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Sad,Sad,Sad,Sad,Sad day R.I.P. Jay Bennett

Excerpted from Jim Derogatis’s article in the Chicago Sun Times :

Jay Bennett, a rock musician with deep ties to Chicago best known as a former member of Wilco, died early Sunday morning in downstate Urbana, where he had been running a recording studio, according to a spokesman for his family.

The singer and multi-instrumentalist was 45 years old.

“Early this morning, Jay died in his sleep and an autopsy is being performed,” said Edward Burch, a friend and musician who collaborated with Bennett on the 2005 album “The Palace at 4 a.m.” “The family is in mourning and is unavailable for comment at this time.”

Born in the Chicago suburb of Rolling Meadows, Bennett began playing in bands as a teenager. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned multiple degrees in secondary education, math and political science. In between, he co-founded the Replacements-like power-pop band Titanic Love Affair, which released three albums during the alternative-rock heyday between 1991 and 1996, when it was dropped from its label.

Bennett was working at a VCR repair shop in Champaign when he was tapped to join Wilco as it toured in support of its first album, “A.M.” A talented arranger and versatile musician who could play virtually any instrument he picked up, from mandolin to Mellotron, Bennett formed a fruitful partnership with Wilco bandleader Jeff Tweedy. His contributions over a seven-year period were key to the albums that resulted in the band’s national breakthrough, including “Being There” (1996), “Summerteeth” (1999) and “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” (2002).

Relations between Bennett and Tweedy, both painstaking perfectionists, soured during the latter recording, as documented in the film “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart,” and Bennett left the band. Earlier this month, Bennett filed a lawsuit against Tweedy for breach of contract and unpaid artist’s royalties, stemming in part from his role in the film.

In late April, Bennett wrote on his MySpace blog about dealing with intense pain from a hip injury suffered during a dive from the stage while playing with Titanic Love Affair. He was….

cont. at http://blogs.suntimes.com/derogatis/2009/05/jay_bennett_dead_at_age_45.html

May 25, 2009 Posted by | alt country, music, R.I.P. | , | Leave a comment

Wilco (the bootleg): YHF Engineer Demos (the rewind)

A short post today…

You know how I feel about Wilco, right? Yeah you do. Well, after streaming the new “Wilco
(the album)” from WilcoWorld.net ALL WEEKEND, I’ve went back and started to dust off a couple of classics from my collection. The first thing I’ve revisited this morning is the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot “Engineer” Demos. All of the tunes are of a finished quality and many are very different than the product that was released on the near-perfect YHF.

Enjoy. Toodrunktodream

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May 18, 2009 Posted by | alt country, music | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Johnny Cash – The American Outtakes

American Recordings album coverImage via Wikipedia

Johnny Cash‘s legacy may have been set in stone by the Phoenix-Witherspoon biopic, Walk The Line, but the cartoonish representation of his early career does a good job of skewing the events of the legend’s life. In truth, Johnny became such a devout Christian that he abandoned many of the traits that made him a commercial success. He was dropped from his record label, and seemed intent on living out the rest of his life with his wife in Tennessee.

But his December years were spent under the umbrella of Rick Rubin‘s American Recordings label, and with Rick at the helm, Johnny recorded some of his finest material to date. From 1994 until his death in 2003, Johnny recorded a boatload of material, and, to date, his label has released American Recordings (1994), Unchained (1996), American III: Solitary Man (2000), American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002), Unearthed (2003), American V: A Hundred Highways (2006), and, reportedly American VI is due in 2009.

