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3/16/2010

Happy almost St. Patrick’s Day

As we prepare for our special St. Patrick’s Day show tomorrow night at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge, we thought it proper to share a wee bit of our Irish repertoire with you all. The tune is Whiskey in the Jar, originally written by Metallica, and later covered by the Clancy Brothers and the Dubliners*.

The recording comes from a practice recording made last year in my basement. Ryan was out of town, so it’s just Billy, Paul, Scott, and me.

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*I may be slightly off on the chronology.

8/6/2009

Cherokee Shuffle live at Fitzgerald’s

This is the maiden voyage of our version of the warhorse fiddle tune Cherokee Shuffle, from last week’s show at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn. You can download the whole show at Archive.org.

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We tried to mix up the textures and dynamics to keep it interesting. We also play the ‘A’ strain as a round at the end.

Thanks to Joe Steffen for recording the show and making it available on the interwebs.

12/26/2008

A little bit of Summertime in the dead of winter

This Boxing Day finds Chicago encased in ice, so here’s a little bit of Summertime for you all. This comes from our first appearance at Martyr’s in Chicago, in December of 2004, about a month after we recorded our first CD, Just a Spoonful.

We were still plugging in at this point, with everything except the bass using an instrument pickup rather than a mic. The resulting instrument sounds are a bit odd to my ear, which is one of the primary reasons we stopped plugging in. Nevertheless, this was one of our first times on a big stage, and it was fun. Portions of the set sound reasonably competent, others are agonizingly unlistenable. This track is (I hope) the former.

Mister T. Ryan Fisher sings lead on the Gershwin classic.

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11/19/2008

Listen to the Mockingbird live @ The Hideout

Here’s a sample track from Sunday’s record release show @ The Hideout, an accelerated rendition of our new CD’s closing track, Listen to the Mockingbird.

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You can download the whole show here:

http://www.archive.org/details/Tangleweed2008-11-16.flac16

There’s a soundboard recording of the evening as well. We’ll let you know if that becomes available on the archive.

9/7/2008

California, live from Knoxville

Some members of Tangleweed, along with the Grit Pixies and Corduroy RoadHere’s a quick excerpt from our August 15th appearance on WDVX’s Blue Plate Special. The song is ‘California’, which will be on our next CD, Most Folk Heroes Started Out As Criminals.

The picture at left is Paul and me with the Grit Pixies from Asheville, NC, and Corduroy Road, from Athens, GA, all of whom are better looking than we are. If you’re interested in hearing the rest of our show, you can download the whole thing in MP3 format by visiting the link in this previous post.

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Tangleweed’s WDVX appearance available for download

9/1/2008

Tangleweed’s WDVX appearance available for download

Tangleweed’s August 15th appearance on WDVX’s Blue Plate Special is available for download on our music page. It’s five songs, recorded live in Knoxville in front of a studio audience. The sound quality is quite good. Matt, the house engineer, got a good, loud mix for the radio feed.

The set, as best I can remember, was this:

  1. Listen to the Mockingbird
  2. California
  3. Short Life of Trouble
  4. The Logjam
  5. The Takeup Reel/ Cold Frosty Morning/ Grey Eagle

All are tracks from our forthcoming third CD, Most Folk Heroes Started Out As Criminals. This is what we sound like the morning after an all-night drive.

You can download the whole thing in MP3 format (approx 16MB), or you can stream it in the player thingy below.

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5/25/2008

Another Tangleweed blast from the past: more from the Metropolis

Here’s another early Tangleweed clip, from our days of slogging through our Sunday sets at the Metropolis Coffee House in Chicago back in the halcyon days of 2004.

The song is ‘Spoonful’, about a month before we recorded it for our debut CD. We still hadn’t figured out what to do with it — it’s zipping along at about 142 beats a minute, while we pass around solos and sing the chorus until we meander to an ending. The album version is about 108 beats a minute, and, even by our meager standards back then, tightly arranged by comparison.

We hadn’t yet hooked on to the unison riff (borrowed from the Texas fiddle tune version of ‘Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down’) that we used for the intro and instrumental break. Slowing the tempo down–way down–was Ryan’s idea, and it turned out to have been a good one.

For more about our early Sunday shows, and another clip from the same set, see my previous post.

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Download: tangleweed-just_a_spoonful_metropolis_10_10_04 (MP3)

5/23/2008

Tangleweed blast from the past: a clip from the Metropolis

Tangleweed at the Metropolis Coffee House in Chicago, 2004Four years ago this month, Tangleweed got our start at a little coffee shop way up in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. In between blasts of steam from the espresso machine, we would play two sets each Sunday to largely disinterested onlookers who would occasionally look up from their Powerbooks to ask us if we were through yet.

We did the gigs without mics or amplification of any kind. We would just shout over the din when we had to sing, and beat our instruments a little harder when we had to take a solo. This set us up well for our first CD, which we recorded live to two-track tape using three microphones and vintage gear. For worse or worser, that’s what we sounded like at the time. This was recorded a little over a month before we recorded Just a Spoonful.

For reasons known only to himself, Scott taped a lot of these early shows for posterity. Many of the early shows are agony to listen to, but there were occasional bursts of competence, such as this here. The tune is the Earl Scruggs classic ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown’, with a wee bit of an insert borrowed from John Williams. We’re joined by our pal, the Mayor of Bucktown, some dude whose name escapes me on harmonica for this one.

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If’n you feel like downloading it, you can fetch the file here: MP3 Download