Thursday, December 9, 2010

Happy Genius Holiday Cheer

It's time to get in the holiday spirit. Xmas is in 2 weeks. If Jimi as St. Nick can't get you fired up maybe his 'Little Drummer Boy, Silent Night, Auld Lang Syne" will do the trick.

Jimi Hendrix - Little Drummer Boy, Silent Night, Auld Lang Syne

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Webcast Live From Dublin


Riley saw these guys perform last year in Chicago and came away saying it was one of the best live performances he had witnessed; no small claim as the guy sees his fair share of shows.

Tomorrow is a chance for anyone interested to watch Rodrigo y Gabriela perform live from Dublin. Their latest album is entitled 11:11. Tomorrow being 11/11/10 they will be playing at an unannounced location in Dublin to celebrate. Watch the the live feed tomorrow 11/11 at 3PM EST.

Monday, October 25, 2010

My Morning Jacket 10/23/10 Video Clips

My Morning Jacket
A few clips from the festivities Saturday night at Terminal 5. Enjoy.



Smokin' From Shootin'

'Oh Sweet Nuthin' (Velvet Underground cover)

'Hot Fun in the Summertime' (Sly and the Family Stone cover)

My Morning Jacket Terminal 5 10/23/10

My Morning Jacket
Quite a finish to MMJ's five night run at Terminal 5 in New York. The band played an inspired set of their tunes from Evil Urges. They capped the night with some good time covers and came back out for one my round of OBH. Glad I had the chance to get to NYC for this one.

My Morning Jacket 10/23/2010 Terminal 5 - New York City, NY
1. Evil Urges
2. Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt.1
3. Highly Suspicious
4. I’m Amazed
5. Thank You Too!
6. Sec Walkin
7. Two Halves
8. Librarian
9. Look at You
10. Aluminum Park
11. Remnants
12. Smokin From Shootin
13. Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt.2
14. Circuital
15. Friends Again
16. Carried Away
17. Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
18. Tonite I Want To Celebrate With You
19. Oh! Sweet Nuthin (The Velvet Underground)
20. Hot Fun In The Summertime (Sly & The Family Stone)
21. Carnival Time (Al Johnson)
22. Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield)
23. One Big Holiday

Friday, October 22, 2010

My Morning Jacket Close 'It Still Moves' Show with Some Lionel Richie

No secret that we're pretty big My Morning Jacket fans here at Happy Genius Heroes. The band's covers of 'Easy' and 'All Night Long' reignited our interest in Lionel Richie. Following MMJ to New Orleans for Jazz Fest we even got to see THE MAN, Lionel perform (did we mention he was awesome?).

Well last night to close out My Morning Jacket's night performing It Still Moves at Terminal 5 they played it. The setlist (included below) looks unreal and some Lionel to close? Epic.

MY Morning Jacket 10/21/10 Terminal 5 - New York City, NY

1. Mahgeetah
2. Dancefloors
3. Golden
4. Masterplan
5. One Big Holiday
6. I Will Sing You Songs
7. Easy Morning Rebel
8. Run Thru
9. Rollin Back
10. Just One Thing
11. Steam Engine
12. One In The Same
13. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You (Bob Dylan)
14. How Could I Know
15. Sooner
16. Head Held High (The Velvet Underground)
17. It Makes No Difference (The Band)
18. All Night Long (Lionel Richie)

TGIF Jams!

A little bit of everything... Enjoy the weekend.

Carl Broemel - Heaven Knows

Kermit Ruffins - I Got A Treme Woman

Danny Barnes - Caveman

The Pharcyde - Passin' Me By (Hot Chip remix)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Vocal Chords

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Happy Genius Heroes Radio: Recap 10/21

A little groggy getting out of the rack today, but once we got going not a bad show. I'm toying with recording techniques to allow posting of the show for people to listen that can't (or don't want to) get up so early.

Today's recording went dead after about 18 minutes but you can get a taste below.

Happy Genius Heroes Radio - October 21, 2010

You can always listen live and we'll try to work out the kinks on getting the recordings up.

Anything you'd like to hear or suggestions/comments are always welcome. Here are a couple tracks from today's show.

