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SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Jun 14

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Jun 14

Listen to Americana music on the Bearded Sunshine SXSWfm specialty radio show stream that is now available on MixCloud. The award winning and revolutionary SXSWfm Americana music show “Bearded Sunshine“ is hosted by resident musical scholar and SXSW staffer Matt Small. Join Matt weekly as he dives into the aforementioned Americana music, current events, humor and other listener favorite topics. This is the opposite of every show you’ve ever liked.

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SXSWfm is the official internet radio stream of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. Last year its 30th anniversary was celebrated in Austin, Texas with over 2,200 official performers from more than 67 countries and happened again recently from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

 

Bearded Sunshine 32 – We Won. Yep. (6/14/2017) – 54 min

Playing tracks by Joan Shelley, If Birds Could Fly, Mandolin Orange, CF Watkins & Daniel Levi Goans, Watkins Family Hour and more.

 

This week, a new Champ is crowned and a sign war is waged! Join Matt as these topics are discussed and Americana goodness is played.

Playlist

This mix includes the following artists and songs.

  • The Wild Reeds – Only Songs
  • My Bubba – Dogs Laying Around Playing
  • Look Homeward – Morning Light
  • If Birds Could Fly – Skin and Bones
  • Annabelle’s Curse – Spread Thin
  • CF Watkins & Daniel Levi Goans – Francis & Jack
  • Margaret Glaspy – Somebody to Anybody
  • River Whyless – Sailing Away
  • Pharis & Jason Romero – Ballad of Old Bill
  • Julien Baker – Something
  • Watkins Family Hour – Feeling Good Again
  • Joan Shelley – Wild Indifference
  • Mandolin Orange – Old Ties and Companions
  • Jesca Hoop – The Lost Sky

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SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Jun 15

SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Jun 15

The Middle Biscuit is a weekly SXSWfm specialty radio show stream, hosted by Elizabeth Spruiell on MixCloud, which focuses on indie/pop/rock music gems (about an hour long).

SXSWfm_biggerSXSWfm is the official internet radio stream of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas recently held from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

This is how Elizabeth describes her weekly show every Thursday at 12 & 6 CT.

What is the Middle Biscuit? Literally speaking, it is the warm, highly-coveted, center, perfect biscuit my brothers and I fought over when our Mom set down a pan of her homemade fare. Figuratively, the middle biscuit is a symbol representing any thing that is elite compared to those that surround it. Tune in weekly to feast on what I consider middle biscuit tracks and middle biscuit artists from the massive universe of indie-pop-rock. Mostly new stuff, sometimes classic, either way, you’ll get your fill.

Middle Biscuit #102 –  We All Know This Is Nothing (6/15/2017) – 55 min

Playing tracks by (Sandy) Alex G, DMA’S, Mac DeMarco, The White Stripes, Grizzly Bear and more.

 

Playlist

This episode includes the following artists and songs.

  • The Stevens — Pulling All the Facts Together
  • The White Stripes — Hello Operator
  • The Blank Tapes — Somebody Somewhere
  • Ra Ra Riot — Every Time I’m Ready to Hug
  • Mac DeMarco — Still Beating
  • LCD Soundsystem — Call the Police
  • JMSN — Drinkin’
  • The Killers — Indie Rock and Roll
  • (Sandy) Alex G — Poison Root
  • Grizzly Bear — Mourning Root
  • Benjamin Booker — Truth is Heavy
  • Blur — She’s So High
  • DMA’S — Too Soon
  • Songs Ohia — I’ve Been Riding with the Ghost
  • Andy Shauf — Lick your Wounds

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Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie

Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie

Listen to pop rock music by Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie, longtime members of Fleetwood Mac, who have joined together to record their first-ever album as a duo. Their album also includes other Fleetwood Mac members, Mick Fleetwood and John “Mac” McVie, but not Stevie Nicks. They are currently on a North American tour (June – August).

Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie (2017) – 10 songs, 39 min

 

Videos

Here are some videos for this album.

In My World on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – 4 min 43 sec

 

The Making of the Album – 17 min 6 sec

 

Links

These are links to his website, social media, general information, and music stores.

Photo credit: Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie @ Amazon (album cover).

Lady Antebellum: Heart Break

Lady Antebellum: Heart Break

Listen to country music by Lady Antebellum on their new (6th) album Heart Break.

Heart Break (2017) – 13 songs, 43 min

 

Video

Here is a video from the new album.

You Look Good – 3 min 8 sec

 
See my Lady Antebellum music post if you want to listen to more of their music.

Photo credit: Heart Break @ Amazon (album cover)

Procol Harum: Novum

Procol Harum: Novum

Listen to rock music by Procol Harum on their new (13th) studio album Novum.

