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We Moved to backfortypresents.com

January 29, 2010

HELLO EVERYONE IF YOU’RE HERE YOU SHOULD BE AT BACKFORTYPRESENTS.COM…IT’S A BRAVE NEW WORLD

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@HI-DIVE – A.A. Bondy, Willy Mason, A Tom Collins

January 25, 2010

TO A FRIEND:

Are you crazy?  Willy Mason is in town and you’re going to miss it?  Please don’t make me sad.  I guarantee if you go to this show you’ll thank me.  You’ll get on your knees and pray.  You get on iTunes and download Willy album Where The Human Eat, and album that got me through a horrible breakup and hopefully will get you through the rest of the Winter.

Who is Willy Mason?  Willy is from Massachusetts – Martha’s Vineyard to be exact.  He’s the song of two folk singers.  At the young age of 19 Willy Mason was discovered.  He was signed on to Conor Oberst signed Mason to his record label, Team Love.  He has toured Death Cab for Cutie, Radiohead (I actually hate Radiohead) and Damien Rice.

JUST GET YOUR ASS TO THE HI-DIVE on THURS

Who are A.A. Bondy & A Tom Collins?

I have no clue. I’ve never listened to them before, but I’m confident they’re quality if they sound anything like Willy Mason.

Club Passim, Formely Club 47

January 18, 2010

I was visiting my uncle Paul in Concord, MA.  At the time I was in school at Mercyhurst College and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott was hero of mine. Paul was a child of the 60s.  Now he’s an established rustic furniture expert and teacher.

Before dinner Paul put on some records.  He started with the Beatles, then moved to Dylan.  My mother had told him I was a fan.  Then, I went through his record collection.  He had lots of Beatles albums and some The Band.  But, it was the Ramblin’ Jack album that really made me jealous.  I had recently discovered Jack Elliott and I was obsessed. Paul put on the record and we ate dinner.

Not a whole lot happens in Concord at night. So, he took me into Harvard Square to see some street artist and maybe pop into a book store or two. I bought a book at a shop on Brattle Street that’s no longer in business.  Then, we headed back to the car.  Paul suggested we take a shortcut through Palmer Street.  As we got to the end of the block on Palmer there was music coming from an underground cafe called Club Passim.  I took a quick looked in to find a quiet audience enjoying a the ramblings of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

Club Passim opened in 1958. Back then the name was Club 47.  Originally, the club hosted blues and jazz, but Club Passim is mostly known for the number of famous folk/singer-songwriters that have performed on its stage. Joan Baez developed her stage craft at Club Passim. Early in his career Bob Dylan often took road trips from NYC to see Joan Baez and Eric Von Schmidt.

So who’s passing through Passim over the next 30 days?

Jan/15 – Tony Trischka – banjo extraordinaire. This guy is one of the top traditional virtuosos in the country.

(Michael Daves – featured in the last post – is the guitar player. Tony is to the right of Steve Martin.)

Jan/22 – Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem – contemporary roots pop.

Jan/26 – Ryan Montbleau – I’m not sure, but I think I lived across the hall from this guy when I lived in Sommerville, MA.

Feb/5 – Sarah Lee Guthrie – cool by default.

Feb/6 – Jeffrey Foucault – a singer-songwriter for singer-songwriters to enjoy.  He’s clever and classy – not for everyone though.

Feb/16 – Annie Lynch & the Beekeepers – soft, whispering bluegrass.

NYC American: Motivated by Americanaroots.com

January 17, 2010

Americanaroots.com posted on Jan 11 about how good NYC Americana is.  I agree.  The best bluegrass show (and I’ve been to a ton of them) I’ve ever seen was in NYC.

Gregg Geil, Americanroots.com blogger, is a self proclaimed addict.  He loves Americana out of the Big Apple, and one of his favorite local acts, Joe Whyte has a show coming up at the Rockwood Music hall.  That got me to thinking about all the excellent acts I’ve seen at the Rockwood Music Hall.

ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL – it’s located on the corner of Allen and Houston – just on the fringe of the Lower East Side.  There’s free music every night.  Well, there’s a one drink/act minimum.  Some nights the acts are nothing special.  On other nights, it’s got the best singer-songwriter, bluegrass, rock, or pop music in the city.  I first saw Cabin perform there, which was amazing, but the best show I’ve ever seen was Chris Thile playing with Michael Daves.  It was magic.

Michael Daves gave me guitar lessons when I was attending UMASS – Amherst. When I met him I truly didn’t know what to think of him. He’s got a goofy old-time look to him.  Tall and lanky.  He sports thick frames.  And he plays with a level of sloppiness that’s hard to follow. Now, I think it’s obvious that he’s a virtuoso. He’s found the secret to playing a new style of bluegrass without sacrificing older traditions.  Brilliant.

Michael Daves Playing @ Rockwood Music Hall

Michael Daves, Tony Trischka, Randy Lucas Playing Around

Michael Dave & Chris Thile Sharing Stage @ The Living Room (LES)

Artists of JAN2010 – Who Covers Daniel Johnston?

January 12, 2010

The year 2010 is shaping up to be the year of Daniel Johnston.  Sure, it’s only January and I’ll probably have 20 other “favs” before the year ends, but DJ will be a tough act to follow.

THE LATE GREAT DANIEL JOHNSTON: DISCOVERED COVERED has all the indie greats (a la 2004) performing DJ songs; TV on the Radio, Bright Eyes, Beck, The Flaming Lips, the late Vic Chestnutt, Death Cab for Cutie, Tom Waits, the list goes on.  But for my money, Clem Snide has the best song. Their rendition of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Your Grievance,” is absolutely spot on.  Also be sure to check out M.Ward’s “Story of an Artist” and EELS “Living Life.”

MORE COVERS OF DANIEL JOHNSTON ON YOUTUBE

John Hyatt cover “True Love Will Find You in the End”

Noah and the Whale cover Devil Town

Sparklehorse covers “Go”

Los Campesinos! Listed Decade Favs

January 6, 2010

Los Campesinos! is one of my favorite bands.  They’re English and they rock power pop anthems.  The band members listed their favorites records of the decade. Many of which are real gems.  Make sure you didn’t miss anything over the last 10 years!!!

HARRIET CAMPESINOS!’ FAVOURITE RECORDS OF THE DECADE

GARETH CAMPESINOS!’ FAVOURITE RECORDS OF THE DECADE

ROB “SPARKY DEATHCAP” CAMPESINOS!’ FAVOURITE RECORDS OF THE DECADE

KIM CAMPESINOS!’ FAVOURITE RECORDS OF THE DECADE

TOM CAMPESINOS!’ FAVOURITE RECORDS OF THE DECADE

Hooked on David Hasselhoff

January 5, 2010

This one is dedicated to Clyde.  Thanks for the great times.

Two Cool Links

January 5, 2010

Thru You video that mixes multiple performance and instrument instructional YouTube videos.  I like it.

What does it sound like when you mix Beastie Boys Intergalactic and Ratatat’s Track 01?  Click here

Scott Dunbar, YouTube Success

January 4, 2010

Scott Dunbar is from British Columbia.   Lucky bastard.  He sings Folk, Blues, Garage music according to his Myspace.  I found this video on StumbleUpon.com, which I just stumbled upon.  I recommend checking it out.  Seems like another great site to waste hours and hours of time.

Hipster Runnoff – Has Chillwave Gone TweenStream? – FUNNY

January 3, 2010

Neon Indians is now Demi Lovato’s favorite band!!!!!!!!

Click here for article.