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Considering this week’s major flooding the MUSICcast is a collection of songs about the rain. Some are particular favorites of mine including “Settled Down Like Rain” from the Jayhawks and “High Water Everywhere” by Charley Patton. You’ll also hear a song of a more upbeat note from The new Beatles remasters.

Ya’ll are going to love this band. Michael Ford Jr. and the Apache Relay are a conglomeration of, well, Michael Ford Jr. (songwriter extroidinaire) and bluegrass trio the Apache Relay. All members are from Nashville and all attended Belmont university. Their music is a mixture of bluegrass sentiment with deep songwriting a la the Avett Brothers. The best part? They’re young...real young. The recently released album called “1988” represents the birth year of lead singer Michael Ford Jr. Expect great things from this band.

With the release of ROCKBAND - the Beatles version this week and the coinciding release of the Beatles entire catalogue of music in crisp, digitally remastered goodness, I thought it might be appropriate to listen to a few of my favorite Beatles covers. Whew, long sentence. On this podcast, you’ll hear music from Ella Fitzgerald (Can’t buy me love) and my favorite Beatles cover from Jerry Garcia and his band. Enjoy.

The heat was getting to me. I’m like a snowman in the heat, but I never melt even though I wish I would. Suffice it to say, it’s bad. But now the temperature is tumbling and my mood is much more kiltered. This MUSICcast is a reflection (projection) of the coming Autumn months, my favorite time of year. Included are songs that illicit emotions of comfort, chilly weather, cuddling and other “C” words. I do hope you enjoy it.

This week’s MUSICcast features a live, in-studio interview with Sky Tells All from Pensacola, Fl. The band recently performed at JJ’s Bohemia. Their new record “Go Ahead, You Try It!” is available on I-Tunes beginning today and will soon be available in Hot Topic stores throughout the south. If you like your rock with a bit of a punk element and have a penchant for catchy hooks, you’ll probably want to wrap your ears around Sky Tells All.

This will be short and sweet. I have compiled some new songs for your listening pleasure. Those songs include new music by Yacht, The Antlers, Bark Cat Bark, XX and Jay Reatard. I hope you enjoy.

Even if you’re not a fan, the name “Bob Dylan” conjures memories for most of us. I recall seeing my first ever Dylan show in 2001 at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. Honestly, I hated the show. His voice was weirdly caustic, his songs were unrecognizable and his fans were, I though, a bit too eager to put the man on a pedestal. But then I started listening...I mean REALLY listening. Now, years later, I can honestly say I’m one of those “fans.”

I’ve been in a down-tempo, groovy kind of mood lately. I’m not sure if the heat is getting to me or if it’s something to do with my love of the looming Fall months. My mood has greatly affects how I listen to music and the kind of music I listen to. This mix is a mis-mash of songs I’ve been enjoying throughout the week. Enjoy.

David Mayfield is not a household name to most, but many of you may be familiar with his work via his band, Cadillac Sky. David is the lead guitarist and a vocalist for the group. But when he’s not gigging with band he performs as a solo act, which was the case this past Wednesday night at Charles N’ Myrtle’s Coffeehouse. Before the show, he stopped by Studio ‘99 to pick a few songs and talk about music, life and the upcoming album.

This week’s MUSICcast is another one of my famous “mixes” for your listening pleasure. All of these songs are relatively new releases and, in my opinion, worthy of a listen on your part. The whole podcast is just 15-minutes long too, which is a departure from my normal lacking brevity. We have new music from Ty Segall (really good garage rock) and Spoon (just really good rock/pop/krautrock) and a few other surprises. My favorite track is the new 7” from Crystal Stilts called “Love is a Wave.”

A treat on this week’s MUSICcast for all you fans of traditional music. Multi-intrumentalist, Christie Burns, performed a few tunes on the Hammer Dulcimer for our listening pleasure in Studio ‘99. Christie is a major contributor to the local music scene both in performance and instruction. She is incredibly talented and will be a force to be reckoned with for a long, long time.

I’ve been digging through a bunch of old shows recorded at various venues around town.

What do the Beach Boys, Kiss and China Crisis have in common? Well, in my opinion, they all three have some great songs in their musical catalogs. But more importantly, they all released some really, really bad music in the 80’s. The Beach Boys issued a horrible album called Keepin’ the Summer Alive, which featured this awful song called When Girls Get Together. KISS released their most critically-lauded album called Crazy Nights, which featured My Way.

This may be my favorite mix of music to date. I have for you this week: the Ventures, Nite Jewel, Ganglians, The Oh Sees, Disrupt, St. Vincent and a few more. Most of these tracks share a common theme of being completely infectious earworms. I included the Ventures as a tribute to the group’s lead guitarist, Bob Bogle, who passed away a few weeks ago. Enjoy the mix and let me know what you think.

Casey Phillips, our own wee-little music/entertainment reporter for the Times Free Press, is turning 24-years-old this coming Saturday. I thought it would be fun (probably not for him) to invite him up to play a few tunes and talk about himself for a while. It is his birthday after all. On this week’s MUSICcast, we’ll hear Casey perform a few songs, including the song that got him excited about Celtic music in general. Sit back, strap in and prepare for an onslaught of the one, the only Casey Lyons Phillips.

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