By far the best show that I saw at Coachella. I don’t really know what else to say except for GO SEE THEM. It was hard to get a clear picture of Miss Jones cause she was shimmy-ing and shaking all over the place….which is really a testament to her amazing performance.
Our latest mixtape is all about Thunder and Lightning! Of course we have some country classics on there by George Jones and Garth Brooks, but much like lightning, we also expanded our horizons and went into the blues, psychedelic rock and even a little British rock (The Kinks…yes!). I sure hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
San Francisco based psych rock group Wooden Shjips have given us their Top Ten Songs About Cities, which features tunes by Lee Hazlewood, Dwight Yoakam, The Band, Glen Campbell and more. They are currently gearing up for a very busy summer with stops at both the UK and New York incarnations of the All Tomorrow’s Parties Fest (with My Bloody Valentine, Thurston Moore, etc), and the Scala in London (with Howlin’ Rain) among other dates. For us California kids, we will have the chance to catch them up in Big Sur on May 23 as part of the California 2008 Tour for Krautrock Legends Cluster. I have never actually been up to Big Sure (gasp…I know!) and this might very well be the perfect excuse to remedy that sad situation. Anyways, check out their amazing mix after the jump!
One of the best style roundups (if I do say so myself) that we’ve done so far. Thanks Spaceland!
Jonathan Wilson and Johnathan Rice put on a solid show last night. Wilson never ceases to amaze me with his psychedelic desert rock and insanely beautiful guitar work. And I was quite impressed by what Rice pulled off as well. Rice’s rock based country music was an excellent companion to Wilson’s dreamy blend, creating the perfect all around musical evening. Well done Johns!
Do you remember this Bandana that Kelly of Benny Kelly taught us how to make for our Valentine’s Day Last Minute Gift Ideas post? Well! For those of us who aren’t exactly crafty but loved and coveted the bandana, you are in luck! Kelly just put it up for sale along with a number of other Benny Kelly pieces. Click here to buy it (there is also an option to have her design one specifically for you) and support our good friend. Get your Cindy (Country + Indie) Bandana now!
This week’s mixtape is for all the lonesome folks out there. No one does sad, forlorn songs quite like country singers, and on this tape, we hear from none other than Hank Williams, George Jones, Gram Parsons and his International Submarine Band and more. And where did we get the inspiration for this mixtape (you might ask)? The song “Oh Lonesome Me!” There are actually two versions of the song that appear on here. The first one is the rather upbeat original by Don Gibson. The second is an extremely depressing, slow yet beautiful version by Neil Young. I have to admit that while I have known both of these songs for years, it wasn’t until someone pointed it out to me just a week ago that I realized that they are the SAME song! Even though they have the same lyrics and title, Neil Young’s version sounds so radically different that I just never connected it. Crazy. Take note Feist
, a song that you don’t even realize is a cover…now that’s a good cover!
Continuing on last month’s “Movin” theme, the queen of NYC country music, Alana Amram, has given us her very own mixtape of songs to listen to while riding on the back of a motorcycle. So get ready to rev up those engines and fly down the highway as Alana guides you on her own personal trip. And…for the first time ever….we are actually offering it to download.
Beachwood Sparks- Canyon Ride
This is the first edition of our new Video of the Day column here at When You Awake. To start us off, here are LA country crooners the Beachwood Sparks performing an acoustic version of their tune Canyon Ride in a backyard. Beautiful harmonies and a sunny, California afternoon…don’t you wish you were there?
Pictures from the Cha Cha Lounge and NYC .