Friday, September 30, 2005

Show Post: In House #1462

Big Star is back with In Space, their first studio album in 27 years. Alex Chilton, who recently had a narrow escape with Hurricane Katrina, and Jody Stephens, both line-up originals, have been joined by Posies Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow for the reincarnated version of the band. Chilton seems to pick up right where he left off, with gorgeous, hook-filled, Brit-inspired power-pop, albeit with a funk-soul detour or two.

In House #1462.
Airdate: 9/30/05
Focus: New release from Big Star, In Space, plus new music from the Posies, Supergrass, Richard Hawley and more.


Friday Random Five* (#6)
*plus one

This week's random five selections share a connection with falling leaves and full and/or busted hearts (and not even a Death Cab for Cutie song included!). Yes, the order of the weekend appears to be autumn sweaters and crisp nights-- oh, and, of course, fall baseball-- the latter of which gets a nod with a random five bonus sixth selection in the form of a short movie from Joe Pernice, shamefully unabashed Red Sox fan that he is. On with it, then!

1- We begin with a cut from the new release from the egregiously underrated and overlooked Richard Hawley. His Coles Corner was released earlier this month and is another collection of classy, brooding tunes, bringing to mind the likes of Lee Hazlewood and Scott Walker. "Hotel Room" (MP3) is a happy-sad number far darker than its 1950's bubblegum backdrop would suggest.

2- The mood changes up a bit with Boston's Bishop Allen. They burst onto the scene a couple of years ago with their self-released debut Charm School, which is where you'll find the deceptively peppy "Busted Heart" (MP3).

3- Speaking of charm, not even a cynic can resist the drums and keyboard melodies of Mates of State, a duo united in love and music. They also put on an astounding live show. "Hoarding It for Home" (MP3) comes from their 2002 release, Our Constant Concern.

4- So what's the deal with the married musical couples? Like the Mates of State, the Rosebuds also fit that particularly rare description. From North Carolina, Mr. & Mrs. Rosebud recently released their second full-length, Birds Make Good Neighbors, which everyone seems to more or less agree has more substance and quality than their debut. "Leaves Do Fall" (MP3) covers the "falling leaves" portion of this week's theme.

5- This week's random five closes out with a different type of love: the frightened kind. "Love In Fear" (MP3) is just one example of the brilliance that awaits us all with the upcoming release from the Constantines out of Toronto. Tournament of Hearts is due out in the U.S. on Sub Pop records on October 11th, and was released this week in Canada on the soon to be dearly departed Three Gut records.

BONUS #6!- As promised here's a short film of the Pernice Brothers' Joe Pernice giving a brief tour of his Boston area digs. Turns out that Mr. Pernice, despite being a musical genius, is a regular Joe with an apartment and a wife. He's also in regular contact with people who have no idea who he is and have not heard his music. Where's the justice? It's a .MOV file, just wait for it.

As usual- enjoy. rinse. repeat.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Show Post: In House #1461

If you're a longtime listener of the show, then Josh Ritter's story is likely a familiar one. He grew up in northern Idaho, rare enough as far as notable singer-songwriters go, and has since honed his craft at Oberlin College in Ohio, and Boston. This week he announced the completion of his upcoming album, The Animal Years, slated for a spring 2006 release. Ritter's first three releases have garnered no small amount of critical acclaim as well as comparisons to the likes of Bob Dylan, Nick Drake and Townes Van Zandt-- heady company to be sure, but he's shown himself to be one of the bright young things around these days. He's currently touring the western U.S. with the Irish band the Frames, before heading east throughout the month of October.

In House #1461.
Airdate: 9/29/05
Focus: Sneak preview from the upcoming release from Josh Ritter, The Animal Years, plus new music from Chris Mills, the Roulette Sisters, Ryan Adams and more.

BONUS from today's show and the upcoming album from Chris Mills, The Wall to Wall Sessions: "Chris Mills Is Living the Dream" (MP3)...

