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Music Monday – The War On Drugs

by SirLady on February 10, 2014

Just Say Yes!…..to the indie rock band out of Philly, The War on Drugs (label: Simply Canadian).  Founded by Kurt Vile, who left the band after the the release of Wagonwheel Blues, to pursue a solo career, the band consists of Adam Granduiel (vocals, guitar), David Hartley (bass,guitar) Robbie Bennet (keyboard, guitar) and Patrick Bekery (Drums).

The band’s sophomore effort Slave Ambient,  released in 2011 to critical acclaim and a heavy touring schedule.  Lost in a Dream, is the latest record releasing in March.  You can pre-order the album here.

Shows are already sold out in San Francisco and The Bowery Ballroom in New York, a second date has been added.

But guess what?!    They will be playing in KINGSTON!…….at BSP on March. 13th.

“Red Eyes” is the focus track off  the upcoming album.  Wonder what Kurt thinks??


Woodstock Wednesday – Kingston Wine Company

by SirLady on February 5, 2014

It happened just the other day…..we went to go check out a newly opened wine shop that was creating buzz, Kingston Wine Company.  From the moment we walked in, we just knew this was the place for us (and that they need to open another store in Woodstock) and the buzz is well deserved.

Michael Drapkin and his wife Theresa are the proud proprietors of this shop by way of Brooklyn.  Kingston Wine company is a curated shop that carries varietals both domestically and internationally but with a focus on small batch production and (whenever possible) organic/biodynamic wines.

Mike relies on his vast knowledge of wine acquired through an an externship on a farm in southern France and over a decade of experience in the industry.  With a M.F.A in Fine Art, Theresa is responsible for the aesthetic and overall vibe of the shop (note the dope logo design).


Kingston Wine Company is not just limited to wines, but also carries a fine collection of niche spirits with the same passion and panache as it does it wine selection. Intrigued?  You should be!  There is so much more to tell you, but atlas, we want you to be able to enjoy the experience first hand.

Take a visit, meet Michael, try one of the wines that they open weekly and  you’ll see why we are so lucky to have this addition to the community!  To quote Michael;

“I look forward to getting to know you…and your palette better”.

Kingston Wine Company is open everyday except Monday,  located at 65 Broadway on the Rondout in Kingston.  Click here for directions.

Learn more about their monthly wine shares, like a CSA for vino!

Stalk them, err we mean, get to know them on Faceboook.




The Gibson Guitar company is fighting the “powers that be” – making “Government Series” guitars for sale out of wood confiscated in a Justice Department raid but eventually returned to the company.

In a 2011 raid on Gibson facilities in Memphis and Nashville, heavily armed SWAT teams seized up to $3 million worth of wood the Justice Department claimed had been imported illegally from India. It was the second time the company had been targeted in two years, and it started a criminal case that wasn’t resolved until July, 2012, when the government dropped all charges against Gibson and the company agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty and contribute $50,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

At the time, the raid drew mockery from Republicans like House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and country singer celebrity Charlie Daniels, as well as anarmy of Gibson supporters in tea party groups and elsewhere.

As part of the agreement, Gibson demanded the supposedly illegal wood be returned — and last week it unveiled a new guitar line made from it: The Government Series II Les Paul.

The company, owned by no-nonsense conservative Henry Juszkiewicz, made its motives clear in a news release announcing the guitar:

Great Gibson electric guitars have long been a means of fighting the establishment, so when the powers that be confiscated stocks of tonewoods from the Gibson factory in Nashville — only to return them once there was a resolution and the investigation ended — it was an event worth celebrating. Introducing the Government Series II Les Paul, a striking new guitar from Gibson USA for 2014 that suitably marks this infamous time in Gibson’s history.

Even though the Gibson raid was national news, its possible political motivations were largely unexplored by the mainstream media.

Juszkiewicz is a donor to Republicans like U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Sen. Lamar Alexander; his company got invaded by government agents for using wood imported from India. Meanwhile, according to Investor’s Business Daily, competing guitar maker C.F. Martin & Co. made guitars from the exact same wood yet escaped Justice persecution. It’s worth nothing that C.F. Martin CEO Chris Martin is a reliable Democratic donor, according to IBD.

The “Government Series” guitars start at about $1,000 retail and include a certificate of authenticity signed by Juszkiewicz, who maintained from the beginning that the company had done nothing wrong.