New Album

This is their first album of new studio material in 13 years as Procol Harum celebrates their 50th year in 2017. After finishing concerts throughout UK in May, they continue their European tour in September in the Netherlands, Germany, and Finland. Enjoy the new album.

Novum (2017) – 11 songs, 56 min

 

Single

Also the following single was released with a new stereo mix of their major 1967 hit from 50 years ago. It continues to be one of the best-selling singles of all time (one of the few to sell over 10 million), including the recently-awarded accolade of “most-played single of the past seventy-five years”.

A Whiter Shade of Pale: 50th Anniversary Stereo Mix – Full length(2017) – 5 min 55 sec

 
In recent years they have released ten re-mastered CD albums, plus the 2-CD anthology Secrets of the Hive; their DVDs In Concert with the Danish National Concert Orchestra and Live at The Union Chapel have been widely acclaimed. There’s also a special 4-disc CD/DVD box-set compendium – aptly titled All This and More – featuring 68 of the band’s many unique compositions.

Videos

Here are various videos of A Whiter Shade of Pale.

A Whiter Shade of Pale Live in London (May 13, 2017) – 10 min 15 sec

 

A Whiter Shade of Pale Live concert with Danish National Concert Orchestra and choir at Ledreborg Castle, Denmark (Aug 2006) – 5 min 56 sec

 

A Whiter Shade of Pale (Original Music video) (1967) – 4 min 0 sec

 

A Whiter Shade of Pale – Cover by Annie Lennox on The Annie Lennox Collection (1995) – 5 min 18 sec

 

A Whiter Shade of Pale – Cover by Sarah Brightman on La Luna (2000) – 3 min 9 sec

 

Links

These are links to social media, general information, music players and music stores.

Photo credit: Novum @ Amazon (album cover).

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Jun 7

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Jun 7

Listen to Americana music on the Bearded Sunshine SXSWfm specialty radio show stream that is now available on MixCloud. The award winning and revolutionary SXSWfm Americana music show “Bearded Sunshine“ is hosted by resident musical scholar and SXSW staffer Matt Small. Join Matt weekly as he dives into the aforementioned Americana music, current events, humor and other listener favorite topics. This is the opposite of every show you’ve ever liked.

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SXSWfm is the official internet radio stream of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. Last year its 30th anniversary was celebrated in Austin, Texas with over 2,200 official performers from more than 67 countries and happened again recently from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

 

Bearded Sunshine 31 – The Man (6/7/2017) – 1 hr 10 min

Playing tracks by The Honeycutters, Joseph, Blind Pilot, Ryan Bingham, Twin Forks and more.

 

This week America’s favorite Americana show gets to the bottom of the water slide video that is sweeping the nation. Is it fake or not!? Conspiracies and Americana music, there is no better way to get you through the rest of the week.

Playlist

This mix includes the following artists and songs.

  • Joseph – Cloudline
  • Brett Dennen – What’s the Secret?
  • The Wind and The Wave – Skin and Bones
  • Blind Pilot – Umpqua Rushing
  • The Lone Bellow – You Never Need Nobody
  • The Head and the Heart – Rivers and Roads
  • Parker Millsap – Hades Pleades
  • Ryan Bingham – Bread & Water
  • The Honeycutters – Ache
  • Peter Bradley Adams – The Longer I Run
  • Twin Forks – Back To You
  • Jamestown Revival – Journeyman
  • Rayland Baxter – Ghost, Again

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Lynn Tredeau: Shifting Sands

Lynn Tredeau: Shifting Sands

Listen to solo piano by Lynn Tredeau on her new (4th) album Shifting Sands. There is a nice review by Kathy Parsons at mainlypiano.com. Lynn describes her album this way.

The phrase “Shifting Sands” is used to describe something that is constantly changing, especially unpredictably. Change can be unsettling and makes us uncomfortable. And yet, change can be exciting and brings a new breath into life.

We all experience doubt and loneliness when things fall apart. There is sometimes a longing to turn back to the safety of the past. But still, taking a chance can bring about the greatest joy and happiness. The collection of original music on this album reflect my thoughts and feelings as I walk my path on the Shifting Sands of my life.

Shifting Sands (2017) – 12 songs, 46 min

 

Videos

Here is a highlight overview of her new album, and a video of one of its songs.

Shifting Sands the Album (2017) – 4 min 15 sec

 

Lost in Familiar Surroundings – 4 min 41 sec

 
Listen to more of his music at my Lynn Tredeau post for more of her albums, videos, and links. This new album has been included there as well.

Photo credit: Shifting Sands @ Amazon (album cover)