Kenny Loggins: Footloose


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A few weeks ago I posted this that featured Kenny Loggins‘ 1984 hit, “Footloose.” The song stayed at the top of the Billboard charts for three weeks (March 25, 1984 – April 14, 1984), and was the first of two number one songs off the Footloose soundtrack.

What a monster soundtrack. It had a handful of singles, “Footloose,” “Let’s Hear It For the Boy,” “Holding Out for a Her,” “Almost Paradise…” the album hit number one as well from April 21, 1984 – June 29, 1984 and actually bumped Michael Jackson‘s Thriller out of that top spot.

Impressive. Most impressive.

I just read that a remake of the film is in the works. Wow. Who would have thunk it? The movie was already made into a Broadway musical that ran from 1998-2000… it was nominated for a bunch of 1999 Tony Awards (I don’t think it won in any category)… I honestly didn’t even know this musical existed until now. Has anyone seen it?

I’m going to guess that they’ll just take that Broadway format and fit it onto the big screen.

Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose” was placed at #96 on the American Film Institute’s AFI 100 Years… 100 Songs list. Amazingly enough, it lost to Stevie Wonder‘s “I Just Called to Say I Love You” at that year’s Academy Awards. Sorry, but I cannot STAND that song. I love Stevie, but he ruined that line for the entire world.

So I was looking through my iTunes and realized that I had a cover version of “Footloose” by Doveman, who is actually a fellow named Thomas Bartlett and his select collaborators. According to Doveman’s official website:

“26-year old Thomas Bartlett is one of New York’s most in-demand keyboard players, collaborating & touring with artists such as Glen Hansard (Once, Swell Season), The National, Martha Wainwright, Antony, David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto & Yoko Ono. Doveman is Bartlett and his select group of collaborators. When listening to this music you should keep in mind artists such as Frederic Chopin, Cat Power, Keith Jarrett, Talk Talk, and Chris Whitley — unless you don’t know any them or are not a fan, in which case you should keep in mind Nick Drake, The National, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, and other, trendier bands whose music has recently appeared in car commercials. Doveman does not rehearse, but they sure can play.”

Bartlett and company redid the entire Footloose soundtrack and had originally posted it on their website until they received a cease & desist letter.

Their covers are all quite mellow… you’ll see what I mean when you take a listen to “Footloose” below in the Dig-It section. It’s a fun listen, though, especially if you’re familiar with the original soundtrack. Doveman’s vocals are pretty monotone… but it only ads to the creepiness of their performances.

You can check out all of their recordings at their official site.

“Footloose” is a song that I never fail to turn up whenever I hear it. I dig on Doveman’s interpretation, but it don’t make me wanna “cut footloose.”

And I always have to do what Kenny Loggins tells me to do. That’s just the right thing to do.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Footloose (Kenny Loggins – original)

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Download: Footloose (Doveman)

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Tears For Fears: Break It Down Again


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When I was a kid, I had this poster on my wall that was simply the logo for Tears for Fears. I loved that poster and it made me look very cool when my friends would come over… I knew this because the common reaction to the poster was, “Cool.” My aunt, though, didn’t think it was cool. She thought it was a “secret cry for help” and told my parents that I needed to see a psychiatrist. I spent many an evening trying to convince my parents that Tears for Fears was a band… I even showed them the Songs from the Big Chair album. My mom still believed my aunt, unfortunately, and I ultimately took the poster down because I didn’t want my mom to think I was crazy.

I miss that poster.

I was also disappointed when the band broke up in 1991.

That disappointment didn’t last long because Roland Orzabal (the main songwriter of the group), continued making music under the Tears for Fears name and released Elemental in 1993. I often consider Elemental a solo record for Orzabal, as the other half of TFF (Curt Smith) had made his own solo effort that year as well.

Elemental performed well and charted in the top 50 here in the states. The first single, “Break It Down Again,” was a hit, reaching the top spot in the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

I’ll always remember blasting this song from my friend’s Scirocco (cool car) stereo while driving somewhere.

The meaning of “Break It Down Again” has always eluded me. At first I thought it referred back to their song “Start of the Breakdown” off of The Hurting, but I trashed that idea because the songs are so different lyrically. Besides, the lyrics from The Hurting album always seemed to be about childhood pain and fears, and “Break It Down Again” didn’t quite fit that bill.

