Outlaws, Ramblers & Hired Hands
If you haven’t checked it out already, check it out: A fan-freaking-tastic mix from Maison Dufrene and Aquarium Drunkard. 
Bruce Langhorne – Opening Lee Hazlewood – If It’s Monday Morning Townes Van Zandt – Like A Summer Thursday John Stewart – Willard Jerry Jeff Walker – Mississippi You’re On My Mind Terry Allen – Do They Dream Of Hell In Heaven Bob Dylan, Booker T. & Bruce Langhorne – Billy Bob Dylan – Thirsty Boots James Talley – Give My Love To Marie Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – With God On Our Side Townes Van Zandt – My Proud Mountains Bruce Langhorne – Ending

Outlaws, Ramblers & Hired Hands

If you haven’t checked it out already, check it out: A fan-freaking-tastic mix from Maison Dufrene and Aquarium Drunkard. 

Bruce Langhorne – Opening
Lee Hazlewood – If It’s Monday Morning
Townes Van Zandt – Like A Summer Thursday
John Stewart – Willard
Jerry Jeff Walker – Mississippi You’re On My Mind
Terry Allen – Do They Dream Of Hell In Heaven
Bob Dylan, Booker T. & Bruce Langhorne – Billy
Bob Dylan – Thirsty Boots
James Talley – Give My Love To Marie
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – With God On Our Side
Townes Van Zandt – My Proud Mountains
Bruce Langhorne – Ending

Ryley Walker - Hopscotch Music Festival, Fletcher Opera Theater, Raleigh, North Carolina, September 6, 2014
The hits keep coming from Hopscotch, via the great NYC Taper. I’m a fan of Ryley Walker’s Tompkins Square LP from earlier this year, but it sounds like he’s just hitting his stride — buncha new material in this set. His band sounds pretty fantastic, as well, totally jamming the songs out like Live at Leeds-era John Martyn.  

Ryley Walker - Hopscotch Music Festival, Fletcher Opera Theater, Raleigh, North Carolina, September 6, 2014

The hits keep coming from Hopscotch, via the great NYC Taper. I’m a fan of Ryley Walker’s Tompkins Square LP from earlier this year, but it sounds like he’s just hitting his stride — buncha new material in this set. His band sounds pretty fantastic, as well, totally jamming the songs out like Live at Leeds-era John Martyn.  

"Dance of the Inhabitants" (John Fahey) - Steve Palmer, Black Dog Cafe, St. Paul, Minnesota, October 1, 2014
I wrote a little bit about guitarist Steve Palmer’s excellent new Unblinking Sun over on Aquarium Drunkard today — go check it out, I think you’ll dig it. I mention that the album is not really the Fahey-esque kind of thing you think it’s going to be at the beginning. But Palmer is definitely a Fahey devotee, as evidenced by this powerful, plugged-in cover of Fahey’s “Dance of the Inhabitants,” recorded in St. Paul earlier this month. Totally great. Seems like the Twin Cities have a hot American Primitive scene going on these days — it’s like Seattle in the early 90s up there, dudes! Except with fingerpicking. [photo via www.reviler.org]

"Dance of the Inhabitants" (John Fahey) - Steve Palmer, Black Dog Cafe, St. Paul, Minnesota, October 1, 2014

I wrote a little bit about guitarist Steve Palmer’s excellent new Unblinking Sun over on Aquarium Drunkard today — go check it out, I think you’ll dig it. I mention that the album is not really the Fahey-esque kind of thing you think it’s going to be at the beginning. But Palmer is definitely a Fahey devotee, as evidenced by this powerful, plugged-in cover of Fahey’s “Dance of the Inhabitants,” recorded in St. Paul earlier this month. Totally great. Seems like the Twin Cities have a hot American Primitive scene going on these days — it’s like Seattle in the early 90s up there, dudes! Except with fingerpicking. [photo via www.reviler.org]

Barbara & Terri Manning - KFZ, Marburg, Germany, May 23, 1992
Lovely show from way back when over on the Archive, including some typically well-chosen covers of Fairport Convention and Gram Parsons. I’ve probably said it before, but Barbara’s records definitely deserve rediscovery…
01 8’s 02 Someone Wants You Dead 03 Straw Man 04 Lock Your Room (Uptight) 05 Joed Out 06 Never Park 07 $1,000 Wedding (Gram Parsons) 08 On On and One 09 Crazy Man Michael (Fairport Convention) 10 Sympathy Wreath 11 Scissors 12 Don’t Let It Bring You Down
encore: 13 Pity’s Sake (Sneaky Feelings) 14 I’m Only Asking You 15 Green

