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Take 2@2 for Thursday, July 28th, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Thursday, July 28th, 2016 we listen to a new cover of a Wood Brothers’ fan favorite. In 2008, Chris & Oliver released the album Loaded which has quickly become a sing-a-long treasure at Wood Brothers concerts.

The Wood Brothers have been featured before on Take2 but this is the first time that someone is covering one of their songs. You can find this new cover on Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley’s new album The Country Blues.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 we get excited for a return trip to Scotland. Last weekend, San Diego held the annual mega nerd event Comic Con. During the mecca of dorkdom movie studios unleash a treasure trove of movie trailers to get geeks like me fired up for upcoming feature films. One teaser trailer really caught my attention. Famed Scottish director, Danny Boyle has been working on a sequel to his 1996 film Trainspotting.
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I can vividly remember seeing the original 20 years ago in college. My buddies and I were all packed together in a dorm room to watch the fast paced, super psychedelic movie about Scottish heroin addicts. The story, the humor, the frenetic nature of the movie all hooked me in. Now that there is a second one on the way with the original cast Ewan McGregor , Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle has me stoked. Plus the teaser trailer also uses a familiar song from the first movie. Let’s take two versions of Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life.”


Lust for Life  is the second solo album from Iggy Pop and like its predecessor Pop got some help from David Bowie. According to Iggy Pop the title track was inspired by Morse Code.

The cover is from Tom Jones featuring The Pretenders. In 1999, the Welsh crooner decided to resurrect his long dormant career. He put out an album of covers called Reload with acts like The Pretenders, Van Morrison. The Cardigans, and Robbie Williams.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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Take 2@2 for Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 it was 32 years ago this week that Hollywood was taken over by Prince. Tomorrow marks the 32nd anniversary of the premier of Purple Rain.
Following Prince’s death earlier this year much has been said about the long impact of the musical motion picture. Today we are going to focus on how Purple Rain changed the music landscape in 1984.

On Friday, July 27th, 1984 Hollywood rolled out the red carpet for his purple majesty. The A-listers were all there to see the movie and hopefully catch a glimpse of the reclusive mastermind, Prince. Eddie Murphy was on hand, as was Pee Wee Herman, Sheila E, Lionel Richie. Then Prince rolled up in a purple stretch limousine and strode onto the red carpet carrying a single white rose. MTv was there to report on the premier and in 2009 Kurt Loder from MTv News gave this remember when:

 

 

After his passing on April 21st, the title track to Purple Rain has been countless times. As has “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s go Crazy,”
and “I Would Die for You.” Today we are going to play two versions of “Darling Nikki.” The song with its controversial lyrics spurred Tipper Gore to begin the  Parents Music Resource Center. This organization would be the beginning of the Parental Advisory sticker that comes on CDs, albums, and even on downloaded album art.

The cover is from Foo Fighters. The band released it as a B-side to the 2003 single “Have It All.” The cover found some success on radio stations and Foo Fighters performed the song live at the MTv Music Awards that summer with Cee Lo Green from Gnarls Barkley.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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New Morning Music Picks, July 26, 2016

Accomplished and award-winning acoustic guitarist, Bryan Sutton, uses bluegrass flatpicking traditions of the 20th century while helping create those of the 21st. Sutton started as a session musician in Nashville who later joined both Ricky Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder then Hot Rize bluegrass bands. Sutton is a Grammy Award winner and a nine-time International Bluegrass Music Association Guitar Player of the Year. Sutton’s ever-expanding accomplishments include band leader, record producer, mentor, educator and leader in online music instruction. Sutton adds to his solo album releases with The More I Learn. Weekday mornings features the title track. Bluegrass Sunday Morning (Sundays from 7a to 11a) digs a little deeper into this new one.

