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Take 2@2 Monday, February 20, 2017


Take 2@2 for Monday, February 20th, 2017 we celebrate what would have been Kurt Cobain’s 50th birthday. cobainHe was born on February 20th, 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 5th, 1994 in a Seattle home. Even though his music career only covered the last seven years of his life and included just three studio albums with Nirvana, he left an impact that has lasted for more than two decades.

Nirvana was one of those bands for me that turned the lights on. Like all of a sudden music made more sense in my life. Growing up in a rural area, we weren’t exposed to much Alternative Music before Nirvana broke through. After listening to Nirvana in my teens I began going to see bands live. A regional cover band came through so I went with a few friends to see the show. There were only 10 of us in the bar so we started a mosh pit to be like the fans we had seen on MTv. The band covered “Lithium.”

This song was actually a turning point for Nirvana. When they met with producer Butch Vig in 1990 in Wisconsin to record the song, Cobain was growing increasingly frustrated with then drummer Chad Channing. Cobain wanted Channing to be more consistent with the song. They put “Lithium” on a demo which helped land Nirvana their record deal with DGC.

In 1991, Nirvana met make up with Vig again at the Sound City Recording Studio in Van Nuys, California. By this time Dave Grohl was the drummer and he used a more simplified rhythm that laid down a powerful beat for the song. With the rhythm in place, “Lithium” was a real look inside the head of Kurt Cobain. The song about a man who turns to religion, then drugs, and thoughts of suicide showcased how Cobain perceived the world around him.

The cover is from Polyphonic Spree. The large ensemble led by Tim DeLaughter, who formed the group after his band Tripping Daisy fell apart. Like Cobain, DeLaughter is an eccentric sort, and I truly appreciate his take on “Lithium” which is found on the 2009 EP Wait.

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

– Tad Abbey


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The Grateful Dead and Phriends Show Playlist 2/18/17

First Hour:

GD – Sugaree – 5/22/77 Pembroke Pines FL
LOM – Night They Drove Ol Dixie Down – 3/1/75 Berkeley CA
GD – Help>Slip>Franklins – 5/22/77 Pembroke Pines FL


Second Hour:

GD – Mexicali Blues – 7/8/90 Pittsburgh PA
GD – Cryptical – 4/26/72 Frankfurt GRM
GD – Ive Been All Around This World – 2/14/70 New York NY


Phriendlier Hour.

Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan – Champagne and Reefer – 7/30/89 Chicago Il
WP – Hatfield – 9/26/06 Charlottesville VA
Phish – Free – 6/26/10 Columbia MD

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Fresh Roots – New Blues 02/18/17

Set 1


  • MonkeyJunk – See The Sign            (Time To Roll)
  • Bobby Thompson & Revelator Hill – Spoonful            (single)
  • Thornetta Davis – That Don’t Appease Me                        (Honest Woman)
  • Fantastic Negrito – Scary Woman            (The Last Days Of Oakland)


Set 2


  • Curtis Salgado – Walk A Mile In My Blues            (The Beautiful Lowdown)
  • Biscuit Miller – Used To Love Me            (Wishbone)
  • Billy T. Band – On Your Own            (Reckoning)
  • Southern Avenue – 80 Miles From Memphis            (Southern Avenue)


Set 3


  • Vanessa Collier – Whiskey & Women            (Meeting My Shadow)
  • Quinn Sullivan – Something For Me                        (Midnight Highway)
  • BLAST – Etta James – Tell Mama            (Tell Mama)
  • Matthew Skoller – Blues Immigrant            (Blues Immigrant)


Set 4


  • Austin Hanks – Risin’ Water Blues            (Alabastard)
  • Otis Taylor – Roll Down The Hill            (Fantasizing About Being Black)
  • Popa Chubby – Put A Grown Man To Shame            (The Catfish)
  • Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne – Look Out! There’s A Train Coming                        (Jumpin’ & Boppin’)


Set 5


  • William Bell – Born Under A Bad Sign            (This Is Where I Live)
  • The Bush League – Moonshine            (single)
  • Phil Bee’s Freedom – Ain’t That Loving You Baby                        (Memphis Moon)
  • Big Bill Morganfield – Bloodstains On The Wall            (Bloodstains On The Wall)


Set 6


  • Bobby Rush – I Don’t Want Nobody Hanging Around            (Porcupine Meat)
  • The Jimmys – You Say You Will            (Live From Transylvania)
  • King King – Wait On Time             (Live)
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Country Feedback Playlist 2/19/2017

