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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Caitlin Rose, Arctic Splash, Rev. John Wilkins

Pissed Jeans sure know how to make the most of two and a half minutes.  The first single from the local band’s upcoming Honeys LP is called “Cathouse,” and it’s a relentless punk jam with a killer shred explosion two minutes in.  Honeys will be out on Sub Pop on February 12th, with a record release show at Underground Arts on February 15th.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Download the song via Soundcloud here. Continue reading →

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Memphis Sense of Place: American Sound Studio, then and now

All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. Today, David Dye is exploring the late great American Sound Studio, where Elvis Presley recorded his final number-one hit, “Suspicious Minds,” in 1969. Above, check out a photo of the studio in its heyday. Below, see the studio in the mid-80s, and a video tour of the room shot in 1987. At the bottom, see what the site of American Sound Studio looks like today. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio. Continue reading →

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Memphis Sense of Place: Download Rev. John Wilkins performance of “Prodigal Son”

All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. Today, we listen in on the World Cafe concert recorded with Memphis  blues musician Rev. John Wilkins. Below, download his performance of “Prodigal Son,” written by his father, Rev. Robert Wilkins, later recorded by The Rolling Stones on Beggar’s Banquet. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio.

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Memphis Sense of Place: David Dye’s top five sites

All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. Today, David Dye shares his top five Memphis sites. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio.

Some more of the places you should not miss on any Memphis visit: Graceland and the National Civil Rights Museum were the two most defining visits of our trip. Spend a Sunday morning at Reverend Al’s. And Leavitt Shell is a beautiful outdoor venue. Continue reading →

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Memphis Sense of Place: Download two songs from Lucero’s session at Ardent Studios

All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. Today, we listen in on the World Cafe session recorded with Memphis indie band Lucero at famed Ardent Studios (Big Star, Al Green, etc.). Download performances of “Slow Dancing” and “Nobody’s Darling” below. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio. Continue reading →

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Memphis Sense of Place: Watch David Dye get a walking tour of Memphis with Brian Venable of Lucero

All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. Today, David takes a walking tour of Memphis with Brian Venable, guitarist of Lucero. They grab lunch, go record shopping, check out a skateboard shop and stroll through Venable’s neighborhood; watch it in the video below. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio.

Sense of Place Memphis – Brian Venable from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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Memphis Sense of Place: David Dye’s top five music venues

Wild Bill's

Here is a variety of clubs and theaters to check out on your Memphis trip.  The New Daisy is a large (1000+) showcase theater.  Wild Bill’s is a late night Juke Joint that is hard to find anywhere else. Minglewood Hall and Young Avenue Deli will give you an idea of what is happening with young bands. And The Mud Island Ampitheater is a seasonal venue in the middle of the Mississippi. Continue reading →

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Memphis Sense of Place: Top five most ridiculous Elvis impersonators

All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. A big part of that heritage is the King of Rock n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, and today we scoured the internet for the most ridiculous Elvis impersonators out there. Check them out below. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio. Continue reading →