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Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

August 15th, 2008

The guys from Bucktown Kickback (who, btw, put on a hell of a three+ hour show at the Hickory Taproom last Saturday night) mentioned this band to me and I thought I would check them out.  They said Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad put on a great 1am set at FloydFest.  I see why now.  This is perfect Friday night at 1am music.  So either enjoy now, or wait until tonight when you’ve consumed too many latte’s and burritos. Isn’t music the greatest?

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad – Fox Theatre, Boulder CO July 25, 2007

GPGDS – One Source

GPGDS – Rachel’s Dub


unofficial fan site

Everybody needs to decompress a little at the end of the work week.  Right?  What better way than by listening to the master decompressor…um…er himself.  Mr. Frank Zappa!!

Wow, that was bad even for me.  As with many other great things in life, I became a lifelong Frank Zappa fan after his passing.  But when you discover artists such as Mr. Zappa, it tends to have a profound affect on your outlook.  Being slightly schizoid music listener that I am, I get to “rediscover” Zappa’s music every few years.  I collected some live shows via trades over the last few years, and hope to share those with you in this (irr)regular feature.  So without any further cheese:

Frank Zappa And The Mother Of Invention March 08, 1974 Kansas City, KS

fz 1974-03-08 – Andy

fz 1974-03-08 – Florentine Pogen

fz 1974-03-08 – Kung Fu

fz 1974-03-08 – Penguin In Bondage

Check out this Frank album from roughly the same time period to get more of this great version of the Mothers: Unmitigated Audacity

Directions – Miles Davis

July 11th, 2008

Which came first?  Infrared Roses or Bitches Brew?  Regardless, in the fall of 1993 the ink on my high school diploma was still drying as I drove off to attend college.  Not only had I graduated from high school, but I had also graduated from the music that represented so well the turmoils of being a teenager.  I started listening to more progressive rock (as opposed to classic 60′s & 70′s rock) consisting of Rush, Jethro Tull, EL&P, David Bowie, etc.  I had a mixtape of these bands that I played until the cassette literally fell apart.  As my musical tastes were becoming more mature and eclectic, little did I know that certain listening choices were about to guide my musical tastes for the next decade.

Somewhere in this time frame, I was going to the local library a lot and listening to tons of jazz.  Stanley Clarke’s self titled debut album got checked out numerous times, as did Theolonius Monk, Coletrane, and Miles Davis. Imagine the stares I got as I rode through town in a bright green car with “Vulcan Princess” blaring at full volume.  Good times.

My brother was always (and still is) a musical adventurer.  He would see an album, say “hey that looks good”, and snatch it up.  On one fateful day in late 1993, one of those musical adventures would lead him to buy “Infrared Roses” by the Grateful Dead.  That same day, my own musical journey changed forever.

But that is not what this post is about.  It’s about directions.  Infrared Roses changed my perception of music (without chemical enhancement).  I was convinced this was the theme track for the apocalypse.  Music was no longer about structure.  It was about raw energy and emotion, creation bottled in the moment.  I was consumed by it, and I had to have more.

One day while browsing through the used jazz cd’s at the locally owned record store (remember those?), I came across a cd with an interesting title.  “Bitches Brew”.  Hmm, it was by Miles Davis, and the record store dude recommended it.  It had to be at least listenable.  I took it home and began listening to it.  I’m not sure that I instantly fell in love with it. Music like this can be intimidating.  But over the coming months and years, I would once again become consumed by music so powerful that it changed my perceptions forever.  I realized now that music could become the ultimate expression of human existence.  That, my friend, is some powerful mojo.

I’m not going to try and chronicle the long and often troubled career of Miles Davis.  But I do know that he and the Grateful Dead often played to the same audiences throughout the 70′s.  Here are some songs from Mr. Davis and his Sextet, sharing the marquee with the Grateful Dead, played at the Fillmore West in April of 1970:

April 9, 1970 Fillmore West – San Francisco, CA

Miles Davis – Miles Runs The Voodoo Down

Miles Davis – Bitches Brew

Check out Black Beauty recorded around the same time.

Bitches Brew isn’t quite as approchable for me as it once was.  Maybe the hectic pace of modern life makes it diffciult to absorb music this profound.  But it left me with a new outlook on music and led me in new directions.