Bill and The Belles – Live at Music City Roots – Work Don’t Bother Me – 2016

Kelsey Waldon – I’ve Got A Way – Travelin’ Down This Lonesome Road – 2016


The Easy Leaves – American Times – The American – 2012

Marty Stuart – Saturday Night/Sunday Morning – Look At That Girl – 2014

Luke Bell – Luke Bell – The Bullfighter – 2016

Ashley Monroe – Like A Rose – Monroe Suede – 2013


Dale Watson – Under The Influence – Most Wanted Woman In Town – 2016

Jesse Daniel and The Slow Learners – American Unknown – Don’t Push Your Luck – 2015

Hayes Carl – Trouble In Mind – She Left Me For Jesus – 2008

Leon Russell – Hank Wilson, Vol III – Sixteen Tons – 1998


Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks – Beatin’ The Heat – My Cello – 2000

Wilco – A.M. – That’s Not The Issue –

Various – Hard Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda Jackson – Wasted – 2004

Kaitlin Butts – Same Hell, Different Devil – Same Hell, Different Devil – 2016

Ozark Mountain Daredevils – Ozark Mountain Daredevils – Black Sky – 1973


Drive-by Truckers – English Oceans – Primer Coat – 2014

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New Rock Now – Sunday February 19, 2017

Hour 1

Mark Lanegan Band / “Nocturne” / Gargoyle / Heavenly Recordings/PIAS
PWR BTM / “Big Beautiful Day” / [Single] / Polyvinyl
Allison Crutchfield / “Dean’s Room” / Tourist in this Town / Merge
Thievery Corporation / “Road Block” feat Racquel Jones / The Temple of I & I / INgrooves
Elbow / “All Disco” / Little Fictions / Concord
Xiu Xiu / #3 “Wondering” / Forget / Polyvinyl
Strand of Oaks / “Rest of It” / Hard Love / Dead Oceans
Karen Olson / “Call Your Name” / Double Roses / H.O.T. Records
Skip Marley / “Lions” / [single] / Island/Republic
The Black Angels / “Currency” / Death Song / Partisan
Coco Hames (The Ettes) / “I Don’t Wanna Go” / [single] / Merge
Thundercat feat Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald / “Show You the Way” / Drunk / Brainfeeder
London Grammar / “Big Picture” / [single] / Columbia
MEW / “Carry Me To Safety” / Visuals / PIAS
Goldfrapp / “Anymore” / Silver Eye / Mute Records

Hour 2

Lo Moon / “Loveless” / [single] / Columbia
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears/ “Sexual Tension” / Backlash / Ingrooves
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard “Doom City” / Flying Microtonal Banana / ATO
Little Dragon / “High” / [single] / Loma Vista/Concord
Mac Demarco / “My Old Man” / This Old Dog / Captured Tracks
Blond Ambition / “Stupid Boy/Girl” / Slow All Over / Swoon City Music
Matthew Logan Vasquez / “Same” / Does What He Wants / Dine Alone
Animal Collective / “Kinda Bonkers” / The Painters EP / Domino
Whitehorse / “Boys Like You” / [single] / Thirty Tigers
Joe Goddard from Hot Chip “Music is the Answer” / Electric Lines / Domino
The Sadies feat Kurt Vile / “It’s Easy (Like Walking)” / Northern Passages / Yep Roc
Vagabon / “Minneapolis” / Infinite Worlds / Father/Daughter
NE-HI / “Sister” / Offers  / Grand Jury
Airpark / “All the Time” / [Single]  / Eugene Hall Records
Alex Lahey / “Wes Anderson” / B-Grade University / Dead Oceans

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Take 2@2 Friday, February 17, 2017


Take 2@2 for Friday, February 17th, 2017 we celebrate the 45th birthday of Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong. billiejoearmstrong

He met future Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt in elementary school. The Oakland, California kids started playing punk music together and started Green Day. In 1990, they hired Tre’ Cool as their drummer and a year later they released Kerplunk. Now members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Green Day has released 12 studio albums including their latest Revolution Radio.

Twenty years ago, Green Day released Nimrod. One song on the album was written several years prior to Nimrod’s 1997 release. In 1990, Billie Joe Armstrong wrote a song that he kept to himself for several years. In ’93 during the sessions for Dookie, he then shared a song with Dirnt and Cool called “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life.)” The guys loved the song but they all agreed it didn’t fit with the rest of the songs on Dookie. Their producer for Nimrod decided to add the strings to the arrangement. After the song was released it quickly took a life of its’ own. It is now a staple at proms, graduations, and infamously used in the final episode of Seinfeld.

For all their ups and downs, Green Day has been on quite the ride since the early 1990’s. Let’s raise a glass for Billie Joe on his birthday and wish him well.

Country legend Glen Campbell released his 60th (yes 60th!) album in 2008. Meet Glen Campbell is all covers of more modern tunes. Campbell puts his signature voice on songs from John Lennon, Lou Reed, Tom Petty, and this cover of Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life.)”

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

– Tad Abbey


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