Between college basketball, Tiger Woods in the Arnold Palmer Classic, and spring training baseball, I made time to catch the Bridge Session webcast on Saturday night, featuring Bob Weir and members of The National. I can't speak for the political panel discussion (I got sidetracked with Face Time), but the music was great. The highlight was the closing portion of the performance where Bob and crew played "Ripple," "Uncle John's Band," and "Brokedown Palace" among the crow surrounding a single mic. You really felt like you were there. I definitely got a tingle during when Bob sang, "If I knew the way, I would take you home."
Stream M. Ward's New Album
Stream "Wasteland Companion" at NPR. As I listen, I'm hearing a lot of the vintage 50's-60's stylings we've come to associate M. with, along with some songs that venture into the soundscapes that are inventive and obscure. Good stuff ...
I watched the Shins' exclusive NPR webcast last week, a couple days after it was aired live. I thought their new tunes translated well to the live setting, better than some of their more tuned-down songs like "New Slang." Tonight, you can watch the Shins play live from SXSW festival at 5:45 p.m. ET on Google's "Live from SXSW"page. This time, you don't have to have an iPad! (That's a shot at you, NPRR ...)
A cool new tune from the Long Beach, CA, duo Avi Buffalo:
Avi performs this song and other washed-out "new ambiance" tunes in their recently released Daytrotter session, recorded at the respected Big Orange Studios and mixed by Matt Oliver. They're a little wish washy, but I hear a lot of Neil Young and Nels Cline (Wilco) influence, so I'm hooked. Worth a download (gotta subscribe though ... I did!).