“We feel that Gibson was inappropriately targeted …,” he said in a news release announcing the settlement of the criminal case and reported by the Heritage Foundation. “… [T]he Government used violent and hostile means with the full force of the U.S. Government and several armed law enforcement agencies costing the taxpayer millions of dollars and putting a job-creating U.S. manufacturer at risk and at a competitive disadvantage. This shows the increasing trend on the part of the Government to criminalize rules and regulations and treat U.S. businesses in the same way drug dealers are treated. This is wrong and it is unfair.”

All of the Government Series guitars contain wood that was confiscated in the raid, so supplies are limited.

Here’s a bet they sell out – fast.


{this article has been reposted courtesy of http://www.bizpacreview.com}

Music Monday – Bruno Mars

by SirLady on February 3, 2014

The buzz from last night’s Super Bowl game seems to be more about Bruno Mars than the Champion Seattle Seahawks.  Social media was in a frenzy during and after the half-time Superbowl performance with accolades that “Bruno is killing it!”.

Accolades are nothing new for Mars.  He was selected by Forbes magazine as one of the top “30 under 30” musicians and Billboard magazine selected him as “Artist of the Year”  to go along with his two platinum albums.   Just last week, he was awarded the Grammy award for best pop vocal for the song “Just The Way You Are”.

So who is Bruno Mars and how did he get here?

It is a long backstory, the road to the Super Bowl and pop stardom took many many years in the making.

Bruno Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was raised in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu. He is the son of Peter Hernandez and Bernadette “Bernie” San Pedro Bayot.   His father is of half Puerto Rican and half Jewish (from Hungary and Ukraine) descent, and is originally from Brooklyn, New York. Mars’ mother (who passed away this past June) immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines as a child, and was of Filipino, and some Spanish, descent. His parents met while performing in a show, where his mother was a hula dancer and his father played percussion.  At the age of two, he was nicknamed “Bruno” by his father, because of his resemblance to legendary professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino.

Mars is one of six children and came from a musical family who exposed him to a diverse mix of reggae, rock, hip hop, and R&B.   In addition to being a dancer, his mother was a singer and his father used his musical ability to perform Little Richard rock and roll music.  Mars’ uncle was an Elvis impersonator, and encouraged three-year-old Mars to perform on stage as well. Mars also performed songs by artists such as Michael Jackson, The Isley Brothers, and The Temptations.   At age four, Mars began performing five days a week with his family’s band, The Love Notes, in which he became known on the island for his impersonation of Presley.  In 1990, Mars was featured in MidWeek as “Little Elvis”, going on to have a cameo in the film Honeymoon in Vegas in 1992.

His time spent impersonating Presley had a major impact on Mars’ musical evolution and performing techniques.   He later began playing guitar after drawing inspiration from Jimi Hendrix.   In 2010, he also acknowledged his Hawaiian roots and musical family as an influence, explaining, “Growing up in Hawaii made me the man I am. I used to do a lot of shows in Hawaii with my father’s band. Everybody in my family sings, everyone plays instruments…I’ve just been surrounded by it.”   In 2003, shortly after graduating from High School at the age of 17, Mars moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a musical career.  He adopted his stage name from the nickname his father gave him, adding “Mars” at the end because “I felt like I didn’t have [any] pizzazz, and a lot of girls say I’m out of this world, so I was like I guess I’m from Mars.

Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Mars signed to Motown Records in 2004, in a deal that “went nowhere”.  However, Mars’ experience with Motown proved to be beneficial to his career when he met songwriter and producer Philip Lawrence, who was also signed to the label.   After Mars was dropped by Universal Motown, less than a year of being signed, he stayed in Los Angeles and landed a music publishing deal in 2005 with Steve Lindsey and Cameron Strang at Westside Independent.

During Mars’ career beginnings, Lindsey, who showed Jeff Bhasker and Mars the ins and outs of writing pop music, acted as a mentor to Mars and helped him to hone his craft. Bhasker, who had met Mars through Mike Lynn (the A&R at Dr Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment who first heard Mars’ demo tape through his sister and flew him to LA), noted to American Songwriter that: “He’d mentor us, and kind of give us lectures as to what a hit pop song is, because you can have talent and music ability, but understanding what makes a hit pop song is a whole other discipline.”

