Sunday February 28th 2010, 7:27 pm
Theme Song For The Weekend: Beach Boys Covering The Beatles
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BBs Party

MP3: The Beach Boys- I Should Have Known Better (buy)
MP3: The Beach Boys- Tell Me Why (buy)
MP3: The Beach Boys- You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (buy)

Friday February 26th 2010, 3:21 pm
When You Awake’s Two Year Anniversary is TONIGHT
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anniversary party

When You Awake’s Two Year Anniversary Party is TONIGHT at the Bootleg Theater! Doors are at 8:30 pm and the show starts promptly at 9 pm. When You Awake favorites Eric D. Johnson (of the Fruit Bats and guitarist for the Shins), Breathe Owl Breathe, Leslie and the Badgers and Shakey Graves are performing.  Plus!

YouTube Preview ImageSpirit Animal Capes (for the first 88 people who arrive)


Facepainting by KXLU DJs Mapi and Liberty

Animal Crackers (yummmm)

palm print

Palm Readings by Daniele Smith (plus she’ll tell you your spirit animal medicine)

and a Raffle featuring goodies from:

FilterFilter Magazine

FFPRForce Field PR

BGDead Oceans/Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian

bloodshotBloodshot Records

PBRPabst’s Blue Ribbon

AND MORE! This is an event NOT to be missed! Tix are $10 in advance, $13 at the door and you can buy them here. Bring cash as it’s a cash only venue. 18 + are welcome. Come celebrate this momentous occasion with us!

Friday February 26th 2010, 2:10 pm
MP3 Roundup
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New York folkies Phosphorescent are set to release their latest record, Here’s To Taking It Easy, on May 11th via Dead Oceans.
MP3: Phosphorescent- It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama)


Icelandic 7-piece Seabear have announced the release of their sophomore record, We Built a Fire, on March 5th via Morr Music. They are set to tour the States for the first time ever this March with dates in New York, Chicago, SXSW and more. Click here to check out complete tour dates and here to stream the album in its entirety.
MP3: Seabear- Lion Face Boy

morning pagesMorning Pages

Brooklyn country rockers The Morning Pages are physically releasing their debut record, Rising Rain (on beautiful vinyl!), this May. It’s available now digitally through itunes.
MP3: The Morning Pages- My Name Is Lion

robert-francisRobert Francis

Los Angeles troubadour Robert Francis just announced a string of dates that will take him to Europe this April with the John Butler Trio. He’s touring in support of his record, Before Nightfall, which was released last fall via Atlantic Records. Click here for the complete tour dates.
MP3: Robert Francis- Mescaline

Friday February 26th 2010, 12:44 pm
Snapshot: George Harrison
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Friday February 26th 2010, 12:44 pm
Video of the Day: Rick Danko
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YouTube Preview ImageRick Danko- When You Awake

Rick Danko of the Band singing his tune (and our namesake) “When You Awake.” We just turned two years old and I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for supporting and reading my little ol’ blog. I hope to be sharing and learning about good music with you for years to come.  Love, Jody and When You Awake

Thursday February 25th 2010, 4:24 pm
Band Spotlight: Eric D. Johnson
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Eric D. Johnson is a swell fella. He’s the lead singer/driving force behind the Fruit Bats, plays guitar for the Shins and released one of my very favorite records of last year, The Ruminant Band (out now via Sub Pop Records). Though he hails from the midwest and currently calls Portland, Oregon his home, he holds California country-tinged music dear to his heart. He cites the old California Canyon jams (aka the “stuff from Laurel Canyon”) as one of his biggest influences and included notable Californians Little Feat, Jerry Garcia and Chris Darrow on the Valentine’s Day Mixtape he made for us. He’ll be playing a special solo set at When You Awake’s Two Year Anniversary Party on Friday (tomorrow!) at the Bootleg Theater.

YouTube Preview ImageFruit Bats- Ruminant Band (live)

Two little known facts about Eric D. Johnson: 1. When he was 16, he won the pre-show “audience talent competition” at The Jenny Jones Show. It was an acapella rendition of the theme from “The Flintstones.” 2. Also in high school (to keep with that theme) – he was on the wrestling team and he dipped tobacco (Skoal bandits).

YouTube Preview ImageFruit Bats- When You Love Somebody

At tomorrow’s show, he’ll be playing alongside Breathe Owl Breathe, Leslie and the Badgers and Shakey Graves. Tix are $10 in advance, $13 at the door and you can buy them here.

MP3: Fruit Bats- Beautiful Morning Light

Thursday February 25th 2010, 1:29 pm
Ticket Giveaway: Scout Niblett at Spaceland
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scout niblett

We are giving away two (2) pairs of tickets to see Scout Niblett on Saturday, February 27th at Spaceland. The show is 21 + with Dirt Dress supporting. To win tix, e-mail whenyouawakela @ (subject: Scout) and tell us your favorite riddle. Include your first and last name in the email. Two winners will be chosen and contacted.

YouTube Preview ImageScout Niblett feat. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy- Kiss

Thursday February 25th 2010, 12:58 pm
Video of the Day: Loretta Lynn (plus Johnny Cash with Bob Dylan)
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YouTube Preview ImageLoretta Lynn- I Still Miss Someone

Loretta Lynn singing Johnny Cash’s “I Still Miss Someone” live at the Grand Ole Opry. Watch Cash and Bob Dylan’s version of the tune after the jump.

Wednesday February 24th 2010, 5:26 pm
Band Spotlight: Leslie and the Badgers
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Leslie and the Badgers

Leslie and the Badgers are a band that we’ve covered from the beginning. They were the subject of our very first Garden Party feature. They headlined the first show that we put together under the When You Awake Presents name and  have appeared at all of our tribute concerts. Basically, these When You Awake favorites were a natural choice to appear at our Two Year Anniversary Party on Friday at the Bootleg Theater. And boy, have those Badgers been doing well. They just got off from a short jaunt around the West Coast with Rhett Miller (of the Old 97s) and are currently planning an East Coast tour this May that will take them to New York, Chicago and Boston among many other cities in support of their 2009 release Roomful of Smoke.

Leslie and the Badgers- Winter Fugue

Two little known facts about Leslie and the Badgers: 1. Ben and Travis have been wrongfully accused of having ironic mustaches. Only their soul patches are ironic. 2. They have a collection of badger related memorabilia including mugs, magnets, figurines, stuffed animals, etc. They welcome additions to their collection with open arms.

Leslie and the Badgers- Sinner

At Friday’s show, they will be playing alongside Eric D. Johnson (of the Fruit Bats), Breathe Owl Breathe and Shakey Graves. Tix are $10 in advance, $13 at the door and you can buy them here. Tomorrow’s spotlight: Eric D. Johnson of the Fruit Bats.

MP3: Leslie and the Badgers- Los Angeles

Wednesday February 24th 2010, 3:20 pm
Craft Corner: Band Tee Bag
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Band Tee

Our good friends over at Benny Kelly have graciously agreed to head up a new section here on When You Awake that features music inspired craft tutorials. For the first installment, we learn how to make a bag out of a band t-shirt:

Have you ever fallen in love with a band tee at a concert, only to find out they have just L and XL left? Have a favorite band tee lying around that just doesn’t fit any more, but you can’t bear to toss it? Now you can take that ill fitting but totally adorable band tee and make yourself a stylish new bag to use whenever, wherever! Tutorial continues after the jump.