...and from Josh Ritter's most recent album, Hello Starling- "Kathleen" (MP3).


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Show Post: In House #1460

Already regarded as the best dressed band east of Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, likely the only rock & roll band ever named after an Austro-Hungarian archduke, are set to prove their self-titled debut was no fluke with You Could Have It So Much Better, out October 4th. Having already inspired the usual adjectives like "art-damaged" and "angular", the band has added an element of depth that helps them grow past the "one dimensional" labels. Franz Ferdinand plays The Great Salt Air tonight on the banks of the slightly less great Salt Lake.

In House #1460.
Airdate: 9/28/05
Focus: Franz Ferdinand in Salt Lake City tonight, plus new music from the latest Warchild compilation, "Help: A Day In the Life," featuring selections from Radiohead, Belle & Sebastian, Kaiser Chiefs and more.

BONUS from today's show:
Franz Ferdinand from You Could Have It So Much Better-
"Eleanor Put Your Boots On" (MP3)


Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Show Post: In House #1459

Fresh off being the whipping boy for critics (fed up with inconsistent efforts and his willfully difficult and childish behavior), fans (soured on notoriously bad live performances, as well as the previously mentioned inconsistent releases), and foes (mostly envious, it seems, over the fact that Parker Posey is his girlfriend) alike, Ryan Adams emerged earlier this year with the double-album Cold Roses. That effort was a return of sorts to the sound of Adams' Whiskeytown days, and was welcomed by all of the previously mentioned groups except the foes, who continued to find enough ammunition with Ms. Posey.

Jacksonville City Nights, the latest release from the ever-prolific Adams and his newly-formed band, the Cardinals, finds the Cold Roses sound expanded even further into Americana and honky-tonk, no doubt welcome news to many who have followed Adams' career since Whiskeytown. The album is out today on Lost Highway.

In House #1459.
Airdate: 9/27/05
Focus: New releases from Ryan Adams, Jacksonville City Nights, and Neil Young, Prairie Wind. Plus, new music from James McMurtry, Iron & Wine and Calexico, Josh Lederman y Los Diablos and more.


Monday, September 26, 2005

Show Post: In House #1458

It would only seem apropos, given the astounding amount of hype that's been building over the past few months, for Apologies to the Queen Mary, the debut full-length from Montreal's Wolf Parade, to be universally panned and fall flat on its face. After all, could any band, any album, live up to such pre-adoration? Probably not, but this one comes close enough. So it is that the Arcade Fire-opening, Isaac Brock-produced Wolf Parade have delivered on one of the most anticipated releases of 2005. The album is out tomorrow on Sub Pop, but the band plays the Neurolux in Boise, ID tonight.

In House #1458.
Airdate: 9/26/05
Focus: Apologies to the Queen Mary, the debut full-length from Wolf Parade, who are also playing in Boise tonight. Plus, new music from Death Cab for Cutie, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists and more.

BONUS from today's show and Wolf Parade's Apologies to the Queen Mary:
"You Are a Runner & I Am My Father's Son" (MP3)


Friday, September 23, 2005

Show Post: In House #1457

The notoriously camera shy American Analog Set released their sixth full-length, Set Free, this week. Those already familiar with the Austin, TX-based band's back catalogue likely know the tones and textures to be expected here, not that that's anything to complain about. Over the course of the last ten years the American Analog Set has perfected a sound that has become instantly recognizable as their own. Set Free marks the band's first release for the Arts & Crafts label.

In House #1457.
Airdate: 9/23/05
Focus: New release from the American Analog Set, Set Free, plus new music from the New Pornographers, the Cloud Room, Rogue Wave and more.


Friday Random Five (#5)

Once again, the end of the week is upon us, meaning it's time for another five-pack of tunes with which to ride off into the weekend. It is a random five, after all, and this week offers old things & new things, 4 originals and a cover, seasonal and unseasonal, 2 with a magnetic bent, etc.

