Monday, November 30, 2009

Make your own music.

Check it out. You make your own beats. Kinda fun. Who can make the best one...HEre is mine that I did in like 3 minutes. Post yours. Click on the box to make a certain sound and un-click it if you don't like it.

Here is the website...

bruce springsteen and tom morello. morello is just sick. deeshie has already seen it. it was on hbo last night. watch the whole thing.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I'm SOOOO Happy With This Puddle Right Now!!!

Happy Elk Calf Plays in Puddle - Watch more Funny Videos

Alexi Murdoch

Might be a little late on this one, but I started listening to this after watching "Away We Go". Great stuff.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New Soulsavers

Looks like Christmas is coming early for Ole McDeeshai. Here is a video featuring the smooth smokey stylings of our boy Mark Lanegan and a link to two other songs you can stream off Jambase.

Monday, November 23, 2009

New Animal Collective EP Out Today

For you matt, Happy Birthday big guy!

Back boobs?!?! Has anyone ever seen
such a thing before?

Heavy drinking can cut risk of heart disease, says study

"Drinking a bottle of wine a day, or half a dozen beers, cuts the risk of heart disease by more than half in men, an extraordinary study reports."

My attention grabbed, I kept reading...

"Moderate drinkers, consuming up to a couple of glasses of wine a day or a couple of pints of ordinary bitter, had a 54 per cent lower risk.

The surprise was that heavy drinkers consuming up to a bottle of wine or six pints of ordinary bitter had a similar 50 per cent reduction in risk of a heart attack to moderate drinkers."

Read the rest at NZ Herald.

Here's to healthy hearts on Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2009

A shout out to long lost Tom Burt

Faces: Q&A with Jim Burt, owner of We Are Nuts, St. Paul
Pioneer Press
Updated: 11/18/2009 04:14:54 PM CST

Jim Burt always knew he was going to be a salesman. (Pioneer Press: John Doman)

Age: 61

What did you want to be when you grew up? My father sold cars all of his life. I'm not saying I wanted to sell cars, but I always knew I wanted to be a salesman.

What was your first job in the food business? I worked in a grocery store when I was 14 years old. When I was 20, I bought a grocery store on 35th and Lyndale in Minneapolis — one of the Dairy Home stores — and ran it for a number of years. Then, I got tired of it and went back to St. Thomas University and graduated with a marketing degree when I was 30 years old.

What exactly is We Are Nuts? A seasonal discount nuts and variety store. When I answer the phone and say, "We Are Nuts," there's always a little giggle before we have a conversation.

What do you do the rest of the year? I own a large food brokerage, and that's my little secret as to how I get this stuff for We Are Nuts. I buy all my vendors' short lots. We literally put new stuff in every day. This is our 22nd year.

How did you come up with the idea for We Are Nuts? For years, my first and only customer was 3M. My wife and I packed nuts at night and hand delivered the orders to all the offices, and there would be a whole wad of checks for me. So many of the employees kept coming over to my warehouse that I finally had to put in the store. I do all the roasting on site here in this building so customers are really getting everything fresh.

How did you pick the warehouse
location? It was where I did my food brokerage business, and it's inexpensive rent. If I were in any popular location, like Mall of America, you wouldn't see these low prices.

What's the best seller? At the end of the day, it's always cashews.

What's something few people know about nuts? They don't know how well they freeze. You can pull them out of the freezer, thaw them out in one day, and they'll be like fresh — provided you freeze them when they're fresh.

What's your favorite restaurant? Carmello's (in St. Paul). It's like my nuts store, an out-of-the-way place, and you look at the storefront and say, "How good can that be?"

What's the weirdest food you've ever eaten? When I was in Croatia, I ordered eel. When they brought it out, I said, "What did you do to fix it?" They said, "Nothing." It was supposed to be eaten raw.

What's next? I'm teaching my son to be a great nut entrepreneur so I can go to Croatia and eat eel.

— Kathie Jenkins

Speaking of which, whatever happened to the O-Town "Bridge to Nowhere"?

Why hello, Shanty. My you look nice today.

I've decided to do a new post about this, since I've been away from the Shanty for over a week now and there were a lot of responses to the thought about where the Shanty is heading. Personally, I'm all for growing the blog. It's been a nice place for us to share out thoughts, musical suggestions, artwork, etc. But, obviously, other people have become interested in the things we post about, too; so anything we can do to keep the Shanty moving forward — as long as it remains a place we all enjoy coming to — is a good thing in my opinion.

