Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - 2007-01-20 - Portland, OR

Happy holidays guys, I've been enjoying a break from everything. It's been great. I hope a wonderful new year to everyone. Thanks for the continued support, every message, comment and email I receive brings me pure happiness and I thank you.

Now enjoy this soundboard Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks show. I feel like I don't see many live Malkmus shows out there, I know people over at the forum have some but I can't recall ever downloading one (other than the one other I have posted). BUT, if you guys have 'em, send 'em on down! I'd appreciate it. Been listening to lots of his solo stuff, particularly Face the Truth.

Once again HAPPY NEW YEAR!

PS - Anyone going to The Black Keys in Chicago on the 1st of the year? The camera on my phone is busted and would love to know if someone is taking some. THANKS!!!!

Crstal Ballroom
Portland, OR

01 Soundcheck
02 Intro
03 Baby C'mon
04 Jo Jo's Jacket
05 Real Emotional Trash
06 We Can't Help It
07 Dragonfly Pie
08 Mama
09 Merry Go Round
10 It Kills
11 Baltimore Again
12 Walk into a Mirror
13 Pennywhistle Thunder
14 Hopscotch Willie
15 Band Intros Song
16 Water and a Seat
17 Pencil Rot
18 encore break
19 Freeze the Saints
20 Wicked Wanda
21 Post-Paint Boy

Download - Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - 2007-01-20 - Portland, OR

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chris "Space Wolf" Feinstein Passes Away

From TwentyFourBit.com:

Cardinals bassist Chris Feinstein has passed away at his Manhattan home. He was 42.

Feinstein, endearingly known by the awesome nickname of Spacewolf by bandmates and fans alike, recorded and toured as a member of Ryan Adams & the Cardinals for their last two full-length albums, Easy Tiger and Cardinology. His discography also includes numerous songwriting credits for Santigold’s then-eponymous album Santogold, and bass performance on Albert Hammond, Jr.’s song “Scared” from his solo album, Yours to Keep.

Most recently, Feinstein and fellow Cardinals Jon Graboff, Brad Pemberton, and Neal Casal recorded and performed with New Zealand-born singer/songwriter Gin Wigmore.

All three surviving Cardinals members have posted reactions to this sad news online, including a series of photographs on guitarist Neal Casal’s blog and drummer Brad Pemberton’s Facebook message: “This is the saddest day of my life. I lost my best friend today…things will never be quite the same.” Matthew Ryan a friend and former collaborator with Feinstein also posted a tribute on YouTube earlier today.

Though Feinstein’s family recently confirmed the story, as well, there are few details about his untimely death available at the moment. If/when important info comes to light, we will update this post accordingly.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Unreleased Elliott Smith Song - Cecilia/Amanda

From Pitchfork:

The Pacific Northwest indie label Kill Rock Stars and the tragic, beloved singer-songwriter Elliott Smith have a long history together. Before he decamped for DreamWorks and hit the mainstream via Good Will Hunting, Smith released two intimate, absolutely stone-classic records on KRS: 1995's self-titled album and 1997's Either/Or.

In 2007, four years after Smith's death, KRS released the posthumous double-CD rarities collection New Moon. And next year, the label will reissue two more Smith albums: his 1994 solo debut Roman Candle (originally released on Cavity Search) and the 2004 posthumous full-length From a Basement on the Hill (originally released on Anti-).

Both reissues are due April 6. Tape Op Magazine editor and Smith archivist Larry Crane has remastered Roman Candle, and this reissue marks the first time it'll be available on vinyl in the U.S. When the reissues drop, every Smith album other than his two major label albums (1998's XO and 2000's Figure 8) will be available via KRS.

In honor of the reissues, KRS has a nice surprise for us: "Cecilia/Amanda", an unreleased Smith solo track that Crane recorded in 1997. The track is a rewrite of "Time Is Ours Now", a song from the early Smith band Stranger Than Fiction.

Download - Unreleased Elliott Smith Song - Cecilia/Amanda

MMJ Playing New Orleans Jazz Fest

new orleans jazz fest
From MyMorningJacket.com:

My Morning Jacket will play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this coming April. The festival takes place from April 23rd to May 2nd. A true heritage festival, Jazz Fest stands alone in presenting the highest caliber artists in such varied genres as gospel, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz, rock, R&B, Cajun, country, zydeco and much more.

Other artists appearing at the festival: Pearl Jam, Aretha Franklin, The Black Crowes, B.B. King, Van Morrison, and many more. Tickets and more info can be found at www.nojazzfest.com

Monday, December 14, 2009

Norah Jones on working with Ryan Adams on a new track

My Morning Jacket - Live on WFPK - 2001-12-21 (aired 12/25)

Let's keep the Christmas madness rolling, this time with our favorite group. Jim James voice is so perfect for Christmas songs it's crazy. Grab some egg nog (and throw some booze in it), light the fire and press play.

Thanks to the guys over at the MMJ forum for turning me onto this.

1. Introduction

2. Santa Claus is Back in Town
3. X-mas Curtain (jazzed up)
4. O Holy Night (shoes interruption)
5. Interview - Jim "Son" James
6. Christmas Time Is Here Again (Bring Out the Joy!)
7. Old Sept Blues
8. I Will Sing You Songs
9. Interview - Jim
10. Silent Night

11. Come Closer

Friday, December 11, 2009

Benjamin Sells - Christmas Time Is Here

The holidays are upon us and what better way to get you in the mood than a little Christmas music? Benjamin Sells recorded this and sent it my way. Who the f*ck is Benjamin Sells? Nobody famous but a talent nonetheless. He recorded this at home for his family and thought that maybe the readers of The Steam Engine would appreciate it, enjoy the music, I certainly am.