These outtakes are all similar in vein to the original American sessions, with Johnny Cash singing with just an acoustic guitar for accompaniment. This session was recorded from 5/17-20/1993 in Rick Rubin’s living room

Johnny Cash
5/17 to 5/20/1993

01 For Heaven’s Sake
02 I’m A Drifter
03 I Witnessed A Crime (with Billy Gibbons)
04 Banks of The Ohio
05 The Next Time I’m In Town
06 Breaking Bread
07 To Beat The Devil
08 Friends In California
09 Caretaker
10 The Wonder of You
11 East Virginia Blues
12 Bury Me Not
13 I’m Just An Old Chunk of Coal (But I’ll Be A Diamond Someday)
14 Go On Blues
15 If I Give My Soul

Download the whole session from: http://drop.io/o5kbm7y


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February 10, 2009 Posted by | alt country, american, americana, ghost of electricity, guitar, johnny cash, music, outtakes, rick rubin, rock, toodrunktodream, unreleased | Leave a comment

RYAN Adams & the Cardinals – Elizabethtown Sessions [2005]


By request:

1. Cemetery Hill
2. The Sewers At The Bottom Of The Wishing Well
3. Clementine (possibly Madeline?)
4. Everybody Knows
5. When The Wild Wind Blows (or Wild Wind)
6. Dreams Of A Working Class Clown (or Dreams Of The Working Class)
7. Words
8. Lions Of Broadway
9. Who Were We?
10. Willows
11. Lighthouses
12. Saturday Night
13. Everything Dies
14. Two
15. Maps
16. Don’t Get Sentimental On Me
17. Elizabeth Town
18. Elizabeth

Tom Schick, producer of Cardinology, produced these sessions.

Download “The Elizabethtown Sessions” http://drop.io/elizabethtownsessions


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February 9, 2009 Posted by | alt country, alternative, americana, cameron Crowe, cardinals, elizabethtown, free, ghost of electricity, rock, ryan adams, toodrunktodream, unreleased | 1 Comment

Shannon Hoon’s mom shares rare acoustic tracks

As a generous gift to the Blind Melon community, Nel Hoon, mother of lead singer Shannon Hoon, has donated several tracks for our listening pleasure.

From the note included with the tracks:

About five years ago someone from California sent me about 20 CDs
with Blind Melon music. I had not listened to any of those until
recently. When I ran across this CD I felt that I had found a
treasure to be shared with all the people who love Shannon.
After thinking about it for days, I have concluded that Shannon
would have wanted me to give this as a Christmas present to you
and you and you and you and you … so Merry Christmas! nel hoon


To these ears, it appears that Shannon, playing here unaccompanied by his band, is recording a rough demo, ocassionally dictating a “Yeah that’s good enough” or “There’s like mandolins that are supposed to go at the end of this” and so on. There’s no recording date included with this material but I’m gonna assume (again) that these were demos from around the time that Blind Melon’s album Soup was recorded. Of course, sadly, Shannon Hoon would suffer from a fatal drug overdose on Oct 21st, 1995, at the age of 28.

As with all of the odds-and-ends Blind Melon music out there, this music is just so comforting to hear. For me, it’s all about remembering Shannon as the vibrant and promising singer that he was, and imagining what he could have been.


FROM SHANNON TO YOU AND YOU AND YOU AND YOU

01 – Flea Market Pete
02 – Cavities
03 – Walk
04 – St. Andrew’s Fall
05 – All That I Need
06 – Everyday (The Way You Looked Before)
07 – Letters From a Porcupine
08 – Weeping Like the Willow


download “From Shannon….” via drop.io :
http://drop.io/d92wnfj


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Blind Melon at Amazon


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February 9, 2009 Posted by | alt country, alternative, americana, blind melon, free, ghost of electricity, guitar, indie, music, shannon hoon, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment

Ryan Adams – Extra Cheese [Ghost Of Electricity Alternate Mix]

Today be a Ryan Adams day. To truly make it a Ryan Adams day, I am going to recreate, to the best of my ability, Ryan’s upcoming Extra Cheese EP (using key alternate takes and choice live tracks).

K here goes….