So, beings as Mander has volunteered my design skills to spruce up the blog, I was wondering what all of your thoughts might be if you wanted to move forward with a new look, logo, etc. How would you guys like the Shanty to look / feel? What would you want to see in a logo? I'd love to read your thoughts and collaborate. I think this could be a lot of fun.
I stand up and I refuse to move
Substance weh mi know mi nah go use
Metric measurement mi nah go choose
Moving on and you still need a clue
Car keys are the only keys wi' move
Moving on...Lord!

Exodus...movement of Jah people.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hill Country Revue

To build on Rusty's "Trace That Tune" post, here is some Hill Country Revue. A few years back, North Mississippi Allstars teamed up with R.L. Burnside for a Bonaroo show. It was well received, so they made a live album out of it. Here are some (if not all?) of the songs that came of the collaboration.

Grooveshark can suck it today.

Damian Marley - Move

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Uffda Wednesduh

Balmorhea, good call mr poderosa.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

From the North Mississippi cotton fields to The Black Keys

Driving late at night last Sunday back from Kansas City, this song by The Black Keys came up on shuffle:

"Busted" appears on "The Big Come Up," The Black Keys' debut album released on May 14, 2002. According to the copyright registration document, band members Daniel Auerbach and Patrick Carney claim authorship credit. The date of creation is listed as "2002."

It was years before, back when I had the pleasure of living with ol' Mandermate and Dusty at 42nd and Burt. Countless albums graced the halls of that easter egg of a mansion. Day and night music played to inspire morning madness, afternoon antics and nighttime none-of-your-business. I was introduced to a LOT of new stuff. But there a few albums came into my life at that time that will stay in my head 'till my dying days. One of them was "Shake Hands With Shorty."

"Shake Hands With Shorty," by the North Mississippi Allstars came into my life during the summer of 2004. It was released on May 9, 2000. Among others, "Po Black Maddie" struck a chord:

One can only imagine that it struck a chord with The Black Keys, too. Though the lyrics are different, it's clear that the music in both songs is the same. If we were to stop there, it might lead you to believe that The Keys had outright copied The Allstars. Fortunately, I didn't stop there.

[This episode of Trace That Tune brought to you by Budweiser Beer. An American classic.]

Turns out, the liner notes for Shorty give credit to R.L. Burnside for "Maddie." Born in 1926, Burnside learned to play blues from Fred McDowell (interestingly, it turns out that Muddy Waters was his cousin-in-law). Burnside didn't start recording until the late 1960's. Even then, it wasn't until he signed with Fat Possum Records in the 1990's and partnered with Jon Spencer (of Pussy Galore fame) and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion that he started gaining national attention.

Burnside first recorded "Poor Black Mattie" in 1967(8) with George Mitchell. The song appears in "First Recordings," released in 2003 . When asked about the song, Burnside had this to say:

So, a Black Keys song sounds a lot like a North Mississippi Allstars song, which was originally recorded by a guy who calls the song "old tractor drivin' blues." As far as I can tell, it's unclear whether Burnside originally wrote the song, or if he heard somebody else drivin' and a singin'. Given Burnside's extensive sharecropping experience, either story's possible.

To whomever cares to join the discussion:

I have a question. Probably geared more towards rusty, but here it is nonetheless. How do medical marijuana laws balance with workplace drug policy? I was just curious if you guys have heard about any cases involving the like. Thanks for reading.

sigur ros, mogwai-ish. from the uk.

To the all mighty rusty

I don't know if this happens to everyone, but for some reason it seems to take longer than usual to load the shanty...everytime. It doesn't take forever, just longer than it used to. I was wondering if there was a way to get more memory added to the blog or something like that. Not a biggie, but just throwing it out there. I know you are always looking for suggestions on improvements. Stay gifted and keep lifted my friend.

Monday, November 16, 2009


what I am listening to now and lovin i

Jah Roots part deux

Passion Pit Pitches the Palm Pixi

Heard it on The Shanty first.

I Like You…

Really? We barely know each other. I always speak highly of you but whatever, be a bitch.

Unknown always cheers me up!

And then there was one....

Anyone remember these guys?

Our beloved Jah Roots has been reduced to one...
I think we got the better end of the deal. He is playing in omaha on yeah, jason you should come up. To quote the all wise Jah roots, lets take a "pause for the cause".

For the reminescing type of folk, one more...ahh the memories!!