Steve Lindsey was responsible for “[holding] Bruno Mars back for five years while they learned an extensive catalog of hit music.  “When Philip Lawrence was first asked to meet Mars he was reluctant to do so, since it would cost him everything he had to go there. Keith Harris, drummer for The Black Eyed Peas,   told him, “Whatever it costs you to get out here, I’ll reimburse you.” Lawrence responded, “Just give me five dollars back for the bus.” They started working together and writing songs for Mars, but they received many rejections from labels. This made them think that they were not good enough and they were considering moving back to their home towns. However, in the same week, they got a call from Brandon Creed (Mars’ manager) who was A&Ring a reunited Menudo who needed songs. He liked their song “Lost”, which was written for Mars. The duo didn’t want to give the song away, but when they were offered $20,000 for the song, they were so surprised that they said “You can have that one and whatever else you need!” It was that call that saved them, allowing them to stay in LA a little bit longer.  At this point, Mars and Lawrence Lawrence decided that they would write and produce songs together for other artists.

In 2006, Lawrence introduced Mars to his future A&R manager at Atlantic Records, Aaron Bay-Schuck.  After hearing him play a couple of songs on the guitar, Bay-Schuck wanted to sign him immediately, but it took about three years for Atlantic records to finally sign Mars to the label, because Atlantic felt that it was too early and that Mars still needed development as an artist.  Brandon Creed became Mars’ manager after dropping his work as A&R for Epic. Although he admits “[I] wasn’t 100% sure the artist thing was going to be a go,” he saw enough potential to leave the label and become Mars’ manager.

Before becoming a successful solo artist, Mars was an acknowledged music producer, writing songs for Alexandra Burke, Travie McCoy, Adam Levine, Brandy, Sean Kingston, and Flo Rida.   He also co-wrote the Sugababes’ hit song “Get Sexy” and provided backing vocals on their album Sweet 7.  His first musical appearance as a singer was in Far East Movement’s second studio album Animal, featured on the track “3D”.  He was also featured on pastor and hip hop artist Jaeson Ma’s debut single “Love” in August 2009.  He reached prominence as a solo artist after being featured on and co-writing B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire”; both songs peaked within the top ten of many charts worldwide.  

Mars released his debut extended play (EP), titled It’s Better If You Don’t Understand, on May 11, 2010.  The EP peaked at the 99th position on the Billboard 200 and produced one single, “The Other Side”, featuring singers Cee Lo Green and B.o.B.   Mars collaborated with Green once more in August 2010 by co-writing his single “F**k You”. He performed a medley of “Nothin’ on You” and “Airplanes” with B.o.B and Hayley Williams at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010.

Bruno Mars’ debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, was released in October , 2010.  The lead single, “Just the Way You Are”, was released in July 2010, and has reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 as well as several other charts worldwide.  The second single, “Grenade”, was released September 2010, and has also seen successful international chart performance.

On March 22, 2012, it was announced that Mars had signed a worldwide publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis US.   Mars announced his upcoming album would be called Unorthodox Jukebox, his second studio album.   The lead single from the album, “Locked Out of Heaven”, has reached number one in the US Billboard Hot 100 and Canada and the top ten in several countries worldwide. The album’s second single, “When I Was Your Man”, has reached the top ten of fifteen countries, including number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

Besides the Grammy award he picked up last week and multiple nominations, achieving a total of 14, he had seven nominations at the 53rd Grammy Awards. He won Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist at the American Music Award in 2012. Mars also won a Brit Awards for International Male Solo Artist at the2012 BRIT Awards.

And so what is next for Bruno Mars?  Well a world tour of course, tickets for his Moonshine Jungle Tour 2014 go on sale today.



{Sources for Article; Forbes Magazine, Billboard Magazine, TIME magazine,WikiPedia, brunomars.com}


Woodstock Wednesday – What’s up in the studio

by SirLady on January 22, 2014

KD’s ‘lil barn studio nestled in the woods

Another day is another opportunity to play with sound and create.

We’ve made some changes to www.kirstendehaan.com, c’mon over and take a look around.

The website now seems much more personal as I put it all out there.  It being the songs that I am creating on a daily basis….

P.S.  Anyone else going to Sundance?


Windowsill – written and recorded in December, 2013.


Client: N/A – avail for license
Sounds Like: Kirsten DeHaan meets Fleetwood Mac, Carly Simon and The Pretenders
Description:  TV/Film, Mid tempo, 90′s sultry, moody, statement, with a very modern edge.
Instruments: Vox, guitars, bass, drums, keys,
Lyrical theme: Am I in your way? In the end, we’re all the same.


