Sunday, February 26, 2012

Popakazooza 2012 Volume 3

Ok, so let's just add a third day to my Popakazooza Fantasy Festival. If Micheal Lang happens to come across this I could really use some backers to make this a reality. (for you whippersnappers, he was the promoter for Woodstock) Click here for the whole shebang or download individually. Happy listening! Remember, like em, support em, find their portals and show em some lovein'. 

Dex Romweber Duo - The Death of Me.mp3
Jessi Robertson - Small Town Girls.mp3
Chris Cornell - As Hope And Promise Fade.mp3
Ten Foot Polecats - Chicken Head Man.mp3
Imelda May - Big Bad Handsome Man.mp3
Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three - Mississippi Girl.mp3
The Devil Makes Three - Tow.mp3
The Will Callers - Fishy.mp3
Blue Moonshine - Your Love Is On My Mind.mp3
The Boomswagglers - No Good Low Down Son of a Gun.mp3
Kentucky Parlor Pickers - Country Girls.mp3
Folk Family Revival - Chasing A Rabbit.mp3
Isaac Graham - Karl Marx And The Reds.mp3
Catfish Haven - Please Come Back
Amos Lee - Street Corner Preacher.mp3
Reverend Horton Heat - Drinkin' and Smokin' Cigarettes.mp3
Old 97's - Eyes For You.mp3
Davy Jay Sparrow - Boxcar Boogie.mp3
William Elliott Whitmore - Five Feet High and Rising.mp3
Turnpike Troubadors - 7 and 7.mp3
The Dirt Daubers - Wake Up Sinners.mp3
The Von Ehrics - Gone.mp3
Malcolm Holcombe - Where I Don't Belong.mp3
Arliss Nancy - St. Forgot.mp3
Too Slim & the Taildraggers - Inside Of Me.mp3

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Popa's Rock Mix Vol 5

Time flies when you're on the run, It's been over a month since I posted a Rock and Roll comp, not that there is a schedule for these things, It's basically when the goodies I find on my internet excursions get to about 20-25 songs in a playlist, it than seems necessary to stick what I'm liking into your ear. This is volume sensitive as in turn it up to 11 and pound the steering wheel. So here we go with the particulars - Like em, support em. Click play button to listen, right click file save as, or click here and download all. And again, enjoy, spread it around and send your peeps to the artists many social portals and support!

Fort Lean - Sunsick.mp3
The Heavy Co. - The Heavy.mp3
Band of Skulls - Death By Diamonds and Pearls.mp3
Southeast Engine - We Have You Surrounded.mp3
Root Hog - Fool's Gold.mp3
Ben Kweller - Mean To Me.mp3
Sugar & the Hi Lows- See It For Yourself.mp3
Miserable End - Today.mp3
Red Hot Rebellion - Built To Rock.mp3
Dirty Ghosts - Ropes That Way.mp3
Broken Romeo - Total Stranger.mp3
Mudlow - Zane Merite.mp3
Tim Lee 3 - Long Way To The Ground.mp3
True Mad North - Damned and the Divine.mp3
Wild Flag - Something Came Over Me.mp3
Lazy Daisy - Come On.mp3
Crash Kings - Mountain Man.mp3
The Parlor Mob - Into The Sun.mp3
The Love Me Nots - Let's Get Wrecked.mp3
Black Pistol Fire - Jackknife Darlin'.mp3
Radio Moscow - City Lights.mp3
The Dirty Grindstones - Smeraldo.mp3
The Moons - Fables of History.mp3
In Cages - Queen Bee.mp3
Melissa & Paul - Summer.mp3

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's here! @CouchxCouchwest Website Launch! #CXCW

From an undisclosed location somewhere in cyberspace a cavalcade of talent walked the hallway carpet in all their regalia.  As the energy efficient florescent lights shone brightly upon them, they made their entrances in grand style for the launch of the Couch by Couchwest website

Too broke to go to Austin? Can’t get out of work? Hate dealing with traffic and large crowds? Maybe just too lazy to release yourself from the couch’s sweet sweet embrace? Have we got good news for you! Couch By Couchwest is the online music festival that takes place the same week as that other (couch deficient) music festival you may have heard of, you know the one.

