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The Boys ‘n the Barrels take the listener through the frozen heart of Minnesota on their winter-themed full-length studio album, ‘Sow Your Soul’. If their original album is the roots of this band, and their 2nd self-titled release the tr...
The Boys ‘n the Barrels take the listener through the frozen heart of Minnesota on their winter-themed full-length studio album, ‘Sow Your Soul’. If their original album is the roots of this band, and their 2nd self-titled release the tree, ‘Sow Your Soul’ is the fruit that the tree bears. Their unique sound evolves and refines on this latest effort to reflect maturity and depth to an already original cannon. The band takes their blend of dramatic string music to new levels on this album produced by Trampled By Turtles lead man, Dave Simonett. Attempting to capture lightning in a bottle with the help of renowned sound engineer Tom Herbers, the ‘Boys’ use concise and purposeful songwriting with a high-energy orchestral approach to create an emotional… 320 kbps | 95 MB | UL | CL | TB …base for the lyrical depth. Recorded purely analog to tape the band remains true to its acoustic roots with an authentic vintage style hi-fidelity recording. As the frigid winter of Minnesota forced them indoors, the summer’s energy became the winter’s fuel and the Boys have hammered out another finger-blistering array of their now signature sound. From Minneapolis, MN, The Boys n’ the Barrels are a modern Bluegrass band. With influences ranging from Old-time to Jazz and Rock, the Boys appeal to both traditional and contemporary tastes. Comprised of six members, instrumentation includes Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Harmonica, Upright Bass, and light Percussion. Their sound is energetic and creative. A deep, introspective message underlines the up-tempo, foot thumping melodies and hooks as The Boys explore subjects such as love, philosophy, environmentalism, booze, and death. Specific influences range from David Grisman, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Old and in the Way, and Tony Rice, to Trampled By Turtles, Radiohead, Paul Simon, The Dead, and Steely Dan. Many of the band members have been making music together for years, but their latest incarnation; The Boys n’ the Barrels hit the ground running 2 years ago and have been winning over crowds at venues ranging from bars, to theaters, clubs and music festivals. While beginning in, and remaining rooted in Minneapolis and St. Paul, they have extended their audience to towns such as Fargo, N.D., Ames, IA, Madison, WI, and as far as Kentucky. Radio airplay includes: 89.3 The Current, Bluegrass Saturday Mornings on Jazz 88.5, KFAI (90.3 in the cities) and WHYS 96.3 in Eau Claire, WI. A promising up-and-coming talent, The Boys continue to impress and awe audiences, while introducing interest in Folk music to people of their own generation with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary sounds.
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At the New Yorker Festival: Maggie Fergusson hears about keeping your head down and finding the odd dollar From the Editors' Blog, October 8th 2013 Crossing Fifth Avenue on my way to hear Paul Simon in conversation with Paul Muldoo...
At the New Yorker Festival: Maggie Fergusson hears about keeping your head down and finding the odd dollar From the Editors' Blog, October 8th 2013 Crossing Fifth Avenue on my way to hear Paul Simon in conversation with Paul Muldoon, I became ensnared in the Polish Day parade (floats, cheer leaders et al). So when I finally arrived, the only seats were in the back row. For the first time all weekend, I felt a flash of irritation with the Festival organisers. If you’re going to bring giants to town, then for God’s sake put them in venues with raked seating, so everyone can see. But if my view was limited (I got the occasional glimpse of Simon’s close-cropped silver hair), the sound was faultless, and I was mesmerised to hear, for the first time in person, a voice I’ve known nearly all my life. And not just a voice. Next to Simon was his guitar, and he reached for it when he needed to illustrate what he was saying, just as a long-married man might turn to his spouse to help him complete a sentence. Paul Muldoon, poetry editor of the New Yorker—paunchy, shaggy-looking, and replete with Irish fluency and charm—began by asking Simon about his early days, kicking about with "Arty" Garfunkel when they were both 11, writing their first song, "The Girl for Me", when they were just 13 (Simon’s father, a bass player, wrote out the words for the boys on a piece of paper, now in the archives of the Library of Congress). This was 1950s America, and whites and blacks were just beginning to share a culture. "It made song lyrics very tentative," Simon explained. Muldoon: "Innocuous?"  