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Video Premiere: John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

John Grant

John Grant is releasing his second solo album, called Pale Green Ghosts, on March 13th 2013 via the Bella Union label.

I loved his last album,Queen Of Denmark and I saw him at a concert in Bergen, Norway a couple of years ago, he was mesmerizing, simply fantastic and it’s fair to say I have quite a bit of anticipation for Pale Green Ghosts.

And what’s it going to sound like? Well if the first song is representative, we will get a more electronic sounding album.

 Pale Green Ghosts the first song from the new album by the same title:

I like it, and it keeps getting better and better.

– Hallgeir

Free Christmas music 6: My Morning Jacket live on WFPK 21 Dec 2001

a mmj christmas

My Morning Jacket, the best live band in the world,  love Christmas music and they have a couple of original releases (EPs) available on iTunes.

But they have also played a wonderful Christmas radio concert and they do not mind sharing live music as long as no payments are involved.

My Mornin Jacket to archive.org:

“…were always cool with fans/friends sharing shows with eachother. So long as the person sharing is not bootlegging and trying to turn a profit.

Again, thanks for your interest and spreading the music its all good by us…”

So today we’re posting their beautiful “My Morning Jacket Xmas Special” they did way back in 2001 for local Louisville radio station WFPK.

Tracklisting:

01 Introduction
02 Santa Claus is Back in Town
03 X-mas Curtain (jazzed up)
04 O Holy Night (shoes interruption)
05 Interview – Jim “Son” James
06 Christmas Time Is Here Again (Bring Out the Joy!)
07 Old Sept Blues
08 I Will Sing You Songs
09 Interview – Jim
10 Silent Night
11 Come Closer

ZIP file

You can also stream it at The Internet Archive, a great site for free music!

If you like it you should definitly buy their official Christmas releases

– Hallgeir

Video of the day: Vintage Trouble – Blues Hand Me Down live on Letterman

Vintage Trouble – Blues Hand Me Down live on Letterman

L.A. blues/rock band Vintage Trouble played on Late Show with David Letterman a couple of nights ago and absolutely blew the roof off the house with an incredible performance of Blues Hand Me Down, the single from their 2011 debut, The Bomb Shelter Sessions.

We have written a little bit about them before, but nothing prepared us for this mindblowing performance!

Singer Ty Taylor owned stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater, it was tight and loose at the same time, well I think you know what I mean.

Just incredible!

-Hallgeir

Free Christmas music 5: The 2012 Paste Holiday Sampler

Our fifth offering is from the nice people  at Paste Magazine, and it’s a fine compilation they are giving us.

 From Paste:

“Fortunately, some of our favorite Paste artists have chosen to freshen the genre with new releases, whether they’re original compositions or unique takes on old holiday favorites. If you’re looking for the perfect playlist for that tired office Christmas party or just hoping to amp up your holiday spirit in a new way, look no further than the Paste Holiday Sampler.” (read more)

 

Thank you Paste!

– Hallgeir

Today: Chris Hillman is 68

Christopher “Chris” Hillman (born December 4, 1944 in Los Angeles, California) was one of the original members of The Byrds, which in 1965 included Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby and Michael Clarke. With frequent collaborator Gram Parsons, Hillman was a key figure in the development of country rock, defining the genre through his work with The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and the country-rock group Desert Rose Band.

The Byrds (Hillman second from the left):

Before the Flying Burrito Brothers disbanded, Hillman joined Stephen Stills‘ band Manassas; he remained with Manasses until 1973, when he briefly rejoined the original lineup of the Byrds for a reunion album on Asylum Records. In 1974, Hillman teamed with singer-songwriter Richie Furay (who co-founded Buffalo Springfield and Poco) and songwriter J. D. Souther (who co-wrote much of the Eagles’ early repertoire) in the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band.

Flying Burrito Brothers – Christine’s Tune:

I’ve chosen the often overlooked solo album Slippin’ Away as todays album, it surely is an often forgotten gem from Chris Hillman:

 

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