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Thursday, May 19, 2011

May 19, 2011
Scott Foley

Around 7:30 on any given Thursday, I'll be found standing at the studio shelves pulling CDs for TMM. I'll invariably grab more than I have time for, and by 9:15 I'll be paring down my pile to the essentials. For weeks, Andy Friedman has made the cut. I'll pull his new CD, Laserbeams + Dreams, with all intentions to give the thing some airtime. With two exceptions, I never seem to get around to playing Friedman's strong CD. Today's Episode was taking the same turn, until I drew a line and made a commitment to play a great Friedman tune, "Going Home (Drifter's Blessing)". Recorded live to tape, the album rewards close listening, with revelatory turns of phrase and unexpected poetry.

This Episode also brings us a new live cut from Colorado band Haunted Windchimes (worst name ever), as well as a first glimpse into Elliott BROOD's forthcoming effort.

* Ray Charles + Johnny Cash, "Why Me Lord" Rare Genius (Concord, 10)
* Daniel Martin Moore, "Set Things Aright" Cool of the Day (Sub Pop, 11)
* Slithering Beast, "Fool Out of You" Delicious (Self, 11)
* Blackie + the Rodeo Kings, "If I Can't Have You" Kings + Queens (File Under Music, 11)
* Sons of Bill, "Broken Bottles" One Town Away (Gray Fox, 09)
* Greencards, "Make It Out West" Brick Album (Darling St, 11)
* Haunted Windchimes, "Shadows and Pine" Live at the Western Jubilee (Blank Tape, 11)
* Lindi Ortega, "I'm No Elvis Presley" Little Red Boots (Last Gang, 11)
* Levon Helm, "Evangeline" Ramble at the Ryman (Vanguard, 11)
* Zoe Muth + the Lost High Rollers, "Harvest Moon Blues" Starlight Hotel (Signature Sounds, 11)
* Only Sons, "Written Word" American Stranger (Sophomore Lounge, 11)
* Quiet American, "I Will Be the One" Quiet American Vol 2 (BAS, 11)
* Sarah Lee Guthrie + Johnny Irion, "Speed Of Light" Bright Examples (9th St, 11)
* Frazey Ford, "Lovers In a Dangerous Time" Obadiah (Nettwerk, 10)
* Rod Picott, "Black T Shirt" Welding Burns (Welding Rod, 11)
* Dead Rock West, "Two Wings" Bright Morning Stars (Red River, 11)
* Laura Cantrell, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" Kitty Wells Dresses (Diesel Only, 11)
* Brian Wright, "Good Dr" House on Fire (Sugar Hill, 11)
* Elliott BROOD, "Northern Air" Days Into Years (Self, 11)
* Broken Spoke, "Vamps in the Valley" Before There Were Easy Riders (Self, 11)
* Uncle Tupelo, "Screen Door" No Depression (Legacy, 90)
* Matt the Electrician, "I Will Do the Breathing" Accidental Thief (Self, 11)
* Michael Fracasso, "While the Night is Young" Saint Monday (Self, 11)
* Elephant Revival, "Rhythm of the Road" Break in the Clouds (Ruff Shod, 10)
* Jason Isbell + 400 Unit, "Never Could Believe" Here We Rest (Lightning Rod, 11)
* Emmylou Harris, "Hard Bargain" Hard Bargain (Nonesuch, 11)
^ Andy Friedman, "Going Home (Drifter's Blessing)" Laserbeams + Dreams (City Salvage, 11)
* Robyn Ludwick, "Can't Go Back" Out of These Blues (Late Show, 11)

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