Tuesday August 31st 2010, 12:07 pm
Snapshot: Bob Dylan
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MP3: Bob Dylan- I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (Live at the War Memorial Coliseum, Plymouth, MA, October 1975)

Tuesday August 31st 2010, 11:59 am
Mixin’ With Luke Doucet
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Canadian musician Luke Doucet has given us his “Top 10 Songs To Feed Insomnia With”, which features tunes by The Band, Willie Nelson, The Rolling Stones and more. Luke is currently gearing up for a tour in support of his upcoming release, Steel City Trawler (out September 21 via Six Shooter Records) that will take him across the US and the UK. He’ll be stopping in Los Angeles on September 7th for a gig at Hotel Cafe. Check out Luke’s complete tour dates and his mixtape after the jump.


Tuesday August 31st 2010, 9:20 am
Video of the Day: C. W. Stoneking
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YouTube Preview ImageC.W. Stoneking-Handyman Blues

C.W. Stoneking performing his song “Handyman Blues” live on KCSN 88.5FM on August 15, 2009. With all of the stories going around about this Melbourne-based musician, including that he set sail for Africa with scientists from the Caribbean only to get lost at sea, it’s enjoyable for listeners to theorize and wonder ‘is this real?  Well, we don’t know what’s real or not, but we do know that he’s damn good. For more proof, check out this great reinterpretation that CW did of the White Stripes 7 Nation Army. here

Monday August 30th 2010, 1:38 pm
Interviewin’: Ronee Blakley on Robert Altman’s Nashville and More
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On Friday, we had the chance to speak with Ronee Blakley at her birthday party, which included a screening of Robert Altman’s 1975 film Nashville. Ronee might still be best known for her Oscar-nominated performance as country superstar Barbara Jean in Nashville, but that’s just one of the many highlights in her storied career. She released two albums in the 70s: her first was the folk-rock album Ronee Blakley, which debuted on Elektra Records in 1972, and her second, Welcome, was released on Warner Bros. in 1975.

During that same decade, she performed with artists such as Bob Dylan  (see photo above of Dylan and Blakley backstage at The Roxy in 1976) and Hoyt Axton, among others, and dueted with Dylan on his epic “Hurricane” from the Desire album. She also toured with Dylan and other performers on the Rolling Thunder Revue, and appeared as “Mrs. Bob Dylan” in Dylan’s 1977 film Renaldo and Clara, performing her song “Need A New Sun Rising.”

During the 1976 presidential campaign, she performed at rallies and speeches by Jerry Brown and in 1984 she performed, with Kris Kristofferson, at the final Los Angeles rally of presidential candidate Walter Mondale. She’s also starred in several movies, made guest appearances on popular TV shows and produced, wrote, starred in, and directed her own feature music docudrama, I Played It For You which debuted at the Venice Film Festival in 1985. She continues to record new material and release new albums to this day. Check out our interview with her after the jump.

Monday August 30th 2010, 12:20 pm
Bruce Springsteen Announces Box Set
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The Boss has announced a three CD/ three DVD boxet called The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story to be released on November 16, 2010 via Columbia Records. The release documents the process he and the band went through to cut one of his best albums, 1978’s Darkness on the Edge of Town.

“’Darkness’ was my ‘samurai’ record,” Springsteen writes, “stripped to the frame and ready to rumble…But the music that got left behind was substantial.”

Monday August 30th 2010, 11:33 am
Video of the Day: Gary Wright and Wonderwheel
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YouTube Preview ImageGary Wright and Wonderwheel- Two Faced Man

George Harrison sitting in with Gary Wright (of “Dream Weaver” fame) and Wonderwheel on the Dick Cavett Show on November 23, 1971. Harrison played slide guitar in this band as a favor to Wright, who had played piano on Harrison’s album All Things Must Pass. Wright was also the piano player on Harry Nilsson’s version of “Without You”.