For more from Benjamin Sells, check out his MySpace, there are some great little blues numbers on there, he's got a unique voice.

1. We Three Kings of Orient Are
2. Christmas Time Is Here
3. Baby It's Cold Outside
4. Silent Night
5. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (feat. Hunter Hoerchler (age: 19 months) on Keyboards)
6.. Hark! the Herald Angels Sings
7. Away in a Manger
8. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
9. I'll Be Home for Christmas
10. Christmas in Dixie

Download - Benjamin Sells - Christmas Time Is Here

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Rolling Stone 100 Albums of the Decade

Our boys snagged slot 31 with Z but here is a look into the entire list. The albums I too adore have been put in bold. Lots of names albums on here I should probably listen to though. Ryan Adams got some mentions, Wilco's on there and Radiohead is all over it. I don't take this list much to heart, its Rolling Stone after all.

I'll be doing something for the end of the year, not sure what just yet...

1 | Radiohead: Kid A

2 | The Strokes: Is This It

3 | Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

4 | Jay-Z: The Blueprint

5 | The White Stripes: Elephant

6 | Arcade Fire: Funeral

7 | Eminem: The Marshal Mathers LP

8 | Bob Dylan: Modern Times

9 | M.I.A.: Kala

10 | Kanye West: The College Dropout

11 | Bob Dylan: Love and Theft

12 | LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver

13 | U2: All That You Can't Leave Behind

14 | Jay-Z: The Black Album

15 | Bruce Springsteen: The Rising

16 | OutKast: Stankonia

17 | Beck: Sea Change

18 | MGMT: Oracular Spectacular

19 | Amy Winehouse: Back to Black

20 | The White Stripes: White Blood Cells

21 | Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head

22 | Green Day: American Idiot

23 | D'Angelo: Voodoo

24 | Bruce Springsteen: Magic

25 | Radiohead: Amnesiac

26 | Cat Power: The Greatest

27 | The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

28 | Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever to Tell

29 | Sigur Rós: Ágaetis Byrjun

30 | Radiohead: In Rainbows

31 | My Morning Jacket: Z

32 | Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III

33 | Daft Punk: Discovery

34 | OutKast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

35 | PJ Harvey: Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea

36 | U2: No Line on the Horizon

37 | 50 Cent: Get Rich or Die Tryin'

38 | Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker

39 | Kings of Leon: Aha Shake Heartbreak

40 | Kanye West: Late Registration

41 | Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

42 | Elliott Smith: Figure 8

43 | The Killers: Hot Fuss

44 | System of a Down: Toxicity

45 | Kanye West: Graduation

46 | Justin Timberlake: FutureSex/LoveSounds

47 | Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes

48 | TV on the Radio: Dear Science

49 | Fiona Apple: Extraordionary Machine

50 | Bright Eyes: I'm Wide Awake It's Morning

51 | Spoon: Kill the Moonlight

52 | M.I.A.: Arular

53 | Kings of Leon: Only By the Night

54 | Norah Jones: Come Away With Me

55 | Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Raising Sand

56 | Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend

57 | Death Cab for Cutie: Transatlanticism

58 | Danger Mouse: The Grey Album

59 | Interpol: Turn on the Bright Lights

60 | Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

61 | The Shins: Oh, Inverted World

62 | Johnny Cash: American III: Solitary Man

63 | Kanye West: 808s and Heartbreak

64 | Gillian Welch: Time the Revelator

65 | Manu Chao: Próxima Estación Esperanza

66 | Antony & the Johnsons: I Am a Bird Now

67 | Björk: Vespertine

68 | U2: How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

69 | Missy Elliott: Under Construction

70 | Sleater-Kinney: The Woods

71 | Bright Eyes: Lifted or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Eart to the Ground

72 | Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand

73 | Coldplay: Parachutes

74 | Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium

75 | Arcade Fire: Neon Bible

76 | Sigur Rós: ()

77 | Yo La Tengo: And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out

78 | Sufjan Stevens: Illinois

79 | The New Pornographers: Electric Version

80 | Kings of Leon: Youth and Young Manhood

81 | Ryan Adams: Gold

82 | Queens of the Stone Age: Rated R

83 | The Black Keys: Attack & Release

84 | Eminem: The Eminem Show

85 | Coldplay: Viva La Vida

86 | The Postal Service: Give Up

87 | Gnarls Barkley: St. Elsewhere

88 | Brian Wilson: Smile

89 | Radiohead: Hail to the Thief

90 | Amadou & Miriam: Dimanche a Bamako

91 | The Hives: Veni Vidi Vicious

92 | Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago

93 | Johnny Cash: Unearthed

94 | The Libertines: Up the Brackett

95 | Alicia Keys: Songs in A Minor

96 | The Streets: Original Pirate Material

97 | Wilco: Sky Blue Sky

98 | TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain

99 | The Hold Steady: Almost Killed Me

100 | Leonard Cohen: 10 New Songs

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Town Hall - New York City - 2006-12-4-5-6

Nice trio of shows from Ryan Adams & The Cardinals. My buddy sent me a low quality YouTube video of "Harder Now That It's Over" from the 12-5 show and Ryan played such a sweet solo on that track (around 3 minutes in) I had to see if possibly there were some soundboard copies of this show. While I haven't come across a soundboard yet, there are some great audience recordings. The quality is legit, just needs to be turned up a bit here and there. And yes, that is Norah Jones on the cover. She did "Dear John" with Ryan night dos.