Some people speculated that the song refers to the split up of Smith and Orzabal and the effects on Orzabal. With lines like “stand tall like a man / head strong like a horse,” I can see the connection, and I must admit that I lean towards this interpretation of the lyric. This particular passage further seals the deal for me:

It’s in the way you’re always hiding from the light
See for yourself you have been sitting on a time bomb
No revolution maybe someone somewhere else
Could show you something new about you and your inner song
And all the love and all the love in the world
Won’t stop the rain from falling
Waste seeping underground

Orzabal also sings “It is time to dissolve” at the end, which is difficult to ignore when applying it to the band’s split.

But I could be completely wrong.

In any case, this is such an awesome song. I’ve loved Orzabal’s voice and he sounds great here. He just SOUNDS smart, if that makes any sense.

I wonder where I put that Tears for Fears poster? I know I still have it…

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Break it Down Again

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This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes


The Rules: I reset the play counters for all the songs currently on my iTunes. Then at the end of every week, I check to see what the top five most played songs are. Whatever happens to be in this top five are then presented in order here from most played to least. If I have posted a particular song in the past, then I will bypass that song and post the next in line. If one artist dominates the list, then I will write about that artist in lieu of a Top Five list.

So I’m flipping through the channels and there’s a show called “Shameless Co-eds.” No, I didn’t watch it…………… for very long.

Check out this awesome dialogue:

“I got a bad, bad thing for you, Dutchess.”

“Why do you call me Dutchess?”

“Shhhh… no more questions.”

Yeah, I hit the “mute” button.

Anyway… here’s This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes.

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Love Loss Hope Repeat – Carbon Leaf

I guess the title of this song caught my eye, and then ultimately caught my ear. Carbon Leaf has been a band that’s been kind of under the radar for me. I found that I have quite a bit of their music in my iTunes… and I know I’ve listened to their material before, but I never really paid attention to it until this last week.

I’m definitely going to pay more attention now.

“Love Loss Hope Repeat” is off the album of the same name. It was released in 2006 and was their seventh studio album. I’ve had it in my iTunes for a while now, and it’s finally getting some plays. Good stuff, I must say.

Makes me want to pick up their latest, Nothing Rhymes With Woman. Waitaminute… DOES anything rhyme with “woman?”

Woman… shmuman… pooman…

NOTHING RHYMES WITH IT!!!!!!

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Love Loss Hope Repeat

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18 Wheels – Evening Magazine

I came across Evening Magazine a while ago and have been enjoying their EP, The Ride Across Lake Constance, on a regular basis.

The album has been called “A multifaceted, widescreen and technicolor collection” by Clicky Clicky Music Blog and “a force to be reckoned with,” by The 405. It’s definitely a strong showing… “18 Wheels” is always a joy to listen to. I love the dual vocals and the overall feel of the song… and those handclaps! Dig’um handclaps!

The Ride Across Lake Constance contains 5 songs, and I’d love to hear more. I played “18 Wheels” 10 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: 18 Wheels

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Runaway Train – Kasey Chambers

Kasey Chambers is huge in Australia. HUGE. She’s released five albums, all of which have hit platinum.

This week’s #3 song, “Runaway Train,” is off her second album, Barricades and Brickwalls. This record was the top selling album of 2002 in Australia, and earned her the “Best Country Artist,” “Best Female Artist,” and “Album of the Year” awards at the 2002 ARIA awards. Very cool.

There’s something about her voice that I totally dig. Maybe because it sounds cute… I dunno… take a listen and see if you can tell what I mean. Perhaps this “cute” quality brings out a certain amount of innocence within her lyrics… even lines like “Well they can stick it where the sun don’t shine” sounds cute.

Weird.

In any case, I’m a fan and am glad to see that I played “Runaway Train” 8 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Runaway Train

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’65 Love Affair – Paul Davis

My brother used to play this song constantly.

I just recently acquired a copy of it.

I played it once.

I played it twice.

I played it three times.

Pretty soon it ended up being six times.

This is the only Paul Davis I know.

He needs to thank my brother for playing it constantly.

That low “Yeah” part at 1:03 always gets me.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: ’65 Love Affair

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The Flame – Cheap Trick

I remember when I first heard “The Flame” by Cheap Trick. I was with some friends of mine… I think we were driving to get some In-n-Out burgers.

