Too Drunk To Dream

…ain’t no drinking when the bottle’s dry…

The Avett Brothers @ Byrne’s Pub, Columbus oHIo July 20th, 2005

“I see the end of the rainbow, but what more is a rainbow,
 than colors out of reach?
 If you come down to my window, and I climb out my window
 then we’ll get out of reach”     
 
                                         – The Avett Bros. “Swept Away”

The Avett Brothers
2005.07.20 Byrne’s Pub, Columbus, OH

Source: SBD > Sony D-8
Transfer: Unknown

1. Pretty Girl From Annapolis
2. Please Pardon Yourself
3. At The Beach
4. Pretend Love
5. A Lover Like You
6. SSS
7. Pretty Girl From Raleigh
8. Pretty Girl From Matthews
9. Distraction #74
10. Left On Laura, Left On Lisa
11. Old Joe Clarke
12. Pretty Girl At The Airport
13. Nothing Short of Thankful
14. Swept Away

Disc 2
1. Wanted Man
2. New Love Song
3. Pretty Girl From Cedar Lane
4. Sixteen In July
5. Salvation Song
6. Hesitation Blues
7. I Killed Sally’s Lover

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As this is NOT an original creation of TooDrunkToDream or Ghost of Electricity, please respect the wishes of the original taper. If you plan on trading or distributing this show, please do so in the proper formats, and not in mp3.


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http://drop.io/96g2sym Part 1
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January 31, 2009 Posted by | alt country, americana, byrne's pub, columbus, concert, ghost of electricity, indie, live, ohio, The avett brothers, toodrunktodream | 1 Comment

Jim James, Conor Oberst and M, Ward – Minneapolis 2004

There’s gonna be books written about this tour someday. It was something that really didn’t get a lot of space in the newspapers. My Morning Jacket weren’t the headliners that they are now, Conor Oberst was breaking out with modest success from Bright Eyes’ excellent “Lifted…” CD, and nobody really had M. Ward on their radar screens yet. the tour played like an experiment. Matt Ward would come out and play a couple of tunes, Jim James would show up on stage at times for backup guitar and vocals, the same with Mike Mogis. Then Matt would leave and the roundtable of musicians continued. Conor makes an appearance, Jim leaves, Matt shows up, instruments are exchanged. And in the end, they’re trading off verses for one of the great collaborative performance tours I’ve ever seen.

Please go and check out Aquarium Drunkard’s page for the complete download of a legendary show from a legendary tour.

February 20, 2004, Pantages Theatre – Minneapolis, MN

M. Ward

Fuel For Fire
Duet For Guitars #3
Let’s Dance +
Undertaker
Helicopter
O’Brien/O’Brien’s Nocturne
Vincent O’Brien
Outta My Head

Jim James

One In The Same
Like It Should
I Can’t Wait
Where To Begin
How Could I Know
The Bear
Bermuda Highway
Golden

Bright Eyes

Train Under Water
Going For The Gold
Soon You’ll Be Leaving Your Man
A Celebration Upon Completion
We Are Nowhere And It’s Now
Landlocked Blues
Lua
Waste Of Paint
Seashell Tale (M. Ward)
You Were Always on My Mind * (Jim James)
Laura Laurent
At Dawn (Jim James)

Encore:
At The Bottom Of Everything
Girl From The North Country &

Billed as: Bright Eyes and Friends: An Evening of Solo & Collaborative Performances Featuring Bright Eyes, Jim James of “My Morning Jacket” and M. Ward.

+ Words By David Bowie
* Words & Music By Wayne Thompson, Mark James, And Johnny Christopher
& Words & Music By Bob Dylan

January 30, 2009 Posted by | aquarium drunkard, Bright Eyes, conor oberst, jim james, m. ward, minneapolis, mmj, my morning jacket, pantages | Leave a comment

Misheard lyrics: Pearl Jam edition


This one is for anyone who’s ever been to a Pearl Jam show and sung along to this Pearl Jam epic. Let’s just face it, people, none of us know the lyrics. Personally, I don’t think it matters! In actuality, I think the only permanent words in this song are “box” and “bag”, but who knows, even that’s a guess!