Its always something who knew
Am I in your way, excuse me Sir, what you say you now
Am I in your way, excuse me Ma’am you’re blaming somehow

I’ve been saying all these years, and yet its so unclear
That we are all the same, so why play these games

So I’m backing up to the windowsill
Claiming all them views
I’m backing up to the windowsill
Making sure I don’t lose
I’m backing up to the windowsill

I’ve been saying all these years
And now its so clear
Yes, we are all the same
So lets stop them games

Its always something who knew
Its always something who knew
Its always something who knew

Am I in your way, excuse me Sir what you say now
Am I in your way excuse me Ma’am, I figured it out
I’ve been saying all these that we are all the same
And now its so clear, yes we are all the same
So lets stop them games

So I’m backing up to the windowsill
Claiming all them views
I’m backing up to the windowsill
Making sure I don’t lose
I’m backing up to the windowsill
So I’m backing up to the windowsill
Claiming all them views
I’m backing up to the windowsill
Making sure I don’t lose
I’m backing up to the windowsill


Music Monday – Martin Luther King, Jr.

by SirLady on January 20, 2014


Today, as we reflect on the legacy and inspiration of Martin Luther King, Jr., we look at how he inspired song.

Pride (In the Name of Love)” is a song by Irish rock band U2. The second track on the band’s 1984 album, The Unforgettable Fire, it was released as the album’s lead single in September 1984.

Written about Martin Luther King, Jr., the song received mixed critical reviews at the time, but it was a major commercial success for the band and has since become one of the band’s most popular songs.

It was named the 378th greatest song byRolling Stone on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. “Pride” appeared on the compilation The Best of 1980-1990 as the opening track, and on the 2006 compilation U218 Singles.

Bono had been influenced by Stephen B. Oates’ book Let The Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and a biography of Malcolm X, these caused him to ponder the different sides of the civil rights campaigns, the violent and the non-violent.

The song contains the erroneous reference to King’s shooting as “Early morning, April 4”, when it actually occurred after 6 p.m.   Bono acknowledges the error and in live performances he occasionally changes the lyric to “Early evening…”.  However, perhaps the most powerful lyrics of the song come just after the ‘error’:

Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

Fun fact/trivia on this song…Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders sang backing vocals on the recording. She was married to Jim Kerr of Simple Minds at the time and she is credited as “Christine Kerr”.

Click here to view the video.



Today Radio Woodstock WDST 100.1 FM announced the (initial) line up for the tenth annual Mountain Jam Festival June 5-8th (another headliner to be named) and here its is…………….

Music Monday – Deep Dark Woods

by SirLady on January 13, 2014

The Deep Dark Woods are a Canadian alternative country band from Saskatoon, currently signed to Sugar Hill Records in the United States and Six Shooter Records in Canada.  

First established in 2005, the band consists of singer and guitarist Ryan Boldt, bass guitarist Chris Mason, organist and pianist Geoff Hilhorst, lead guitarist Clayton Linthicum and drummer Lucas Goetz. Founding member Burke Barlow played guitar until 2012.

They have released five albums to date, and contributed an original song, “Charlie’s (Is Coming Down)”, to CBC Radio 2’s Great Canadian Song Quest in 2009. Their fourth record, The Place I Left Behind, was released in Canada on Six Shooter Records in August 2011, and internationally on Sugar Hill Records on October 18, 2011.

The band’s newest album, Jubilee was released on September 30, 2013 through Sugar Hill Records.

Take a listen here  

{Source: WikiPedia}

Fragrant with nutmeg and marjoram, this creamy potato soup from Oliver Steffensky, chef at Dorfstuben in the Hotel Bareiss, in Germany’s Black Forest, gets a zesty kick from a grating of fresh horseradish root. After cooking, it’s whipped into a smooth, airy froth.   This recipe is courtesy of Saveur.com


4 tbsp. unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
½ leek, white and light green parts only, cut into 1″ slices
1 ¼ lb. Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2″ chunks
2⅔ cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 ¼ cups heavy cream
¼ celery root, finely chopped
2 tbsp. finely grated fresh or prepared horseradish
1 ½ tsp. finely chopped marjoram
2 whole cloves
2 bay leaves
Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tbsp. finely chopped chives
Caramelized onions, for garnish


Heat butter in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat; add garlic, onion, and leek, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add potatoes, stock, cream, celery root, horseradish, marjoram, cloves, and bay leaves, and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper; remove from heat, and using an immersion blender, regular blender, or food processor, purée soup until smooth and frothy. To serve, ladle soup into 4 bowls, and garnish with chives and caramelized onions.


Credit: Todd ColemanSERVES 4

Music Monday – Nordic Influences

by SirLady on January 6, 2014

Want to discover a host of new Nordic music and artists?

Then visit the Nordic Playlist to find specially curated playlists available to stream via SpotifyWiMP and Deezer, as well as exclusive mixtapes, recommended up-and-coming artists and more!