Overnight Acoustic Brilliance: Andy McKee, “Rylynn”

Beautifully expressive
Music • Views: 20,731


From the Andy McKee & Antoine Dufour DVD available at
Official Stropes Guitar Transcription available at

This beautiful composition by Andy McKee has a bittersweet quality that evokes emotion and distinctive technique that has fostered innovation in contemporary finger-style guitar. “Rylynn” was one of the compositions that propelled Andy McKee’s YouTube celebrity when it was first uploaded in 2006; today the video has over 28 million views. It was this video that caught the attention of Prince who asked Andy to join him for a series of shows in Australia in 2012.

“Rylynn” was first released in 2005 on the CD Andy McKee/Art of Motion (CandyRat Records). Then, in 2007, a video recording was released on the DVD Andy McKee/Antoine Dufour (CandyRat Records). This printed music is a note-for-note transcription of the performance from the DVD which is now available at

An Awesome Video From the Milk Carton Kids: “Poison Tree”

I’m a little man in a little town
Music • Views: 29,939


These two guys remind me a little of Simon and Garfunkel, and their new video is touching and beautifully produced. From the album Monterey.

The steam above the water rises through the air.
All I want’s to touch it; feel it on my skin.
Follow in it’s motion; travel where it’s been

I’m a little man in a little town.
It’s a little cold; I’m a little down.
I get a little angry a little bit each day.
A little while longer we’ll dig a little grave.

The stitches of my pocket fray upon the seam.
My truest secrets spilled over my heart beat.
A frail little drop of the poison tree.

I’m a little man in a little town.
It’s a little cold; I’m a little down.
I get a little angry a little bit each day.
A little while longer we’ll dig a little grave.

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Overnight Jam: Todd Rundgren, “Secret Society” and “Something to Fall Back On”

Everybody’s been a witness sometime
Music • Views: 25,302


Two awesome songs by Todd Rundgren, from a 1990 concert in Japan with his great “Nearly Human” band. This is Todd at his best, singing his heart out.

When we were young they would break our hearts
You and I had to go undercover
We knew in time we would be pulled apart
We found a way we could hold on to each other

Gave our souls to another world
Sealed in blood with a sacred vow
Now we’ve forgotten but beneath all this
A part of you and me is still there now, yeah

Go on and sing, go on and dance
It’ll all come back if you just give it a chance

Don’t you remember me?
We were a secret society
Like in your memory
We were the secret society

Refresh your memory
We were the secret society
Until eternity
We are the secret society

I never see you in the waking world
We make an effort to avoid each other
But every night we penetrate the veil
Where everybody acts like sister and brother

You never speak the words in broad daylight
They’re much too delicate and too naive
But everybody’s been a witness sometime
It doesn’t change it if you don’t believe, so


I never see you in the waking world
We make an effort to avoid each other
But every night we penetrate the veil
Where everybody acts like sister and brother

You never speak the words in broad daylight
They’re much too delicate and too naive
But everybody’s been a witness sometime
It doesn’t change it if you don’t believe, so

So, go on and sing, go on and dance
It’ll all come back if you just give it a chance

And you’ll remember me?
We were a secret society
Not just a memory
You’re in the secret society

But you’ve got to go with me
You’re in the secret society
Until eternity
We are the secret society
Ooh, we’re so secret

Sunday Ukrainian Jam: You’ve Never Seen Anything Like DakhaBrakha

Unusual music from Eastern Europe
Music • Views: 23,912


People always ask me, “What’s your favorite Tiny Desk Concert?” Well, right now it’s the one recently performed by DakhaBrakha. The creative quartet from Kiev, Ukraine make music that sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard, with strands of everything I’ve ever heard. There are rhythms that sound West African and drone that feels as if it could have emanated from India or Australia. At times, DakhaBrakha is simply a rock band whose crazy homeland harmonies are filled with joy. All the while, they play tight-knit tunes featuring accordion, drums, reeds and shakers while wearing tall, Marge Simpson-looking wool hats that made me jealous.