Thanks to my man, Jeff, for giving me a good laugh this morning.

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January 30, 2009 Posted by | alternative, ghost of electricity, guitar, misheard lyrics, music, pearl jam, rock, toodrunktodream, video, yellow ledbetter | Leave a comment

Portland, Maine’s Fire On Fire setting my ears ablaze

I’ve been listening to an intriguing album from Fire On Fire of South Portland, Maine (one of my favorite little cities). It’s at once eerie and timeless, morphing between The Felice Brothers’ rawness and Arcade Fire’s sense of songwriting. This one’s a strange and wonderful album.  Give it some time…it blossoms.

From Jambase: excerpt from Dennis Cook’s Best of 2008 article

Rattling with the holy roll of Sacred Harp
singing, Appalachian pickin’ and other homespun yet deeply “other”
music, Fire On Fire play their squeezebox all night long in a dance for
moonshine wanderers and tall trees, who cry with them, “If we tear this
kingdom down/ let it be with a deserving and joyous sound.” Rough in
all the right ways, Fire On Fire infuse folk with a highly original new
logic that crawls up your spine in ways you won’t soon forget.

From their bio:

To me they sound like a backwoods, fierce,
psychedelic ¨Mamas And The Papas¨ or a crazed and vengeful gospel
string band. They´re great people and I love their music. It´s all
acoustic, but it´s not in the least folky. More old-timey incantations
– American music with excellent words and performed with the honed
violence of intent that truly great music requires. They’re a total
blast live. They just recently played my back porch actually and it was
one of the best live music experiences I´ve had in years¨.

http://drop.io/wogruikThe Orchard lp

Sample track: Fire on Fire – “Toknight” (from the album The Orchard)

Fire On Fire On MySpace

Purchase “The Orchard” from Young God Records

Support them and their music!


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January 30, 2009 Posted by | alt country, americana, Fire on Fire, ghost of electricity, the Orchard, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment

Jaydiohead – Jay-Z x Radiohead – Minty Fresh Beats…um wow yeah!

Jaydiohead – Jay-Z x Radiohead – Minty Fresh Beats


So this is pretty much the best thing I’ve let my ears listen to in a real real long time. Fucking seriously. This SHOULDN’T be this good, right? Well, it’s really really good. Blows the Dangermouse mashup out the water. And it’s for free. On jaydiohead.com or here:

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?4njfmnwz2yn


Last Call with Carson Daly…. Carson digs it. I’ll let him blather on about it, you know, instead of me. Carry on now, Carson…

Jaydiohead on Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) – 01/07/09 from Minty Fresh Beats on Vimeo.

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January 29, 2009 Posted by | free, ghost of electricity, indie, jay Z, mashup, Minty Fresh Beats, mixtape, radiohead, toodrunktodream | 4 Comments

I’m sorry I haven’t posted today, it’s because I’m fucking tired. I had a day.

I knew that I was going to be working today. Despite the weather warnings, I had two clients that needed my services, or they’d be in violation with the state. So, I worked all day, which requires me to be driving from client to client, and on days like today, driving in the goddamn snow. Whatever. That doesn’t matter. What matters is, the lab was not prepared for the type of sample that I needed to take due to a malfunctioning autoclave, which contributed to my ass-long day. I have crappy bottles that were sterilized 6 months ago, and they’re so big, they don’t fit in my cooler. Furthermore, I’m wondering if this malfunctioning autoclave is the fucking reason why I need to do these samples in the first place….

After my work day was done, I hit the gym. I worked my fuggin ass off. Weights, running, core….tiring. When I got out of the gym, the 6 inches of snow had given way to a heavy cold rain…and there was a steady 4 inches of rain and slush between the front door of the gym and my vehicle- on top of the snow-now slush. I truck it to my car.

