Jimmy Reed – The Very Best of Jimmy Reed (iTunes)
Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings (iTunes)
Elmore James – Let's Cut It – The Very Best of Elmore James (iTunes)
Robert Johnson – The Complete Recordings (iTunes)
R.L. Burnside – A Ass Pocket Of Whiskey (iTunes)
It’s so F’ing beautiful in Los Angeles today!!!!
There is a great article in the new issue of Rolling Stone on the 10 year anniversary of The Big Lebowski; “The Decade Of The Dude” written by Sam Jones.
Assistant Editor, Andy Greene, contributes an excellent piece “Inside the Dude’s Stoner Soundtrack”. In the article, music supervisor T-Bone Burnett recounts his troubles in securing the rights to Townes Van Zandt’s cover of the Stones’ “Dead Flowers“.
“[Former Stones manager] Allen Klein owns the rights to it,” Burnett says. “He wanted $150,000.” Burnett begged Klein to just come down and watch an early cut of Lebowski. “It got to the part where the Dude says, ‘I hate the fuckin’ Eagles, man!’ Klein stands up and says, ‘That’s it, you can have the song!’ That was beautiful.” For the record, Burnett agrees with the Dude (”[The Eagles] sort of single-handedly destroyed that whole scene that was brewing back then,” he says), but the line infuriated Glenn Frey. “I ran into [Frey] and he gave me some shit,” Jeff Bridges says. “I can’t remember what he said exactly, but my anus tightened a bit.”
In an interview Danger Mouse said he was driving to the studio one day and heard “Gone Daddy Gone” and felt the Femmes didn’t get enough love for the classic hit. So he and Cee-Lo recorded the cover that afternoon for their album St. Elsewhere.
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Disclaimer: I did not know that El Carmen and Jones (July Featured Jukebox) were owned by the same person. I love both places and they have excellent Jukeboxes. There’s some overlap in tunes, but in a good way.
El Carmen has been in business since 1927 and for the past 10 years it’s been located on 3rd Street. A rare feat for this town. They offer over 450 different brands of tequila; prices range from $7 to $300 a pour. The beautiful Blanca was working behind the bar with Mike. Both of them have been working for the institution for several years and they know their shit.
*Tacos are great
*Crazy old-school paintings of Mexican Wrestlers hang from the ceiling
*Limited seating, so get there early
Jukebox: $5 dollars for 18 selections (Sly And The Family Stone, Van Halen, Stones, Hendrix, Sex Pistols and Clash and many others)
The closest I’ve come to experiencing Fela’s music was through his youngest son Seun Kuti at The El Rey Theatre back in June. Seun currently leads his father’s former band Egypt 80. He first played with the band when he was only 9 years.The show was amazing, but I have to admit I enjoyed Egypt 80 more than Seun’s singing.
Brooklyn’s Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra are the best American band performing Afrobeat music. The band is modeled after Fela Kuti’s Africa 70, but also incorporates elements of jazz, funk, dub, improvised music, and traditional drumming from Cuba and West Africa.
Sep 19 2008 4:00P
Street Scene San Diego, California
Sep 20 2008 11:00A
Treasure Island Music Festival San Francisco, California
Sep 26 2008 7:15P
Austin City Limits Festival Austin, Texas
Oct 5 2008 9:00P
Old Fulton Fish Market New York, New York
Oct 9 2008 8:00P
Black Cat Washington DC, Washington DC
Oct 10 2008 8:00P
Cats Cradle Carborro, North Carolina
Oct 11 2008 12:00P
Loki Music Festival Horse Shoe, North Carolina
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra – Che Che Cole
**Update 12:02 Am PST: Site seems to be back up and running. I’m heading over to Santa Monica Community College for some computer science training.
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MP3: Vincent Ferrari – AOL Cancellation
Talented singer-songwriter Damien Rice contributed a new song, “Making Noise“, for the Songs for Tibet – The Art of Peace album. He joins Ben Harper, Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap, Dave Matthews and others for the benefit album.
One of my favorite Rice’s songs is the B-Side “Woman Like A Man“, it highlights the artists ability to play “harder edge” music in addition to his mellow/melancholy songs; Blower’s Daughter, Volcano, Cannonball & Rootless Tree
The Sky Drops were one of my favorite bands in 2007. The Delaware, Wilmington duo of Rob Montejo (Smashing Orange) and Monika Bullette sound a little bit like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club; Montejo’s guitar play reminds me of Bob Mould’s work with Husker Du.
Check out “Hang On” and “Green To Red” from their EP Clouds of People. Their new album titled Bourgeois Beat, will be released later on this year.
The Sky Drops – Sentimental
Run-DMC – Ultimate Run-DMC (iTunes)
Eric B. & Rakim – Paid in Full: The Platinum Edition (iTunes)
Fun Lovin' Criminals – Come Find Yourself (iTunes)
A Tribe Called Quest – The Anthology (iTunes)
Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz – Make It Reign (iTunes)
My Morning Jacket -Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2 (Live)
My Morning Jacket – Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 1
According to Ryan, while living in the New York’s legendary Hotel Chelsea, he was doing speedballs (mixture of heroin and cocaine) every day. Thankfully the eccentric singer-songwriter quit cold turkey in 2006, avoiding the fate of deceased Alice in Chains frontman, Layne Staley. On his recent tour supporting 2007’s critically acclaimed album Easy Tiger (buy), he often played Staley’s prophetic “Down in a Hole”; one of my favorite Alice in Chains songs.
Alice In Chains – Down In A Hole
Showtime’s Emmy Award winning series Dexter is returning for its 3rd season on September 28th. It’s by far one of the best shows on TV. The drama follows the life of serial killer Dexter Morgan [Michael C. Hall]; he doesn’t tuck his cock between his legs and do the “Silence Of The Lambs Dance”. One of the most disturbing scenes in motion picture history (see below-caution).
Dexter’s a good brother to his beautiful sister [Jennifer Carptenter], has a hot girlfriend [Julie Benz], good with kids and is a blood splatter analyst for The Miami Metro Police Department. He’s a likeable cold-blooded killer; similar to Tony Soprano [James Gandolfini] and The Shield’s Vic Mackey [Michael Chicklis].
I highly recommend the series. Californication and Dexter are worth the Showtime monthly fee. Make sure to listen to Elbow’s “I‘ve Got Your Number“.