Barbara & Terri Manning - KFZ, Marburg, Germany, May 23, 1992

Lovely show from way back when over on the Archive, including some typically well-chosen covers of Fairport Convention and Gram Parsons. I’ve probably said it before, but Barbara’s records definitely deserve rediscovery…

01 8’s 02 Someone Wants You Dead 03 Straw Man 04 Lock Your Room (Uptight) 05 Joed Out 06 Never Park 07 $1,000 Wedding (Gram Parsons) 08 On On and One 09 Crazy Man Michael (Fairport Convention) 10 Sympathy Wreath 11 Scissors 12 Don’t Let It Bring You Down

encore: 13 Pity’s Sake (Sneaky Feelings) 14 I’m Only Asking You 15 Green

Invisible Hits: The Replacements At Their Best — And Worst
Hey hey hey! My Pitchfork column, Invisible Hits, is back and more invisible than ever. This latest column deals with the ‘Mats. Go read it! There are YouTube embeds over there to listen to the CBGB and Maxwell’s gigs I write about, but if you’re looking for a deep dive into Replacements bootlegs, look no further than the Replacements Live Archive, which is totally great. Every band should have a website like this. Well, every good band. 

Invisible Hits: The Replacements At Their Best — And Worst

Hey hey hey! My Pitchfork column, Invisible Hits, is back and more invisible than ever. This latest column deals with the ‘Mats. Go read it! There are YouTube embeds over there to listen to the CBGB and Maxwell’s gigs I write about, but if you’re looking for a deep dive into Replacements bootlegs, look no further than the Replacements Live Archive, which is totally great. Every band should have a website like this. Well, every good band. 

Bill Frisell / James McNew / James Woodring - An Evening of Spontaneous Creation, Town Hall, Seattle, Washington, October 5, 2014
An unexpected — but extremely successful — collaboration between Yo La Tengo’s James McNew and guitarist Bill Frisell (with visual artist James Woodring in tow) took place in Seattle last weekend. What did these two musicians cook up for their “evening of spontaneous creation”? An almost hour-long Dark Star > Comes A Time. Seriously! Kind of a dream come true, really. Thanks to a great recording by Steve Kennedy-Williams we can all take this cosmic trip, too. 

Bill Frisell / James McNew / James Woodring - An Evening of Spontaneous Creation, Town Hall, Seattle, Washington, October 5, 2014

An unexpected — but extremely successful — collaboration between Yo La Tengo’s James McNew and guitarist Bill Frisell (with visual artist James Woodring in tow) took place in Seattle last weekend. What did these two musicians cook up for their “evening of spontaneous creation”? An almost hour-long Dark Star > Comes A Time. Seriously! Kind of a dream come true, really. Thanks to a great recording by Steve Kennedy-Williams we can all take this cosmic trip, too. 

Low Boy Custom Beaters
Attention all drummers! Check out a new venture from my friend Chris Gregori (who plays with me in Forces At Work) and Jeremy Brieske. 
We’re a bass drum beater company with the soul of a custom drum builder. In an ocean of black plastic and white felt, we aspire to inspire your drumming by building products that help you sound and look amazing. 
Crafted in Denver, Colorado, Low Boy Custom Beaters are designed to last a lifetime. These two-way wood bass drum beaters are built of the finest hard maple American forests have to offer, and unique finishes are hand applied in our studio, or custom painted by gifted artists around the country. 
These custom beaters have been designed to blend in perfectly with the finest drums and cymbals in your collection.

Low Boy Custom Beaters

Attention all drummers! Check out a new venture from my friend Chris Gregori (who plays with me in Forces At Work) and Jeremy Brieske. 

We’re a bass drum beater company with the soul of a custom drum builder. In an ocean of black plastic and white felt, we aspire to inspire your drumming by building products that help you sound and look amazing.

Crafted in Denver, Colorado, Low Boy Custom Beaters are designed to last a lifetime. These two-way wood bass drum beaters are built of the finest hard maple American forests have to offer, and unique finishes are hand applied in our studio, or custom painted by gifted artists around the country.

These custom beaters have been designed to blend in perfectly with the finest drums and cymbals in your collection.

