Willie Nelson- Bloody Mary Morning
What better way to start off your weekend than with Willie Nelson and some tangy booze. Whether you’re just looking to wake up in the morning or to fix a broken and bleedin’ heart like our man Willie, check out the recipe after the jump.
Floating Action- Cinder Cone
Park the Van artists Floating Action just released their self-titled debut on April 21st. From the couple of tunes I’ve heard, they sound like a mixture of Dr Dog and The Bees. Speaking of Dr Dog, you guys probably know by now how much I adore that band. A sincere, pure, unadulterated love. Well, the Dog just had the following things to say about Floating Action…and you gotta trust the Dog:
“There is a band called Floating Action. Last year this band made an album in Asheville, NC. They mixed this album at our studio in Philadelphia. Two days ago this album was officially physically released by Park the Van records. You’ve had two days to hem and haw; now it’s time to show some initiative. We’ve lived with this album in our van and ears for months now and we can assuredly say it’s an utter classic. We wouldn’t be so adamant if we didn’t think you could benefit from having Floating Action in your life. Trust us brothers and sisters: you can. Keep a copy at home, put one in your car, put it on your electronic devices and head out into the world and trust us again: once you’re out there having this one really helps.”
For the latest edition of our Twang Series, we once again return to the great Bobby D. Dylan Goes Twang Part III features cover tunes by The Beatles, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Nick Drake and more. Be sure to check out Part One and Part Two if you missed them.
My Morning Jacket- Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Part II
My Morning Jacket performing “Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Part II” from their record Evil Urges for a Black Cab Session on May 19, 2008.
NYC songstress Matteah Baim has given us her “10 Songs For Love or Not”, which boasts tunes by Hawkwind, Nina Simone, Jack Nitzsche and more. Baim (ex- Metallic Falcons) recently released her second full length solo effort, Laughing Boy (out now on DiCristina/Revolver USA). Baim was the perfect choice to curate a mixtape, as she personally has a knack for seeking out and collaborating with some amazing musicians. Past collaborators have included Devendra Banhart, Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons) and Jana Hunter, and her latest record features Butchy Fuego, Robert A. A. Lowe, Leyna Marika Papach, Rob Doran, Emmett Kelly, Hisham Akira Bharoocha and Birdie Lawson. She currently has a tour in the works (no word yet on dates and whether or not any of these folks will join her). Stay tuned to When You Awake for details as they are released. In the meantime, check out her brilliant mixtape after the jump.
Mother Earth- Wait, Wait, Wait/You Win Again
Tracy Nelson and Mother Earth in 1968. Happy Earth Day everybody!
The Gentlebear is one of the blogs that’s participating alongside When You Awake in the collaborative website Groover’s Paradise (made up of folks from Big Rock Candy Mountain, For The Sake Of The Song, Pretty Goes With Pretty, Setting The Woods On Fire, The Adios Lounge and The Rising Storm). I went to check out The Gentlebear’s page and was immediately drawn in and read damn near the whole thing. Right now, they are featuring some Nina Simone covers of Bee Gees tunes, Grady Tate singing the Beatles “And I Love Her” and I was especially struck by a tune called “Jamie” by Hedge & Donna, a Northwestern couple who released six albums together in the 60s and 70s. This is definitely a blog worth checking out.
Hedge & Donna- Jamie
Donovan- Sand and Foam
I woke up today and was feeling Donovan’s record Mellow Yellow. This song, “Sand and Fog” is a beautiful tune on Side 1. Here he is singing it at a French pop festival in 1966. I’ve included a higher quality recorded version of “Sand and Fog” after the jump. Donovan way too often gets written off as just some hippie dippy “Jennifer Juniper”-writing musician. But! he really was an amazing songwriter with some truly worthwhile tunes. Sometimes you just have to sift through the dippy stuff. What are some Donovan tunes that you dig?
Thanks to all of you who supported our first GOLD DUST last Thursday night at Footsies! Folks came out in droves to enjoy the classic rock and country tunes spun by Sasha, Victoria and yours truly. Check out loads of pics from the evening, taken by our resident photographer India Brookover, after the jump. Stay tuned to When You Awake for the announcement of our next GOLD DUST installment.