Friday, March 30, 2012

Poll: Who was hotter in 1969?

I just found the poll widget on blogger (evil laugh). I'm going to try to throw up some ridiculous polls every now and then. Tonight I caught the Woodstock documentary on cable, and I couldn't get over how hot Roger Daltrey looked in his leather fringe in 1969. Know who else was pretty damn hot in the late 60s/early 70s? Robert Plant. Both Brits, both lead singers of massive bands, both with amazing vocal ranges, both hot as hell in their primes. In the summer of 1969 Daltrey was 25 years old with four best-selling albums under his belt. Plant was 21, coming off of the early 1969 release of Led Zeppelin's many-times platinum self-titled album.

So who was hotter in 1969? Daltrey or Plant? Vote on the right sidebar.

The Who - Listening to You-See Me, Feel Me.mp3
Buy: Tommy (1969, reissued 1996)

Led Zeppelin - Dazed and Confused.mp3
Buy: Led Zeppelin (1969, reissued 1995)

EDIT: I realize that the poll text may not be showing up. This is a Blogger issue. Daltrey is on the top, and Plant on the bottom. (TWSS)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Earl Scruggs 1924-2012

I'm seeing news over twitter tonight that Earl Scruggs has passed away at age 88. Scruggs is arguably the greatest banjo player to have ever lived. His influence on bluegrass, folk, and country music is immeasurable. You can read more about his remarkable life in this New Yorker article, and I am sure that dozens of more biographical articles will be popping up on line throughout the next few days.

Here he is with his buddy Doc Watson doing the old time country tunes "Old John Hardy" and a little bit of "Cripple Creek." Any idea what year this is from?

Performing "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" in 1965 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with his musical partner of 20+ years Lester Flatt.

In 2001 he appeared on Letterman to promote his 23rd album Earl Scruggs and Friends with Glen Duncan (fiddle), Randy Scruggs (Earl's son, acoustic guitar), Steve Martin (banjo), Vince Gill (Telecaster), Marty Stuart (mandolin), Gary Scruggs (Earl's son, harmonica), Albert Lee (Music Man custom), Paul Shaffer (piano), and Jerry Douglas (Dobro).

Slaid Cleaves: Sorrow and Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge

One of the largely overlooked albums of 2011 was the fantastic live album by Slaid Cleaves, Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge. I caught Cleaves at Club Passim in Cambridge this past summer just before the album's release, and I can assure you that this album very faithfully reproduces Cleaves' live show. I took my 65-year-old parents to that show, and they loved it! Cleaves is truly a master of modern folk and alt country music, and my mom even said that he reminded her of Woody Guthrie.

This album spans his career, from 1991 when he moved from his native Maine, to Austin, Texas, where he still resides. This album is a great primer for the newly initiated to Cleaves' music, and is an essential record for his long-time fans.

Drinkin' Days.mp3
Buy: Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge (2011)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

March Feel Bad For You

Since March is almost over, I probably should post the Feel Bad For You comp. D'oh! This month it slipped my mind...

1. The Bailey Hounds - Resurrection Man
Along the Gallows (2011)
Submitted By: popa2unes
Comments: Philly’s The Bailey Hounds, describe their music as Cemetery Blues. They are participating in Couch by Couchwest this year.

2. Public Enemy - Fight the Power
Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
Submitted By: Gorrck

3. McDougall - A Few Towns More.mp3
Buy A Few Towns More (2012)
Submitted By: Autopsy IV
Comments: This album doesn’t come out until April and it is already a favorite in the camps. When it gets released, people are gonna flip their shit for it, or at least those that care about good music are going to.

4. Punch Brothers - Who’s Feeling Young Now
Who’s Feeling Young Now? (2012)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: The Punch Brothers are playing chess, the rest of the music world is playing checkers.

5. Jessie Mae Hemphil - You Can Talk About Me
Deep Blues soundtrack (1992)
Submitted By: Brad Kelly
Comments: I was lucky enough to see the late Jessie Mae at a blues festival in Clarksdale, MS, in the early 90s. From a famous Mississippi blues family, she was the real thing, playing in the North Mississippi blues style made popular by Mississippi Fred McDowell, and more recently by Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside. Powerful.

6. Army Navy - The Long Goodbye
The Last Place (2011)
Submitted By: Ryan (Verbow @
Comments: Sweet jangle/power pop number I stumbled upon thanks to 88.1 KDHX (St. Louis). Not groundbreaking, but it will get stuck in your head.

7. Bohannons - Working The Door
Daytrotter Session (2012)
Submitted By: Corey Flegel (This Is American Music)
Comments: this song was the closer to the Bo’s uncharacteristically lo-fi Daytrotter session.

