Too Drunk To Dream

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

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 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

It was a No Go for this HOBO!

I would take these old shoes to get to you….

Deer Tick…. it’s the same feeling I got from Conor Oberst when he released his “Lifted…” album. It’s the sound of something happening. The sound of a movement being started.

I really can’t begin to say enough about these guys. They’re taking the world by storm. So watch out, world…the new album drops soon, and it’s gonna smack you in the face.
Deer Tick – These Old Shoes.mp3 (from \'War Elephant\')

May 12, 2009 Posted by | toodrunktodream | , | Leave a comment

Justin Verson [of Bon Iver] sits in with Bill Frisell [Mp3+Video]


Bill Frisell w/ Justin Vernon + Sara Siskind – Lovin’s for Fools (Live).mp3 [Listen] [Download]


April 21, 2009 Posted by | indie, live, music, video | , , , | Leave a comment

Amanda Palmer Crowdsurfing and Performing ‘Creep’ @ Coachella

You’re just like an angel, your skin makes me cry….

April 20, 2009 Posted by | live, music, video | Leave a comment

Leonard Cohen performing “Hallelujah” @ Coachella 2009

Nothing more to say about this.

April 20, 2009 Posted by | live, music, video | , , , | Leave a comment

Zach Galifianakis, Will Oldham do Kanye West

I’ll never get sick of this. Ever. Even though it’s a couple of months past the blogger expiration date to post this, I’m gonna. If anyone cracks me up more than Will Oldham being ‘normal’, it’s Zach Galifianakis with a chainsaw. Na, Na, Na, Na. Wait till I get me money right….

April 20, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, hip hop, music, video | Leave a comment

Sometimes I wish that show had been recorded.

April 17, 2009 Posted by | providence, sonic youth | , | Leave a comment

Whiskeytown – Acoustic Radio Sessions

By request, I give you a Whiskeytown compilation containing three live sessions.  Two of them are from radio and the third is a live performance from Charlestown VA.  Hope you enjoy!

Whiskeytown Acoustic Radio Sessions 1997 and 1998

time: 0:24

01- Houses On The Hill
02- Nurse With The Pills
03- Think About Me
04- Somebody Remembers The Roses
05- Inn Town
06- Turnaround

World Cafe
time: 0:18

07- 16 Days
08- Somebody Remembers The Roses
09- Too Drunk To Dream
10- Excuse Me If I Break My Own Heart Tonight
11- Dreams (fleetwood mac cover)

Mountain Stage
time: 0:20

12- Easy Hearts
13- 16 Days
14- Houses On The Hill
15- Inn Town
16- Too Drunk To Dream

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April 17, 2009 Posted by | ryan adams, whiskeytown | Leave a comment

Fastbacks (or the story is in the radio…keep your ear to the tapes)

Here’s an homage to a group of Seattle-ites that got me thru my teen angst years. Short story….

On January 8th, 1995 I set my tape recorder up to record the very first Self Pollution Radio broadcast by Pearl Jam. They were going live on the air, and were gonna play some tunes and do some DJ stuff, and basically play by there own rules for a couple of hours and for the next couple of months, I listen to those tapes every night.

The Fastbacks were my main focus from those tapes. What I heard spoke to my core and to this day, I get the warm fuzzies thinking about driving down to Thayer Street, heading into Tom’s Tracks and fumbling nervously through the bins, trying to look like I knew what I was doing, just mumbling to the clerk “Fastbacks?” and he, cooler than thou, and not being a dick about it, pointing to the back of the shop, on the right….

I had my copy, in hand, of Answer the Phone, Dummy.

Here, I offer to you, (within the d/l link), that LP, and the live tracks played on that radio show (God bless PJ fans for archiving that shit) plus one of their 7″ singles from 1981. I love that birthday song.

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April 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Uncle Tupelo kills The Paradise, Boston 1992

“And they don’t tell me which way I oughta run
or what good I could do anyone.
‘Cause my heart it was a gun,
but it’s unloaded now
so don’t bother me now.
Don’t bother

Crawling back to you now
I sold my guitar to the girl next door.
She asked me if I knew how
I told her I don’t think so anymore.”

                                         – Jeff Tweedy on “Gun”

By 1992, Uncle Tupelo had begun to hit the alternative mainstream, selling 15,000 copies of their debut album No Depression based on their reputation for putting a punk rock ethos into the re-telling of old dustbowl tunes. When they hit the studio again, in the summer of 1991, they decided to thwart the expectations of making an “alternative”-style record. When Still Feel Gone hit the press, it had a decidedly heavy, J Mascis sort of feel. I remember reading in the book I Am Trying to Break Your Heart that the band wasn’t extremely happy with the sound, but the album set the stage for a tumultuous 3 years that would find Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy at complete odds with one another, resulting in a messy break at the peak of Uncle Tupelo’s grandeur. However you see it, the tension that existed on stage fueled the music.

Today I present to you a great show from The Paradise, a small club on Landsdowne St. in Boston. The band was in town to support Teenage Fanclub (yeah, those guys), and by the end of their short set, it seemed that most patrons were full-on Uncle Tupelo converts. Check out the INSANE cover of Gang Of Four’s “I Found That Essence Rare”, and Neil Young’s “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”. It’s no wonder why…

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April 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment