Show #56: Alone Again Or

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After some jamming out to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska this week, I thought I’d focus on the stripped-down basics of music. If you remove all the complexities and over production, you get to the core of the tuneskies. Just a musician and their instrument, nothing else. Only then can you really hear what makes a song great, with the emotion and honesty that a great musician can communicate. So let’s mellow out for the next hour and listen to some great musicians delivering killer jams in their rawest form.

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Show #54: Kicking It At The Shack

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Today we had a little chat with Sugar Shack Records owner and operator Gary Feest, who’s been running the iconic Madison, Wisconsin record store for 32 years. Dude parties so hard that he makes those UW college kids look like they belong in a nursing home. He jams to his tunes so loud that he makes the Rolling Stones sound like a bunch of librarians. Yep. These are facts. So tune in and listen about his killer biker gang, his thoughts on reading books, and of course lots of music talk too.

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The Bossman Playlist

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In preparation for our interview with Sugar Shack bossman Gary Feest tomorrow, I thought I’d drop some jams from the Shack. I had asked Gary (the boss) to send in some jams to supplement the interview on the show. He dropped 33 badass jams (minus Seal), and I quickly realized that an hour is only 60 minutes. I’m smart. We only will have room for a few on the show, but the jams will not go unheard. Instead, all you have to do is scroll down, click on the videos, and jam out like a boss. Now that’s what it’s like being the bossman. Me likie.

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Show #47: Crazy Covers (Part 1)

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In my musical travels I’ve come across a fair amount of pretty wild covers where certain artists cover very different genres of tunes. Some make sense, and others really don’t. It makes for a good listen though, and in compiling the playlist, it just so happened that many of these were rare jams from the vault. I’ve got plenty more where this came from, so we’ll call this part 1. Here’s a show dedicated to all the cover bands out there. Well, only the ones that play “Freebird” on request.

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Show #45: The 27 Club

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In honor of Nirvana’s In Utero hitting the 20 year mark, I spent the week focusing on the members of the 27 club. As I listed the top ten musicians that died at age 27, I thought it was prime time to jam to their tunes yesterday. So here you have in all its glory a collection of fine musicians that left us far too young. 

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Remembering The 27 Club

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Being in a club is usually pretty cool. It’s like that exclusive thing, and once you’re in, you’ve got it going on. Have you ever rolled up to a place, then the bouncer looks at a list and lets you in? Me neither.

The 27 Club, however, is a pretty crappy club to be a part of. It’s the collection of many amazing musicians that have all died at the age of 27. Being that I turn 27 today, I got to thinking about 10 musicians that left us way too damn early.

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Show #41: Woodstock Rocks (Part 4)

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And then it came to an end. Well, it came to an end like a boss. I’m talking about Woodstock closing out with none other than the greatest of all, Jimi Hendrix. Before he took the stage, the jams continued loud and proud into the morning of Monday, August 18th, well off schedule. So when Hendrix closed out the festival, a diehard crowd of 30,000 jammed along, while 370,000 weak sauce amateurs went home. If you’ve been at Woodstock for three days, wouldn’t you stay for two extra hours to see Jimi Hendrix? C’mon now! Anywho, overall, 32 bands destroyed the stage over three plus days, making Woodstock live on in jamstastic glory forever.

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Top Ten Woodstock Performances

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Yep, Woodstock was pretty epic. 400,000 pot smoking, bongo playing, crazy dancing hippies descended on Max Yasgur’s 600 acre farm to hear 32 bands amidst an air of peace and love. Sure some of the bands to this day are legendary, but it was a collection of crowning moments over the long weekend that defined how we view Woodstock, and some of these bands, today. Over 40 years later, the 1969 festival still stands as the greatest of all time, and here’s why: (more…)

Jam of the Week: Woodstock

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Artist: Soundtrack

Album: Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More

Genre: Alternative

Date: 1970

Sound: Some of the greatest bands of all time, no joke

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Hendrix/Davis/McCartney Supergroup?

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There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the most epic of all supergroups that would have included:

Jimi Hendrix (Greatest guitarist of all time)

Miles Davis (Most well-known Jazz musician ever)

Paul McCartney (He was a Beatle, that’s all the cred he needs)

Tony Williams (Jazz drummer, dude’s legit, trust me)

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