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Holiday Extravaganza Post…

Since I haven’t posted in a while, (due to unpaid internet bills) and since I am feeling a little generous on this x-mas eve, here’s a motley of quality content to keep you tied over until the new year, or whenever I get around to posting again.
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Our friend Hackleys from across the pond have some great advice for heading into 2009. Definitely am going to find myself refering back to this list quite often.
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I’ve been using Field Notes for quite some time. I’m never caught without one, and love how they’re small and soft enough to keep in your back pocket, yet durable enough to withstand a beating. Douglas Wilson gives one to each of his students to fill with whatever they want. Here are the results.
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JamBase names My Morning Jacket band of the year in 2008.
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With a new year approaching, you’ll probably find yourself needing a new calender, or two. UpperCase has some excellent options for you.
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I love seeing the creative process in action. Illustrator John Burton documents his processes on his blog, The Unreachable Itch.
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Here’s some tilt-shift photography on Things I Like.
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And finally for today, photographer Todd Hido as some stunning work.

December 24, 2008   No Comments

Top Ten Favorite Albums of 2008

2008 turned out to be an excellent year for music. With releases from such favorites as Drive-By Truckers, The Black Keys, David Byrne, Jenny Lewis, & My Morning Jacket, plus new discoveries like the Fleet Foxes, Blitzen Trapper, The Watson Twins, A.A. Bondy, Langhorne Slim & Bon Iver theres an endless supply of great new tunes to choose from.

After much debate… my top albums of 2008 are as follows.
1. Brighter Than Creations Dark ~ Drive-By Truckers
2. Ragged Wood ~ Fleet Foxes
3. In The Future ~ Black Mountain
4. Furr ~ Blitzen Trapper
5. Acid Tongue ~ Jenny Lewis
6. Langhorne Slim ~ Langhorne Slim
7. Moonbeams ~ Throw Me The Statue
8. Fire Songs ~ The Watson Twins
9. Evil Urges ~ My Morning Jacket
10. For Emma… Forever ~ Bon Iver

Here’s some more 2008 love for all you nostalgia buffs:
– 20 Worst Album Covers of 2008 via Pitchfork.
– This Year in Music via NPR’s All Songs Considered
– The AllMusic Blog’s Favorite Albums of the year via AllMusic.com

You can hear all of the above and more when I take the KPCW dj controls over from 7-10 MST tonight @ 91.9FM or online at KPCW.org.

December 10, 2008   No Comments

Neko Case Announces Upcoming Release

Photo Credit Dennis Kleiman

Apologies to all three of the people who read this blog. I’ve been a bit under the weather the past few days, but hopefully the worst is over.
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Neko Case has announced a March 3rd release date for her upcoming release, Middle Cyclone. Cyclone, Case’s followup to the superb Fox Confessor, features appearances from fellow folksters M. Ward, Calexico, the Band’s Garth Hudson, and the Sadies. Get a load of the album art over at Stereogum.
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Ryan Bingham is playing at the Eccles Center tonight in Park City. While I am fan of Bingham, the $65 ticket price seems a bit absurd.

December 6, 2008   No Comments

She Keeps Bees.

KEXP’s podcast Music That Matters is an excellent source for discovering new music, especially when resident KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters takes over the controls. She Keeps Bees is a Brooklyn duo that popped up on Cheryl’s playlist, and I am definitely feeling it. With the soulful Jess Larrabee on vocals, their sound falls somewhere between the Black Keys and Cat Power, and is definitely worth checking out.

Don’t forget to tune your radio dials to 91.9 FM, or online at KPCW tonight at 7 o’clock mountain time for the best damn bi-weekly radio show going today. And finally today, The Old Town Rag is on Facebook.

November 26, 2008   No Comments

Back in the swing of things.

The trip back home was great. Nothing like some quality time filled with good friends, family, food, and lots of excellent performances by the likes of A.A. Bondy, Drive-By Truckers, Loretta Lynn, and the always incredible Avett Brothers. However, it’s always nice to get back into the old routine.
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Brooklyn’s Tommy Cinquegrano has some pretty killer prints. Check them out at his Printshop Store.
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Brooks Reynolds produces some quality images. Check out his ethereal photographic series, We Are Sleeping Giants.
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And in music news, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, one of the most gritty and raw blues bands going today, is creating a solo album and hitting the road all by his lonesome. For complete details and tour dates visit our friends over at JamBase.

November 25, 2008   No Comments