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New home

 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

 I am working on a Typepad based version of this blog with hopes of moving over permanently soon....Stay tuned..I will post a link to check out soon.

posted by Tim- 9/22/2003 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

 I was not aware and I haven't even brushed up on my "AARRRR" lately. I was blessed with a good sounding name though, ARRRR I be Black Tom Rackham Avast ye scurvy dogs....or something to that effect.

posted by Tim- 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 Cash

posted by Tim- 9/15/2003 9/15/2003 09:52:00 PM
Johnny Cash: An Interesting Retrospective

 Man in Black was a Man of Substance
-via MandolinCafe

posted by Tim- 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.

My sis-in-law just informed me of a song by the great Richard Thompson that gives the quotes from Pat Metheny on Kenny G. a whole new life. (I Agree with Pat Metheny.mp3)

posted by Tim- 9/13/2003 01:36:00 PM
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.

At the same time Typepad continues to look more and more promising.

posted by Tim- 9/13/2003 01:34:00 PM
Our loss...

 Johnny, thanks for the music and sharing your soul.

posted by Tim- 9/12/2003 9/12/2003 11:05:00 AM
Bucket O'Links

 These two guys put more cool stuff daily in the sidebar of their blogs than most people do in a month. I find it amazing.
Jason Kottke Archive
Anil Dash Archive

posted by Tim- 9/10/2003 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 - Music

posted 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. Orisinal

posted 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!

 If you hate telemarketers (like I do) and have signed up for the National "Do Not Call" list then this and this may be be worthwhile reading.

posted by Tim- 8/18/2003 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

 This is real nice. (I hate to say it, via Kottke's Remaindered Links sidebar.)

posted by Tim- 8/03/2003 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.

Ongoing debate:
-Here's the opening comment from Matt Haughey.
-Here's Ev's Reply
(Blogger/Pyra Labs Founder and current Google employee)
-Followup from Matt.

-And finally a recent post of findings from Kottke.

posted by Tim- 8/03/2003 11:20:00 PM
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
Paste Update

 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
Optical dude

 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)

Illusion 1
Illusion 2

Animated proof of Illusion 2 or use your photo editing program for at home self test!

posted by Tim- 7/25/2003 7/25/2003 03:12:00 PM
Juggling Videos Galore

 These are fun....and there are lots of 'em. (via Anil's sidebar links.)

posted by Tim- 7/24/2003 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
Indie Madness

 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

 Here's another great Country/Americana stream...with both high bandwidth and dialup streams. Enjoy! Hey if you want a quick idea of their music here is their recent playlist.

posted by Tim- 5/28/2003 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!
I am putting together a list of the top 150 artists in the genre as a primer for people interested in discovering what it's all about. I enlisted the help of my brother and a friend, but have been sidetracked by everyone's busy lives. I hope to post the list here in the near future with links etc. I wanted 150 artists and perhaps a song which would represent their contribution. Here are some things I have learned so far:

-defining Americana is half the battle
-150 is a surprisingly large number
-the artists have tended to break down into Influencers and Influenced (with a few notable exceptions.)

posted by Tim- 2/16/2003 2/16/2003 11:04:00 AM
Streams Galore

 Nice thread on post-CARP internet radio over at Metafilter Lots of new music to explore!

posted by Tim- 2/13/2003 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
periodically brilliant

 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.

My brother thought the feature articles were too short in the first two issues, but they are just starting out so give them a chance. Their third issue should hit the stands very soon!

posted by Tim- 1/29/2003 09:49:00 PM
Radio sucks!

 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


posted by Tim- 1/19/2003 1/19/2003 09:07:00 AM
Rev. lovejoy

 Those of us living in the Portland area are well aware of The Simpsons-Portland connection and Matt's roots here, for those who wish to know more...Matt Groening's Portland (via Kottke)

posted by Tim- 1/12/2003 1/12/2003 09:29:00 AM
searching for a truer sound

 What the heck is Americana music?

posted by Tim- 12/31/2002 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!!

 Some recent awards from the world of Americana and Bluegrass music.

posted by Tim- 11/27/2002 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 Radio

posted by Tim- 10/16/2002 10/16/2002 03:32:00 PM
baby steps

 I want this site to be a music, movies, and culture focused blog, but I'm not very focused so who knows.

posted by Tim- 10/16/2002 03:30:00 PM

 Welcome all you suckers to Struggleville (Vigilantes of Love)

posted by Tim- 10/16/2002 03:29:00 PM
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