On the eve of her inaugural BS release, one which we hope will have her music and story all over the interwebs, we thought we give you a peek "behind the scenes."
The Ely Brothers did a photo shoot of Lydia a couple weeks back and they filmed it as well, so's you can see what goes into to such a thing. It's a pretty cool they work in the final photos into the video, and use "Can't Change Me" as the soundtrack.
Ha Ha Tonka's version of "12" 3-speed Oscillating Fan" always whips the crowds into a frenzy at the end of their shows. And, since much of the USA has been, or still is, sweltering under a wicked heat wave, we were happy that the folks over at Music Fog finished up this video of the band performing the song at SXSW.
Enjoy it HERE and we hope it helps cool the room a bit.
Check out THIS video from Wilco's big Solid Sound Festival in Massachusetts at the end of June.
At around 1 minute, Jeff Tweedy helps JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound on their cover of Wilco's I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. It surprised JC so much, he does a James Brown spin and fall.....Now THAT'S showmanship.
The first video from Justin's recent Harlem River Blues album was premiered exclusively on Paste Magazine today. Slippin' and Slidin' was shot and directed by Joshua Black Wilkins and provides an imtimate look at JTE's adopted NYC hometown.
Also, Justin announced the rest of his summer tour plans, so mark your calendars. Includes stops at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, the Vancouver Folk Festival, a UK tour, Newport Folk Festival and many more. Whew. Just typing all that makes me tired, imagine how HE feels, so support the hard workin' dude, ok?
Andre Williams is opening for Justin Townes Earle on Memorial at Chicago's Millennium Park.
We look forward to Mr Rhythm singing "Jailbait" and who knows what else in front of thousands of possibly unsuspecting Chicagoans. The potential for weirdness is quite high.
Enjoy THIS interview with the Man himself, which includes several videos, the Blues Brothers, Lawrence Fishburne as Ike Turner, and quotations such as this, when asked about his inspiration for writing "Shake a Tail Feather": "OK, since you asked that question, I knew there had to be a way to say, "Come on, and shake your ass."
It was a fun, busy week. We gave you SIX different chances to win Maggie Bjorklund's new album "Coming Home" just by taking a look at her six new music videos and liking, re-posting, or commenting on any of them. Simple enough, right?
As participating site My Old Kentucky Blog put it, "Beginning this past Monday, five music blogs formed an unlikely and unholy alliance, the sole purpose of which is to make Maggie Björklund your new favorite pedal steel virtuoso." We like that, the idea of suspending personal agendas to be part of a something fun and singular in its goal - to showcase an artist and her fellow contributing musicians, playing some beautiful music in an intimate setting.
And so with that, we wanted to give you one last chance to catch all the videos in one place and to enter to win, right here. We also wanted to give huge thanks to the six participating sites that premiered Maggie's videos:
Monday – Alarm Press featured "Anchor Song" (featuring Rachel Flotard)
Tuesday - Magnet Magazine featured "Vildspor" (featuring Jon Auer of The Posies)
Wednesday - Uprooted Music Review featured "Insekt"
Thursday - My Old Kentucky Blog featured "Intertwined" (featuring Mark Lanegan) and Country Standard Time featured "Summer Romance" (featuring Rachel Flotard)
Friday - Blurt Magazine featured "Coming Home" (featuring Mark Lanegan)
So please continue to view these videos, pass them around to friends, post them on Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere else that it will stick. We hope this week did indeed make Ms. Bjorklund your new favorite pedal steel virtuoso. She's defintiely ours.
Starting today, we announce the launch of Maggie Bjorklund Video Roll Week. Involved are five of our favorite publications, coming together to support five new videos from Maggie’s new album—each song with its own unique draw, and each supporting site offering the opportunity for one lucky person to win a copy of Coming Home.
Here’s the gist of it:
Starting on Monday, April 25, Alarm Press will premiere the first video, which is a beautiful hi-def, live performance of “Anchor Song” featuring Maggie, John Convertino of Calexico, Rachel Flotard of Visqueen, Rusty Willoughby, Johnny Sangster, Barrett Martin of Screeming Trees, and Barbara Hunter. Anyone who re-posts, Likes, or comments on the video—via Facebook, Twitter, and on the hosting site itself—will be eligible to win the new album.
Check out the first video of the series for "Anchor Song" over at Alarm Press!
Then, visit our Maggie Video Roll page throughout the week for more premieres!
We're pretty sure that if you Google any band at SXSW this year for some video, you'll get directed to 1,001 pages of crappy images shot on cell phones by reeling drunk people. Bad images, worse sound. Ain't the internet grand?
HOWEVER, the good folks at the site Music Fog had some of our bands over to their shindig at the legendary food and music mecca Threadgill's and producde some QUALITY audio and video.
Support well-crafted content on the interweb....
In our continuing battle on behalf of Maggie's new album Coming Home, a record that made precious little business sense to release but we just loved so much we just HAD to, we present some ammo for you to sample.
>>Stream the ENTIRE record on Spinner.com and see if we're lying about how wonderful it is.
>>Check out this pro video shot at Crackle @ Pop Studios in Seattle of the song "Wasteland" and soak in some of the magic