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Johnny Cash-The Bootleg Series Vol. 2

Posted March 17, 2011 By admin

This is the second volume of Johnny Cash’s Bootleg Series, the first being Personal File. The highlights of this set are the first 10 tracks, which finds Johnny Cash at his first radio performance ever, taking place in September of 1954. Here you can hear where it all started, and you can hear an unfamiliar awkwardness not associated with Cash. During the advertisements he reads for Home Equipment Company, you can hear him stumble and pause, searching for the right words to say. But, the music is fantastic, as to be expected. The set includes “Wide Open Road, “One More Ride“, a Luther Perkins instrumental, and “Belshazzar“. Beyond the radio performance, this compilation includes many demos and unreleased songs, all recorded between 1954-1969. Most of them aren’t that amazing, but there are some gems hidden among the throwaway takes. Some of my favorites are: “Foolish Questions” (originally recorded by Bill Haley), a lighthearted song that pokes fun at people that questions to which the answer is blatantly obvious, such as “Now then there’s this fella who meets you on your way/And asks you why your all dressed up and listens while you say/That you just been returning from the funeral of poor old Uncle Ned/As soon as you have told him, he will say, “Is Ned dead?“. Another highlight, and personal favorite on this album is the song “The Folk Singer“. The lyrics tell of the life of a singer, how lonely it can be at times, and how most of them aren’t fully appreciated until after they are gone (But when I’m dust and clay where other people stop and to look/And will they marvel and miracles and perform into the high size to the spider). It’s a somber song, and a foretelling one as Cash seems to only be gaining in popularity since his death in 2003. All in all, this is an essential set for hardcore Johnny Cash fans, but the casual fan probably won’t appreciate it as much as his proper studio albums.

  • Foolish Questions
  • The Folk Singer


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Picks Of The Week

Posted March 13, 2011 By admin
  • The Robot-Alessis Ark
  • Some Day Soon- Alexi Murdoch
  • Swimmer, Dreams Don’t Keep- Amanda Shire
  • Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door- Avril Lavigne
  • Konfort Corpse- Christian Morgenstern
  • Animus Vox- Glitch Mob
  • Lightspeed- Grieves
  • The Folk Singer- Johnny Cash
  • The Cave- Mumford And Sons
  • Diamonds In The Sky- Pieta Brown
  • I Want To Go Home- Ryan Adams
  • King David- Shyne
  • All Night- Statik Selektah & Termanlology (ft. Kali)
  • I And Love And You- The Avett Brothers
  • The Crystal Ship- The Doors
  • Red Nation- The Game (ft. Lil’ Wayne)
  • Excuse While I Break My Own Heart Tonight- Whiskeytown
  • Pittsburgh Sound (All In My Blood)- Wiz Khalifa

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Top songs of 2010

Posted December 30, 2010 By admin

Here are my favorite songs of 2010. I was surprised by how much good music was released throughout the year, hopefully next year will be just as good.

Disc 1

1. Healing Hands- Citizen Cope
2. Starling- Roma Di Luna
3. The Chaconne- Dessa
4. Obvious- Sharaya Mikael
5. The In-Between Place- Crash Test Dummies
6. All But Elegant (Party On, Wayne)- Botzy ft. I, Colossus
7. Now They Know- Dark Time Sunshine
8. Are You Here- Corinne Bailey Rae
9. Everybody’s Hurting- Jakob Dylan
10. This- Darius Rucker
11. Billie Jean- Sungha Jung
12. I Can Feel- The Chapin Sisters
13. Why Didn’t You Call- JoJo
14. In Your Arms- Kina Grannis
15. Before We’re Gone- Pigeon John
16. Prayer Of Roses- Pieta Brown
17. Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough)- Phosphorescent
18. Calico Pie- Natalie Merchant
19. Lovely And Blue- Ryan Adams
20. I Wish I Knew How To Say Goodbye- Willy Mason
21. Fairytale Lullaby- Bombay Bicycle Club
22. On A Good Day- Joanna Newsom

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Disc 2

1. Pioneer- Joe Purdy
2. Boss Inside- Adam Green
3. Stranger In Sand- Jackie Greene
4. Window Seat- Erykah Badu
5. You Are Not Alone- R. Kelly
6. Count Your Blessings- Nas & Damian Marley
7. Of All The Wonderful Things- Piney Gir
8. Draw The Stars- Andreya Triana
9. King Of Anything (Strings Version)- Sara Bareilles
10. And The Camera- Paper Tiger ft. Dessa
11. Dirtnap Nightmares- Grieves
12. Te Amo- Rihanna
13. Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound- Johnny Cash
14. Someone To Watch Over Me- Brian Wilson
15. Drummer Boy (Unplugged)- Debi Nova
16. Dive In- Jennifer Knapp
17. Take A Picture- Lucy Schwartz
18. Escape- NEeMA
19. Mr. Blessington’s Imperialist Plot- Astronautalis
20. Only A Hobo- Bob Dylan
21. Come Undone- Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
22. Bored To Death- Coconut Records

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Top 20 Albums Of 2010-Part 2

Posted December 29, 2010 By admin

Well this is it, the top 10 albums of the year. Based on a lot of lists I’ve seen around the web, mine will be quite a bit different than most, but hopefully that will expose more people to different music as well. Be sure to check back tomorrow for my songs of the year.

9.Grieves – The Confessions of Mr. Modest

8. Botzy – Deaf to the Static

7. Roma di Luna – Then the Morning Came

6. The Chapin Sisters – Two

5. Natalie Merchant – Leave Your Sleep

4. Johnny Cash – American VI: Ain’t No Grave

3. Crash Test Dummies – Oooh Lala!

2. Adam Green – Minor Love

1. Dessa – A Badly Broken Code

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Johnny Cash-Best Of American Outtakes

Posted July 24, 2010 By admin

Johnny Cash
Best Of American Outtakes

  1. Go On Blues
  2. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
  3. I’m A Drifter (Solo Version)
  4. I Witnessed A Crime [W/ Billy Gibbons]
  5. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again) [Take 1]
  6. The Devil
  7. To Beat The Devil
  8. East Virginia Blues
  9. The Next Time I’m In Town
  10. Banks Of The Ohio [W/ June Carter Cash]
  11. Friends In California
  12. Children Go Where I Send Thee
  13. The Wonder Of You
  14. Bad News
  15. All Of God’s Children Ain’t Free
  16. One More Ride
  17. Don’t Sell Daddy Any More Whiskey
  18. Two Timin’ Woman
  19. What On Earth (Will You Do For Heaven’s Sake)


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Happy 4th Of July!

Posted July 4, 2010 By admin

Happy 4th of July! Hopefully everybody has some plans to celebrate, or at least just taking it easy around the house. Stay safe and enjoy some American related songs below.

  • America The Beautiful (Frank Sinatra)
  • American Pie (Don McLean)
  • American Woman (Guess Who)
  • I’ve Been Everywhere (Johnny Cash)
  • Surfin’ USA (Beach Boys)
  • Star Spangled Banner (Jimi Hendrix)

Here are a few blogs who have some cool 4th of July related things today as well:

The (Johnny Cash-American Outtakes)

The Six One Four Nine (American Tunes)

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