Tuesday July 27th 2010, 11:29 am
Video of the Day: Justin Townes Earle
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Justin Townes Earle- So Different Blues

Justin Townes Earle performing a cover of Mance Lipscomb’s “So Different Blues” live for My Old Kentucky Blog’s Laundromatinee series.

Monday July 26th 2010, 11:05 am
Style Roundup: Sunday in Echo Park
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Wild Records

A little bit country, a little bit rockabilly/rock and roll.  Check out style pics from my Sunday in Echo Park, including a bbq in the hills and the Wild Records party presented by LA Record at the Echoplex, after the jump.


Monday July 26th 2010, 10:51 am
Snapshot: George Harrison and Bob Marley
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MP3: Bob Marley and the Wailers- And I Love Her (Beatles cover) (buy)

Monday July 26th 2010, 10:50 am
Video of the Day: Buddy Guy
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YouTube Preview ImageBuddy Guy- Hoochie Coochie Man

Buddy Guy performing “Hoochie Coochie Man” live in Canada in 1970. Footage is from the tour documentary Festival Express.

Friday July 23rd 2010, 5:50 pm
This Weekend in LA: Summer Holidaze and Spin For Charity
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Tomorrow is a big ol’ day for When You Awake. First off, I have been asked to DJ at a charity spin class lead by Corey Weiss where ALL of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. The class is open to everyone (whether or not you have previous spinning experience) and there is a recommended donation of $25 to reserve a bike. The class is from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. More details can be found here.

Later in the evening, I will take up the turntables once again for an event that I have been anxiously awaiting for for weeks!  Please join YNM Management and I at the Redwood Bar and Grill in downtown Los Angeles for Summer Holidaze. Our favorite San Diegoians The Smart Brothers are making the trek up, alongside Los Angelenos Hi Ho Silver Oh and New York’s James Apollo. It’s $5 to get in and free for folks who have an LA Record 100 card in their possession. And what is this Holidaze theme you may ask? Well, the Redwood will be serving up holiday-themed drink specials and each band will perform at least one festive tune to keep your spirits high throughout the night. Christmas in July, why not?

Friday July 23rd 2010, 11:14 am
Ticket Giveaway: Roots Roadhouse Festival at the Echo
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We are giving away four (4) pairs of tickets to attend The Echo and Grand Ole Echo Presents Roots Roadhouse on Saturday, July 31st. The show is an all ages, two room festival at The Echo and Echoplex and features performances by Dave Alvin, Red Simpson, Leslie and the Badgers, The Chapin Sisters, The Whispering Pines, Frontier Ruckus, Olin and the Moon and many, many more (I do believe there are about 18 bands total!). To win tix, e-mail whenyouawakela @ gmail.com (subject: Roots Roadhouse) and tell us who your favorite classic country singer is (in honor of our own musical “roots”). Include your first and last name in the email. Four winners will be picked and contacted. The lineup is after the jump and we’ve included a link for discounted tickets if you’d prefer to secure your tix that way.

MP3: Chatham County Line- She (buy)
MP3: Whispering Pines- Crazy Mama (JJ Cale cover) (buy)
MP3: Chapin Sisters- Digging A Hole
MP3: Leslie and the Badgers- Silly (Deniece Williams cover) (buy)


Here’s a half-hour documentary produced for MTV in 1986. Notes on the doc from the director, Richard Schenkman: “Tom Petty’s hand had finally healed (after he’d broken it in a fit of frustrated pique caused by his inability to complete the long-gestating “Southern Accents” album) and the band was anxious to play. We captured the Heartbreaker’s very first live show in years – an impromptu concert on the roof of the Don Ce Sar hotel in St. Petersburg (a rather obvious tribute to the Beatles’ “Let It Be”). But first — we journeyed to Tom’s hometown of Gainesville, FL and retraced the band’s early days. Charles M. Young of Rolling Stone conducted a far-reaching interview with Tom, and for good measure we visited the set of one of the new “Alice In Wonderland” – themed music videos produced for the record’s release. The show became the template for the later “Rockumentary” series, and features some guest-editing by Steven Soderbergh!” You can watch the documentary below in it’s entirety. Enjoy!

Friday July 23rd 2010, 10:38 am
Video of the Day: Blaze Foley, Townes Van Zandt and Lucinda Williams
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YouTube Preview ImageBlaze Foley- Oval Room

The great Blaze Foley performing his tune “Oval Room” live in Austin in 1984 for the PBS series, “Austin Pickers.” Check out two songs written in tribute to Foley, Townes Van Zandt’s “Blaze’s Blues” and Lucinda Williams’ “Drunken Angel”,  after the jump.

Thursday July 22nd 2010, 2:11 pm
Want A Custom Made Friendship Bracelet or Mixtape?
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In order for the Free For All Festival to truly be a community event, we decided to make it pay-what-you-can (aka donations only) so it would be accessible to everyone. That said, we are relying upon the generosity of those who have a few bucks in their pocket to help support the endeavor (for which we have put up our own money). All of your donations go directly into the production of the festival and if we raise more money than our current budget, that money will go towards another free event in the not so distant future. Please click here to find out about your different donation options. Anything you can give helps! If you happen to donate $25, however, I will personally make you a custom friendship bracelet (you choose the colors!) or a mixtape on any theme of your choosing. Not to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty darn good at both.

Thursday July 22nd 2010, 12:54 pm
Winning Graham Nash Photos
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Our Graham Nash record giveaway is now closed! To win a copy of Be Yourself,  the brand new tribute album featuring Nash covers by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Vetiver, Port O’Brien, Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes and more, folks were asked to send in their favorite Graham Nash pictures. Check out the winning entries above (all winners have been contacted). Congrats!