Thank you muzikspy for the photo, snagged it from flicker.

Thank you tapers! You guys are amazing.

Disc 1:
1. Magnolia Mountain
2. Please Do Not Let Me Go
3. Dear Chicago
4. Peaceful Valley
5. Mockingbird
6. Tears Of Gold
7. Nightbirds
8. Cold Roses
9. New York, New York
10. Arkham Asylum
11. break banter

Disc 2:
1. Kiss Before I Go
2. Let It Ride (false start)
3. Let It Ride
4. Bartering Lines
5. To Be Young
6. Blue Hotel
7. Beautiful Sorta
8. The End
9. Expressway to Yr Skull
10. Wharf Rat
11. Shakedown on 9th Street
12. I See Monsters

Download - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Town Hall - New York City - 2006-12-4

Disc 1:
1. What Sin Replaces Love
2. Nobody Girl
3. Harder Now That Its Over
4. September
5. Meadowlake Street
6. Freeway to the Canyon
7. Trouble on Wheels

-set break-

Disc 2:
1. Easy Plateau
2. Firecracker
3. G'night Rose
4. Trains
5. Cherry Lane
6. "Dr Who" banter
7. Dear John (w/ Norah Jones)
8. Stella Blue

Download - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Town Hall - New York City - 2006-12-5

1. Come Pick Me Up
2. When The Stars Go Blue
3. Oh My Sweet Carolina
4. Love Is Hell
5. This Is It
6. Afraid Not Scared
7. talk with Santa
8. La Cienga Just Smiled
9. introduction to second set
10. Hallelujah
11. Judy Garland
12. Wish You Were Here
13. Blue Sky Blues
14. Games
15. My Winding Wheel
16. Willow Jane
17. 29
18. The Rescue Blues

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Town Hall - New York City - 2006-12-6

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ryan Adams - The Variety Playhouse - 2001-09-28

I've been a sucker for 2001-ish solo acoustic Ryan Adams lately and while this show isn't totally acoustic it is a fine example of Gold era live Ryan Adams. I'm aching for a proper release (I know I say this all the time) from Ryan Adams (in any form) and would slaughter puppies for a tour. We also get a little David Letterman treat at the end of this.

Disc One

01 Candy Doll
02 Firecracker
03 Answering Bell
04 Someday, Somehow
05 Nobody Girl
06 Lovesick Blues
07 Chat
08 Touch, Feel & Lose
09 To Be Young
10 La Cienega Just Smiled (Take 1)
11 La Cienega Just Smiled (Take 2)
12 The Rescue Blues
13 Oh My Sweet Carolina
14 Tina Toledo's Street Walkin' Blues

Disc Two

01 Nervous Breakdown
02 New York, New York
03 Friendly Fire (solo acoustic)
04 My Winding Wheel (solo acoustic)
05 Don't Ask For The Water (solo acoustic)
06 Damn, Sam (solo acoustic)
07 Call Me On Your Way Back Home (solo acoustic)
08 Chat
09 Come Pick Me Up
10 Mega-Superior Gold
11 I Don't Wanna Work
12 Waiting For A Sign
13 Tennessee Sucks
14 Desire
15 New York, New York (Late Show with David Letterman)

Download - Ryan Adams - The Variety Playhouse - 2001-09-28

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Black Keys

In celebration of The Black Keys new project Blakroc, getting my ticket for their Chicago New Year's day performance (found out about NYE too late and the only tickets I can find are just too pricey, sad, sad, sad) and because they are awesome here are some TBK's treats. The first is a free EP they released via their MySpace page and the other is a soundboard from Sydney in 2003. Enjoy!

The Live EP

1. No Trust - Recorded at The Troubador in LA on 9/13/06 by Dan Auerbach - Mixed by Dan Auerbach

2. Girl Is On My Mind - Recorded at The Troubador in LA on 9/13/06 by Dan Auerach- Mixed by Dan Auerbach

3. 10am Automatic - Recorded at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville on 12/15/2006 by Wilton J. Wall, Jr. - Mixed by Patrick Carney

4. Elevator - Recorded at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville on 12/15/2006 by Wilton J. Wall, Jr. - Mixed by Patrick Carney

Download - The Black Keys - The Live EP

Live in Sydney - 2003-08-15

01 – Thickfreakness
02 – Set You Free
03 – Busted
04 – Yearnin’
05 – Them Eyes
06 – The Breaks
07 – Have Love Will Travel
08 – No Trust
09 – Hard Row

Download - The Black Keys - Live in Sydney - 2003-08-15

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My Morning Jacket Working on New Record!

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has revealed that the band is working on its sixth studio album.

Talking to BBC 6 Music, the singer confirmed that the Tennessee-based rock band have begun the earlier stages of recording new material.

"We're working on stuff but we're just trying to keep it real stress free, real low key. I'd say we're knocking around three or four songs but they're still pretty rough," he explained.

James also said My Morning Jacket could take some time to record their next album, as the band been touring so much over the past couple of years that they need to remember how to take time off and write new songs.

In addition, he told the broadcaster that his side project, Monsters of Folk, is likely to follow up their self-titled debut with another album, although he says he will not rush to make the record.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

M. Ward - The Bronx - 2009-04-01

01. Interview
02. Hold Time
03. Interview
04. 100 Million Years
05. Interview
06. Epistemology
07. Interview

**LINK UPDATED 2010-08-25**

Download - M. Ward - The Bronx - 2009-04-01

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Beck, Wilco and Feist - Skip Spence's - Oar

Pretty Excellent stuff.

