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An hour episode spotlighting an artist or genre, featuring songs that rarely if ever get any airplay; these type of songs are typically known as Deep Cuts or Deep Tracks. The songs that you may not know unless you have really dug into an artist or band and listened to albums and a discography in its entirety. Rather than focusing on the hits that we all know and love, we will hear alternate recordings, rare recordings, live recordings, alternate takes, cover versions from other artists, along with vintage advertisements and interviews.

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An hour episode spotlighting an artist or genre, featuring songs that rarely if ever get any airplay; these type of songs are typically known as Deep Cuts or Deep Tracks. The songs that you may not know unless you have really dug into an artist or band and listened to albums and a discography in its entirety. Rather than focusing on the hits that we all know and love, we will hear alternate recordings, rare recordings, live recordings, alternate takes, cover versions from other artists, along with vintage advertisements and interviews.

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    Funeral for a Friend - For My Best Friend (Not the Band) - Deep Dives w/ Matt Comer

    Funeral for a Friend - For My Best Friend (Not the Band) - Deep Dives w/ Matt Comer

    One year ago today, my best friend passed away unexpectedly. I had just seen him and his wife the night before for a surprise dinner. The following night, his wife called and told me of his sudden passing. We were all devastated.

    Listen to on Spotify:  
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1RDchlwV9OolmbdOUAw6d1?si=Uc1amHPLT_uK-uSde7zLHg

    01 - Bless the Broken Road - Rascal Flatts
    02 - The Bluest Eyes In Texas - Restless Heart
    03 - Songs About Texas - Pat Green
    04 - What I Like About Texas - Gary P Nunn
    05 - Acuña - Wade Bowen
    06 - Dublin Blues - Guy Clark
    07 - Texas On My Mind - Pat Green
    08 - Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson
    09- The Dance - Garth Brooks
    10 - Remember When [#] - Alan Jackson
    11 - Cry (Original) - Colt Buckelew & The Crossroads
    12 - So Long 6th St - 1172018 - Paste Studios - New York - NY - Wade Bowen
    13 - Live Forever - Billy Joe Shaver

    His funeral took place the following Saturday. It was a touching service and many of his friends and family spoke. Myself included, please see the show notes for the words that I spoke in honor of my friend and for additional details about his life.

    As I knew my friend so well and for such a long time and since I am a lover of music, I was asked to put together music for the funeral and reception. Having done this before for other friends and family, it was an honor to this on behalf of my friend.

    As my friend and I were both in our early 40's, and both grew up in the Texas hill country and on the Highland Lakes on the Colorado River; and liking the same kind of music, country music. Ranging from Country and Western to 90's Country, and any of the good stuff that Nashville put out, but mostly it was Texas Country. These songs could suffice for my own someday or for others folks of the same liking.

    Today, I would like to play a distilled playlist from that day in honor of my friend, this is Funeral for a Friend.

    Many songs were played today in remembrance of my friend. These songs are special to me and mean a lot. I hope you enjoyed them as much as we did. And there were many other songs that we just didn't have time to play here. Please see the show notes for a playlist containing this additional music.

    Thanks for listening.

    Rest in Peace Phillip Lee Houlton, Jr.

    More on his life:  Phillip Lee Houlton
    August 28, 1973 - January 20, 2019
    https://www.harrellfuneralhomes.com/obituary/314419/Phillip-Houlton/

    My Words for My Friend:  
    http://www.matthewcomer.com/phillip-lee-houlton-jr-memorial


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    • 58 min
    Pantera - tiny curations

    Pantera - tiny curations

    Pantera, these Cowboys from Hell have been credited with saving metal!
    At a time, when metal was on the decline, these guys brought in your face riffs packed with heavy Texas groove!

    The Dallas boys, Diamond Darrell, or rather Dimebag Darrell who he affectionately became to be known, was a master shredder and his brother Vinnie Paul on pounding drums; along with Rex on a thumping bass and Phil Anselmo on some screaming (ass) vocals made up this band. They had many albums. some in the glam rock vein, full of KISS and Van Halen love. But it wasn't until the release of Cowboys from Hell in 1990, that they broke down the metal walls.

    Listen to on Spotify:  
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/141G1yMiPtIslleIMcV4Nl?si=KQfIpmX1Tti_ilSwUnXong
    01 - Shedding Skin
    02 - Hollow
    03 - Cemetery Gates

    They were able to cement their legacy with a few more great albums, before they went on hiatus and broke up in 2003, way too soon.

    Phil and his drugs, were pinned as the bad guy in the breakup. But he went on to front many other bands. On a side note: Phil along with his biographer Cory Mitchell, hosted the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, Texas in 2014 and 2015, in which I was lucky to have been a part of. It was a fantastic blend of horror movies and metal! However, the event died along with Cory Mitchell when he had a heart attack loading out and died in the parking lot the morning after Danzig closed down the festival.

    But today we are honoring Dimebag as today is the 15 anniversary of his passing.
    Tragically, in 2004 in front of crowd in Columbus Ohio, Dimebag was shot point blank just after taking the stage in with his new band, Damageplan, that he had formed with his brother on drums.

