Those big dusty boxes of cassettes were calling out to me. Originally, I was gonna sit down and archive my crappy music to CD, but no matter how many one-ies and beers I consumed, it was too much like work. All the other tapes seemed more appealing. Unmarked tapes of music I couldn’t identify were better. My library of local bands made me feel like a cultural anthropologist, and that Johnny Horton tape I bought in a truckstop is still a hoot.
Some here may already be familiar with the story of Ross Lockridge Jr., the Bloomington novelist and IU grad (supposedly still holds the record for highest-ever GPA) whose first novel, Raintree County, climbed to the top of the best-seller lists in early 1948. It was a gigantic novel, nearly 1100 pages, set in Indiana on July 4, 1892 (though the narrative's ongoing backstory begins in the 1850s). The week that the book hit #1, Lockridge--33,… Continue
it appears we had some code linking to a site that no longer provides a service that we were using for streaming the songs. I'm not sure exactly why it broke the players but it did so after much consternation the archive is back up and running, again.
Hey everyone, it’s time for our February installment of the Home Fields Advantage House Concert series, Sunday, February 8 at 6:00 pm.
I have to tell you, I am always happy and excited when house concert day comes along, but this month I’m especially giddy because one of the most wonderful people in the whole wide world is going to be a guest in my living room: Cliff Snyder! And to top it off, Cliff will be joined by the ever faithful Pat Brearton on his Weissenborn Hawaiian slide… Continue
There's a lot of cool shit here in Boston that, it occurs to me, folks back home might not know about. So, I thought I'd throw a couple of things at you.
Local college radio has some gems and MIT's radio station WMBR streams their daily broadcasts (don't know if they post archives, but they should).
The first show you should all know about is called BACKWOODS. It's hosted by a great guy named John Funke (yeah, pronounced Funky!). This is a world class show and the dude should be a… Continue
This poster was illustrated in memory of Lon Paul, and is dedicated to the people who are friends, and friends of friends of Musical Family Tree. If you would like to purchase one, just click on the image…
My life with the Zero Boys in 800 words or less...
By Marvin P. Goldstein
Please excuse, me if all the facts, dates, and times in this are not accurate, but my memory of this period in time is getting a little fuzzy, and more vague as time progresses. I believe it was around 1976, when I first discovered Punk Rock. I had just graduated high school in 1975. I was becoming progressively disgusted with main stream rock and roll, as many others of the same period had. Once I… Continue
The TBW! posse was rolling up to Chicago (from Bloomington, late 80's) for a show at Club Dreamerz. Tony was living there at the time, the rest of us were in Bton. We ran up 65 (natch), stopping at a gas station just north of Lafayette to fill up & grab the $2.99 gas station cassette that would be our talisman for the trip.
Quick aside here . . . is this something y'all do… Continue
In general, I'm pretty ambivalent about the burgeoning indie/alt-country/mope/nerdfolk genre. I'm aware of the bands (Okkervil River, Fleet Foxes, Akron/Family, Blitzen Trapper, Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, etc.) and like a few songs here and there, but I just can't get myself into their full albums. That said, In the past 48 hours, I have found myself impressed with two bands of said ilk that really intrigue me: Delta Spirit and Welcome Wagon. I saw… Continue
Thanks to Ben Deily for this link. This is the first ever Lemonheads video from 1987 for the song Second Chance, from the album Hate Your Friends. Ben is the singer in this one - for those only familiar with the later Lemonheads stuff, on the first three albums Ben and Evan shared the singing and songwriting. This was only a couple months after I joined the band - I joined just before HYF was released but after it was recorded. This was shot in and around Kenmore… Continue
I know April seems like a long way off - but I want you to start thinking of warm spring showers, daffodils and tulips, redbuds and dogwoods, longer days, the promise that air conditioning season isn't far off and....more importantly the ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO TRIO AT THE ROYAL THEATER on Friday, April 10th!!!!!! What a great way to usher in Spring! If you have never seen Alejandro, I can guarantee you that this smaller acoustic version of his high energy rock and roll band will be something to… Continue
On January 31st MFT will be 5 years old! Like one of my kids it's hard to believe the site is only 5 since I can't seem to imagine life without MFT at this point.
Over the years I have gotten a lot of nice compliments from people for the site and I really appreciate them even if I don't always know how to respond. I'm not good at accepting compliments. But this project is way bigger than me… Continue
This week we have Indianapolis band Thunders on the show, as we rock two songs from their 2008 EP, "The Sympathetic Oscillations" and a new demo track called Summer Dream. Stop by the site and give it a listen - and don't forget to subscribe in iTunes if you like the show!