First of all: The Hourly Radio will be ripping it up at The Annex in NYC tomorrow (and in Cleveland tonight). If you're in the vicinity, you should totally go. They were faboo internet radio station WOXY's Lounge Act yesterday; check out an mp3 of the show in the Lounge Act archive. THR are going out on tour with Protokoll in July; stay tuned for details on the TRGAW-sponsored show in Austin on July 5!
Onward and upward: It's been a while since we posted some remixes; here's a few that have caught my ear over the past few weeks.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- Turn Into (Nick Zinner Remix) (sorry it's on yousendit, but you know how these things are...)
The White Rose Movement -- Girls in the Back (Hugo Nicolson Bad Birthday Remix)
Asobi Seksu -- Strings (Glass Factory Remix) [via Good Hodgkins]
Bloc Party -- Banquet (Boys Noize Dub Mix)
Changing gears entirely: Pinkie and I caught a neat-o documentary on PBS Sunday night about a local band I bet you never thought that we'd talk about -- legendary Texas swing revivalists Asleep at the Wheel -- and their 1999 tribute album to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Ride With Bob. You know how we feel about Bob Wills and Texas swing, I think, yes? Don't get us started on how going to Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa was practically a religious experience, but you've heard about that... Anyway, Ride With Bob is the second Asleep at the Wheel tribute album chock-full of great reinterpretations of Wills' classic hits; as on the first, the band is joined by mainstream country stars actually singing real, live country music (shocker!), less mainstream country stars (like Dwight Yoakam, Lyle Lovett, and Don Walser), guests from left field (The Manhattan Transfer), and former members of The Texas Playboys. The resulting product could have been cheezy and irrelevant (especially given the sheer political incorrectness of songs like "Cherokee Maiden" and "Milk Cow Blues"), but the thing is, it's not -- Texas swing is far from dead and buried and Asleep at the Wheel does an exemplary job of keeping the traditions alive without reproducing stultified carbon copies. The little documentary about the recording of the album was really heartwarming -- especially seeing the old Texas Playboys playing their guitars smooth as glass like it ain't no thang. Also: Don't tell, but I have a huge, inappropriate crush on ASatW frontman Ray Benson -- it's that voice!
Asleep at the Wheel (with Tim McGraw) -- Milk Cow Blues
Asleep at the Wheel (with the Dixie Chicks) -- Roly Poly
Asleep at the Wheel (with Dwight Yoakam) -- New San Antonio Rose
Bonus: Asleep at the Wheel -- You're From Texas (live)