Beachwood Sparks- By Your Side
If you are still looking for something to do on New Years, head on over to Little Radio and Hit+Run’s Bank Run 2009 in downtown LA. Music will be provided by the Beachwood Sparks, Port O’Brien, Crytal Antlers and more.
Happy Holidays my friends! We normally find most Christmas music to be a bit jarring, but put into the hands of the Band, Blitzen Trapper, and Arlo Guthrie (Santa must be a dope fiend), we actually love these Christmas tunes. We also searched out some good Hanukkah songs to add to the mix, but couldn’t find anything right. Luckily, the Leather Canary just posted a couple of worthy ones by Woody Guthrie, Beck and Ben Kweller on their site. Be sure to check them out. Anyways, from all of us here at When You Awake: have a wonderful, safe and happy holiday.
Willie Nelson on a Colbert Christmas
Let not mankind bogart love.
Justin over at Aquarium Drunkard recently posted a couple of live shows that Will Oldham performed back in 2006. He says “As Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy prepared to embark on what would become a very busy fall of 2006, he played two very special nights at Joe’s Pub in New York City. With brothers Paul and Ned Oldham (Will Oldham/BPB/Palace Music), the trio blistered through nearly 40 covers, nearly all tradtionals – playing only one original (“Cursed Sleep” in its pre-release form).” The covers include tunes by the Everly Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Dr Hook and more. Click here to check out the shows.
Tune into Little Radio.com in January for all new episodes of the When You Awake Radio Show, every Monday from 2-4 pm. We will be off the air until then.
Men Who Look Like Kenny Rogers is a website dedicated to the silver haired fox and all of those who seek to emulate him. There are even tips on how you, too, can look more like Kenny. For example, to perfectly imitate his beard you must keep it trimmed “neater than Richard Simmon’s tank top drawer.” Wow. Kind of leaves you speechless, right?
First Aid Kit- Blue Christmas
The ladies from Sweden are back with another beautiful cover tune. This time they tackle the holiday classic “Blue Christmas.” Thanks to Adam for sending this over.
With 2008 drawing to a close, we look back on an excellent year for new artists and new releases. For better or for worse, we’ve certainly been surprised by how much some independent folk has been embraced by the mainstream (I think Starbucks just discovered the Fleet Foxes). We want to share some of our favorites with you.
We’ve asked various contributors here at When You Awake to list their top 10 favorite albums released in 2008. This is not really a best-of list, but more along the lines of what we enjoyed. We’ve also included some honorable mentions and a couple of other made-up categories.
It is interesting to see how we define what music accompanies this page, and then what we listen to outside of these parameters. While no one endorsed Girl Talk here, some of our choices are very interesting and genre-bending.
We’d love your feedback! Use that comments section at the end of this article and give us your list.
Dave Harmon, Nashville Contributor
The legendary Charlie Louvin has announced some upcoming tour dates that will take him across the US and over to Los Angeles on February 7th for a show at Spaceland (Tickets are $15 on Ticketweb). The 81 year old singer began performing when he was a teenager with his brother Ira in the hugely influential duo, the Louvin Brothers. After his brother’s tragic death in 1965, he continued on as a solo artist. The Louvin Brothers rich, two part harmonies inspired everyone from the Everly Brothers to the Byrds and Emmylou Harris. He is a piece of living country music history, which makes this a must-see show. Tour dates and the video for Charlie’s song “Ira” (about his brother) are after the jump.
Louvin Brothers-I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby
Every week until the Holidays are upon us, we are going to share some When You Awake approved gift ideas. Check out Week Three’s picks below (listed from low to high prices). To check out the previous weeks, click here.
1. Reusable Bags from Envirosax
Help save the environment and look cool while doing it with these nifty little reusable bags from Envirosax. $8.50 a piece.
2. VJWorld Visuals Fireplaces, Fishtank and Lava DVD from Amazon
I bought one of these dvds for a Winter-themed party a couple of weeks back and it was seriously the hit of the party. In fact, I am going to a party tonight and the host has requested that I bring it along. Unlike most other fireplace dvds (yes, I’ve researched them…), you have not one, but three different fireplaces to choose from (classic, modern and campfire—classic being my fireplace of choice). $8.99 on Amazon.
3. Record Frames at Frontgate
I found a lot of different versions of Records Frames–but this one takes the cake with the reddish wood frame (most of the others were just a basic black). I must admit that I was also swayed by their sample record collection. Who would you rather choose to buy from? A store that aligns itself with The Stones, The Beatles and The Beach Boys or Urban Outfitters who were showing off their frames with Wolfmother and the Teenagers? $14.50 a piece at Frontgate.
4. Pure Country from Amazon
I admit it. I’m a little bit obsessed with this book. And you will be too once you lay your hands on one. $23.10 from Amazon.
5. The Last Waltz Boxed Set from Rhino
This Rhino-release is a four-CD Box Set that contains more than twice the music of the original release, including all 30 tracks from the album plus unreleased performances, rehearsals, all-star jams and and an 80-page book that includes a forward by Robbie Robertson. $47.98 at Rhino.