Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Live @ KDHX

Photo by Sara Finke

Photo by Sara Finke

The indie rock pride of Springfield MO, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (whose 2008 album Pershing made my Top Ten of the year) were in town this week for a show at the Billiken Club. The band stopped by the Magnolia Avenue Studios to record a session for International Pop Overthrow (with guest host Grace Woodard) that will air in toto on 88.1 FM (and streaming live at this Monday, February 2 at 8:30 pm CST.

Till then, here’s a sneak preview MP3 from their in-studio performance. And check out the slideshow after the jump!

Some Constellation

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KDHX Charts for 01.27.09

I’m delighted to announce that we will now be posting KDHX’s new music charts on a weekly basis!

KDHX creates new release airplay charts for the College Music Journal and Americana Music Association every week. These charts help artists and promoters better understand where they are getting airplay, what songs are attracting attention, and can be an excellent predictor of artist success in general.

I’ll probably be playing with the formatting of these for the first few posts, so bear with me!


1 A.C. NEWMAN Get Guilty Matador
2 FRANZ FERDINAND Tonight: Franz Ferdinand Domino
3 NIKKA COSTA Pebble To A Pearl Stax
4 ANDREW BIRD Noble Beast Fat Possum
5 ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS The Crying Light Secretly Canadian
6 LADYHAWKE Ladyhawke Modular
7 M. WARD Hold Time Merge
8 COLD WAR KIDS Loyalty To Loyalty Downtown
9 D.O.A. Northern Avenger Sudden Death
10 ETTES Look At Life Again Soon Take Root
11 LOS CAMPESINOS! We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed Arts And Crafts
12 DIGITALISM Hands On Idealism Astralwerks
13 MAHJONGG Free Groove Rider Dub Narcotic Disco Plate
14 GREY ANNE Facts N Figurines Greyday
15 LOVE IS ALL A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night What’s Your Rupture?
16 ALICE RUSSELL Pot Of Gold Six Degrees
17 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino
18 ROBERT POLLARD The Crawling Distance Guided By Voices
19 GARY LOURIS AND MARK OLSON Ready For The Flood Hacktone
20 SPARKS Exotic Creatures Of The Deep LilBeethoven
21 DAVID BYRNE AND BRIAN ENO Everything That Happens Will Happen
Today Todo Mundo-Todomundo
22 FRIDA HYVONEN Silence Is Wild Secretly Canadian
23 FUTURE CLOUDS AND RADAR Peoria The Star Apple Kingdom
24 THE KNUX Remind Me In 3 Days E Pluribus Unum
25 BOO AND BOO TOO No Tempo Ironpaw
26 I’M FROM BARCELONA Who Killed Harry Houdini? Mute
28 ESTELLE Shine Atlantic
29 STARS Sad Robot [EP] Self-Released
30 NAT KING COLE Re:Generations [EP] Capitol

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February Concerts in Saint Louis

Image by Jason Baldwin

Image by Jason Baldwin

After a relatively quiet January, February is turning out to be a pretty solid month for live music in the river city. Here are my picks. What are yours?

Sun 2/1 Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple (ex-dB’s) – Euclid Records (afternoon) and Off Broadway (evening)
Wed 2/4 Los Campesinos! w/ Titus Andronicus – Gargoyle
Sat 2/7 Fred Friction CD Release Party – Off Broadway
Sun 2/8 Dr. John and the Neville Brothers – Sheldon
Mon 2/9 The Howlies and Left Arm – Firebird (formerly known as Bluebird)
Fri 2/12 Dreadful Yawns and Tenement Ruth – Billiken Club
Sun 2/15 Delta Spirit – Gargoyle
Tues 2/17 Mark Olson and Gary Louris – Duck Room
Wed 2/18 Greg Laswell – Off Broadway
Thurs 2/19 Marah – Duck Room
Thurs 2/19 Future Clouds & Radar – Off Broadway
Thurs 2/19 Galactic w/JJ Grey and Mofro – Pageant
Fri 2/20 Cheryl Wheeler – Focal Point
Fri 2/20 Pokey LaFarge and the Woodbox Gang – Deluxe
Sat 2/21 the Linemen CD Release Party – Off Broadway
Sun 2/22 Blue Note Records Anniversary Tour – Sheldon
Wed 2/25 William Elliott Whitmore – Off Broadway
Thurs 2/26 Reckless Kelly – Duck Room
Thurs 2/26 Drive-By Truckers and Hayes Carll – Pageant
Fri 2/27 John Prine – Blanche M. Touhill PAC
Sat 2/28 Mighty Clouds of Joy – Sheldon

