Head on over to The Mad Priest for their “What Country Song Best Describes Your Life” flowchart, designed by San Francisco-based illustrator/designer Madalynn Priester. Somehow I keeping ending up on George Thorogood or Hank Williams…maybe it’s all that moonshine I’ve been drinking. Thanks to reader Zac for the head’s up!
Head over to Dangerous Minds to check out The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” deconstructed and broken down instrument by instrument. For a little taste, check out Bill Wyman’s bassline below.
Bill Wyman’s Bass on Gimme Shelter
Wonderland- Part One
Aquarium Drunkard is at it again. The guys have dug up footage from an extremely rare 1977 Dutch documentary on the L.A. music scene that features interviews and rare performance footage from folks like Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt. First clip is posted above. For additional clips, head on over to Aquarium Drunkard. As a little bonus, here’s a picture of Maria Muldaur, Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt hanging out in their dressing room in 1974.
The fine folks over at Aquarium Drunkard have put together quite the treat for us Neil Young fans (yes, I realize it’s turning into Neil Young Week here at When You Awake). J. Tillman, who is a wonderful solo artist that also performs with the Fleet Foxes, has covered Young’s 1975 record Tonight’s the Night in its entirety. You can hear all of the tracks for free over at Aquarium Drunkard. Click here to check it out.
Fashion street style blog The Sartorialist posted some amazing photos recently of the Jazz Age Dance Party in Governors Island, New York that took place on July 17th-18th. I know where I want to be next July. For the complete set of photos, check out The Satorialist. For more scenes from the event, check out a photo gallery posted at Time Out New York.
The fine folks at LA Record asked me to put together a Beach Boys-inspired mixtape for them in honor of our Beach Boys Tribute and Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund Benefit that took place last Saturday at HM-157. Head on over to LA Record.com and listen to my “Top 10 Tunes That The Beach Boys Covered.” If you missed my other LA Record mixes, check out “Oh Yes, Los Angeles”, “Big Freak” and my “Neil Young Tribute Mixtape.” Thanks LA Record!
Pete Oberg, an audio archivist for the music site Wolfgang’s Concert Vault, has given us a mixtape. I am very pleased to present his mix entitled “Expected Synchronicity.” For those who are unfamiliar with The Concert Vault, it’s a site that contains thousands of live performances and interviews from the 1960s through today from the likes of The Band, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and more. All you have to do is sign up for a free account and then all of the concerts in the Concert Vault are yours to stream online. Some of the concerts are even available for free download, while others are available to download for a small price (though streaming is always free). Check out Pete’s mix, which includes a couple of tracks from the archive and various other recorded material from the likes of Ralph Stanley, Justin Townes Earle, Moby Grape and more, after the jump.
The folks over at Aquarium Drunkard have rounded up 8 local Los Angeles bands to cover tunes from Television’s 1978 record Adventure. The end result, which features Foreign Born, The Henry Clay People, The Local Natives, The Growlers and others, is available for free download now (though you are encouraged to make a donation to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in exchange for the music). To find out more about the release, click here.
Ryan Matteson, the man behind one of my favorite blogs Muzzle of Bees, has made a mixtape for us! I am very pleased to present Muzzle of Bees’s Escape To Wisconsin: A Guide to the Best Music That Wisconsin Has to Offer. If anyone should hold the position of Wisconsin’s Music Ambassador, it should be Ryan. In addition to Muzzle of Bees, Ryan also hosts a weekly podcast on 91.7 WMSE and is the public relations director for the three of Milwaukee’s most esteemed music venues the Pabst, the Riverside, and Turner Hall. I’ll let him take if from here: “I’m betting most of you taking the time to read this haven’t been to Wisconsin. Many of you might have trouble picking it out on the map. Though I threaten to leave its wintery grasp each year the truth is this state is settled deep in my bones. Lucky for me, as a music fan, I’m blessed with amazing music all around me. I present for your listening pleasure a mixtape of my favorite Wisconsin bands. There’s a ton of great stuff here. Take the time to listen and I promise you’ll find some new favorites.”
TenthRow is this really cool site I just stumbled upon where you can watch full concert performances by Deer Tick, Langhorne Slim, Hymns, Dawes, White Rabbits and more. All of the concerts are recorded in HD in Washington DC and if you like what you hear, you can download MP3s of a number of the performances for free. Definitely worth spending some time over there.