• L-FM

    21 Oct 2007, 00:43 by L_T_B

    Op 9 oktober was ondergetekende te gast bij het radioprogramma "Het Beste van het Westen" op het lokale radiostation L-FM. De muziekkeuze van die dag was helemaal voor mijn rekening. Onderstaand de speellijst.

    01.Dolly Parton – These Old Bones (Halos & Horns, 2002)
    02.Nickel Creek – Reasons Why (Nickel Creek, 2000)
    03.Chitlin’ Fooks – Oh, Joanna (Did It Again, 2002)
    04.Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion – Dr. King (Exploration, 2005)
    05.The Clumsy Lovers – Single Girl (Under the Covers, 2002)
    06.Uncle Tupelo – New Madrid (Anodyne, 1993)
    07.Kate Campbell – Rose Garden (Twang on a Wire, 2003)
    08.Bobby Bare Jr. – Flat Chested Girl from Maynardville (Bobby Bare Jr's Young Criminals' Starvation League, 2002)
    09.Natalie Merchant – Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow (2003)
    10. Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band – Carrie Brown (The Mountain, 1999)
    11.Lori McKenna – Fireflies (Pieces of Me, 2001)
    12.Billy Bragg & Wilco - Joe Dimaggio Done It Again (Mermaid Avenue Vol. II, 2000)
  • Scrobbler 3rd Birthday/20,000 tracks

    13 Jul 2006, 14:40 by jcshepard

    Last week was my 3rd anniversery o' signin up with this scrobbler thing, and I'm just shy o' 20k tracks played, so it's a good time to snapshot ye olde charts.

    JC's Top Artists:

    20. Emmylou Harris 120
    19. Dwight Yoakam 122
    18. Patty Loveless 133
    17. Captain Yonder 139
    16. Hank Williams III 147
    15. Tom Brosseau 151
    14. The Be Good Tanyas 152
    13. Jay Farrar 164
    12. Uncle Tupelo 169
    11. Kevin Deal 171.

    10. Alison Krauss & Union Station 140 ne Alison Krauss 34 total 174. My favorite performer. If she had done a duet with Johnny Cash, I would play nothing else.

    9. Cowboy Junkies 175. The Junkies are pure mood music for me, great background at work.

    8. Kate Campbell 203. Smart Southern songwriting, like Eudora Welty or Flannery O'Connor set to tunes.

    7. Drag the River 207. Home-town heroes of the alt.country/punk fusion. DTR rocks the house.

    6. Adrienne Young 210 aka Adrienne Young & Little Sadie 67, so actual 277. Last.fm counts one album as AYLS & the other as solo Adrienne. …
  • 6 degrees of Last.fm, from Johnny Cash

    25 May 2006, 14:15 by jcshepard

    So here's the meme: How many "Similar Artist" connections does it take to get from your Top Artist to the rest of your Top 10?

    Last.fm user andrew_j_w connect the dots at http://lastfm.indiegigs.co.uk/sixdegrees/sixdegrees.py. I had some trouble with an "&" artist, but last.fm database often does that to me. Just make sure your intended target actually has similar artists calc'd, or you'll end up in infinite loop land. Andrew says he's tweeked this, but no need to tie up Andrew's site to infinity and beyond (as i did, see below).

    My top artist is Johnny Cash.

    johnny cash <-> Emmylou Harris <-> Gram Parsons <-> Guy Clark <-> Tom Russell

    johnny cash <-> Willie Nelson <-> Lyle Lovett

    johnny cash <-> willie nelson <-> lyle lovett -> Jay Farrar <-> Graham Lindsey

    johnny cash <-> willie nelson <-> lyle lovett <-> jay farrar <-> graham lindsey <- Adrienne Young

  • Closing a Box, Opening a Little Blue Icon

    3 May 2006, 13:58 by jcshepard

    The week I closed out the “A-C” moving box and moved on to the D box. At this pace, I’ll survey my CD collection about, oh, the Next Millennium. In recognition of this landmark, however, I also upped for a short-term subscription to this last.fm addiction. See how that goes. Anyways, on to the charts!

    Johnny Cash shows up solely on album strength. I haven’t rip’d any tracks onto my PC yet. Otherwise the charts would be completely Man in Black 24/7. Trolling thru the “C” section of my moving box I plucked a couple discs for fair representation. I’m thinking I may have to rip a single track off each CD, tho, just for quality of life purposes.

    Good news from the Cash archives. New unreleased material! July 4: American V from the last American recording sessions. Also, John Carter Cash has pulled some 1970s tapes out of his father’s estate, which will be released in June looks like. More info in the last.fm Johnny Cash group.

  • Indians Cowboys Horses Dogs

    18 Apr 2006, 17:56 by jcshepard

    As spring has arrived in Minnesota, I should be looking forward. However, this was a week for looking back, continuing to bask in the glow of live music played in small venues.

    Tom Russell continues to dominate my chart as I continue to revel in the discs I picked up at his concert: Song of the West, The Man From God Knows Where, and Indians Cowboys Horses Dogs. His new disc stalled out in the Americana Radio Top 10 this week. Tom plays on David Letterman Wed 19 April 06.

    I'm surprised I only played Graham Lindsey less than two dozen spins, but I did load up on Tom. Expect to make it up this week. Playing thru his first disc, Famous Anonymous Wilderness, cut on the Bloodshot Records For A Decade of Sin anniversary disc, and on thru his new European release, Hell Under the Skullbones. Check out Graham's revamped website. Intense.