Anyhow, someone commented that “The Flame” would hit #1. It eventually did and brought attention back to Cheap Trick for a while. Remember how many guitars Rick Nielsen had in their music videos? Crazy.

He reminds me of Nigel Tufnel.

I’d love to have a room full of guitars. Right now all I have is like half a closet full of guitars. Not even really half a closet. Maybe just under half a closet.

If I could get a couple more Strats, that’d be great. Just a couple.

I think Nielsen played a Strat in a Cheap Trick video somewhere.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: The Flame

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Dave Matthews Band: Live Concert Online, Full Album Stream, Exclusive iTunes Pass


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Fans of the Dave Matthews Band rejoice… they will be playing a commercial-free concert at New York’s Beacon Theater on June 1st at 9pm/8c, and according to the band’s official site, both Fuse and Hulu will be airing it live. The concert will be the first televised concert in over a decade for the band and takes place on the eve of the release of DMB’s Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King album, the first album from the band in four years.

Fuse says to expect “over two hours of live, commercial-free music — everything from their latest hits on their brand-new album, ‘Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King,’ to your timeless favorites.” Very cool. Fuse also has up an exclusive interview with the band here. Along with the concert on June 1st, Fuse will also be airing a Dave Matthews Band: The Road to Big Whiskey four part documentary from June 2nd to June 5th at 8pm/7c, where they examine the band’s 18 year career and take a look at the new album.

If you haven’t done so yet, swing over to Pandora, where you can listen to the new album in its entirety. Rolling Stone calls it the band’s “heaviest album yet, both musically and emotionally.” Billboard is also quoted as calling it the band’s “best album yet.” My Friend Justin calls the album “one I haven’t heard yet.”

So…. Go. Listen. Now.

Oh, one more thing… iTunes is offering an Exclusive Dave Matthews Band Passicon, where, for just $19.99, you get the singles, “Funny the Way it Is” and “Shake Me Like A Monkey” immediately, the album when it’s released, bonus studio tracks, documentary footage, live tracks, and other exclusive material.

Not bad for $19.99.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Crash Into Me (live somewhere)
Download: Best of What’s Around (live at RFK 7.19.00)
Download: One Sweet World (live at Luther College)
Download: The Last Stop (live in Chicago 12.19.98)

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The band is currently on tour with dates scheduled through the end of September. I’ve posted the May and June dates below. For a full listing, check out their official site or MySpace.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

May 27 2009 Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, New York
May 29 2009 Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts
May 30 2009 Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 5 2009 Meadows Music Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut
Jun 6 2009 Meadows Music Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut
Jun 9 2009 Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario
Jun 10 2009 Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec
Jun 12 2009 Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York
Jun 13 2009 Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York
Jun 16 2009 Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
Jun 17 2009 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Maryland Heights, Missouri
Jun 19 2009 Post-Gazette Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
Jun 20 2009 Post-Gazette Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania

An Idea Worse Than Dating the Octo-Mom


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Well, I didn’t think it could be done… I honestly didn’t think ANYTHING could top the travesty of the Octo-mom, Nadya Denise Doud-Suleman Gutierrez… but I was wrong.

You see, I just read a terrifying article titled “Could Adam Lambert Become Queen’s New Front Man?” Brian May, Queen‘s guitarist, told Rolling Stone magazine that “Amongst all that furor, there wasn’t really a quiet moment to talk. But [drummer Roger Taylor] and I are definitely hoping to have a meaningful conversation with him [Lambert] at some point.”

DON’T DO IT, MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I really don’t care how good Lambert is. If he’s THAT good, then good luck to him on his own career… just please, For the Love of Benji, DON’T tarnish the institution that Queen is. I’m not saying that Paul Rodgers (who handled the front man duties for Queen for the past 4 years) did a poor job, I’m just saying that compared to Freddie Mercury, everything else is like soft-core porn: it’ll do the trick if you’re desperate, but it usually leaves you completely unsatisfied even though you finish.

It would be a shame to see Queen go down the same road Journey did. Journey’s never ending quest to replace Steve Perry has made that band a joke in my book. INXS did the same thing after the whole Rockstar: INXS nonsense. I don’t want to see Queen, one of my favorite bands EVER, do the same thing.