Friday August 27th 2010, 7:14 pm
Vinyl Picks: Helping Build Your Collection, Three Records At A Time
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Vinyl Picks: a weekly column were we recommend three vinyl records that every When You Awake reader should own. This week, we are focusing on three obscure L.A.-based albums you might have missed unless you dig a little deeper down in those dusty used record store bins. First up, William D. Lincoln and Hamilton Wesley Watt’s A Gift From Euphoria, from 1969, an album that MOJO magazine once featured in their “Buried Treasures” section, back in 1996. This richly-produced LP combines a lot of styles, including psychedelic country-rock, folk rock, bluegrass and lushly downcast orchestral arrangements. “Sunshine Woman” (also covered in 1971 by Bernie Schwartz on his fantastic solo album, The Wheel) is one of the album’s more memorable moments. You can buy it on Vinyl.com for $11.25. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Euphoria- Sunshine Woman

Next up, Blue Mountain Eagle’s self-titled album from 1970. This short-lived “supergroup” took their name from a newspaper published in Fox, Idaho, and their lineup originally featured former Buffalo Springfield drummer Dewey Martin, who would leave the band in November 1969, shortly before this album was released, in order to head up his own group, Dewey Martin & Medicine Ball. The lead-off track, Newman’s “Love Is Here,” kicks off with a nice fuzz guitar and soaring vocals, and Newman and Jones trading blistering power rock licks. You can buy it on Amazon.com for $10.34. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Blue Mountain Eagle- Love Is Here

Lastly, there’s Songs of Protest and Anti-Protest, which was originally released in 1965, on the small Los Angeles-based Surrey label. Only, there was no “Chris Lucey.” L.A.-based musician named Bobby Jameson was asked by producer Marshall Lieb to fill in as “Chris Lucey,” because the label already had album covers printed and he didn’t want them to go to waste. Jameson composed and recorded a new batch of tunes based on already existing song titles. The photo on the cover is actually Brian Jones. The biggest sonic reference point here might be Arthur Lee’s band Love’s Forever Changes but this one pre-dates Love’s sound by more than a few years. “Girl From The East” was also recorded by The Leaves, and it’s one of the album’s highlights. Enjoy. You can buy it on Acousticsounds.com for $75. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Bobby Jameson (Chris Lucey)- Girl From The East

Friday August 27th 2010, 11:10 am
The Swell Season Offer Fans Counseling After Concert Suicide
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Last week, the Swell Season were mid-set, playing at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California, when a fan suddenly leapt from an adjacent building and fell to his death on the stage—a few yards from lead singer Glen Hansard, and in front of over a thousand witnesses and concertgoers. Medical personnel in attendance and paramedics called to the scene tried to revive the man, but to no avail.

The concert was ended and the incident obviously left all who witnessed it in varying degrees of shock and sadness. The band released a statement the next day that read:

The band, crew and all involved with them are shocked and saddened by the unfortunate events of last night. Their hearts go out to the victim and his friends and family.

Now, the band has released an additional statement, adding their condolences to the family of the man who committed suicide, as well as offering free grief counseling to those who were in the audience that night.

At some point over the weekend we met with grief counselors to help try and make sense of this situation. While we likely will never gain the answers we need, what we did get out of the conversations were of great service to our mind, body and soul. In regards to coping with what we witnessed it was a step in the right direction. We have come to realize that some of those in attendance may be in need of similar counseling and may not be receiving it. Our hearts go out to you and we want to encourage you to talk to someone who has experience in these types of matters.

We have reached out to Kara, a Bay Area organization that is available to assist with grief counseling for attendees. Kara offers one-to-one grief counseling and have also set up several drop in groups specifically for you over the next couple of weeks.

If you or your children were at The Swell Season concert at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA Thursday, August 19, 2010, you witnessed something that is traumatic and has the potential to stay with you.

More information on how to get in touch with Kara is available on the Swell Season’s website.

Friday August 27th 2010, 10:57 am
Signed Ryan Adams Guitar For Sale
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To help with the move to London, I’m selling my signed Ryan Adams guitar. I won it at a charity silent auction this Spring. All of the proceeds went to the Children’s Music Fund, so I felt mighty good about the purchase, but sadly, I can’t take it with me to England so it’s time to let it go. Click here to check it out.

Friday August 27th 2010, 10:41 am
Video of the Day: KAK
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YouTube Preview ImageKAK – Everything’s Changing

Here’s the promo clip for San Francisco band Kak’s first single release, from their one and only album,  1968’s Kak (later reissued on CD with bonus tracks as Kak-Ola). This primarily psychedelic jam band — led by lead vocalist/guitarist/primary songwriter Gary Lee Yoder and lead guitarist Dehner Patten — originally hailed from Davis, California, but spent much of ’68 in the Bay Area, which perhaps accounts for the reason they were typically accused of being a bit too derivative for their own good. Their local contemporaries were bands like Quicksilver Messenger Service, Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, each of whom were so definitively blazing their own trail that it would be hard to ignore their influence. Alas, Kak didn’t last long, and within a year Yoder went on to join Blue Cheer.