Download the single "Usual Suspects" HERE on NPR's blog "Song of The Day"
They seem to like it:
"In "Usual Suspects," the opening track from Death of a Decade, the Missouri band Ha Ha Tonka busts out of the gates like classic Replacements on an Ozark bender. Premised on a killer riff, a great beat and singer Brian Roberts' throaty roar, Ha Ha Tonka may have created the catchiest mandolin-driven rock song since "Losing My Religion."
"Usual Suspects" reflects the hothouse passions that run deep and familiar to anyone who has ever lived in the close quarters of a small community. Roberts narrates the fraught and indignant emotions of a would-be paramour, faced with competition for his affections from friends and rivals alike: "In this little town, oh, she's such a scandal / Nobody gonna get a handle on her / If you lay it down, oh, it ain't a gamble / It's the surest thing going on around here." Desire, revulsion and obsessive longing — it's love, American style, courtesy of a terrific Missouri band with deep musical roots in its regional traditions."
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE TO APPEAR ON A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION AND HBO’S “TREME” THIS WEEKEND
Set your radios and DVRs for this weekend. Saturday, Justin Townes Earle will appear on Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. A longtime public radio favorite, PHC live this weekend from NYC’s Town Hall. Justin appears along with Broadway actress Kate Beahen and folk singer Heather Masse. Check HERE for local listings and airtimes
Sunday, Justin appears – and performs – on HBO’s Treme.
We can't say a ton, but here's what we can tell you: Justin appears on the episode with his dad, Steve Earle. There's acting. There's performing. And it all starts Sunday night at 10pm EST/9pm CST on HBO.
Treme is the latest effort from David Simon and Eric Overmyer, collaborators on TV shows like The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Treme looks at ordinary people as they try to rebuild their lives, homes, and culture in the aftermath of the hurricane. The series has boasted quite a few amazing musical guests, including Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Galactic, Kermit Ruffins, and the Rebirth Brass Band.
If that weren't enough, check out JTE talking clothes, picking out clothes and just being stylish in THIS Barking Irons video
Finally, in mid-May, Justin is heading into the studio to make the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2009 record Midnight at the Movies.
This show is archived here.
The Blacks will appear TOMORROW (April 28th) on Chicago's local arts/news show 848. It will air at 9 am Central time. Listen to 91.5 WBEZ tomorrow in the Chicagoland (as you will likely be sitting in traffic somewhere....) or online HERE.
Maybe they will let the band takeover. Maybe the band will take it over anyway. Maybe they will be polite and answer the questions thoughtfully. Maybe they will grab the mic and scream out the studio window that they're mad as hell and they're not gonna take it anymore a la Peter Finch in Network.
Who knows? That's what makes the Blacks so much fun
Waco Brothers appeared on the fabulous World Cafe syndicated radio show for a live set.
Go here for a listen of the Bruthas kicking out 5 songs in the studio.
Hear an NPR "All Things Considered" podcast about how kids music led by the Beasties is reviving the spirit of punk rock and features some songs. Have a listen here.