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Posts from — February 2009

Numero Group on Sound Opinions

For those of you who don’t already know… I love podcasts. They’re a tool I commonly use for discovering music as well as spicing up the work day. Sound Opinions is one such example that I look forward to every week. Out of Chicago, Sound Opinions can be heard on your local public radio station, or is also available for download as a podcast. The show is hosted weekly by rock critics Jim and Greg, and while I don’t necessarily always think that they’re opinions are all that sound, it’s certainly an entertaining listen for music lovers.

This past week, Jim and Greg had on the founders of Numero Group. Numero Group is an independent reissue label founded by a few folks who re-release old, obscure, and often forgotten soul tracks. Now for people who love old soul music, but don’t have the time or tolerance to hit up every garage sale or thrift store, Numero Group is a match made in heaven. Most of their releases are available on vinyl, cd, as well as mp3’s, so there’s an option for everybody. I just ordered Eccentric Soul : The Capsoul Label, which was a small label out of Columbus, Ohio and am anxiously awaiting it’s arrival. Head over to the site and shell out some money to help keep this music alive.

February 11, 2009   No Comments

Sunday Sounds

If you dig on the likes of Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, The Black Keys, and James Brown you’ll find yourself kickin’ back to the grooves of Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears. Out of Austin, Lewis sounds like he’s straight out of the Stax Studio, playing a raucous mix of Memphis flavored horns, guitars, and gritty blues, all while dishing out a healthy dose of attitude. Check out Black Joe and his band the Honeybears over at Daytrotter where you can download a few tracks from his latest session. The band’s self titled debut is also available for sale here.
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Last year at Sundance I had the good fortune of discovering San Francisco blues duo Leopold and His Fiction. Well since then Leopold has morphed into a trio and released their sophmore album Ain’t No Suprise available now on Native Fiction Records. My pressing is in the mail, and I can’t wait to drop the needle on it… at only $10 bucks it’s quite a steal. Head over to their MySpace page to pick up yours as well as view some videos from their latest Sundance showing courtesy of Park City Television.
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Neko Case’s upcoming Middle Cyclone will be available in stores on March 3. Until then KEXP’s Song of the Day has a track off the new one, People Got a Lot of Nerve, to hold you over in the meantime.

February 8, 2009   No Comments

Calling All Beats, Bums, & Swingers

Back in action tonight in radio-land with and we’re going to be spinning some more hard and heavy grooves. Tune in tonight at 7:00 MT @ 91.9 FM in the Park City area or worldwide online at KPCW.

Tonight’s show we’re featuring some old ones, some new ones, all cram packed with soul including: Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Animal Collective, The Black Keys, Black Rebel Motorcycle, Blue Cheer, Bon Iver, Booker T & The MG’s, Buffalo Springfield, Clap Your Hands & Say Yeah, The Deadly Snakes Porcella, Deer Tick, Dwight Yoakam, The Flying Burrito Brothers, George Jones, Gillian Welch, Hank Williams, Heartless Bastards, Howlin’ Wolf, International Submarine Band, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmie Rodgers, John Lee Hooker, Kiss, Langhorne Slim, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Lucinda Williams, Merle Haggard, Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Neil Young, Neko Case, Otis Rush, Pavement, Pixies, The Raconteurs, Radiohead, Robert Johnson, Ryan Adams, Son House, The Stooges, Tom Petty, Urge Overkill, Weezer, Wilco and many more.

February 4, 2009   No Comments