Simon: "Yeah. OK. But beneath those lyrics were sex and drugs and gangs—just not spoken."  Lyrics came easily to Simon in those early days. "When you’re young, whatever you say is fine because you don’t know anything," he posited. It's the "yin and yang of experience" that makes the creative process more complex.  And it was the creative process that Muldoon really wanted to nail him on. How did he set about song-writing? When, driving to Graceland, he saw the Mississippi delta "shining like a national guitar", where did that image come from?  Simon’s answer, in essence, was that the whole thing was a mystery—and that was "part of the joy". But he shone one or two rays of light on it too. As a boy, he used to walk along with his head down, in case there was a dime on sidewalk. "And then one day I found a dollar. So you see you have to be always looking." He keeps a notebook in which he jots down phrases that intrigue him. The song "Darling Lorraine" started with four words—"the sin of impatience"—that came to him out of the blue. It became a tragic song, and Simon confessed that he'd wept writing it. "No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader," Muldoon responded approvingly, quoting Robert Frost. The song "Mother and Child Reunion", meanwhile, had taken its title from a dish of that name he'd been served in a Chinese restaurant—a dish composed entirely of chicken and egg. Great hilarity at this, and Simon joined in the laughter. But one had the definite impression that he was essentially serious, a man of restless intelligence, still searching after all these years. We'd been promised a treat before we left, and we got one. Slinging his guitar round him, Simon picked out the first, unmistakable notes of "The Sound of Silence". The audience erupted, then hushed. Singing in that pure, soft, questing voice that has beguiled the world for nearly half a century, he transported me straight back to late childhood. Forget my gripes about the venue. I’d have crossed the Atlantic for this moment alone. Maggie Fergusson is literary editor of Intelligent Life "Over The Bridge Of Time: A Paul Simon Retrospective (1964-2011)", released October 15th Photograph Getty document.write('');ArtsNew YorkerfestivalsMUSICLyricsMaggie Fergusson Email this page Print del.icio.us StumbleUpon Facebook
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On Oct. 15, Paul Simon will release The Complete Albums Collection, and Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser.fm have teamed up with Sony Legacy to give one lucky fan a copy of the box, autographed by Paul Simon himself!read more
On Oct. 15, Paul Simon will release The Complete Albums Collection, and Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser.fm have teamed up with Sony Legacy to give one lucky fan a copy of the box, autographed by Paul Simon himself!read more
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With Bottom Feeders we take a look at the songs on the Billboard Hot 100 that only got a little love. It’s an A-Z look at songs that charted no higher than #41 in the decade. Take a listen, enjoy and comment. And don’t forget...
With Bottom Feeders we take a look at the songs on the Billboard Hot 100 that only got a little love. It’s an A-Z look at songs that charted no higher than #41 in the decade. Take a listen, enjoy and comment. And don’t forget, information on the top 40, airplay and bubbling under charts are on pages 2 and 3. Section 1: The Ass End Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band “Blue On Black” 1998, #78 (10 weeks) (download) It’s hard not to be impressed by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, just 20 years old when this song hit. He was pretty damn refined for his age and had a nice bluesy touch to his rock songs. I remember loving this song when it was out and