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It's my birthday, and I'll cry if I want to...
My Birthday Week continues. Last night included two stops along the way. Week 2 of the Jason Ringenberg January Jam residency rolled on... This week guest was Peter Cooper with Chuck Mead joining Jason and Peter for a rendition of The Louvin Brothers classic, "The Christian Life". Ringenberg really seems to be enjoying this residency - I know I sure am... Next week's guest is Tommy Womack!
From there, I headed to Mad Donna's Loft where I caught the tail end of Simon Reid's set which sounded great, and then witnessed two rocking sets from the always awesome Renee Wahl (who will be releasing some new music soon!) and Brian Langlinais (who will also be releasing some new music soon!). Both Renee and Brian were backed by top notch bands.
Now the "crying": two late nights in a row has worn me out, but I will press on... tonight, the fine folks at The Basement East were kind enough to schedule the grand opening of their new Pub for my birthday. So, I will be hanging out there this evening. The party begins at 6:00 with some awesome folks doing wicked cool covers beginning at 8:00.
On to the shuffle:
"Emma" by Youngstrr Joey
In what is either a moment of serendipity or a moment of cruel irony, the first song in my birthday shuffle is by an artist named Youngstrr (sic) Joey. This is some really cool music out of Glascow. From a forthcoming album called Grilled Wiig (sic).
"Black Bruce Wayne Interlude" by Rich Robbins
A brief interlude from THE Black Bruce Wayne himself! Off of Nimbus.
"Barracuda" by Heart
Back in the day, I used to get pissed off at "Classic Rock" radio because some of my favorite "new" music was not being played on the radio. To be honest, a lot of what was called "Classic Rock" back in the day was dreck. But some of it was truly classic. I put this song squarely in the classic category. Rock and Roll!
"Pinyin" (Auto-Tune Version) by Batkhi Dahn
Our last listen to the newest single from Batkhi Dahn. This is the Auto-Tune version of "Pinyin". I do not usually recommend auto-tune, but... this...
"Fairweather Friend" by John Cale
From the solo debut by the former Velvet Underground member. This is the only song on Vintage Violence that was not written by Cale. The song was written by the legendary Garland Jeffries.
"Ode to Joy" by Joe Jackson
This is the final track on Joe Jackson's latest album, Fast Forward. Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!
"Sunny Sadness" by Luke Saxton
A very long and beautiful song by this 19 year old singer-songwriter from York, UK.
"Everybody Knows" by FADES
And we close out today's shuffle with our first listen to some new music from London. FADES are an alt-rock band, they are releasing a self-titled EP in March. I am digging it so far. The only video I could find is a cover of The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping". Enjoy! Merry Christmas!