    Townes Van Zandt, Becky Schlegel, Shooter Jennings, Karen Mal, and David Rodriguez hang on from purchases in the last couple weeks. …
  • The Pattern Emerges

    4 Apr 2006, 22:25 by jcshepard

    I don’t know where my Top Artists spins came from this week. As I’ve filled daytime iTunes w/tracks off artists’ homepages & myspace, I’ve been doing more of the random play. This gives my stats a broader reach—-more artists spun less often than when I was mostly playing full CDs.

    I also continue to plug thru my storage boxes alphabetically, digitizing some that will not be too distracting at work, or worth the distraction anyway. I’m up to "C" now. This explains the Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash, folkies Kate Campbell & Stephen Clair, and alt.country Kasey Chambers & Neko Case. Matraca Berg is held over from the "B" section. Adrienne Young I found in a stack of papers on my desk I was about to recycle. Oooops. And I think I only played thru half the Bill Chambers disc before dinner. He's Kasey's dad—-a better artist, but his voice is outback all the way where's she’s just a little honky tonk angel she is.

  • Snapshot: End o' Winter '06

    28 Mar 2006, 19:55 by jcshepard

    The weekly last.fm top 10 has been a needed prompt to blow hard on whatever’s currently piqued my Americana music ear. After populating my iTunes with about 1,000 tracks & last.fm w/10,000 plays the last.fm radio player is doing pretty good recommending tracks, tho friends and random coincidences still do better. This is certainly not an encyclopedic inventory of my music library, let alone aural interest. It is a pretty good snapshot of my mood End of Winter 2006.

    I’ve blogged on Kate Campbell already, and I certainly didn’t intend to follow-up St.Patrick’s week with this Southern belle. I wouldn’t say her Southern folk/70’s tribute was representative of my mood as I trolled thru new SXSW showcase tracks. With 3 albums in the mix, she may be a permanent fixture till I get further into the alphabet of my moving boxes—-she just now popped up on random mix, as if to prove the point.

  • 10,000 Tracks

    22 Mar 2006, 23:18 by jcshepard

    These were my last Ten plays to hit 10,000 tracks on Last.fm. wahoo!

    1. Down to the River to Pray 16:04, 22 March 2006
    2. The Man Comes Around (Early Take) 15:55, 22 March 2006
    3. My Museum Blues 15:15, 22 March 2006
    4. West of Town 15:11, 22 March 2006
    5. Windfall 15:05, 22 March 2006
    6. Amazing Grace 15:01, 22 March 2006
    7. Jesus And Tomatoes 14:57, 22 March 2006
    8. Back in the Saddle 14:54, 22 March 2006
    9. Downtown 14:49, 22 March 2006
    10. Down Where the River Bends 14:45, 22 March 2006

    I was winding up to 10,000 tracks played as I wound down work today. It's a Wednesday, I'm ploghing thru reports, thinking about cooking dinner. Hmmmm, kielbasa in beer. soon it will be time the grill can stay out. (Track artist=Homer Simpson]Hmmmm, goooooood(/track).

    I was putzin thru some track in iTunes, sorted by last played. Awhile ago I had dug out Dwight's Used Records and brought it to work, cause my Mrs. does not put up with Dwight Yoakam's twang. Oh, well, she's only almost perfect. …
  • St. Patrick’s Day week: A Trip Down the Old Plank Road

    22 Mar 2006, 19:36 by jcshepard

    In 1849, Thomas William Maloy and Anna Kenny were married in County Roscommon, Eire, and soon left the Emerald Isle and the potato famine on a long trip for North America. Landing in Canada, they settled in upstate New York and soon had a farm and family of their own. It is a similar story to millions of others. Later generations of Maloys embraced both their Irish heritage and the western urge of their fellow Americans. Thomas & Anna’s grandsons went West, to Chicago and Wyoming, to mine for gold, run trains, build dams and raise cattle.

    The Elders are a band from Kansas City that plays American- folk-rock. They play music seeped in tradition, loud and enthusiastic enough to burn the roadhouse down. If you like Celtic rock, you’ll like The Elders. If you like just plain guitar-driven roots rock, you’ll probably like The Elders. Their live album offers two versions of 1849, one live & electric, and one thoughtful & acoustic. …
  • What is Old Shall Be New Again: Happy Birthday Mr. Cash

    28 Feb 2006, 23:41 by jcshepard

    Johnny Cash would have been 74 years old this past Sunday. One by one, the musical legends of this greatest generation are crossing the River for a better land. Janette Carter, June Carter Cash's cousin and member of the original Carter Family Fold, passed away this January. (Marianne Ebertowski interviewed Janette in 2002 Rockzilla World - Marianne shares Johnny's birthday; if you see anything she writes, read it). I am a bit of a traditionalist, conservative in my tastes and habits, yet in our modernist society I find myself a rebel for sticking to tradition. I am certainly contrary. I don't like media or industry telling me who or what or when or where.

    Johnny Cash & friends were nothing if not contrary. The Carter Family hit the road touring when there was no road. I won't even go into the scandal of ladies in the band, smoking cigarettes and cavorting with mixed races, good Methodists that they were! These men and women brought an original sound down off the mountain and out of the delta…