Tuesday October 26th 2010, 10:57 am
Johnny Cash’s Personal Items Go Up On The Auction Block
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A passport issued to Johnny Cash on March 28, 1968, and used through 1973. Estimated cost: $1,500 – $2,000.

On December 5th, the Cash family is set to auction off many of Johnny’s personal items, instruments and costumes with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the charity MusiCares. The auction includes items ranging from Cash’s military career and his life and partnership with June Carter Cash to his time as a Highwayman through to the end of his career.

There will be a free public exhibition of these items at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills (9665 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 150). The exhibition runs from Friday, November 19th – Thursday, December 2nd (closed for Thanksgiving, of course) from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily. Check out more of the items for sale after the jump, and while you peruse, have a listen to this rare Johnny Cash live performance from his concert at the Budapest Sport Hall, Budapest, Hungary, April 25th, 1983:

MP3: Johnny Cash – Sunday Morning Coming Down (Live at the Budapest Sport Hall, Budapest, Hungary, April 25th, 1983)

Tuesday October 26th 2010, 10:12 am
Tonight in LA: Seabear at the Troubadour
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Icelandic folk septet Seabear is set to take the stage tonight, Tuesday, October 28th at the Troubadour. We are big fans of this group as it’s the brainchild of Sindri Már Sigfússon, who you may recognize as the man behind one of our favorite acts of last year, Sin Fang Bous. He’s also an extremely talented painter, who’s work you can view (and buy) over at our sister website, Sake of the Song. Seabear is currently touring in support of their sophomore release, We Built A Fire (out now via Morr Music). The show tonight is all ages and Philadephia-based band Grandchildern are supporting. Check out an mp3 from the album and some of my favorite Sindri videos after the jump.

YouTube Preview ImageSeabear- I’ll Build You A Fire


Tuesday October 26th 2010, 10:05 am
Video of the Day: The Allman Brothers Band
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YouTube Preview ImageThe Allman Brothers Band- Dreams

Today, we’re continuing to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist Duane Allman as this Friday, October 29th marks the 39th Anniversary of his death. He was killed in a motorcycle accident while the band was taking a break from the road. He was just 24 years old.

Here’s the Allman Brothers Band performing “Dreams” live at Fillmore East on September 23, 1970, with their original lineup: Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Berry Oakley, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson. The sound is a bit off, but Duane’s guitar still comes through loud and clear.

For this particular concert, promoter Bill Graham had assembled a stellar roster of bands to participate in the filming of a PBS-TV special called “Welcome To The Fillmore East.” Short sets were filmed by the Allman Brothers, the Byrds, the Elvin Bishop Group, Sha Na Na, Van Morrison, and The Flock (unfortunately, film footage of both the Allman Brothers and the Flock wasn’t included when the show was broadcast).

This concert took place six months prior to the release of their legendary Live At Fillmore East double album set  —released in July 1971, it’s still cited as one of the best live album recordings by any band during the classic rock era. The Allman Brothers, incidentally, played Fillmore’s East and West so often, they were often called “Bill Graham’s house band.”

Monday October 25th 2010, 10:20 am
Movie Lounge: My Morning Jacket Live on Letterman
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My Morning Jacket performed a 53-minute webcast as part of the Live on Letterman concert series. You can watch the full October 12, 2001 webcast which features tunes like “Golden” and “Wordless Chorus” below in it’s entirety.  The complete playlist is after the jump.


Monday October 25th 2010, 10:00 am
Snapshot: Duane and Gregg Allman
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This Friday, October 29th marks the 39th Anniversary of Duane Allman’s passing. To pay tribute to the legendary guitarist, we will be posting at least one thing a day for the rest of the week in honor of him. First up, we have Michael Ochs’ shot of the boys in Muscle Shoals, Alabama on October 16, 1970. Do you have any favorite Skydog clips/photos/memories? Tell us about them in the comments after the jump.

Monday October 25th 2010, 2:11 am
Video of the Day: Matthew and the Atlas
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YouTube Preview ImageMatthew and the Atlas- Deadwood

Matthew & The Atlas performing their tune “Deadwood” live in Belfast, Ireland on September 12, 2010 during the Open House Festival. The band is fixin’ to release their second EP, Kingdom of Your Own, on November 1st via Communion Records. This is definitely a release to look out for. I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up on many a Best of 2010 lists. For those of you who are in London, there will be a record release show on November 4th at the Borderline. We’ll be there. You should too!

Friday October 22nd 2010, 10:44 am
Style Find: Norwegian Wood
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Montreal’s Norwegian Wood creates wonderful jewelry for all your girls on the fringe (fringe, get it!?!?!!). These hand made fringed, feathered, and chained necklaces and earrings are the perfect addition to that little black dress.

Just remember to take it easy when it comes to these accessories or you may end up looking like a 70s era strung-out Elvis, and that’s never a good look (unless it’s Halloween….be Elvis!). Check out more pieces from their collection after the jump.

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Friday October 22nd 2010, 10:38 am
Snapshot: Bobby Charles
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MP3: Bobby Charles- I Must Be In A Good Place Now (featuring The Band and produced by John Simon) (buy)

Friday October 22nd 2010, 10:21 am
Video of the Day: Tony Joe White and Johnny Cash
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YouTube Preview ImageTony Joe White and Johnny Cash- Polk Salad Annie

Tony Joe White and Johnny Cash dueting together on White’s classic “Polk Salad Annie” live on Cash’s TV show on April 8, 1970. We found one of the comments on this Youtube page to be quite interesting:
“This video is labelled ‘Polk’ Salad Annie but it is actually ‘Poke’ Salad, or Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana). Johnny mentioned that Native Americans used the juice of the berries for warpaint, but even more interesting is that fermented pokeberry juice was used to write the United States Declaration of Independence, ergo the common name of ‘inkberry.'” Who knew.

Thursday October 21st 2010, 10:46 am
Ticket Giveaways: Murder Ballads at the Echoplex
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We are giving away three (3) pairs of tickets to attend The New Folk Festival’s Murder Ballads: The Dark Side of Folk on Tuesday, October 26th at the Echoplex. The show is all ages with the cream of LA’s folk scene singing tunes from the pages of murder ballad history. Participating acts include Frank Fairfield, Simon Stokes, Boy Scout Jamboree (Spindrift acoustic), Vaud & The Villains, Amanda Jo Williams with Olentangy John and Horse Thieves, Triple Chicken Foot, Driftwood Singers, RT N’ The 44‘s, Julia Holter, Emily Lacy and Henry Wolfe. There will also be an Echo Country Outpost pop-up shop and fortune telling by Madame Pamita. To win tix, e-mail whenyouawakela @ gmail.com (subject: Murder Ballads) and tell us what your personal favorite murder ballad is. Include your first and last name in the email. Three winners will be picked and contacted.

Frank Fairfield- Poor Ellen Smith