Dog Ears Music: Volume 194

09/23/2011 10:36 am ET | Updated Nov 23, 2011

Brit-rock pack 22-20s were founded in 2002. Lineup comprises Martin Trimble (vocals/guitar), Glen Bartup (bass), James Irving (drums), and Dan Hare (guitar). (Keyboardist Charly Coombes records with 22-20s on occasion). In 2003, the band issued their 6-track debut, and at mid-decade they released their freshman full-length. In 2006, the outfit disbanded, but by the late aughts, 22-20s reunited. Shared stages include Graham Coxon, Supergrass, Jet, and Kings of Leon. Check out "Shake, Shiver and Moan," from 22-20s' 2010 project Shake/Shiver/Moan. Play it loud!

Genre: Rock

Artist: 22-20s

Song: Shake, Shiver and Moan

Album: Shake/Shiver/Moan

Issa Bagayogo
Multi-instrumentalist/baritone singer Issa Bagayogo was born in Mali in 1961. As a young boy, he took up the ngoni (a.k.a. West African lute). After playing the circuit as a young man, Bagayogo went off track for a few lost years, but regained his verve with joie de forte in the late '90s. To date, Bagayogo has amassed a collection of four well-received worldwide releases. Collaborations include Ba Diallo, Pascale Hubert (of Double Nelson), Mama Sissoko, and Adama Diarra. Rediscover Issa Bagayogo with "Poye," from his 2008 project Mali Koura.

Genre: World

Artist: Issa Bagayogo

Song: Poye

Album: Mali Koura

Eddie Condon
Dixieland bandleader Eddie Condon was born in Indiana in 1905. By the age of 17, the multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, ukulele, piano) went pro. Nearing the close of the Roaring '20s, Condon landed on New York's music scene, by way of his early beginnings in Chicago. After becoming a staple at the legendary jazz hall Nick's, he hit his stride, cutting wax and making a name for himself. By the mid-'40s, Condon opened his eponymous Greenwich Village jazz hub, which remained a happening for two-plus decades. Collaborations include Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, and Red Nichols. With a treasure trove of recordings to collect, revisit this jazz icon with "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," from his live-recording set The Best of Eddie Condon (1930-1944).

Genre: Jazz

Artist: Eddie Condon

Song: Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out

Album: The Best of Eddie Condon (1930-1944) [Live]

Young The Giant
Art-rock quintette Young The Giant was founded in Irvine, California, in the mid-aughts originally as The Jakes. Refreshed in 2009 as Young The Giant, the current lineup comprises Sameer Gadhia (vocals, percussion), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar), Payam Doostzadeh (bass), and François Comtois (drums). Magic moments include The Real World: Brooklyn, American Idol, Jools Holland's Later, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Shared stages include Iron & Wine, The Antlers, and Neon Trees. Discover Young The Giant's "Islands," from their 2011 debut Young the Giant (Special Edition). Turn it up!

Genre: Rock

Artist: Young The Giant

Song: Islands

Album: Young The Giant (Special Edition)

The Caravans
Chicago gospel outfit The Caravans were founded in 1947 as Robert Anderson & His Gospel Caravan. In the early '50s, with Albertina Walker at the helm, The Caravans were revived. At the hit of the '60s, the ensemble hit a high note, launching the solo careers of Shirley Caesar, Inez Andrews, Bessie Griffin, and James Cleveland. Through the decades, Josephine Howard, Cassietta George, Eddie Williams, Nellie Grace Daniels, James Herndon, Dorothy Norwood, Ora Lee Hopkins, and Elyse Yancey would grace the choir. Rediscover the spirit with "I Won't Be Back," from their 1977 collection The Best of the Caravans.

Genre: Gospel

Artist: The Caravans

Song: I Won't Be Back

Album: The Best of the Caravans

Middle Brother
Middle Brother is the Americana-rock trinity comprised of songwriters John McCauley (Deer Tick), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), and Matthew Vasquez (Delta Spirit). Founded near the close of the aughts, the outfit released their debut in 2011. Highlights include South by Southwest, Newport Folk Festival, and TV's Damages. Their ear set conjures up an impulse witty and bittersweet. Discover Middle Brother with "Theater," from their freshman project Middle Brother.


Genre: Americana Rock

Artist: Middle Brother

Song: Theater

Album: Middle Brother