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Today is a Big Star kinda day

I wrote a long, beautiful fucking post about Big Star and I fucking hit paste instead of copy at some point and destroyed the whole fucking thing.  So what I’m left with is exhaustion, and some kick-ass links. 

What I was trying to say was that up until a year ago, I had no idea that Big Star carried the influence that they do.  They didn’t just put out a couple of masterpiece albums while facing utter commercial failure only to become hugely popular in the late 80’s-early 90’s alt-rock scene…..they WERE the late 80’s-early 90’s alt-rock scene, in 1972.  So here’s to them, and here’s to a post that’s floating around in the cache of my computer somewhere.   I’m gonna have a beer tonight, at pub trivia, for Big Star.

Big Star – 16 Kanga Roo.mp3

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Jeff Buckley – 08 Kanga-Roo.MP3

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Big Star – 12 September Gurls.mp3

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Of Montreal – 02 September gurls.mp3

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Big Star – 14 O, Dana.mp3

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Okkervil River 03 o, dana [big star].mp3

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Big Star – 04 Thirteen.mp3

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elliott smith – 12 – thirteen.mp3

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Wilco – Thirteen.mp3

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September 9, 2008 Posted by | #1 Record, acoustic, alex chilton, americana, art rock, big star, blog, indie, jameson, jamesonian, jeff buckley, jeff tweedy, jim james, mog, my morning jacket, of montreal, okkervil river, radio city, rock, singer songwriter, wilco | Leave a comment

Okkervil River posts new vids of artists covering O.R.’s new songs

In preperation for the release of Okkervil River’s new album The Stand Ins, the band has been releasing a series of brand new videos of artists and friends covering the new songs off of the album, which is due on Sept 9th. Get it? STAND INS!

One of the selections here, “Lost Coastlines”, is quickly becoming one of my top track of “the Ocho”, right along with “Singer Songwriter”. Will sat down and recorded the track acoustically, with New Pornographer A.C. Newman taking the vocals of recently-Shearwatered Jonathan Meiburg. Following that, there’s David Vandervelde and his stab at the aforementioned “Singer Songwriter”, and “Starry Stairs” performed by aussie Jack Ladder. Enjoy.

Intro to the series – Will Sheff

A.C. Newman and Will Sheff perform “Lost Coastlines”

David Vandervelde performs “Singer-Songwriter”

Jack Ladder performs “Starry Stairs”

August 26, 2008 Posted by | a.c. newman, acoustic, americana, david vandervelde, indie, jack ladder, lost coastlines, new pornographers, okkervil river, singer songwriter, stand ins, starry stairs | Leave a comment

Ray LaMontagne just touched me in my special area

Everyone’s favorite backwoodsman, Ray LaMontagne has returned with a HIGHLY-anticipated new album of material, titled Gossip in the Grain, being released on October 14, 2008 on RCA Records. Here is the second song to be previewed off of the album, titled “Let It Be Me”, and, yes, once again, the bearded one has touched me in my ‘special area’, my cardiac area.


Ray LaMontagne – Let It Be Me [from Gossip In The Grain].mp3


There comes a time, a time in everyone’s life
Where nothin’ seems to go your way
Where nothing seems to turn out right
There may come a time, you just can’t seem to find your place
For every door you walk open, seems like you get two slammed in your face.

That’s when you need someone, someone that you can call.
And when all your faith is gone
Feels like you can’t go on
Let it be me
Let it be me
If it’s a friend that you need
Let it be me
Let it be me

Feels like your always comin’ up last
Pockets full of nothin’, ain’t got no cash
No matter where you turn you ain’t got no place to stand
Reach out for something and they slap your hand
I remember all too well
Just how it feels to be all alone
You feel like you’d give anything
For just a little place you can call your own
That’s when you need someone, someone that you can call

And when all your faith is gone
Feels like you can’t go on
Let it be me
Let it be me
If it’s a friend you need
Let it be me
Let it be me.


and a little added bonus for today (I couldn’t pass it up)

Ray LaMontagne w/ Damien Rice – To Love Somebody (Bee Gees)[live]
…till next time…

August 23, 2008 Posted by | acoustic, art rock, gossip in the grain, indie, let it be me, new album, ray lamontagne, singer songwriter | Leave a comment

Garcia, Weir, and Los Lobos jammin on some Guthrie

This is a weird little tidbit of music that I’ve been hoarding for a couple of years. I thought I’d share it, because, well, I’m on a bit of a “Dead” streak, and what good is music if you can’t share it with people who love, and live, music, right???

