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Thursday, November 17th, 2005
5:44 pm
Giveaway to The Earlies in Los Angeles, December 2

Residing in Northern England and Western Texas the four Earlies geographical differences and individual styles were brought together by a love of the three B’s, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, and The Beatles. All get a gracious nod on The Earlies debut album “These Were The Earlies” alongside more obscure Psychedelic, Progressive, Leftfield Pop and Country influences. With their current single “The Devil’s Country” they’re more genre defying than ever before.

The Earlies || Listen
The Idaho Falls || Listen
Great Northern
No North || Listen

Buy tickets.

Trivia Question: The Earlies covered a song by which Muppets character?

Email your answer along with your first and last name to "contest@spaceland.tv" by Wednesday, November 30. Enter "The Earlies giveaway" in the subject line. 3 people will be chosen at random to win a pair of tickets.

8:30pm / $10 / 18+
Thursday, September 29th, 2005
5:37 pm
Giveaway to Jon Wayne, The Country Teasers and The Lamps in LA, 10/8
Saturday, October 8; 9 PM; 21+
Jon Wayne, Country Teasers, The Lamps @ Club Spaceland (1717 Silver Lake Blvd, LA, 90026)

Buy tickets.

“one of those rare, instantly memorable albums [Texas Funeral]--either because you find it repulsive or because you think it's brilliant...a stupid, hilarious and twisted classic...” - CMJ

Two Graduated Jiggers is the second full length album from JON WAYNE, an outlaw psycho-country band . Against a background of turbo-charged mayhem, singer Jon Wayne ruminates about whiskey, trucks, chickens, donkeys, death, indians—and the great state of Texas. A cult band based in Southern California, JON WAYNE has been inflicting itself on listeners since 1983. Fans include filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who featured the band’s first release "Texas Funeral" in his film From Dusk ‘Till Dawn (1996).

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2005
5:17 pm
GIVEAWAY (LA) An evening of blues with T-Model Ford and The Red Onions
Saturday, September 3; 7 PM; 18+
An early evening with T-Model Ford and The Red Onions @ Echo (1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026)

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“Rhythmically joined at the hip with drummer Spam, he plays the north Mississippi hill country hypnotic boogie-groove like nobody else on earth. His music is not a complaint of self-pity, but a celebration of life. He moves you to rejoice with him, not sympathize with some pitiful condition of lost love or injustice.

Not a relic of the past or a remnant of vanishing culture, T-Model Ford and Spam are in the moment like few other blues artists. Out on the edge of the cliff where most fall to the rocks below, T-Model Ford takes off and flies - the existential hero.”

Listen to T-Model Ford.

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Monday, August 15th, 2005
2:35 pm
GIVEAWAY Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham in Los Angeles, August 25
Thursday, August 25; 9 PM; 21+
Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham @ Spaceland (1717 Silverlake Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026)

“Escovedo's music can range from full force rock'n'roll to the subtle delicacy heard from a string quartet, sometimes in the same song. Fricke describes him well as "a folk-blues classicist with a gritty, plaintive voice and an equal fondness for dirty boogie and spectral balladry."

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004
2:41 pm
Gillian Welch in Melbourne

Gillian Welch came to Australia this month, for the first time ever. And let me say I thought I'd seen most of the people I had to see before I die, but until I'd seen she and David Rawlings sing and play my gig attendance was actually nowhere near complete.

They played at the Prince of Wales last Wednesday night, the first of four Melbourne shows. They did two sets, including most of the tracks from Soul Journey and Time (The Revelator), two tracks from Revival (Orphan Girl, By The Mark), a Radiohead cover (Black Star). She mentioned how Australia had a whole lot of dirt and her surprise that we didn't have monster trucks here! And then she played Red Clay Halo... how appropriate.

David Rawlings' voice fits in in tone and volume just underneath Gillian's, and sounds so perfectly attuned that sometimes you think either one could be singing either line. The same with the guitars... and the eye contact before each song was electrical and binding; they started perfectly in synchronicity.

