Upcoming Show: Bo Ramsey and Band at Blues Before Sunset

Bo with Telecaster

The State Historical Society of Iowa and the Central Iowa Blues Society will be wrapping up their 7th season of Blues Before Sunset on Friday, August 1 with a rare appearance of Bo Ramsey performing as a frontman.

Blues Before Sunset shows are put on in front of the State of Iowa Historical Building at 600 E. Locust in the middle of East Village in Des Moines. The show will start at 5:30PM and end at 7:30PM and is free. Food and beverage vendors will be available on site. They recommend you bring your own seating.

Free mp3 Album Download Booming Lo-Fi Trash From Jack Logan

Booming Lo-fi TrashAlthough Jack Logan is taking a break from recording things for a while he’s managed to tide his fans over by providing two mp3 albums. The first one I reported on earlier this month was a live chestnut from his days in Liquor Cabinet. This week he provides us with an album of 4-track recordings he made “earlier this year” in his words titled whimsically enough Booming Lo-Fi Trash. While Randy Jackson might accuse Jack of being “pitchy”, Booming is 14 tracks of pure Lo-Fi Jack action, some tracks introspective, some tracks telling stories of the human condition with a dash of humor.

The cover art is classic Jack automobilia– Fifties custom with cheater slicks and tuck and roll decorated with a busty redhead perched on a valve cover of the V8.

Recommended if you like: Guided By Voices, Sebadoh, Mopar or racing for pinks.

Click Here to Download Booming Lo-Fi Trash from Sendspace

Click Here to visit Jack Logan’s CafePress Art Shop

Umphrey’s McGee Gives Back for NIU Memorial Fund and Free Show Download

As reported by their Facebook page and their website, Umphrey’s McGee–upon hearing of the tragedy that was the shootings at NIU in DeKalb, IL on February 14th decided to give back to the town that had been good to them over the years. All sales from UMLive, Umphrey’s McGee’s online store for live show downloads, poster sales and ticket sales on April 8th were donated to the NIU February 14th Memorial Fund. In an additional act of giving, Umphrey’s posted a fantastic-sounding matrix recording to Archive.org of their April 8th show at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb that day. Mixed by sound man/band archivist Kevin Browning, the show includes one of the new songs added to their set “Rocker Part 2” as well as some fun teases. Certainly a great gesture on the band’s part. The recording is available in FLAC as well as OGG and VBR MP3. I’ve been listening to it on and off since I downloaded it, but it is a good show and a good picture of UM Live.

Umphrey’s McGee Live at the Egyptian Theatre at Archive.org

Free Live Album from Jack Logan for Download

Jack Logan and Liquor CabinetFor the past couple of years Jack Logan has been posting mp3’s to his MySpace page. Jack is pretty well-known for being a “compulsive recorder” and seemingly every minute spent at an instrument is recorded.

This week Jack posted on his page that he found some live tapes of his 90’s band Liquor Cabinet in his “boxes of junk.” So, he decided to compile a live album of the two shows. Titled What’s in a Name?, it includes tracks from NYC in ’95 and Athens, GA in 1990.

I didn’t get to see Liquor Cabinet in its heyday, so this is apparently a pretty good representation of the lager-fueled punky combo according to the typically deprecating liner notes penned by Jack.

It is currently hosted on a free Sendspace account at http://www.sendspace.com/file/ljtv8v so get it while you can. Jack says that it may get posted at athensmusic.net later. Athensmusic.net is the cool site that hosted Jack’s Monday Night Recorders Singles Club back in 2004.

Click Here to visit the Monday Night Recorders Singles Club page and download more free Jack!