this year.



“The Weight” – Travis – “Igby Goes Down” (2002)

Apr 21
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Check out the obituary for Levon Helm in yesterday’s New York Times.

I pulled into Nazareth, was feeling ’bout half past dead
I just need some place where I can lay my head
Hey, mister, can you tell me, where a man might find a bed?
He just grinned and shook my hand, “No” was all he said.


“Last Dance” – Donna Summer – “Thank God It’s Friday” (1978)

Apr 19
Posted by admin Filed in Rewind, Rock and Roll Heaven

11:30 AM every Saturday! That was the time slot for American Bandstand when I was a kid. It was all about hearing the new hits and figuring out what we needed to go and buy at Fred Meyer. There were cool kids dancing, a hot band lip synching their way through a guest appearance, and Dick Clark there to chaperon the whole thing each and every week. We would have definitely figured out what to listen to without American Bandstand – after all there was his radio counterpart Casey Kasem to run down the Top 40 every Sunday night – but Dick Clark and his weekly television show were always there to give us visual images to put with the tunes.


“Hopelessly Blue” – Kat Edmonson – “Way Down Low” (2012)

Apr 17
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Check out this solid, soothing, sophomore offering from Austin resident Kat Edmonson. It’s a medium paced collection of 11 songs fairly long on jazz elements with a lot of blues scattered throughout, and some twang sprinkled here and there. Cut to the pictures, did Kristen Dunst know that she had a twin?


“Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid)” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Damn The Torpedoes” (1979)

Apr 16
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I read a great article recently in Rolling Stone about Jimmy Iovine’s career in the music biz and it really got me to thinking that I needed to go back and listen to “Damn The Torpedoes.” Iovine was still learning his craft when he produced this platinum classic. Vocally, Petty’s one of those guys who’ve managed to get by with what by most standards is a less than stellar instrument/voice. But he manages to be chameleon-like – straight rock sometimes, obvious punk attitude at times, southern, and pop when he feels like it – and morphs into whatever he needs to be to stylize and bring distinction to his music. I truly wasn’t thinking this when I typed the prior sentence but that’s how Iovine’s career has gone too. From early pairings with rock and roll royalty (Springsteen, U2, Stevie Nicks) to a mid-career hip hop epiphany, the guy has hand in an incredible amount of rock, hip hop, and pop music over the last almost 40 years.

Everybody’s heard about four songs off of this album about 400,000 over the last 30 years, so I picked a mostly uncovered, obviously under appreciated song to reacquaint you with this great album.