We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Akron/Family on Saturday, August 29th at the El Rey. Howlin’ Rain and Lucky Dragons will be supporting. To win tix, e-mail whenyouawakela @ gmail.com (subject: Akron/Family) and answer this question: What late country hero noted ‘you got to have smelt a lot of mule manure before you can sing like a hillbilly’? Include your first and last name in the email. One winner will be picked and contacted. Tix for the show are $17.50 in advance, $20 at the door. If you missed them, be sure to check out Howlin’ Rain’s “Rock Salt and Nails: A Country Voodo Mixtape” and Akron/Family’s “Top 10 Songs To Ride A Bike Thu NYC To” Mixtape that the bands made for us a while back.
Akron/Family (with Megafaun)- They Will Appear
The first time I saw J Tillman live was during a 1:20 pm set at the Red Eyed Fly in Austin, Texas at this year’s SXSW. His ultra mellow solo set (where I believe he lulled a couple of audience members back to sleep) provided the perfect way to ease into the non-stop music fueled partying that was SXSW 2009. I was rather curious and a little tentative to see how that ultra mellow vibe would translate to a late night show here at the Echo in Los Angeles. What I ended up seeing last Thursday night was a whole other Tillman. Beautiful songs still, yes, but with a full band that at times they would reach Entrance Band territory on the heavy tunes meter, Tillman surprised the hell out of me. No wonder the Fleet Foxes snatched up this versatile and talented dude. More photos, by India Brookover, are after the jump.
The Tallest Man on Earth- Honey Won’t You Let Me In
Kristian Mattson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, plays four of his song acoustically at sunset while overlooking the Swedish countryside. Two more videos from the same session are after the jump.
The Tallest Man on Earth- The Gardener
The fine folks over at Aquarium Drunkard have put together a special late summer mixtape featuring tunes by Os Mutantes, Akron/Family, Love, Otis Redding and more. It was created to “get you through those last few incredibly sticky days of the hottest god damn summer you can remember.” Click here to check it out.
We met up with New York-based band The Morning Pages on our recent trip to New York for a special East Coast edition of our Garden Party series. The Pages played a couple of their tunes including “Smokey Mountain Hideaway” and “The Time Will Wash Away” as well as a couple of Dylan covers (“You Ain’t Going Nowhere” and “Quinn the Eskimo”) for our listening pleasure. They also just released their debut full length record, Rising Rain, earlier this month via Itunes. It’s a brilliant record that features sister duo the Pierces providing backup vocals on over half the tunes. I highly recommend checking it out. More videos are after the jump.
The Morning Pages- Smokey Mountain Hideaway
Neil Young and Crazy Horse- Cortez the Killer
Neil Young and Crazy Horse performing “Cortez the Killer” live in 1978.
We are giving away three (3) pairs of tickets to see Fruit Bats on Wednesday, August 26th at Spaceland. Death Vessel and A B & The Sea will be supporting. To win tix, e-mail whenyouawakela @ gmail.com (subject: Fruit Bats) and tell your favorite song that mentions fruit. Include your first and last name in the email. Three winners will be picked and contacted. The show is 21 + and tix for the show are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
Fruit Bats – Ruminant Band
Dualtone Records is hosting an unusual little contest right now. In an effort to get folks to buy the legendary Guy Clark’s latest record, Somedays The Song Writes You, they are offering you the chance to win a songwriting session with the Texas Troubadour himself. All you have to do is submit song lyrics and pay an entry free of $35 (which covers the cost of a record and “marketing/ prize costs”). If you are chosen, you will be flown to Nashville, put up in a hotel, and get a writing session with Clark in his home workshop. The contest ends September 15, 2009 and the winner will be selected and notified the day of the album’s release, September 22, 2009. Click here to check out the details on how to enter.
Guy Clark and Emmylou Harris (with Rodney Crowell, Hal Ketchum, Albert Lee and Carlene Carter)– I Don’t Love You Much Do I and Black Diamond Strings
Roger Miller- Dang Me
Roger Miller performs his tune “Dang Me,” which he apparently wrote in 4 minutes in a hotel room in Phoenix, Arizona. Check out the 1:30 mark where he does a trance thing for a “religious cult” that meets once every June to worship an old woman in Utah.
We are giving away two (2) pairs of tickets to see North Carolina via NYC duo Paleface on Monday, August 24th at The Hotel Cafe. Justin Gordon, who recently finished a stint opening up for the Avett Brothers, will be supporting alongside local folk duo Homesick Elephant. To win tix, e-mail whenyouawakela @ gmail.com (subject: Paleface) and tell your favorite song that mentions faces (ala The Beatles’ “I’ve Just Seen A Face”, etc). Include your first and last name in the email. Two winners will be picked and contacted. Tix for the show are $8 at the door.
Paleface- Traveling From North Carolina
Justin Gordon- Holocaust Girl