Month: March 2015

Recommended Album: Man Called War – Naked Animals

Man Called War

Man Called War

Rob Kelly’s DIY folk project, Man Called War, has the quality of a haunted hug. The soft edged composition of his latest album, Naked Animals (released on 3/24) – make it an easy approach, however, subtle arraignments reveal a complex painting – allowing you to drift into a soft blend of folk that has a distinctly New England feel. Veering between bummer folk & lonely woods there’s a sliver of hope throughout the album – like a brightly colored autumn leaf lying silently on a damp city sidewalk – and it’s this juxtaposition that make Naked Animals much more than just another singer-songwriter album.

Recommended If You Like: Bummer Folk, Port O’Brien, Steve Gunn

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Episode 70 – Baby, Baby, Baby

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Episode 70 - Baby, Baby, Baby

Episode 70 – Baby, Baby, Baby

My Wife and I are expecting the birth of our first child any day now, and as Tom Petty once sang – “the waiting is the hardest part”. The nursery’s been built out and prepped, shower and diaper parties have been had, and with our due date being this Thursday (!!!!) – all that’s left is for our little homie to come out and hang. So in honor of his impending birth – each track for Episode 70 contains the word “baby” – can’t wait to hang with my little man.

1. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Come Baby Come (Treble In Trouble – 2000)
2. Chuck Berry – Oh Baby Doll (Oh Baby Doll – 1957)
3. Bob Dylan – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bringing It All Back Home – 1965)
4. African Music Machine – Never Name A Baby [Before It’s Born] – (Black Water Gold – 1972)
5. Smith – Baby It’s You (Baby It’s You – 1969)
6. Nathaniel Merriweather – Lovage [Love That Lovage, Baby] (Lovage: Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By – 2001)
7. De Frank And His Professionals – Waiting For My Baby (Afrobeat Airways 2 – Return Flight To Ghana 1974-1983 – 2013)
8. John Lennon – Cry Baby Cry (The Lost Lennon Tapes Vol 9 – 1988)
9. Bon Iver – Babys (Blood Bank – 2009)
10. Donnie & Joe Emerson – Baby (Dreamin’ Wild – 1979)
11. Sonny Boy Williamson & the Yardbirds – Baby Don’t Worry (Live At The Crawdaddy Club – 1966)
12. Blue Cheer – Rock Me Baby (Vincebus Eruptum – 1968)
13. Booker T. & The MG’s – Comin’ Home Baby (Green Onions – 1962)
14. Stephen Malkmus – Baby C’mon (Face The Truth – 2005)
15. Wavves – Baby Say Goodbye (King Of The Beach – 2010)
16. Harlem – Be Your Baby (Hippies – 2010)
17. Neutral Milk Hotel – A Baby for Pree (On Avery Island – 1996)
18. Bibio – Cry ! Baby ! (Ambivalence Avenue – 2009)
19. Mobius Band – Baby We’ll Be Fine (LOVE WILL REIGN SUPREME – 2008)
20. Pixies – No. 13 Baby (Live at Constitution Hall 11.30.09 – 2009)
21. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Baby Im Afraid (Fever To Tell – 2003)
22. Mazzy Star – She’s My Baby (So Tonight That I Might See – 1993)
23. Janis Joplin – Cry Baby (Cry Baby – 1971)
24. Ezra Furman & The Harpoons – If I Was A Baby (Inside The Human Body – 2008)
25. Cherry Glazerr – Cry Baby (Haxel Princess – 2014)
26. Nancy Sinatra – Bang Bang [My Baby Shot Me Down] – (Bang Bang – 1966)
27. Dramarama – Right On Baby, Baby (Hi-Fi Sci-Fi – 1993)
28. Funkadelic – I Miss My Baby (Maggot Brain – 1971)
29. Modest Mouse – Baby Blue Sedan (Building Nothing Out of Something – 1999)
30. Mac DeMarco -Let My Baby Stay (Salad Days – 2014)
31. Buddy Holly – You’re So Square [Baby I Don’t Care] – (You’re So Square – 1958)
32. Rockabye Baby! – Do You Realize?? (Lullaby Renditions of The Flaming Lips – 2011)
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Must Watch: The Rock-n-Roll Farmers: Donnie & Joe Emerson

Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild

Donnie & Joe Emerson – Dreamin’ Wild

The story of Donnie and Joe Emerson is something vinyl heads tell their children as they tuck them in at night. Their only record, Dreamin’ Wild, was recorded by two brothers who lived in middle of nowhere rural Washington – they worked the farm during the day and played music all night. Their Father was so inspired by their passion that he built a $100,000 state of the art recording studio….in the 70’s…..in the middle of nowhere. The result is a weird mix of white boy soul, rock, and funk. The original vinyl is a holy grail find, as only something like a 1,000 records were pressed, however, it’s since been repressed by Light in the Attic records – and is an essential album for any record collection. Watch their story below in a brief but touching documentary on the brothers.

Recommended If You Like: 70’s AM pop, White Boy Soul

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Recommended Song: The Halfways – I Don’t Mind

The Halfways

The Halfways

I’ll  jealously be cursing out each and every one of my social feeds over the coming weeks. This is a direct result of me not flying to SXSW. There’ll be no Shiner in my future. No BBQ. No margaritas. No food trucks. No early morning and late nights of continuous revery & music. I’m content with this though, because Austin can come to me through the music of The Halfways.

