Wednesday September 30th 2009, 1:08 pm
An Evening With Nick Hornby
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The Skirball Center in Los Angeles is presenting am evening with bestselling British author Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy) to celebrate the publication of his latest novel, Juliet, Naked. The novel “centers around a reclusive 1980s rock star forced out of isolation when the re-release of his most famous album brings him into contact with some of his most passionate fans.” The event takes place on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:30 pm and is free, but requires reservations which you can make here. His complete book tour dates, including stops in New York, San Francisco, Boston and more, are after the jump.

Wednesday September 30th 2009, 11:50 am
Video of the Day: Lone Justice
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YouTube Preview ImageLone Justice- Don’t Toss Us Away

Lone Justice, featuring Maria Mckee on lead vocals,  performing “Don’t Toss Us Away” Live at The Ritz in 1985.

Tuesday September 29th 2009, 1:26 pm
Ticket Giveaway: Cave Singers at the Echo
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We are giving away three (3) pairs of tickets to see the Cave Singers on Thursday, October 1st at the EchoLightning Dust and Big Search are supporting. To win tix, e-mail whenyouawakela @ (subject: Cave Singers) and tell us your favorite tune about the fall/autumn/leaves falling. It is almost October, after all. Include your first and last name in the email. Three winners will be picked and contacted. Tix for the show are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

YouTube Preview ImageCave Singers- Summer Light

YouTube Preview ImageLightning Dust- Highway

Tuesday September 29th 2009, 12:52 pm
Video of the Day: Neil Young
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YouTube Preview ImageNeil Young- The Loner/Cinnamon Girl

Neil Young performing “The Loner” and “Cinnamon Girl” live at the Finjan Folk Cafe in Montreal in June of 1970.

Monday September 28th 2009, 11:51 am
Mixin’ With Paperplanes
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Micah Panzich from the Long Beach-based group Paperplanes has given us his “Top 10 Songs to Listen to on a Monday”, featuring tunes by Roky Erickson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Ronnie Lane, Waylon Jennings and more. You can catch Paperplanes tonight for free at the Echo alongside Leslie and the Badgers, Sian Alice Group and last week’s mixtape makers, Best Coast. Check out the mixtape and their complete tour dates after the jump.


Monday September 28th 2009, 11:47 am
Tonight in LA: Leslie and the Badgers Residency
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We have teamed up with the fine folks over at LA Record to present the fourth and final week of Leslie and the Badger’s free month long residency at the Echo. Best Coast, Paperplanes and Sian Alice Group will join the Badger’s for the occasion with Chris and Kelsey from LA Record DJing between sets and some special outdoor patio entertainment. If you haven’t made it out to one of the nights yet, seriously come and check out the group that LA Weekly claimed is “quietly turning into one of the city’s best quiet bands” and the Portland Mercury said makes “the exact style of country music you wish Jenny Lewis had when she dabbled her feet in the country waters. No offense to her Rabbit Fur Coat, which is fine, but damn if Leslie & the Badgers don’t put her to shame.”

Monday September 28th 2009, 11:07 am
Video of the Day: The Smart Brothers
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YouTube Preview ImageThe Smart Brothers- The Best I Ever Had

I stumbled across the Smart Brothers at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival in Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia last week and have been listening to their record My Baby (released earlier this year) non-stop ever since. Check out a couple more videos from the San Diego-based Brothers after the jump.

Friday September 25th 2009, 2:25 pm
Mixin’ With Best Coast
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Bethany Cosentino from the Los Angeles-based band Best Coast has given us her “Top 10 Songs To Include On A ‘Crush’ Mix”, which features tunes from the Ronettes, The Beach Boys, Doris Troy and more. This is the perfect sugary sweet mix put together by a girl who hopes her music will inspire everyone “to make out to it on a beach blanket.” You can catch Best Coast this coming Monday, September 28th at the Echo in Los Angeles for the final night of Leslie and the Badgers month-long September residency. Best Coast will be performing alongside the Badgers, Paperplanes and the Sian Alice Group. They are also recording a new 7″ this weekend which will be out in November via Black Iris Records. Check out the mixtape and all of Best Coast’s upcoming tour dates after the jump.

Best Coast


Friday September 25th 2009, 1:14 pm
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir In Major Van Accident
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Scotland Gospel

Just got this from the folks at Bloodshot Records. Our thoughts and prayers and with you:

“One of the members of the Bloodshot family, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, was in a terrible van accident yesterday in Indiana, on their way to a show in Cincinnati in support of their new record.

Without getting into too much detail, the van blew a tire and then rolled several times, eventually coming to a rest upside down on the median. The band was transported to the Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer, IN.

Alison Hinderliter, Jay Santana, and Ethan Adelsman were all released from the hospital last night with minor injuries. Elia Einhorn was held overnight with injuries to his head and neck, and is expected to be released tomorrow. Mary Ralph has a broken pelvis and collarbone, and will probably be moved to a hospital closer to home. Mark Yoshizumi was airlifted to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn last night with injuries to his head, back, and neck. He is in serious condition, but making progress. Our thoughts go out to all our friends in the band, and their families, friends, and significant others.

All of the band’s gear was destroyed, and the van was totaled. As anyone involved with music knows, a lot of musicians don’t have health insurance, copious amounts of income, or time to spare off work. This accident – apart from being medically and personally horrible – is also going to be expensive. We here are doing what we can to help them, but if anyone else would like to help out, there are three ways to donate and support The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir in this time of need.

1. Sign in to PayPal and send donation to:
2. Send this email link to friends/contacts:
3. Click on the button in this news story:

That last link – the news story – will be constantly updated with more information on who’s in and out of the hospital, what’s going on, and what the band has to say. If you’re looking for information on the accident – for press or for personal reasons – check there before you ask us. We’ll just direct you there, most likely. We are not sure about the band’s October tour dates, and we’ll keep everyone updated.”

Friday September 25th 2009, 11:46 am
Interview on Strawberry Flats Radio
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Strawberry Flats

Tune in to Strawberry Flats Radio today around 3:30 pm (Pacific) to hear a 20 minute live interview with yours truly about When You Awake and my top picks from the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival. The show is hosted by Justin F. Farrar, the man behind the brilliant blog Strawberry Flats and a music journalist whose reviews and features have appeared in Seattle Weekly, SF Weekly, Village Voice and Nashville Scene to name a few. You can tune in to hear his radio show, which last week featured tunes by Muleskinner, Link Wray, Sir Douglas Quintet and Moby Grape among others, every Friday from 5-8 pm (Eastern), 2-5 pm (Pacific) on Asheville Free Media.  Click here to check out the station and to tune in.