Music Videos for May

Posted by Payton | Posted in links and news, videos | Posted on 05-26-2010

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Got a string of videos for you… all new.

Dawes – When My Time Comes

The Black Keys – Tighten Up

also check out the preliminary version, featuring a singing dinosaur.

Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers – Sante Fe

Scott Avett – Marriage (Bombadil Cover)

Josh Ritter – Change of Time (live)

Phoenix – NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Crazy MP3 Deals…

Posted by Payton | Posted in links and news | Posted on 02-23-2010

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Johnny’s sixth installment of the American Recordings catalog was released today – his 78th birthday. You can download it through Amazon, today only, for $3.99, and I strongly suggest you do.
Johnny Cash – Ain’t No Grave

If you download songs from the iTunes store, stop. Really. All songs are now $1.29 and are DRM – making it very difficult to do what you want with music you rightfully paid for. There are plenty of other places on the internet to pick up DRM-free music for much cheaper.

The Amazon music store is just as big as iTunes catalog, and their 10 million mp3s still go for only $.99. In addition to their daily $3.99 deal, each month, Amazon also makes 100 mp3 albums available for only $5. Here are some notable ones:
Johnny Cash – Love
Crazy Heart Soundtrack
Dawes – North Hills
– highly recommended
Blackroc – Blackroc
– The Black Keys-produced Hip-Hop album
Vampire Weekend – Contra
Dawn Landes – Sweetheart Rodeo
Andrew Bird – Mysterious Production of Eggs
The Soft Pack – The Muslims
see all 100 albums

And in Amazon’s $7.99 bracket:

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Link & News for January ‘10….

Posted by Payton | Posted in links and news | Posted on 01-26-2010

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Here are some happenings in my music world right now:

Daytrotter has a couple new sessions worth checking out: The Roadside Graves (1/8), Dave Rawlings Machine (1/13) and Samantha Crain (1/20). And for you iPhone users, the folks over there have created an app for the iPhone that lets you stream any artist’s session as well as Daytrotter radio.

The Low Anthem recently recorded one of those amazingly quaint NPR Tiny Desk Concerts. They perform ‘Ghost Woman Blues,’ ‘Ghosts Who Write History Books,’ and ‘This God Damn House’ – the tune with the infamous cell phone interference trick. Also notice the special placement of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species on the bookshelf behind the band. You can view it on their website, along with a recent performance of ‘Charlie Darwin’ from Letterman. The Low Anthem will also be embarking on their first headlining tour soon following a road stint opening for The Avett Brothers.

Speaking of NPR, head over there to stream Patty Griffin’s brand new album Downtown Church (Out Today). As the title may suggest, it’s a gospel-flavored album that was actually recorded in an empty church. Another chillingly tender album from Patty. Go ahead and but it: [Amazon CD/mp3]

Austin City Limits aired The Avett Brothers‘ set this past Saturday (my intention was to get this post up before the weekend to give you guys the heads up). It was pretty amazing – good mix of old/new material performed very intimately to a warm audience. See a preview here. Definitely picking up the DVD when it comes available.

Justin Townes Earle has a new track available. It’s a cover of Dolly Parton’s ‘Do I Ever Cross Your Mind’ done with Dawn Landes – Josh Ritter’s wife. Justin’s voice is velvety-er than ever on this one. Pick it up from Rollo & Grady.

Joe Pug’s full-length debut is nearly upon us. I came across an advance (probably illegal) copy of it, but wasn’t able to download it. Oh well, I can wait patiently. But for now, check this:

Links & News: Christmas Edition….

Posted by Payton | Posted in christmas, links and news | Posted on 12-25-2009

Merry Christmas to all. In the last few days, I haven’t had time to prepare any sort of Holiday post, do any thoughtful gift-buying, or properly wrap the gifts I hastily snatched up today. My shopping expedition was haunted by a looming CVS stop and the drive to Grandma’s this evening was nearly thwarted but 35+ mph wind gusts. But I’m safe and warm now, enjoying Christmas with the family… though, in a place without much for speedy internet necessary for uploading songs. So, this year, I will direct you to some that did have the time.

Christmas Music Mixes, etc:
I Am Fuel, You Are Friends
plus Heather’s (re-upped) 2008 and 2007 Christmas posts.
Rollo & Grady
Brooklyn Vegan
(including some sweet videos)
Songs: Illinois
Nine Bullets offers a holiday song… and a nice reminder.
Bag of Songs is 24/25ths of the way through it’s Bag of Christmas songs.
Middle Distance Runner (#7) has a free holiday track.
And, as always, Star Maker Machine has plenty of festive music.

Survey Says……..