1- Psst, hey buddy, wanna be young again? Wanna feel younger than you already might? Want youth bursting through your pores like tiny, shining beams of light? Clap Your Hands Say Yeah declares war on suburbs and crewcuts (or, that's my take, at least) with "In This Home On Ice" (MP3), from their self-titled, self-released 2005 debut.

2- San Francisco's Oranger have a new release called New Comes & Goes. "Crones" (MP3) features a bassline of brilliance.

3- A classsic here from the Magnetic Fields, who seem to have a penchant for making songs about country songs and songs that seem like they should be country songs but really aren't. And they're rarely less than brilliant. "Two Characters in Search of a Country Song" (MP3) comes from 1994's The Charm of the Highway Strip.

4- One good Magnetic Fields song deserves another, I always say-- even if they're not both performed by the Magnetic Fields. The response to Kelly Hogan's cover of "Papa Was a Rodeo," offered here a couple of weeks back, was so overwhelming (meaning it got an actual comment from someone) that another M.F. cover appears here this week. It's Our Lady of the Highway's version of "100,000 Fireflies" (MP3).

5- Another act from San Francisco closes it out with something a bit seasonal given that this is the first Friday Five of Autumn. "In Time It Snows" (MP3) comes from the 2004 debut Summerland from Nedelle & Thom.

Enjoy. Rinse. Repeat.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Show Post: In House #1456

I'm not sure it gets more Texas and old-school country music than Billy Joe Shaver. Born near the end of the depression in Corsicana, Texas (a scene that I can only imagine came right out of The Last Picture Show), Shaver began his music career as a songwriter for Bobby Bare, who was to be the first of many well-known names he'd be connected with over the years. After writing songs that would be performed by Bare, Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson and Elvis Presley, among others, Shaver released his own debut album on Kristofferson's Monument label in 1973. He's since worked or recorded with the likes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam and his son, Eddy Shaver. The Real Deal is Shaver's fourteenth studio release and has a sound significantly more subdued and traditional than last year's Billy & the Kid, which featured songs written by his late son.

In House #1456.
Airdate: 9/22/05
Focus: New release from Billy Joe Shaver, The Real Deal, plus new music from Ryan Adams, Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart and more.


Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Show Post: In House #1455

Somewhere along the way and intentionally or not, Devendra Banhart has parlayed a bedroom recording hobby into being the symbol of an entire musical movement. "Freak Folk" it's been labeled, and along with like-minded artists like Joanna Newsom, Animal Collective, Vetiver and others, Banhart has helped to create popularity for a most unexpected niche. His new album, Cripple Crow, showcases his talent for incorporating influences as far reaching as The Incredible String Band, flamenco music and even a dash of Tiny Tim into his own neo-psychedelic blend.

In House #1455.
Airdate: 9/21/05
Focus: New release from Devendra Banhart, Cripple Crow, plus new music from The Yonder Mountain String Band, Smog, Silver Jews and more.

BONUS from today's show:
From the Decemberists' full-length debut, Castaways & Cutouts- "Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect" (MP3)


Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Show Post: In House #1454

Although it seems he's only hinted at the greatness he may achieve, Los Angeles based troubadour Tom Brosseau has gained the attention of many through his Dylanesque portraits and vocals reminiscent of the late Jeff Buckley. Originally from North Dakota before making his way out west, Brosseau writes compositions every bit as lonesome as a Fargo February night. Still, the voice invites you in like a hearth, reminding that it's the cold outside that lets us all get cozy. His latest release is What I Mean to Say Is Goodbye, released this year on Loveless Records.

In House #1454.
Airdate: 9/20/05
Focus: Latest release from Tom Brosseau, What I Mean to Say Is Goodbye, plus new music from Neil Young, James McMurtry, Magnolia Electric Co. and more.

