Friday, November 28, 2008

December Mailer : First Look

Your Early Christmas Present

Due to just about anything you can name (they don't call it stuffing for nothing) we're a bit behind finishing the December mailer. Most, but not all, of the titles have been input at the website, however they lack reviews and information. Due to the limited nature of some titles, and the fact that it's December and restocking will get more difficult with each passing day we're offering blog subscribers first shot at these titles.

That's not to say that we won't be able to get these again, it's just that it will take longer this time of year on some titles and we know some of these will make great presents. Things usually slow down in December, but for some reason there are lots of essential titles and some hard to find ones that we've been trying for months to offer finally showing up at our tree.

This link will take you to the work in progress mailer. Non blog subscribers will not get this opportunity. (Membership still has its
privilege's even in these tough times) You will still eventually get a complete email version just like always, but when you see some of the titles you'll not want to be left out while we wait for additional stock.

Thanks for another wonderful year, and keep checking the site for more great titles.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Long Lost Friend

There aren’t many songs that deal directly with Thanksgiving, (no shortage of movies though) but the sentiment of family, turkey and home has been the mainstay of countless songs throughout the centuries.

This is one of our favorites that has stood the test of time. It hits all of the bases, and unlike a lot of songs from the seventies this one has endured and gets better with each passing season. He may have come off square, but never less than sincere in our book. (Watch for James Burton on guitar)

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us, to all of you.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Hard Travelin'

Ry Cooder's America

Will Rogers, Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck, Studs Turkel, Will Eisner, and Jack Kerouac to name just a few, all had "their" America that they shared with the world through their works and deeds. Ry Cooder has been fashioning his version one album at a time for over forty years. The following story is the latest chapter in his saga.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dave Alvin Answers The Hard Questions

Here is a nice short inteview with one of my all time favorites. Dave Alvin, past, present, and future. He discusses his years with Hightone and the new collection, the lyrics to Fourth Of July, and his upcoming Chris Gaffney project. That is one that will be on my want list next year.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cover Me

It’s a debatable argument as to how much music has gone downhill since the demise of vinyl. However, it’s not much of an argument that album art has been on life support since the advent of the disc. The reasons are obvious owing to the size of the booklets versus the album covers.

I discovered this site that celebrates the heretofore unknown interactive aspect of album art. It lets you (with some effort on your part) become part of your favorite album if you take the notion. If you think we have too much time on our hands by surfing a site like this, think about those who actually put out the effort to collect the content for it.

If you enjoy this site bookmark it because it updates often and the content gets more creative as time goes on.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Three Girls And Their Buddy

Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and Buddy Miller Announce A Second Run Of Their Collaborative Shows

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 11, 2008) — Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and Buddy Miller have announced they will again join forces for a series of collaborative shows in 2008. The “Three Girls and Their Buddy” tour will perform in the Northeast U.S., beginning in Alexandria, VA. on February 3, 2009 at The Birchmere and concluding in Boston, MA. on February 22 at The Orpheum. A New York City show at the newly reopened and remodeled Beacon Theater will take place on February 20th. The “Three Girls and Their Buddy” shows feature all four artists performing onstage together, sharing the songs and stories that have defined their venerated careers.
The four have a long-established history of musical associations, having been in each other’s bands, produced and played on each other’s albums, covered each other’s songs, and guested on each other’s shows many times over the years. Buddy Miller was Emmylou’s band leader in the outfit Spyboy and produced her live album by that name. Patty Griffin’s song “One Big Love” was recorded by Emmylou, who has made appearances on Patty’s last two studio albums. Emmylou, Patty and Buddy – with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings – toured together as Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue, a special run of collaborative shows. Buddy has performed many times over the years with Shawn Colvin, beginning with her inclusion in The Buddy Miller Band in the 80s in New York City and leading up to the These Four Walls tour in the fall of 2006. The group was recently reunited in October for a spirited performance at San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.
Tickets for all shows on the Three Girls and their Buddy tour will go on sale starting 11/21.
Fans can take advantage of a special pre-sale beginning November 14th at 10 am EST. Presale participants will have access to the best seats available, plus the opportunity to pre-purchase a limited edition tour poster signed by all four artists. Anyone who purchases a ticket via the presale will also be entered to win a meet and greet with the artists, with four lucky winners per show.

Three Girls and their Buddy 2009:
Date City/State Venue Onsale
February 3-4 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere Nov 21, 2008
February 5 Harrisburg, PA Whitaker Center at the Forum Nov 21, 2008
February 6 Glenside, PA The Keswick Nov 20, 2008
February 8 Portsmouth, NH Music Hall TBD
February 9 Ithaca, NY State Theatre Nov 21, 2008
February 10 Torrington, CT The Warner Theater Nov 21, 2008
February 20 New York, NY Beacon Theatre Nov 22, 2008
February 21 Kingston, NY Bardavon 1869 Opera House Nov 24, 2008
February 22 Boston, MA The Orpheum

Monday, November 3, 2008

Please Vote Today

No matter how long the lines might be today please stay there. This is important. You can make a difference.


It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics...they will only grow louder and more dissonant ........... We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea --

Yes. We. Can.

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Hold On, It's Coming


Special Election Issue

We're getting some nervous emails and calls about the November mailer. Not to worry we're almost done with it. It would have been out on time except for the fact that we've been standing in line for two days to vote. The owners have voted, but some of the mail room and graphics people are still in line. Exit polls point to a really strong mailer for this late in the year. In this election it's you the customer that will be declared the winner.