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Brown University announces Girl Talk, M.I.A., Lupe, Vampire Weekend

Looks like Brown University will have, once again, the preeminent spring weekend concert series. Oh, if only I were still in school…, and like, smart.

Confirmed (well, reported by Pitchfork, anyway) for Friday April 11 will be rapper and Kanye-protege Lupe Fiasco and fellow ivy-leaguers, and indie-band-of-the-moment Vampire Weekend. And for those managing to recover after the mayhem Friday, concertgoers will be treated to Sri-Lankan headline generator and hip hop urbanite M.I.A. , jam-tastic Umphrey’s McGee and cut-and-paste insta-party insaniac Greg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk on Saturday April 12th. I’d go just for him…

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Girl Talk – 02 – That’s My DJ.mp3

Girl Talk – 09 – Friday Night.mp3

Girl Talk – 10 – Hand Clap.mp3

Lupe Fiasco – 03 – Go Go Gadget Flow.mp3

Lupe Fiasco – 05 – Superstar (Ft. Matthew Santos).mp3

M.I.A. – 03 Boyz.mp3

M.I.A. – 05 Hussel (Featuring Afrikan Boy).mp3

vampire weekend – [01] mansard roof.mp3

vampire weekend – [04] cape cod kwassa kwassa.mp3



February 24, 2008 Posted by | brown, brown university, concert, girl talk, greg gillis, hip hop, indie, live music, lupe fiasco, mia, music, rap, umphreys, vampire weekend | Leave a comment

The dark of the moon, besides….

“Maybe that’s cause it’s midnight
And the dark of the moon besides.
Maybe the dark is from your eyes
Maybe the dark is from your eyes”
-Robert Hunter

Lets separate ourselves from our own little alternate-realities tonight, unplug, and step outside for a minute and enjoy one of nature’s enduring phenomenons, the lunar eclipse…

…and then enjoy some SMOKIN’ vintage Dead.


Grateful Dead – Shakedown Street [12-31-84].mp3

February 21, 2008 Posted by | Garcia, grateful dead, jam, jamband, jerry garcia, live music, music, pigpen, rock, shakedown street, the dead | Leave a comment

Odd Pairings: The Grateful Dead w/ The Beach Boys: 4/27/1971 @ The Fillmore East

Talk about a culture-clash. Cue April 1971. You’re going to the legendary Fillmore in NYC to catch one of the last rock shows before the doors will be closed forever. And what you witness is Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead sharing a stage with the (mudda fuggin’) Beach Boys. Gotta love it.

Well, since I was still about 6 years from being created, all I have left to document this fabled night is a crispy soundboard courtesy of the Dead’s vault. And I share it with you….

Check out “Okie From Muskogee”, featuring the long-haired ones on vocals (by “long-hairs”, of course, ahem!, I mean the Beach Boys…)

We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee;
We don’t take our trips on LSD
We don’t burn our draft cards down on Main Street;
We like livin’ right, and bein’ free.

From a review by Blair Jackson in The Deadhead’s Taping Compendium Vol. 1 1959-1974

The second set starts with a handful of short tunes, all nicely played, and then at mid-set the Dead are joined onstage by members of the Beach Boys for a wild mini-set of rock n roll classics, one Beach Boys song, and Merle Haggard’s right-wing screed, “Okie From Muskogee” (which includes the immortal lines “We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee/ We don’t take our trips on LSD…”). If you’ve ever seen pictures of the Beach Boys from this era, you know that in the early seventies they were not the short-haired, clean-cut crew they were in the mid-sixties (and again in the late-seventies), At the Fillmore, they appeared in Caftans and sported long hair and bushy beards– yep, they were heads! The playing and singing is pretty sloppy during this segment, but it’s still a fun ride, a true curiosity that probably belongs in every serious tape collection. Then, the Dead-only finale, with “Sing Me Back Home” and “Uncle John’s” going into a cool “Lovelight” are a nice wrap-up to a show that is all over the map. The “Lovelight” is Pigpen (Ron McKernan) at his best as he tries to play matchmaker for kids in the audience: How does a guy convince the young lovely next to him to go home and go to bed with him? Just ask her and “Tell ’em Pigpen says it was OK!” Wish I’d thought of that in 1971.



The Grateful Dead (with The Beach Boys) – Okie From Muskogee.mp3
The Grateful Dead (with The Beach Boys) Johnny B Goode.mp3


January 17, 2008 Posted by | bill graham, fillmore, Garcia, grateful dead, jam, jamband, jerry garcia, live music, music, pigpen, psychedelic, rock, the beach boys, the dead | Leave a comment

Blind Melon – MuchMusic Intimate & Interactive, Sept 12th, 1995

Blind Melon were on a literal and figurative high during the late summer of 1995. The band had just released it’s new album Soup, the follow-up to the hugely-successful self titled album that thrust them into the limelight with the kitschy, catchy hit “No Rain”. Shannon Hoon and the band were embarking on an American tour that would have them on the road for the majority of the next year, and despite Shannon’s drug counselor’s best advice, that tour began in early September and tragically ended on October 21st, 1995. On September 12th, Blind Melon stopped in Vancouver BC to play a show at the Commodore Ballroom, a show that was broadcast on Canada’s MuchMusic : Intimate & Interactive.

Blind Melon – MuchMusic Intimate & Interactive Sept 12th, 1995 [Whole Show]


Blind Melon 1995-09-12-15 Galaxie.mp3
Blind Melon 1995-09-12-13 Soup.mp3
Blind Melon 1995-09-12-10 St.Andrew’s Fall.mp3

December 26, 2007 Posted by | alternative, blind melon, free, grunge, indie, live music, muchmusic, music, rock, shannon hoon | Leave a comment

My Morning Jacket – Live at the Vogue Theater

My Morning Jacket are a band. That’s all I want you to know about them. They’re my own personal little band. They’re mine, I found them and I want to keep them for my own and I don’t want you to have them. Unless you take good care of them and don’t treat them poorly and return them to me unscathed.

This live show finds my friends at the Vogue Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 23rd, 2005. The set fucking smokes, as is the usual with MMJ. [It must be nice to wake up in the morning and go “You know what, I’m gonna rock some faces off tonight”] . A highlight is a 9-minute “Run Thru” and the “Gideon” w/ Ms. Kathleen Edwards. And of course, a fantastic “One Big Holiday”.

MMJ- Vogue Theater 10-23-2005 [whole show]

sample tracks

MMJ -10-23-05 Vogue Theater -06 Golden w. Kathleen Edwards.mp3
MMJ -10-23-05 Vogue Theater -07 Sooner.mp3

December 26, 2007 Posted by | alt country, alternative, jim james, kathleen edwards, live music, mmj, music, my morning jacket, rock | 1 Comment

Hot, FUNKIN Sunday Covers :: Ben Harper channels Marley

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
Universal Hall, Tiergaarten, Berlin, Germany

There’s just something so appealing about honest, well-made music….To quote our protagonist here “When it’s good, it’s so, so good…”

Couldn’t help but post this great track from my live music collection, and seeing as it’s Sunday (and we all like to post covers on Sunday), what better way to honor the tradition than by raising the bar with some hothouse BHIC. Taken from Ben’s second-ever show in Germany, this late-set track begins with one of my favorite BH originals, and transitions into a killer version of Bob Marley’s own declaration-of-resistance. One Visionary paying tribute to another, the Visionary-of-all-visionaries. Enjoy.

view setlist and concert info here

With My Own Two Hands –> War (live)

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December 9, 2007 Posted by | ben harper, bob marley, live music, war, with my own two hands | Leave a comment