CXCW is the online SXSW festival alternative. During the week of March 11-18, 2012, musicians from around the world submit videos recorded on a couch, porch, anywhere but the stage, for our enjoyment from the comfort of our living rooms. We hope to bring together as many people as possible who are stuck home while all their friends are stuck in the crowds of Austin, TX. So crack open a beer, crank up the volume, and enjoy the couch!

Musicians: Please upload your videos and send the links to cxcwest at gmail dot com. We love all types of music and will post everything (unless offensive, of course).
Those in the crowd: we want to see how you spend the CXCW festival! Send us pics of you partying on the couch!
Couch by Couchwest 2011:
Find us on Twitter @couchxcouchwest
Contact us at cxcwest at gmail dot com.

Below is the flyer. Share it on facebook, on twitter, on blogs, on forums, and we especially encourage you to print it out & post it around your town. Help spread the word. If there is band you want to see perform at this years CXCW…tell them and point them in our direction. We take all video submissions, but the video must be unique and for the CXCW festival.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Hey! Come on over for @CouchXCouchwest March 11th - 18th #CXCW

Check it out on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

River City Extension - There and Back Again

River City Extension will release their sophomore album, Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger, on June 5 via XOXO Records / Anchor & Hope Music. The eight-member Toms River, New Jersey, band recorded the 14-track album with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, Josh Ritter, Secret Machines, Gomez) at Engine Studios in Chicago.

This morning this killer single from the new album popped up on my feed, give it a listen and turn it up LOUD!

Philly folk catch them at Northern Liberties Winter Music Fest with two more of this bloggers favorites Ruby The Hatchet (featured on Popa's Rock Mix Vol. 3)  and The Front Bottoms (featured on Jersey? Sure! Garden State Mix)


Coming to a couch near you #CXCW March 11-18


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Popakazooza 2012 Volume 2

Volume two of Popakazooza has created some logistical problems for my imaginary festival, how to get fifty bands in and out in a timely fashion. I have decided the solution is to rent three flat bed trailers for stages and as one band finishes their set I can tow that flatbed out and bring the next one in allowing for bands to have a platform to kinda leisurely break down and set up, and if each flatbed has it's own keg, that should be enough for each band that uses it to stay loose and lubricated.
So with out further ramblings here's volume two, ya'll know the deal by now like em support em! Click here for the whole shebang or download individually. Happy listening!

Brown Bird - Ragged Old Town.mp3
The Parlor Soldiers - Crazy.mp3
Delta Spirit- John Henry.mp3
Sassparilla - Same Old Blues.mp3
The Owsley Brothers - Rotten On The Vine.mp3
Driftwood - California's Burnin'.mp3
Phil Norman - Psychic Driving.mp3
Skeletons In The Piano - The Price Put On You.mp3
4 On The Floor - Workin' Man Zombie.mp3
Blackfoot Gypsies - You Got Trouble.mp3
Brett Detar - The Devil's Gotta' Earn.mp3
The Damn Quails - Me and the Whiskey.mp3
Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson - Black Cat Bone.mp3
Fifth on the Floor - Front Door Blues.mp3
Ezra Furman & the Harpoons - Penetrate.mp3
Nikki Sue & The Bad News - Bridge by the River.mp3
Roadside Graves - Outside.mp3
Justin and the Salty Dogs - Postman Blues.mp3
Tin Horn Prayer - Crime Scene Cleanup Team.mp3
Holly Go Lightly & The Brokeoffs - Leave It Alone.mp3
Grayson Capps - John The Dagger.mp3
Mark Lanegan Band - The Gravedigger's Song
Shayfer James - Weight of the World.mp3
Shakey Graves - Built to Roam.mp3

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Stream: Woodsman 'Humdrum' and 'Indoor Days'


