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Went out for the first time since Americana last week. Visited Twin Kegs II which is located just 4 minutes from where I live. I don't know what I had never been there before. Neat place. Saw some great songwriters including the brother of someone from the show Nashville, and a tremendous young writer from Sydney who was celebrating the release of her new album, Love and Lovely Lies . Her name is Imogen Clark.
We have another fine shuffle with some of those odd connections that seems to happen all the time when you closely follow music and the people who make it.
"The People's History" by Eleventh Dream Day
This Chicago band have been making music for over 30 years. Their late 80s/early 90s albums Beet and Lived to Tell were among by favorites back in the day. I somehow lost track of them, but I was happy to discover that they have continued to make music and that I have a lot of catching up to do. They just recently released Works for Tomorrow, and this is our first listen to that record. And man does it rock! I was immediately reminded why I loved this band so much.
"President Clinton Blues" by Drink Small
The second day in a row for some Piedmont Blues. Klout is going to name me an "Expert" of Piedmont Blues any day. This is definitely politically incorrect, and pretty damn funny.
"Nothing Else" by Livingmore
Ok two notes here. This song has been in the playlist for a heck of a long time. It is the first track from the 3 song self-titled release by this L.A. duo. Livingmore is Alex Moore and Spencer Livingston. Spencer used to be in a band called The Alternates, and that band was one of the very first Ear to the Ground Band's of the Week (a long since abandoned feature from our very early time) - we are talking mid 2011. Livingmore is making some awesome music and they seem to be playing out in L.A. fairly often. Hopefully we can talk them into making a trek east at some point.
"I Should Go/Thinking of You" (Live) by Good Old War
A live mash up of two songs from the self-titled Good Old War record (2010).
"That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" by The Smiths
The Smiths have come up several times of late. The Smiths made some pretty amazing music. This one is from Meat is Murder.
"1945" by Carl Anderson
Nashville by way of Virginia songwriter Carl Anderson. 1945 goes back to his album Wolftown
"Come Together" by Michael Hedges
The amazing, late great guitar genius - takes on the iconic Beatles song from his album Live on the Double Planet.
"If It Takes a Lifetime" by Jason Isbell
The Nashville based songwriter has been a roll for the past year of so. This is the opening number from the his latest critically acclaimed album. BONUS VIDEO: a cover of this song by my friend Drew Kohl...
"Filet of Sole" by The Dead Milkmen
In the strange coincidences very few people will get - The Dead Milkmen once wrote and recorded the line, "You'll dance to anything, by the Smiths"... happy dancing...