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we made a new mix!

So, Andrew and I were looking for inspiration the other day, when we came to the realization that we needed to make the greatest live show ever by stitching together all our favorite live tracks into one super concert.

I think it came out pretty good!


Bruce Springsteen – She’s the One
The Allman Brothers – Can’t Lose What You Never Had
Waylon Jennings – T is for Texas
Van Morrison – Shakin’ All Over/ Gloria
The Who – A Quick One While He’s Away
Bob Seger – Trying to Live My Life Without You
Janis Joplin – I Need a Man to Love
Sly and the Family Stone – You Can Make it if You Try
King Curtis – Memphis Soul Stew
The Doors – When the Music’s Over
Eric Clapton – Double Trouble
Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues
Tony Joe White – Boom Boom
Mountain – Long Red
Stevie Ray Vaughn – Voo Doo Chile
Ted Nugent – Stranglehold
Cheap Trick – Surrender
War – Bolero
Santana – Jingo
Bob Marley – Kinky Reggae
Kool and the Gang – Walk on By/ Chocolate Buttermilk
Isaac Hayes – Ain’t No Sunshine
George Thorogood – One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
Ten Years After – I’m Going Home
ZZ Top – La Grange
Dirty Mac – Yer Blues
Peter Frampton – Doobie Wah
Bill Withers – Harlem Cold Baloney




That’s New Orleans

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to New Orleans, but it is a magical place…as this 2009 video shows.

“Jaran ‘Julio’ Green’s homegoing in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, La. He was 23 years old, father of a new born baby girl, killed on March 26, 2009. Loved ones danced on his casket, carried him thru his old neighborhood one last time.”

I think I need to head back to New Orleans soon.  I don’t know about you, but when I go… I want my funeral to be like this.

As a bonus, here’s some footage of the Rebirth Brass Band playing in the French Quarter.


the allman brothers – in memory of duane allman – last concert at the fillmore east 1971(bootleg)

I figured I might eventually get around to the Allman Brothers…but with a concise note from Dave on my Suggest an Album Everyone Should Hear page, I finally made it so.

Thanks for the note Dave!

Seriously. When you have a music collection that’s several hundred gigs…and not to mention the thousands of records, it gets tough trying to remember the best ones without a little help.

Recorded at the Fillmore East in 1971, this concert captures the band’s original line up of Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Dicky Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks and Jai Johnson.  It was the last set ever played at the Fillmore East before it was shut down…and around three months before Duane was killed in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Ga.  A year later a traffic accident would also claim the life of Berry Oakley. The band that remains today is good, but not nearly as young, hungry and complete as it was here.

But this concert captures what is, for me at least, the original Allman Brothers displaying what made them so special in the first place.  Excellent musicianship, amazing jams and that southern tinged jazz rock and blues that really made them famous. Even Bill Graham, the man who had seen it all in the music industry, was blown away by their performance. The guitar work here is stunning…especially on Statsboro Blues and Whipping post, but it’s the 12 minute version of In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed that really hits all the right notes.

Better yet, you get a smoking 18 minute version of You Don’t Love Me to top off the whole show.

There are a couple of recordings of this performance available, the commercial release of The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East is nice, but shortened with editing and mainly culled from the first nights show.  Then you have The Fillmore Concerts which have much more material and are more even then the first release, but are still edited down a bit and mixed from two nights.  Why record company’s insist on this is beyond me.

This bootleg version is an excellent soundboard recording and covers the real last show in all it’s glory.  If you like the Allman Brothers, want to like the Allman Brothers or even just like a solid jam session…you do a lot worse than grabbing this little nugget HERE 1, HERE 2, HERE 3, HERE 4 and HERE 5.


artists everyone should follow: dj neil armstrong

You may remember I posted Neil’s monster mix Original a long time ago…and with good reason.  Many Dj’s had taken the concept of mixing original songs withe the hip hop songs that sampled them, but none of them had pulled it off with as much flair as DJ Neil Armstrong of the infamous 5th Platoon.

But that isn’t to say he is just a hip hop DJ.  In fact, from listening to any of his many mixes, a portrait emerges of a man who just loves music…all kinds of music.  Rock, funk, pop, soul, R&B, electro, 80’s music and comedy skits.  Many of his mixes revolve around a theme…Warmfuzzy contained songs that would make you feel good, Bittersweet was all break up songs while Filthy was almost all rock and roll.  Below is a sample of what you’ll get.

But what all these mixes have in common is the quality of his selections and the care he takes in putting a mix together.  These aren’t mixes done in an hour on a laptop, he puts a lot into them…which is why he doesn’t release them as often as I’d wish.  I currently have them all…as well as a few other radio shows I’ve picked up as they’ve come along, but Neil is smart enough to ask you to pay for the work he’s done  and he has a little store where you can pick up the more ambitious titles in his catalog (they are worth it if you are wondering.)