Beyond, Beyond is Beyond/Bang Bang Boogaloo Psych Compilation participants, which features the song 'View From The Vision Hand' from their EP 'Mystic Places
Woodsman are reissuing both 2008 EPs 'Humdrum' and 'Indoor Days' together on their own Fire Talk records. Get them both on iTunes
Pack the bong, fill the Bota Bag and lay on your living room field of fibers and enjoy!
*scroll down down down for tour info

Download: Woodsman, “Supernal Radionics”

Stream: 'Humdrum' and 'Indoor Days' 

On February 17, Dog Gone Blog will team up with Bowery Presents for a late show at New York City’s Mercury Lounge. The evening will feature performances from two of the finest Brooklyn acts on the scene today. Woodsman will kick off the night with an improvisational sound quest before Yellowbirds take the stage for their first NYC-area performance in several months. These two bands have been featured quite prominently on the pages of this site in the past year and we are extremely excited to present this stellar bill in one of New York’s best venues. Doors open at 1030PM. Tickets are $10. Head to Mercury Lounge’s official site for more info and ticketing details.

Woodsman March Tour:
02/17 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
03/02 – Baltimore, MD – Bell Foundry
03/03 – Charlottesville, VA – Twisted Branch Tea Bazar
03/04 – Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade
03/05 – Charleston, SC – Tin Roof
03/06 – Savannah, GA – Safe // Sound Lodge
03/09 – Denton, TX – 35 Denton Festival
03/10 – Fayetteville, AR – JRs Lightbulb Club
03/11 – New Orleans, LA – Cafe Istanbul $
03/12 – New Orleans, LA – The Saint
03/13 – Austin, TX – Escapes Festival
03/14 – 17 – Austin, TX – SXSW
03/18 – Phoenix, AZ – Trunk Space *
03/19 – San Diego, CA – Tin Can Alehouse *
03/20 – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern *
03/21 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *
03/22 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Festival *
03/24 – Denver, CO – Moe’s *
03/27 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar *
03/28 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle *
03/29 – Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog

Fistful of Beard offer FREE EP Download!

Fistful of Beard announced on Monday that they were heading into the studio to record a new album! They will be working with Andy Jackson (Hot Rod Circuit / Death In The Park) 
In what appears to be a moment of shear giddiness they are offering their debut self titled EP for free, zero, nada. (but you can slide em a dead president anyway) If you are not familiar with this Alabama Trio and friends, now is the time.
Download five rowdy heartfelt roots Rock and Roll tunes

Give the a like on Facebook, follow them on Twitter

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Courtesy Tier at American Pie 2! Feb. 16th

Courtesy Tier at American Pie 2! 4 Nights Of Americana, Roots, Alt Country and Bluegrass! Feb. 16 – 19 at Southpaw - Park Slope, Brooklyn
“Wielding only a guitar and drums, Omer Leibovitz & Layton Weedeman proved excellent musicians require very little to produce complex and appealing genre-crossing music.” – RETHINK POP MUSIC
“Decidedly groove oriented, The Courtesy Tier could best be described as a rock and roll band that loves R&B, except with a much different execution. The band rose higher than just being blues rock, they played blues rock that makes you want to shake, rattle, and roll. Adding to the band’s energy was the tight interplay between both members, both members of the band played off one another really well to the point where almost everyone in the audience was moving by the end of their set.” - BLAQBOOK

Thursday, 2/16
AMERICANA PIE NIGHT 1: Barnyard Brothers, Daniel Wayne, Courtesy Tier, Dayna Kurtz. Sponsored By Sixpoint Craft Ales

Layton (drums) and Omer (guitar) have been playing together for the last seven years, but they weren’t always a duo. As members came and went, they perpetually conceptualized themselves as a four and sometimes six piece band. Then, during their second winter in New York, the boys had run out of other band members. Regrouping in a closet size practice space under the Smith Street overpass, they finally had enough room to rehearse, and they liked the sound. By the following summer they were ready to record, but a New York budget requires some finagling. With three mic’s in a seven by seven room, “The Resolution” was born.
You can get their Ep 'Holy Hot Fire' and Album 'The Resolution' FREE click on the cover art to download.

