Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons: Great Scott Allston 2.20.10

Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons' record, Death Won't Send A Letter, is fantastic - but like most good bands, the songs reach another level when played live.  The band's excellent 45 minute set opening for Dawes at Great Scott in Allston showcased a wide range of songs - some catchy, upbeat songs that recall Petty's Heartbreakers, others bittersweet ballads with some great male/female vocals.  Really gave me a new appreciation for the album - looking forward to hearing more from these guys in the future.

Full set is available for download/stream below - think the sound on this one is excellent.  If anyone knows the names of the songs labeled "Unknown" let me know in the comments.  Enjoy!

Angel Of Mine
What Do You Need
So Wrong For Me
Curious Thing
My Heart Would Be There
Calm Down
See It My Way
Born Again
In The Deep End
Longer Time At Sea

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RIP Alex Chilton 1950-2010

Really sad news.  Big Star and Box Tops front man Alex Chilton died of an apparent heart attack today.  Chilton is probably most famous for his work in Big Star, the massively influential band that defined the power-pop genre and inspired countless other bands.  Chilton was immortalized in the Replacements song "Alex Chilton" - the same song that gives this site its name:

Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes 'round
They sing "I'm in love. What's that song?
I'm in love with that song."

Cerebral rape and pillage in a village of his choice.
Invisible man who can sing in a visible voice.
Feeling like a hundred bucks, exchanging good lucks face to face.
Checkin' his stash by the trash at St. Mark's place.

I never travel far, without a little Big Star

Big Star was scheduled to play at SXSW this week.

Big Star - Watch The Sunrise



New music from Real Estate

There were a few Real Estate tracks floating around that made it on to some of my roadtrip or party mixes last summer, but the full album didn't drop until Fall was fading into Winter...and though their music is great any time of year, I'm really looking forward to the summer when these songs will again blast from my open car windows as I drive to the beach (...or to work, but it will feel like I am driving to the beach).  Add one more great track to the Real Estate canon - this is a new song that might be called "All Out Of Tune", recorded a recent show in Brooklyn.  Thanks to the great nyctaper for the stellar recording - you can find the full set here.

Real Estate - All Out Of Tune



My Town Is Underwater mix

Boston is underwater.  After 3-4 days of nonstop rain, streets and basements are flooded.  Rivers are constrained by increasingly precarious dams and levees.  Ceilings are leaking.  "Ark" is a trending topic on twitter.  I've had enough.

The following 9 songs were selected around the general theme of flooding and rain.  Enjoy



New music: Wye Oak, Let's Wrestle

 Wye Oak's new EP My Neighbor/My Creator is available now from Merge's webiste, elsewhere on 4/20 - enjoy the following track off said EP, "I Hope You Die".  Think it's time for me to revisit last year's The Knot...

Wye Oak - I Hope You Die

Wye Oak is at TTs in Cambridge on March 30 with Shearwater


Continuing with the Merge trend tonight...Let's Wrestle's upcoming debut is available to stream in its entirety on Merge's website.  Sounds like some catchy punk jams that I can see myself listening to quite a bit on summer roadtrips.

Let's Wrestle - We Are The Men You'll Grow To Love Soon

Let's Wrestle is at the Middle East on April 20 with Quasi



Justin Townes Earle: Great Scott Allston 3.4.10

Justin Townes Earle at Great Scott March 4, 2010

Justin Townes Earle is the kind of songwriter and performer that reminds me how important real country music is.  With the utter shit that passes for "country" music these days, it seems that real country music is getting increasingly lost behind the redneck pop that is marketed as country music.  Sure, plenty of people can reference Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams or Gram Parsons in conversation -- but when you think of country music, for most people, the first image that comes to mind is Garth Brooks or Taylor Swift.

I don't get the impression that Justin Townes Earle is on a mission to change that, but I think his music has the power to.  His background and musical influences are obvious (um, Justin Townes Earle) -- but this dude clearly loves and appreciates the history of the music he plays.  During his set at Great Scott he took us all on a tour of southern roots music -- folk, honky tonk, blues, -- covering Woody Guthrie, Lightnin' Hopkins and The Replacements (!?).  His originals vary from traditional rave ups to country inflected folk ballads.  Live, the songs come to life even more than on record thanks to a fantastic band (fiddle and upright bass) and captivating stage presence and showmanship.  The full set is offered for stream or download below in excellent sound quality - enjoy!