Posted by Payton | Posted in links and news, lists | Posted on 12-15-2009

In its inaugural run, The Bird List had a few snags – mainly the website – but the results are in. I’m fairly pleased with the way things turned out. Only 6 of the albums I included in my Top 20 made the combined list, but then again, this was a much more ‘country-based’ group than what ThisMornin’ usually offers. So here you go:

The Bird List. A bird’s eye view of the combined top 20 lists of what we like to call a “loose confederation of like minded bloggers”. This is the inaugural year. It’s been a patchy one! But what we do have is a decent idea, and what we feel is an interesting list. So Here it is. The best albums of the year as voted on by 30 of the web’s leading aficionados of twanglike music.

1. Justin Townes Earle – Midnight at the Movies
2. Lucero – 1372 Overton Park
3. Ryan Bingham and The Dead Horses – Roadhouse Sun
4. Buddy and Julie Miller – Written in Chalk
5. Dave Rawlings Machine – A Friend of a Friend
6. Slaid Cleaves – Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away
7. Todd Snider – The Excitement Plan
8. Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
9. Band of Heathens – One Foot In the Ether
10. Tom Russell – Blood and Candlesmoke
11. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit – S/T
12. Corb Lund – Losin’ Lately Gambler
13. Charlie Robison – Beautiful Day
14. Drive-By Truckers – The Fine Print
15. Steve Earle – Townes
16. Deer Tick – Born on Flag Day
17. Wrinkle Neck Mules – Let The Lead Fly
18. Magnolia Electric Co. – Josephine
19. Guy Clark – Somedays The Songs Write You
20. Those Darlins – S/T
20. Miranda Lambert – Revolution

Contributing Blogs: A Fifty Cent Lighter, A Truer Sound, Alt-512, Amber Waves of Twang, Americana Rock Mix, Americana Roots, Beat Surrender, Because Whit Happens, Country California, Country Music Pride, Farce The Music, For The Sake of The Song, Front Porch Musings, Heartworn Highways, High Noon Saloon, It’s Great To Be Alive, Kim Ruehl (No Depression), Juli Thanki, (The 9513), Romeo Sid Vicious, More Cowbelle, My Aimz Is True, Ninebullets, Sounds Country, The Gobbler’s Knob, There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You, This Mornin’ I Am Born Again, Twang Nation, Twangville, Freight Train Boogie, When You Awake
Special thanks to: Truersound, Sounds Country, Romeo Sid Vicious, and David Attaway

Links & (new album) News for October…

Posted by Payton | Posted in album release, links and news, videos | Posted on 10-07-2009

First, the New Album news:

  • The much anticipated new Gillian Welch album isn’t coming anytime soon… but a David Rawlings Machine album is! Heather at Fuel/Friends reported that Dave’s album, A Friend of A Friend, is due November 17th and will apparently feature his version of ‘To Be Young,’ a Ryan Adams co-write. Gillian will appear on 8 of the 9 tracks.
  • The Felice Brothers got directly back to work after Yonder Is The Clock dropped earlier this year. They readied a 9-track demo with the intention of selling at shows – specifically The Big Surprise Tour. But the demand was such that their management wanted to make it an official release. No word on a release date or format for the The Mixtape yet.

**Update** Pre-order is available now. $10 – Ships Monday 10/12.

And the rest:

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Links & News for June….

Posted by Payton | Posted in links and news | Posted on 06-11-2009

Well, just as I said I had plans to increase my post frequency, work kicked my ass and I went an entire week without a post. Oh well, no hobby should ever be stressful, so I won’t fret. In order to easily get some new words up on this page, here are some links and news I’ve come across recently.

  • Rollo & Grady posted the tracklist to the new Avett Brothers Album, I And Love And You – out on American (Columbia) Records later this year.
  • Aquarium Drunkard interviewed Steve Earle regarding his latest effort, Townes. Steve enlightened us to the song choice/recording process for the tribute album.
  • had the mp3 version of Ryan Bingham’s Roadhouse Sun available for $3.99 for a limited time. Sorry, the album is now more expensive – only $8.99 – but still includes an exclusive track.
  • Pitchfork reported that Conor Oberst, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), and M. Ward – who’ve toured together frequently – are releasing an ablum together. Monsters of Folk (the name of the supergroup and the album) will be available September 22 and will reportedly feature new originals from each member.
  • Also reported on Pitchfork, The Jayhawks have readied an anthology entitled Music From The North Country.

Links, News, & Pictures for May…..

Posted by Payton | Posted in links and news, live show | Posted on 05-21-2009

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I don’t have any super-interesting links or news today, but there are few things I’ve been wanting to share with my readers, so you may find some filler…..


So for the real point of this post…. I wanted to brag a little and mention a couple milestones I’ve recently reached for my blogging/music collecting career.

