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Mark Rubin commented on TwangNation.com's blog post 'Twang Nation Interview with GRAMMY Americana Album of the Year Nominee Linda Chorney'
"No seriously, I need somebody shilling by crappy output. What's your rates Mr. TwangNation?"
Dec 18, 2011
Mark Rubin posted a video

The Dreidel Song - Texas Style

Mark Rubin and his Jews of the Golden West
Dec 17, 2011
Mark Rubin commented on TwangNation.com's blog post 'Twang Nation Interview with GRAMMY Americana Album of the Year Nominee Linda Chorney'
"Hey wow, out of curiosity Mr. Twang Nation, how much did you charge her for the shill?"
Dec 16, 2011
Mark Rubin posted a blog post

Guest Blogger: The State of Music in the Age of Culture as Commodity

Please give a few moments to read this guest commentary, the original of which can be found here.I want the world to be a better place and the best way for this to happen is to have societies organized in systems that allows people to have access to the resources they need to humanize themselves and their communities. I don’t have a destination in mind. A dogmatic approach to social change fails to…See More
Oct 18, 2011
Mark Rubin posted songs
Oct 9, 2011
Mark Rubin replied to Bill Kuhn's discussion 'What was the weirdest show lineup you ever witnessed?'
"Strangest was the best as well: Bad Livers Don Walser and the Pure Texas Band Butthole Surfers  "
Oct 9, 2011
Mark Rubin posted a blog post

New Release: Don Walser "Just Me and my Old Guitar"

From Off the Record by Austin Powell, Austin Chronicle, 10/7/2011. God's Own Yodeler:In September 2003, late C&W yodeler Don Walser retired from the stage as the swelling and numbness in his hands made it increasingly difficult to perform. His dear friend Mark Rubin made arrangements for a field recording that became Walser's final recordings. The resulting digital-only album,  …See More
Oct 9, 2011
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Atomic Duo perform Gil Scott Heron's "Whitey On The Moon" at the Kennedy Center

www.theatomicduo.com Our musical setting of Gil Scott Heron's poem, live at the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, May 16th 2011.
May 29, 2011
Mark Rubin posted a video

Atomic Duo "Trickle Down" @ FAI 2011

By Silas Lowe My mother raised me up alone working three jobs at a time Barely made enough each week to put away a dime So I don’t want to hear about the wealthy’s pain and woes Cause they ain’t trickled nothing down to help the working…
Apr 15, 2011
Mark Rubin posted a blog post

Short notes about some releases I think you might enjoy..

There’s quite a bit of good music being made these days, which is strangely paralleled by the boat-loads of egregious pap that seems to clog the traditional media outlets. Public radio, at least in my hometown, has decided to become “what 50 year old men think 26 year chicks would like in the vain hope to make themselves look cool and maybe get laid” format, ground out by post –ironic hipster d-bags in skinny jeans and assorted ridiculous moustaches. Country radio gave up on trying to make…See More
Apr 15, 2011
Mark Rubin commented on Adam Sheets's blog post 'What would Phil Ochs do?: an open letter to today's musicians'
"And here kids is the crux of the whole problem. With all the energy wrapped up in this bather and palaver every one of you could have gotten off yer duff's and out into the world to organize. Ignore the bastards too self ignorant to understand…"
Feb 22, 2011
KW commented on Mark Rubin's blog post 'What is "folk" music anyway?'
""It can be argued further that it's just those sort of people that propel traditions forward and there is indeed some truth in that line of thinking. However, the important (and missing in this thesis) element is how does this change come…"
Jan 19, 2011
Mark Rubin commented on Mark Rubin's blog post 'What is "folk" music anyway?'
""Sure history is important, but the fact that I like any perticular song or style is good enough for me....." The Consumerist Narrative is indeed the victor is the marketplace of ideas, as Mr. Shirk illustrates."
Jan 18, 2011
Doug Shirk commented on Mark Rubin's blog post 'What is "folk" music anyway?'
"You know, I really have never worried about defining musical genres.  Did it matter that Terry Knight (yea, THAT Terry Knight as in "...and the Pack" and Grand Funk) billed himself as a "folk" singer in the mid/late…"
Jan 18, 2011
jerry fischer commented on Mark Rubin's blog post 'What is "folk" music anyway?'
"read in a book checked-out from a library -library books are credible sources,thus far at least - this was in the late 1970's if short-term memory still serves me well, that FOLK music was "music made by poor white folks,& blues was…"
Jan 18, 2011
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What is "folk" music anyway?

