Top 10 Songs to Listen to on a Monday:

1. Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance- G’morning
I love the work he has done with the Faces/Small Faces, but his solo
stuff is some of his greatest work. This song has a great melody. In a
perfect world, I would feel like this song in the morning. It’s a
really fun song to play, too.

2. Son Volt – Windfall
One of my favorite Son Volt songs. The first time I heard this, I was
at my friend Steve Hansens house. It was about 5:00 in the morning,
after playing a house party in his backyard in San Diego. You can
imagine how good it sounded at that point. Sleepy country, my

3. Marty Stuart- Homesick
Nothing gets me going in the morning like some nice bluegrass vocals,
and this is about as good as you can get. It’s a live performance, and
Marty is about one of the finest showman there is.

4. Mike Stinson- When My Angel Gets High
Mike Stinson is one my favorite local songwriters. His vocals are
almost eerie at times, almost like a controlled Roky Erikson. I really
dig the stuff he does with a full band, but I think it’s nice to hear
a stripped down version of his songs, as well. I hear he moved to
Houston. I really hope he moves back.

5. Ramblin’ Jack Elliot (w/ Emmylou Harris and Nancy Griffith)- Rex’s Blues
You take one of Townes’ greatest songs, mix it with these characters,
and your bound to hear something amazing. Such a great combination of
voices. I met Ramblin’ Jack when he was walking around UCLA after a
show he played there. He was opening random doors and when the usher
asked him what he was doing he said “I’m looking for Merle.”…Got to
love it.

6. Roky Erickson- Please Judge
I can’t mention Roky Erickson without adding one of his songs (see
song 4). I love the simplicity of his songs, yet they always seem so
powerful. Also, I have to go to court on Tuesday, the day after the
Echo show, and I’m hoping the judge is lenient. We have had a lot of
issues with the law lately. We had one chasin’ Brad up the studio
stairs–with gun drawn–just the other day. Needless to say, he caught
him. The good thing is that I got to watch the whole thing go down.
Cops = 6, Paperplanes = 0.

7. Waylon Jennings- All Around Cowboy (Bonus Track off Dreaming my Dreams)
“He remembers the thrill about being a winner…” When you are in your
car doing karaoke, that is about the best line in a song to sing. I
love the way Waylon produced his records, there is such a loneliness
in his vocals and the production. Waylons vocals are about one of the
best thing an ear can hear.

8. Flatlanders- One Day at a Time
I just got this record, and this song struck me immediately. Joe Ely
sounds great on his parts and Jimmy Dale Gilmore exploits the
uniqueness of his voice to really push this song in a beautiful way.
When they hit the second line in the chorus, it creates that tone
that, makes you say, “oh, man, that’s nice…” This is a great song to
hear when you are wasted, as well.

9. Terry Allen- The Beautiful Waitress
Now I can’t talk about Lubbock songwriters without mentioning Terry Allen.
‘Lubbock (on Everything)’ and ‘Juarez’ are 2 records that really
changed the way I think about songwriting. Basically, after hearing
these records, I realized that I was a horrible songwriter. Its hard
to put just one of his songs on, so I put this song on and hope you
buy the album to hear the entire record. Although the corny-ness of
these lyrics might throw you off at first, if you think about it,
there’s nothing corny about it at all. Everything is a story for him,
and I think the spoken word bit is classic Terry Allen. He’s weird,
and his music is beautiful. Richard Bowden plays an amazing fiddle,
as well.

10. Whiskey Biscuit- TV Remote Control
Whiskey Biscuit is one of my favorite LA bands. I’ve been a long time
fan of Jeff Cairns’ guitar playing, and this is one of my favorite
songs. Lazy country-rock with weird noises, that is the best music.



tim cohen – two sides of tim cohen 2009


As if fronting super hyped garage rockers the Fresh & Onlys wasn’t enough, or being the one man in one man weirdo black metal horde AmocomA, or playing in Black Fiction and Three Leafs or any of a number of other local bands, or even being the back up band for psych rock legend Rodriguez, well, apparently none of that is enough, as here’s a brand new full length from Mr. Tim Cohen, he of all the above mentioned rockness.

Seems Tim Cohen’s a busy man these days, with the Fresh & Onlys last LP barely dying down to a simmer and an upcoming release impending on Woodsist; hey why not throw in a solo album as well? The Two Sides of Tim Cohen strays far from the work Cohen’s been doing lately with Fresh & Onlys, mixing a strong slice of loner psych into the haunted mysticism that permeated his previous work in Black Fiction. There are bursts of pop that peek through the rain soaked windows of Cohen’s songwriting, occasionally letting a little light into his bittersweet temperament, but for the most part the album burns a slow path through the minor key. As a result it doesn’t clinch on the first listen, or even the second, instead Two Sides reveals itself to be a slow grower over repeated listens. Each new layer peeled back from Cohen’s exterior reveals another marbled tear, another queasy calmness that echoes not only Tim’s past, but your own as well. Piece by piece the album pounds, stitches and tapes back together the human psyche only to offer it up to the hounds that tore it apart in the first place.