The Halfways play an easy brand of psychedelic-space-pop that flirts on the edge of jam. Languid lyrics and dripped-out melodies ease your mind into the warmth of a day drunk Texas afternoon. Let bright guitars sunshine your face as you wonder to the next adventure, wherever your latitude may be.

Recommended If You Like: McCartney Psych, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala

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Recommended: The Shallow End Divers

The Shallow End Divers

The Shallow End Divers

Burnt roach clips.
Woozy late nights.
Cheap 6-Packs.
Early AM Pizza.

These Waltham punks are so close to being your best friend it’s stupid.

Listen to The Shallow End Divers.

Recommended If You Like: Nodzzz, Free Pizza, Sonic Chicken 4

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Episode 69 – Grooving Out On Life

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Episode 69 – Grooving Out On Life

Episode 69 – Grooving Out On Life

Recorded live from the top of Mt. Cambridge in the DJ Cave at WEMF Radio, Mint Pillow plays psychedelic skewed jamz from across the globe – as he waits with high anticipation the impending birth of his son – while day light savings and the changing weather make him thankful for good friends, family, and music. All the hits are listed below.

1. Los Galax – Lamento De Un Galax (Cumbia Beat Vol. 1 [Experimental Guitar-Driven Tropical Sounds From Perú 1966/1976] – 2010)
2. The Mahotella Queens – Wozani Mahipi [Hippies Come To Soweto] (Soweto Never Sleeeps: Classic Female Zulu Jive – 1986)
3. Blo – Don’t Take Her Away From Me (Phase II – 1974)
4. Ofege – It’s Not Easy (Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads And Dirges 1968-1974 – 2009)
5. Joe Moks – Boys And Girls (Brand New Wayo – Funk, Fast Times & Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983 – 2011)
6. The Congos – Grandma Say (Feast – 2006)
7. Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band – Grown So Ugly (Safe As Milk – 1967)
8. Caribou Vibration Ensemble Featuring Marshall Allen – Hendrix With Ko (Live At All Tomorrow’s Parties New York – 2009)
9. White Fence – Who Feels Right? (White Fence – 2010)
10. N.F. Porter – Keep On Keeping On (This Is Northern Soul Volume Two – 1971)
11. Free Pizza – Ducks (Boston, MA – 2014)
12. Nodzzz – Good Times Crowd (True To Life – 2009)
13. Sonic Chicken 4 – Right Side Of (Sonic Chicken 4 – 2007)
14. Psychic Wheels – Rock N Roll Love (Peripheral Drift – 2013)
15. Skull Snaps – I Turn My Back On Love (Skull Snaps – 1973)
16. Central Nervous System – Why (I Could Have Danced All Night – 1968)
17. Dr. John – Did She Mention My Name (Zu Zu Man – 1973)
18. The Longwalls – Rukia (Gold Standard – 2015)
19. Cool Ghouls – Get A Feelin’ (A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye – 2014)
20. Keith McEachern – The Planner (Double Down – 2014)
21. Jimmy Smith – Root Down [Part1] (Root Down – 1972)
22. QUIET VILLAGE – Circus Of Horror (Silent Movie – 2008)
23. The White Stripes – Hand Springs (Hand Springs – 2000)
24. Robbie Hill’s Family Affair – Gotta Get Back (Gotta Get Back : The Unreleased L.A. Sessions – 1965)
25. Piel De Pueblo – El Rockito De La Bufonada (Rock De Las Heridas – 1972)
26. Mebusas – Grooving Out On Life (Mebusas Vol 1 – Blood Brothers – 1973)
27. I-Roy – Call On I (Hell And Sorrow – 1973)
28. The Mothers Of Invention – The Orange County Lumber Truck (Weasels Ripped My Flesh – 1970)
29. Mystical Weapons – Colony Collapse Disorder (Mystical Weapons – 2013)
30. Comets on Fire – Pussy Footin’ the Duke (Blue Cathedral – 2004)
31. Traffic – Coloured Rain (Mr. Fantasy – 1967)
32. The Men – Oscillation (Open Your Heart – 2012)
33. The Fall – Carry Bag Man (The Frenz Experiment – 1988)
34. Sonic Youth – Anagrama (Anagrama – 1997)

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Recommended Album: Keith McEachern – Double Down

Keith McEachern

Keith McEachern

I was lucky to sit in on Ryan Spaulding’s The Outlaw Roadshow last Saturday on WEMF Radio (which can be heard here) – and aside from having some great whiskey, I got to hang with and listen to Keith McEachern play two acoustic songs off his new album Double Down. Hearing him perform in such an intimate setting felt voyeuristic, the tracks were personal and just gorgeously played, leaving all in the Studio flushed with appreciation.

Double Down is McEachern’s first solo effort and it’s a killer album. His affinity to 60’s psych-folk is apparent throughout, but what makes Double Down so enjoyable is how pitch perfect his pop sensibility is – this is what elevates Double Down from merely good to absolutely stunning – it’s a beautiful record. It’s no coincidence the album art pays homage to Oasis’ Definitely Maybe – for in both albums you hear a respectful nod to the past while helping move guitar driven pop to a non-nostalgic and new level. Like I said, stunning.

Recommended If You Like: Village Green Kinks, Ty Segall, Atlas Sound

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