Extra Cheese – Ghost of Electricity Alternate Mix

1. Two – Live in Boston, MA 9/7/2008

2. Blossom – Live in Morgantown, WV 5/17/2007

3. Answering Bell – Live in Jamaica 08/2002

4. Evergreen – Live in Southampton, England 11/22/2008

5. My Love For You Is Real – from the Cowboy Technical Sessions

6. Desire – from the unreleased album 48 Hours

7. Hey There, Mrs. Lovely – Live at the Tressel Tavern, Seattle 9/9/2000

Zip file [17 mb]


No one’s really sure what the EP will truly bring, just yet, but my hopes are for some alternate takes, unheard sessions and key live tracks…sorta what I culled here. It’s not much, and the Lost Highway camp isn’t rolling out the red carpet or anything, but any little bit of new music would be truly welcomed…. and at $3.99, that might just be worth it.

later, TDTD

further: http://ghost-electricity.blogspot.com/search/label/ryan%20adams

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February 5, 2009 Posted by | alt country, alternative, americana, cardinals, ghost of electricity, indie, live, music, ryan adams, toodrunktodream | 2 Comments

Ryan Adams set to release iTunes-only Valentine’s Day EP

Ryan Adams Valentine’s Day EP available on Itunes on 2/10.

Ryan’s best love songs.

Extra Cheese
Two
Blossom
Answering Bell
Evergreen
My Love For You is Real
Desire
Unreleased bonus track Hey There, Mrs. Lovely


Lost Highway

Cardinology


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February 4, 2009 Posted by | alt country, americana, ghost of electricity, ryan adams, toodrunktodream, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

Ryan Adams and 48 Hours Revisited

In 2001, Ryan Adams made one of the best albums of his career, and never released it. It’s pretty safe to say that its one of my favorite albums that has never seen the light of day. A Youtube-er asked me if I could locate the album for him, and I gladly obliged… so there’s no sense in not sharing with everyone, right?

And the other reason for re-posting, Marty is on his way back to New England, right now, interviewing for a job and hoping to move back east. I’ll be seeing him tomorrow, sharing stories and comparing notes over a tallboy, and some good food at Angelo’s Civita Farnese.


Download the “48 Hours” album at : http://drop.io/v7vdmis


Samples:

Ryan Adams – 48 Hours – Walls
Ryan Adams – 48 Hours – Like The Twilight (Drunk and Fucked Up)


Excerpt:

You all know that Ryan Adams is slightly more than a hobby for me. Mangled B-sides and garbled concert clips are Mozart to these ears. One-off web clips are collectors items and treasured additions to my music collection. So when I got a hold of a number of Ryan Adams’ unreleased sessions a while back, (back when trading was done with bubble mailers and postage stamps…..none of this torrent malarkey), as you can imagine, I was amazed that the wealth of material that D.R. Adams had “tossed aside” was viable and desirable as good, quality music. 48 Hours, The Destroyer Sessions, The Suicide Handbook, The Heartbreaker Demos. My roommate, Marty and I would latch onto different albums, for the same reasons. Mainly, there were no reasons.

Marty had cemented this song for me, a few years back, on a road trip to New Haven. It was a few weeks after I had handed him a stack of new music. He popped in the newest latest greatest mix cd into the dashboard player. I think it was called “You Could’ve Looked Better”. This one song came on about 20 minutes down the highway. He said, “This is the best song ever written”.

We were going too fast and had too many things passing through our bloodstream. But being weary and being on the road, and working on what little sleep we could afford between drinking Narragansett tallboys after last call at the Decatur and a midmorning breakfast at the Classic Cafe. That day was ours, and this WAS the greatest, most perfect song ever written. It’s still pretty damn good. Glad I didn’t move to New Haven that fall. Wish I had those times back….



Excerpt taken from: The full, original post from early 2008

Further Reading: http://ghost-electricity.blogspot.com/search/label/ryan%20adams

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February 4, 2009 Posted by | 48 hours, alt country, alternative, americana, cardinals, Ethan Johns, ghost of electricity, rhode island, ryan adams, toodrunktodream, video, walls | 3 Comments

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

Please DO NOT sell this recording, or trade in MP3 format!


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.


Download the entire show in 256 kb mp3 quality from drop.io here:

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http://drop.io/96g2sym Part 1
http://drop.io/s2lumcv  Part 2

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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

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