Second cousins, Kacy and Clayton, from Saskatchewan, Canada bring us a traditional folk based collection, Strange Country. Singer Kacy Anderson and fingerstyle guitarist Clayton Linthicum weave traditional British and Appalachian folk and acoustic blues with originals. For those who are waiting for a new Laura Marling release or are still replaying their Ian and Sylvia records, you will find the same satisfaction: merging of the haunting melodies with moral tales, and clever lyrics whether the songs are new or old. The title track, “Strange Country” is where WNRN will start with this fine release.

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Take 2@2 for Monday, July 25, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Monday, July 25th, 2016 we put an ear to a new version of a Beatles classic. The 11th album of the Fab Four’s catalog, Abbey Road was released in September of 1969. Twice during side two of the album the Beatles sing about the Sun. George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun” opens the record and then 3 songs later “Sun King” begins. The short tune ends with lyrics in Romantic languages which John Lennon said, “We just started joking, you know, singing ‘cuando para mucho.’ So we just made up… Paul knew a few Spanish words from school, you know. So we just strung any Spanish words that sounded vaguely like something.”

The new cover of “Sun King” is from Texas prog-rock band The Bright Light Social Hour. The band’s harmonies and use of reverb work perfectly on this fresh version of the Beatles’ song. It is included on the new compilation Amazon Songs of Summer.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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Take 2@2 for Friday, July 22, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Friday, July 22nd, 2016 we celebrate George Clinton’s 75th birthday!
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When I was in high school a movie called PCU came out that basically updated Animal House for the 90’s protest collegiate era. Starring Jeremy Piven, David Spade, and Jon Favreau, the film is hysterical and helped prepare me for campus life in the mid-to-late nineties.

The movie also was my introduction to George Clinton.

Born on this day in 1941, Clinton is one of the masterminds of funk. Like Sly Stone and James Brown, George Clinton helped define funk music. Clinton along with Bootsy Collins and the recently deceased Bernie Worrell formed the band Parliament and then Funkadelic. The music they formed was big. Intricately layered with horns, keys, bass, guitar, and driving percussion on top of lyrics that were often politically motivated but still had the energy to make everyone dance. P-Funk music was larger than life in sound, in theatrics, and in the world presence.

To celebrate his 75th birthday George Clinton is offering a free webcast of his concert today at Club Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Labeled the Bomb Birthday Bash with George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic will begin streaming at 3:30 ET. You can view the stream with this link!

Clinton has been a major influence on rock acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers, hip hop artists like Ice Cube and Kendrick Lamar, and even in reggae. Today, we will listen to two different acts celebrate the music of George Clinton.

First, let’s look at the global reach of Clinton. In 1993, Chaka Demus & Pliers released the album Tease Me. The DJ/ singer duo included this laid back irie version of Parliament’s “One Nation Under a Groove.”

In 1994, Ice Cube released his album Lethal Injection. The record features a song called “Bob Gun (One Nation)” that utilizes the Parliament song “One Nation Under a Groove” featuring Dr. Funkenstein himself, George Clinton. The song also appears on George Clinton’s 1994 Greatest Funkin’ Hits release.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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Coming up on World Cafe…

Friday, July 22, 2016
Singer-songwriter Esme Patterson’s evolving rock style is showcased on her new album, We Were Wild.

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Take 2@2 for Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Thursday, July 21st, 2016 it was 26 years ago today, that Roger Waters traveled to Berlin, Germany to celebrate the end of The Wall.

On August 13, 1961 the Berlin Wall was constructed to separate East and West Germany. The division separated lives and confined people into the Communist regime of East Germany. The wall signified the Cold War following World War II. In June, of 1987 US President Ronald Regan spoke to the residents of Berlin and gave his infamous speech:

In November of 1989 the end of the wall began. The demolition of the wall began in June, 1990.
On July, 21st 1990, Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters performed The Wall at the Berlin Wall. He was joined by The Band, The Scorpions and Cyndi Lauper for the concert which was attended by over 200,000 people. To mark this historic day we play “Another Brick in the Wall” from the 1979 Pink Floyd album The Wall.