Brian May and company need to realize that Queen is over. If they want to continue playing together as a unit, they should really start a new project. Don’t drag the Queen name through the ringer. Led Zeppelin did the right thing in calling it quits after losing Bonham… he was irreplaceable. So is Mercury.

Just let it go, fellas.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Bohemian Rhapsody —> Radio Ga Ga (live @ Live Aid)
Download: We Will Rock You —> We Are the Champions (live @ Live Aid)

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Jay Bennett (1963-2009)


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On Sunday morning (5/24) the world lost an incredible musician, Jay Bennett. He was only 45 years old.

A brief message was posted on Jay’s management’s website: “Jay Walter Bennett – We are profoundly saddened to report that our friend died in his sleep last night. Jay was a beautiful human being who will be missed.”

Jay was an extremely talented musician and producer best known for his work with the band Wilco from 1994-2001. He was also a founding member of Titanic Love Affair, which recorded three albums in the early 90s. After leaving Wilco under not so great terms (see documentary “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart”), Jay released several solo records on Undertow Music, with his last being Whatever Happened I Apologize in 2008. Along with his solo work, Jay contributed his instrumental or production talents to a long list of artists, including Jellyfish, Jeff Black, Blues Traveler, and Sheryl Crow… just to name a few.

I’ve included a couple songs in the Dig-It section below. The first is “Kingpin” off my favorite Wilco album, Being There, and the second, “Wicked World” is off Bennett’s Whatever Happened I Apologize album, which you can download for free here.

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Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Kingpin
Download: Wicked World

There have been so many wonderful posts and tributes to Jay… his life, his music, and his memory out on the web since news of his passing surfaced, so if you will, take a minute to check out the below links as music lovers everywhere mourn yet another heartbreaking loss to music.

My Old Kentucky BlogR.I.P. Jay Bennett – includes an interview link from a few months ago.

Chicago Sun TimesJay Bennett, dead at age 45 – nice article on Jay that also includes a statement from Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.

Addicted to VinylGood Listening: Wilco – Live at The Troubadour – 11/12/96 – includes thoughts on Bennett as well as a Wilco bootleg download from 1996.

ChicagoistMonday Morning Diversion: Remembering Jay Bennett – includes several videos to remember Jay.

Wings for WheelsJay Bennett, R.I.P. – includes thoughts as well as video clips from an appearance by Wilco on Austin City Limits in 1999.

Aquarium DrunkardJay Bennett :: 1963-2009 – includes several Wilco downloads, including Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Demos.

Featured Artist: Eve Selis

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I was quite excited to see that Eve Selis had released a new album last year titled Angels and Eagles. It had been four years since her last record, Nothing But the Truth… a break that Selis explains she needed: “I was a bit disenchanted by the whole music industry and needed some time to just live and play music… and then of course, I got pregnant and had a baby at 43 years old!”

Angels and Eagles continues her blend of Americana rock. Selis shows her roots in country, blues, rock and folk throughout the album, which is a perfect backdrop for her rough, soulful vocals.

I first came across Eve Selis while recording in San Diego, the city Selis calls home. Some of the material I was working on needed strong backup vocals, so the producer suggested I seek out Selis. Well, after taking a listen to her records, I was completely sold… unfortunately, our schedules didn’t line up as she was out on tour at the time. I did continue to play her records, and have been following her ever since. Her albums are always filled with excellent musicianship, performances, and top-notch songwriting. It’s her voice that gets me, though… every single time I hear it.

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Take a listen to the very first song, “Show Me What Love Is,” off her debut record, Out On a Wire. Not only is this a fantastic song, but her voice is so smooth… it drips emotion. I remember playing this song about a gazillion times when I first heard it… to the point where even my neighbor asked me about it. I passed the Cd onto her and she gave it rave reviews as well. So you see? If you don’t believe me, then you have GOT to believe Annie.

Annie won’t steer you wrong.

But wait, if you think that Selis is all about the lovely ballad, then you’re wrong. If I recall, she used to describe her music as “Roadhouse,” a term that Mr. Springsteen also favors. Check out “Long Road Home” in the Dig-It section below and you’ll get a better idea of what “Roadhouse” is. The notes she hits at around 3:00 is frakkin’ stellar.

