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This Must Be The Place: Shady Groove Podcast #73


These are the tracks that were played on this weeks podcast:

The Black Keys – Dearest ++ Alabama Shakes – Be Mine ++ David Wax Museum – Will You Be Sleeping ++ The Wood Brothers – Ain’t No More Cane ++ Ween – Your Party ++ Modest Mouse – Missed The Boat ++ Dr. John – You Lie ++ Gregg Allman – Just Another Rider ++ Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) ++ Pavement – AT&T ++ Bob Dylan – Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues ++ Doug Sahm – Blues Stay Away From Me ++ Aretha Franklin – The Weight ++ The Gourds – Bottle And A Dime.

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Top Live Shows of 2011

Jerry New Year

Welcome 2012! For the last of Shady Groove’s Year in Review, I bring to you the top live shows of the past year.

Top 11 Live Shows 0f 2011 

11. Joe Pug (Johnny Brenda’s) – Johnny Brenda’s is prob my favorite small venue to see a show in philly. Joe Pug sounds like an early Dylan, honing his craft.

Joe Pug

10. Ziggy Marley (The Keswick Theatre) – crowd was great, dancing and singing. Praise to the Most be High. JAH! Rastafari.

Ziggy Marley

9. Doc Watson (The Keswick Theatre) – epic. Legendary. He’s blind, he’s nearly 90. Amazing.

Doc Watson

8. Hoots and Hellmouth (Yards) – Barn Stomping, hell raising folkies from Philly put on a rollickin show at Yards. All were dancing and singing. The band also brings wooden boards to stomp on. For real.

Hoots and Hellmouth

7. Hayes Carll (WCL) – Rockin band, great lyrics. They didn’t put the tables on the floor downstairs. That means the floor was open for dancing!

Hayes Carll

6. Mason Porter (WCL upstairs) – Mason Porter is prob my favorite local Philly band. Their old school folk and rock influences blend to create a magnificent union. Must see.

Mason Porter

5. Cake (The Keswick Theatre)– Epic. Crowd. Involvement. Totally awesome. John McCrea can control a crowd, at one point screaming “I’ll Stand here all Fucking Night!!”

John McCrea of Cake

4. Carolina Chocolate Drops (TLA)– Wow. One of the best live folk experiences.

Carolina Chocolate Drops

3. My Morning Jacket (The Mann Center) – Great new album. Heard big things about their live show. Did not disappoint. Jim James is a bona fide rock star. Endless hooks, ambient jams. Transcendental light show (see below)

My Morning Jacket

2. The Gourds (The Saint, Asbury Park NJ)– High energy. Rejuvenated with some new material. Fresh off of their brand new album, Old Mad Joy, recorded up in Woodstock, NY at ‘The Barn’ at Levon Helm’s Studios.

The Gourds

1. David Wax Museum (Johnny Brenda’s)– Well put together group of musicians. Something totally different from your run of the mill folk/indie group. They also play significantly under-known instruments, Donkey Jaw bone being one of them.

David Wax Museum


Honorable Mention:

Taj Mahal (The Keswick Theatre), Levon Helm Band (Philly Folk Fest), Trombone Shorty (Philly Folk Fest), The Wood Brothers (Philly Folk Fest), The Ebony Hillbillies (Chestnut Hill), Just The Tip (Half Moon Booze Cruise), The Low Anthem (WCL)


Shady Groove’s Top 11 Albums of 2011

Jim James of My Morning Jacket

Well, well. We’ve come to the end of another year. There were so many great albums to choose from this year. It was not easy narrowing it down to only 11. These are the ones that stood out; that are playable all the way through. These 11 albums were consistently on the playlist, turntable, and cd player. They were played over and over again, in their entirety.

Shady Groove’s Top 11 Albums this year:


11. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Revelator


Derek and Susan have been playing together for years. Now they have a proper name and a sick backing band for the best Husband/Wife duo in the biz. Rock on.


10. Various Artists – Rave On Buddy Holly

Rave On Buddy Holly

I would normally shy away from putting a compilation album, let alone a tribute compilation, on this list of best albums. This one is just too good NOT to put it on the list.


9. Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong

Nothing Is Wrong

The harmonies and song writing are awesome on this, the 2nd album from Dawes. These guys really embody the Laurel Canyon sound. Neil would be proud. Plays well front to back.


8. David Wax Museum – Everything Is Saved

Everything Is Saved

The mexi-folk wonders are the real deal. This album is a welcome change from the everyday folk album.