Poor Fool
They Killed John Henry
Halfway to Jackson
I Don't Care (Woody Guthrie)
What Do You Do When You're Lonesome
Mama's Eyes
Boy Keep Movin'
Ain't Waitin'
A Wanderin'
So Different Blues (Mance Lipscom)
Starter Wont' Start (Lightnin' Hopkins)
Hard Livin'
What I Mean to You
Someday I'll Be Forgiven For This
Ain't Glad I'm Leavin'
Workin' For The MTA
Mama I'm Coming Home
Midnight at the Movies
South Georgia Sugar Babe
Can't Hardly Wait (The Replacements)
Walk Out
Close Up The Honky Tonks (Buck Owens)

Full set download (mp3 zip)


Check out State of Mind for fantastic photos from the show here

Wanted to share this video of Joe Pug and Justin Townes Earle covering Atlantic City by Bruce Springsteen from their show in Carrboro NC.  Love the quote "If you don't like Springsteen, then you don't like Woody Guthrie, which means you don't like songs"



MG&V: Dawes, Delta Spirit and Deer Tick frontmen form "supergroup"

MG&V: McCauley, Goldsmith & Vasquez

A bit late to the party on this, but when the frontmen of three of my favorite bands form a new band, I can't help but make note of it.  For those that haven't heard, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Matt Vasquez (Delta Spirit) and John McCauley (Deer Tick) are playing SXSW together under the "MG&V" moniker (McCauley Goldsmith & Vasquez).  Apparently there is an album forthcoming too.  Check out more details on brooklyn vegan

With three guitarists and a penchant for harmonies, I'm not sure if I should expect something CSN-like...or rough-around-the-edges country-rock like each's regular band.  In my musical world this constitutes a supergroup - but not sure these dudes carry the clout (yet) for that term.  Either way I can't wait to hear the results.   And this is one more reason to kick myself about not being at SXSW


M&G: Deer Tick + Dawes

G&V: Dawes + Delta Spirit


Joe Pug: Great Scott, Allston - 3.4.10

Joe Pug's Nation of Heat EP was one of my favorite releases of 2008 and his set at the Newport Folk Festival last year was one of many highlights of that fantastic weekend.  When i talked to him following his set at Newport he wasn't sure when the debut full-length would be released, despite the fact that it was already done. The wait was well worth it - nearly six months later, The Messager was released on February 16.

I have given the album quite a few spins in the last couple weeks - highly recommended.  The songs sneak up on you, the magic is in the lyrics.  These are songs of doubt and loss, but are at the same time comforting and even uplifting.  Touring behind The Messenger and supporting Justin Townes Earle, Joe Pug played a fantastic 50 minute set featuring songs from both Nation of Heat and The Messenger.  Solo acoustic with electric accompaniment from Andrew Harrison on a few tracks (who notably sports one mean ass beard).

Full set available below for stream/download - sound is excellent despite some audience noise and a bit of distortion at the louder moments.  Enjoy!

Nation of Heat
I Do My Father's Drugs
How Good You Are
Unsophisticated Heart
Nobody's Man
The Door Is Always Open
Speak Plainly Diana
Unknown Song
Not So Sure
Hymn #35
Hymn #101


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Surfer Blood: Great Scott, Allston - 3.2.10

It must be difficult to live up to the kind of hype that has been piled on Surfer Blood over the last few months.  On the heels of the release of their debut LP, Astro Coast, last night's show at Great Scott was sold out weeks in advance.

Astro Coast is an album made for blasting from boomboxes on hot summer days.  These songs should explode live - instead, last night's show was tentative and lacked energy.  Maybe my expectations were too high - and stage presence will come with time.  That said, it was a solid set of very good songs, I guess I just expected more given the amount of hype. 

Full show offered in mp3, stream or download.  Vocals are a bit muddy, but overall not a bad recording - enjoy!

Floating Vibes
Take It Easy
Twin Peaks
Fast Jabroni
Catholic Pagans
New Song
Slow Jabroni

Full show (mp3 zip):  Download here


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