Last Tuesday, sometime between the hours of 7 and 8 am, This Mornin’ I Am Born Again received its 100,000 visit. Now that may not sound like a lot in the large scheme of the internet, but it sure as hell is lot more interest than I ever thought this little place would garner. It took nearly a year-and-a-half, which comes out to about 230 visits/day. There was a time last year when I was averaging closer to 500 hits/day, but I simply couldn’t keep up with making 2-3 posts per week. Now, most of the other blogs I read (which, judging from their stats, you probably do too) blow these numbers out of the water, but, hey, I’m just one dude at his computer. And to keep my posts genuine and authentic, I don’t post about music that I don’t like. So if there’s no good music being added to my library, there’s generally nothing new on this page.

And speaking of my music library….

In a fortuitous coincidence, the same time my blog crossed a nice, round, LARGE number, so did my iTunes library. I added the 10,000th song to my computer with one of the tracks from the leaked Wilco (The Album) earlier this week. Again, I could have reached this number a long time ago (there are nearly 400 live Ryan Adams shows on, remember?), but I like to be able to shuffle my enite library and not have to hear crap.

Whether related or not, just when I reached these marks, I had a hard drive crash. The 43 gigs of music doesn’t even take up 1/7 of my available memory, so I doubt that was the cause. I would say it was just Dell’s way of making money (creating parts that stop working after a year), but I was under warranty, a new hard drive was shipped out, and after some tense moments backing up files, I’m back in business.


Reloading my Photoshop catalog on this new disc, I came across pictures from some recent shows I’ve attended and decided I needed to share them. I don’t have the energy for any sort of live show review, so here are some of the ‘keepers’ I’ve snapped over the last couple months.

Ray Wylie Hubbard @ The Mucky Duck – 3/21/09

Justin Townes Earle @ The Mucky Duck – 3/22/09

Amy Lavere @ The Mucky Duck – 3/22/09

Mike McClure Band @ The Firehouse Saloon – 4/18/09

Slaid Cleaves @ The Mucky Duck – 5/9/09

Links, News, and Videos for April…

Posted by Payton | Posted in links and news, videos | Posted on 04-13-2009

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The beginning of the year is generally a slow time for music news. Bands are working to prepare the year’s album, keeping much of the details in-house. But with spring comes new beginnings. Summer releases are beginning to take shape, festivals are gearing up, and tours are being booked. I’ve recently shared news on a new Deer Tick album, Samantha Crain’s new one, and I’ve reviewed The Felice Brothers’ 2009 effort.

Leftover are some news snippets that didn’t warrant a full post, so here goes:

First, Band Breakups:

  • Simone Felice came forward on a MySpace bulletin to announce that he will be leaving the fraternal group to form another band, The Duke & The King. The new group has been signed to Loose Records and put out their debut single ‘If You Ever Get Famous’ in the UK in March. They plan to release an 7″ EP here in The States in May.
  • Austin electric-folk group The Dedringers have taken a mutual hiatus to form two new bands. Sean Faires recorded a few songs as a solo-show (here) before he began playing with some new folks in a band called The Happen-Ins. Jonny Burke, the other half of The Dedringers, has a solo MySpace page with a couple songs up as well. Both groups have been playing in and around the Austin area – often together.

    Sean Faires – The Kids Don’t Dance
  • The Everybodyfields’ Sam Quinn has started a side-project entitled Sam Quinn & Japan Ten. Check out their MySpce page for a couple tracks. Here’s a sweet video:

    Not to be outdone, the stunningly gorgeous Jill Andrews of the Everybodyfields has created a solo MySpace and Website. No Songs posted yet, but in an update she says she has been recording and plans for a 2009 solo release.

New Album News:

  • Our old friends Bombadil released the details on their new album. The North Carolina folk group have put together another stunning album of inventive, albeit very busy, folk-pop. Here’s a small doc on the making of the new one, Tarpits and Canyonlands, due out July 7, 2009. The song playing, ‘Honeymoon,’ is available for download beneath. With more than five distinctive melodies in this one song, I don’t know how they’re gonna have any left over for the rest of the album, but I have faith.

    Bombadil – Honeymoon

  • Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band have finished recording their second album together. Outer South (Merge Records) is due out May 5th, but on Wednesday (April 15th), the band will release “One of My Kind” – a documentary of the complete history of this young band. Check out Conor and band performing ‘Nikorette’ on Conan a while back and then download another tune from the upcoming album.

    Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band – Ten Women

    Pre-order Outer South on either CD or Vinyl.

And last, but certainly not least:

A Good Egg…..

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized, links and news | Posted on 03-11-2009

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Way to go, Ryan.

He’s “a good egg. I’m in awe of him: his brain, his passion. He’s truly one of a kind.”
- Mandy Moore


Bruce Robison – Just Married
from Long Way Home From Anywhere (1999)
Whiskeytown – Matrimony
from Faithless Street (1996)