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Friday, January 29, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0065 -- The Waymores -- Waymore's Blues

Austin's Waylon tribute band. 'Nuff said. Enjoy.

Artist: The Waymores

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0064 -- Scott Miller -- Earthly Pleasures


One of my favorite Scott Miller songs...very succinct.

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Quotes From The Show, Part VII

[Ed: the best part of this quote comes after the knitting afghans bit. Gotta listen to hear it.]

"What does my mom think I do? Go out on the road and knit afghans and shit?"

-Scott Miller, The Cactus Cafe, 2010.01.19

[FairRetailRecordings] #0063 -- Leo Rondeau -- Loving You Like I Do


Another one from Leo Rondeau, just 'cause, this time with the band of Mario Matteoli (guitar), Howdy Darrell (bass) and Chris Wallace (drums).

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0062 -- Leo Rondeau -- Washed Up Troubadour


Like Mike and the Moonpies from last week, we'll keep the honky tonk train rolling with Leo Rondeau. Find him solo here from a songswap a few months ago and Friday we'll feature him with his band.

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.

Friday, January 15, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0061 -- Mike & The Moonpies -- Gold Heart


A little more tame than the tales of rehab from Monday's mailer. Go see these guys. Great live band and great originals. I can't say enough good things about them. I'm kicking myself for taking so long to get out and see them and record them.

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0060 -- Mike & The Moonpies -- Betty Ford


We'll officially kick of 2010 with some recordings from New Year's Day. This week we'll have two originals from Mike & The Moonpies -- check out the link to the show below for some great covers from them as well (Redneck Mother, Night Moves, Anybody Going To San Antone, to name a few). This one delves heavily into what we all think about come the new year - rehab.

Venue: The Mohawk
Track: Betty Ford

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.

Friday, January 8, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0059 -- Rod Picott And Amanda Shires-- Up All Night


I don't think Rod Picott plays this song much any more but he was a good enough sport to do it at my request.

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Alt-512's Monthly Album Reviews & Recommendations

Recently started getting some records to preview (and subsequently review) from ReviewShine. Given the amount of records to preview/review from ReviewShine, a full write-up is out of the question. I guess that means that I'll just write up a few records each month (or so, as time permits). So, we gotta start somewhere. And that somewhere is...

The first record up to bat is Kevin Anthony's North Star (buy). I enjoyed the feel of this record. Had a bit of a cajun feel with the snare drums and fiddle starting out with "Hurricane Ike". The second track, more straight up country fare, "Texas Skies" was a bit peculiar to me in that it's a song about leaving Texas (gasp!). I really found the ending odd in that there's an uncertainty about returning to Texas (Anthony now calls Minnesota home). An odd twist on the ages-old theme of loving home and longing to return there. Worth a listen or download of a few songs from iTunes.

The next record that caught my ear was Tim Harwill's The Wander Man Revisited (buy). Harwill's tag on his site is "too folk for country, too country for rock 'n roll." That tagline really sets the tone for his music. The whole time I listened to this record, I was trying to determine who or what it was reminding me of. There are lots of elements, musical and thematic, that remind of a less country version of Merle Haggard or Dwight Yoakam. The thing that it most reminded me of was a full fledged country version of Jimmy Buffett. Imagine if Jimmy Buffett has stayed on his country path and never gone to Key West with Jerry Jeff back when. I imagine it sounds a lot like this. Having just seen Crazy Heart (and listened to the soundtrack), it strikes me that many of these songs would fit right into Bad Blake's catalog. Get this record. For now, I gotta go order Tim Harwill's other records.

While so not well known States-side, Manchester's Buchanan offer a solid piece of traditional country fare with Suit of Lights due out in February. With traditional, straight-ahead classic country of this sort, the comparisons are often obvious. This record lives up to many of those would-be comparisons while at the same time preserving it yet, somehow, without going into too many of the age-old themes. Something about this record really grabbed me in a way that this sliver of OKOM doesn't normally. I particularly enjoyed the history lesson of Jim Todd's Blues. Buy this record.

I'll throw in a few other notes on the new records from Ray Wylie Hubbard, I See Hawks In LA and Adam Carroll & Michael O'Connor.

--If you enjoyed RWH's Growl or Snake Farm records, go get A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) (buy).
--I See Hawks In LA's new record Shoulda Been Gold (buy) pulls together some of the bands' best tunes from the last decade as well as several new/unreleased numbers. This is a great record for old fans and new fans alike. It strikes a great balance that old fans will feel like they're getting their money's worth with the remastered and remixed older tunes and of course the new tunes also rock.
--Adam Carroll & Michael O'Connor have a new record out called Hard Times (buy). I caught the streaming version on bandcamp and so can you. This is a really enjoyable record about the denizens of Texas Gulf Coast and the particular kind of people you find there.
--Finally, the soundtrack to the Jeff Bridges film Crazy Heart has some outstanding originals penned by Ryan Bingham, T-Bone Burnett & Steven Bruton. This one is also worth your money.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0058 -- Amanda Shires And Rod Picott -- Arrows On Your Compass


Was fortunate to catch Rod Picott and Amanda Shires at Gruene Hall before Christmas. Here's the duo doing one of Amanda's songs. Friday will be one of Rod's songs.

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.

Friday, January 1, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0057 -- Slaid Cleaves -- New Year's Day


Here's to 2010 being a better year than 2009, no matter what kind of year you had.

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.