I've been listening to Wilco (The Album) quite a bit lately. Now that it's out in the world, I still don't know how I feel about it. That's a confusing place to be - both as a Wilco fan and as someone whose living comes, at least in part, from asserting my opinion about music.
Dwight Yoakam showed up at the Grammy Museum the other night dressed in his signature cowboy hat and comfortable blue jean jacket. His demeanor and storytelling were just that—comfortable. And funny. In what he called a “completely untethered night” before an audience of about 200 friends and fans, Dwight spoke on varied topics from guitar aesthetics to Billy Bob Thornton to Captain Kangaroo. To him, music is an expression of freedom, a free expression of emotion, “because sometimes it’s hard… Continue
I'm a city boy by nature, and although we've gone camping on many occasions over the years, it's not necessarily my first choice. The boys are more like me than their mom who prefers tents to hotels, so to her credit she tries to strike a balance that we all can live with. And so it was about seven months ago that she awoke early one morning to make reservations for a cabin in the Yosemite Valley for last week. I guess there are enough folks out there who actually compete for these coveted… Continue
I have been intrigued of late with Alexa Woodward’s new album Speck, so I ventured out to see her perform at her recent Los Angeles appearance at the intimate Genghis Cohen – and it was a very rewarding experience. The banjo-picking Woodward’s songs are like mountain music with an MFA. References to Tolstoy and Harper Lee slip into her dark-hued, old-timey tunes; however, she’s doesn’t sound liked an affected musical anthropologist appropriating native backwoods sounds. Although based out of… Continue
Hey Baby, it's the Fourth of July! (Well, almost.)
This month The Big Enchilada is going to look at life in the USA, the wonders, the weirdness, the inspiration, the insanity. It's one firecracker of a show, featuring music by Chuck Berry, The Blasters, The Fleshtones, The Dictators, The Dick Nixons, Wayne Kramer, Drywall Jon Langford, Shane…
NOTE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Michael Grover for winning the Wilco prize package!
As you may know, Wilco will release their seventh studio album, Wilco (The Album), on Nonesuch Records this coming Tuesday, June 30. We've teamed up with Seattle's Easy Street Records to give away one copy of the CD, a Wilco tote, and a t-shirt to one lucky community member.
It's no secret that some of the greatest music is the music you will never hear. This is can be a bitter pill for a music lover to swallow because we want to soak in as much as we possibly can. But whenever you stumble upon a musician/band/performer who is part of this undertoe of the overall musical tide you feel like you've discovered a holy grail of sorts.
The other evening I stumbled across a singer/songwriter by the name of Drew Peterson that fit this bill. I was among a handful… Continue
The Avett Brothers—The Pageant—St. Louis—June 25, 2009
The hard-touring Avett Brothers stopped in St. Louis tonight on a tour that anticipates the release of their major-label debut, the Rick Rubin-produced I and Love and You. Once the Brothers walked out, now a clean-shaven quartet with the addition of cellist Joe Kwon, the place erupted and Scott and Seth flashed blate smiles at a packed house of plaid-clad grad students and beard enthusiasts.
(originally posted here as a comment last night amid the Michael-a-thon ...)
What a difference a couple of hours makes. Poor Farrah, Larry King could barely contain his enthusiasm in dumping his pre-arranged show on her death to fill endless minutes with MJ tribues: "Celine Dion, your memories of Michael ..."
It's amazing listening to this buzz of inane "analysis" on TV in the wake of Michael Jackson's death. Actually, what's really amazing is how these people can talk for… Continue
Added by Paul Cantin on June 26, 2009 at 5:38am —
Robbie Fulks' comments were provided at my request via e-mail. I knew that he has long been a fan of Jackson's music. In fact, he has for years been working on putting out a tribute album to Jackson and has released mp3s of several covers.
Michael Jackson hugged the peak for what constituted, in pop-culture-years, an eon: about 1970 to 1990. For all that time he was on his best game, and for more than a little of it (the Quincy Jones years) he was sprinting out at a safe,… Continue
There are pluses and minuses to big music festivals like North by North East (NxNE). Plus: awesome bands and artists come to town. Minus: You have to get to the venue hours early and endure sweaty hipsters just to see these acts. The latter is one of reasons why I decided to skip a lot of the hyped artists that I wanted to see, and headed straight for the Cadillac Lounge on Friday, June 19.
The Caddy is on West Queen West and if you blink you may miss it. Their… Continue
WIN a FREE pair of tickets --
Win one pair of FIVE PAIRS OF TICKETS in all, TWO PAIRS Thursday and THREE PAIRS Friday,
just after 12 NOON each day,
to see “SQUEEZEFEST L.A. --THE L.A. ACCORDION FESTIVAL” at the beautiful Ford Amphitheatre on Sunday, June 28!
“Tied to the Tracks” and the “Acoustic Americana Music Guide,” in association with the L.A. Accordion Festival, is thrilled to offer (drum roll, maestro…)
FIVE FREE PAIRS OF… Continue
Suburban Home Records is offering that free stream of Two Cow Garage's Speaking in Cursive album, hoping it'll get folks out to see the band on tour this summer. Can't argue with that. So, there's the free music above, and here are the tour dates below:
7/31/09 - The Vollrath - Indianapolis, IN
8/01/09 - Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH
8/02/09 - The Basement - Nashville, TN
8/03/09 - Hi Tone - Memphis, TN
8/04/09 - Ole Tavern - Jackson,… Continue
FREE PAIRS OF TICKETS for SQUEEZEFEST L.A. / the L.A. ACCORDION FESTIVAL will be given-away at NOON on Thursday and Friday on the Tied to the Tracks / Acoustic Americana Music Guide sites, at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com and http://community.nodepression.com/profile/TiedtotheTracks
We’ll post a question both days. First TWO correct answers each win a pair of tickets on THURSDAY, and the first THREE correct answers win a pair of tickets on FRIDAY!
Details on the… Continue
Tim Krekel, one of America's finest songwriters has died today. The world is a sadder place. Tim's music was recorded by Delbert McClinton, Kim Ritchie, Alan Jackson and many, many more. He played lead guitar w/Jimmy Buffet back in the day.
Krekel had a tumor removed from his stomach this spring, and a note from his website, posted today… Continue
Entertainment Weekly online has a free stream of Levon Helm's new album, Electric Dirt, this week. According to Shore Fire media, NBC and PBS will both be airing specials on Helm in the coming weeks, and he'll be on Letterman July 9. Electric Dirt will release next Tue., June 30, on Dirt Farmer… Continue
Added by Kim Ruehl on June 24, 2009 at 1:23pm —