I want the world to see this Tiny Desk Concert more than any other right now. It’s refreshing to hear the power of acoustic music and the many worlds of sound still waiting to be explored. — BOB BOILEN

Set List
“Sho Z-Pod Duba” 0:00
“Torokh” 3:43
“Divka-Marusechka” 8:07

Producers: Bob Boilen, Maggie Starbard; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Morgan McCloy, Maggie Starbard, AJ Wilhelm; Assistant Producer: Annie Bartholomew; photo by Colin Marshall/NPR

Saturday Jam: Toro Y Moi, “Lilly”

Beatlesque by way of Daft Punk
Music • Views: 26,833


Director — HARRYS

Production Company — Ways & Means ::
Executive Producer — Lana Kim
Executive Producer — Jett Steiger
Producer — Sonja Mereu
Director of Photography — Frank Mobilio
Steadicam — Jon Beattie
Gaffer — Lucas Pitassi
Key Grip — Zander Kroon
Production Manager — Ovidio Jimenez
Assistant Director — Ryan Lacen
Production Designer — Dominic Guidote
Production Designer — Jill Bencsits
Drone Operator - Matt Skuta
VFX - Kshitij Khanna at the Mill
Colorist - Mikey Rossiter at The Mill

Toro Y Moi’s ‘Lilly’ from his new album ‘What For?’ - out now on Carpark Records
iTunes: Carpark:

Freaky Friday Afternoon Music Video: MAESTRO, “Darlin’ Celsa”

Oh, how I hate them
Music • Views: 28,686


Hello there, please meet Celsa, the only girl of Mount Madness Academy.

He had to have Celsa. But he had to get rid of all who had been there before him.

This is a college story about love, frustration, deception and revenge.

As for you ultra picky nerds, the video also features quite a few cameos from the French music scene. Can you spot any ?

Directed by Parachutes.

Get your vinyl + CD here :
Or on ithunes :

Darlin Celsa EP will be out end of may and comes with remixes courtesy of Tigersushi buddy DyE, edit prodigy Pilooski, synth pioneer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and last but not least legendary Severed Heads !!


World Class Flamenco Singing: Diego El Cigala: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Spanish magic
Music • Views: 22,379


Every now and then, if we are extremely lucky, we are witness to a musical game changer. That is the rare musician who single-handedly alters the direction of a genre though the power of musical vision and artistry.

Diego El Cigala is one of those game changers.

While he comes from the world of flamenco, he has deftly expanded his expressive range by applying his unmistakable voice to boleros, Spanish copla, tangos, jazz and various combinations of all of the above.

See and hear for yourself how one musician can create something completely new by drawing on traditions that are centuries old. — FELIX CONTRERAS

Set List
“Soledad” 0:00
“Vete De Mí” 3:58
“Vida Loca” 7:47

Producers: Felix Contreras, Maggie Starbard; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Susan Hale Thomas, Maggie Starbard; Assistant Producer: Colin Marshall; photo by Colin Marshall/NPR

A Gorgeous Song From Todd Rundgren’s Latest: “Soothe”

Maybe I can’t make the dream come true, but I can soothe you
Music • Views: 22,044


A beautiful song from Todd Rundgren’s latest album Global is our jam for a Tuesday evening. I really like this album, but then, I’m a Todd fan from way, way back. In a sane world, this would be a hit record.

Saturday Afternoon Sublime Jazz: Keith Jarrett Trio, “My Foolish Heart”

Just the best
Music • Views: 21,990


This is from the album My Foolish Heart, recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2001; one of the best recordings of this exceptional jazz trio. It begins and ends with gorgeous solo cadenzas by Keith.

Keith Jarrett: piano
Gary Peacock: bass
Jack DeJohnette: drums

Live Performance: Grinderman, “Worm Tamer”

She cracks lightning like a viper’s tongue
Music • Views: 23,372


I almost don’t want to file this in the “Music” category, because it’s really just outright audio chaos. It may not be for everyone, but Nick Cave’s Grinderman band of weirdos will rearrange your mind if you let them. I let them, and now I feel unfettered and alive.

The RAK Sessions were filmed and recorded live on 22 September at the legendary RAK Studios in north London.

Directed by British artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Director of Photography: Nick Wood
Camera Assistant: Stuart Ward
Sound Recording: DMZ Live

Grinderman are Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Jim Sclavunos
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