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Friday, July 31, 2009

Casting Call with St Vincent

Beneath that curly-coif, doe-eyed exterior is a cosmopolitan heart that wraps her sharp wit around , what she calls, "violent" guitars, on her latest, Actor.

The jarring keyboards and Liz Phair-like directness make multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) an artist that I can't wait to see at the Virgin Mobile Free Fest.

Check out St. Vincent and parade of out-of-work actors emoting themselves to death!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Trip With Mars to Mend The Weeds

Mississippi-bred Charlie Mars joins Tyler tomorrow for a chat and to play a live tune.

After flirting with major-label success, a stint in rehab, and life on a houseboat in Sweden, Mars put out this sexy, groove-a-licous, laid-back record called Like a Bird, Like a Plane and like both of those things, Mars would like to be high....and maybe throw on Dark Side of the Moon with someone who could use it.

And it doesn't look like a bad thing for Charlie to help a friend like Mary Louise Parker of Weeds nurse a broken heart.

Mix Tape Thursday, 7/30/09

WTMD listeners take over the airwaves with three-to-five song sets on Thursday.

6 a.m. Lauren Davis

I chose these songs because they all feel relaxed and leave me feeling good, not too crazy, just right for cruising.

* "Brainy," by The National
* "Starlight," by Muse
* "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa," by Vampire Weekend
* "Use Somebody," by Kings of Leon
* "Big White Gate," by Grace Potter

8 a.m. Rachel Moseley

Good fast-lane driving tempos.

* "Last Night Of The World," by Bruce Cockburn
* "Pain Killer," by Turin Brakes
* "Boots of Chinese Plastic," by The Pretenders
* "Nebraska," by Moe
* "She Moves In Her Own Way," by The Kooks

10 a.m. Robert Westerman

I'm feeling kinda 'Jeopardy" today. Topic: Songs That Begin With The Letter "E"

* "Exit Music For A Film," by Radiohead
* "E-Pro," by Beck
* "Eleanor Rigby," by The Beatles
* "Electric Lady Land," by Jimi Hendrix
* "Extraordinary Machine," by Fiona Apple

12 p.m. Allison Cribbs

It started with "Allison," it's my name. From there I just thought of all the good songs with girls' names in the title.

* "Allison," by The Pixies
* "Billie Jean," by Michael Jackson
* "Anna-Molly," by Incubus

4 p.m. Luke Rhine

In honor of a great concert I included in my set a list of some of the greatest songs I have heard in concert. I thought "Freebird" might have been a bit much, but it was good.

* "Can’t You Hear Me Knocking," by The Rolling Stones
* "Same Old Thing," by The Black Keys
* "Little Room," by The White Stripes

6 p.m. Nitin Tandon

With all the recent celebrity deaths, I have been in a morbid mood.

* "Fear," by Paddy Casey
* "Don’t Wanna Cry," by Pete Yorn
* "Dying Is Fine," by Ra Ra Riot
* "Who Is Going To Save My Soul," by Gnarles Barkley
* "Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But…," by Arctic Monkeys

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Warren Haynes' Countless Friends

Warren Haynes is a true renaissance man! He plays in, let's see....Gov't Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh and Friends, The Dead. He tours with all those bands and solo, hosts an annual Christmas jam for charity in his hometown, Ashville, NC, rocks out an annual New Year's show in NYC, and is a highly sought after guest artist and collaborator.

And despite his bluesy growl and his shredding ferocity that's been recognized by guitar aficionados and Rolling Stone (#23 on the all time list), Warren is one of THE nicest guys in rock and roll. His polite southern drawl is always a pleasure to hear.

I'll chat with him Thursday morning as he gets ready for the Gov't Mule show at the National Harbor Pavilion near DC that evening. A new Mule album and a solo r&b-inspired record, both recorded at Willy Nelson's studios...are in the works.

But, to illustrate just how respected this man is, I though we'd go back a few years for this little mutual admiration society conversation and jam with Trey Anastasio. Just to hear them talk about conversing through their guitar solos and fusing their music to the point that nobody is quite sure who's playing what lick...just brilliant!

NerfTones on Baltimore Unsigned Tonight

Tonight, Sam Sessa interviews the NerfTones during a live recording at the 8x10. The band brings their funk-jazz dance grooves to WTMD. Not an episode to miss.

Also on the show, you will hear some the best music in the area. Tonight's playlist includes:

1. “Stick Shift,” by Young Sir Jim from Move, Woman

2. “Tired,” by The Jagged Hearts from Rosemary’s Daughter

3. “The Ghosts Around You,” by e. joseph & the phantom heart

4. “Take Your Time,” by DNA from Passenger

5. “Because of You,” by The Perfects from Future Automatic

6. “The Biggest Meteor I’ve Ever Seen,” by Laura Brino from how we survived.

7. “Rain,” by Adam Day from I Stayed Up Late To Make This

8. “How Long Can I Wonder,” by Caleb Stine from Eyes So Strong and Clean

9. “My Three Sons,” by Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad

Monday, July 27, 2009

How the Wolves Survive

Had the privilege of seeing Cyril Neville and Eric Lindell at the Pittsburgh Blues Festival over the weekend. And while they both turned in excellent sets, the band that elevated my soul above the green covered mountains at Hartwood Acres was Los Lobos. Fittingly, the only other time I've seen them was in 1987 opening up for U2 at Three Rivers Stadium (Little Steven was the other opener, as John Matthews reminded me today- he was there too!).

Let me put it to you this way: why they are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I just don't know (it's been 30 years since their debut record- 25 to be Hall eligible). David Hidalgo is one of the most underrated guitarist ever; his blistering solos and gentle voice are heavenly.

Guitarist Cesar Rosas's growl and unchanged look with the the well-manicured goatee and stylish shades proves a worthy foil for the warmth of Hidgalgo and chief lyricist Louie Perez adds even more guitar punch- plus he even plays drums if the song calls for it. And I haven't even mentioned the keyboard and sax-maestro Steve Berlin, who gives the band that impressionistic California-noir sound on masterpieces like Kiko and The Town and the City and steady bassist Conrad Lozano who brings a smiling assurance to the stage.

They pay homage to their Mexican-American heritage with plenty of danceable accordian-laced Spanish language songs and add to that their Dead cred, and what you've got is one of the most loved festival acts around.

Los Lobos is the tightest band I've ever seen live, an American classic that I want to experience many more times. Hopefully, I won't wait twenty-two years for the next time and this time, I'll stay a little closer to home.

Enjoy this performance of my favorite Los Lobos tune, "One Day One Night." Just listen to David's sweet guitar on this one and watch what the band creates withouth theatrics and hystrionics.