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Before their exciting rise to television stardom, our friends The Cactus Blossoms held down Monday nights at the Turf Club with a residency that became the place for local fans of country music to connect. With a ‘who’s who’ band of top talent, honed a live set that they have since taken around the world.

They’re returning to their Turf Club Mondays, but only for this month. Charlie Parr and Andrew Broder are also taking on January residencies at the midway “remnant of the 40s.” They have special guests planned which includes ourselves, who will be back to DJ rockabilly and country singles on the 15th.

While their first two discs — including 2013’s Live at the Turf Club — are out of print and unlikely to return, fans can expect to hear some songs from them, as well as their debut LP for Red House Records, You’re Dreaming.

Here’s that performance of “Mississippi” from the new Twin Peaks series which won the duo countless new fans and accolades.

Of course, its hard to be sure if the applause he received is genuine, or out of fear. “Clap, you fool, clap or he will have us arrested!”

Our friend Reina del Cid and her awesome band stopped by your friendly neighborhood record shop last week to perform one of our favorite Tom Petty songs!

The late Tom Petty appeared in a number of hilarious and visually stunning videos for his own songs. His affable and good natured persona became an important part of his appeal to fans. Petty also played a small role in the 1997 big budget bomb The Postman, presumably playing himself.

From April 1987, a sort of surreal appearance of Hüsker Dü on Joan Rivers’ show.

Charlie Parr has never been one to follow the rules when it comes to releasing a record, so many fans have already heard his new album, Dog. The album is officially out tomorrow, and you may have seen Charlie featured in yesterday’s City Pages or caught his show here in town. Along with the media blitz is this hilarious video for “Peacefully Valley” animated and directed by Jake Huffcutt.

Charlie will be performing two nights at the Cedar Cultural Center next month to celebrate the new album. The first night will feature an acoustic performance and the second an electric performance, and we’ll be there again to spin some blues and old time records in between the sets each night. Details on the Cedar’s website are here.

This weekend our daughter got to choose for family movie night and we watched Sing, a cartoon about animals in a singing competition. If there’s an eight-year-old in your family too we recommend it. And after watching the movie we were all thinking about our favorite songs, one of which was performed by a gorilla pianist. Turns out it was a cover of this 1983 hit by Elton John, from the album Too Low for Zero. It’s a pretty good tune, but the video is incredible. It’s our new favorite…

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