BONUS from Tom Brosseau, Live at KRFC, 12/30/03- "I Tune My Guitar to the Hum of the Train" (MP3)


Monday, September 19, 2005

Show Post: In House #1453

Even if they hadn't evolved into a fascinating band, the Super Furry Animals would still deserve.....something for naming their debut EP Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyndrobwl. Oh, but there's so much more than gimmick when it comes to the Super Furry Animals-- an unlikely combination of neo-psychedelic, progressive, reggae, power pop, and just about anything else you'd like to throw in the mix. It's strange to think that the Welsh outfit originally began as a three-piece techno act. Their seventh full length, Love Kraft, was released last week and continues their tradition of crafting unlikely styles into a unique musical stew-- albeit with a newfound dose of laid-back.

In House #1453.
Airdate: 9/19/05
Focus: New release from the Super Furry Animals, Love Kraft, plus new music from Echo & the Bunnymen, Sinead O'Connor, Paul Weller and more.

BONUS from today's show:
Super Furry Animals from the new Love Kraft- Ohio Heat (MP3)


Friday, September 16, 2005

Show Post: In House #1452

If you didn't know it was them before hearing it, it would be nearly impossible to tell that Howl is the third release from San Francisco's Black Rebel Motorcyle Club. Gone are the frantic tempos and walls of guitar. Instead, it's harmonicas and blues riffs as the band has revamped its sound completely. The result is not only more Beggar's Banquet-era Rolling Stones and Rattle & Hum-era U2 than Jesus & Mary Chain, but also the B.R.M.C.'s most interesting work to date. They play Club Sound in Salt Lake City tonight.

In House #1452.
Airdate: 9/16/05
Focus: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in Salt Lake City tonight, plus new music from the Deadly Snakes, Dirty Three, Silver Jews and more.

BONUS from today's show:
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- Ain't No Easy Way (MP3)


Friday Random Five (#4)

It's a fairly subdued five-pack this week, due perhaps or not to the overcastness of the day. In any case, we'll call the loose theme this week Indie Rock That Doesn't Exactly Rock-- with the exception of the first selection, after which it's kind of a cool-down.

1- New York City's Group Sounds from their self-titled debut EP, out this year: Things Fall Apart (MP3), because, it would appear, they do.

2- Yes, Virginia, there are bands on Saddle Creek besides Bright Eyes. Like Oberst's band, Cursive also hails from Omaha, Nebraska. The Recluse (MP3) comes from the vastly underrated The Ugly Organ, released in 2003.

3- Speaking of vastly underrated, the Long Winters have a new EP due out on Barsuk come October 11th. If you'll recall, the band's last full length, when i pretend to fall, was named one of In House's Top 5 Albums of 2003. Anyway, Ultimatum (MP3) is the new EP's title track.

4- Also out out in October (the 18th) is the new full-length from Philadelphia's Marah, entitled If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry. This is not to be confused with their new Christmas release, apparently out the same day. City of Dreams (MP3)

5- You want more new stuff? Immaculate Heart (MP3) comes from the American Analog Set's forthcoming Set Free, out September 20th.

Enjoy. Rinse. Repeat.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Show Post: In House #1451

Honestly now, wrack your brains and can you think of a more appropriate union of musical forces than Iron & Wine and Calexico? Outside of the chronogically impossible, I mean, which automatically eliminates any Tom Waits/Charlie Parker suggestions you may have thrown out. Bob Dylan & the Band not withstanding, such combos are usually one-offs that litter quickly forgotten soundtracks and the like, sounding every bit as such.

With the In the Reins EP, released this week, Iron & Wine and Calexico have created a product that, it may be well argued, manages to stack up to if not surpass anything the acts have done on their own. While the songs are more quickly identifiable as Iron & Wine, given that Sam Beam wrote and sings the lead on every track, Calexico's dusty sounds are easily discerned, helping Beam's compositions achieve a fuller, grander sound than they might have on their own. The collective is currently touring together, hitting Salt Lake City on October 24th.

In House #1451.
Airdate: 9/15/05
Focus: New EP from Iron & Wine and Calexico, In the Reins, plus new music from C. Gibbs, Richard Buckner & John Hartford and more.

