Posts Tagged ‘Two Cow Garage’
Ages ago, shoreacres from The Task at Hand sent me the link to a beautiful sailing video set to Turning Toward the Morning by folk singer Gordon Bok. I have been looking for the link for a couple of weeks now and finally found it this morning. The vid is in the featured section but you can also watch it HERE.
Rachel Deahl and Calvin Reid from Publisher’s Weekly are at SXSWi this week. From their article SXSWi:Thinking Beyond Publishing to Storytelling -
Here you’ll learn about new apps, new software, new software companies, new theories on gaming and, all the while, wonder and ponder how these can be applied to the current publishing models and modes of storytelling. One of the most interesting threads at SXSWi was hearing about how different entertainment sectors are trying to find consumers for the content while, at the same time, they explore new ways to actually present that content.”
Suburban Home Records is offering a free digital download of Juke, the new Josh Small album with a preorder of the record or CD. Also from Suburban Home,
Imagine being a struggling, independent rock band given the opportunity to tour Europe and not having the funds to cover the flights to get them there. That is the situation that faced Suburban Home’s Two Cow Garage recently and instead of passing up an incredible opportunity to play their hearts out to Countries abroad, the guys decided to make things happen. They came up with the rather ingenious idea of asking their fans to help them pick some cover songs to record and offer those recordings on a donation basis on Bandcamp.
You can listen to the tracks over in the sidebar and buy/donate at the above bandcamp link. Congrats to the guys on their European Tour.
Eyeballed on the Web this week:
Scooter is watching ‘Phineas and Ferb’ a kids show she and the ‘Bit are kind of addicted to and apparently Wired has just discovered. She is running around with her elephant storage cube on her head because for some bizarre reason doing so makes her a tree. (Jeremy is a tree in the episode she is watching)
Two Cow Garage on NPR! Check out the November 1st World Cafe entry and listen to a couple of songs off the new album.
Future writers and editors of the world, yes material you find on the internet can be and most often is copy protected. (This is a link to the Washington Post article but I first saw the story on Martha Wells’ blog early yesterday) I am not sure if the lesson here is ‘do not steal’ or ‘do not tell the person you stole from they should be -happy- about the theft’. I suspect it is both.
November is National Blog Posting Month or NaBloPoMo. While it sounds like some kind of seafood sandwich you would find in the coastal south, it is just posting a blog entry every day in November. You can check out the website for daily posting topics and sign up for prizes if you feel inspired to try an entry a day.
Limited Pressing is celebrating their one year anniversay this week. Stop by the site, look around, check out the Hoverboard for music news feeds from all over the internet, listen to some music and download some free (yes they are legal) tracks.
Enjoy the Weekend!
I am out of coffee. I sense a huge disturbance in the Force.
We finally found my giant spoon and fork and hung them in what for most people would be a breakfast room but Kahuna and I refer to as the ‘coffee bar’. They frame a wood and metal bakers rack that holds the coffee pot, cracker jars of coffee, mugs and various other supplies. It is a lot for people who only drink one cup a day but I really enjoy that one cup. Now the spoon and fork are mocking me.
Added a link to a stream of Sweet Saint Me on Suburban Home Records in the Two Cow Garage review post. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the album you should check it out.
For the person who asked, I am working on the Opera problem but I think it is going to be a “theme” issue rather than a wordpress or host provider issue. The only thing I have in Opera is the Wii and getting access to it in my house is not the easiest of tasks. Maybe when Scooter has her nap this afternoon. I am using an older theme and I suspect it doesn’t support Opera. This is not a huge problem as I have been looking a changing themes for a few weeks now. I just keep hitting road blocks. The Artisteer themes I made all break formatting when I try to use them. (Yes, I am a annoyed) I have found a couple of themes from the wordpress.org site I like but after the total crashing, smashing, destruction of my blog the last time I tried a theme change I am a little hesitant to risk chaos again. But, if the blog looks different or odd (well odd to anyone not using Opera – grin) it is just me bravely trying out new themes.