So there I was on Facebook, answering some post when the Folk Alliance conference came up randomly, and one of my FB friends recalls I was a speaker on a panel called "What is Folk" when the conference was held in Austin a few years back. I mentioned that my participation on that panel was greeted with quite a bit less enthusiasm as I had hoped. I was asked…See More
Jan 14, 2011

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“Fat Man & Little Boy: the Atomic Duo,” is the latest project from Bad Livers founder Mark Rubin featuring the hot mandolin and plaintive vocals of young Silas Lowe. This release marks Rubin’s first foray into American folk music since the last Bad Livers CD almost a decade ago, and is the first recording he has made as a singer and guitarist. Inspired by the great “Brother” vocal duets and string bands of the Depression era and formed on a dare, Rubin and Lowe have in a very short time risen to the vanguard of the emerging re-interest in acoustic roots Americana in their home of Austin TX.


Recorded live and without overdubs in the course of 3 hours on lovely spring afternoon, their new CD features instrumental rags and waltzes, breakdowns, blues and ballads marked by hot picking and tight vocal harmonies that harkens back to the rough and ready sounds of both urban and rural songsters. It was a common interest, nay obsession with, pioneer Texas musical acts like the Dallas String Band, the East Texas Serenaders, western swing crooner Floyd Tillman and others that brought Rubin and Lowe together initially. Playing a guitar and mandolin graciously provided the National Resophonic Guitar Company; they are most comfortable performing entirely acoustically, without microphones, much in the same way their musical forefathers found perfectly acceptable.


And unlike many acts today mining a similar vein, they strive to present their music devoid of hokey trappings of nostalgia, infusing the wise old parables of American Song with the intimacy and urgency of the modern era. Relying on material whose content speaks to the ages, they include in their live sets numbers penned by contemporary songwriters, many of whom they known personally and have worked with such as Don Walser, Danny Barnes, Steve James and others.

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Guest Blogger: The State of Music in the Age of Culture as Commodity

Please give a few moments to read this guest commentary, the original of which can be found here.



I want the world to be a better place and the best way for this to happen is to have societies organized in systems that allows people to have access to the resources they need to humanize themselves and their communities. I don’t have a destination in mind. A dogmatic approach to social… Continue

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 3:30pm

New Release: Don Walser "Just Me and my Old Guitar"

From Off the Record by Austin Powell, Austin Chronicle , 10/7/2011.

 

God's Own Yodeler:

In September 2003, late C&W yodeler Don Walser retired from the stage as the swelling and numbness in his hands made it increasingly difficult to perform. His dear friend Mark Rubin made arrangements for a field recording that became Walser's final recordings. The…

Continue

Posted on October 9, 2011 at 7:30pm

Short notes about some releases I think you might enjoy..

There’s quite a bit of good music being made these days, which is strangely paralleled by the boat-loads of egregious pap that seems to clog the traditional media outlets. Public radio, at least in my hometown, has decided to become “what 50 year old men think 26 year chicks would like in the vain hope to make themselves look cool and maybe get laid” format, ground out by post –ironic hipster d-bags in skinny jeans and assorted ridiculous moustaches. Country radio gave up on trying to make… Continue

Posted on April 15, 2011 at 2:00am

What is "folk" music anyway?

So there I was on Facebook, answering some post when the Folk Alliance conference came up randomly, and one of my FB friends recalls I was a speaker on a panel called "What is Folk" when the conference was held in Austin a few years back. I mentioned that my participation on that panel was greeted with quite a bit less enthusiasm as I had hoped. I was… Continue

Posted on January 13, 2011 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

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At 5:48pm on January 16, 2011, Peewee Moore said…

Hey Mark thanks for being a friend. I'm a Touring Independent Austin Texas Outlaw Honkytonker that needs your support! I'm always looking for new places to play so please let me know if you know of any. I have a Critically Acclaimed CD "The Leaving Side Of Gone" available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/peeweemoore and my next tour kicks off February 2nd and hits locations in TX, NM, AZ, CA, NV. Be sure to spread the word if you know anybody in those states. My official website is www.peeweemoore.com I hope to see you around!

-Peewee Moore

 Sole Honorable Mention Best Album Of The Year 2009 -Chattanooga Times Free Press

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At 8:10am on October 18, 2009, No Depression said…
Hi Mark - Welcome to the No Depression community! We hope you're finding everything okay. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback (here are some FAQs in case anything's confusing). Thanks for joining. Cheers!
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At 9:04pm on October 17, 2009, Mark Rubin said…
Hey kids, had no idea this site was so deep and useful. Might have to donate or something.
 
 
 

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