Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Les!

Bassist Les Claypool celebrates his 47th birthday today.

Happy Birthday Les!

Monday, September 27, 2010

"The Dirt Underneath"

Today's Date In Music History:

Drive-By Truckers
Live at Cannery Ballroom on September 27, 2007.

In 2007, the alternative country/Southern rock band, Drive-By Truckers, performed a string of acoustic shows called The Dirt Underneath Tour.

“We also wanted to go out a do something a little different. Maybe revisit some songs in a different light, maybe try out some new stuff on a smaller scale, maybe tell some stories and sing some songs. Pull up some chairs, have a few drinks and tell some stories to each other and some friends. We know how to do that but just never really get around to it. THE DIRT UNDERNEATH is a show I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.”- Patterson Hood

Set list:
The Home Front, A Ghost To Most, Bulldozers and Dirt, Daddy Needs a Drink, Panties in Your Purse, Tails Facing Up, Gravity's Gone, Bob, Nine Bullets, Where The Devil Don't Stay, After the Scene Dies, Self Destructive Zones,(Something's Got To) Give Pretty Soon, Marry Me, The Deeper In, Sink Hole, Check Out Time In Vegas, Goode's Field Road, Monument Valley, Zip City, The Opening Act, Love Like This, Buttholeville > State Trooper

Patterson Hood - guitar, mandolin, vocal
Mike Cooley - guitar, vocal
Shonna Tucker - bass, vocal
John Neff - pedal steel, guitar, vocal
Brad "The EZB" Morgan - drums
Spooner Oldham - keyboard

Friday, September 17, 2010


Cracker Accoustic Duo performs "Friends" at Shank Hall Milwaukee 2-17-2010 featuring David Lowery & Johnny Hickman.

Well I'd never sleep with your ex-girlfriend
Even if she starts to flirt with me again.
Allow me apologize for my slightly wicked thoughts;
'Cause that's the kind of friend that you've got.

If a fight breaks out and you're the cause of it
In some redneck bar where you've been talking shit.
I would not forsake you later in that parking lot
'cause that's the kind of friend that you've got.

Well through the laughter and the tears,
we go stumbling through the years.

A bit dysfunctional well folks might say

Well I've got the dirt on you.

Hey, I've got plenty on you too.

So I pray we stay together all our days.

So when you're on a date
and you finally bring that girl home.
You put a little Captain Beefheart on the stereo
and you disconnect the phone.

Then I show up drunk and raving
and then I pass out on the spot.
'Cause that´s the kind of friend
That you've got.

Well through the laughter and the tears

we go stumbling through the years.

A bit dysfunctional well folks might say

You can say that again.

Well I've got the dirt on you.

Hey I've got plenty on you too;

So I pray we stay together all our days.

Oh dear lord

Yeah I pray we stay together all our days.


Behind the scenes of legendary producer Rick Rubin's latest project with famous funnyman Ray Stevens

Travis and Jonathan, aka Jackie and Dunlap, portray Rick and Ray in this hilarious mockumentary .

(HT - MC)


Erin's Birthday Party aka "Erinstock", featuring Cracker (in Erin & Tim's living room!) on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

A separate audio recording of this is available here:

Here's the setlist in case you want to skip around during the video:

01. intro
02. Turn On Tune In Drop Out
03. Happy Birthday to Me
04. I See the Light
05. Sweet Magdalena Of My Misfortune
06. Lonesome Johnny Blues
07. Mr. Wrong
08. Seven Days
09. Eurotrash Girl
10. Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey
11. Duty Free
12. Be My Love
13. I Could Be Wrong I Could Be Right
14. Friends
15. Nothing to Believe In
16. St. Cajetan
17. I Want Everything
18. Can I Take My Gun up to Heaven
19. Shiner Song
20. Up Against The Wall Redneck Mothers
21. One Fine Day
22. Gimme One More Chance
23. Low

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Today's Date In Music History: Split Lip Rayfield Live at Stage 5, Walnut Valley Festival on September 16, 2006

Split Lip Rayfield is a vocal and acoustic instrumental group from Wichita, Kansas. Though they are sometimes classified as a bluegrass, alt-country or cowpunk, their music draws on a wide array of influences.
Split Lip Rayfield helped pioneer what came to be known as the "Stage Five" sound, named for the notorious "unofficial" Stage 5 at the annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.
Typically, bluegrass musicians played traditional folk and country songs on acoustic string instruments. Bands like Split Lip faithfully used traditional acoustic instruments, but played songs that were more closely related stylistically to rock, punk or heavy metal.
... and ya gotta love that gas tank bass!

