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SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine 04 (ACL Preview) – Sep 28

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine 04 (ACL Preview) – Sep 28

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 it will happen again from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

 

Bearded Sunshine 04 – ACL Preview (9/28/16) – 1 hr 5 min

This mix includes the following artists and songs.

  • Cold War Kids – Miracle Mile
  • Radiohead – Karma Police
  • Mumford & Sons – Below My Feet
  • Band of Horses – The Funeral (Live Acoustic)
  • Local Natives – Fountain of Youth
  • St. Lucia – Closer Than This
  • LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
  • Foals – Mountain At My Gates
  • The Strumbellas – We Don’t Know
  • Chris Stapleton – Parachute
  • HAIM – Forever
  • Andrew Bird – Tenuousness
  • LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk is Playing At My House
  • M83 – My Tears Are Becoming a Sea
SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock (ACL 2016 Weekend One) – Sep 22

SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock (ACL 2016 Weekend One) – Sep 22

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 which celebrated its 30th anniversary in Austin, Texas from March 15-20, 2016. 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 #81 – ACL 2016 Weekend One (9/22/16) – 58 min

 

Playlist

This episode includes the following artists and songs.

  • Radiohead – The National Anthem
  • Julien Baker – Something
  • Cold War Kids – Hot Coals
  • Banks & Steelz – Love and War (feat. Ghostface)
  • Local Natives – Coins
  • LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum
  • Band of Horses – Laredo
  • Kendrick Lamar – Alright
  • Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
  • Cage the Elephant – How Are You True
  • Catfish & the Bottlemen – Kathleen
  • Miike Snow – Song for No One
  • M83 – Wait
SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine 03 (Breaking News) – Sep 21

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine 03 (Breaking News) – Sep 21

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.

SXSWfm_bigger

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 it will happen again from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

 

Bearded Sunshine 03 – Breaking News (9/21/16) – 1 hr 17 min

This mix includes the following artists and songs.

  • NEEDTOBREATHE – The Outsiders
  • The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
  • The New Basement Tapes – Kansas City
  • Wilco – If I Ever Was a Child
  • Band of Horses – On My Way Back Home
  • Langhorne Slim & The Law – Changes
  • The Raconteurs – Carolina Drama
  • Daughter – Youth
  • Sara Watkins – Young In All the Wrong Ways
  • Noah Gundersen – Slow Dancer
  • Willie Nelson – The Scientist
  • Belle and Sebastian – Another Sunny Day
  • Joy Williams – Someone to Love You
  • Shakey Graves – Family and Genus
Kevin Kern: When I Remember

Kevin Kern: When I Remember

Listen to the new solo piano album When I Remember just released by Kevin Kern.

When I Remember (2016) – 12 songs, 54 min

 

Listen to more of his music at my Kevin Kern post with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album has been included there as well along with an updated playlist.

Photo credit: When I Remember @ Amazon (album cover)

Conspirare: Considering Matthew Shepard

Conspirare: Considering Matthew Shepard

Listen to the new choral album Considering Matthew Shepard just released by Conspirare. It was composed and conducted by Craig Hella Johnson as an oratorio that explores the life, death, and legacy about the young gay Wyoming man who was beaten to death in 1998.

New Album

Considering Matthew Shepard (2016) – 33 songs, 1 hr 45 min (2 CDs)

 

Videos

Here are some videos with songs from their new album.

Cattle, Horses, Sky and Grass – 6 min 53 sec

 

We Tell Each Other Stories – 4 min 54 sec

 

For those not familiar with Conspirare, these are videos from a PBS TV special “A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert” featuring their 2010 Grammy-nominated album recorded at Dell Hall, Long Center, Austin, Texas in 2008.

Agnus Dei (Samuel Barber) – 5 min 14 sec

 

Gabriel’s Oboe (Ennio Morricone) – with cellist Bion Tsang – 2 min 54 sec

 

Let the River Run (Carly Simon) – 2 min 8 sec

 

Will There Really Be A Morning – 3 min 25 sec

 

What If (Eric Whitacre) – 3 min 29 sec

 

I Love You / What a Wonderful World – 3 min 34 sec

 

Listen to more of his music at my Conspirare post with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album has been included there as well along with an updated playlist.

Photo credit: Considering Matthew Shepard @ Amazon (album cover)

My Reel Tapes: #24

My Reel Tapes: #24

This is post #24 in a series with playlists from my audio reel tapes that were recorded from FM radio broadcasts during the 60’s and 70’s that I liked. I decided to create Spotify playlists so I could listen to the music again, and share with others. And it’s a lot cheaper than converting all the tapes to DVD and better quality. This brings back lots of memories for me, and I hope you enjoy them too.

Tape 24 (Playlist) – 18 songs, 59 min

 

More music by artists for albums featured in this playlist

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine 02 – Sep 14

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine 02 – Sep 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.

SXSWfm_bigger

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 it will happen again from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

 

Bearded Sunshine 02 (9/14/16) – 1 hr 4 min

This mix includes the following artists and songs.

  • Wye Oak – Civilian
  • James Bay – Hymn For The Weekend
  • Maps & Atlases – Pigeon
  • Of Monsters and Men – King and Lionheart
  • Robert Ellis – Drivin’
  • Louisa Wendorff – Blank Space/Style
  • Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues
  • Old 97’s – Question
  • Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash – Jackson
  • Dawes – When My Time Comes
  • William Fitzsimmons – Heartless
  • Lucinda Williams – Copenhagen
  • Grant-Lee Phillips – Mona Lisa
  • John Paul White – What’s So
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – O Children