8. Hanni El Khatib - You Rascal You.mp3
Buy: Will the Guns Come Out (2011)
Submitted By: Beldo/TheSecondSingle
Comments: Somehow this ISN’T a Black Keys song, but I suspect a conspiracy is afoot. I love it anyway.

9. Lone Justice - Dixie Storms
Shelter (1986)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: March 2012 in the south and midwest and April 2011 in Joplin MO, Tuscaloosa AL, Ringgold, GA. So much destruction, fear, recovery, randomness, amazement, deaths, and miracle of survival. Yet all of it comes with living in the land of Dixie.

10. The District Attorneys - Slowburner.mp3
Free Download: Waiting On the Calm Down (2011)
Submitted By: TheOtherBrit
Comments: These dudes rule. Go check em out at SXSW if you’re there!

11. The Steeldrivers - If It Hadn’t Been for Love
The Steeldrivers (2008)
Submitted By: Simon
Comments: Adele, Adele, Adele, Adele, Adele, Adele, Adele, radio, TV, magazines, web, she’s everywhere right now – but ‘her’ best song was borrowed from The Steeldrivers.

12. Cab Calloway and his Orchestra - A Chicken Ain’t Nothin’ but a Bird
28863 OKeh -5847 single (1940)
Submitted By: April @ Now This Sound is Brave
Comments: Because Cab, that’s why.

13. The Kinks - Got My Feet On The Ground
Kinda Kinks (1965)
Submitted By: Erschen

14. Songs: Ohia - Farewell Transmission
Magnolia Electric Co. (2003)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Despite the fact that it’s been a fairly mild winter, we here up in the north are still fighting the winter blues. Jason Molina and seasonal disorder go together like peas and carrots.

15. Queen - Stone Cold Crazy
Sheer Heart Attack (1974)
Submitted By: BoogieStudio22
Comments: Ahhh… my teen years.

16. Roger Miller - Do Wacka Do
The Return of Roger Miller (1964)
Submitted by: Adam Sheets
Comments: Roger Miller > Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan

17. The White Buffalo - Good Ol’ Day to Die.mp3
Buy: Once Upon a Time in the West (2012)
Submitted By: Trailer

18. Old Sledge - Danville Girl
Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down (2011)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: I was first turned on to Old Sledge via Ben from The Foxhunt (who played on this album), and now, a year later I am not so sure this band even exists anymore. Former member Anna Roberts-Gevalt now comprises one half of my latest musical obsession Anna and Elizabeth (with Elizabeth LaPrelle), and she’s a pretty good dance caller to boot.

19. The Mountain Goats - This Year.mp3
Buy: The Sunset Tree (2005)
Submitted By: @mikeorren
Comments: My pal Josh Jones (GM of KHYI) turned me onto this band and this tune specifically a couple weeks ago. If you’ve got more on your back than you can carry, I highly recommend turning this one up and screaming along. Guarantee you’ll feel better, or at least a wee bit more courageous.

20. Good Saints - Texas Moan
Driftwood On The Fire EP (2011)
Submitted By: Slowcoustic
Comments: Just some hazy laid back country music from Kentucky. Nuff said.

21. Billie Holiday - Gloomy Sunday
The Great Billie Holiday (disc 1) (2007)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: This song never fails to make me stop whatever I’m doing and just listen.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Couch by Couchwest

Too broke to go to Austin? Can’t get out of work? Hate dealing with traffic and large crowds? Maybe just too lazy to release yourself from the couch’s sweet sweet embrace? Have we got good news for you! Couch By Couchwest is the online music festival that takes place the same week as that other (couch deficient) music festival you may have heard of, you know the one.

Musicians: Please upload your unique to CXCW 2012 video (i.e. for the CXCW festival) to YouTube or Vimeo and send the link to us via the below form or to cxcwest at gmail dot com.

Those in the crowd: we want to see how you spend the CXCW festival! Send us pics of your CXCW festivities, taco and nacho recipes, haikus, lazy dogs and cats, avant garde performance art, etc… via twitter, facebook or email (cxcwest at gmail dot com)!

A few of my favorite videos and photos from CXCW 2011:

Adam Remnant of Southeast Engine from Athens, Ohio, performs the old-time song "Cripple Creek."

Max in Italy says: "joining the party from Italy #CXCW not #SXSW" Is there anything sweeter than singing to your baby? Unlike SXSW, children and pets are allowed at CXCW.

Matt Woods of Knoxville, Tennessee, does an original song called "Deuces."

Haley and friend from Denver,Colorado, doing some serious CXCW-ing.