Giveaways January 2015

January 15

August 2011 Staff Picks

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August 2011 Staff Picks
Joe Coffey — Editorial Director
What am I listening to?
Moreland & Arbuckle, Just a Dream. This three-piece out of Kansas fuses Southern rock with delta blues. The album does a good job of capturing the Foos-like rawness of their live shows.
Who would I want in my dream band?
Get this: Jimi Hendrix out front, Dave Mason on acoustic, Tommy Shannon on bass, Chuck Leavell on B3, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. I’d try to keep up on rhythm and eventually pick up a cowbell.



Andy Ellis — Senior Editor
What am I listening to?
The Beatles, Love. Giles Martin’s creative remix does justice to the Fab Four and his father George, and each listening reveals something new about the Beatles’ cosmic oeuvre.
Who would I want in my dream band?
Bekka Bramlett on vocals, Levon Helm on drums, Robbie Shakespeare on bass, Mike Finnigan on Hammond, and I’d play baritone guitar. The music? Memphis soul classics reborn as dub reggae.



Shawn Hammond
— Editor in Chief
What am I listening to?
Random punk and funk bands on Pandora Radio.
Who would I want in my dream band?
Amy Winehouse on vocals, Darryl Jenifer on bass, Brian Blade on drums, and John Paul Jones on keys would be a hoot. But I could dream up a lot of cool lineups. I’m a firm believer that awesome stuff happens when you bring together open-minded players who are stoked to jam despite having very different MP3 collections.



Seth Hansen — Multimedia Coordinator
What am I listening to?
Superdrag, Head Trip in Every Key. When summer comes around, I love crunchy, guitar-driven pop. This is about as good as it gets. I could put “I’m Expanding My Mind” on repeat the whole summer and be satisfied.
Who would I want in my dream band?
Nick McCabe’s lead work soaring over tight rhythm from Johnny Marr, with Robert DeLeo laying the groundwork on bass. Add a pocket drummer and minimalist singer to fill in the rest.



Chris Kies — Associate Editor
What am I listening to?
Nick 13, All Alone. Nick 13 countrifies Tiger Army originals while going Bakersfield-style two-stepping on the rest of All Alone. He does a great job of reviving the Nudie-suit era of country on his solo debut.
Who would I want in my dream band?
William Elliott Whitmore and Johnny Cash (vocals), Brent Hinds and Jerry Reed (guitars), Marshall Grant (standup bass), and Drifting Cowboys’ Jerry Rivers (fiddle) and Don Helms (steel guitar), creating a country-psychobilly freak-out ensemble.



Rich Osweiler — Associate Editor
What am I listening to?
Superchunk, Here’s Where the Strings Come In. This recently remastered gem from 1995 captures Superchunk at their finest. The fast-and-furious power pop doesn’t let up all the way through.
Who would I want in my dream band?
John Bonham on drums, Jimmy Page on guitar, John Paul Jones on bass, and yes, Robert Plant doing the vocals. I’d handle whatever they’d let me play—or I'd simply watch and listen.



Tommy Emmanuel — Guest Picker
What am I listening to?
I’ve been listening to country music on satellite radio, artists like George Strait and Allison Krauss. I listen to everything. I once drove from New Orleans to Nashville listening entirely to the Elvis station. Sometimes I go to the ’70s or ’80s channel.
Who would I want in my dream band?
Steve Gadd on drums, John Patitucci on bass, Larry Goldings on keyboards, and Pat Bergerson on rhythm guitar.



Charles Saufley — Gear Editor
What am I listening to?
White Denim, D. There’s not much they don’t do. All these dudes have mad chops, but guitarist James Petralli channels Ollie Halsall, Jimmy Page, and Tony McPhee’s rapid-fire, clean-Strat tones into furious lead and rhythm work that supports the band’s funky-prog-Skynrd-meets- summery-indie-art-pop-blooz attack.
Who would I want in my dream band?
I’ll take any combination of the MGs and White Denim.



Jason Shadrick — Associate Editor
What am I listening to?
Phish, Live Bait Vol. 5. This is a free collection of the band’s shining moments from all of their festivals dating back to ’87. The 34-track exploration covers everything from dirty NOLA funk to spacey, Dead-inspired jams.
Who would I want in my dream band?
Stanton Moore on drums, Audley Freed on guitar, and Page McConnell on keys. The set list would contain mostly ’70s soul tunes and classic rock anthems.

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