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Big Easy Express

This train. San Francisco to New Orleans. Bound for glory.

Don’t let the music stop. Get it here (free).


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Make You Feel My Love

So lovely. In honor of Saint Valentine.

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The Johnny Cash Project

[It links to YouTube. Music video starts at 2:47.]

The Johnny Cash Project is a global collective art project, and we would love for you to participate. Through this website, we invite you to share your vision of Johnny Cash, as he lives on in your mind’s eye. Working with a single image as a template, and using a custom drawing tool, you’ll create a unique and personal portrait of Johnny. Your work will then be combined with art from participants around the world, and integrated into a collective whole: a music video for “Ain’t No Grave”, rising from a sea of one-of-a-kind portraits.

Strung together and played in sequence over the song, the portraits will create a moving, ever evolving homage to this beloved musical icon.  What’s more, as new people discover and contribute to the project, this living portrait will continue to transform and grow, so it’s virtually never the same video twice.

Ain’t No Grave is Johnny’s final studio recording. The album and its title track deal heavily with themes of mortality, resurrection, and everlasting life. The Johnny Cash Project pays tribute to these themes. Through the love and contributions of the people around the world that Johnny has touched so deeply, he appears once again before us.

The Johnny Cash Project is a visual testament to how the Man in Black lives on – not just through his vast musical legacy, but in the hearts and minds of all of us around the world he has touched with his talent, his passion, and his indomitable spirit. It is this spirit that is the lifeblood of The Johnny Cash Project. Thank you for helping Johnny’s spirit soar once more. God bless.

-Chris Milk

Be a part of something beautiful.
Pick a frame, draw a frame, contribute.

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Pates Tapes

I love few things more than music.  I am constantly nostalgic for vinyl, tapes, and above all else, mix tapes. I remember the hours, days, and weeks I used to spend with my boombox on the floor, hundreds of tapes (and later, CDs) scattered throughout my room, just listening and listening and planning and listening. Play / Stop / Play / Rewind / Play / Record / Stop. It was transcendent. And at the end of it all, this wonderful compilation of joy, anger, sadness, love, everything my body was screaming came out in this lovely rectangular form.
In years past, I’ve made a lot of mixes and I’ve had a lot of mixes made for me. There is truly no greater labor of love. I only wish I could have saved them all and followed in the footsteps of Charles Pates:

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SXSW 2010

Download a free 11-song sampler of the artists featured by NPR Music and public radio stations at this March’s South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

“Written in Reverse” by Spoon from Transference
“The High Road” by Broken Bells from Broken Bells
“I Learned the Hard Way” by Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings from I Learned the Hard Way
“Canadian Girl” by The Walkmen from You & Me
“Girl In Love” by Smith Westerns from Smith Westerns
“Airplanes” by Local Natives from Gorilla Manor
“Everywhere I Go” by G-Side from Starshipz And Rocketz
“Cleo’s Song” by JBM from Not Even In July
“Achille’s Heel: IV. Shur Landing” by Brooklyn Rider from Dominant Curve
“Hannah” by Freelance Whales from Weathervanes
“Swim” by Surfer Blood from Astro Coast

To download the ‘NPR Music At SXSW Sampler’ on iTunes:

1. Download iTunes for Mac or Windows, free of charge at http://www.iTunes.com.
2. Open iTunes and click iTunes Store.
3. Click Redeem under Quick Links.
4. Enter the code here (expires April 30, 2010). Your download will start immediately. Enjoy.

i heart free music.

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Whale Song

All my favorite things come together.

Australian telecommunications company Optus asks the question, “What if you could write a love song for a whale, and an orchestra went out into the ocean to play it?” Film director David Denneen worked with composer Bruce Heald and a specially selected chamber music group to perform music that both whales and humans could appreciate.

An orchestra was placed on a barge with film crew and sent out to serenade the whales, emulating the sounds made by male humpback whales as they migrate along the coast of Queensland. “When it comes to communication, anything is possible.”

[inspiration credit: jessie may]

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Her Morning Elegance

Creative photography makes me smile.


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