December 19, 2011

Rearview Mirror – Bob Renock

Rearview Mirror is our annual look back at the year in music from our friends in and around the business.  Musicians, managers, roadies, superfans, bloggers etc..

Today we find out the albums that rocked Bob Renock‘s 2011.  Renock is the owner of Higher Step Records and Zero Echo Media and the proud papa of a bulldog named Maceo, whose photo we’ve included below for maximum cuteness clickability.

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December 16, 2011

We Never Asked For This – Band of Skulls

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a band who thought (or their label/manager/agent/girlfriend thought) that it would be a good idea to send us an email saying “like me! like me! like me!” (more or less).

Today’s blind submission comes from power trio Band of Skulls, who tantalize us with a stream of the title track to their upcoming album Sweet Sour and the video for the album’s first single “The Devil Takes Care of His Own.” Check them both out and what we think below.

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December 16, 2011

Rearview Mirror – Jared Thompson

Rearview Mirror is our annual look back at the year in music from our friends in and around the business.  Musicians, managers, roadies, superfans, bloggers etc..

Jared Thompson is perhaps best known for being, along with his wife Dayna and their son Max, owner of The Comedy Attic. But before becoming a comedy empresario, Jared fronted the hardcore band The Witchcraft Season and was an independent promoter of rock & roll shows.  He remains an impassioned music supporter and as seen above, occasional Live Band Karaoke contestant.  Check out his picks for the best of 2011 below.

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December 14, 2011

Postcards – Scout Niblett Tour Pt. 9

Our buddy Pete Schreiner (Thousand Arrows, The Coke Dares, Magnolia Electric Company, Sam Lowry & The Circumstance) is adding a new gig to his resume as he plays sideman to Scout Niblett on her current tour.  Pete is keeping us in the loop of the ups and downs of the road with this tour diary.

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December 14, 2011

Rearview Mirror – Postcard Elba

Rearview Mirror is our annual look back at the year in music from our friends in and around the business.  Musicians, managers, roadies, superfans, bloggers etc..

This year we’re upping the vanity aspect of it by sprinkling in our favorite posts of the past year, which you may have missed the first time around.  Our pick for May was one of our random trips outside of the Elba bunker to appreciate live music, and oh what a great trip it was when we caught a stripped down set from Samantha Crain at The Bishop.  Let’s enjoy it once more together.

December 14, 2011

Where the Internet Took Us

Postcard Editor occasionally plays in the dark-americana group Sam Lowry, and that group has a new single available for download for the price of your choice.  Check it out here, while we gracefully and effortlessly return to a semblance of journalistic integrity….ah, just kidding…we’ve never had integrity.

December 13, 2011

Postcards – Scout Niblett Tour Diary Pt. 8

Our buddy Pete Schreiner (Thousand Arrows, The Coke Dares, Magnolia Electric Company, Sam Lowry & The Circumstance) is adding a new gig to his resume as he plays sideman to Scout Niblett on her current tour.  Pete is keeping us in the loop of the ups and downs of the road with this tour diary.

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December 13, 2011

Where the Internet Took Us

ChaCha came across this great review of Fever: Little Willie John – A Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul and not only has it made her update her Christmas gift list, it sent her on a quest for a little Little Willie John YouTube action, and oh we are so happy she did.  You will be too – check it, and ChaCha’s personal story about LWJ, below.

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December 13, 2011

Tuesday Tip-Off: The Horns of Happiness

Today’s tip-off is an internet re-release by the Oakland psych-kraut trio The Horns of Happiness.

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December 12, 2011

Rearview Mirror – Postcard Elba

Rearview Mirror is our annual look back at the year in music from our friends in and around the business.  Musicians, managers, roadies, superfans, bloggers etc..

This year we’re upping the vanity aspect of it by sprinkling in our favorite posts of the past year, which you may have missed the first time around.  It was tough to pick just one post for April, as we had a particularly good month of posting, but when you interview a legend – that clearly has to be the winner.  Fred Foster is Music City royalty who helped shape both Roy Orbison and Dolly Parton’s early careers.  He went on to work with Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and many more of the most influential artists of the past fifty years.  Luckily for us, ChaCha is Fred’s granddaughter, and she sat down with him via Skype to talk to him about the Roy Orbison collection The Monument Singles Collection that had just been released.