Something old, something new; was there something here for you?

Get the story behind the fiver here.

Track 1: Simulated Life – In Union

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This Oklahoma City-based band followed me on Twitter and piqued my interest. Featuring former Nixon’s guitarist, the goal of this band is to write great original rock music, and that’s a cause I can get behind. More on them, and their surprising cover of the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby, later.

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Track 2: Harlem River Blues – Justin Townes Earle

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Found this on a free Amazon label sampler, by Steve Earle’s son so right there it’s got mad cool points from me. I like this song, I like new music that harkens back to old-school outlaw country. This particular pick won the 2011 song of the year award at the Americana Music Awards. Earle is currently touring, so be sure to check the schedule on his website for a date near you.

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Track 3: Cannonball – the Breeders

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This one was included because it came up on random the other day & I listened to it with fresh ears. This is what is magical and good about the early 90s music scene, all distortion and guitars and irony. My favorite point in the song is at the 1:40 mark, where the music loosens up like a fist you didn’t realize was clenched.

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Track 4: A Quarter to Three – Shy Blakeman

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More music that found me on Twitter (seriously, I love when that happens). An outlaw country rocker from Texas, Shy Blakeman is outspoken and fun to listen to. He’s got a duet on his newest release (Long Distance Man, his third CD) with Miranda Lambert and I love her too. Check his website for a free download of Long Distance Man if you want to hear more.

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Track 5: Rusty Cage – Johnny Cash

You are under arrest for general badassery

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A day without Johnny Cash is like a day without a good dose of tonic with a shot of whiskey that you kick back after reading a few lines of poetry or a Bible verse. That’s the magic of the man; he didn’t cross genres; he just plowed through them and owned it. I love this song because of the before & after aspect contained within it, along with the general badassery.

12 Responses to Something old, something new; was there something here for you?
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    January 8, 2012 | 4:43 pm

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  2. Kim
    January 9, 2012 | 11:51 pm

    This entire fiver was “Kim bait.”

    Well played, Mari!

    • Mari
      January 10, 2012 | 10:21 am

      Yay! I’m glad you liked it all. :)

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