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Monday, November 27, 2006

Hometown Boys

Once again, I saw My Morning Jacket at their annual Thanksgiving Week Show in Louisville. Once again, the show was fantastic. There were giant puppets having a dance party to VHS or Beta DJs as we entered The Gardens. And Drummer Patrick Hallahan impressed fans with his attitude and control throughout the set. "Run Thru" proved particularly stellar.

My brother George (who took this photo a couple years back) and I determined that Jim James is a modern genius. In fact, George likens their arrangements to that of the late Beach Boys and Jim James' vocals and songwriting to Neil Young but with the rock that Lynyrd Skynyrd served up (the only thing LS did well, really, in my opinion).

Check MMJ out on Conan O'Brien this Wednesday evening/Thursday morning.

Monday, November 20, 2006

"Joanna, I Love You"

Kool and the Gang had it right. On Saturday evening, Joanna Newsom played Greensboro College and it was all that I hoped for and more. The show was remarkable. Her backing band was reverent and completely in tune. Newsom didn't miss a beat, or a pluck or a strum, for that matter.

"Sawdust and Diamonds" was my favorite and "The Book of RightOn" was a close second. The former made me cry and the latter made me laugh. Worth seeing if you get the chance.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Feel the Heat

Did I mention that I dig The Royal Sun right now? I saw them play a couple weeks back at The Flying Anvil and they rocked it. And today, while at Gate City Noise, I finally got my hands on their cd. Check 'em. It's worth your time.

Sunday, November 12, 2006


The chill is coming in (in more ways than one). Here are my favorite songs as Fall turns to a deeper shade of Fall--or Winter, as they call it in more northern parts.

Top Songs for the Season:

5. Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love"
4. Prince's "Soft and Wet"
3. The Mountain Goats' "Maybe Sprout Wings"
2. The Grateful Dead's version of "Not Fade Away"
1. Michael Hurley's "Driving Wheel"

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Pop Life

I thought I should, in good conscience, pass this along. Enjoy.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Blood in My Veins

Finally, a show that gets things revved up again. Tonight, Circulatory System/The Instruments/The New Sound of Numbers played the Green Bean in Greensboro for a WUAG sponsored show. RAWR. It rocked it. Hardcore. Whimsical, Beat-iful, Aware but Spaced Out, Highly Recommended.

Friday, September 29, 2006

These are a few of my favorite things

1. I got to interview Ricky Skaggs last week and see him in concert and my article is linked on
2. There are a crazy amount of cool bands playing around GSO this weekend including Filthybird, Tiny Meteors, The Strugglers, Tiger Bear Wolf, and so on and so on.
3. Just this week, I discovered that I like to identify people via songs and in songs. I told my friend Allison today that "James River Blues" off of the new Old Crow Medicine Show album reminds me of her.
4. Lou Reed is a lot more melodic and beautiful than I ever gave him credit for a few years back. I always knew he was a badass, but didn't realize his prettiness.
5. I appreciate that The Innocence Mission developed a song inspired from a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem.