Sunday June 10th 2012, 8:57 am
This Weekend In LA: Country My Ass, Again
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When You Awake’s own Mitra Khayyam is back again with Country My Ass, a monthly DJ night at Footsies in Highland Park. She’ll be spinning all your favorite outlaw country, Texas troubadour, Southern rock jams, and twangy tunes starting at 8pm tonight, Sunday, June 10th. It’s free and 21+. So head on down and buy our girl a shot of whiskey!




Thursday May 17th 2012, 5:14 pm
Video of the Day: Ray Wylie Hubbard
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YouTube Preview ImageRay Wylie Hubbard- Coricidin Bottle

Ray Wylie Hubbard‘s new video for  “Coricidin Bottle” off his latest release, Grifters Hymnal. Nominated for 3 Americana awards in 2010, Hubbard mixes Southern Gothic fables with a shot in the arm and does it with wry humor that is uniquely his. The video was made using footage from Ray’s iPhone along with found photos and Super 8 footage. The only expense? 14 bucks for the monkey. Ray Wylie Hubbard will be at Joe’s Pub tonight, Thursday, May 17th followed by a series of dates criss-crossing the states all summer long with a show at McCabe’s on July 14th. For a little taste of what to expect at a Ray Wylie Hubbard show, check out a video clip of him performing earlier this week after the jump.
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Friday April 20th 2012, 10:13 am
Album Giveaway: Tompkins Square Prize Pack
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The fine folks at Tompkins Square are releasing a series of 78 rpm records starting tomorrow,  Saturday, April 21st for Record Store Day. The first two releases feature previously unheard recordings by Luther Dickinson and Ralph Stanley, each limited to 500 copies only available through record stores. Click here to listen to the Luther Dickinson B-side.

To celebrate, Tompkins Square is generously offering us a prize pack of three records to give away to one lucky reader. The giveaway includes Hiss Golden Messenger’s “Poor Moon,” Frank Fairfield’s “Out on the Open West,” and Charlie Louvin’s “Hickory Wind: Live at Gram Parsons Guitar Pull, Waycross GA”.

To win this prize pack, e-mail whenyouawakela @ gmail.com (subject: Tompkins Square) and tell us how you plan to celebrate Record Store Day. Include your first and last name in the email as well as your full mailing address. One winner will be chosen and contacted.




Friday March 30th 2012, 8:15 am
Video of the Day: Todd Snider
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YouTube Preview ImageTodd Snider- Can’t Complain

Todd Snider performing “Can’t Complain” on February 18, 2007 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California. Following a series of sold out shows on the other side of the Atlantic, Todd Snider is back on the road supporting his 12th album release, Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables. The album is a snapshot of the haves and the have nots; love, faith, riches, and the lack there of. Dare I say folk music for the 99%? The album also features the lovely fiddle playing of the even lovelier Amanda Shires who deserves a whole post unto herself on When You Awake.

Todd Snider Agnostic Hymns

Snider will be in Los Angeles tonight, Friday, March 30th at The El Rey followed by a series of dates criss-crossing the states with the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Reed Foehl and more. For a little taste of what to expect at Snider’s show, check out a video clip of him performing earlier this week after the jump.

MP3: Todd Snider- In Between Jobs from Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables (buy)
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Tuesday August 09th 2011, 1:39 am
Arts and Crafts: Jason Munn
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Last month the Alamo Draft House presented the  Texas Monthly Rolling Roadshow. The theater traveled from town to town in Texas, showing movies that were either filmed there or took place there. Graphic designer Jason Munn created 11 posters to celebrate the tour, reinterpreting movies like The Searchers and No Country for Old Men into beautiful 2-3 color screenprints. For those of us not lucky enough to be in Texas to enjoy both the experience and pick up a poster of their favorite films (mine is Hud BTW), you can find them on Jason’s site. The majority sold out quickly, but there’s still a few left. I highly suggest you grab one of these limited edition dudes before it’s too late.
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Friday June 24th 2011, 11:18 am
Tonight in LA: Willie & Snoop Tribute Art Show
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While not usually a fan of pop-culture themed art shows,  I got a kick about this one. Two unlikely friends, bonded over the love of…well you know. I’ll be the one buying every piece of Willie Nelson art on the walls, be sure to say hi. Opening reception is tonight from 8 pm – midnight at the R&R Gallery in Los Angeles. To get you in the mood, enjoy this video of the last time Snoop and Willie were thrown together. Pure magic.  More details about the show are after the jump.

YouTube Preview Image Snoop Dogg – My Medicine ft. Willie Nelson

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Monday June 06th 2011, 9:41 am
Style Find: Bandit Brand Tees
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On the heels of the Idle Hands post, we found it necessary to introduce you to Jen McMillan’s Bandit Brand tees. These vintage styled organic tees are the closest to perfection you can get without blowing your mind. No cheesy brand names or logos, just good ol’ all-American graphics on super soft tees made in the USA. Plus, they make gorgeous jewelry. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

You can buy the tees, which retail for $36 a pop, via their website or through various retailers across the US. For the complete list of stores, click here.
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Thursday June 02nd 2011, 6:20 am
Style Find: Idle Hands
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On a recent trip to Santa Cruz,  I finally had the pleasure of visiting Idle Hands Dry Goods. The shop has everything you could ever want from a clothing store: vintage boots, Bandit Brand tees, Driven Skateboards, dresses for the ladies, vintage leather jackets for the gents and some amazing silver jewelry and other accessories.

idle hands

Plus, shop owner Jen McMillan is one of the raddest ladies this side of the Mississippi. Click here to check out the store, see more of the inventory, and to hear some of our favorite Waylon songs that are currently serving as the site’s soundtrack (as if you needed more of an excuse to check it out). Now if they can just start selling that inventory online…
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Friday May 13th 2011, 10:15 am
Style Find: Billy Reid
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Billy Reid, the fine purveyor of “low-fi Southern-bred luxury” who lives in Florence, AL, has created a T-shirt to benefit disaster relief in Alabama after tornadoes devastated the region. The shirt is $38 at Billy Reid boutiques and on the designer’s website with all proceeds going towards the Red Cross Tornado Disaster Relief Fund.




Tuesday May 03rd 2011, 12:03 pm
Style Find: Steve McQueen’s ’71 Husqvarna
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You can’t technically wear it, but it’ll make you look damn good. The late, great Steve McQueen’s ‘71 Husqvarna is up on the auction block and is set to sell for anywhere between $50,000 -$70,000.

While it may not be the one he rode in On Any Sunday, the thought of your butt sitting where McQueen’s once was (if you are anything like me) is well worth the cool $50k. Check out more about the bike and the auction here.