The third track posted below is off of her 2002 record, Do You Know Me. I chose “Russellville” because it’s a great example of her storytelling style.

It tells the story of how Selis and her guitarist, Marc, got lost in the roads of Kentucky and soon found themselves in Russellville. After making friends with a local historian Marion Humphries, they paid tribute to the town by writing “Russellville.” To top it off, Selis returned to the town to present them with the song in a free concert. There were plenty of songs off the album that could have been highlighted here, but to me, “Russellville” is a shining example of the kind of songwriter Selis is… she writes about what she knows and what she lives. Perhaps it’s this quality that keeps her voice so honest.

It’s been about a decade since her first release. She’s won a plethora (what IS a plethora?) of awards that includes a number of San Diego Music Awards and the Jim Croce Music Award for Excellence and Dedication in 2004. I’ve often wondered why she isn’t more popular than she is… she’s got the talent, the chops, the voice, and the presentation. The music business is a strange beast, indeed.

I do hope you check out the songs below. If you like what you hear, I’m sure you’ll enjoy her latest, Angels and Eagles. She hasn’t strayed too far from her formula, but she doesn’t need to. With every album of hers, I know I can expect the same quality as she’s always delivered. Her records are a sure thing.

Buy an album, pick up some swag, see a show…

May 9 2009 @ 7:30P – Oasis House Concert in San Diego, California
May 16 2009 @ 5:00P – Old Mission Beach Athletic Club’s “Coming Out Party” in San Diego, California
May 16 2009 @ 8:30P – Humphrey’s – Make A Wish Foundation Gala in San Diego, California
May 20 2009 @ 6:00P – Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, California
Jun 6 2009 @ 7:30P – Baja Fog House Concert in San Diego, California
Jun 13 2009 @ 8:00P – Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, California

Please visit her official site or MySpace page for more music and info!

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Show Me What Love Is
Download: Long Road Home
Download: Russellville

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Memorial Day


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Memorial Day is the day we remember and honor those soldiers who have died while serving our great nation. It was officially proclaimed on May 30, 1868 by General John Logan in his General Order No. 11. Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed at the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers. At the beginning, the South did not recognize this day… it wasn’t until after WWI that the entire country celebrated the day as one nation.

I was lucky enough to play for a country singer and ex-marine, Stephen Cochran. I traveled the country with him and learned a lot about our military and what they are fighting for. I was also fortunate enough to travel to Afghanistan with Bo Bice to play for the troops. Now, this doesn’t make me an expert in any way, shape or form about the military, but it did open my eyes to just how dedicated and strong our United States military is.

Their conviction is unmoving. It’s quite awe-inspiring.

A great exchange from an equally excellent movie, A Few Good Men, sums it up for me:

Lt. Weinberg: Why do you like them so much?
Galloway: Because they stand upon a wall and say, “Nothing’s going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch.”

Most people celebrate this day with family outings, bbq’s and the like… but let’s not forget what the true meaning of the day is for…

In 2000, a memorandum from the White House established a “National Moment of Remembrance.” This memo encouraged “all executive departments and agencies, in consultation with the White House Program for the National Moment of Remembrance (Program), to promote a “National Moment of Remembrance” to occur at 3 p.m. (local time) on each Memorial Day.”

Here is the text from that memo:

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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

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For Immediate Release May 2, 2000

Memorandum on the White House Program for the National Moment
of Remembrance

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

Subject: White House Program for the National Moment of Remembrance

As Memorial Day approaches, it is time to pause and consider the true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values. While we should honor these heroes every day for the profound contribution they have made to securing our Nation’s freedom, we should honor them especially on Memorial Day.

In this time of unprecedented success and prosperity throughout our land, I ask that all Americans come together to recognize how fortunate we are to live in freedom and to observe a universal “National Moment of Remembrance” on each Memorial Day. This memorial observance represents a simple and unifying way to commemorate our history and honor the struggle to protect our freedoms.

Accordingly, I hereby direct all executive departments and agencies, in consultation with the White House Program for the National Moment of Remembrance (Program), to promote a “National Moment of Remembrance” to occur at 3 p.m. (local time) on each Memorial Day.

Recognizing that Memorial Day is a Federal holiday, all executive departments and agencies, in coordination with the Program and to the extent possible and permitted by law, shall promote and provide resources to support a National Moment of Remembrance, including:

Encouraging individual department and agency personnel, and
Americans everywhere, to pause for one minute at 3:00 p.m.
(local time) on Memorial Day, to remember and reflect on the
sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom for all.