The Romany Rye - Untitled (Love Song)

Local Natives - Sun Hands


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rocker Hotties of the Week - Moneypenny

This week's Rocker Hotties are Chess Hubbard and Jessica Gonyea of Moneypenny. Otherwise known as DJ Mother Hubbard and A-Cup, these two hit the Chicago dance scene running, opening for Robyn back in 2008. They've released another single off their upcoming EP and they've got a bunch of dates mostly in Chicago in the coming months.

Enjoy the sights and sounds.

Moneypenny - Destroy

Saturday, October 16, 2010

TGIS Jams!

This has been a Friday feature, but I work Saturdays now. So does Riley. The significance of Friday has been diminished for us. We would still like to share some music though and Friday or Saturday, work or not, as R. Kells says, "it's the freakin' weekend."

Big week upcoming for My Morning Jacket with their performance of each of their albums in their entirety in a five night run at Terminal 5 in New York. I'm looking forward to hearing about those shows (maybe getting down for the Evil Urges performance?). This past week MMJ performed at Ed Sullivan Theater as part of their 10/12 appearance on the Late Show w/ David Letterman. Head over to The Steam Engine to download the entire performance. All this MMJ action though got me digging up their version of 'Gideon' from the 8/17/10 show in Chicago we attended. Let that lead us off today. You can download the entire Chicago show here.

My Morning Jacket - Gideon (live 8/17/10 Chicago, IL)

Had a chance to catch these guys at Schuba's this summer at a post lollapalooza show. Good tune.
Rogue Wave - Lake Michigan (live 1/8/08 Los Angeles, CA)

With the NHL season just underway here's a classic hockey song (rumored to being made into a movie).
Warren Zevon - Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song) live 12/2/00 Philadelphia, PA

I think Riley was gonna go to this show but didn't make it. Here's The Walkmen from their 10/13/10 show at Metro.
The Walkmen - Canadian Girl (live 10/13/10 Chicago, IL)

And finally, one from the Drive By Truckers recent performance at Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. One of my favorite DBT songs.
Drive By Truckers - Where the Devil Don't Stay (live 10/1/10 Milwaukee, WI)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rocker Hottie of the Week - Cheyenne Marie Mize

Louisville native and frequent Bonnie "Prince" Billy collaborator, Cheyenne Marie Mize, is releasing here solo debut album today. Entitled, Before Lately, we included a track from the album in last Friday's TGIF Jams. Be sure to check it out and go get her full length solo debut.

In the meantime enjoy some pics and listen to her sing with Bonnie "Prince" Billy.

Cheyenne Maire Mize & Bonnie Prince Billy - Beautiful Dreamer

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Upcoming Releases

Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz; 10/12 Release
Pre-order at Asthmatic Kitty.
Sufjan Stevens - Too Much

Belle and Sebastian Write About Love; 10/12 Release. Pre-order at Matador Records.
Belle and Sebastian - Write About Love

Kings Of Leon Come Around Sundown; 10/19 release. Pre-order at RCA Records.
Kings Of Leon - Pyro

Happy Genius Heroes Radio Recap 10/7

Fun show today. Happy Birthday wishes to big bro Krystof is always a good excuse to lead with some GNR. It was a nice to treat to have Mr. D join us in the studio and I think we got in some good music today as well. Always a pleasure to get a couple phone calls from listeners as well, it being a day off on campus.

I mentioned the link to the website today on the air, so for those of you checking in for the first time, do some exploring. I would encourage you to use the artist labels to find info on specific bands or just roll back through the archives using the links at right.

A few highlights from today's show for your continued listening pleasure or if you couldn't make the early live broadcast.

Phosphorescent - The Mermaid Parade

Titus Andronicus - A More Perfect Union

The Tallest Man on Earth - King of Spain

The Decemberists feat. Shara Worden - The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid

Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy Genius Heroes Radio Show!

We've been relatively quiet for awhile now at Happy Genius Heroes. We had some tech hangups, some extended travel, and some general life changes of the contributors that made this whole thing tougher to keep going.

Things have settled down some and we're ready (I think) to get some action going here again.

The biggest recent development is that we have a radio show now. Pretty cool, right? Yesterday saw the debut of Happy Genius Heroes Radio on WBSL 91.7 in Western Massachusetts and streaming live on the internet HERE.

The show will run from 7-8am EDT every Thursday. We'll be playing all kinds of music. If you read this blog even a little you have an idea of the type of stuff you can expect to hear. So tune in, check it out. Send us a note if you'd like to hear something or you have any suggestions.