A third of the way home, my p.o.s. car stalls out, due to the thick moisture in the air and the standing water that is EVERYWHERE on the roads. I pull over my coasting car to the side of the road and roll halfway into the entrance of a hot dog place. Halfway. My car will not start back up. I decide to be all McGuyver and shit and spray my distributor cap with WD-40 so I pop the trunk, pop the hood and get out of my car….into 6 inches of flowing runoff. Great. Freezing cold slush water ruining my fucking Steve Maddens. Whatever. I get my car running after spraying the cap, and I can’t see out of the windshield. It’s heavily fogged up. Whatever. I pull into the hot dog place completely and sit there for a half hour, while my windows de-fog and my engine dries up.

After 15 minutes, I chance my engine and brave the weather. I drive a quarter of a mile before my engine stalls again. I quickly turn into a driveway of someone’s duplex. 20 minutes later, my car is started, warmed up and ready to go. This time I get a hundred yards before I can coast into the local Sunoco station. I sat there for an hour before I decided to go at it once more. Long story short, This time I got home, about two miles, and just in time to eat dinner, chat with a dear friend, and plop down for an hour long helping of “Lost”. It’s nights like these that wine was invented for.

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January 29, 2009 Posted by | ghost of electricity, jameson, lost, Providence Rhode Island, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment

I’m sorry I haven’t posted today, it’s because I’m fucking tired. I had a day.

I knew that I was going to be working today. Despite the weather warnings, I had two clients that needed my services, or they’d be in violation with the state. So, I worked all day, which requires me to be driving from client to client, and on days like today, driving in the goddamn snow. Whatever. That doesn’t matter. What matters is, the lab was not prepared for the type of sample that I needed to take due to a malfunctioning autoclave, which contributed to my ass-long day. I have crappy bottles that were sterilized 6 months ago, and they’re so big, they don’t fit in my cooler. Furthermore, I’m wondering if this malfunctioning autoclave is the fucking reason why I need to do these samples in the first place….

After my work day was done, I hit the gym. I worked my fuggin ass off. Weights, running, core….tiring. When I got out of the gym, the 6 inches of snow had given way to a heavy cold rain…and there was a steady 4 inches of rain and slush between the front door of the gym and my vehicle- on top of the snow-now slush. I truck it to my car.

A third of the way home, my p.o.s. car stalls out, due to the thick moisture in the air and the standing water that is EVERYWHERE on the roads. I pull over my coasting car to the side of the road and roll halfway into the entrance of a hot dog place. Halfway. My car will not start back up. I decide to be all McGuyver and shit and spray my distributor cap with WD-40 so I pop the trunk, pop the hood and get out of my car….into 6 inches of flowing runoff. Great. Freezing cold slush water ruining my fucking Steve Maddens. Whatever. I get my car running after spraying the cap, and I can’t see out of the windshield. It’s heavily fogged up. Whatever. I pull into the hot dog place completely and sit there for a half hour, while my windows de-fog and my engine dries up.

After 15 minutes, I chance my engine and brave the weather. I drive a quarter of a mile before my engine stalls again. I quickly turn into a driveway of someone’s duplex. 20 minutes later, my car is started, warmed up and ready to go. This time I get a hundred yards before I can coast into the local Sunoco station. I sat there for an hour before I decided to go at it once more. Long story short, This time I got home, about two miles, and just in time to eat dinner, chat with a dear friend, and plop down for an hour long helping of “Lost”. It’s nights like these that wine was invented for.

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January 29, 2009 Posted by | ghost of electricity, jameson, lost, Providence Rhode Island, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment

Project Playlist : The Unplayed Chronicles Chapter 1

I’ve recently realized that of the 12,000 songs that I maintain in iTunes, six thousand have gone unlistened to in the two years since I’ve installed the program. I’ve dedicated a few months to ‘fixing’ this injustice. I’m proposing to downsize my unplayed songs by listening to as many of them as I can. Ready, set, GO!

