• Famous Musicians Who Died Too Young (Dead Before Their Time) Pt II

    25 Mar 2015, 19:45 by thomas10

    Elliott Smith (1969-2003) Presumed suicide. Smith died from two stab wounds to the chest. According to girlfriend Jennifer Chiba—with whom he was sharing an apartment at the time—the two were arguing, and she locked herself in the bathroom to take a shower. Chiba heard him scream, and upon opening the door, saw Smith standing with a knife in his chest. She pulled the knife out, after which he collapsed and she called 911. Smith died in the hospital. While Smith's death was originally reported as a suicide, the official autopsy report left open the question of possible homicide. The coroner's report revealed that no traces of illegal substances or alcohol were found in his system at the time of his death, but did find prescribed levels of antidepressant and attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder medications in his system, including Clonazepam, Mirtazapine, Atomoxetine and Amphetamine. …
  • Famous Dead Musicians/Artists and Causes of Death (Pt 2, Age 37-50)

    13 Feb 2012, 12:18 by thomas10

    This is an article in which I tried to bundle all the great losses of rock'n roll and modern music. That means all the musicians which are worldwide known and died at young age (before 51 years old). I tried to give a little information about the way they died. Most of the information I got from Wikipedia. When someone thinks I forgot an artist or that the information is incorrect... I'm open for new information.

    The list is in order of age of dying
    For the artists younger than 37 I'll recommend you Pt 1;

    Lhasa de Sela (Lhasa) (1972-2010)
    Following a 21-month-long battle with breast cancer, Lhasa died, age 37, on the evening of January 1, 2010, at her home in Montreal.
    Rhett Forrester (Riot) (1956-1994)
    Murdered. He was shot and killed in Atlanta, Georgia, after he refused to give up his vehicle in an attempted carjacking. The crime has not to date, been solved.
  • Fulks 2010 residency at The Hideout

    2 May 2010, 16:58 by heatherc

    In February, Robbie Fulks began a Monday night residency at The
    Hideout, which is scheduled to last throughout at least all of 2010
    (whenever Robbie is available). Few artists would do such a thing
    with as great a diversity as he has thus far. So I'll use this journal
    to keep a record of the shows, updating it throughout the year.

    On October 31, 2010, the Chicago Sun-Times ran an article on Robbie's residency:,music-residencies-103110.article

    Feb 1 - with Robbie Gjersoe
    I'm starting this Monday, Feb. 1, with something safe and sound: my duo with the incredible Robbie Gjersoe. We'll be focusing on country flatpick songs. Bring your eighth-note-o-meters.
    ?? (instrumental)
    Molly and Tenbrooks [Bill Monroe]
    Georgia Hard
    The Bluebirds Are Singing For Me [trad.?]
    Guess I Got It Wrong
    The World Is Full of Pretty Girls (And Pretty Girls Are Full of Themselves Too)
  • Top Ten for 2007

    11 Jan 2008, 22:24 by Tancread

    My top ten albums for 2007 can be found here at my blog. I won't rewrite all that here but it was an odd mix this year with some albums I thought were 2007 actually releasing in 2006 so falling out.

    For example I bought this The Pipettes album We Are The Pipettes which I thought hit the classic girl group band sound very well indeed. Check out Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me for a sample.

    I discovered the Vampire Beach Babes in the autumn and really liked Reckless Summer very much. Check out Tomb Mau Mau for a great example of their rocking first album.

    I managed to find the old Heavy Metal this year, which has some real stinkers but some very nice old songs as well. My favorite is Devo's Working In A Coal Mine

    A big find of the year for me was Blaze Foley who I was tipped on to and really love, a very gritty and honest country sound with no bull crap attached at all, the album I liked best from him was Live at the Austin Outhouse.

  • Alt.Austin Music Memorial

    11 Oct 2007, 14:12 by jcshepard

    Someday I'm gonna get to Austin. Until then I've got John Conquest's Third Coast Music News for a monthly heads up on the Texas Music scene. The other JC this month puts up an Alternative to an offical City of Austin Music Memorial thingy.

    Conquest's Alt.Austin All-Time List:
    Townes Van Zandt (7/3/44—1/1/97)
    Blaze Foley (12/18/49—2/1/89)
    Don Walser (9/14/34—9/20/06)
    Champ Hood (8/16/52—11/3/01)
    Clifford Antone (10/27/49—5/23/06)
    Stevie Ray Vaughan (10/3/55—8/2/90)
    Jesse Taylor (4/10/50—3/7/06)
    Kenneth Threadgill (9/12/09—3/20/87)
    Bill Neely (9/19/16—3/22/90)
    Doug Sahm (11/6/41—11/18/99)

    Guess that gives me some new old artists I need to look up, y'all.