Check out more videos on their website give them a like on Facebook and follow on Twitter


Monday, February 6, 2012

Battle of the Boroughs-Brooklyn

As part of First Fridays in the Jerome L. Greene Space, WNYC & WQXR hosts monthly performances of the best and the brightest from New York City’s emerging music scene. Judges and online voters will pick their favorites. Then, finalists from each borough will compete in the semi-final concert throw down. In addition to bragging rights, the ultimate winner will get their very own concert in the Greene Space at WNYC this summer.

Watch the entire Brooklyn Battle Royale. This year's Brooklyn contestants are:
Spanglish Fly - DBCR - Kagero - Underground System Afrobeat - Willy Gantrim - Brown Rice Family - Stephanie Rooker & the Search Engine - Lord Classic - BT3 - Nijae Draine - The Dirty Gems - The Lo Frequency - Malesha Jessie

The top five finalists from the Brooklyn Battle of The Boroughs are:

The Dirty Gems (BK6)
Lord Classic (BK7)
Spanglish Fly (BK9)
The Lo Frequency (BK11)
Brown Rice Family (BK13)
View their performances below.  Who do you want to see represent Brooklyn in the Ultimate Battle? Vote by clicking HERE or by texting the band's BK code to 69866. Voting closes at 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 19th and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 21st.

The Dirty Gems (BK6)

Lord Classic (BK7)

Spanglish Fly (BK9)

The Lo Frequency (BK11)

Brown Rice Family (BK13)

Feel Bad For You February Mixtape!

Feel Bad For You is a monthly mixtape site with a slew of regular contributors from various places around the web. Any song, any genre, any year….just songs we like. It started it’s life many years ago on the Alt Country Tab message boards and has now moved beyond the message board to a dedicated site with even more contributors. Give a listen here or just download it here.

1. Title: Weight of the World
Artist: Shayfer James
Album  Counterfeit Arcade (2011)
Submitted By: Popa2unes
Comments: Shayfer James is devilishly captivating and deliciously unusual. A man of bewitching grace, grisly humor, profound story telling, and whiskey-flavored wit.

2. Title: Don’t Lie to Me
Artist: “Mississippi” Charles Bevel
Album Charles Bevel – Meet “Mississippi” Charles Bevel (A&M Records SP-4412, 1973)
Submitted By: Simon
Comments: First heard this track on an Oxford American Music edition CD a couple of years ago and loved it, always gets me up and dancing around. I’ve managed to track down a dinked 7” single but still looking for the album…….

3.Title: Unmade
Artist: Timothy Bracken
Album  Long Untied (2012)
Submitted By: philnorman
Comments: Great songwriting, great hooks, great guitar sounds all over this record. You need these songs. Name your price at

4. Title: No Draws Blues
Artist: Valerie June
Album  5 Dollar Cover Soundtrack
Submitted By: Autopsy IV (
Comments: Stumbled across this song the other day. Had forgotten how much I liked it.

5. Title: You Used to Be a Sweet Clover Shaker
Artist: Robert Pete Williams
Album  Mojo: Brotherhood, a compilation of tracks from Mojo, from 2011, I think
Submitted By: Brad Kelley
Comments: Sometimes I think he’s the only blues artist that really matters, then sometimes I think he’s the only artist that matters. There’s nothing like him in the history of blues. His most famous song, I’ve Grown So Ugly, was covered by the Black Keys (on Rubber Factory).

6. Title: One Way Or Another (I’ll Be Free)
Artist: Dirty Bourbon River Show
Album  Volume One (2010)
Submitted By: Romeo Sid Vicious
Comments: I have been in a little bit of a slump lately and digging through my older gems to find some solace and rediscovered this little beauty. I love the guys in DBRS and this song has music that’s kind of happy and jumpy as well as lyrics that give a nice big “Fuck you” to just everything bringing someone down. It’s a fun little tune!