The link again to listen on the interwebs is HERE.

MAC users might need the flip4mac plugin to listen. You can get that HERE.

I'll remind you again, but until next Thursday morning...

Stay clean. Stay safe.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

My Morning Jacket 8/17/10 Chicago, IL Pictures

My Morning Jacket
A little late I know. Better late than never? Fun show. Ran into A LOT of familiar faces. Some good extended jams on some of the more familiar tunes (Gideon). We got to here a song from Carl's new solo album and a new tune that MMJ has been playing lately, 'Circuital'.
My Morning Jacket
Always good times with these guys. Riley went on to see them again 8/29 in Pittsburgh. I dunno if any a/v materials made it from that show, but here's a couple more decent pics from Chicago.
My Morning Jacket
Jim James
My Morning Jacket 8/17/10

Monday, June 21, 2010

Delta Spirit @ Metro, Chicago, IL 6/19/10

Delta Spirit @ Metro
We've been to a lot of shows in the past 16 months or so since the inception of this blog. Delta Spirit was one of our earliest reviews after Riley saw them at Double Door last Feb. and I saw them at Bowery Ballroom a week later. Their debut album Ode To Sunshine has been in heavy rotation for much of that time. It was truly a treat to see them perform a little over a year later in support of their latest release, History From Below.

The Romany Rye opened the evening with an impressive set that I'm certain had the lucky folks at Metro early enough to catch them saying, "I need to get those guy's album." I know I said it. Hometown favorite Ezra Furman and The Harpoons took the stage next for a high energy set that got the crowd ready for the main attraction.
Delta Spirit @ Metro
It was about 10pm when Delta Spirit took the stage and opened with a little 'People Turn Around' teaser. Their performance was awesome. They mixed tracks from their new album with favorites from the old and while I admit I don't have the new one I was impressed with those tunes. Sophomore efforts can be tough but it appears that Delta Spirit has matched their debut LP in terms of consistent song quality.
Delta Spirit @ Metro
Lead singer, Matt Vasquez led the energetic crowd through a solid showing of jams fast and slow. Despite the bands' constant touring and recent success you get a sense that these guys are truly appreciative of the fan support...and Chicago gave them a healthy dose. The band and the crowd fed off each other's energy and it made for a memorable show. One of the best concerts I've seen in awhile. Vasquez went so far as to meet fans in the Metro lobby as they exited the building. Great to see that after such a fun show. Now I gotta go get that new album...

Delta Spirit - "People C'mon"

Delta Spirit @ Metro

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Joe Ely @ Fitgerald's, Berwyn, IL 6/17/10

Joe Ely @ Fitzgerald's
There's not a whole lot that can get me to make the trip out to Berwyn, but the with two very enjoyable evenings under my belt at Fitzgerald's in the past few months (this one and The Radiators show back in March) I'm beginning to appreciate this little gem of a venue just outside of Chicago's city limits.

Colin Gilmore opened up the evening playing a number of tunes from his soon to be released, Goodnight Lane. After his set the crowd continued to fill in for the night's headliner, Joe Ely.

Ely would be playing a solo set; just him and his guitar and the occasional harmonica. Having the chance to see him perform up close you got the sense that you were witnessing something special. Here was a guy who has played with everyone from The Clash to Bruce Springsteen and who has been on the road for thirty-plus years. He rattled off some of his hits from over the years; "Dallas", "Up On The Ridge", and "Me and Billy The Kid", all the while mixing in the occasion story or joke between songs. After all the years on tour you could tell Ely is right at home on stage with his guitar and a roomful of fans.
Joe Ely @ Fitzgerald's
He played two encores to the enthusiastic Fitzgerald's crowd finishing with his clever little number "Gimme A Ride To Heaven" about picking up Jesus Christ as a hitchhiker and getting his car stolen in the process. When it was all over and I was headed back home the show left me with a mix of emotions. I had thoroughly enjoyed the performance, but was also left with a tinge of sadness as I wondered who will take up the role of the traveling troubadour when heroes like Joe Ely have passed? They just don't seem to make 'em like that anymore. I'm not sure I have an answer and I hope Ely has years of touring ahead of him, but it was a special treat to be in his presence for the evening.

Joe Ely 6/17/10

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My Morning Jacket Announce August US Tour


This news just made me a little cheerier on this grey Chicago Tuesday. Charter One in August should be a fun one on the lakefront.