Keller Williams and Larry & Jenny Keel recorded the album Grass in 2005. The upbeat bluegrass album from Keller & the Keels includes this lively take on “Another Brick in the Wall.”

 

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 we get prepared for Ray LaMontagne’s return to Charlottesville. Tonight Ray performs at Sprint Pavilion with members of My Morning Jacket in his band. MMJ’s Jim James produced LaMontagne’s new album Ouroboros which LaMontagne plans to perform in its’ entirety.

Besides the songs from this record LaMontagne has been performing some of his older material. One tune is a bit of a deeper track from his 2003 release Trouble. It’s called “Jolene.” When the song is called “Jolene” Dolly Parton immediately comes to mind. Her song about a woman confronting her man’s mistress has been covered more times than any other Parton song. LaMontagne’s “Jolene” is thought to be about sobriety or a girl he led on.

The cover of “Jolene” comes from a Country star which is somewhat appropriate given the other more famous “Jolene.” Zac Brown Band recorded “Jolene” for the 2008 album The Foundation.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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VIP member list: July 18th-24th

Concerts and Events:
1. A pair of Friday, September 30 passes to Devils Backbone Hoopla, with a pair of tickets to the Friday Hike.
2. Two tickets to The Central Virginia Blues Society’s Blues Festival featuring the Dave Chappell Band, Jon Spear Band and many more at the Rockfish Valley Community Center in Afton on Saturday, July 23.
3. Two tickets to Slightly Stoopid and SOJA at Innsbrook After Hours in Richmond on Thursday, July 28.
4. A pair of tickets to The Odd Couple, part of the Heritage Theatre Festival at The University of Virginia, performing July 28 through August 6.
5. A pair of tickets to Shenandoah Valley Minstrels at The Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton on Sunday, July 24.
6. Two tickets to the Igbo World Festival of Arts and Culture at The Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton July 28- 30.

Club Shows:
7. A pair of tickets to Emisunshine at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Friday, July 22.
8. Tickets for you and a friend to Layne’s Chains, a Tribute to Alice in Chains at The Broadberry in Richmond on Friday, July 22.
9. A pair of tickets to Splitsville IV featuring University of Whales, Post Sixty- Five and Breakers at The Ante Room in Charlottesville on Friday, July 22.
10. Two tickets to Rikki Shay featuring Paperhaus and Manatree at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, July 22.
11. Tickets for you and a friend to Lera Lynn at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Saturday, July 23.
12. A pair of tickets to Sam Reed at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, July 23.
13. Two tickets to Count Me In Tour starring Yung Mane at The Broadberry in Richmond on Saturday, July 23.
14. A pair of tickets to ELM w/ Nefarious Characters at The Ante Room in Charlottesville on Saturday, July 23.
15. Tickets for you and a friend to Streets of Laredo with Imaginary Sons at The Broadberry in Richmond on Monday, July 25.
16. A pair of tickets to Swans w/ Okkyung Lee at The Broadberry in Richmond on Wednesday, July 27.
17. Two tickets to Matthew Logan Vasquez at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Thursday, July 28.
18. A pair of tickets to Samantha Fish with The Bush League at The Broadberry in Richmond on Thursday, July 28.
19. Two tickets to Frequencies VII featuring Ships in the Night with Jaguardini at The Ante Room in Charlottesville on Thursday, July 28.

Other:
20. A pair of tickets to tour Agecroft Hall in Richmond.
21. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.
22. A $10 gift certificate for Telegraph Art and Comics on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.
23. A $10 gift certificate for Kegney Brothers in Lynchburg.
24. A $10 gift certificate to Firefly Bar + Arcade in Charlottesville.
25. A $10 gift certificate to Crozet Pizza, good to use at locations in Charlottesville and Crozet.
26. A $10 gift card to Stable Craft Brewing in Waynesboro.

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