The Grateful Dead rolled into Foxboro, Mass on July 2nd, 1989 to start the ’89 Summer Tour. Big album, big plans, and a big tour were the foreshadowing of what was to become one of the most exciting tours in the latter part of Dead history. This little nugget of music came to me in a trade a while back, and the only info that I have on this recording is that it was filmed for Fourth of July broadcast on “Nightline with Ted Koppel”. What I didn’t know until now, is that the footage of this broadcast is now available on YouTube… isn’t technology effin’ amazing… It’s nice to hear a couple of takes, a couple of fuck-ups, a few diversions, and then to be able to see the finished product! Enjoy…
Jerry Garcia, Bob Wier, and Los Lobos, Sullivan Stadium Parking Lot, Foxboro, Mass, July 2nd 1989



This Land Is Your Land (Take 4)


April 13, 2008 Posted by | acoustic, americana, bob weir, concert, folk, foxboro, grateful dead, horns, jerry garcia, live music, los lobos, sullivan stadium, this land is your land, woodie guthrie | Leave a comment

Ryan Adams and Neal Casal – Live/Acoustic from St. James Church

You all must know by now the unhealthy obsession I have with Ryan Adams. It’s not that I don’t listen to other artists, in fact MOST of my time is dedicated to just that. It’s just that I find myself just being spoken to by his music. I can’t help but think that the very purpose of music is to touch one’s soul, and on many days, Ryan’s does…. (I think Bon Iver’s “To Emma, Forever Ago” works on all other days). Anyhoo, I came across a rip of Ryan’s televised performance at the St. James Church in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland. What an unfortunate name for a town. I bet it’s beautiful, though. come to think of it, serve me a couple pints of fresh Irish Guinness and I’ll tell you that any place (or female, fwiw) is beautiful. Hell, I’ve thought that Fall River, Mass was a beautiful place after a few (6) pints…. Anyway, I edited the video, chopped it up and threw them up on Youtube. Check them out.


Wild Flowers

April 11, 2008 Posted by | acoustic, alt country, americana, cher's ass, dingle, easy tiger, ireland, let it ride, neal Casal, ryan adams, st. james curch, two, when the stars go blue, wild flowers | Leave a comment

She & Him – You Really Got A Hold On Me [video]

I’ve become quite obsessed with this album this week. It doesn’t REALLY live up to the indie hype would indicate, but all-in-all the album is a sublimely eloquent and enjoyable album. Simple, no pretense. No aspirations of a hit single. Just back porch, indulgent music. Here’s my last video for a while….

April 2, 2008 Posted by | acoustic, folk, indie, jamesonian, m. ward, she and him, singer songwriter, toodrunktodream, you really got a hold on me, zooey deschanel | Leave a comment

Beirut in Paris Part 2 : Zach Covers "Hallelujah"

This video is a little montage of some clips I’ve collected with Beirut’s Zach Condon covering Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in the Jeff Buckley style (follow? good. I like you). This audio clip was culled from Beirut’s Nov. 2007 Black Session in gay Paris. Seek it out. It’s quite good.
Beirut – Black Session – Hallelujah.mp3

This marks my second foray into fooling around with some new video software. I did it the fast and easy way, but the back end took a while with editing and quality issues. It didn’t come out terrible.

March 30, 2008 Posted by | acoustic, balkan, beirut, black session, indie, jamesonian, jeff buckley, leonard cohen, live music, rock, singer songwriter, toodrunktodream, zach condon | Leave a comment

Beirut in Paris: Zach Condon on the loose in France

Beirut, the pet project of 22 year old Zach Condon, has taken over my life. Again. For the third time. It’s got to be the dusty Balkan gypsy horns and the lilting, percussive strumming of the mandolin. It transports me to another age; sometimes it’s a sleepy smoky village in the south of France, other times it’s a brasserie in Brooklyn. It’s transcendence at its least and transformance at its best.

I wake up in the morning and I’m humming “Postcards From Italy”. I eat my breakfast tapping the beat of “Nantes”. I nod off at night, dreaming of “Elephant Gun”. And whatever I do, I haven’t been able to escape the musical throes of either 2006’s Gulag Orkestar or 2007’s The Flying Club Cup (nor do I care to).

Zach Condon and his 12 piece collective recently paid a visit to Studio 104 at the Maison do Radio in Paris and recorded a Black Session for French radio station France Inter. It was broadcast on November 26th, 2007

you can download it from me here:

Beirut – Black Session (redirect to Multiply)

or sample a few tracks, including Jeff Buckley’s “Halellujah”

Beirut – Black Session – Hallelujah.mp3
Beirut – Black Session – Elephant Gun.mp3

As always… please support the artists!!

Beirut’s homepage
Beirut on Myspace

January 9, 2008 Posted by | acoustic, alternative, balkan, beirut, black session, horns, indie, singer songwriter, zach condon | 2 Comments

Iron & Wine on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) sat down with Nic Harcourt on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic on Nov. 29th, and delivered a fantastic, dreamy set of music. Pulling a couple of songs off of 2007’s critically acclaimed The Shepherd’s Dog and a song each from Endless Numbered Days, Woman King e.p. , and the In Good Company soundtrack, Sam Beam weaves in a signature of humility with his brand of lush, Nick Drake-infused neo-folk.

02.Peace Beneath The City
03.Sodom South Georgia
04.Boy With A Coin
06.Resurrection Fern
07.Woman King
08.Trapeze Swinger
10.He Lays In The Reins

Iron & Wine – Morning Becomes Eclectic [256kbps mp3]

[I gotta say , the highlight of this set has to be the 7 minute Trapeze Swinger from In Good Company. The quiet tension is incredible. Enjoy – Jameson]

Iron & Wine – KCRW – Trapeze Swinger.mp3
Iron & Wine – KCRW – Resurrection Fern.mp3

Please support good artistry and buy Iron & Wine’s music

Sub Pop

December 31, 2007 Posted by | acoustic, alternative, folk, indie, iron and wine, kcrw, morning becomes eclectic, nic harcourt, rock, sam beam, sub pop | Leave a comment