But on a recent perusal of his website the other day I discovered a neat little page titled podcasts, which contained a wealth of mixes I hadn’t seen before.  Most are radio shows or live club shows, but also a great copy of Warmfuzzy(one of my favorites) a wedding mix he did for one of his crew and a couple of remix projects too.

He is currently the tour DJ for Jay Z, and is doing promotions for Adidas because he is a bad ass.  So if you love all music too, and want to get some ipod food for the weekend, you could do a lot worse than checking in with DJ Neil Armstrong.

Website HERE.

Mix store  HERE.

Podcasts HERE.


mixes everone should hear – greg wilson – glastonbuy wow! set 6-17-11

A lovely summer set from the always awesome Greg Wilson from last months Glastonbury WOW show!

And as usual, he offers a free download because he’s a bad ass.


mixes everyone should hear: cousin cole live on ministry of sound

Been sitting on this one for a bit now, but it’s too good not to share! Cousin Cole on the decks for MOS in 2009!

Check the set list!

Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire (Cousin Cole Remix)
Tom of Finland – Holy Roller Edit
Map of Africa – Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys
T. Rex – Planet Queen (Pocketknife’s Taken Away Remix)
Vastkustska Ryggdunkarsallskapet – Town Out of Order
Scotch – Delerio Mind
Tame Impala – HFGW (Canyons Drunken Rage Remix)
Gatto Fritto – Clem’s Bounce
Laughing Light of Plenty – The Rose
Lindsay Buckingham – It Was You (Cousin Cole Demo)
Youth – Dark Moons
Doobie Brothers – Long Train Running (Tom of Finland / CC Edit)
Doors – Peace Frog (Tom of Finland / CC Remix)
Glimmers – Esta Si, Esta No
Major Swellings – Assquake
Den Haan – Night Shift
Westbam – And Party
Curtis McClaine – Let’s Get Busy Dub
Tom Tom Club – Suboceana (Jacking Deep & High)

And it’s a free download! Score!

NOTE: Anyone who knows where to find copies of these bad ass Tom of Finland Edits hit me up in the comments!


the doors – live in hollywood 1969

So, the other week I got my best friend a thank you gift for inviting my fiance and me to Hawaii.  It was the early 90’s vinyl release of Yard Boy Ten’s – Play It Fire 12.”  It is super rare (only 500 were pressed) and no one to my knowledge has ever digitized it, and Drew has been searching for a cpoy for ten years.  So I snagged a copy off some kid in Germany.

So the German kid mails if off to me, but sends it Deutch Post…which would be fine except for the fact that the whole website is in German and I can’t figure out how to track the package. No biggie, I figure.  It’ll get here when it gets here.

A week and a half later, I get a note in my mailbox.  “Dear Resident…blah blah blah, Sorry we missed you…blah blah.  Please pick up your package at the Post Office.

Sounds good, right?  So I head to the Post Office, receipt in hand, to pick it up,  I hand the guy behind the counter the slip and he disappears in back to find it.  Ten minutes later he reappears.

“I can’t find it.”

“What do you mean you can’t find it?”

He shrugs and tells me it’s not there, and suggests I call the central Postal annex.  I do, and I talk to the supervisor who says “Why are you calling us?  We don’t hold packages.”

I leave my name and phone number with the guy and wait. After three days , I check again and he still can’t find it.  Now I’m really pissed.  Not only have they lost the gift, but they lost a RARE gift that took me ten years to find!!!  I call the post master and leave a message, but she never calls me back.

Finally, in desperation, I leave a note for my mail carrier. While she doesn’t know where it is, she suggests I try the Marina Del  Rey Post Office.

I head over there the next day. The lady there listens to my story, but insists that the package isn’t there. She repeats over and over in broken English that anything that shows up there for another city gets sent back.  I beg her to check anyways.  She sighs and trundles off into the back.  Lo and behold, she returns two minutes later with my package.

“Here it is. I saw this the other day and set it aside…and then I forgot about it…ha ha!”

Very funny motherfucker.  So the moral is fuck the post office.  If they lose your shit, you got to find it your self.

Speaking of great  finds, you gotta go grab this recording of The Doors – Live in Hollywood, 1969. (Note: This is the Aquarius Theater recordings and not the Live at the Hollywood Bowl show)

Now, I have a few live Doors shows and most of them are okay…so when I saw this I wasn’t exactly jumping up and down.  That is until I heard it.  Culled from the legendary July 69 performances that gave us many recognizable live recordings of the Doors like “Universal Mind” and “You Make Me Real.”

This was only a month after Jim’s famous Miami incident where he supposedly exposed himself to an out of control audience…so at the time you never knew if you’d get one of the best shows of your life or a massive riot.  This show was not one of the riots though, and the band is so ON, it’s amazing.  Opening with a searing rendition of “Back Door Man” and finishing with a twelve minute rendition of “Light My Fire” this is THE live Doors album to own.

Hell, this is The Doors album to own period.

It’s only $11 on Amazon (on import) which isn’t bad…



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