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I have moved Struggleville! You will find lots of new features and maybe a few errors. Go look around make a couple of comments...even if you have nothing to say give the "Comments" feature a test drive. Email me with any feedback or suggestions.posted by Tim- 9/23/2003 9/23/2003 08:22:00 PM
New Digs 9/22/2003 05:15:00 PM
Woodsongs Old Time Music Hour
Unless you catch one of these artists live it is unlikely that you are going to see Danny Barnes, Billy Joe Shaver, Bo Ramsey or Sam Bush performing anytime soon. They certainly aren't showing up on on MTV or VH1 (and more depressing, not on CMT either). But the Woodsongs archive is a great opportunity to see them and many others in action. This is a syndicated radio program featuring Americana artists that films their recording sessions for webcast. Really cool! The videos are a pretty much a broadband affair, but there is also an audio archive of many shows. Sit back and relax...these shows are almost an hour in length.posted by Tim- 9/19/2003 9/19/2003 08:56:00 PM
Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19 9/19/2003 09:57:00 AM
Daily Scrabble Fix
Scrablog Nice!posted by Tim- 9/18/2003 9/18/2003 10:54:00 AM
"I hurt myself today..."
I had intended to link to this video after I first saw it several months ago. Director Mark Romanek did a fine job making a video which actually enhances the experience of the song....nearly unheard of these days. Then I thought about it again when MTV had it nominated for six Video Music Awards and rumors were swirling that it would win "Video of the Year" (which of course didn't happen.) It is all the more poignant and powerful now that he and June are gone. If you haven't seen it yet then check out "Hurt" by Johnny Cashposted by Tim- 9/15/2003 9/15/2003 09:52:00 PM
Johnny Cash: An Interesting Retrospective 9/15/2003 02:42:00 PM
Blogcritics: Music: Country and Americana
When you have some time to spend reading, head over to Blogcritics and check ot the recent posts on Americana and Country.posted by Tim- 9/13/2003 9/13/2003 04:02:00 PM
Richard Thompson, Pat Metheny and Kenneth Gorelick
Kenny G. fans please exit this post HERE.
Blogger Pro revisited
I was under the false impression that Blogger Pro included, multiple page blogs, photo uploads and site stats. It does not. My enthusiasm has dwindled significantly.
Johnny, thanks for the music and sharing your soul.
Bucket O'Links 9/10/2003 10:31:00 PM
Blogger Pro is back! Well kinda...
It looks like Blogger Pro is back. But this time with all the premium services available in the free version....Wooohoo! Jason still seems to think that Moveable Type offers enough nice features and Blogger has enough issues (none of which I have experienced) to keep MT in the pay for play game. But Blogger Pro for free should suit me just fine....counting the days!!posted by Tim- 9/10/2003 09:37:00 PM
Lauderdale rides with the herd
Jim Lauderdale has put out a nice string of Americana/HonkyTonk/Bluegrass CD's in the past few years. He is riding high on his "Artist of the Year" and "Song of the Year" awards at last Americana Music awards. He is slated to host this year. Now we has released a new album with jam?!? band Donna the Buffalo granted I don't know anything about The Buffalo but jamband seems like a new and surprising direction for Mr. Lauderdale (although it is worth pointing out that his main songwriting partner is Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead) Well you can judge for yourself by listening to the entire album online at Funkyside - Musicposted by Tim- 9/08/2003 9/08/2003 07:44:00 PM
Orisinal : Simple and Elegant
This guy's work has been around for along time, but he is constantly adding new games. They are the haiku of video games and as nice to look at as they are fun to play. Orisinalposted by Tim- 9/06/2003 9/06/2003 05:00:00 PM
Sam & David
Hey...the two best mandolinists alive (over 30 anyway) have a new album coming out September 23rd and you can listen to samples of all the tunes right here. Sounds great! If the link is not working, since Barnes and Noble seem to not want to make it easy to link to their site click here and search for Sam Bush...The new release is called "Hold on We're Strummin'"posted by Tim- 9/04/2003 9/04/2003 03:28:00 PM
Pat Metheny on Kenny G
A worthy target (maybe a bit over the top, but fun anyway.)posted by Tim- 8/26/2003 8/26/2003 06:31:00 PM
Don't mess with me! 8/18/2003 10:17:00 PM
New Bluegrass Find!
If you are a Bluegrass fan (especially if you have a broadband connection) you need to check out BluegrassBox. Similar to what etree does for jam bands (including some bluegrass stuff) BluegrassBox supports the distribution of recorded live shows. These are all done by fans at shows with bands who have a supportive taping policy. That means they are all legal. Now downloading is a little tricky, so take you time to READ the FAQ. But even if you can't get the downloading part down BluegrassBox hosts a streaming radio site of their hosted shows. (Both Dialup and Broadband) I'm enjoying Sam Bush's set from Merlefest 2000 right now. Purists Beware: many shows tend toward the Newgrass/Jamgrass genre, you have been warned!posted by Tim- 8/06/2003 8/06/2003 09:57:00 PM
Cool amateur photo 8/03/2003 11:37:00 PM
Google vs. The Blogosphere
Everyone knows Google is an amazing search tool. But has the nature and explosion of blogs started to erode its accuracy and usefulness? Several A-list bloggers (among others) are discussing just that. It helps to understand the primary way Google indexes pages for search results and the heavy linking done between blogs.