Recognizing, in conjunction with Memorial Day, department
and agency personnel whose family members have made the
ultimate sacrifice for this Nation.

Providing such information and assistance as may be
necessary for the Program to carry out its functions.

I have asked the Director of the White House Millennium Council to issue additional guidance, pursuant to this Memorandum, to the heads of executive departments and agencies regarding specific activities and events to commemorate the National Moment of Remembrance.

William J. Clinton

Note: This memorandum was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on May 3.

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So on this Memorial Day, 2009, make sure to take the time and honor those who have given their lives for our freedoms. Take a moment at 3pm and say thanks… I think it’s the least we can do.

Here’s a great song by Tim McGraw that always hits me in all the right places when it comes to the US Military.

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Download: If You’re Reading This (live)

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Kings of Leon Live 12/10/08 (Repost)


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Back in January I posted the below Kings of Leon show from December of 2008. Then a couple months ago, I made the switch to a new file host for my music files, and in the process, the links for this show became dead links. I’ve gotten numerous requests via comments and emails to reupload this show, so for this fine Memorial weekend, I thought, hey, why not?

So, here you go…

As I said in the last posting, this show was in support of their latest record, Only By the Night and does a great job showcasing the songs without the “commercial” production. I revisited the boot myself tonight, and I still can’t get over how awesome “Crawl,” is here. AMAZING.

Check it out, and then go pick up some Kings of Leon…

To see what the band is up to, stop by their MySpace page. It looks like they’ll be hitting up the MTV Movie Awards for a live performance this coming week and also playing the Today Show later this summer. Cool cool.

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Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: ZIP FILE OF COMPLETE SHOW

Download: Crawl

Download: My Party

Download: Razz

Download: Molly’s Chambers

Download: Joe’s Head

Download: Fans

Download: Revelry

Download: Milk

Download: Four Kicks

Download: Pistol Of Fire

Download: Wasted Time

Download: Sex On Fire

Download: The Bucket

Download: I Want You

Download: Notion

Download: Use Somebody

Download: On Call

Download: Closer

Download: Knocked Up

Download: Black Thumbnail

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Jewel: Deer Creek, Indiana. 8-28-96


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For those that didn’t know, Jewel released a new album, Lullaby, this last month. I haven’t picked it up yet because it totally slipped my mind until now. I’m sure I’ll add it to my collection, though… I have every Jewel Cd and it just wouldn’t feel complete without the latest.

Have you ever done that? Bought an album from a particular artist just so you can have ALL of their releases, even though their past few records haven’t been quite up to par?

I’ve done that with a few bands… I wonder what makes me do this. I mean, is it REALLY so that I have all of their Cds? It is SO important that I can look at their section in my collection and say, “Yep… gottemall!” What a weird and odd thing to do.

Anyhow, this Jewel bootleg captures her in 1996, right when her debut album, Pieces of You, hit the charts. She sounds great in this performance… well, she almost always sounds great. She’s backed by a full band, but also takes some songs on her own. There are some early versions of songs that made it on to later albums, like “Love Me, Just Leave Me Alone,” and a fast version of “Deep Water.” Man, I’m glad she slowed down “Deep Water” for the Spirit album.

Jewel also plays the song that pretty much put her on the map, “You Were Meant For Me.” When I first heard this tune, it totally bugged me how she spoke almost every other line in the verses. It doesn’t bother me so much anymore, probably because I’m so used to her singing style now.

“Who Will Save Your Soul” is also included in this bootleg, and I gotta say that she sounds SO much better here than on the official release. I always felt her voice changed far too much on the album version… she had the “cute baby” voice, the almost Kermit the Frog voice, then her half-speaking voice, and then the normal voice. It was just too much for me to have to keep track of. She sounds more passionate on this live recording… very nice!

Go pick up some Jewel stuff, man.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Pieces of You
Download: Satellite
Download: Fragile Heart
Download: Sometimes it be That Way
Download: Fade Away
Download: You Were Meant For Me
Download: Love Me, Just Leave Me Alone
Download: Carnivore
Download: Deep Water
Download: Who Will Save Your Soul?

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