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February 2016 Electric CD of the Month

Exceptional. Weird. Accessible.

15 years ago in Philadelphia, Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman started writing The Psychedelic Swamp which was the music that would lead to the creation of Dr. Dog. The sessions were put onto cassettes for fans in the year 2001, but was ressurrected last year when Dr. Dog decided to re-record the songs and collaborate with a theater troupe to bring the character of Phrases, a swamp inhabitant, to life. Think of it as Dr. Dog’s Rock Opera.

Dr. Dog isn’t trying to leave you completely confused by their idealistic musical creation. On the contrary, they just want you to come to The Psychedelic Swamp and enjoy yourself.

I would suggest listening to the album in its entirety to let the concept wash over you, but highlights for me include the subtle harmonies of McMicken and Leaman on “Dead Record Player” and the surf guitars of McMicken’s “Swampadelic Pop.” You should listen to “Bring My Baby Back” where Leaman has crafted a solid song that could easily have been included on any of Dr. Dog’s albums and “Engineer Says” in which Leaman pulls you into a bluesy world that develops into organized chaos.

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Take 2@2 Fat Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Fat Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 we celebrate Dr. John ahead of his concert on Sunday, Valentine’s Day at The Paramount Theater. As today is the conclusion of the Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans, let’s focus on “Mardi Gras Day” from Dr. John’s 1970 album Remedies.

The cover is from Cha Wa. The Mardi Gras Indian funk band will release their debut album Funk n’ Feathers in April. The disc features this fresh up-tempo take on Dr. John’s classic.

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

– Tad Abbey

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WNRN Weekly Download: Lissie – “Don’t You Give Up On Me”

This week our free download comes from Lissie!

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Lissie is a confident songwriter who realized when it was time to leave the West Coast for greener pastures. Seriously, she just bought a farm in Iowa. The stories that she tells are worth a closer listen, giving up more meaning with time.

Lissie will release her third album, My Wild West, this Friday, February 12. Pre-order here.

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New Morning Music Picks for February 9, 2016

New Zealand’s Marlon Williams sketches a new character for each song of his self-titled 2016 US debut. Williams said, “I don’t really ever sing out of character. Even if it’s a very personal song, once it’s written it doesn’t belong to me.” This song, “After All,” is written with fellow Lyttelton, NZ tunesmith, Delaney Davidson.

Caitlin Canty used Jeffery Foucault to produce this new one, Reckless Skyline. Vermont raised, singer-songwriter combines folk, blues, country and rock on the new release. “Enough About Hard Times” was recorded live and is found on the album released last month. (photo: Jay Sansone)

The Infamous Stringdusters asked many talented women to sing on this new one, Ladies and Gentlemen. The voices range from Lee Ann Womack, Joan Osborne, and Mary Chapin Carpenter, to more bluegrass and roots oriented artists, like Claire Lynch, Abigail Washburn and Sarah Jarosz. WNRN is featuring the track with Sara Watkins, “See How Far You’ve Come.” (photo from the New York Times, Dylan Langille)

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WNRN VIP List- 2/8- 2/15

Become a VIP Member and get special offers to music, events, and more each week! Join our VIP list by making a donation here: www.wnrn.org/support/membership and get offers like these every single Monday.

Concerts and Events:
1. Two tickets to Dead and Company at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA on Thursday, June 23.

2. A 4-pack of tickets to Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage, along with a $25 gift card to the Star Trek online store, at the Altria Theater in Richmond on Wednesday, February 10. Winner will be notified tomorrow.

3. Tickets for you and a friend to Bill Staines at The North Branch School in Afton on Friday, February 12.

4. Two tickets to Three Sheets to the Wind at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Friday, February 12.

5. A pair of tickets to Umphrey’s McGee at The National in Richmond on Sunday, February 14.

6. Two tickets to Israel Vibration and Roots Radics at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Sunday, February 14.

7. A pair of tickets to Cherub at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Wednesday, February 17 or Thursday, February 18 (please specify date in subject line).

Club Shows:
8. Tickets for you and a friend to Family and Friends at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Friday, February 12.

9. A pair of tickets to The Trongone Band at The Broadberry in Richmond on Friday, February 12.

10. Two tickets to Future Prospect at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, February 12.

11. Two tickets to Friends Long Gone at The Ante Room in Charlottesville on Friday, February 12.

12. Two tickets to Country Sweethearts at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Saturday, February 13.

13. Tickets for you and a friend to see Three Sheets to the Wind at The Broadberry in Richmond on Saturday, February 13.

14. A pair of tickets to The Slank at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, February 13.

15. Two tickets to Equally Opposite at The Ante Room in Charlottesville on Saturday, February 13.

16. Tickets for you and a friend to Lovefest ft. Devon Sprole at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Sunday, February 14.

17. A pair of tickets to Grizfolk at The Broadberry in Richmond on Sunday, February 14.

18. Two tickets to Phoenix Noir at The Ante Room in Charlottesville on Sunday, February 14.

19. Tickets for you and a friend to DJ Williams Projekt at The Broadberry in Richmond on Tuesday, February 16.

20. A pair of tickets to Tauk at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Tuesday, February 16.

21. Two tickets to Layne’s Chains at The Broadberry in Richmond on Thursday, February 18.

Other:
22. A pair of tickets to tour Agecroft Hall in Richmond.

23. A $10 gift certificate to Friendly City Food Co-Op in Harrisonburg.

24. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.

25. A $10 gift certificate for Telegraph Arts and Comics on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

26. A $10 gift certificate for Kegney Brothers in Lynchburg.

27. A $10 gift certificate to Firefly Bar + Arcade in Charlottesville.

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Take 2@2 Monday, February 8, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Monday, February 8th, 2016 we celebrate the 75th birthday of Tom Rush. On this date in 1941 Tom Rush was born and then raised in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In the late 60’s he helped usher in the singer/ songwriter movement into popular American music. He helped light the careers of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Jackson Browne to name a few.

In 1968, he released the album The Circle Game. On this release he covered songs from Mitchell, Taylor, Browne, and Charlie Rich. The album concludes with two originals including the song “No Regrets.”

Through the years the track has been recognized as a folk standard. There have been multiple recorded covers of the song. The most famous belongs to Emmylou Harris. She performed “No Regrets” on her 1989 release Bluebird.

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

– Tad Abbey

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