BONUS from today's show:
Iron & Wine and Calexico- 16, Maybe Less (MP3)


Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Show Post: In House #1450

The question one regularly comes up with when it comes to Lucinda Williams is how it is that she can be so rock & roll while specializing in country & blues inflected Americana. Maybe it's the drunken 3am vocals. Or the punk cowgirl appearance despite being in her early fifties. Then again, maybe there's just something about a girl with an electric guitar. In any case, Williams has been honing her craft for over 25 years now-- initially gaining her a cult following before the more mainstream acceptance she's found as of late. She plays Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City tonight.

In House #1450.
Airdate: 9/14/05
Focus: Lucinda Williams in Salt Lake City tonight, plus new music from Ryan Adams, James McMurtry, Danny Barnes and more.

BONUS- from Danny Barnes' latest, Get Myself Together-
Big Girl Blues (MP3)


Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Show Post: In House #1449

The Dandy Warhols made their name with good-time guitar-driven rave-ups like "Not If You Were the Last Junkie On Earth," "Minnesoter," and "Boys Better," so it was a bit of a shock when the band put away the guitars in favor of their version of Duran Duran-lite new wave for their last release, 2003's Welcome to the Monkey House. Their latest, Odditorium or Warlords of Mars is out today and represents something of a return to their prior form. In between the weird filler that always seems to litter the Dandys' albums are rock & roll-leg bouncing tunes like "All the Money or the Simple Life, Honey," and "Down Like Disco." The release marks the Portland, Oregon quartet's fifth full-length.

In House #1449.
Airdate: 9/13/05
Focus: New releases from the Dandy Warhols, Odditorium or Warlords of Mars, and the Rosebuds, Birds Make Good Neighbors, plus new music from the Spinto Band, TV On the Radio and more.

BONUS from today's show and the new Dandy Warhols release-
Down Like Disco (MP3)

...and new from the Rosebuds' Birds Make Good Neighbors-
Blue Bird (MP3)


Monday, September 12, 2005

Show Post: In House #1448

Kelly Joe Phelps is a bluesman, yes, but his product is not necessarily what comes to mind when one thinks of the blues. His songs meander and climb, searching for hidden truths and higher meanings, while his husky baritone assures that things never assume more importance than the back porch. His live performances are nothing if not spiritual as Phelps seems to commiserate with spirits, his eyes closed and head thrown back as he slides fingers across the strings. The results sound older and more world-worn than you might expect. Kelly Joe Phelps plays 43 North in Jackson Hole, Wyoming tonight.

EDIT: Late word has come that tonight's show has been cancelled due to "the promoter dealing with city zoning problems." As is usually the case, someone in a position of some importance doesn't appear to get it. Phelps is next scheduled to play tomorrow night in Bozeman, Montana at the Museum of the Rockies.

In House #1448.
Airdate: 9/12/05
Focus: Kelly Joe Phelps in Jackson Hole tonight, plus B'Nois King from the Smokin' Joe Kubek Band Live In House and a remembrance of Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown."

EXCLUSIVE- Kelly Joe Phelps Live In House, 9/26/01- Wandering Away (MP3)


Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, 1924-2005

Southern musical legend Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown died yesterday at the age of 81. He had been suffering from lung cancer, although the fact that he had recently been displaced from his current home in Lousiana due to the hurricane likely exacerbated his health problems. Never one to be pigeonholed, Brown was constantly seeking new sounds to explore: from jazz & country to zydeco & calypso. He had continued to work into his 80s, with recent albums and tours to his credit. "Gatemouth" went out where he came in, his hometown of Orange, Texas.

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown from The Blues Ain't Nothin' (1972, Black & Blue)-
The Blues Ain't Nothin' (MP3)

Friday, September 09, 2005

Show Post: In House #1447

Although it's not territory In House covers often, it's hard to ignore the fact that jazz artist John Pizzarelli will be playing with his quartet on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello tomorrow night. A throwback of sorts known for his virtuostic guitar playing and smooth crooning, Pizzarelli has carved out his niche over the course of twenty solo releases and dozens more guest appearances. While he specializes in a style of up-tempo jazz, he's also not one to shy away from crossing musical boundaries and has recorded albums of variously-styled themes, from bossa nova to the Beatles. Things get underway tomorrow night at 7:30pm at the new Stephens Performing Arts Center. Pizzarelli's appearance is sponsored by KISU-FM public radio.