7. Wilco – The Whole Love

The Whole Love

Hats off to Jeff Tweedy and the boys for coming back with a stellar follow up to 2009’s self-titled album. Great album.


6. The Wood Brothers – Smoke Ring Halo

Smoke Ring Halo

Gotta love the Brothers down home bluesy sound. It hits home again with Smoke Ring Halo. You’re sure to stumble on some gems as you sit and listen through this one.


5. Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing

American Goldwing

The Portland rockers are back with another killer set of tunes that will make you think you’ve taken a trip back to 1973. But we’re not talking a total throwback here. These guys are doing things Neil Young and Crazy Horse never did.


4. Gregg Allman – Low Country Blues

Low Country Blues

Man, T. Bone Burnett has an amazing ear for a good tune. When he sent Gregg a playlist of over 200 old blues songs to pick from for their new project, Gregg could tell it was going to be something special. Fresh off a brand new liver, Allman sings his heart out on this solo project. Great tracks from a great blues singer.


3. The Gourds – Old Mad Joy

Old Mad Joy

Not to be confused with Old Man Smell. Austin’s finest alt/county/blues/folk/rock/cajun/gospel/bluegrass band has really got something special with this album, thier 11th. And they’ve done it in fine fashion, recording with longtime dylan bandmate/now fixture in Levon Helm’s band, Larry Campbell up in Woodstock NY at the legendary Barn, Levon Helm’s Studios. Larry pushed the boys to their limits, wringing out some of their best material in 15 yrs. The album rolls from front to back seamlessly. While listening, its hard not to hear sounds of The Band, The Rolling Stones, even the The Who. So crank it up and let it play, you’re sure to enjoy.


2. Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories)


I was hooked when I first heard the Hank Williams style, Hard Out Here. The Texas country rock man Hayes Carll is part of a growing genre of texas troubadour, country/folk outlaws that is alive and well. Some of the songs on this album are so familiar, you’d think you were listening to a cover. But that’s not a bad thing. He has no interest in doing anything different. Carll and his band take the honky tonk, rock n roll to a new level. They have never sounded so good and will even make the biggest Townes Van Zant follower a fan. Have fun with this one.


1. My Morning Jacket – Circuital


Not a conventional rock album by any means, My Morning Jacket follow up 2009’s Evil Urges with a superb set of new songs. Circuital itself means coming full circle, everything starts and ends in the same place. In a way this album does just that. Yim Yames talks about how even the songs have a more circular form, as opposed to the more triangular wave forms on the last album. This album moves you through the songs in a very systematic way. It is very well put together. A listen to it from front to back will reveal endless hooks, ambient jams and great triumphant endings. Well done folks, well done.


Honorable Mention:

The Black Keys – El Camino

The Decemberists – The King is Dead

Cheers Elephant – Time Well Wasted

Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose

G. Love – Fixin To Die

Wanda Jackson – The Party Ain’t Over


Shady Groove’s Top 11 Songs of 2011

The time has come to reveal Shady Groove’s best of 2011. It has been a great year for music and as I look back I am reminded just how amazing a year it was. I was fortunate to be able to enjoy and comment on some amazing tune-age and I am super psyched to bring you my favorite songs.

Top 11 Songs of 2011:

11. Middle Brother – Blue Eyes


10. The Wood Brothers – Stumbled In


9. Florence and the Machine – Not Fade Away


8. Gregg Allman – Floating Bridge


7. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy


6. My Morning Jacket – Circuital


5. Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing


4. Cake – Bound Away


3. The Gourds – I Want It So Bad


2. Alabama Shakes – Hold On


1. Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO


Honorable Mention:

Wilco – Dawned On Me

G. Love – Just Right

Dawes – A Little Bit of Everything

David Wax Museum – Born With A Broken Heart

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Come See About Me



SG Podcast #40

Put Another One On The Turntable

Howdy, SG rockers.
This weeks podcast comprised of these wonderfully tasty musical cuts:

Alabama Shakes – Hold On ++ The XX – Intro ++ Beck – Black Tambourine ++ David Wax Museum – Unfruitful ++ Wilco – Dreamer In My Dreams ++ Rumspringa – Shak’em Loose Tonight ++ Stevie Ray Vaughn – Life By The Drop ++ The Rolling Stones – Just My Imagination (Running Around With Me) ++ Cake – Italian Leather Sofa ++ Don Covay – Mercy, Mercy ++ Stevie Wonder – I Wish ++ Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come ++ Dr. Dog – Jackie Wants A Black Eye ++ The Gourds – Eyes Of A Child.

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