Reilly on Golf
The British Open has come and gone but this piece from Rick Reilly at SI is an amusing look at the craziness at the heart of the USGA's rule book.posted by Tim- 8/03/2003 11:13:00 PM
One of my current favorite sources to discover new music is Paste Magazine and the always stellar accompanying CD. The bad news has been that it only comes out once a quarter. The good news is they will go to a bi-monthly publishing schedule as of the Oct. 03 issue. Nice!posted by Tim- 7/28/2003 7/28/2003 06:06:00 PM
Optical Dude, II
If you enjoyed Illusion 2 from the pevious post but missed the link to more illusions from the same page you should definitely check these out!posted by Tim- 7/28/2003 06:03:00 PM
Here's a couple of keen optical illusions for your enjoyment. (via Metafilter) Illusion 1 is trippy (No they're not moving!) , but #2 is truly unbelievable (found this awhile back at Jason's site)
Juggling Videos Galore 7/24/2003 12:33:00 AM
Not quite, But close
Radio Paradise is a relatively popular stream over at Shoutcast. And while not quite perfect (by my standards anyway -Less 70's, more Americana please!) they do a lot of things right. If more was right with the world every major metro area would have station like this. One that played deep cuts from the best artists of the last three decades and introduced new ones on a weekly basis!posted by Tim- 7/21/2003 7/21/2003 07:45:00 PM
just can't get enough
I have failed to post this until past midway through the year....but for those who missed it. The mother of all music critic polls and a fun read...(skip the singles poll and go right for the albums...) Pazz and Jop.posted by Tim- 7/04/2003 7/04/2003 01:51:00 AM
Epitonic. Although this site leans way more toward indie rock than the Americana sound I prefer, it still seems very interesting in concept and execution. Worth exploring!posted by Tim- 7/04/2003 01:40:00 AM
Shaver on NPR
NPR's Morning Edition interview with with unsung country songwriter and performer Billy Joe Shaver.posted by Tim- 7/02/2003 7/02/2003 01:10:00 AM
Photo Scavenger Hunt
If you are a photographer of any kind and are looking for a fun summertime project this sounds interesting. 26 Things.posted by Tim- 7/02/2003 12:16:00 AM
Canadian Roots (No, not the Clothes store)
Roots Music Canada has a bunch of great music. I am sure most have of these you have not heard yet, so go check it out! Nice interface too!posted by Tim- 6/17/2003 6/17/2003 01:45:00 PM
Dogtown Saloon 5/28/2003 10:18:00 PM
for the view
The panaroramic shots at this site are very cool and no better palce to start than this shot from the top of Mt. Everest. Wow....Warning possibly slow loading for those on dialup.posted by Tim- 5/26/2003 5/26/2003 12:03:00 AM
We've got lists...
A growing collection of critic's and reader poll lists....that's movies, books and music.posted by Tim- 5/14/2003 5/14/2003 10:00:00 PM
Here are a couple of competing Top 100 Albums of the 80's lists from two fine webzines Pitchforkmedia and Fresh Dirt Let the debates begin....My main beef.....No Husker Du in the top 25 of either list....What the heck!posted by Tim- 5/03/2003 5/03/2003 12:55:00 PM
Fun for Consumers
Retail Alphabet Game I thought this was fun and challenging. I was initially surprised at how many I knew, but then frustrated at not getting the rest.Warning there is at least one geographically biased one in the bunch.posted by Tim- 4/17/2003 4/17/2003 10:12:00 AM
WOW...the new Paste Music Sampler has a great tune called I Can't Remember by the newly fomed band The Thorns (Shawn Mullins, Pete Droge and Matthew Sweet). They are being compared to Crosby, Stills and Nash mainly for their vocal harmonies, but they have a very smooth sound all their own. If the rest of the album, due out May 20th, is as good as this cut, it will be in my CD player for a long time. Just found their homepage too.posted by Tim- 4/16/2003 4/16/2003 01:58:00 PM
Iron and Wine
This guy's music is strangely compelling. He draws you in with his hushed vocal style and the nearly hypnotic tunes keep you coming back for more. Highly recommended.posted by Tim- 3/04/2003 3/04/2003 12:03:00 AM
Nice job Pyra...
I know I am late to the part to point out the biggest news item in blogging history. But every other blog on the planet has pointed to it already so I'll just follow the crowd. I think this is great! Congratulations to Evan and company. I am excited to see what Google has in store for us all.posted by Tim- 2/17/2003 2/17/2003 10:01:00 PM
Whatever that is...
The Americana project!
Streams Galore 2/13/2003 10:00:00 AM
And the winner is
Vistors at altcountrytab have come up with a pretty impressive Top 100 of 2002 list. The annual "award", voted on by site visitors, has been newly dubbed The Gamblers. The list is a great place to catch up on great music you may have missed last year.posted by Tim- 1/29/2003 1/29/2003 10:02:00 PM
A great new magazine that comes out quarterly has their new website up. Paste is available at Border's and includes a sampler CD with 20+ tracks of great music with every issue.
If you have DirecTV it is worth the $3.99 a month for the upgrade to Total Choice Plus, sure you get several other channels but this Americana Music channel is worth the upgrade all on it's own. Coupled with the Bluegrass channel it's two great stations of commercial free tunes 24 hrs per day.posted by Tim- 1/21/2003 1/21/2003 10:14:00 PM
go look 1/19/2003 09:07:00 AM
Rev. lovejoy 1/12/2003 09:29:00 AM
searching for a truer sound 12/31/2002 02:24:00 PM
This has been up for awhile but I am just now getting it to my blog. R.E.M. has a whole series of remixes of songs that they have posted to their website. The page includes a CD cover for download and an interview with Michael Stipe explaining the project.posted by Tim- 12/17/2002 12/17/2002 11:15:00 AM
Why can't i see these on TV!! 11/27/2002 05:49:00 PM
Just discovered a great source for Americana music (basically roots and roots infuenced music.) You should check it out! Hober Radioposted by Tim- 10/16/2002 10/16/2002 03:32:00 PM
baby steps 10/16/2002 03:30:00 PM
Hello... 10/16/2002 03:29:00 PM