Monthly Archives: March 2015

New Music Tuesday

A full time indie artist, a former indie band on major label and former indie to major back to indie label artist all are adding great new music to their catalogs. Sufjan Stevens has recorded under his own independent label, Asthmatic Kitty for 15 years running and his new album, Carrie & Lowell is one […]

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The Karaoke Factor

I just finished reading Rob Sheffield‘s ode to karaoke, “Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals Of The Rituals Of Love and Karaoke.  While it is indeed, a love letter to the joy of your (in)ability to “Sing Your Life“, it is also a love letter to connecting with other humans through your love of singing […]

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SXSW Radio Hightlights

With the SXSW convention over all that’s left is the documentation left on YouTube. Here are a few highlights thanks to NPR, WFUV, KUTX, KXT and KCSN Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

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Burgerama

It was a horrible idea. Founders Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard thought, “Sure it’s 2007, but let’s release our music on cassette” It’s still a horrible idea and I clearly don’t get it but Burger Records was not originally meant for a guy that remembers the heyday of cassettes and owned a Walkman. But now […]

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All In The Family

  I saw the band Tweedy this week.  The core of the band consists of Jeff Tweedy on vocals and guitar and his son Spencer on drums.  Spencer’s loopy drum style constantly kept his dad on his toes as opposed to the precision drumming style of Glenn Kotche, Jeff’s drummer in the band Wilco.  It […]

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New Music Tuesday

Sometimes I’m wistful for the early 70s Laurel Canyon music scene and the carefully crafted folk song. Then I step back and realize we have a couple of artists that are creating music just as invigorating and thoughtful as Joni Mitchell or Jackson Browne. I’m talking about Courtney Barnett and Laura Marling and they both […]

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Michael Brown and the perfect pop song

In my opinion, the perfect pop song  has melody, a great hook, great instrumentation without being overbearing and the lyrics usually have a sense of nostalgia or regret or of course, love. Phil Spector’s production on The Ronette’ s”Be My Baby“, The Beach Boy’s “God Only Knows“, The Zombies “This Will be Our Year“, Big […]

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Free Music Friday

If you have not yet watched the Amazon show, Transparent I highly recommend you carve out some time to watch this coming of age (of sorts) comedy/drama about a 60 + year old trying and possibly finally coming to terms on who he is and his mostly selfish family deals with his identity crisis. One of […]

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Get Out

Jeff Tweedy and Rosanne Cash have both played the SXSW game but are now passed that phase of their careers where they can now play strictly to their fans they have cultivated for decades. Imagine that.   Jeff Tweedy plays guitar, his son Spencer plays drums. Together, they’re known as Tweedy. They’re pretty good and […]

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Snoop Dogg keynote at SXSW

In anticipation of Snoop Dogg as the keynote at SXSW, here are a few of his memorable quotes from years past. When I’m not longer rapping, I want to open up an ice cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg. If the ride is more fly, then you must buy. The most important decision I’ve […]

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