    The gunman, the coward, was said to be distraught over the breakup of Pantera when got on stage and killed 3 people, before he too was gunned down by a fast acting police officer.

    His brother Vinnie Paul, carried on with the band, but he too passed away too soon, just last year.

    To start us off, is Shedding Skin off of Far Beyond Driven, which celebrated it's 25th Anniversary this year:  

    That was Cemetery Gates off of CfH and before that was Hollow, the song that closed 1992's Vulgar Display of Power album.

    I was at the GNR reunion tour in Dallas a few years ago. The next day, friends and I make the pilgrimage to Dimebag's grave. Upon arriving at the cemetery gates and not knowing where to go next, we asked a landscaper, he immediately knew who we were looking for and replied "Dimebag aqui, Dimebag aqui", pointing to his gravestone. Gathered around the grave were many concert goers from the night before and many joints layed as an offering on his headstone. 6 feet deep lies the man, in a gifted KISS Kasket and with Eddie Van Halen's personal yellow-and-black-striped Charvel electric guitar from Van Halen II, Bumblebee. fitting, since Dimebag's last words on Earth were, "Van Halen!" moments before he was gun down. Somebody near us said that they ran into Vinnie Paul at the concert last night and shows us proof, a photo together on their cell phone. Pantera and the legend of these 2 men captivated us all.

    Here is Dime's solo from the song Floods" off of 1996's, The Great Southern Trendkill.

    Rest in Peace Abbott brothers!


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    • 24 min
    Doug Sahm - tiny curations

    Doug Sahm - tiny curations

    Welcome to tiny curations, this is the 20th episode(s). This is also the 20th year of the passing of Sir Doug Sahm on November 18, 1999. Today we will be playing some of his music to celebrate. And some from his time with the Tex-Mex supergroup, the Texas Tornados. This is also a very special episode because, we are lucky enough to be joined by Sir Doug's oldest son, Shawn Sahm. Welcome.  And you are also bearing the torch and celebrating the legacy of your father in your own way, by now fronting the Texas Tornados.

    Listen to on Spotify:
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2ggVRVlfuPAyGqcilKS0C7?si=A9QVW1lZQxyKyILxqKBmoQ

    01 - She's About a Mover
    02 - Nuevo Laredo
    03 - Mendocino
    04 - Give Back The Key To My Heart - Uncle Tupelo
    05 - Texas Tornado

    Interview with Shawn Sahm:   You were born into this, you were destined to have a career in music, you are on the "Cover of a Rolling Stone" with your father at a very early age.  Can you tell us a little about that?  I'm sure that you have said it all before. But on this anniversary of your fathers passing, is there anything that you want to say about him and his legacy now?


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    • 20 min
    Texas Tornados - Doug Sahm - tiny curations

    Texas Tornados - Doug Sahm - tiny curations

    Welcome to tiny curations, this is the 20th episode(s). This is also the 20th year of the passing of Sir Doug Sahm on November 18, 1999. Today we will be playing some of his music to celebrate. And some from his time with the Tex-Mex supergroup, the Texas Tornados. This is also a very special episode because, we are lucky enough to be joined by Sir Doug's oldest son, Shawn Sahm. Welcome. And you are also bearing the torch and celebrating the legacy of your father in your own way, by now fronting the Texas Tornados.

    Listen to on Spotify:  
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3tCyybTriC0KV1dQ9QIRC9?si=ApVuqzJUSMOePUNr8iPfxg

    01 - Who Were You Thinkin' Of
    02 - (Hey Baby) Que Paso
    03 - Guacamole
    04 - Adios Mexico
    05 - Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone
    06 - Una Mas Cerveza

    Interview with Shawn Sahm:

    You were born into this, you were destined to have a career in music, you are on the "Cover of a Rolling Stone" with your father at a very early age. Can you tell us a little about that?

    I'm sure that you have said it all before. But on this anniversary of your fathers passing, is there anything that you want to say about him and his legacy now?


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    • 20 min
    Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury - tiny curations

    Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury - tiny curations

    Don't you think this outlaw bit has gotten out of hand?

    Nah, the Outlaw movement is alive in well in 2019. There are a few good men and women still leading the charge against the Nashville establishment that is still pushing the cookie cutters down our throats on radio and tv.

    Stugill Simpson, he's one of the few.

    But don't call Sturgill Simpson an outlaw, like his friend Shooter Jennings, he's a Gunslinger. He has that great song "Turtles All the Way Down", all about psilocybin, DMT, and reptile aliens from "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music".

    Then he released an great cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom", from "A Sailor's Guide to Earth". These are not bro-country moves.