Right now, California Waiting, by the Kings Of Leon is playing as I type, from their excellent debut Youth and Young Manhood

Actually, the problem was worse. When I started tackling the issue, the offense list was over 6,400 tracks. As of this writing it has been reduced to 5,966 in two weeks. And counting. You see, there are so many amazing songs to listen to. Songs that for one reason or another, just haven’t seen the light of day recently. It’s not their fault, really…well, most of them. They’re not all gems…but some are 5 star songs…

cue…Lucinda Williams – Are You Alright? from West

It’s important to quantify the scope of my project here. I believe that this journey is a dare that my brain is making to my ears. It is a challenge that is both pointless and futile at the same time. It is at once, ephemeral and static, endless and exhausting. I stand to gain nothing from this. As it stands, I’m adding several hundred tracks to my digital library, weekly (some new and some old archived stuff) so the INFLUX of new material into my life is practically erasing the progress that I will be making on the list.

M. Ward – I’ll Be Yr. Bird from Transistor Radio

Also, I would also like to note that my digital library is vastly distinct from my iTunes library. I have an 80G iPod Classic, (silver if you must know), and for reasons I’m unsure of, I’ve limited the amount of material in iTunes to 80G as well. What’s in iTunes, goes on my iPod, plain and simple. Approximately 12,000 tracks and a buttload of podcasts that have gone unlisten to (hey, another project?). Since I haven’t dared fuss with smart playlists yet, the music that is sitting in my library is on the A-list. I have 6,000 songs that are on the proverbial red carpet, and haven’t been photographed yet.

Neil Young – Falling Off The Face Of The Earth from Prairie Wind

Some of the music that has been unplayed in iTunes, is, in my opinion, Apple’s fault. I mean come on. Let’s take the current song that’s playing, by Mr. Young. I’ve listened to it at least ten times in the past. Why is it that if I remove a song (or album in this particular case) from iTunes, none of the mp3’s ratings, play counts, or anything follow it? That, to me, is asinine! So now that I’ve reintroduced the track or album into iTunes, it appears like I’ve never listened to the song before. That drives me nuts. I wish there was a way for Apple to make this a global attribute. This way, the ratings that I apply to a track in Itunes would carry over to Windows MediaPlayer if I so desired to use that hunk of crap program. That brings me to my next topic….

Wilco – Misunderstood from Being There

Clearly, I’ve listened to this song before….just wanted to say that.

I keep my entire library of music in Windows Media Player. That’s 32,000 tracks of everything I’ve ever come across. Media Player allows me to house all of the tracks, but it’s just a free for all. The program is not very capable of doing ANYTHING. Most often, it makes me want to bang my head against my keyboard, but for reasons soley built around necessity (I need both my keyboard and my head to be fully functional, after all). It serves it’s funtion as a previewer of music for me, a staging area where I can listen to something without tossing it into Itunes (unless I want to take it on the go, of course. Then it gets the iTunes treatment.).

What WMP doesn’t do well is allow me to easily edit metadata. I’m a neat freak when it comes down to my music files. Dirty Id3 tags to me are not unlike dirty dishes for some. I can’t deal with them! WMP doesn’t help me in this manner. No help. It crashes all the time, and the interface of the program is terrible. I can’t stand it, therefore I can’t use this program for more than the previewing of music.

Bright Eyes – Train Underwater from I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning

Come on. Seriously? I know every word of this song…

So to start this project, I’ve created my first “Smart Playlist” in iTunes. I’ve asked it to take all of the songs with a play count of “0”, and put them in a playlist, and I’ve checked the box that says “live update”, so the files will automatically get booted off of the list. And any new tracks I import into Itunes will be added to the list as well. In one door and out the other, so to speak…

Approximately 200 of the songs with zero plays already have assigned ratings. For the first couple of days of this undertaking, I’ve structured my playlist in such a way that these higher-rated tracks would play first, at least for the duration of my writing. Some Beatles tracks have popped up, a couple of Pet Sounds tracks that haven’t been played, Dylan, Marley, Zeppelin, and the Dead.

Bob Marley and the Wailers – No Sympathy from Burnin’

I plan on devoting a couple of hours a week to the project. I think my ultimate goal is to cut the total number of unlistened tracks in half, or to around three thousand. Anything less would be incredibly ridiculous and I would like the goal to be attainable, after all. AND while maintaining some sort of SANITY….