while I still think it’s good, all I hear is the sound Staind morphed into when they realized their hits had to be ballads. Sofia Shinas “The Message” 1992, #75 (7 weeks) (download) Shinas was a Canadian actress whose biggest role was playing the fiancée of Brandon Lee’s character in The Crow. She was in the scene where Lee got shot and killed. Shyheim aka the Rugged Child “On and On” 1994, #89 (6 weeks) (download) “On and On” is a pretty heavy topic for a 14 year old kid. Shyheim wasn’t rapping about missing the bus for sure. He was one of the few Wu-Tang affiliate members that actually had a hit record, even if this was minor. Silk “Happy Days” 1993, #86 (5 weeks) (download) “I Can Go Deep” 1994, #71 (15 weeks) (download) “Hooked On You” 1995, #54 (18 weeks) (download) “Don’t Rush” 1996, #91 (3 weeks) (download) “Meeting In My Bedroom” 1999, #62 (13 weeks) (download) Silk was another one of those R&B groups that I spun like crazy on the way to school. Most of my days for months at a time were spent with Silk, Shai, Joe Public, Boyz II Men etc… and unlike most of these groups, I actually bought the second Silk record as well so they had two chances with me. However, it’s been a long time since I heard any of the tunes above and today they sound quite generic to my ears. Silkk the Shocker “Just Be Straight with Me” 1998, #57 (16 weeks) (download) Jesus Christ, this is horrible. A rap remake of “Just Be Good To Me” by S.O.S. band, the whole thing flows so damn awkwardly. But Silkk the Shocker was the brother of Master P, so he had a career waiting for him there. The most interesting thing about this track is that the chorus is sung by Destiny’s Child, which means Beyonce is on this track, not marking her finest moment in music. Paul Simon “The Obvious Child” 1990, #92 (5 weeks) (download) Although “The Obvious Child” is a cool tune and very much in the vein of Graceland, I’m still surprised that in 1990 enough radio stations gave this spins to have it chart in the Hot 100 but then again, it didn’t take that much to hit #92 if a few major stations played the tune. Simple E “Play My Funk” 1994, #72 (6 weeks) (download) I have no idea what happened to Simple E (Erica Williams) after “Play My Funk” became a hit off the soundtrack to the movie Sugar Hill. But E had a smooth flow and could sing too, so it’s weird she didn’t have any other songs on the chart. Simple Minds “She’s A River” 1995, #52 (9 weeks) (download) I was a fan of Simple Minds in the ‘80s but they went through a rough patch for a long time, starting with 1989’s Street Fighting Years. Beginning with that record, at least six albums in a row got poor reviews until 2005’s Black and White 050505 finally garnered some positive comments. “She’s A River” was one of the few good tracks off Good News from the Next World which is the place I gave up on the band altogether. Simply Red “Stars” 1992, #44 (14 weeks) (download) Simply Red’s ‘80s momentum lasted a little bit longer than Simple Minds. 1991’s Stars and 1995’s Life were decent records with the former actually being very listenable in the end. “Stars” is a pretty great record, then and now. The video though, not so good. The Simpsons “Deep, Deep Trouble” 1991, #69 (6 weeks) (download) Man, I almost forgot about The Simpsons record from 1991. I wish I had kept the CD through all my pu
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Le 14 Octobre, vous aurez la possibilité de retrouver en un seul coffret l'intégrale de la carrière solo de Paul Simon, avec la sortie de The Complete Albums Collection ainsi que les plus grands moments de sa carrière, y compris ave...
Le 14 Octobre, vous aurez la possibilité de retrouver en un seul coffret l'intégrale de la carrière solo de Paul Simon, avec la sortie de The Complete Albums Collection ainsi que les plus grands moments de sa carrière, y compris avec Art Garfunkel, qui seront disponibles dans l'album Over The Bridge Of Time : The Paul Simon Retrospective (1964-2011). Deux œuvres qui sortiront à l'occasion de l'anniversaire de Paul, le 13 Octobre. Photo:
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Bill Callahan at the Allen Room in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo) Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights... Goblin, Secret Chiefs 3 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg It's a show ...