From the MMJ site:

My Morning Jacket will be headlining new US Tour dates this coming August. The dates will begin in San Diego on August 11th, will include a slot at the Mile High Festival, dates supporting Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and will conclude in Philadelphia on August 28th. Avi Buffalo will support the band on their San Diego and Los Angeles dates.

Dates Below...

MMJ August 2010 Tour Dates
(w/ respective charity they will be supporting for each show)

* = supporting slot for Tom Petty
# = with Avi Buffalo

08/11: San Diego, CA - SDSU Outdoor Theatre #
San Diego Coast Keeper (

08/12: Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre #
School On Wheels (

08/15: Denver, CO - Mile High Festival

08/17: Chicago, IL @ Charter One Pavilion
Mercy Home (

08/19: Boston, MA - Comcast *

08/20: Burlington, VT - Champlain Valley Lawn
Combat Paper Project ( 

08/21: Boston, MA - Comcast *

08/24: Newark, NJ @ Izod Center *

08/25: Holyoke, MA @ Mountain Park
WomanShelter (

08/27: Pittsburgh, PA @ Station Square Amphitheater
Just Harvest (

08/28: Rochester, NY @ CMAC
Finger Lakes Land Trust (

08/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Great Plaza
Greensgrow Philadelphia Project (

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Friday, May 14, 2010

TGIF Jams! ..long overdue

For all you goons heading out to catch Point Break LIVE! tonight:
Futurebirds - Johnny Utah

These guys are at the Congress Theatre Tonight.
Torche - Healer

Tina's Jam of the Day
Rill Rill - Sleigh Bells

...and mine
The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio

And finally, maybe it's fitting to have the Brooklynite by way of Italy, Constanza, release what is the first song I've heard in response to the passing of Arizona's SB 1070. Much of the track is Costanza reading through the US D156 Immigration Form that legal immigrants must fill out. Costanza herself is a legal non-resident alien and she assures me she pays her taxes. In an email exchange through her publicist she expressed her desire to, "speak up on the issue, so that we can foster discussion and healthy democratic debate, regardless of which side of the debate we are on." That'd probably be good for all of us.

Have a listen to the track:

Just Another Alien – Costanza

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Orleans Jazz Fest - Sunday 4/25/10

Elizabeth's - 601 Gallier Street New Orleans, LA

We crammed a lotta livin’ into 4 days in New Orleans. We also crammed a lotta good grub into our bellies in that time. Sunday was no exception as today we would eat two of our best meals of the trip.

It was a sloooow start getting things going on Sunday morning after the festivities of the night before. We didn’t make it out to breakfast until about 1 pm. We made the trek (totally worth it) to Elizabeth’s. It was a little bit of a wait for this ravenous bunch, but we did get to see the lead guitarist from Hootie & The Blowfish, Mark Bryan ride up on his bike and put his name on the list.

After the wait we were greeted by a menu that featured praline bacon and every dish seemed to have 2 poached eggs and hollandaise sauce on top.
It was exactly what our grease craving crew needed at that point.

Back on a full tank, we made our way back out to the Fair grounds for our Day 3 at Jazz Fest. Riley once again delivered with the Miller Lite Tent. This being even more important as it was legitimately HOT. We slow played a few Boggses in the shade and listened to Levon Helm, Marcia Ball, and The Allman Brothers. Eventually we had to brave the sun for at least the walk over to see baby faced Johnny Lang give it his all in the Blues Tent.

Sunset on Jazz Fest
sun sets on the first weekend of Jazz Fest

It was a laid back Sunday at the racetrack; as any day at the track should be. We met an enterprising gentleman offering rides in his truck. Some might be leery of an unlicensed taxi, but when we heard Benny Goodman on his radio we knew the guy was legit. We asked him to take us to Dookie’s for dinner, but he recommended a favorite place of his; Madina’s. As he dropped us of he said, ‘Get the etoufee.’

Our sketchy ride was just in time. We got the last table and then the place got slammed. We ate crawfish etoufee for days. It isn’t often I can’t finish my dinner, but this was one such occasion. Bellies stuffed we made our way back to downtown on the Canal St. streetcar. Our trip to New Orleans was winding to a close. Satisfied.

Hubig's Pies van on Canal St.

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