The second set finished with I'll Fly Away and the whole crowd stamped their feet along with Gillian and David's gorgeous cowboy boots, and sang along like it was the gospel. I'd been itching to sing loud all the way through the set and finally got my chance :)

I'm so glad they finally decided to come down here, and that they drove from town to town for gigs. Although this was apparently due to David Rawlings' fear of flying, the bonus is they got to see what Australia's roads and country towns are like :)

Anyone like Dirty Three? Because that's who I'll be swaying along to next, when they play at the Meredith Music Festival under the ghost gums....

Current Mood: happy
Sunday, July 25th, 2004
11:19 pm
Hello, everybody! This is my first post to this community, so I'm a little nervous. I've been writing and singing songs for years. Recently I bought an eight track and recorded a few of them, playing all the instruments and singing all the words. I then uploaded a few songs to this site:


Then I went insane and decided to move to Antartica.
Please have a listen and let me know what you think. Thanks!
(I don't know if I would label myself "alternative country", but there are definitely country elements in my music)
Friday, July 16th, 2004
11:53 am
i tried asking this in musical_mangle (which you people should join if'n yer into other types of music) & whatnot, but it didn't get much fo a response:

i hate to discount any genre of music, or any sub-genre. so, when there's a style of music that is comprised almost exclusively of things i rather dislike, i spend some time exploring it for the few things in it i enjoy. one such genre is pop country. & i know, this community isn't exactly a pop country community, but that's why i wanna ask you guys--what's good in pop country?
Tuesday, July 6th, 2004
9:56 am
A new community for fans of folk harpist Joanna Newsom: milkeyed_mender
Monday, June 28th, 2004
10:59 am
Gillian Welch on Robyn Hitchcock's forthcoming album
This news may interest all'y'all. Taken from fegMANIA!, the Robyn Hitchcock news and info page.

Updated 27 June 2004
More On Spooked

The release date for Spooked appears to have been moved back to October 5th.

Redeye Distribution, Yep Roc's distributor, lists both a CD and limited edition LP release of Spooked. Interestingly, they also list the three Editions PAF! releases: A Star For Bram, Robyn Sings and Luxor.

Finally, I've gotten confirmation that Spooked will draw from the recording sessions with David Rawlings and Gillian Welch.

Cross-posted to guys_who_play, outsider_music, screendoor & the2amhotel


Current Mood: geeky
Thursday, August 14th, 2003
3:43 pm
whos hauntn' who
little interview with jay munly
Thursday, June 26th, 2003
12:01 am
so wrong it's right
listen' and pondern' starting to think this is my bestest of random finds! jim white album has now grown on me with it's darkness and quirkiness musical saws thrown in the murderous little things he's sneeking, gots to investigate these lyrics

Still Waters
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but icing is the story inside...

the mysterious tale of how i shouted wrong-eyed jesus!

horrifying 'true' story, i can't control the smirking, imagine a teenage boy rocking and shouting wrong-eyed jesus in the most schitzo twang preacher mouth during a vision.

complete this all with a crude eyeless jesus drawing. apparently he erased it so many times that it tore through but finally the eyes were right.
freaky jesus stuff

(this two buck disk with a note from the dj 'came with repulsive promotional pickled peanuts')

Current Mood: drifting
Monday, May 26th, 2003
3:43 pm
Have you heard?
Has anyone heard the Dolly Parton album "Hello, I'm Dolly Parton"? I was thinking about picking it up. Is it any good?
Sunday, May 18th, 2003
4:34 pm
[x-posted to no_depression and screendoor]

I saw a couple of shows this weekend that are of topical interest: The Legendary Shack Shakers on Friday, and the Hackensaw Boys with Cash Monies and the Jetsetter on Saturday. Brief writeups of these are in this entry:

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2003
6:38 pm
wantn' the facts
just got 'cold hard facts' by the del mccoury band, but the incert doesn't include lyrics. i'm particularly interested in 'henry walker' and 'blackjack county chains', they sound a bit murderous. does anyone know of where i could find them? or a good bluegrass lyrics source in general?