Bill Callahan at the Allen Room in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo) Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights... Goblin, Secret Chiefs 3 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg It's a show that almost no one thought they'd ever see on North American shores: Italian prog rockers Goblin, whose soundtrack from Dario Argento's Suspiria is a undisputed classic. Tonight and Monday's show at Webster Hall are both sold out, natch. The New Yorker Festival The annual compendium of erudite discussions and other fun stuff concludes tonight. Among the offerings: Paul Simon with Paul Muldoon; and a talk called "Television and Politics" with comedian W. Kamau Bell, Veep and In the Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci, The Good Wife's Robert & Michelle King, and Grey's Anatomy's Shonda Rhimes with Emily Nussbaum. Tickets to most events are sold out, but there are always a few standbys available before the show. Old Monk, Lurve, Bad Look, Jerkagram @ Arlene's Grocery Mathy indie rockers Old Monk headline this Bandshell-presented show. Free. Surfer Blood, Team Spirit, Andy Boay @ Bowery Ballroom Florida band Surfer Blood continue to crank out their Weezer-esque pop and tonight play their second of two NYC shows. Tonstartssbandht, Jerry Paper, Florida, Sunflower Bean @ 285 Kent Avenue Andy Boay (of Tonstartssbandht) has been on tour with Surfer Blood, having just played NYC at MHOW last night, and will play with them again tonight at Bowery Ballroom. Afterwards, Andy teams up with his brother/bandmate Edwin for a full Tonstartssbandht set at 285 Kent. Vulture Shit, Haunted Horses, Advaeta, Echo Comets @ Cake Shop Three solid local post-punk/punk bands Vulture Shit, Advaeta, and Echo Comets, join Seattle's Haunted Horses for a show at Cake Shop tonight. Mannequin Pussy, Lust Cats of the Gutter, Future Punx, Kissing Is A Crime @ Death By Audio Wild and raucous Mannequin Pussy are celebrating the release of their new EP tonight (which you can stream below). If you're heading that way, don't miss Fergus & Geronimo spinoff Future Punx who channel '80s new wave like Oingo Boingo, Wall of Voodoo and Flock of Seagulls. Don't miss Matt Molnar's (Friends, Soft Black, Pagan Rituals) post-punk project Kissing Is A Crime either. Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Chris Corsano, Daniel Carter, Demian Richardson, David Moss, Little Shalimar @ Union Pool This is the first date of HWBMB's (side project of TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe) October residency at Union Pool which will happen every Sunday this month. Bill Callahan, Lonnie Holley @ Webster Hall Singing/songwriting great Bill Callahan (once known as Smog) keeps churning out great albums, and this year's Dream River is no exception. He's been on tour with outsider artist Lonnie Holley (who recently toured with Deerhunter), and tonigtht the two musicians come to NYC. Born Gold, Headaches, Michael Parallax & Moonlasso @ The Ho_se Spastic Canadian dance-pop project Born Gold returns with a new album, I Am an Exit, this week and celebrates with a release show in Brooklyn tonight. Check out the video for the album's single "Hunger" below. Coltrane House benefit @ En Japanese Brasserie This benefit brunch, hosted by Carlos Santana and featuring a live performance by Ravi Coltrane Quartet, benefits the restoration of John and Alice Coltrane's house in Dix Hills, LI. Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early. For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar. For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too. ------------- --- Follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter. Follow @bvChicago for just Chicago stuff. Also follow @bvAustin for just Austin stuff. Be our friend on Facebook too, and BV Austin's frien
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Venue: The New Yorker Festival On Sunday, October 6 at 5 p.m. EDT, Paul Simon will be sitting down with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon as part of the New Yorker Festival....
Venue: The New Yorker Festival On Sunday, October 6 at 5 p.m. EDT, Paul Simon will be sitting down with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon as part of the New Yorker Festival. Muldoon, who is The New Yorker's poetry editor, will discuss Paul's songwriting career and craft in a special Q&A event in New York City. Have a question to ask Paul Simon? On Facebook and Twitter, write your questions using the hashtag #AskPaulSimon and your query could be chosen by Paul Muldoon and answered by Paul Simon live on stage. Location: New York, NY read more
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As part of the New Yorker Festival, Paul Simon is participating in a special Q&A event in New York City with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, The New Yorker's poetry editor, to discuss Paul's songwriting career and cra...
As part of the New Yorker Festival, Paul Simon is participating in a special Q&A event in New York City with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, The New Yorker's poetry editor, to discuss Paul's songwriting career and craft. Have a question to ask Paul Simon? On Facebook and Twitter, write your questions using the hashtag #AskPaulSimon and your query could be chosen by Paul Muldoon and answered by Paul Simon live on stage.read more
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So, picking up where we left off yesterday, here’s the Billboard Top Ten from October 4, 1975, thirty-eight years ago today: “Fame” by David Bowie “I’m Sorry/Calypso” by John Denver “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell “Run Joey Run” by ...
