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Friday, May 28, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0100 -- The Flatcar Rattlers -- Barn Roof


FRR has made to #100 and today we're featuring the same band that got things going for us, The Flatcar Rattlers. Here's to another hundred. Thanks for listening.

Date: 2009.07.03
Venue: Jovita's
Track: Barn Roof

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0099 -- Cory Branan -- Wayward And Down


Artist: Cory Branan
Date: 2010.04.12
Venue: The Mohawk

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.

Friday, May 21, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0098 -- Joe Purdy -- Cowboy Song


This is not the Thin Lizzy song but it's still a damn good song.

Artist: Joe Purdy
Date: 2010.03.20
Venue: The Gibson Guitar Showroom

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0097 -- Hayes Carll -- Spring Wind


This is one of my favorite covers Hayes used to do (it's a Greg Brown song), back when he played places like Freiheit, in the middle of summer, solo, without a cover charge. Ah, how far he's come (or gone).

Artist: Hayes Carll

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0096 -- Butch Hancock -- Dry Land Farm


A little late but nevertheless.

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0095 -- The Devil Makes Three -- For Good Again


The studio version of this song came on in the car a couple of days ago and I was struck by how much difference a few word changes could make. The studio version is much more PG than what you'll find here and I have no idea why they didn't keep the more edgy wording for the record. Wooing the soccer mom demographic? Doubtful.

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Alt-512's Monthly Album Reviews & Recommendations [Condensed Version]

We said a while ago that Kevin Russell of the Gourds has long been one of our favorite ENTERTAINERS. That hasn't changed, of course and we'd like to take this opportunity to plug his latest record, under the moniker Shinyribs, called Well After Awhile [out May 18th on Nine Mile Records].

In addition to always keeping the arrangements interesting [remember the tubas on "Sam Morgan"???], Shinyribs manages to walk that fine line as only Kev Russell can between potent spirituality/soul that springs from the lyrics/phrasing and the wit/humor found on the likes of "Country Cool" and "Poor People's Store".

From "Country Cool":
I don't like giving my dollars to China for this plastic paradigm
But I'll give 'em all to Mexico and Milwaukee twelve aluminum cans at a time

Our favorites on this record include the aforementioned "Poor People's Store" and "Country Cool", "Fisherman's Friend", "Who Built The Moon", "(If You Need The) 442" and "East Tx Rust" which to us feels a little like Elvis' funky version of Chuck Berry's "Promised Land" and even features a verse from perennial alt-512 favorite Ray Wylie Hubbard.

Some other notes:
-Anytime anyone can work the phrase "sexy funeral" into a song [as Kev Russell does on "(If You Need The) 442"], we are in. No questions asked.
-"Poor People's Store" gets a lot of Roger Miller-esque mileage out of a ukuele + (bongos?) + tambourine + bass + vox arrangement on a very cleverly crafted succinct, statement of a song.
-We have no idea who did the art on Well After Awhile nor do we have any idea who did the artwork on Jon Snodgrass and Cory Branan's S/T but there are similarities. Thats all we're saying. 'Nuff said? Let's move on.

With nary a weak spot on this record, Well After Awhile is definitely going to find a spot in our favorite records of 2010.

Friday, May 7, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0094 -- Todd Snider -- Looking For A Job


Seems like a lot of my friends are in transitional phases with their jobs (many looking to leave, some leaving already for better things and others leaving due to cuts). Well, whatever the reason, everyone here at FRR HQ wishes you the best in your endeavors and we wish you the happiness and satisfaction that can only come from telling the boss to take this job and shove it (or whatever the politically correct 2010 version of that is). We always take solace in these words from Snider's Looking For A Job:

boomtown work ain't hard to come by
boomtown workers are
you might be the one running the show but
that don't mean you're in charge
I was looking for a job when I found this one
don't need the work like you need the work done
you look like you're under pressure
I was already looking for a job two weeks ago when I met you, remember?

Artist: Todd Snider

Enjoy. And support your local music scene.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

[FairRetailRecordings] #0093 -- Tumbledown -- A Texas Trilogy


A compilation of everyone's favorite old standards sped up and squished down into two and a half minutes by punks from Washington state.