    Listen to on Spotify:
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5F0dreK6bUBlBvX527TEvJ?si=oqAWSV6AR5-NtpiCQRPEQg

    01 - Knukle Duster (Radio 1-A) - White Zombie
    02 - Remember To Breathe
    03 - Sing Along
    04 - Make Art Not Friends
    05 - All Said And Done
    06 - Mercury In Retrograde
    07 - Knuckle Duster (Radio 2-B) - White Zombie
    08 - Last Light Radio 11-57 PM - Shooter Jennings and Hierophant - (Stephen King)

    I watched it. Now, I was fresh off of Fantastic Fest, so I was used to seeing some great visuals. Then the night before I had seen Roger Waters new "Us + Them" convert film. If anybody ever wondered what Pink Floyd would look like in 2020, this is it! A bit on the political side, but that is Roger Waters. But more great visuals, of course!

    It's Friday night, I catch Guns 'N Roses on their Not In This Lifetime Tour, with a reunion lineup for the last several years, the 17th annual Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival held in Zilker Park which is held on two consecutive three-day weekends.

    Anyhow, GnR is playing ACL 2 weekends in a row, the first time that they had played Austin, since I graduated High School in 93, makes like 5 times in my lifetime!

    Sympathy for the devil that we speak of... Simpson was chosen as the opening act for several shows during GnR's "Not in this Lifetime" tour in the summer of 2017.

    But I get home and watch "Sound & Fury" and was completely blown away! Not what you would typically expect from a country artist. It is like a Pink Floyd movie, but with a Samurai. This was something extraordinary!

    Here is Make Art Not Friends, my favorite song on the album. I read some reviews about the album, many of them are not favorable. Many of them point to the comparisons with ZZ Top's "Eliminator" album. Sure. But this song here, it's like The Cars , Ric Ocasek recently deceased. It's like a marriage of "Just what I Needed" and let the "Good Times Roll".

    And if you do like this, check out Shooter Jenning's Hierophant "Black Ribbons" album from 2009. A dystopian rock opera concept companion to "Sound & Fury". It too surfs the radio dial and genre.

    This has now quickly and easily become my favorite album of the year.

    "The most important country record since Red Headed Stranger."
    - Matt Comer

    And just announced today, an arena tour for Sturgill Simpson! He's coming to the Erwin Center on March 28, 2020. Along with fellow Kentucky singer/songwriter Tyler Childers, whom Sturgill produced his last 2 albums. Tyler is great, too! I caught him this Summer at Robert Earl Keen's 4th on the River in Kerrville. He really brings out the rowdy crowd! And I, along with my friends, may have somehow been mistaken for him and his band afterwards at a hotel pool...

    Are you sure Hank done it this way? I don't know, but Hank lead his own way. And so did Waylon and so many others. The ones that we still talk about to this day. And Sturgill he is on his own path, too. And him doing an arena rock show, WOW! I mean seriously, I've seen the setlist...


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    • 29 min
    Gary Clark Jr. - tiny curations

    Gary Clark Jr. - tiny curations

    Gary Clark Jr., he started off young in Austin, working his away around the blues scene and Antone's and his heroes. He has swept previous Austin Music Awards and even won a Grammy.

    Listen to on Spotify:  
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3a5qPzsM0IonduFOeQWVQU?si=-x8oeUf_SHmu_KxA9TgkOw

    01 - This Land
    02 - The Governor
    03 - Bright Lights

    Soon out of the gates, he was cast and stared alongside Danny Glover in a move, "Honeydripper" from 2007.
    Over the past few years and on the festival circuit, he has enjoyed a lot of success.
    And this past year, he played the many late night shows, performing, my favorite song of 2019:  "This Land".
    He lives on his land in Kyle. One certain nosy neighbor came poking around his property and inadvertently became the muse for the song.

    There is a radio edit version of the song, but it takes a little bit of the punch out of it. So let's hear how Gary intended this song to be in all of it's glory, as he recorded in the Freddy Fletcher's Arlyn Studios on the legendary NEVE recording console, similar to the one highlighted in Dave Grohl's "Sound City" documentary from 2013. Actually, this very NEVE console was featured with both Grohl and Clark in episode 4 of the Foo Fighters Sonic Highways documentary program.

    Here it is, protect your land! Here is "This Land" from this year's album of the same name. This is the state of Modern Blues in 2019!.

    That song "The Governor" was included, as they were together in the great video for "This Land", check it out! And there were many references to his Governor in "This Land". And he is not referring to the Texas Governor who just late yesterday threatened the City of Austin to intervene over some questions about how this land can be used in our city. He is talking about a different kind of "Governor' that most other Texans are well aware of...

    Gary plays tonight and tomorrow night at Stubb's BBQ, which just 2 days ago won a settlement to remain named Stubb's BBQ. Holding up the handshake deal that C.B. Stubblefield would have wanted. And rather than being renamed to the Austin favorite, Liberty Lunch, that closed in the 90's. Then this Saturday, next Friday and next Saturday he will be playing at the 17th annual Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival held in Zilker Park which is held on two consecutive three-day weekends in Austin, TX.

    Enjoy those "Bright Lights", here from 2011.

    Oh and by the way Gary Clark Jr's cousin, W.C. Clark, the 'godfather of Austin blues' plays a Happy Hour set every Wednesday at the Tavern on Main in Buda, be sure to check him out!

    Thanks For listening.


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    • 18 min

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