Earth - St. Vitus, Brooklyn, New York, September 24, 2014
NYC Taper is on a roll. Here they bring us a recording (and video!) of Earth’s recent Brooklyn set. I’m seeing the band play in Denver this week, so this is a good warm-up. 
01 Badger’s Bane 02 Even Hell Has Its Heroes 03 [banter1] 04 Old Black 05 There Is A Serpent Coming 06 [banter2] 07 The Bees Made Honey In the Lion’s Skull 08 [banter3] 09 Torn By the Fox of the Crescent Moon> 10 Ourobouros Is Broken
Band: Dylan Carlson, Adrienne Davies, Don McGreevy

Earth - St. Vitus, Brooklyn, New York, September 24, 2014

NYC Taper is on a roll. Here they bring us a recording (and video!) of Earth’s recent Brooklyn set. I’m seeing the band play in Denver this week, so this is a good warm-up. 

01 Badger’s Bane 02 Even Hell Has Its Heroes 03 [banter1] 04 Old Black 05 There Is A Serpent Coming 06 [banter2] 07 The Bees Made Honey In the Lion’s Skull 08 [banter3] 09 Torn By the Fox of the Crescent Moon> 10 Ourobouros Is Broken

Band: Dylan Carlson, Adrienne Davies, Don McGreevy

NedBase
Y’all know about DeadBase. Say hello to NedBase. It gathers together all the “performances, rehearsals, and recording sessions where Ned Lagin is known to have performed with the Grateful Dead, or with Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, and others. These occurred in the years between 1970 to 1975.” The somewhat shadowy Lagin is the dude responsible for taking the Dead to some of their most outer limits. I suggest digging into the incredibly spacey Garcia/Hart Palace of Fine Arts show from late ‘73 — NedBase sez: “Ned played an Arp Odyssey for most of the show seated at the mix board centered in the audience with Phil next to him mixing in quad.” So many deep vibes. 
I also like this tidbit: 
In 1974, Ned began playing through the vocal system. It was considered the best part of the entire Wall of Sound PA. It had the second highest column of 15-inch bass speakers, second only to Phil. There were 240 speakers total including the center cluster, a 4-way crossover, and 9600 watts of power provided by sixteen Macintosh 300 amps. Ned could be as loud as a jet plane and actually had the capability of lifting the entire stage fully loaded by playing a burst of subsonic notes, which he did a couple of times. When he held a note the speakers created a breeze!

NedBase

Y’all know about DeadBase. Say hello to NedBase. It gathers together all the “performances, rehearsals, and recording sessions where Ned Lagin is known to have performed with the Grateful Dead, or with Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, and others. These occurred in the years between 1970 to 1975.” The somewhat shadowy Lagin is the dude responsible for taking the Dead to some of their most outer limits. I suggest digging into the incredibly spacey Garcia/Hart Palace of Fine Arts show from late ‘73 — NedBase sez: “Ned played an Arp Odyssey for most of the show seated at the mix board centered in the audience with Phil next to him mixing in quad.” So many deep vibes. 

I also like this tidbit: 

In 1974, Ned began playing through the vocal system. It was considered the best part of the entire Wall of Sound PA. It had the second highest column of 15-inch bass speakers, second only to Phil. There were 240 speakers total including the center cluster, a 4-way crossover, and 9600 watts of power provided by sixteen Macintosh 300 amps. Ned could be as loud as a jet plane and actually had the capability of lifting the entire stage fully loaded by playing a burst of subsonic notes, which he did a couple of times. When he held a note the speakers created a breeze!

Hunting for the Source of the World’s Most Beguiling Folk Music
Definitely go read Amanda Petrusich’s fantastic New York Times Magazine story about her travels to Epirus in Northwestern Greece, homeland of Alexis Zoumbas. I wrote a tiny bit about the reissue of Zoumbas’ recordings earlier this year — suffice to say this is some haunting, otherworldly stuff. The world is a weird place, full of things we’ll never understand, but at least we have this music.  

Hunting for the Source of the World’s Most Beguiling Folk Music

Definitely go read Amanda Petrusich’s fantastic New York Times Magazine story about her travels to Epirus in Northwestern Greece, homeland of Alexis Zoumbas. I wrote a tiny bit about the reissue of Zoumbas’ recordings earlier this year — suffice to say this is some haunting, otherworldly stuff. The world is a weird place, full of things we’ll never understand, but at least we have this music.