Man Man

I imagine this is what you'd get if Tom Waits knocked up one of the chicks from Gogol Bordello then asked Freddy Mercury to raise the child as his own. Yup, it's as fucked up as it sounds, but it's beginning to grow on me.

New Magnetic Wonder

Even though not new (released in 2007), The Apples in Stereo's latest album has recently claimed a position among my personal favorites. "Same Old Drag" particularly struck a chord with the off beat Roland.

Silverchair -Straight Lines

Friday night.

Peter Gabriel Covers

I don't know why I didn't post this sooner. It always puts me in a good mood. It's Peter Gabriel of Genesis fame with Hot Chip covering Vampire Weekend's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa."

Also, today on Jambase (cough) I came accross this article. Apparently Gabriel will be releasing an album in January that has covers of Bon Iver, Radiohead, Neil Young, Paul Simon, etc. Should be pretty good.

So is there a "next step" for The Shanty?

What's the word? What's the goal? What's the role that a positive cash flow would play? Is anybody even still thinking about this?

Comments, please.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Even Einstein's mind was not as inventive as mine,
From the first day I kicked a rhyme, I left the competition behind.
Dangerous, murderous, metaphorically spontaneous,
Full circle rhymes with a 360 degree radius.



addiction, what does that mean to you guys? is 80 mg of oxycodone a day seem a bit excessive?

i am killing one organ in spite of another...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Twilight 2 Soundtrack

OK, stay with me for a second. The soundtrack to the new Twilight movie has some big names and decent songs. The way I see it, we have three options: (1) We could go see the movie. Next. (2) We could go buy the CD. Problem is the Twilight people still get your money. Or (3) we recreate the list on Grooveshark and stream the fucker for free! Uh, yeah.

Now I am not endorsing every song on here. I simply added every track in the correct order - as far as I know anyways. And no I'm not willing to bet money on track orders with you sheisters (spelling?). Anyways, give it a listen. Who knows, one week from today ole McDeeshai could be pounding his fist to it and speaking ebonics. Rusty - Let me know how the movie turns out.

So I got bored and found this...kinda crazy right...go rusty!


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"I want to sing my own song, that's all!"
Cried the bird, and flew into a wall.
"There must be some way out," he cried
And his desperation echoed down the hall.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Call this MTV 4...more videos for your viewing pleasure...

Happy Holidays Shantyfolk!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

New Playlist, 11-10-09

Do you know what Duck People look like?
You can notice us because we wear dark hoods.
Don't tell us that we look like ducks! That's a stereotype.
We cross bridges. That's a stereotype that's true.
That pig took everything I had. (That pig! That pig!)
That pig made me feel so bad. (That pig! That pig!)
Shake that pig! Shake, oh shake that pig!
Shake that pig out of the bush.
Now let's give that pig a push.
Shake that pig right out of me! (That pig! That pig!)

Monday, November 9, 2009

What a cool/douchey idea!

Man makes over $80k this year by wearing tee shirts. And posting pics of himself wearing tee shirts.

And posting movies of himself wearing tee shirts.

And blogging about himself wearing tee shirts. And tweeting about it. And facebooking it. What a douche. What a damned smart douche.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Devandra Banhart - What We Will Be

Hold on to your freaky-folk socks, ladies and lads. Devendra Banhart's (MySpace) got a new album out. Jaser's and Co. got to check it out during a gorgeous indian summer hillbilly sesh yesterday.

Y'all may remember a little doodle I put up a bit earlier about Banhart's side project, Megapuss. Listen close, I'm sure some of the melodies he was working out in "Duck People" have worked their way in to several parts in What We Will Be.

Maybe not. In any case, watch out for number 5. That's when the magic starts. Enjoy.


Hey all-

Pretty excited to get going with the Shanty blog. I came across these fellas the other day, and naturally, downloaded the album with my new Macbook Pro:). Anywho, the album is a trip! A fun listen if you want to take a musical journey... They are Explosions in the Sky and the album is titled "Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place". Here is a link to one of their songs... enjoy! and again, glad to be here with you all! Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Couple of neat videos to good music

that last band is awesome I highly recommend grabbing the album!

Taken by Trees

This band does a cover of Animal Collective's "My Girls" with male-oriented twist. It's pretty mellow and doesn't use synthesizers. Here is a couple others from them that I thought were pretty good. Nice and relaxing . . .

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Now That's Pretty Good

Happy November, Shantiers. Go, Skers!