Saturday, October 30, 2010

Old 97's: "Big Brown Eyes"

If you get a chance to see Old 97's or Rhett Miller live, I highly recommend it. Great command and enthusiasm, not to mention a ton of talent.

I don't know why they're not better known...

Friday, October 29, 2010

Old Stuff Friday, Reggae Edition: Abyssinians, Congos, Bunny Wailer

Maybe something new for you, or something you haven't heard in a while... enjoy.

Abyssinians: Satta Massagana

The Congos: Solid Foundation

Bunny Wailer: Blackheart Man

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Feelies: "Higher Ground"

From their album Only Life. They made four albums. Every one of them is a gem and well worth seeking out. They reunited in recently, having played a few shows in 2007 through 2010. Glenn Mercer released a very good solo album in 2007, too.

Website: Night of the Living Feelies

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mogwai: Burning/Special Moves

Here's a video teaser of "Batcat" from the concert dvd Burning. This came out in August along with the 2x cd live set Special Moves.

And a live video of "I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead" from a 2009 concert in Rome:


Monday, October 25, 2010

Eddy Current Suppression Ring: "Rush to Relax"

That's the name of their 2010 release and this song. Australian punk band with a real good sound.

Australian punks... remember the Saints?

Eddy Current Suppression Ring Website

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Viberatto: A

Led by Jimmy Goodman, and featuring Garth Hudson (yes, THAT Garth Hudson) and Tony Levin (yes, THAT Tony Levin) as well as Jane Scarpantoni on cello (check out her credits on and Ross Rice on keyboards...

Self-described as "beautiful instrumental chamber rock music", it's a great sound and highly recommended.

A Viberatto A :: Preview by King of Beasts Records

Friday, October 22, 2010

Old Stuff Friday: Midnight Special Tribute

I don't necessarily remember all of these. My mom wouldn't always let me stay up past midnight when I was 12... I think these dvd's might be fun to own.

Steely Dan: "Reeling In the Years"

Al Green: "Let's Stay Together"

Cheap Trick: "Surrender"

Midnight Special DVDs on

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Albert Hammond Jr.: "Postal Blowfish"

Albert Hammond paying tribute to GbV, one of the Strokes' musical heroes... this sounds pretty good!


White Stripes: "Little Cream Soda"

Looked up this video because I wanted to see how he played it on guitar... pretty cool.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Matthew Ryan: "The Wilderness"

Thanks for the suggestion, Slotts. Looks like Matthew released an electric and acoustic version of his latest disc, Dear Lover. I assume this is from the former, and there are plenty of videos made to songs from the latter, both on youtube and his website.


Bryan Ferry: Olympia

Due out October 26, here is the promotional video for "Shameless":

You can listen now at

This sounds fantastic, really reminds me of Roxy Music's "second heyday" from Manifesto through Avalon. According to the website, he's got Brian Eno on board.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Old Stuff Friday: Some Country Stuff... Dwight Yoakam, Jim Lauderdale/Ralph Stanley, Merle Haggard

Hard to find good quality videos of Dwight because WEA apparently makes people take them down. You can find them on his website, though... This is "Gone" from the disc of that name. Just a fantastic record. If you ever get a chance to see him live, you must not miss it.


Jim Lauderdale/Ralph Stanley: "She's Looking at Me"

Jim's done two excellent albums with Ralph and two with Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia's longtime songwriting partner. His latest album (co-written with Hunter) is Patchwork River. It's highly recommended to fans of country, roots music and the Dead... to anyone, really.


Merle Haggard: "Mama Tried"

Of course this is one of the greatest country songs ever, but Merle's done some good records in the last 5-10 years... well worth checking out.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Beach Fossils: "Vacation"

Well, I never get tired of this sound... it worked in the 70's (Flaming Groovies), the 80's (REM, Feelies), and it works today. The crazy drummer is an interesting addition... I really like their record.

Band website:

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mclusky: "She Will Only Bring You Happiness"

Mclusky, this is six or so years old but well worth resurrecting. Wish they were still together. Had a falling out with the old singer, I suppose?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Solomon Burke, RIP: "None of Us Are Free"

Using the word "great" to describe Solomon Burke makes you realize how misused the word is when used to describe lesser figures. He was an amazing talent and personality.

I have my friend JD to thank for helping me discover both Burke and Joe Henry, who produced his comeback album Don't Give Up On Me, from which comes this song: "None of Us Are Free":

The record consists of songs written by other artists who admired Burke's work (Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison: a pretty amazing cast in and of itself) and performed by Burke. It is very, very highly recommended.

Here's a nice Rolling Stone retrospective from earlier this year:

Earth: "Plague of Angels"

This is new to me... but I can tell he's been around for a while, albeit with a lengthy hiatus from about 1996 through 2005. Maybe that explains why I'm just now getting around to finding out about them. Discovered by way of All Songs Considered, when I was looking to find out more about the Sunn 0))) and Boris collaboration that was touted on a recent podcast. Some of the best things are discovered in a roundabout way, eh?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Steve Mason: "Am I Just a Man"

This album has really grown on me... Boys Outside is the name. This is not my favorite song, but it's pretty good. Earlier I posted the video for "Lost and Found", which might be my favorite song on the record...


Monday, October 4, 2010

Polvo: "Beggars Bowl"

Live clip. I gave these guys a listen a few years ago, but I don't recall them sounding like this... amazing guitars.

Sunday, October 3, 2010