langhorne slim – be set free 2009

langhorne slim

Something of a one-man mixture of the Cramps, Beck’s early indie records (circa One Foot in the Grave), and the soundtrack to O Brother Where Art Thou, singer and guitarist Langhorne Slim offers a sardonic, modern take on traditional folk, country, and blues. Fancifully dubbed “the bastard son of Hasil Adkins” in some of his early press releases, Langhorne Slim is in fact a Pennsylvania native who resettled in Brooklyn after his graduation from the State University of New York at Purchase. After a self-released demo garnered some local and online attention (as well as a semi-regular gig as the opening act for indie novelty outfit the Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players), Langhorne Slim signed with the indie label Narnack Records and released his first EP, Electric Love Letter, in March 2004. The more varied and band-oriented full-length When the Sun’s Gone Down followed in the spring of 2005. Much touring ensued over the next year, including support dates with Lucero and Murder by Death, with drummer Malachi DeLorenzo and upright bassist Paul DeFiglia (aka “the War Eagles”) in tow. In 2006, Langhorne Slim signed with the larger (though still not major) label V2 Records, which released the all-new EP Engine in September of that year, as the singer was finishing recording his second full album, produced by Josh Ritter’s keyboardist, Sam Kassirer. The deal fell through, however, and the band was left labelless. Langhorne Slim found a new home on Kemado Records, who released the self-titled album in the spring of 2008


alberta cross


Now is probably the first time in something like 35 years that a posse of hairy menfolk could get away virtually scot-free with big, twangy rock songs in which the only possible name for the object of one’s affections is a terse “woman”. Indeed, the very first line of the very first track on Broken Side of Time – the debut album from these New York-residing Londoners – runs thusly: “Woman, I pushed you more than I should”. It’s called Song Three Blues, and pretty much sets the tone for an album in which the worst aspects of 70s rock (near mind-boggling levels of musical and social conservatism) does constant battle with the most laudable (riffola-clad tunes so epic and yearning they make the average choir of angels sound like a washing machine breaking down).

So you’ve got to hand it to Alberta Cross: they’ve got good timing.


joe gideon and the shark – harum scarum 2009






joe gideon and the shark debut release in october 13th 2009 . i caught this brother sister outfit and the end of the road festival in dorset and the just blew me away the live set was waesome and loud . i do recommend this album you will enjoy it there is hints of the fall in there and lift to experiance trust me if there out your way go and seem them the power of there live show is superb


volcano choir – unmap 2009

volcano chior

came across this freak folk style sound by complete accident and was amazed how how alike to the sounds of Bon Iver and deyarmond eddison .

Volcano Choir is an assembly of Wisconsinites Jon Mueller, Chris Rosenau, Jim Schoenecker, Daniel Spack, Justin Vernon, and Thomas Wincek. You might find these old friends also frequenting records and stages under different monikers, Collections of Colonies of Bees and Bon Iver. The collaboration predates the meteoric rise of Justin Vernon’s Bon Iver project, with original songwriting dating back to the summer of 2005, right around the time the Bees first toured with Vernon’s previous band DeYarmond Edison.

While entirely a studio record, the collection doesn’t suffer from the overburdens of a digital pile up or over-thinking. Rather it breathes and convulses in equal measure, radiating an inherent dynamism found only in the voluntary bondage of intimacy. With influences ranging from David Sylvian and Steve Reich to Mahalia Jackson and Tom Waits, it might be more accurate to say the group’s influence is music itself. You can hear it in the care and real love generously applied to each moment of Unmap. With the vibe of some intimate backwoods gospel, plus a spirit of patience and thoughtful repetition, the music of Volcano Choir is as dynamic as it is lovely.

Unmap ultimately came together over a weekend in November 2008 in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, at Justin and Nate Vernon’s recording studio. And while it is at its heart a record about the allure of being with people you need and making something with them, it is also a document created by musicians with rare gifts getting together to exorcise their ideas about beauty. This scaffolding of loops and off grid tempos for choral style vocals offers a state of continual surprise, call it unexpectation.

Unmap marks the debut full-length from Volcano Choir, the collaboration between Collections of Colonies of Bees and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.


10 songs hand picked by vetiver (mixtape series)



Andy Cabic of the San Francisco based group vetiver hand picked these 10 songs to compile a great mix tape . there is some rare country folk tunes on here so i recon you guys need to grab this .

mixin with vetiver


song of the day

late summer mix tape vol 1

late summer mix tape


here is a nice little late summer mix tape to chill out with as the summer starts to pull out enjoy it


the moe greene specials – s/t


i got given this album by a friend out sad it was complete rubbish . but hey i never listen to others about music i make my own mind up . god its fucking awesome i love it and your a sucker for giving it away . if you like calexico or richmond fontaine then this could be your thing to . its like a crazy speghetti western soundtrack .