So, picking up where we left off yesterday, here’s the Billboard Top Ten from October 4, 1975, thirty-eight years ago today: “Fame” by David Bowie “I’m Sorry/Calypso” by John Denver “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell “Run Joey Run” by David Geddes “Mr. Jaws” by Dickie Goodman “Bad Blood” by Neil Sedaka “Ballroom Blitz” by the Sweet “Dance With Me” by Orleans “Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady” by Helen Reddy “Rocky” by Austin Roberts Wow. That’s a sorry Top Ten, given that the autumn of 1975 was one of the better seasons of my life. One of the records – “Dance With Me” – ranks among my all-time favorites, and I like well enough the Bowie, Campbell, Sedaka and Reddy records, but the other five? I can live without hearing any of them ever again, and I’ve felt that was since the autumn of 1975. Not that far down the chart, though, come bunches of records that help make the memories of that season so special: The Spinners, Janis Ian, Jefferson Starship, Paul Simon with Phoebe Snow, Leon Russell, Earth Wind & Fire and more. (And if you’re a fan of the autumn of 1975, you can figure out the titles of the records pretty easily.) As usual though, our task is lower down, but instead of our usual six records, we’re going to look at only three today. Sitting at No. 98 is a record I don’t recall from that autumn of 1975 even though it eventually rose to No. 35: “Let’s Live Together” by the Road Apples. The group hailed from Boston and had the record originally released on the Mums label before Polydor picked up the track. The various surveys available at the Airheads Radio Survey Archive show the record unsurprisingly strong in Boston, going to No. 1 on WBZ and to No. 2 on WRKO. It also hit the Top Ten on stations in Brunswick, Maine; Albany, Georgia; and Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s a decent record, but I don’t feel as if I missed out on anything not having heard it back then. Singer Evie Sands has popped up in this space once before, when I was scanning a list of artists who’d had records on the Cameo label; Sand’s 1968 record, “Billy Sunshine” (No. 133) was one of those, the second of seven records the Brooklyn-born singer would put in or near the Hot 100. The last of her hits was at its peak during the first week of October 1975 when “I Love Makin’ Love To You” was sitting at No. 50. According to the surveys at ARSA, the record made the Top Ten at KISN in Vancouver, Washington, and just missed the Top Ten at KNMS in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Again, it’s a decent record but nothing that would make me fire up the time machine for a trip to 1975. Having looked around near No. 100 and at No. 50, let’s split the difference for our third record of the day. Right at No. 75 we find Waylon Jennings’ thumping critique of 1970s country music: “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” was on its way to a peak of No. 60 and to a week on the top of the country chart. I find the song a little ham-handed and old fogy-ish, and I wonder as I write what Jennings – whose last hit came in 1983 and who passed on in 2002 – would think of today’s country music, which, as I’ve said at least once in this space, sounds an awful lot like 1970s Rolling Stones tracks with an occasional fiddle or steel guitar splashed on top. Just to be consistent, we’ll check survey action; ARSA shows that the record hit No. 9 in, unsurprisingly, Nashville.
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The Complete Bob Dylan Album Collection Vol. One ($320) will be available as a limited-edition harmonica-shaped USB stick containing all the music, in both MP3 and FLAC lossless formats, with a digital version of the hardcover booklet...
The Complete Bob Dylan Album Collection Vol. One ($320) will be available as a limited-edition harmonica-shaped USB stick containing all the music, in both MP3 and FLAC lossless formats, with a digital version of the hardcover booklet, housed in a deluxe numbered box. Beginning with tracks recorded for his eponymous 1962 Columbia Records debut album, the Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One follows Dylan's restless transformations across six decades as a singer, a songwriter, a concert performer and a studio artist who's continually finding fresh ways of expressing and exploring the varieties of human Read MoreBlog: THE FIRE WIRERelated: In The News: Bob Dylan, Robert Pollard, Xiu Xiu, Paul Simon, Counting Crows And MoreDusting Em Off: Bob Dylan The Freewheelin Bob DylanOtis Redding The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection (2013)Bob Dylan - [Album]Every Bob Dylan album collected in new box set
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