loudness war “the bum named stan”

photo by collin richie

hailing from baton rouge are loudness war and they are putting out a new record entitled extraterrestrial hangover – due out on 5.26. its being put out by lagniappe records which is my new favorite record store, but also, and obviously, a label. i have not heard the record, but this song kicks all kinds of ass. i think you kids are gonna dig em. read more about em here an article written by matthew sigur of the great local band, the widowers. oh, theres a release party on may 30 at lagniappe at 8 pm. so if youre in the area, should be pretty cool

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smug brothers “meet a changing world”


i love smug brothers even though i havent written about them as much as i should have. i apologize for that. they have a new record out woodpecker paradise and its phenomenal. they’re from dayton, ohio, don trasher is in the band – ex-gbv, but kyle melton wrote all the songs. see where i am going with this? just listen to the damn song, enjoy, and buy their records. they got a bunch, but i would say this is their best one so far. definitely top 15 record status.

buy woodpecker paradise and their other releases via their bandcamp page

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jodi james “kiss lonely goodbye” & “crazy sometimes”


before i wind down the road, and leave you all, i wanted to touch on a couple records that i thought deserved attention. the first being baton rouge’s jodi james, whom i have gushed over before, and her new record things i leave behind. i cannot speak more highly of jodi’s music, its absolutely gorgeous, and if there was ever an artist i would peg with the “should be huge” tag, it would be jodi. her lyrics are great, her voice is lovely, and just all around an artist you should without a doubt listen to. her new record is definitely one of my favorites of the year.

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jerry david decicca – “bloom again” – video premiere

top of the monday to y’all. “bloom again” is off one of my favorite records of the year in 2014, jerry david decicca’s understanding land. the song, as jerry tells it was inspired by a roy orbison quote from a mtv interview. you can read more about my thoughts on understanding land, drunken as they were, by clicking here. jerry’s gonna be doing some shows in the bay area, make sure you check him out. also make sure you pick up understanding land via bandcamp or where ever you purchase your records.

may 7th at hemlock tavern w/ bob frank (vanguard/ light in the attic) & odawas
may 9th at octopus lounge w/ sylvie simmons (light in the attic/ leonard cohen biographer) and colin gilmore

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matthew sweet live at grant park, 7.4.93

top of the day, folks! hope you are all well. gonna briefly touch on something, but will talk more about it at a later date. so, come nov 15th, captains dead’s 10 yr anniversary, this site will cease to exist. its been a great run, but its time to call it a day. kids are getting older, i’m getting older, and honestly i dont have the passion any more. with that said, i am planning on going out in a grandiose way, i hope. love you all… me

had request for a re-up of this show, so here it is. this is bootleg is commonly referred to as shape shifter and was recorded live at grant park in chicago on the 4th of july in 1993.

1. dinosaur act
2. i wanted to tell you
3. the ugly truth
4. someone to pull the trigger
5. girlfriend
6. do it again
7. in too deep
8. day for night
9. evangeline
10. reaching out
11. devil with the green eyes
12. knowing people
13. divine intervention
14. does she talk
15. time capsule
16. crippled inside
17. i want you

john moreland – cherokee – video

howdy! long time no talk! anyway, mr moreland has a new record coming out very shortly, 4.21, entitled “high on tulsa heat.” got it yesterday, and have listened to it numerous times. as you can imagine, its pure gold. joey kneiser of glossary fame directed the video and there’s also a cameo by bingham barnes, also of glossary. lord what i wouldnt do for a new glossary record right now. btw, npr premiered this earlier today, read more about it here.

oh its on! couch by couchwest 2015

meant to do this few days ago, but been busy with the madness that is couch by couchwest. here are just a few of my favorites, thus far. there have been hundreds of videos posted, btw. i have barely gotten around to anything other than what i have done. damn shame! we got some great artists coming up. so make sure you keep yo eyes peeled to that site!

hallelujah the hills’ “devil level zero” – premiere! and tour dates


if you know anything about me, you then know my love for hallelujah the hills knows no bounds. both have ever done something evil and no one knows what happens next were my favorite records from 2014 and 2012, respectively. without a doubt they are one of the greatest bands currently making music.

“devil level zero” is off the juvenile oratorios ep, which you can get if purchase the vinyl via re-vinyl records or at any of their shows – dates below. for the record, “devil level zero” may be the best early days guided by voices song that pollard never wrote. oh, the fun begins tonight so make sure you check em out for me, and yourself!

march 6 – boston, ma @ the paramount
with the new highway hymnal
march 27 – brooklyn, ny @ the bell house
with mr. adam schatz (landlady solo)
march 28 – winooski, vt @ the monkey house
with swale
april 24 & 25 – buffalo, ny @ the sportsmen tavern
with the sheila divine
may 9th – portland, me @ bunker brewing company
with foam castles

“new” stuff from thee speaking canaries


back in 1995, i was way addicted to the damon che’s speaking canaries’ songs for the terrestrially challenged. 21 year old me was blow away by its weirdness. listening to it now, its really not all that strange, its just kind of all over the place – in a good way, but young greg was ill prepared. for those that dont know damon che formed the highly influential band, don caballero – who i dug quite a bit as well. any who, henry owings aka mr chunklet has released a recording of demos that damon did way back when that had never been heard, at least to the public, until now. you can read all about the release entitled platter base must be constructed of moon rock here, cause i am way too lazy to get into such detail.

there are only 350 copies of moon rock being pressed, not sure if any are still available, but you can pick one up here, maybe.

if you’ve never listened to terrestrially challenged.., check it out down there via spotify, and check out those demos right before it.

help caleb caudle fund carolina ghost

friend of mine/captains dead, caleb caudle has an indiegogo campaign goin on right now to help fund his next record carolina ghost. for those that remember, or dont, he put out one of my favorite records of 2014, and other than being an awesome songwriter/musician, he’s a totally cool dude.

click here to contribute, and here to check out his previous releases.

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here’s my favorite video and one of my favorite songs from last years paint another layer on my heart