First lets clear up something.  I’m not a bluegrass fan.  I can tolerate it in small doses occassionally.  But to listen to it for extended periods of time gets my rubber bands in a knot.  However, I am a fan of free community supported music celebrations featuring artists performing original music. (Organizers of Hickory’s Oktoberfest please take note.)  Being the only festival of this type in the Unifour area, I’m going to be covering each day’s activities and music line up and showcase one artist from each of the four days.
So much for good intentions.

In it’s fifth year, the Red White And Bluegrass Festival is a four day event presented by the Morganton Parks & Recreation Department featuring free concerts, music vendors, instrument vendors, food, fireworks, and all the good things associated with a hometown fourth of July festival.

The lineup this year is pretty impressive with a good mix of local, regional, and national recording acts.  While all of the bands feature pretty traditional bluegrass fare, some of the bands rise above the rest in their mastery of the art form.  Here is the linup for Tuesday, July 1st:

Tuesday July 1st:

2:30pm Bruce Moody
3:30pm Strictly Clean And Decent
4:45pm Jeanette Williams Band
6:00pm Walkin’ Home
7:15pm Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
8:30pm Grasstowne
9:45pm Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers

Apparently, not many bluegrass artisits have made the full fledged jump into online sales yet.  That being said, mp3 samples are few and far between for most of these artisists.  In some cases, a myspace link will have to suffice to satisfy your ears.

Grasstowne (playing tonight at 8:30pm, so hurry up and get ready!) is up first.  Hailing from Knoxville, TN Grasstowne is a relatively new band comprised of three bluegrass veterans combined with two talented newcomers.  2008 saw the band receiving a SPBGMA award for album of the year for their debut effort, The Road Headin Home.  Here is a clip of Grasstowne playing at the 2007 IBMA awards:



Thanks go to Music Is Art for originally posting this session.

The Verve reunited last fall and played their first recording session together in nine years at The result was a very hypnotic ride across the Floydian abyss into the eye of the storm. Enjoy the ride.

The Verve – The Thaw Session

Apparently the band brought down the proverbial house at Glastonbury this past weekend:

Band fan AtomicPope has created an archive of live recordings from The Everybodyfields (with the band’s permission, of course).  Here is the link: The shows are in flac format, so remember that friends don’t let friends trade mp3′s.  And no, the band is not on that live archive yet, in case you were wondering.

Here are some samples of a show from Tennessee Tech University:

The Everybodyfields 2008-03-27 – Worker’s Playtime

The Everybodyfields 2008-03-27- Welcome To The Machine > Be Miner

The Everybodyfields 2008-03-27 – Aeroplane

Show the band some love and go check out their live show:

Santa Barbara, CA

The Independent
San Francisco, CA

High Sierra Music Festival
Quincy, CA

High Sierra Music Festival
Quincy, CA

Great on State Concert Series
Bristol, TN

The Earl
Atlanta, GA

EMFfringe (Triad Stage)
Greensboro, NC

Floyd, VA

Tractor Tavern – w/ Sean Hayes
Seattle, WA



“If you don’t think you’ve got the blues, just keep living, and if you don’t think you’re drunk, just keep drinking what you’re drinking.”- Buddy Guy

Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Jack Eyers, Freddie Below – Vietnam Blues

from the album The Best Of The American Folk Blues Festival ’63-’67

Freddie King – Key To The Highway (Live)

from the album Live At The Electric Ballroom (1974)

While people from all over are gearing up to visit a slightly larger music festival this weekend, folks in the town of Tryon, NC are getting ready for their own brand of festival.

Celebrating it’s fifteenth year, the Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival draws in cooking teams from across the nation to compete for the title of North Carolina Barbecue Champion. The festival also has a crafts fair, kiddie rides, and fireworks both nights. But what’s a party like this without music?

The festival is drawing in some several local and national artists including The Waybacks & The Zycdeco Playboys. Also playing will be the Lounge faves, Bucktown Kickback. Click Here for the complete lineup.

While there are some familiar names playing the festival, there were also some band I had never heard that ended up being pleasant surprises. Here’s a sample:

Jon ShainGive My Regards To Brother Ray

JON SHAIN: No Tag, No Tail LightJON SHAIN: Army Jacket Winter

The Waybacks – These are excerpts from a set the Waybacks did (with John Cowan on lead vocals) at Merlefest this year in which Led Zeppelin II was covered in it’s entirety. Thanks to music blogger False 45th for discovering this (which can be found in it’s entirety here).