Record Club: Skip Spence "Little Hands" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Record Club is an informal meeting of various musicians to record an album in a day. The album chosen to be reinterpreted is used as a framework. Nothing is rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track is put up here once a week. As you will hear, some of the songs are rough renditions, often first takes that document what happened over the course of a day as opposed to a polished rendering. There is no intention to 'add to' the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens. And those who aren't familiar with the albums in question will hopefully look for the songs in their definitive versions.

Monsters of Folk - Morning Becomes Eclectic - 2009-10-02

Updated with the full set list on 2009-11-16

01 – Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)
02 – Say Please
03 – Man Named Truth
04 – Losin Yo Head
05 – Interview
06 – The Right Place
07 – Baby Boomer
08 – Whole Lotta Losin’

Thanks Mystic Chords of Memory V.2!

Download - Monsters of Folk - Morning Becomes Eclectic - 2009-10-02

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ryan Adams - Fortress of the Spider Gods

Mr. David Ryan Adams posted a sweet little jam the other day at his site by a DRA mind group (that's what I'm calling all his aliases these days) called GALAXIAN.

Download - Ryan Adams - Fortress of the Spider Gods

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Monsters of Folk - Live at The Philadelphia Academy of Music - 2009-11-09

This is the show that was webcasted (is that a word?) the other night. Just started listening right now and the quality is pretty great. I did notice that the sound went out in the left channel on "The Right Place" for a couple of seconds but f*ck it, Jim James still sounds awesome. Enjoy the show guys, I know this will be on repeat this weekend.

Props to Jeff Luke for the photo. The picture is from the Minneapolis show becasue I couldn't find any from Philly and, well, Jeff's pictures are too excellent not to use somewhere!

I wish I could have done more with the artwork guys, the picture is tops but my input is pretty bland, I am absolutely slammed right now and I haven't had a ton of time to focus on the blog, I have some great things downloading right now though and will have them up hopefully soon. Thanks for understanding!

01 Intro
02 Say Please
03 The Right Place
04 Soul Singer (In A Session Band)
05 Slow Down Jo
06 Man Named Truth
07 Vincent O'Brien
08 One Life Away
09 One Hundred Million Years
10 Poison Cup
11 Smoke Without Fire
12 Golden
13 Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)
15 Baby Boomer
16 We Are Nowhere And It's Now
17 Lullaby + Exile
18 At Dawn
19 To Save Me
20 Kathy With A K's Song
21 Bermuda Highway
22 Look At You
23 Map Of The World
24 Smokin From Shootin
25 Hit The Switch
26 Losin Yo Head
27 Encore Break
28 At The Bottom Of Everything
29 Whole Lotta Lovin
30 Another Travelin' Song
31 His Master's Voice
32 Outro


God Bless United States Veteran's

Thanks for keeping this place safe guys and gals.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Monsters of Folk - 2009-10-31 - Louisville, KY

Kory Johnson is the man. That's all I can really say. He taped the Halloween show and it sounds excellent. It really is giving me chills, taking me back to Chicago. Listen for Conor Oberst's verse in Smokin' From Shootin', it is an excellent moment.

We are missing the first 2.5 songs, no biggy though, this is such a treat.

Kory Johnson is, on top of being one of the greatest MMJ fans out there, an excellent Louisville, KY based photographer. Check out his site here.

Also check out 37Flood.

1. Say Please
2. The Right Place
3. Soul Singer (In A Session Band)
4. Vincent O'Brien
5. Man Named Truth
6. Smoke Without Fire - Conor and Matt
7. One Hundred Million Years - Matt Solo
8. Chinese Translation - Matt Solo
9. One Life Away - Matt and Jim
10. Golden
11. Tezmezcal
12. Baby Boomer
13. I Will Be There When You Die - Jim and Conor
14. We Are Nowhere And Its Now - Conor and Mike
15. The Big Picture - Conor and Mike
16. Lullaby + Exile - Matt and Conor
17. Sandman, Brakeman, And Me
18. Goodway
19. To Save Me
20. Lime Tree - Conor and Jim
21. Bermuda Highway -Jim and Will
22. Look At You - Jim Solo
23. Wonderful (The Way I Feel) -Jim and Matt
24. Map Of The World
25. Dear God (Sincerely MOF)
26. At The Bottom Of Everything
27. Smokin' From Shootin'
28. Hit The Switch
29. His Masters Voice

30. Detroit Rock City
31. Whole Lotta Losin'
32. Another Travelin' Song
33. Losin' Yo Head
34. Rock N Roll All Nite

**LINK UPDATED 2010-8-12**

Download - Monsters of Folk - 2009-10-31 - Louisville, KY

Friday, October 30, 2009

Jeff Luke Monsters of Folk Pictures

Our good friend Jeff Luke saw Monsters of Folk last night at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis and took some excellent pictures. Jeff is an excellent photographer, check out some of his MMJ photos from Minneapolis and Chicago as well as the Great Lake Swimmers and Dan Auerbach shots, dude knows what he's doing.

Jeff Luke Photography
Jeff Luke Photography - Monsters of Folk

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pearl Jam Madness

Head over to Mystic Chords of Memory V.2 for live compilations of studio albums Ten all the way through Backspacer. Honest Abe, good f*cking work.

