Elsewhere: The Floyd Country Store Radio Show

By: Brendan

The Floyd Country Store Radio Show is a variety program unlike any you’ll hear on radio. It’s like a Mountain Stage/Prairie Home Companion crossover but more fun. Down home fiddle music, great Country voices, comedy skits and a whole lot more. Attending a taping is at the top of my wish-list. Here are just a couple of West Virginia-related highlights…

Old Crow Medicine Show’s Chance McCoy used to be in a band called Old Sledge with Floyd Country Store Radio co-host Anna Roberts-Gevalt. It’s a small world after all. McCoy was featured on the show in February 2012.

Charleston’s own John Lilly was featured in January 2013 – his Hank Williams covers are particularly noteworthy. You can also hear several John Lilly tracks on his Sonicbids site.

That’s all folks. Take it easy, but take it.

Buy John Lilly Music @ Amazon

Elsewhere: Classical Music Roundup

Guest Post By: Brendan

As Autumn approaches, I find myself craving Classical music. Following are some valuable resources for finding free, legal Classical music online…

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has been releasing chamber performances as free downloads for years, and have accumulated an impressive collection.

My current favorite from their collection is Schubert’s Winterreise with Randall Scarlata singing baritone accompanied by Jeremy Denk on piano:

Schubert’s Winterreise: Part 1 (mp3)
Schubert’s Winterreise: Part 2 (mp3)

This NPR recording from All Things Considered, in which the Winterreise song cycle is discussed, is a work of art in itself.

WGBH offers free Classical performance downloads. Composers recently featured include Brahms, Franck, Bach and Debussy.

My Mahler obsession has been reignited. The adagietto from his 5th Symphony is perhaps my favorite piece of music. There is a sumptuous version of it available from Brevard Music Center, conducted by NC Symphony’s Grant Llewellyn:

Brevard Music Ctr – Mahler’s 5th Symphony (mp3)

Several Mahler Symphonies and many other works are available as free downloads from The Peabody Institute.

And finally, another of my recent favorites, the Prelude to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, is among the works available from Columbia University.

Elsewhere: Best Music Blog Post Ever!

I rarely bother to read other music blogs anymore, but there are exceptions. One of them is the always entertaining Knox Road, who stands out from the pack with series like Abby’s Road and clever one-off essays on the state of the music industry. I can’t remember the last time a blog post made me actually laugh out loud, but I’m glad no one was around when I read The 10 Most Beloved Songs I Hate: Part 1. Writer Laura Jane shares her hilariously cynical feelings on the current Amazon Top 10. My favorite line is in the disection of Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” video: “They are barbecuing meat. I envy them.” Although describing Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” as “the aural equivalent of Kate Middleton” is a very close second. Go now go!

Contrast Podcast: Best of 2010 (So Far)

You can hear my voice in the new edition of Contrast Podcast, which has the theme “Best of 2010 (So Far).” My pick was Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown album (click title for my review) and I submitted the 100% legal, label-authorized mp3 “Flowers (Eurydice Song).” Hadestown will almost certainly still be my #1 album of 2010 at the end of the year.

Contrast Podcast – Best of 2010 (So Far)
Anaïs Mitchell – Flowers (Eurydice Song) (mp3) *

*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of artist’s PR rep on behalf of label

Muruch Hadestown Review

Buy Hadestown @ Amazon


Anaïs Mitchell Official Site

Elsewhere: Hole, Elspeth, The Stone Foxes, Abby

It’s been a while since I had time to read other music blogs, let alone post about them. But it’s a lazy Friday and I’ve been browsing elsewhere, and found some great posts to share with you…

First up is Muruch‘s occasional Chicago gig reviewer Chelle‘s heartfelt, eloquent essay on her Northern Downpour Tumblr regarding her history with and deep love for Hole’s Live Through This album (still one of my all-time faves) and all things Courtney Love.

Next Rawk Blog shares a fantastic mp3 of “Song for Goodbyes” by Irish rock band Elspeth, which Dave accurately compares to The Bends-era Radiohead (the best Radiohead era, in my opinion).

My girl Tart at Love Shack, Baby has the great, retro-influenced blues-rock mp3 “I Killed Robert Johnson” by The Stone Foxes.

And finally, my favorite blog post series continues to be Abby’s Road. Her most recent ramble is about nostalgia and music.