    This month's Freeform American Roots (FAR) DJ chart:
    #1 Starline Rhythm Boys: Red's Place (Cow Island)
    2 Steve Earle: Washington Square Serenade (New West)
    3 John Lilly: Haunted Honky Tonk (self)
    4 Mary Gauthier: Between Daylight & Dusk (Lost Highway)

  • Summer: Playing in the Rain

    20 Jun 2006, 13:51 by jcshepard

    Summer, sweat season of sun and fun, is now upon us here in the Northland.

    I've often thought of summer as justice for the other 3 seasons. We suffer thru cold bleak Winter. Spring teases us with the potential for warmth and love. Then glorious Summer releases us from indoors incarceration, opening the gates to the garden of Eden. Finally, once again, Autumn beckons the fall, a grim reaper harvesting our excess and herding the sheep back into school and work preparation for what must come.

    I know I should look at the seasons as stations on the wheel of life. We must have the rest and recuperation of winter to appreciate the growth and excitement of summer. There would be no new blossoms of spring without the blaze colors of fall. It makes sense. It just doesn't take.

    Music is a land of seasons. We search for the new artists about to blossom. We glory in the fast growing aspens, the staunch old oaks. We reminisce with those in the autumn of their careers. …
  • On Johnny Cash and Blaze Foley

    27 Jan 2006, 04:19 by jcshepard

    Johnny Cash has topped my Artists list in January. I could rack that up to a great abiding joy in The Man In Black, and he is among my favorite artists. Rather, I have to admit I pulled out a couple box sets after going to see the movie "Walk the Line". Great movie, tho I'll pass on the psuedo-soundtrack. Why buy the fake when there's so much great original material out there?

    I've been spinning the 5-disc Unearthed Box Set, eg Unearthed (disc 5: Best of Cash on American), and the earlier 3-disc Love-God-Murder Box Set, eg Love, God, Murder (disc 3: Murder). It's a bit of classic Cash, bit of the Man at the top of his game in the 60s (eg At Folsom Prison) and of course the late, great Renaissance crowned by American IV: The Man Comes Around. Great variety for the soundtrack of my life.

    Blaze Foley is a newer addition to my library. The late great Blaze story is a story of it's own that came my way via the Freeform American Roots (FAR) DJ charts. …
  • FAR & Away 05

    20 Jan 2006, 18:51 by jcshepard

    Texas-based 3rd Coast Music magazine (TCMN) sponsors the Freeform American Roots (FAR) chart. The FAR list is a monthly survey of real-live free form DJs, mostly on non-profit & community radio, from the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Australia and New Zealand.

    I don’t always agree with the collective wisdom—I’m more of an guy than a ie. Still their year-end Best-Of list is usually a good Roots music preview of break-out artists and below-the-radar comebacks you’ll be listening to, or at least wish you were.

    Martí Brom: Sings Heartache Numbers (Goofin)
    John Prine: Fair & Square (Oh Boy)
    Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell Begonias (Yep Roc)
    James McMurtry: Childish Things (Compadre)
    Eliza Gilkyson: Paradise Hotel (Red House)
    Rodney Crowell: The Outsider (Columbia)
    Mary Gauthier: Mercy Now (Lost Highway)
    Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives: Souls' Chapel (Superlatone)
    Dwight Yoakam: Blame The Vain (New West)
  • Some of the best songs ever written

    12 Aug 2005, 15:17 by maskros


    Blaze Foley - Picture Cards Can't Picture You
    (from Live at the Austin Outhouse, 1988)

    "i didn't try to fall in love with you
    tried everything that i could do
    to keep myself from falling
    like I've done so many times"


    Townes Van Zandt - If I Needed You
    (from The Late Great Townes Van Zandt, 1972)

    "you will miss sunrise
    if you close your eyes
    and that would break
    my heart in two"


    Big Star - Thirteen
    (from #1 Record, 1972)

    "won't you tell your dad get off my back?"


    Red House Painters - Summer Dress
    (from Ocean Beach, 1995)

    "lovliest girl that i know, and the sweetest"


    The Zombies - Hung Up On a Dream
    (from Odessey & Oracle, 1968)

    "a dream unusual of its kind
    that gave me peace and blew my mind
    and now i'm hung up on a dream"


    Nick Drake - Northern Sky
    (from Bryter Layter, 1970)

    "oh, if you would and you could