Wednesday January 18th 2012, 6:32 pm
Stop SOPA (aka the Stop Online Piracy Act breaks the internet)
Filed under: News | Posted by:

Please take a moment to watch this video and then sign this petition (sponsored by Google, so you know it’s legit). Thanks.

Wednesday January 11th 2012, 5:29 am
Coachella 2012 Lineup Is Announced
Filed under: News | Posted by:

Coachella lineup 2012

The Coachella 2012 lineup has been announced, and despite some relatively heavy hitters on Saturday, the festival is surprisingly light on folk and country-tinged acts. Coachella usually boasts at least a handful of When You Awake-approved bands thrown onto each day, but this year, two days are looking rather sparse. Regardless of our disappointment due to a lack of rootsy-love, here are our picks for the festival, which for the first time, will be head over the course of two weekends on April 13-15 and April 20-22:

Friday: The Black Keys and Dawes
Saturday: The Shins, St. Vincent, The Head and the Heart, Laura Marling and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Sunday: Beirut, First Aid Kit and Lissie

In other news, Coachella’s country cousin, Stagecoach, has officially sold out. Lineup for that is after the jump.

Monday January 02nd 2012, 9:00 pm
When You Awake’s Best of 2011
Filed under: News | Posted by:

As we bid farewell to 2011, we say hello to year-end best of lists. We’ve asked our contributors to list their top 5 favorite albums released in 2011, as well as their top 5 albums that they “discovered”, “rediscovered” or “came to fully appreciate” this year. What were your favorite releases of the year? Did we miss anything good? Let us know in the comments after the jump.

Thursday December 01st 2011, 12:07 pm
We All Go Twang: An Open Call For Contributions To Our Next Mixtape
Filed under: News | Posted by:

A while back over on our Facebook page, we asked that if we came up with a list of tunes, aptly titled “Songs Jody Wants Country Covers Of”, would you musicians out there be willing to pull out the ol’ recording equipment and make some covers for us. The answer I received was a resounding ‘yes’ (Nicolette Rose, Pearl Charles and David Phillips…I’m looking at you). I then went off for a few weeks and have been put together a list of songs that I really, really want covered. Check out the full song list and directions for doing the covers after the jump.

Thursday November 24th 2011, 12:11 pm
Happy Thanksgiving From When You Awake (and Johnny Cash)
Filed under: News | Posted by:

YouTube Preview ImageJohnny Cash- Thanksgiving Prayer

 I would like to take a minute to say thanks to everyone who supported When You Awake over the years. We are coming up on FOUR YEARS as a blog, and without the support of my wonderful assistant editor, Bryan Thomas, all of the contributors, the bloggers who gave their help and advice when I was just starting out, and of course you, the readers, I never could have kept it up this long. From the bottom of my whiskey-drinking, country music-blogging, cowboy boot-wearing heart, thank you.

Friday November 18th 2011, 2:30 pm
News: For Folk’s Sake Releases Charity Christmas Record…And It’s Really Good!
Filed under: News | Posted by:

For-Folks-Sake-Its-Christmas-AlbumOur friends over at For Folk’s Sake have put together a brilliant charity Christmas record. I know what you are thinking. Christmas music? REALLY? But I swear, it’s actually very, very good. With tracks by Caitlin Rose, Darren Hayman (from Hefner) and Paper Aeroplanes, how could it not be? So head on over to the For Folk’s Sake Bandcamp page where you can listen to the entire record (for free) and then pre-order a physical copy (with instant digital download) for just £8. Proceeds go to the Integrated Cancer Research. Donate now!

Monday November 07th 2011, 6:13 pm
Free Loose Music Sampler featuring The Felice Brothers, Dawes and more
Filed under: MP3 Roundup,News | Posted by:

Loose Albums

The fine folks at the UK-based label Loose Music are currently giving away a free music sampler featuring tunes by the likes of The Felice Brothers, Dawes, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Handsome Family and more. Head over to their website for the full tracklisting and to download the sampler. For a little taste of what you can expect, here’s Hurray For The Riff Raff with the beautiful tune “Too Much Of A Good Thing” from their self-titled debut, released earlier this year.
MP3: Hurray For The Riff Raff- Too Much Of A Good Thing

Monday October 31st 2011, 3:18 pm
Last Minute Costume Ideas: Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Tom Petty
Filed under: News | Posted by:

Bob Dylan costume

Stuck without a costume for tonight? These quick and easy outfits are made up of mostly household items (or things that can be easily acquired with a quick trek to the drugstore). First up, we have Bob Dylan circa The Rolling Thunder Revue. All you need for this look is a tan-colored hat with some bright flowers tucked into the band, jeans, a white shirt, a couple of  scarves thrown around your neck and about a pound of white makeup/paint slathered generously on your face.

johnny cash costumeNext up, we have Johnny Cash. For this look, you basically just need to look smart, grease back the hair and wear black head to toe.  A black guitar and a scarf would help too.

tom petty costumeLastly, we have Tom Petty circa his Mad Hatter phase. This one really only works if you have a top hat laying around, but everyone has one of those, right? To get the look, just throw on a red top hat, blazer/suit, bow tie and rectangular sunglasses and you are good to go.

Monday October 31st 2011, 2:32 pm
MP3 Roundup: The Felice Brothers, Grant Maxwell and The Cave Singers
Filed under: MP3 Roundup,News | Posted by:

Felice Brothers

New York’s The Felice Brothers recently recorded a cover of “Behind That Locked Door” for Mojo Magazine’s George Harrison covers album. The record, which was included in their October issue, features tunes by Richie Havens, Yim Yames, Emmy The Great, Jonathan Wilson featuring Graham Nash, The Webb Sisters and more. Head over to Mojo to attempt to get your hands on a copy.
MP3: The Felice Brothers- Behind That Locked Door (George Harrison cover)

Grant Maxwell

Nashville (by way of NYC)’s Grant Maxwell from The Morning Pages has provided When You Awake with an exclusive solo tune called “The Liberty Bell”, inspired by the recent Occupy Movement. Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments after the jump.
MP3: Grant Maxwell- The Liberty Bell

Lastly, Seattle’s The Cave Singers have just announced a West Coast tour in support of their third album, No Witch (out now via Jagjaguwar). They’ll be touring with The Builders and the Butchers and are set to stop in Los Angeles on December 10th at the Troubadour. You can check out the complete tour dates here.
MP3: The Cave Singers- Black Leaf

Friday October 21st 2011, 3:54 am
Leslie Stevens’ Daytrotter Session
Filed under: News | Posted by:

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