Monday, October 26, 2009

John Farrell and Model Stranger - Cullen's Pub - Oak Lawn, IL - 2009-10-24

Cullen's Pub in Oak Lawn saw an excellent night of music by Chicago's very own John Farrell and Model Stranger. The evening kicked off around 9pm with John Farrell taking the stage first with his band. Most of the material covered was from his excellent EP, In Passing, as well as some covers. I'd say the highlight of his set, for me at least, was an excellent electric version of his EP's closer, "Longest Day, Shortest Night." The song on record is a moody, atmospheric, goose bump inducing piece driven by piano and John Farrell's pain crippled and helpless voice. Live, the song takes on a new face with more energy yet the same vibe and the same goose bumps. The song is about a lost love one (you can read about the inspiration for all of his songs on In Passing at his website) and when he sings the lyric "But autumn can’t cure summer blues, So sick of breakin bad news" I want to collapse. To close the night out John and his boys played a wonderful version of The Beatle's "Get Back" that had the entire bar on their feet going wild. John Farrell has been playing and writing music for years now and is proving himself to be a very real force. He has a magnetic personality that bleeds genuineness and breeds kindness, think The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne without all the hair. Get on the John Farrell band wagon, I firmly believe he is going to be something special.

Check out John Farrell's debut EP, In Passing. It is streaming on his site here as well as on the sidebar of The Steam Engine. He has a Radiohead pay-what-it's-worth-to-you system setup, check it out.

John Farrell Band Camp

(Model Stranger with John Farrell, John is sans instrument)

The next band up was Model Stranger. I saw them about a month and a half ago in Schaumberg, IL and they performed as a 5 piece. Saturday night though, the band took the stage as a 3 piece and I have to say that in Model Stranger's case, less is more. The 3 piece consists of front man Stephen Francis on vocals & guitar, Kevin James on bass & vocals and new comer Brad Elliott hittin' the skins. They have a full length EP, Shaky Coma and their more recently released EP, A Boy & His Crown. While I am only familiar with their marvelous EP the Shaky Coma material translates well live and is not "bathroom break" material, I'll be grabbing that album very soon. BUT ANYWAYS, the evenings highlights for me revolved around their EP songs "Morning Paper" and "Sound the Sirens." Their MySpace and Blog both have these songs streaming and available for purchase. While their entire EP is good (and I would say even better live) I'd start with the instantly likable "Morning Paper." Stephen Francis really lets his guitar skill shine on "Sound the Sirens," as you can see in this video from a show in Indianapolis.

His guitar playing skills really blew me away though on Saturday night. The raging solo's in their cover of the Jimi Hendrix (yes, that Jimi Hendrix) song "Manic Depression" were technical, true to the original and dead nuts on. The energy they create on stage is surprising for a 3 piece but they really got the bar pumping. The 3 of them are tight group of young musicians hungry for exposure. They have technical prowess and front man Stephen Francis appears to be progressing into a unique and passionate song writer that is inspired by more than just love and heartbreak. It's refreshing and exciting and I cannot wait to see what they do next. They will be hitting the studio over the next few months to record another full length LP, keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime head over to their MySpace or Blog to check out their material.

Model Stranger MySpace
Model Stranger Blog
Model Stranger Band Camp

Andrew Coate - Collaborate Management

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monsters of Folk - KEXP Studios - 2009-10-15

01 - The Sandman, The Brakeman, And Me
02 - Interview
03 - Map Of The World
04 - Interview
05 - Losin Yo Head
06 - Outro

Thanks Mystic Chords of Memory V.2!

Download - Monsters of Folk - KEXP Studios - 2009-10-15

Monsters of Folk - Morning Becomes Eclectic - 2009-10-02

Updated with the full set list on 2009-11-16

01 – Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)
02 – Say Please
03 – Man Named Truth
04 – Losin Yo Head
05 – Interview
06 – The Right Place
07 – Baby Boomer
08 – Whole Lotta Losin’

Thanks Mystic Chords of Memory V.2!

Download - Monsters of Folk - Morning Becomes Eclectic - 2009-10-02

Monsters of Folk - The Tonight Show - 2009-09-22

01 Say Please

Thanks Mystic Chords of Memory V.2!

Download - Monsters of Folk - The Tonight Show - 2009-09-22

Wilco - UIC Pavillion - 2009-10-18

TSE had a great time at Wilco on Sunday night.

Hoodoo Voodoo with the dueling guitar solo's between Nels and Pat is unreal, everyone knows Nels is a god but Pat is amazing, he was shredding with Nels. The new songs played live were great, Bull Black Nova in particular. One of the sickest At Least That's... I've ever heard. Tweedy has a different SG for everyday of the year man. His latest acquisition is one of these zoot suits, fucking bad ass.


While in the crowd I ran into one of the dudes responsible for the excellent iPhone guitar app, Guitar Tool Kit and also saw Jeff Tweedy's wife and kid, Sue and Spencer walking around right next to me. Pretty cool.

The sound was okay, not as bad as I expected for a 10,000 person "arena" but it left much to be desired.

You catching them this tour?

Wilco (the song)
A Shot in the Arm
Bull Black Nova
You Are My Face
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
One Wing
At Least That's What You Said
Deeper Down
Impossible Germany
It's Just That Simple
I'll Fight
Handshake Drugs
Sonny Feeling
Jesus, Etc.
I'm Always in Love
Hate It Here
I'm the Man Who Loves You
You Never Know
Heavy Metal Drummer
Just a Kid
Outtasite (Outta Mind)
Hoodoo Voodoo
I'm a Wheel

Start: 8:47 p.m./Finish: 11:03 p.m.
Totals: 28 songs, 2 hours and 16 minutes

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Gettin ready for wilco!