In House #1447.
Airdate: 9/9/05
Focus: John Pizzarelli live at Idaho St. University tomorrow night, plus the latest in the Bob Dylan Bootleg Series, "The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7: No Direction Home."

BONUS from Pizzarelli's guest appearance on Rosemary Clooney's 2000 release, Brazil (Concord Jazz)- Dindi (MP3)


Friday Random Five (#3)

This week, it's a five-pack culled together with the American South in mind, and the last heat pangs of a flooded Indian Summer. Spend the weekend on the porch with these and a tumbler of cold stuff. In House suggests the Bourbon.

1- Long before Randy Newman sang about L.A., he sang about La. on the 1974 album Good Ol' Boys-- offered here this week for unfortunately prophetic reasons: Louisiana, 1927 (MP3).

2- Before they changed their name to the Magnolia Electric Co., Songs: Ohia released an album called Magnolia Electric Co., which is where you'll find Farewell Transmission (MP3).

3- Jolie Holland possesses a voice that sounds as if it's been lifted from a bygone-era speakeasy. Old Fashion Morphine (MP3) comes from her most recent release, 2004's Escondida.

4- Brand new from the Detroit Cobras, I Wanna Holler But the Town's Too Small (MP3). From Baby, out September 27th on Bloodshot Records.

5- Chicago-based musician Kelly Hogan and her take on the Magnetic Fields' weird and wonderful Papa Was a Rodeo (MP3).

As always-- enjoy. rinse. repeat.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Show Post: In House #1446

Singer-songwriter Richard Swift's first two albums, Walking Without Effort and The Novelist were reissued this week as one double-album by Secretly Canadian records. The Collection, Vol. 1 is an outstanding introduction to the up-til-now obscure musician, featuring seventeen tracks summoning the ghosts of George Harrison and Harry Nilsson while Burt Bacharach and a young Tom Waits mix scotch & sodas in the corner.

In House #1446.
Airdate: 9/8/05
Focus: New release from Richard Swift, The Collection, Vol. 1, plus Antony & the Johnsons' I Am a Bird Now wins the 2005 Mercury Music Prize. Also, new music from Laura Veirs, Jose Gonzalez and more.

BONUS from today's show:
Jose Gonzalez from his new Veneer release- Crosses (MP3)


Antony & the Johnsons Take 2005 Mercury Prize

It was announced late yesterday that Antony & the Johnsons have won the 2005 Mercury Music Prize for their latest release, I Am a Bird Now. The prize is given annually for best album of the year by a British or Irish artist. Other nominees for this year's prize included Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs, the Magic Numbers, Bloc Party and the Go! Team, among others. Past winners have included P.J. Harvey, Badly Drawn Boy, Dizzee Rascal and Franz Ferdinand. I Am a Bird Now was released in February on U.S.-based Secretly Canadian records.

From I Am a Bird Now: Hope There's Someone (MP3)

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Show Post: In House #1445

It's Sub Pop records night at Salt Lake City's Kilby Court as the Fruit Bats (shown above), Rogue Wave and Chad VanGaalen tour together in support of new releases on the label. It's a diverse representation of a label that seems to pride themselves on their many flavors: from VanGaalen's lo-fi bedroom musings to Rogue Wave's melodic psychedelia to the Fruit Bats' Beatles-infused but rootsy indie-pop.

In House #1445.
Airdate: 9/7/05
Focus: Sub Pop records night at Salt Lake City's Kilby Court featuring the Fruit Bats, Rogue Wave and Chad VanGaalen, plus new music from Broken Social Scene, Tullycraft and more.