7. Title: Behind The Nut Love
Artist: John 5
Album  Songs For Sanity (2005)
Submitted By: erschen
Comments: I make to no bones about my metal head past and I love to watch That Metal Show on VH1 Classic. They have a different musician (mostly guitarists) that take them to break on each episode. I was quite intrigued by John 5, unique and varied styles. I knew he was a shredder and was most famous for being Marilyn Manson’s guitarist but I didn’t know that he has been a session guitarist for folks ranging from K.D. Lang to Garbage to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Ozzy. He’s a big Buck Ownes fan and has a penchant for chickin’ pickin’ as well. Really love this track, a bit of twang on this one. He’s fingering the strings behind the nut to make it sound like a pedal steel.

8. Title: Unfolding
Artist: Folk Family Revival
Album  Unfolding (2011)
Submitted By: Mike Orren
Comments: My friends literally dragged me out to McKinney, Texas, to catch this young Houston band a few weeks ago and I’ve worn out their album since. In their early twenties, these three brothers and their best friend are turning out some of the most mature, nuanced lyrics I’ve heard in a while with a sound that at times echoes the Avett’s, the 97′s and Ray Wylie Hubbard. It’s spiritual music, but not in a preachy way. It sneaks up on you and manages gravitas and fun in the same number. My only quibble is another tune where they have a beautiful line about being alone and maybe, like Johnny, finding your June Carter when you’re old. (Sorry boyos, I refuse to call 36 old.) That said, it’s a varied and polished disc without a clunker– but this song, the title track is my favorite. It’s become the theme song of my 2012 to date.

9. Title: My Epitaph
Artist: Ola Belle Reed
Album: Rising Sun Melodies (2010)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Beautiful song from one of Appalachia’s most unsung artists.

10. Title: Jack and Joan
Artist : The Bear
Album : 7″ split w/ Belle Adair (2012)
Submitted By: Corey Flegel (This Is American Music)
Comments : Just another Muscle Shoals band…doing good things. This is from their recent split w/ fellow Shoals-ians Belle Adair. This is available via Itunes and you can order the 7″ through Pegasus Records. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard that they will have a new record done at some point later in the year. Backtrack to their 2010 self-titled one if need be. I love it…lots.

11. Title: Spotlight
Artist: David Allan Coe
Album: Longhaired Redneck (1976)
Submitted by: Adam Sheets
Comments: The best song from a truly underrated, but deeply divisive songwriter.

12. Title: For You
Artist: Roky Erickson (with Okkerville River)
Album True Love Cast Out All Evil (Deluxe) (2010)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: Roky Erickson doesn’t need any explanation. And if it does, then watch his documentary “You’re Gonna Miss Me.”
Also, and this is just a silly random note, next time you need to pass anyone anything (for instance…the telephone, salt, the remote, french fries) sing the first line of “For You” but replace an actual lyric with the item you’re handing them. Just like this….”For You, I’d do anything for you, For You there ain’t nothing I wouldn’t do…For you, your beauty makes the sunrise, For You, so I’m passing you these fries” and see if they get it….if they do, give them a high-five and become best friends forever.

13. Title: Don’t Love Me Wisely
Artist: The Setters
Album: Self-Titled (1994)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Though we have no defined theme for the month of February, I felt compelled to submit some sort of love song. Right? The Setters was a Super … err, umm … Way-Above-Average Group featuring Alejandro Escovedo, Walter Salas-Humara from The Silos, and Michael Hall, who once fronted The Wild Seeds before releasing several solo albums. The release was produced by solo performer, guitarist for Lucinda Williams, and champion of the music and legend of Blaze Foley, Mr. Gurf Morlix. Hall – who now writes for Texas Monthly magazine – is on vocals with Escovedo on guitar. Salas-Humara contributed percussion rhythms by riffing on snare drum cases, Tropicana orange juice crates, and metal shelving.