Just left local pub Stanleys, slammed some whiskey in the parking lot
and now we are waiting.

Friday, October 16, 2009

My Morning Jacket - The Bluebird Theater - 2003-10-03

Johnny Quaid and Danny Cash era Jacket, enjoy the weekend guys.

Thanks scooter@concertmecca.com for the pic! It will always be one of my favorite Jacket pictures!

Set 1

1. Mahgeetah
2. Dance Floors
3. Masterplan
4. Heart Breakin' Man
5. The Way That He Sings
6. Just One Thing
7. Lowdown
8. One Big Holiday >
9. I Will Sing You Songs
10. Steam Engine
11. Run Thru

Set 2

1. I Will Be There When You Die*
2. Bermuda Highway*
3. Golden*
4. Sooner
5. Evelyn Is Not Real
6. War Begun
7. Phone Went West.

* Jim James solo acoustic

Download - My Morning Jacket - The Bluebird Theater - 2003-10-03

The Black Keys - In The Company Of - 2008-12-8

Sorry for being such a stranger lately. Things have been chaotic to say the least.

This is some great weekend listening. Dan and Pat rip through some excellent Attack & Release material and their Captain Beefheart cover of "I'm Glad" gives me some serious chills, like, serious chills. The interviews are nothing to skip over in this either. While the DJ can get a bit annoying, Dan and Pat are genuinely funny guys. Pat's story about surfing is pretty good and I crack up when Dan compares Pat to a John McCain supporter (what is this, cuss cuss?). Anyways, I promise more to come soon guys.

Wilco on Sunday!!!!!

Couldn't find out who took the pic, but it's sweet, thanks and if you contact me I'll give you props for sure.

01 - Intro
02 – Same Old Thing
03 – Interview
04 – Strange Times
05 – Interview
06 – I’m Glad
07 – Interview
08 – Psychotic
09 – I Got Mine
10 – Outro

Download - The Black Keys - In The Company Of - 2008-12-8

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jim James - The Rudyard Kipling - 2009-10-1

Acoustic set from Mr. Yim Yames. We get MMJ classics and some great Monsters of Folk material. Who's going to see them?!? TSE will be at the Chicago show on the 30th, anyone else checking it out?

It's an audience recording, thank you Brian Porter!

01 Intro
02 Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
03 The Right Place
04 IT Beats 4 U
05 Look At You
06 Gideon
07 The Way That He Sings
08 Losin’ Yo’ Head
09 Stage Banter
10 Magic Marker
11 Bermuda Highway
12 Smokin From Shootin
13 His Master’s Voice

Download - Jim James - The Rudyard Kipling - 2009-10-1

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New My Morning Jacket Website

Forum member ChiefOKONO has put together a great site with an archive of all MMJ articles, dating back to 1999!

Check it out!

Off The Record - The MMJ Article Archive

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My Morning Jacket - From The Basement

I'd like to thank coldnebraskablue over at the MMJ forum for uploading and AVI version of this.

A very nice, polished set from our boys and we have both the audio and video for you all! I'll be putting this on the PS3 and watching it (again) over the weekend with a cocktail in hand. When will they be back!?!?!?!?!?! I NEED my live MMJ fix bad and seeing Monsters of Folk at the end of October is not enough!

Thank You Too
One Big Holiday
Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 1
Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 2

The photo was taken from the From The Basement site, thanks, it's a great shot!

Download - My Morning Jacket - From The Basement - Audio
Download - My Morning Jacket - From The Basement - Video

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Who - Master's of Music

Recorded in Hydepark, London on 1996-06-29 with David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) on vocal and guitar on The Dirty Jobs and guitar on Love, Reign O'er Me.

01 The Real Me
02 The Dirty Jobs
03 I've Had Enough
04 5:15
05 Drowned
06 Love Reign O'er Me

Download - The Who - Master's of Music

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Beatles - Most Wanted Tracks

01 - Let it Be (Master Take)
02 - Helter Skelter (Complete Take 2 , 12m')
03 - Penny Lane (Alternative Mix)
04 - Hello Goodbye (Alternate Mix)
05 - Yesterday (Take 2)
06 - I Am The Walrus (Alternate Mix)
07 - Christmas Time Is Here Again
08 - What's the New Mary Jane? (Alternate long version)
09 - She's A Woman (Take 7 Extended length )
10 - Helter Skelter (Alternate Stereo Mix)

Download - The Beatles - Most Wanted Tracks

The Beatles - Euphoria in Australia

01 I Saw Her Standing There
02 I Want To Hold Your Hand
03 All My Loving
04 She Loves You
05 Till There Was You
06 Roll Over Beethoven
07 Can't Buy Me Love
08 This Boy
09 Twist & Shout
10 Long Tall Sally
11 You Can't Do That
12 All My Loving
13 She Loves You
14 Can't Buy Me Love
15 Twist & Shout
16 Long Tall Sally

Download - The Beatles - Euphoria in Australia

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Stream Monsters of Folk

Head over to the gangs MySpace page to stream the entire album! I can't wait to pick this up on vinyl, that album cover is destined for a 12x12 frame!

Monsters of Folk MySpace

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pearl Jam - Uncovered

Nice collection of live covers. Who else is excited for Backspacer?

