Friday July 17th 2009, 2:05 pm
Block Party: A Guide To Good Things Happening Around the Web
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Block Party

You Ain’t No Picasso has a bootleg performance of Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes) performing at Neumo’s on 7/11/09. He does covers of Neutral Milk Hotel, Bob Dylan, BB King, Magnetic Fields and Fleetwood Mac.
Big Rock Candy Mountain is currently offering up a devilish mixtape called Satan is Real. The mix features tunes by The Louvin Brothers, Uncle Tupelo, Robert Johnson, Del Reeves and many more.
I Guess I’m Floating has Monster of Folk’s first single called “Say Please” from their upcoming record (out September 22nd via Shangri-La Music). MOF is the collaboration between Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Jim James.
LA Blogotheque has a beautiful video of Tunng performing “Bodies” while sailing around in a boat.

Friday July 10th 2009, 1:30 pm
Block Party: A Guide To Good Things Happening Around the Web
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We’re starting a new column here at When You Awake called Block Party where we plan to highlight some of our favorite things going on in the blogoshpere every Friday. On to Week One:

Moshcam is featuring a video of Justin Townes Earle performing live at the Anandale Hotel on November 25, 2008. They have his whole show up there. Thanks to High Noon Saloon for the head’s up!
-One of my favorite new blogs, Ponderosa Pine, is featuring pics of an amazing series of State themed boots from 1949. I dig Montana and North Dakota.
LA Record has a great interview with the Moondoggies, who we completely fell in love with at their July 4th show at Spaceland.
East Bound Down is a new full album blog I recently came across which boasts records from the Traveling Wilburys, The Highwaymen, Vern Gosdin, Canned Heat and more.
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright has the new Yim Yames (aka Jim James) Tribute To George Harrison record.
-Our friend Richard at PieaDay has a Sour Cream Peach Pie that looks mouthwateringly delicious.
Truer Sources of Sound has a nice little newspiece about Ticketmaster getting fined up to $50,000 for ticket fraud. Take that Ticketmaster!

Thursday June 04th 2009, 12:43 pm
Tonight in NYC: The Pierces Art Show + The Morning Pages
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Catherine Pierce

Catherine Pierce, from the NYC-based sister duo the Pierces, will be featured in an art exhibit tonight, June 4th, alongside Louisa Pierce, Tarik Mikou and Paige Wood.  The opening is from 7-9 PM and immediately following will be a performance by the great country-rock band The Morning Pages with special guest vocals by The Pierces on a couple of tunes. More details are after the jump.

YouTube Preview ImageThe Morning Pages- It Makes Me Cry (featuring the Pierces)


Friday March 27th 2009, 12:10 pm
Deer Tick Announces Tour + Release Date
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Deer Tick, who played one of my favorite shows at SXSW, just announced a tour that will take them across the Eastern and Midwestern portions of the US with the likes of Jenny Lewis, Phosphorescent and Elvis Perkins in Dearland. They also just announced that their latest record (and 2nd full-length album), Born On Flag Day, will be released June 23 via Partisan Records. Tracklisting and Tour Dates after the jump.

YouTube Preview ImageDeertick Sings Cat Power in the Style of Louis Armstrong


Thursday March 12th 2009, 6:34 am
Video of the Day: Dolly Parton
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YouTube Preview ImageDolly Parton – Coat of Many Colors

I’m flying to Sevierville, Tennessee (aka the home of Dolly Parton) today. In honor of that brilliant woman, here’s Dolly performing “Coat of Many Colors” back in January 1979.

Tuesday January 27th 2009, 2:51 pm
Director Spotlight: Eli Stonberg
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Rio En Medio- The Umbrella

I ran into Eli Stonberg a couple of weeks back at the Little Joy. He mentioned that he directed this beautiful video for Rio En Medio, who has released records on Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic’s label Gnomonsong and the Los Angeles based Manimal Vinyl. Turns out Eli is quite the up and coming filmmaker, with music videos for the Passion Pit and Daedelus coming out soon. Check out my chat with Eli about the inspiration behind “The Umbrella” after the jump.

Friday December 26th 2008, 4:15 pm
Movie Lounge: Fairport Convention at Maidstone 1970
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Tony Palmer’s film captures the Fairport Convention and Matthews Southern Comfort live at Maidstone in 1970. It features the Full House lineup of Fairport Convention, including Richard Thompson (Vocals, Guitar), Dave Swarbrick (Vocals,Fiddle, Mandolin), Dave Pegg (Vocals, Bass Guitar, Mandolin), Dave Mattacks (Drums, Percussion), and Simon Nicol (Vocals,Guitar,Electric Dulcimer). Matthews Southern Comfort, the band led by former Fairport Convention member Ian Matthews, also appeared to perform two songs. Select cuts from the film are after the jump.

Songs Performed:
Fairport Convention ‘Various Jigs & Reels’
Fairport Convention ‘Sir Patrick Spens’
Fairport Convention ‘Now Be Thankful’
Matthews Southern Comfort ‘My Front Pages’
Matthews Southern Comfort ‘Southern Comfort’
Fairport Convention ‘Flatback Caper’
Fairport Convention ‘Jenny’s Chickens & The Mason’s Apron’

Monday December 15th 2008, 7:43 pm
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Click here for one of the many reasons that I love the boys over at Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right so much (Cough cough-new Bon Iver EP not available until January-cough cough).

Wednesday December 03rd 2008, 1:24 pm
Harvest Party Photos
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The rain cleared up just in time for our Harvest Party last week. It was a beautiful day in Griffith Park and many a shirt and bandana were stenciled amongst the trees. Thanks to Benny Kelly for sharing her crafting skills and the wonderful Trails Cafe for hosting us. Look for another Benny Kelly/When You Awake party coming your way soon! Next stop: New York? More pictures after the jump.

Friday November 28th 2008, 2:10 pm
Cover Art Of The Week: Wiretree
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Wiretree, an indie rock band from Austin, Texas is the inaugural winner of our Cover Art of the Week contest. Wiretree’s first full album Bouldin is out now on Cobaltworks, a record label and multi-media company out of Austin. Megan recently caught up with Wiretree’s frontman and songwriter Kevin Peroni. Their interview is after the jump.