14. Title: I’m So Bored With The U.S.A.
Artist: The Clash
Album  The Clash [US] (1979)
Submitted By: BoogieStudio22
Comments: Here I sit, wearing my Clash t-shirt. I wanted to hear something from the 70s, created a playlist, hit play and this was the first song up. Must be an omen.

15. Title: The Gravedigger’s Song
Artist: Mark Lanegan
Album  Blues Funeral (2012)
Submitted By: Ryan (Verbow @
Comments: Love me some Mark Lanegan. First track off of his new album that should be out by the time this mix is posted (2/7/12).

16. Title: The Great Atomic Power
Artist: The Louvin Brothers
Album Weapon of Love (1962)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: One of my new years resolutions is to listen to more pre-1970 classic country music. You don’t get much more classic than the Louvin Brothers.

17. Title: Say Goodnight to the World
Artist: Dax Riggs
Album  Say Goodnight to the World (2010)
Submitted By: Shooter

18. Title: Marley Purt Drive
Artist: Bee Gees
Album  Odessa (1969)
Submitted By: TheSecondSingle
Comments: An unexpectedly great homage to The Band by one of the lamest (and secretly greatest) bands of the ’60s. Sure to turn even the most ardent Bee Gees hater around (however slightly).

19. Title: Angel From Montgomery
Artist: Old Crow Medicine Show
Album  Broken Hearts And Dirty Windows (Songs Of John Prine) (2010)
Submitted By: Mike Beebe
Comments: I defy anyone to listen to this song and not instantly be a fan of both John Prine AND Old Crow Medicine Show.

20. Title: Get Your Ass On Out Of Here
Artist: Texas Wettnex
Album: Leaning In (2006)
Submitted by: Mando Lines
Comments: Just discovered Michael Wren in the last couple of weeks. He was the singer songwriter for the Texas Wettnex, now he’s a solo act. His most recent record is Rien Vraiment. You can stream some of his songs at Good stuff.

21. Title: Sweet Red Wine
Artist: Some Dark Holler
Album  Some Dark Holler EP (2011)
Submitted By: TheOtherBrit
Comments: These guys/gal are awesome live plus their EP is FREE on!

22. Title: Tar Hani (My Love)
Artist: Bombino
Album Agadez (2011)
Submitted By: April @ Now This Sound Is Brave
Comments: The recent Rubber City Review post about Bombino reminded me that you all need a shot of this desert rock. This is another one of those gems that Rick Saunders introduced me to, and it is sublime stuff. This song is a particular favorite because it makes me think of Sandinista!-era Clash.

23. Title: Drift (Live on
Artist: Kim Janssen
Album  to be released on “Ancient Crime” – March 2012
Submitted By: Slowcoustic
Comments: As a member of The Black Atlantic, Kim Janssen is no secret to the “folky” community and this song proves he is coming into his own. His sophomoric album “Ancient Crime” should see him gain many fans on the genre. This audio rip is of the video of his performance that can be seen at

24. Title: Uncle Sam
Artist: Anthony Leon & The Chain
Album The Pistol, The Bottle & Shaded Pastures
Submitted By: Dusty Vinyl
Comments: Good friends of the Imperial Rooster; Santa Fe’s Anthony Leon & The Chain are really great country rock and roll. This is an awesome song about getting weed.

25. Title: Blood Relations
Artist: The Maldives
Album: Listen to the Thunder (2009)
Submitted By: Captains Dead

Thursday, February 2, 2012

You Guys Are Having A Bad Night: LIVE ROOSTER BOOTLEG

Hand clappin' foot stompin' sing alongin' hootin' an a hollerin' rootin' tootin' Rooster Live! Illustrious Couch by Couchwest Alumni, The Imperial Rooster release a FREE party in a download just in time for Couch by Couchwest '12 
Track List:
Anything Goes at a Rooster Show
Eatin' Fish & Drinkin' Sterno
The Vintage
I Like The Way (She...)
Suzie Anna Riverstone
Korhn Sirup Sundae
Soldier Boy Johnny*
Santa Cruz*

Click the download! kick yer shoes off and do the barefootin boogaloo!

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