Monday February 28th 2011, 6:33 am
Fine Tuning: Chinga Chavin’s Country Porn
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Country Porn is a really cornball and juvenile country-rockish “comedy” album (your mileage may vary) released on Penthouse Records in 1976. Let’s call this one “corn-pone” or maybe “corn-porn,” as the case may be. If you can get by the puerile lyrics, the album is a lot of fun. More after the jump.
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Monday February 28th 2011, 6:02 am
Snapshot: Paul McCartney
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Paul McCartney in Barry Miles’ Many Years From Now: “‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ was one I wrote when I had first been introduced to pot. I’d been a rather straight working-class lad but when we started to get into pot it seemed to me to be quite uplifting… I didn’t have a hard time with it and to me it was mind-expanding, literally mind-expanding. So ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ is really a song about that, it’s not to a person, it’s actually about pot. It’s saying, I’m going to do this. This is not a bad idea. So it’s actually an ode to pot, like someone else might write an ode to chocolate or a good claret.”
MP3: The Beatles- Got To Get You Into My Life (demo)




Monday February 28th 2011, 5:35 am
Video of the Day: Shakey Graves
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http://www.vimeo.com/20311822Shakey Graves-Roll the Bones

One man band Shakey Graves performing his song “Roll the Bones” live in Austin, Texas on February 9th, 2011. An additional video for “Word of Mouth” is after the jump. Did you listen to Shakey’s track “Chinatown” on our Music For The Morning After mixtape? Click here to check it out.
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Friday February 25th 2011, 7:24 am
Snapshot: Brian Wilson
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MP3: Beach Boys- Do It Again (Early version) (buy)




Friday February 25th 2011, 7:06 am
Video of the Day: Laura Marling
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YouTube Preview ImageLaura Marling- Rambling Man

Music video for Laura Marling’s “Rambling Man”, which appeared on her 2010 record, I Speak Because I Can. Does she remind anyone else of a young Joni Mitchell (ala “Cactus Tree”) on this tune? Check out “Cactus Tree” and an additional video of Marling performing “Rambling Man” on Later With Jools Holland after the jump.
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Thursday February 24th 2011, 7:15 am
Ticket Giveaway: Justin Townes Earle at the Autry
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We are giving away two (2) pairs of tickets to see the great Justin Townes Earle on Friday, February 24th at the Autry  in Griffith Park. The show is all ages with Dawn Landes and Triple Chicken Foot supporting. To win tix, e-mail whenyouawakela @ gmail.com (subject: Justin Townes Earle) and tell us your favorite song about Tennessee in honor of Earle’s home state. Include your first and last name in the email. Two winners will be picked and contacted.
MP3: Justin Townes Earle- Harlem River Blues (buy)

YouTube Preview ImageJustin Townes Earle- Harlem River Blues




Thursday February 24th 2011, 6:12 am
Snapshot: Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen
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MP3: Bruce Springsteen- It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
MP3: Bruce Springsteen- I Want You
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Thursday February 24th 2011, 4:53 am
Video of the Day: Neil Young
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YouTube Preview ImageNeil Young- The Needle and the Damage Done

Neil Young performs “The Needle and the Damage Done” live on The Johnny Cash Show in February 1971.




Wednesday February 23rd 2011, 4:12 pm
Snapshot: The Byrds
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Chris Hillman, Michael Clarke and Roger McGuinn of the Byrds.




Wednesday February 23rd 2011, 10:48 am
Video of the Day: Serena Jean Southam
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YouTube Preview ImageSerena Jean Southam-Fruits of My Labor

Canadian-bred, New York-based musician Serena Jean performing the Lucinda Williams’ tune “Fruits of My Labor”  live at Jeph Duarte’s venerable Brooklyn County Fair.  Southam is currently in the midst of a month-long residency at Williamsburg’s Pete’s Candy Store (last one is tonight),  where she’s been offering up her country-rock repertoire — while working on the follow up to her 2010 record, Town & Country. With sidemen including steel ace Thomas Bryan Eaton (who just dropped a new EP, When You’re Dancing), Basement Band/Ghost Gamblers member Jeff Malinowski, and Ollabelle’s Tony Leone — the shifting lineup has featured guest stars like Alana Amram, Scott Metzger (who performs with Serena Jean as duo Kitty Baby), & Favourite Sons.  Definitely worth stopping by if you happen to be on that side of the country.