01 - Roadhouse Blues (The Doors)
02 - Break On Through (The Doors)
03 - Light My Fire (The Doors)
04 - Brass In Pocket (Chrissie Hynde)
05 - Baba O'Riley (Pete Townshend)
06 - Rockin' In The Free World (Neil Young)
07 - Sonic Reducer (Dead Boys)
08 - Hold Your Head Up (Jason)
09 - My Generation (Pete Townsend)
10 - I've Got A Feeling (Lennon/McCartney)
11 - Going Down (Don Nix)
12 - Masters Of War (Bob Dylan)
13 - Fuckin' Up (Neil Young)
14 - Beast Of Burden (Jagger/Richards)

Download - Pearl Jam - Uncovered

Ryan Adams Launches Pax-Am Label

From twentyfourbit.com:

Ryan Adams’ “step back” from music is officially over, the question mark from our previous story can be removed, and the Radiohead/Trent Reznor/Jack White post major label club has a new member. Adams’ first official Pax-Am digital release, “Lost and Found”/”Go Ahead and Rain,” is now available on Ryanada.ms for $1.49 as a digital download pre-order for this Friday (9/11).

Sure, an MP3 release doesn’t confirm our “Ryan Adams to Relaunch Vinyl Label?” post, but a video of the production for an upcoming Adams vinyl release pretty much does the trick. Meanwhile, Adams also posted a video of a third brand new track earlier this week.

Is it just me or are we starting to settle in to this whole self-released music revolution?

Can't wait for Friday!

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Dead Weather - Live at the 9:30 Club - 2009-7-14

I have been really satisfied with The Dead Weather's debut Horehound. Typically, female voices, lead female voices I should say, don't really do it for me. Don't know what it is. Alison Mosshart though, man. It's just seductive. It's dark. It's sexy. I can listen to her all day. Dean Fertita (lead guitar) is quite the player. I've never listened to Queens of the Stone Age and have zero knowledge of this man but his guitar solos on the opening track 60 Feet Tall are fucking excellent. And of course, Mr. Jack White. Is there anything this guy doesn't do? I personally like him beating up the skins, he has a raw approach that I dig. Oh yeah, Jack Lawrence is in the band too. I think his position is to stand off to the side of the stage and look like a pedophile.

Anyways, this show is excellent, it gives you a nice look into what these guys are all about.

Photo by PJ Sykes.

1. 60 Feet Tall
2. Bone House
3. Outside
4. So Far From Your Weapon
5. Cut Like a Buffalo
6. Forever My Queen
7. Rocking Horse
8. New Pony
9. No Hassle Night
10. Will There Be Enough Water?
11. Encore Break
12. Treat Me Like Your Mother
13. Child of a Few Hours
14. Hang You From The Heavens

Download - The Dead Weather - LIve at the 9:30 Club - 2009-7-14

Jim James - The Rudyard Kipling - 2007-06-03

I've got to thank Kory from the My Morning Jacket forum for sending this to me in February. I know, I know, why didn't I post this earlier? For no good reason! It's here now though. Thanks Kory, this is some special stuff.

Picture courtesy of 37 Flood.


Part One:
1. Fortified Wine
2. I Refuse
3. White Rabbit
4. Thoe Memories Of You
5. Tapping My Own Phone.
6. House Of The Rising Sun
7. For as Long as Space Endures
8. When I Hear That Train
9. Riding With Rebel Jesus, The Wanderer
10. The Sound OF Silence
11. Never Give Up

Parts 2 & 3
1. Tonight I Want to Celebrate With You
2. Look at You
3. At Dawn
4. It Beats 4 U
5. banter - Rudyard Kipling
6. Bermuda Highway
7. Hopefully
8. Old September Blues
9. banter - Chigago Song
10. The Way That He Sings
11. banter - Music & Politics
12. Gideon
13. I Will Be There When You Die
14. banter - Songs with double meanings
15. Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
16. I Needed it Most
17. Dancefloors
18. What a Wonderful Man
19. banter - Rudyard Benefits
20. Nashville to Kentucky
21. banter - Snowy Bramble
22. Knot Comes Loose
23. Wordless Chorus
24. Golden
25. Into the Woods
26. The Bear
27. By My Car
28. Dondante
29. Ordinary
30. Anytime
31. banter - Sleeping masks project
32. Cherish
33. Settin' the Woods on Fire
34. Louisiana Woman Mississippi Man
35. Grievous Angel
36. banter - put on those masks!
37. Nobody (take 1)
38. Nobody

Download - Jim James - The Rudyard Kipling - 2007-06-03

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Dead & The Beach Boys - The Filmore East - 1971-04-27

The Dead were playing a show at The Filmore East in 1971. For the encore The Beach Boys came out to play classics like Searchin and Riot in Cell Block #9 with The Dead. The Dead then stepped off while The Beach Boys played a couple of tunes and then The Dead rejoined them for two more tunes, one of which being the Michael J. Fox song, Johnny B. Good. Enjoy guys.

01 Searchin' (TD & BB)
02 Riot In Cell Block #9 (TD & BB)
03 Good Vibrations (Beach Boys)
04 I Get Around (Beach Boys)
05 Help Me Rhonda (TD & BB)
06 Okie From Muskogee (TD & BB)
07 Johnny B. Goode (TD & BB)
08 Sing Me Back Home (The Dead)
09 Uncle John's Band (The Dead)
10 Turn On Your Lovelight (The Dead)

Download - The Dead & The Beach Boys - The Filmore East - 1971-04-27

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - The War Memorial Auditorium - 2009-03-15

Our good friend Chris from Tennessee attended this show back in March near the end of The Cards' last tour and he just told me to check it out. Well, it's fantastic, a 39 track, 30 song set. Notice the new guitar parts in quite a few of the tracks, they were feelin' good that night. The download is courtesy of the Live Music Archive.