Current Mood: content
Saturday, February 1st, 2003
6:22 pm
Show Review and Boston-area Event
[x-posted to no_depression and screendoor]

First off, let me quickly plug an event i'm helping to produce that's topical for any of y'all who are in the Boston area:

Bottle Rocket presents "Gangstas vs. Crackers 2" at O'Briens in Allston. DJs spin alternating sets of rap and country in a dive-bar atmosphere. $1.50 PBRs, a variety of gins and juices...it's a pimped-up hoedown featuring great music from genres people love to criticize without knowing much about. $3 cover, 21+, 9pm-1am, click the link for more info/directions. The first Gangstas vs. Crackers turned up more crackers than gangstas, so if the crackers dominate this time as well, we'll be hosting an all-country night in the future!

Second, i had the great pleasure of seeing a Bloodshot triple-bill at TT's in Cambridge Thursday night: Jon Langford, the Sadies, and the Waco Brothers. Hot damn, what a show.

Full review behind this thoughtful cut tag. :DCollapse )
Friday, January 31st, 2003
2:32 am
robbie fulks. tonight. cod.
Everyone should come on out to SRC 2800 @ College of DuPage to see Robbie Fulks tonight (1/31/03). He's good and ticket's are ubercheap. It's just $6.00 if you're currently a student anywhere and $10.00 if you're not. The show starts at 8. You should be there.
Tuesday, December 31st, 2002
4:02 pm
Review: Down to the Promised Land CD set
Crossposted to no_depression and screendoor, so apologies if you see this twice or even 3 times...sure would be more convenient if these 3 communities were combined, but no matter.

For the holidays i gave my friend and coworker the 2-CD set, Down to the Promised Land: 5 Years of Bloodshot Records. This was admittedly a self-serving gift, as i knew she'd play it at work and i'd get to listen to it too.

Anyway, it's a pretty good overview of a lot of "No Depression"/alt-country/y'allternative bands, artists on the Bloodshot label and a few who aren't as well (i.e., the Handsome Family, who have put out a lot of their own CDs themselves). The first CD has 20 tracks, the second has 21, and the set serves as an inexpensive introduction to a whole pile of bands all at once, since it sells for between $15-$20 new (less than $0.50 a song! wow.). The songs range from pieces written particularly for the set ("Bloodshot's Turnin' Five" by Robbie Fulks) to covers of classic artists (Nora O'Connor does a brilliant version of Tom Waits' tune "Looks Like I'm Up Shit Creek Again") and all over the rest of the map as well. There's even a verging-on-the-disturbing yet toetappingly fiddle-happy version of Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise" by the Unholy Trinity; that one gets us doing the butterchurn around the office every time.

So, i'd say check it out!
Monday, December 30th, 2002
1:51 am
Anyone get any interesting country/folk cds during the holidays?

I ended up with the Anthology of American Folk Music and Wildwood Flower by The Carter Family. I'm a happy little bugger.
Sunday, December 22nd, 2002
10:48 pm
Iris Dement
First off, I'm glad toy have found this community. This is my first post here.

Saw the Iris Dement the other night. What a voice. Maybe the best country music voice I've ever heard in person. There aren't many people who genuinely sound better live than on a record. I'm not talking about energy or stage presence or the show, but actually SING better.

I saw her once before in an outdoor setting - she was good there, but she really amazed me the other night. Such honesty. And she can write a song like nobody's business. Damn.
Saturday, December 21st, 2002
3:09 am
first off, hope everyone's having a good holiday season. even if you hate the commercialization of christmas, at least it's a good excuse to visit your extended family and drink hot spiced apple cider.

okay. so, i'm pondering this decision over and over again:

i might get some money during the holidays and i want to buy either an electric guitar amp or an acoustic guitar. it would be something i'd just do solo americana/country performance things through.

what i'm looking for:

the electric amp: something that'll give me a nice versatile/rough-edged/twangy-if-needed tone. i was thinking a fender blues junior or the cheapest decent vox i could find.

the acoustic- all acoustics stay in the same range i suppose. maybe an acoustic electric?

i have a 200w bassman amp that i'm running my danelectro hodad through already. it's a decent amp, but it's a bass amp.

if anyone could give me advice on which of the two i should go with and specifically what i should get, i'd appreciate it.
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