Five-Star Fridays

Friday, April 1st, 2011

So in December, I introduced you to a great local band called the Cold Stares.

Last month, they came to my apartment for a “Songs From My Couch” session. I’m planning to post the four songs they did from that session with video at Nashville Byline next month after I move to Huffington Post.

But in the meantime, I thought I’d give you legacy Agitator readers a little preview gift. The guys played three originals and one cover. All four songs are fantastic. But here’s the cover, a really badass, acoustic take on “Whipping Post”, the great Allman Brothers song. Thanks to Mark Crozier for the amazing sound work. (Pipe this through some decent speakers or headphones to fully appreciate it.) Thanks to the Cold Stares for playing in my living room. And thanks to my couch, for some excellent couching. If you like this, there’s more to come.

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25 Responses to “Five-Star Fridays”

  1. #1 |  Marty | 

    this is very cool- these guys look like they’re perfectly suited to do house concerts. Pat Dinizio of the Smithereens has done a bunch of house concert tours- amazing shows. The performers have a place to stay, get fed, and have a house full of attentive, receptive people. This is becoming my favorite way to see performances.

  2. #2 |  Howlin' Hobbit | 

    best version I’ve ever heard of that tune. and I’ve heard more than a few.

  3. #3 |  la Rana | 

    “after I move to Huffington Post”

    Come again?

  4. #4 |  Peter | 

    Are you saying that this track is what they did in your living room?

    If so, your living room is awesome!

    I keed, I keed. They are really good. It’s refreshing to hear people who can sing and play without 91 studio takes and 51 hours of post-production work.

  5. #5 |  Old Fart | 

    very nice. I’d buy a ticket to see who’s on your couch.

  6. #6 |  André | 

    Hobbit: You may enjoy Frank Zappa’s cover, too. I looked on youtube but can’t find the live version from “Does Humor Belong in Music?” (1984). I assume the others are about as good, but I don’t have speakers at work.

  7. #7 |  Bronwyn | 

    This is fantastic, Radley! Maybe someday you can make an album of living room concerts. I’d buy.

  8. #8 |  kevin | 

    well done crozier. nice to finally hear some of your production work.

  9. #9 |  BamBam | 

    I thought tasers weren’t lethal?

  10. #10 |  Mark | 

    The Cold Stares are badass. Even more so having met them. And Radley’s couch is awesome. It’s leather and nice to sit on. Thanks Radley for letting me come over and set up some mics. Beyond cool to see my name on The Agitator.

  11. #11 |  TomG | 

    Radley, that was an awesome cover. I always like it when a band doesn’t just “replay” the song, but finds a different angle to shine in. Looking forward to the whole 4 song set.

  12. #12 |  CyniCAl | 

    Nice mention in The Freeman, published by FEE, regarding the Siobhan Reynolds case:

    ” Writing in Slate, Radley Balko, the indefatigable chronicler of State crimes against the innocent …”

    Indefatigable chronicler!!! You gotta thank Sheldon for that one!

  13. #13 |  the innominate one | 

    that is an excellent down-tempo cover of a classic tune

    Zappa’s cover of Whipping Post is highly recommended

  14. #14 |  Andrew S. | 

    That’s an excellent cover. I’d love to hear more from these guys.

  15. #15 |  Justthisguy | 

    Radley, I love what you write here about politics, but I don’t give two rancid rat turds about your taste and your talk about music. Most so-called music produced in the last hundred, oh hell, last two hundred years or so, sucks huge syphilitic donkey dicks.

    Gimme some Haydn, gimme some Vivaldi, and most definitely gimme some Mozart!

    Beethoven? I can take it or leave it.

  16. #16 |  Justthisguy | 

    P.s. Telemann is right cool, too, and his pieces are fun and easy to play on wind instruments. I feel sorry for people who think that electric guitars are musical instruments. Their brains are obviously not working right.

    I am thinking about you, Billy Beck!

  17. #17 |  Radley Balko | 

    …but I don’t give two rancid rat turds about your taste and your talk about music.

    Then don’t read or comment on the music posts.

    Of course if you did that, you wouldn’t get to opine about how the only real music was written two centuries ago, or to advertise that your favorites are Mozart, Haydn, and Vivaldi, thereby demonstrating to everyone else your insufferable douchiness.

    So I can see how you’d be conflicted.

  18. #18 |  TC |

    Something I was introed to tonight.

    Will share as it seems pretty nice.

    I did enjoy your couch concert too. Though I’ve been known to enjoy two century old music, most of the time if music is happening around me it will be of someone that can make their around the internet. I think that a pretty broad brush.

    Thanks for sharing. Nice to know that you also have something else to do most of your weekends too. Such is called balance.

  19. #19 |  Jerri Lynn Ward | 

    I’m officially old.

    I don’t get it.

  20. #20 |  Justthisguy | 

    I don’t care if little kids with no culture except pop culture can’t suffer what they call my “douchiness.” Maybe they’d be better off hanging with their homies at Huffington’s Toast. Radley, I’m old enough to be your Daddy. I am just mildly amused at your remarks.

  21. #21 |  Justthisguy | 

    I see that Radley deleted my response to his remarking on what he called my “douchiness.”

  22. #22 |  Justthisguy | 

    Belay my last, there. There was a failure to refresh the browser on my part. I see that my next-to-last comment is up. I most humbly beg pardon.

  23. #23 |  Jack | 


    You have a very cool job. Did you get the idea to do this from the Onion? They were smart to start the AV Club. Now they get awesome bands to come to their office and play shit for them.

    Having band come to you living room is even cooler though because your cred with the ladies in your ‘hood just went through the friggin’ roof.

    I hope this gets you a steady stream of quality poontang. You deserve it my brother.

  24. #24 |  justhisgirl | 

    radley thanks, really dig it.

    justthisguy- if you don’t have something nice to say.well.

    so I won’t say anything to you.

  25. #25 |  Cary Lawson | 

    I’ve seen them in Nashville now 3-4 times and each time the crowds are bigger, and the energy is more explosive. They are going places- and you gotta see them plugged up to feel the power!