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Another fine night of tunes at $2 Tuesdays at The 5 Spot - hosted by Derek Hoke with DJ Tim Hibbs providing the pre/post/between performance music. The vinyl theme was girl groups.
A $2 cover netted performances by Jack Grelle with Ryan Koenig (from Pokey LaFarge's band), the return to Nashville of E2TG favorite Brock Zeman with the always amazing Blair Hogan*, Hoke and his always amazing band, and for the second night in a row Joseph Robert Krauss - this time with a full-band that was pretty darn impressive. I wasn't able to hang for the last act.
*If you missed Brock and Blair last night, they will be at Bobby's Idle Hour on Music Row tonight.
Patrick Kinsley and a Fistful of Dollars and Adrian + Meredith are part of the late show line-up at The 5 Spot.
Wednesday's are when we go wild at #E2TG. No not that kind of wild...
"Dog Days" by The Weeks
To celebrate their 10th year as a band, Nashville (by way of Jackson, MS) band The Weeks recently released their earliest recordings (from when the band members were 15) - Lost Days. It is available on Noisetrade. We have our first listen today.
"Rex Bob Lowenstein" by Burrito Deluxe
Burrito Deluxe is a descendent band from the legendary Flying Burrito Brothers. This track was from the 2004 The Whole Enchilada. The song (which I claim as an influence for what I do) was written by Mark Germino (a poet/songwriter) based in Nashville. It is the story of a free form DJ fighting against the march of corporate radio.
"Back Up Train" by Al Green
I finished reading The Chitlin' Circuit: And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll by Preston Lauterbach. I learned a whole bunch in reading that book, and I got turned on to/reminded of a ton of great music from the last century - including Al Green. This was the title track from Al Green's debut album which was released in 1967.
"Flying with the Champ" by Discount Ravioli
Clocking in a 9:44, this is the final track on Captain Fettuccine and the Quest for the Champ on Earth. Man - burritos, enchiladas, ravioli, and fettuccine - I'm glad I just ate lunch... self described as such: A concept album about space, time, birth, life, death, love, hate, compassion, envy, betrayal, discovery, wonder, creation, destruction, science, math, language, history, dedication, perseverance, and Italy. Voted the worst concept album of all time by CT Music Nerdz. For the video, this time (still not ready to post videos of making ravioli), I selected my favorite Batkhi Dahn video - "Yip".
"Canaria Islands" by SuperCrashingStar
We check in again with one of my new favorite bands. Supercrashingstar are from New York. They are the kind of band that doesn't just add variety to my playlists; their music embodies the concept of variety.
"In the Arms of the Prince of the Dark in the Night" by Ricca Vita
This is the final track from the Ricca Vita EP - adding some indie/electronica/funk/alternative good times to the shuffle...
"96 Tears" by Garland Jeffreys
From Jeffreys' 1981 album Escape Artist, his cover of the 1966 hit by Question Mark and the Mysterians.
"Bright Lights, Big City" by Them
From the 1965 first album by Northern Irish band, Them (featuring Van Morrison) comes this cover of the Jimmy Reed song which was first released in 1961."Metal Storm/Face the Slayer" by Slayer
So, what better way to close out this set of music than with some early 80s thrash metal from the debut album, Show No Mercy (1983). When I was in high school, there seemed to be an unwritten rule that you were either a punk rocker or a heavy metal kid. Bands like Slayer laid bare such notions - even if it took me a few years to catch on.