Superb sound on this one, better than most soundboards.

Disc I

01. intro
02. I See Monsters
03. Fix It
04. Everybody Knows
05. (false start)
06. Crossed-Out Name
07. Come Pick Me Up
08. Cobwebs
09. Two
10. Freeway To The Canyon
11. talking
12. "Same Shirt As Neal" improv
13. Beautiful Sorta
14. talking
15. Let It Ride
16. Natural Ghost
17. Grand Island
18. band introductions
19. Born Into A Light
20. When The Stars Go Blue
21. Evening Joke with Jon Graboff

Disc II

22. Goodnight Rose
23. Lost Satellite
24. The Rescue Blues
25. Oh My God, Whatever, Etc
26. The Sun Also Sets
27. Why Do They Leave?
28. Bartering Lines
29. Shakedown On 9th Street
30. A Kiss Before I Go
31. talking
32. Magick
33. encore break
34. Wonderwall
35. Sink Ships
36. Cold Roses
37. Mockingbird
38. Dear Chicago
39. This Is It

Download - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - The War Memorial Auditorium - 2009-03-15

Friday, August 21, 2009

New Norah Jones Album w/ Ryan Adams Collaboration

From Jambase.com:

Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones will release her fourth studio album on Blue Note Records this November. Jones wrote nearly all of the songs in the past two years since completing tours in support of her 2007 global chart-topping, U.S. double-platinum album Not Too Late.

Beloved by fans for her sultry vocals and jazz-informed, piano-driven pop songwriting, Jones has taken a new direction on the as-yet-untitled album, seeing it as a chance to experiment with different sounds and an opportunity to work with a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer and engineer who has worked with Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, and Modest Mouse among others. Jones also enlisted several songwriting collaborators, including Ryan Adams and Okkervil River's Will Sheff, as well as her frequent partner Jesse Harris.

"I knew I wanted to try some different things on this album," Jones says. "I'd been playing with the same musicians for a long time. We're all still friendly and I hope we play together again, but it felt like a good time to work with new people and experiment with different sounds. As far as a producer, I wanted someone who could take me out of my comfort zone and find the right musicians to capture what I wanted to do with this collection of songs. I got in touch with Jacquire initially because he engineered one of my favorite records of all time, Tom Waits' Mule Variations. He was really eager to do it and we got along really well, which was important."

King helped Jones put together a new group of musicians to perform on the album, including drummers Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) and James Gadson (Bill Withers), keyboardist James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Al Green), and guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and Smokey Hormel (Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer). Jones and King tailored the songs to the musicians' strengths. "I think the record sounds different due to the variety of musicians we used," Jones says, "I knew I wanted to play with grooves more than I have on previous albums. Some of these new songs lent themselves to having driving rhythms underneath."

Another noticeable change on Jones' upcoming album is that she plays mostly guitar. "I actually write more on guitar than I do on piano," she says. "It just felt more natural for me to play it on these songs."

Since coming on the scene in 2002, Jones has sold a collective 36 million albums worldwide. Her three studio albums, 2002's eight-time Grammy Award-winning Come Away With Me, 2004's Feels Like Home, and 2007's Not Too Late have each topped the Billboard top 200 album charts in the U.S. and gone to No. 1 around the world. All three have been certified multi-platinum, while Come Away With Me has been certified diamond. Since 2007, Jones has collaborated with a number of artists, including Herbie Hancock, Talib Kweli, Willie Nelson, Q-Tip, Irma Thomas, and Andy Samberg's comedy troupe The Lonely Island. She has also contributed to various soundtracks, including Ken Burns' The War, Ethan Hawke's The Hottest State, and Wong Kar-wai's My Blueberry Nights, as well as the Fats Domino tribute album Goin' Home. In 2007, Jones starred opposite Jude Law in My Blueberry Nights and made a cameo in this year's season finale of 30 Rock. Also this year, Jones was featured as a flagship artist on Apple's GarageBand, presenting a tutorial on how to perform her song "Thinking About You."

More details about Norah Jones' upcoming album will be announced soon.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ryan Adams - Rough & Mellow (1994-2009)

I want everyone to know that I have nothing to do with this compilation. darkrendar is the one to thank, he did an amazing job.

Our dear (and new) friend darkrendar passed this collection along to me. This is a shit load of amazing work. I'll let his words describe it, thank you so much darkrendar.

"A collection of live recordings of unreleased songs by Ryan Adams, of which no demo or studio recordings are available. I compiled and worked on it in my spare time for a couple of years. A lot of these were only played once, if not I picked the one that sounded best to me, when different recordings were available. Since there are so many great live recordings you can find nearly every song ever played. The last two discs are a collection of Jams & Improvs by The Cardinals. "

Ordinarily I would put the track listing up but this is packing 173 tracks, refer to the info file. Let me just say this is an amazing amazing amazing piece of work. Darkrendar, you out did yourself. He is also responsible for the Darkbreaker Live set up at Coughing Up Blood and Whiskey, our sister site. I'm taking donations to get this guy some upscale escorts, email me with donations!

Disc 1 (1994-1997)

Disc 2 (1998-1999)

Disc 3 (2000-2001)

Disc 4 (2001-2002)

Disc 5 (2002-2003)

Disc 6 (2004-2008)

Disc 7 - Cardinal Jams (2005-2006)

Disc 8 - Cardinal Jams (2007-2009)