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Shady Groove Podcast #53


Lovely Record Girl


Here are the sonically pleasing audio tracks that were included in this weeks podcast:

Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay ++ Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark ++ The Tallest Man On Earth – Pistol Dreams ++ Wilco – Whole Love ++ Trombone Shorty – On Your Way Down ++ JJ Grey and Mofro – Hide & Seek ++ Jesse Malin – Leaving Babylon ++ Bob Marley – Rock To The Rock ++ The Derek Trucks Band – Gotta Move ++ Van Morrison – When That Evening Sun Goes Down ++ Blitzen Trapper – Wild Mountain Nation ++ Old 97’s – Niteclub ++ Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Radio Radio ++ Mason Porter – Radio ++ The Gourds – Gangsta Lean

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Subterranean Shady Groove Blues: Podcast #47


Naked Record Player Girl

This weeks podcast included these playfully freewheeling tracks:

Wilco – Born Alone ++ Son Volt – Jukebox of Steel ++ Uncle Tupelo – New Madrid ++ Otis Redding – That’s How Strong My Love Is ++ Hall & Oates – The Black Keys – Run Right Back ++ Hayes Carll – She Left Me For Jesus ++ Mason Porter – Old Freight Train – Bob Marley & The Wailers – Stop That Train ++ Grateful Dead – Peggy-O ++ Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues ++ The Benevento/Russo Duo – Powder ++ Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Powderfinger ++ The Gourds – Web Before You Walk Into It

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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)


Festival of Light and Dark

^ Mason Porter – Dark As A Dungeon ^


Winter Solstice

A Celebration is in order! For 2 reasons:

1. Hanukkah!

First of all, Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown. That being said, we should all be ready to light those candles at 4:37pm.  The funny thing is that we’re gonna need all that candlelight, being that for this year, the special holiday begins on the 2nd shortest day of the year. A significant event indeed.

2. Winter Solstice

We have come to the darkest days of the year folks, the winter solstice. One might also say that we are entering the 2 longest nights of the year. For these next 2 days, Dec 20 and 21, everyone on earth will experience what it is like to live in Greenland during the winter.  Today, we will have 9 hours and 19 minutes of daylight. Tomorrow will be 4 seconds shorter, clocking in at a whopping 9 hours and 18 minutes and 56 seconds of daylight.

So, here is the real kicker. After tomorrow, we begin the long awaited climb towards summer. Lighter days are on the way! Just to give you an idea of how fast we’ll be gaining light, by January 30 we will already have gained an extra 20 minutes. Let the light shine.

So, from The Shady Groove to you, keep the light shining. Have a great Hanukkah, and enjoy the solstice.