Living Loving Maid

THE WAYBACKS: Burger After ChurchTHE WAYBACKS: DevolverTHE WAYBACKS: From The Pasture To The FutureTHE WAYBACKS: Way Live

Frank Bang and his Secret Stash are on the road again and playing several shows in North Carolina. Here is a complete list of upcoming shows:

5/21/08 The Poor House Ft. Laudedale, FL
5/23/08 Green Parrot / Key West, FL
5/29/08 Slim’s Downtown / Raleigh N.C.
5/30/08 The New French Bar / Asheville N.C.
5/31/08 Christopher’s Morgantown, N.C.
6/03/08 Harlem Ave Lounge / Berwyn, IL
6/05/08 Blue Note / Columbia, MO
6/06/08 Rude Dogs / Cape Girardeau, MO
6/07/08Rude Dogs / Cape Girardeau, MO
6/09/08 Bill’s Blues / Evanston, IL
6/13/08 The Harlem Ave. Lounge / Berwyn, IL
6/14/08 Billy’s / Grand Rapids, MI

There are three shows in North Carolina including a show at Christopher’s in Morganton which is only about 30 minutes from me. Maybe I’ll see you there. If you talk to Frank, tell him the Shinjak blog sent you. He’ll know what you mean.

Buy Frank’s latest album, And They Named It Rock And Roll, at

Buy the CD

For those who missed my original Secret Stash post, here is a live show from the Orange Peel in Asheville circa May 2007:

Frank Bang And The Secret Stash
Live at the Orange Peel, Asheville NC May 25, 2007

Frank Bang And The Secret Stash – Mind On My Money

Frank Bang And The Secret Stash – Livin On Your Love

Frank Bang And The Secret Stash – Heartaches Were Nickels

Frank Bang And The Secret Stash – Earthquake

Frank Bang And The Secret Stash – When The Levee Breaks

Frank Bang And The Secret Stash – Ready For The Ride

Originality is a hot commodity in the music industry today. Indie music attempts to define it. Jam bands create it on the spot. Pop music steals it, regurgitates it and sells it for their own. So when our senses experience something truly original, we immediately try to relate it to the familiar.

Mr. K and the Famous are a group of guys from everywhere that just so happen to call Durham, NC home. There sound has been described as “mystical -surf”, and “Manchester style blues”. But this writer prefers to make his own pigeon holes. They have the tight precise jams and dime-tight changes of Umphrey’s McGee, the seamless entering and exiting of that deep groove reminiscent of early Widespread Panic, and the earthy bluesy get-down-and-boogey funkiness of Canned Heat (quite a leap eh?).

Originality indeed.

Needless to say if you are a fan of any of the aforementioned bands (or even if you aren’t), my promise to you is this: You are going to love Mr. K and the Famous.

The band consists of Mr. K himself, Mike Kalna, providing the melodic vehicle via lead vocals and guitar. Tyler Harrington lays down the funk with his trusty bass guitar. James Wynn rounds out the rhythm section, blazing a trail with his tight-as-hell drumming. The occasional soulful backup singers help give street cred to the bands bluesy sound.

With a self produced album under their belts, and a faithful following in the Durham area, Mr. K and the Famous have achieved moderate local success. But the size of their talent can’t be contained in the confines of the Triangle Area for long.

This is where you, the faithful Lounge Listener, can do your part to help a local band out. Tell your friends about Mr. K and share an mp3 with them. Then go to your favorite dive and tell them you request, no, demand to see this band! Then drop by your local hip indie record store (online sales coming soon) and buy their album.

Any of you promoter types with connections (and I know you’re out there) head to the band’s webpage and drop them a line. Tell them the Lounge sent ya.

Here are some samples of the band live:

Mr. K And The Famous – Hearteaters

Mr. K And The Famous – Ode To An Old Wall

Mr. K And The Famous – Hibou

Because I couldn’t decide on which live tracks to feature here, here is the whole live album in streaming audio:

Alive In A Dime Museum (Streaming Audio)

Here are some tracks from the album Junktion:

Mr. K And The Famous – Wedding Dress Town

Mr. K And The Famous – Junk Man’s Itch

Mr. K And The Famous – Blind Man On The Bus


PS Guy+Darth Vader Mask+Prom Dress=Greatest album cover ever!

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