1. Intro
2. Flat Back Rag
3. Devil
4. Old # 6
5. Pinball Machine
6. Hundred Dollar Bill
7. Redneck Tailgate Dream
8. Record Shop
9. Don't Believe That You're Someone
10. Love Please Come Home
11. Outlaw
12. Never Make It Home
13. San Antone
14. Crowd
15. Kiss Of Death

"Baby come and spend some time with Mr. Wrong"

David Lowery of Cracker performs "Mr. Wrong" at WNRN in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 15, 2009.

Well, meet me by the river that goes nowhere.
Let me lay my sorry trip on you.
Won't you meet me by the river, little darling'?
I might just let you see my bad tattoo.

Well I was gonna bring you flowers, but I didn't.
It's the thought that counts and I think I'm a bit too broke.
But there's some change in my ashtray--maybe just enough to pay.
For a half pint of somethin', probably make us choke.

Well you know I'd rather not go and meet your family.
They'd probably send me back where I belong.
Don't want to hear about Mr. Right.
'Cause he's out of town tonight.
Baby come and spend some time with Mr. Wrong.

I drive a one-eyed Malibu without a muffler.
And a tape deck that works if you kick it hard enough.
And baby if you like to read, I've got some great pornography.
And a ten pound flashlight rolling in the trunk.


Now, do you have a girlfriend and does she look as good as you?
Would she like to meet my brother?
He'll be out of jail in a month or two.


Where I come from they call me Mr. Wrong.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Today's Date In Music History:

Cracker - Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace - September 8, 2007

Recorded live at the 3rd Annual Cracker-Camper Van Beethoven Family Reunion Campout in Pioneertown, CA.

1.) pre intro, 2.) intro, 3.) Kerosene Hat intro, 4.) Low, 5.) Movie Star, 6.) Get Off This, 7.) Kerosene Hat, 8.) Take Me Down To The Infirmary, 9.) Nostalgia, 10.) Sweet Potato
11.) Sick Of Goodbyes, 12.) I Want Everything, 13.) Lonesome Johnny Blues, 14.) Let's Go For A Ride, 15.) Loser, 16.) silent tracks, 17.) Eurotrash Girl, 18.) silent tracks, 19.) I Ride My Bike, 20.) encore break, 21.) encore intro, 22.) One Fine Day, 23.) introductions and acknowledgements, 24.) outtro


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Saxophone Colossus

American jazz tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins celebrates his 80th birthday today.
Born Theodore Walter Rollins in New York City, Sonny has become one of the most important and influential jazz musicians of the post-bebop era.
Rollins is recognized by many for the length and quality of his career, one not easily matched in the world of jazz. His melodic sensibilities, playing style and solos have also influenced several generations of musicians.

Sonny is still touring and recording, having outlived most of his contemporaries such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Max Roach, and Art Blakey, all performers with whom he recorded.

"Strode Rode" - from the album Saxophone Colossus:

Sonny Rollins — tenor saxophone
Tommy Flanagan — piano
Doug Watkins — bass
Max Roach — drums

Sonny Rollins was elected to the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1973.

Pssst, don't forget to click on the photos!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"What's New In Baltimore?"


Frank Zappa statue to be dedicated on Sunday, September 19 at the Southeast Anchor Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library located at 3601 Eastern Avenue.
September 19, 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of Zappa's testimony on Capitol Hill and at Annapolis against the censorship of free expression by artists.

The sculpture is a gift to the city of Baltimore orchestrated by three guys from Lithuania: Saulius Paukstys, Saulius Pilinkus and Arturas Baublys. It is a replica of the bust of Frank Zappa installed in Vilnius (pictured here), created by artist Konstantinas Bogdanas. The gift and location were approved by the Baltimore City Public Art Commission and sanctioned by the family.
Zappa's son Dweezil Zappa will headline a special concert with his Grammy Award-winning band, Zappa Plays Zappa. The stretch of Eastern Avenue between Conkling and Eaton Streets in the heart of the Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District will be marked 'Frank Zappa Way' with a ceremonial street sign to be unveiled for the dedication. The events, including the outdoor dedication and concerts, are open to the public at no charge.

Legendary musician and composer Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore in 1940 and passed away in 1993, at home in Los Angeles. He is internationally recognized as one of the most innovative composers and musicians of the 20th century with a career spanning more than 30 years.

"What's New In Baltimore?"