Breaking: New Elvis Perkins album due out March 10

Elvis Perkins made one of the best albums of 2007, and one of the most memorable debuts in recent memory. Ash Wednesday — with its bohemian symbolism, ramshackle folk rock and  a busker’s vocal and harmonical quicksilver — still sounds fresh, accomplished and original. The New Yorker is set to release his second album, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, this spring on XL Recordings. You can stream three songs from the forthcoming album here. He’s picking right up where he left off — and that’s very much all right by me.

Townes Van Zandt tribute and KDHX benefit in March

Had he lived to see it, March 7, 2009 would have been Townes Van Zandt‘s 65th birthday. I doubt he would have retired. The legendary Texas troubadour rivaled Dylan for road fever — and rivaled him in song as well.

More details as they emerge, but mark your calendars for an all-star Townes Van Zandt tribute and birthday party at Off Broadway on March 7, 2009. Confirmed performers include: the Brothers Lazaroff, Chris Johnson, the Dive Poets, Ben Bedford, the Poorhouse Says, May Day Orchestra, Auset, Corey Saathoff and Theodore. All proceeds will benefit your community radio station, KDHX.

Discovery: Jay Bennett

The unwritten mission statement of the “Discovery” series is to turn you on to something I’ve recently been turned on to. There, it’s written now, prepositions and all. Jay Bennett isn’t a new discovery: He was, of course, a major player in Wilco and the insufficiently sung imagination behind the greatness of Summerteeth and Mermaid Avenue. His solo records since being thrown under the Wilco bus (that’s a metaphor) are uneven but sometimes brilliant.

Somehow I missed late-2008′s Whatever Happened I Apologize, despite it being available as a complete and free download at Rock Proper and issued under a Creative Commons license. It’s a much more modest record than 2006′s excellent, Imperial Bedroom-esque Magnificent Defeat, but the songs, acoustic and demo-like, are more personal and emotional, especially the sweetly guitar-slid “Without the Benefit of Sight.”

Jay Bennett on Myspace

Without the Benefit of Sight

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Breaking: New Booker T. Jones Album due out in April

Photo by Erika Goldring

Photo by Erika Goldring

If you ever wondered who the most played artist on KDHX 88.1 FM is, and we’re talking most played ever, you could do worse than guess Booker T. Jones. The master of the Hammond B3 (and no slouch on the guitar) is a founding father of soul and funk, and the go-to-choice for a music bed. Jones entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, but he hasn’t made a studio album in about 20 years. But courtesy of Anti- Records, a new album, Potato Hole, arrives on April 21, 2009. The record features backing by the Drive-By Truckers and guitar by some dude named Neil Young. Have to look that last one up. That couldn’t possibly be Shakey himself, as that would make this new album the greatest thing in the known universe.

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Resophonic Guitar Extravaganza: Take 3

A few years ago, veteran Saint Louis guitar picker and deep blues raconteur Tom Hall had his priceless 1930s National Resophonic guitar stolen from his truck outside a gig. That wasn’t just like losing a limb; it was losing a piece of his soul. The Iron Barley restaurant and bar held a benefit for Hall, raising more than enough to come as close to replacing the instrument as possible.

Tom and friends are back for a third benefit, this time for Saint Louis musician Blake Travis (recently hit by serious medical bills) and for the St. Francis Cabrini music programs. The date is Sunday, January 25 starting at 3:00 pm. Location this year is the new Ivory Theatre at 7622 Michigan Ave in the Carondelet neighborhood. Admission is $20. Performers include Tom Hall, Brian Curran, Geoff Seitz, Charlie Pfeffer, John Higgins, Bob Bridenbach and Kim and JIm Lansford.

This is a fine cause and a beautiful venue. See you there.

Check out the poster.

Buckdancer’s Choice by Tom Hall

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