Red House Painters – Take Me Out from S/T [1993]

I’m expecting to listen to a lot of average music, and I’ve accepted that, of course…. but I’m also expecting to be acquainted and reacquainted with a lot of really good music. Like this song, for instance. I don’t remember rating it…but I’ve listened to it before and, at any rate, this is a fantastic song. And I bet I have 30 more songs by the Red House Painters (and even more by lead singer Mark Kozelek) to dig thru.

I’m gonna get started and I’m hoping to keep updating my tally every couple of weeks. Hopefully we’ll see progress! I’m feeling a small victory already.

5947
5946
5945 unlistened to tracks to go…..

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January 27, 2009 Posted by | ghost of electricity, Project Playlist, toodrunktodream | 1 Comment

Talking during the show…..Is Jeff Tweedy right or wrong here?

OK, so personally, I’ve had quite a few “quiet” concerts ruined by talkers…an Ani Difranco show comes to mind. She requested the amplification to be minimal (which I can understand), and a majority of the people that PAID to go and see her (and not PAID as in 5 bucks, but more like 35 bucks) chose to spend the entire show talking as loudly as possible, as if they were competing with Ms. DiFranco. WTF?

But on the other hand, I also don’t mind talking if the situation is right. Loud shows, bar shows, big shows, opening acts….do whatever you want, in my opinion. Just don’t be oblivious to your surroundings. Realize when you’re being a jackass. Shut up when you need to shut up. Talk before the show. talk after the show.

There are many differing opinions though, and I’d like to hear some of your thoughts!

Where is the line drawn when it comes to talking?

Does Tweedy get a little bitchy/diva-ish? (I def. think so)

Share your thoughts and esspecially experiences. Please.

January 27, 2009 Posted by | Ani Difranco, bitchy, concert, jeff tweedy, talking, wilco | Leave a comment

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit hitting the high notes on new album

[Jason Isbell]
I really can’t say enough about the tracks that I’ve heard off of Jason Isbell’s new album Seven Mile Island, due Feb 17th. There IS something to be said about straight up honest songwriting, intelligent and inventive musicianship and a road-tested pace that would make any fan of Southern-tinged alt. country tap their foot and bob their head.

In fact, Isbell and his band, the 400 Unit have earned their road stripes. They’ve criss-crossed the States following the release of Sirens of the Ditch, having played over 200 shows in just over a year. Judging by the schedule of things to come, that count is gonna skyrocket. I know that I’m catching them in Boston. I’m not missing that.

Preordered ticket holders also get a one-year subscription to PASTE Magazine, which is pretty fucking cool. Not much comes for free anymore, so hook it up. If you order, and don’t want the subscription, hit me up in the comments (mine just ran out)

PRE-ORDER LINK: http://jasonisbell.frontgatetickets.com/

TOUR DATES:

Thu-Feb-12 Birmingham, AL Workplay
Sat-Feb-14 Florence, AL Shoals Theater
Tue-Feb-17 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
Wed-Feb-18 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Fri-Feb-20 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
Sat-Feb-21 Richmond, VA The National
Sun-Feb-22 Harrisonburg, VA The Pub
Tue-Feb-24 Boston, MA TT the Bears
Thu-Feb-26 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Fri-Feb-27 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
Sat-Feb-28 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
Sun-Mar-01 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Mon-Mar-02 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Wed-Mar-04 Toronto, ONT Horseshoe Tavern
Thu-Mar-05 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
Fri-Mar-06 Columbus, OH The Rumba Café
Sat-Mar-07 Cincinnati, OH Southgate House
Sun-Mar-08 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
Fri-Mar-13 Louisville, KY Headliner’s
Sat-Mar-14 Nashville, TN The Mercy Lounge
Mar 18 – 22 Austin, TX SXSW

Sons of Roswell support 2/12 and 2/14
Benji Hughes supports 2/17 – 2/ 22 and 3/8
Deer Tick supports 2/24, 2/27 – 3/14


Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – Cigarettes And Wine


Stream the album on MySpace


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January 27, 2009 Posted by | alt country, americana, deer tick, drive-by truckers, ghost of electricity, indie, jason isbell, rock, seven mile island, Sirens of the Ditch, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment