Tuesday November 25th 2008, 12:12 pm
Video of the Day: Nirvana
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YouTube Preview ImageNirvana- Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Castledoor mentioned Nirvana’s version of the traditional tune “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” (aka “In The Pines”, “Black Girl”, “My Girl”) on their mixtape so I thought I’d give it a listen. What do you guys think? Versions by Leadbelly and Bill Monroe are after the jump.
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Monday November 24th 2008, 3:59 pm
Ticket Giveaway: Holly Golighty and Frank Fairfield at Spaceland
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We are giving away three (3) pairs of tickets to Holly Golightly and Frank Fairchild‘s upcoming show on Saturday, November 29th at Spaceland. Holly Golightly first performed as part of Thee Headcoatees in the early 1990s and has since gone on to record 13 solo records and collaborated with the likes of the White Stripes, Billy Childish, Rocket From The Crypt, the Greenhornes and more. Supporting act Frank Fairfield got his start as a street musician in Los Angeles and just finished a tour opening for the Fleet Foxes. The show is 21 plus and tickets are $10 in advance/$12 day of show. To win tickets, email whenyouawakela @ gmail.com (subject: Golightly) and tell us your favorite band and/or song named after a fictional character (as Ms. Golightly is from Breakfast at Tiffanys). Include your first and last name in the email. Three winners will be chosen and notified. Check out Holly’s additional tour dates after the jump.

YouTube Preview ImageHolly Golightly- On The Fire

YouTube Preview ImageFrank Fairfield- The Little, Old Cabin in the Lane

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Monday November 24th 2008, 2:45 pm
In Living Color: O’Death at Spaceland
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Never before had I seen banjos and violins inspire moshing and headbanging with the occasional waltzing thrown in, but New York’s O’Death achieved just that with their particular blend of Appalachian punk music. One gal standing next to me described them as the following equation: Take Flogging Molly. Switch the Irish influence for Appalachian. Add in a whole lot of “actually good music (sorry Flogging Molly)” and you have O’Death. One of the coolest parts of the show was when drummer David Rogers-Berry tossed aside his drum sticks for a handful of heavy chains and proceed to beat the life out of his kit with them. More pictures of O’Death and opener Le Switch after the jump.


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Monday November 24th 2008, 1:12 pm
Video of the Day: Horse Feathers
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YouTube Preview ImageHorse Feathers- Curs In The Weeds

Kill Rock Stars band Horse Feathers singing in the weeds.




Sunday November 23rd 2008, 12:51 pm
Harvest Party in Griffith Park Today
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Benny Kelly and I are throwing a party in Griffith Park today at Trails Cafe! Come join us for Crafts, Bocce ball, Frisbee, Board Games and whatever else we can think of/you would want to do at the park on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Be sure to bring blank tshirts/sweatshirts/bandanas/tote bags/etc to stencil and bead (for free), courtesy of Benny Kelly. Check out the bandanas that Kelly and I are wearing in the top picture for examples of both. They would make perfect Holiday presents!

So please join us today at Trails Cafe from 1 pm to sundown (around 5 pm). Trails Cafe is located at 2333 Fern Dell Dr. Los Angeles, CA. If you choose to partake in the Cafe’s delicious avocado sandwiches or scones, be sure to bring cash as well because it’s cash only. See you later!




Friday November 21st 2008, 11:56 am
Blog Love: For The Sake Of The Song
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For the Sake of the Song is a blog after our own heart. Not only are they named after a tune by one of our favorite artists, Townes Van Zandt, but they also have posted some great live tracks from said artist for your listening pleasure. The tunes are from Van Zandt’s Live At The Jester Lounge , which was recorded in 1966, and A Gentle Evening With Townes Van Zandt from 1969. Definitely worth checking out.




Friday November 21st 2008, 11:45 am
Video of the Day: Buck Owens and Don Rich
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YouTube Preview ImageBuck Owens and Don Rich- Foolin’ Around

Buck Owens and Don Rich were pioneers of the Bakersfield sound, blazing a trail for other acts like Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart and the Mavericks. Owens and Rich were best friends as well as musical partners in Owen’s group, the Buckaroos. When Rich (on the left) died in a Motorcycle accident in 1974, it devastated Owens and he basically stopped touring and went off the musical radar until he returned in 1988 for a duet with Dwight Yoakam (which we’ve included after the jump). On that time in his life, Owens has said: “Something I never said before, maybe I couldn’t, but I think my music life ended when he did. Oh yeah, I carried on and I existed, but the real joy and love, the real lightning and thunder is gone forever.”
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Thursday November 20th 2008, 2:41 pm
New York: A When You Awake Mixtape
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Today we are excited to announce the first in a series of mixtapes focusing on the best talent that different cities have to offer. First up, we have some of our favorite bands to come out of New York in the past year or so. The mix features tunes by Langhorne Slim, The Hymns, O’Death, Mornings Pages, Deer Tick and more. Coming up next week: Los Angeles.

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Thursday November 20th 2008, 1:46 pm
Tonight in NYC: AA Bondy
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AA Bondy, the former lead singer of late 90s rock group Verbena, has switched gears and reinvented himself as a really solid indie folk musician. He is currently touring in support of his latest studio effort, American Hearts. You can catch him tonight at Union Hall with Steve Burns & The Struggle supporting. Tickets are $10 and you can buy them here. Show is 21 and over.

YouTube Preview ImageAA Bondy- Killed Myself When I Was Young




Thursday November 20th 2008, 12:26 pm
Video of the Day: Norman Greenbaum
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YouTube Preview ImageNorman Greenbaum- Spirit in the Sky

Happy 66th birthday Norman Greenbaum! What was it that inspired a Jewish boy from Massachusetts to write a Christian-themed anthem? Greenbaum, who’s a big fan of the Grand Ole Opry and country music,  was watching a tv special where Porter Wagoner sang a song about redemption and he thought “Yeah, I could do that,’ knowing nothing about gospel music. So I sat down and wrote my own gospel song. It came easy. I wrote the words in 15 minutes. (From NY Times).”  Random note: Vice-President Elect Joe Biden is also 66 today.