Tuesday October 25th 2011, 5:32 pm
Video of the Day: Hank Williams and Anita Carter
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YouTube Preview ImageHank Williams and Anita Carter- I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)

Rare footage of Hank Williams and Anita Carter performing Williams’ tune “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)” together on the Grand Ole Opry.

Monday October 24th 2011, 5:08 pm
Ticket Giveaway: Deer Tick at the Echoplex
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Deer Tick
In honor of the release of Deer Tick‘s latest record, Divine Providence (out today via Partisan Records), we are giving away two pairs of tickets to see the Rhode Island boys play on November 1st at the Echoplex. The show is 18+ with Guards (aka Richie James Follin of Willowz) supporting. To win tix, e-mail whenyouawakela @ gmail.com (subject: Deer Tick) and tell us your favorite band named after a bug (I’m automatically excluding Deer Tick, The Beatles and the Crickets). Include your first and last name in the email. Two winners will be chosen and contacted. Be sure to also  listen to their latest single, “Miss K.”, below, and check out the video of them performing “Main Street” live on The David Letterman Show earlier this month. Those boys sure do clean up nicely.
MP3: Deer Tick- Miss K (buy)

YouTube Preview ImageDeer Tick – Main Street

Monday October 24th 2011, 5:01 pm
Snapshot: Dennis Hopper and Karen Black
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Monday October 24th 2011, 12:13 pm
Video of the Day: Jeff Tweedy
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YouTube Preview ImageJeff Tweedy- I Gotta Feeling

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy performs the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” live as part of the “The F***ing Epic Quest of Mayor Emanuel” book release party at the Hideout in Chicago last month. Who knew he was such a comedian?

Friday October 21st 2011, 11:03 am
Giveaway: Win a Diana Camera with F+ Flash
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The fine folks over at Lomography have chosen me as one of their LomoAmigos! Armed with a Diana Mini, I wandered across London and Sweden for the past three months, taking photos of the different musicians and people that crossed my path. You can read the piece I did for them, along with an interview (where you can hear about the new project I’m working on, The Backscratchers) and see some of my favorite photos, here. I’ve also included some of the outtakes after the jump.


In honor of being chosen as a LomoAmigo, I have also been given one Diana Camera complete with F+ Flash to give away to a very lucky reader. To win, email whenyouawakela at gmail dot com (subject: LomoAmigo),  tell me who I’m going to be doing a film swap with in the coming months (yes, I am making you read my interview) and send me a link (or attachment as long as it’s not TOO big) to your favorite portrait of a musician. Try to surprise me with something rare or less well known (no Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire or Janis sitting on a VW please). Please include your full name and mailing address. One winner will be chosen and contacted. Contest ends Wednesday, October 26th. Get those entries in now!

Friday October 21st 2011, 3:54 am
Leslie Stevens’ Daytrotter Session
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Leslie Stevens

When You Awake-favorite Leslie Stevens of Leslie and the Badgers has sat down and recorded a live session for Daytrotter. The LA-woman played four songs from her record, Roomful of Smoke, which was released back in 2009. Word on the street is she was just in the studio recording her next record with producer/musician extraordinaire, Jonathan Wilson, who not only produced Dawes first record, the brilliant North Hills, but also recently toured through London backing Jackson Browne (read our review here). You can listen to and download all four of Stevens’ tunes over on the Daytrotter page, but here’s one below to give you a sneak peek of what’s in store.
MP3: Leslie Stevens- Los Angeles

Friday October 21st 2011, 2:37 am
Video of the Day: Rick Nelson
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YouTube Preview ImageRick Nelson – She Belongs To Me

Rick Nelson covering Bob Dylan’s “She Belongs To Me” in this rare clip from 1970.

Thursday October 20th 2011, 5:13 pm
Snapshot: Stevie Nicks
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Stevie Nicks

Thursday October 20th 2011, 3:57 am
Video of the Day: Cast Spells
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YouTube Preview ImageCast Spells – A Badge

Cast Spells (aka Maps & Atlases’ frontman David Davison’s side project) performing his song “A Badge” in the basement of Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ in 2009 with the help of Good Old War and Hezikiah Jones.

Wednesday October 19th 2011, 6:07 am
Guest Mixtape: Tastebuds.fm’s Songs To Wake Up To
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Alex Parrish and Simon Brewer from Tastebuds.fm have teamed up to give us their “Top 12 Songs To Wake Up To”, featuring tunes by the likes of The Tallest Man On Earth, Beirut, Calexico and more. If you are a music lover (which I’ll just go ahead and assume you are since you are reading this blog) and haven’t checked out Tastebuds.fm yet, you really, really must.

It’s the brilliant new dating (and friends-seeking) website that matches you up based on your music taste (as imported from your Last.fm profile or from bands that you have individually listed). Never again will you have to suffer through a date with someone who counts the latest releases from Celine Dion and Enrique Iglesias among their desert island discs.  A really helpful tool if you ask me (my ‘Friends’  profile is here…say hi!). Without futher ado, I give you Alex and Simon’s mixtape, after the jump.