So I picked up Lydia off the new album Sweet Saint Me and liked it enough to start impatiently waiting for the rest of the album to release. A few days ago Virgil Dickerson asked if we¹ would pass the word along of the new release. I was all set to do it but I hadn’t heard the rest of the album. I looked everywhere for a site that was streaming it, but still no luck. Virgil psychically divined my -need- for the album² and whoosh! – suddenly I could pre-order the album from Suburban Home Records.
So I did.
My order included a free digital download of the album and what I am assuming will be a really cool coozie. I have listened to some of the songs several times but have only listened to the full track list once. So far I like it. My favorite at this point is My Great Gatsby. I also like Lydia and The Soundtrack to My Summer. Overall, the songs are bitter and a little³ dark but the writing is very good. The entire album is very good.
Okay, there are a few live vids of the band performing tracks off the new album but the sound quality on the ones I found is just terrible. So here is one of Lydia with good sound quality, just…er…it isn’t a vid. Hah! Found a great video of Lydia! Enjoy!
Sweet Saint Me from Two Cow Garage comes out October 24th. You can pre-order the album from Suburban Home Records and download the digital version to enjoy until your CD or vinyl arrives. You can also check out tour dates for the band while you are on the site.
Edited on Oct 28, 2010 to add – Here is a stream of the entire album you can listen to for free or purchase and download. Enjoy!
¹ meaning fans of the band
² or maybe he read my email – it’s a toss up
³ okay, okay – some of the tracks are very dark
Another piece of music I picked up for my phone before the move was “When The Stage Lights Go Dim” by Micah Schnabel. As I listened to 7 Little #s, Cut Me Mick and My Blue Heart I kept thinking he sounded familiar. Trying to figure out where I had heard him before helped keep my busy during the seemingly endless drive.
*Kahuna keeps reminding me that until I have driven cross country on no sleep – while trapped in a vehicle with a screaming toddler, a bored teenager, two unhappy cats and a “Mystery Men” dvd on repeat I can not truly understand the meaning of endless drive*
Okay, I grant him the King of Pain moniker. Still, there I was, driving along for hours with no sleep and no company. And kind of annoyed because I couldn’t place where I had heard Schnabel before. I never did figure it out and after Kahuna gave me the double-shot-espresso-rocket-fuel-drink-thingy to keep me awake I got a little hyper and switched over to rock and metal. So I could yell sing along. I will neither confirm nor deny the air drumming.
Then a few days ago I went hunting for vids from the album and …yes…There Two Cow Garage was, mocking me.
In my defense, When the Stage Lights Go Dim doesn’t sound like a Two Cow Garage album. It is quiet and melodic and most of the tracks are just Micah and his guitar. The music is very nice but it is mainly there to hold the great lyrics together. Add in Micah’s raspy-rough voice and it is just an awesome album.
Awesome Vid – Day Number Six – Cut Me, Mick
The song and the vid start off kind of slow, with the music all soft and almost sweet before the lyrics start punching you in the gut and then it all ends in a screaming crescendo of noise and sweat and feeling.
Fantastic song, absolutely fantastic performance.
Music by Micah Schnabel – from a live performance at Beat Kitchen - video by gloriousnoisevideo
When the Stage Lights Go Dim is available at Suburban Home, Amazon, eMusic and other retailers.
As the playlists for mainstream music and radio get smaller and smaller and the offerings become examples of how to make money, not how to make quality music I find myself listening to independent label music.
Take Suburban Home Records for example. The have everything from alternative country to punk. They offered a free assortment CD on Emusic last month. I downloaded several tracks and liked Ghost Buffalo and Drag the River enough to go back and buy cds from both bands.
Logging in to the Suburban home site today, I found a free mp3 from Two Cow Garage as well as several merchandise offers. (5 cds for 25 bucks is a win anyway you look at it)
Link to free mp3 of Should’ve California (scroll down Virgil’s blog for mp3)
I am not saying all the major labels should provide me with free music so I can hear the music before buying it. (although, yes, that would be great) I am saying much of what is actually good music is found on the independent labels, not on the major ones.
You all should check a few out and see if you agree.