BONUS from today's show:
Tullycraft from their new Disenchanted Hearts Unite: Stowaway (MP3)


Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Show Post: In House #1444

Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith (third from left) and longtime bandmate Don Kerr (far left) released their first collaborative album, Destination Unknown, today. The project serves as a return to early form for Sexsmith, whose last couple of albums have eschewed much of his trademark autumnal sound for slightly more varied and experimental terrain. The release marks the first such product under his own name for Kerr, who's well-known as a producer as well as a kind of jack-of-all-trades in Sexsmith's band (drums, percussion, cello, vocals, etc.). Posted by Picasa

In House #1444.
Airdate: 9/6/05
Focus: New release from Ron Sexsmith & Don Kerr, Destination Unknown, plus new music from Richard Swift, Richard Hawley and more.


Monday, September 05, 2005

Show Post: In House #1443

The legendary Willie Nelson plays the Snow King Amphitheatre in Jackson Hole this evening as part of the "Labor Day Family Picnic." Although it might sound cliche, Nelson has shown himself to be one of those rare musicians who truly does get better with age. Micky & the Motorcars and Reckless Kelly open things up beginning at 3:00 (MST) this afternoon.

In House #1443.
Airdate: 9/5/05
Focus: Willie Nelson in Jackson Hole tonight, plus labor tunes for Labor Day.

BONUS from today's show:
Classic Willie from 1973's Shotgun Willie:
Whiskey River (MP3)


Also, In House celebrates Labor Day with a selection of workers' tunes from Uncle Tupelo, Gillian Welch and more.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Show Post: In House #1442

The men of Sloan, somehow hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, have been crafting delicious power pop for nearly fifteen years. Willfully uncool at times, the band has carried the torch of bands like the Raspberries and Big Star through the grunge era on into the current indie craze. Their latest release, A Sides Win: Singles 1992-2005, serves well as both a flattering retrospective and a primer for newcomers. It features all of their fifteen singles, plus one new song. Posted by Picasa

In House #1442.
Airdate: 9/2/2005
Focus: Recent release from Sloan, A Sides Win: The Singles 1992-2005, plus new music from the Standard, Big Star, New Pornographers and more.


Friday Random Five (#2)

For your listening pleasure, In House heartily recommends the following for the first Friday in September:
1- Canadian/Albertan/Calgarian Chad VanGaalen from his recent Sub Pop debut Infiniheart: Clinically Dead (MP3).
2- From Sweden, the wonderful Jens Lekman from last year's Rocky Dennis EP: Rocky Dennis' Farewell Song to the Blind Girl (MP3).
3- Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros from Global a Go-Go: Johnny Appleseed (MP3).
4- Sultry chanteuse Jesse Sykes and her band the Sweet Hereafter from their most recent, Oh, My Girl: The Dreaming Dead (MP3).
5- A non-album track from Nic Armstrong & the Thieves from the UK: If We Can't Escape, My Pretty (MP3).

Enjoy. Rinse. Repeat.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

R.L. Burnside, 1926-2005

Blues legend R.L. Burnside died early today in Memphis. He was 78. Posted by Picasa

Born and raised in the Mississippi hill country, Burnside made a living as a farmer and a fisherman until the mid 1980's. Despite his relative late-coming to recording and touring professionally, he released fifteen albums and appeared as a player on numerous others. His final release was last year's A Bothered Mind (Fat Possum). More here.

from Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down (2000, Fat Possum): Title Track (MP3)

from Mr. Wizard (1997, Fat Possum): You Gotta Move (MP3)

Show Post: In House #1441

The venerable Neil Young returns later this month with Prairie Wind, out September 27th. Posted by Picasa

In House #1441.
Airdate: 9/1/2005
Focus: Upcoming release from Neil Young, Prairie Wind, plus new music from Sexsmith & Kerr, Cowboy Junkies, Joel Plaskett and a selection of New Orleans-centric tunes.

BONUS- from today's show:
The late great R.L. Burnside from First Recordings:
Just Like a Bird Without a Feather (MP3)