Lost Recordings of Stephen Stills Unearthed

Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash (and sometimes Young) fame just released Just Roll Tape. The music recorded April 26th, 1968 features the original demo versions of some of the most famous Crosby, Stills, and Nash songs including “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Helplessly Hoping” and “Wooden Ships.” This is really a treat. The solo acoustic sounds and voice of Stills are loud, raw, and clear. These recordings contrasts nicely with the more famous, polished versions of these songs. NPR recently did a story on this which includes an interview with Stephen Stills. Enjoy.

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Unchained (not so lost) Melody

Unchained Melody is one of the most iconic songs of all time. The writer of this song, Lyricist Hy Zaret, passed away yesterday at the ripe old age of 99. In his memory, I found some of the more well known renditions (and there are a lot to choose from):Elvis Presley, Righteous Brothers, U2, The Scene from the movie Ghost, Tom Jones, and Engelbert Humperdinck.

There are two other songs which I had always attributed to others were in fact Zaret originals. These include One Meat Ball (which I had always thought was a Josh White original), as well as one of my favorites-Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas) performed by They Might Be Giants (version 1, version 2). It sounds like a TMBG original! (during my search, I found a ridiculous version lip synced by Sting)
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Watch Bonnaroo Concerts for Free!

At http://www.attblueroom.com/music you can watch the following shows for free! Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, June 15th:
Uncle Earl
12:30pm – 1:15pm
Cold War Kids
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Brazilian Girls
2:15pm – 3:30pm
Kings of Leon
3:45pm – 5:00pm
Paolo Nutini
5:00pm – 6:15pm
Gillian Welch
6:15pm – 7:45pm
The Nightwatchmen
7:45pm – 9:00pm
The Roots
10:00pm – 11:30pm

Saturday, June 16th:
Old Crow Medicine Show
12:45pm – 1:45pm
Spearhead
1:45pm – 2:15pm
Regina Spektor
2:15pm – 3:30pm
The Black Keys
3:30pm – 4:15pm
Damien Rice
4:15pm – 5:45pm
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
5:45pm – 7:45pm
The Hold Steady
7:45pm – 8:15pm
Mago: Billy Martin & John Medeski
8:15pm – 9:45pm
String Cheese Incident
10:15pm – 11:30pm

Sunday, June 17th
Robert Glasper Trio
12:30pm – 1:00pm
John Butler Trio
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Flaming Lips
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Bob Weir & Ratdog
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Wolfmother
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Wilco
5:30pm – 7:00pm
The White Stripes
7:15pm – 8:45pm
Widespread Panic
8:45pm – 11:30pm

Internet Radio Ruling and Wrangling

One of the best ways to find lost melodies is by using streaming radio by websites such as xpn and npr.  Not only are these stations strong supporters of music from years gone by, but they are also stalwarts of modern singer songwriters, avante-garde musicians, and Indie artists.  This type of music is not readily available to the majority of Internet surfers via other means such as traditional airwaves.  I am a strong supporter of podcasts and streaming music especially in these so-called fringe genres.  However, US Congress is in yet another fight against providers of streaming audio, in essence squelching most streaming stations with an increased pay structure.  Please visit This CNN Link for more information.

Vieux Farka Toure’s debut

Vieux Farka Toure inherits the Malian blues-guitar torch from his famed Grammy winning father, Ali Farka Toure on his self-title debut album, which was released on February 13th. The music is really fresh, has influences that range from Malian guitar to reggae and include Ali’s final recordings. You can order a copy of the CD.

In case you are wondering whether Vieux is merely trying to profit off his father’s name or really has talent of his own, I would recommend checking out some of his solo performances (performance 1, performance 2, performance 3, performance 4) and his music video. And I am sure you will agree, Vieux is quite a talent. Welcome to the new superstar of Malian guitar.

Update 2/12/07: 10% of the proceeds from this album will be donated to Bee Sago, a UNICEF-affiliated organization, as part of Modiba’s “Fight Malaria” campaign. They hope to reach their goal of providing every pregnant woman and child in Toure’s home region of Niafunke with a treated mosquito net- the most effective preventative measure in the fight against malaria, Africa’s leading cause of infant mortality. Just another reason (though you really don’t need another) to pick up this album.

Update 2/18/07: New NPR Review of Vieux’s work.

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Vista Song: Just Wasting Time

With today’s lauch of Vista, I find myself thinking about the ALO post I wrote in October. What does ALO have to do with Vista? It’s the song Wasting Time (Isla Vista Song),of course! So, one might wonder, is updating to Vista a waste of time? Frankly, I have no idea. You can let the other technophile bloggers duke it out over that one. For now, I’m going to drink a Margarita and listen to the Isla Vista Song. Cheers!

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Paul Simon Introduces to The World: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is possibly the finest acapella group in the world. With one foot steeped in tradition and the other in modernity, Ladysmith’s contribution to international music is undeniable. However, it took Paul Simon to introduce this group to the world (on the classic album Graceland). To find out more about this collaboration, check out this video documentary chronicling the meeting of the white Paul Simon and the black Ladysmith Black Mambazo in South Africa during Apartheid. Additionally, be sure to watch their performance of Hello My Baby and Homeless (with Paul Simon) and Township Jive (solo). Even if you already own Graceland, it is definitely worth your while to check out some of Ladysmith’s CDs: The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo Vol. 2, or The Warner Brothers Collection. (best listened to in full stereo). And if you are able to see them live, they continue to tour internationally. Your ears will thank you.

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