Earwood, Vol. 1 Compilation: The Best of HearYa Live Sessions 2008 [Free Album]

by oz on January 8, 2009

Earwood Cover Art

2008 was a great year for live sessions, so we thought we’d kick off the new year with a compilation of some of our favorite tracks.‚  Since Shirk’s blood and sweat are in the sessions, it was only fitting that he choose the set list. He did a great job and the 16-track digital album flows really well from start to finish. A big thanks to Beer Nuts for continuing to sponsor the sessions. Without them, these studio sessions wouldn’t be possible.

So please, if you’re going to eat nuts, make them Beer Nuts. I do and I’m really sweet.

While HearYa + Beer Nuts = Love , we also recognize that the audio tags that mention the sponsorship might get a little intrusive between each song in a straight-through listen. Thus, we’re offering these tracks without commercial interruption for your listening pleasure.‚  Furthermore, several tracks have been mixed and re-mastered by Shirk to give your ears a bit more wood.

And that’s a not so subtle segue into the album title and cover art. Drinking Buddy has been lobbying for HearYa to use the tagline “Give Your Ears a Boner” for quite some time and Woody describes most music like an erection, using phrases like “this is bonerific!” or “I have a chubbaroo!”‚  I’m sure he’d prefer to use a simple 5 boner rating system for album reviews, but my duty as editor is to class it up a bit.

After exchanging emails with a reader after a contest submission, I noticed some fancy illustrations and asked if he could make a visual representation of an ear with an erection. He said he could and also suggested using “wood” instead of “boner.” Genius! In all seriousness though, Sean’s artwork came out great and we thank him for his time.

I hope you enjoy the first volume of Earwood.‚  Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, and thanks for having great taste in music. Let’s continue supporting bands by attending shows, buying music, and spreading the good word.

Download Earwood, Vol. 1 (It Don’t Cost Nuthin’).

The set list:

  1. Sam Champion – Lorraine
  2. Joe Pug – Hymn 101
  3. Morning Benders – Last Today
  4. The Everybodyfields – The Only King
  5. Dead Confederate – All The Angels
  6. The Acorn – Flood Pt1
  7. Justin Townes Earle – Lone Pine Hill
  8. Jukebox The Ghost – Good Day
  9. Samantha Crain – Rising Sun
  10. AA Bondy – World Without End
  11. Langhorne Slim – Cut It Down
  12. Port O’Brien – Is This Really What It’s Come To
  13. The Explorer’s Club – If You Go
  14. Matthew Ryan – Dolce Et Decorum Est
  15. Backyard Tire Fire – How The Hell Did We Get Back Here
  16. Tom Schraeder & His Ego – Which Excludes You

Cover art for Earwood, Vol. 1 created by reader Sean McGlinchey. Sean tries to squeeze some drawing and design into every day. See more of his squeezings over here.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Vanessa January 9, 2009 at 9:09 am

Thank you!

Aubin January 9, 2009 at 11:44 am

This is greatness! Not only did I download it for myself, I sent the link to several friends who are sure to appreciate it just as much. Thanks for sharing, and for being the funniest, most enjoyably informative music blog on the WWW. You guys are awesome.

DBT Chicago January 9, 2009 at 2:32 pm

thanks dudes.

Woody January 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Nice work Shirk. This is a sweet mix. If I had one complaint, it would be no Howlin’ Rain. That was one of my favorites.

Vanessa January 9, 2009 at 3:25 pm

mmkay this is completely off the subject, totally unrelated to music, but HYSTERCIAL and soemthing i really think you guys will enjoy from the Chicagoist, if you have not already seen. hellz, it’s FRYday.

oz January 9, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Aubin – Thanks for the kind words and for spreading the word. Got some good sessions coming down the pipe.

mcglinch January 10, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Got to listen to this all the way through this morning. Great mix and flow. thanks for the shout-out!

Jeff from NH January 11, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Rock on, Beer Nuts! These are really great recordings. My personal favorite is Justin Townes Earle. Now I want to see both him and his dad live. I would’ve picked “Goner” from Dead Confederate. That song rocks.

Looking forward to the sessions from Tulsa and Those Darlins.

cg July 21, 2009 at 11:10 pm

simply beautiful. download this, you wont regret it

Chase June 5, 2012 at 12:37 am

I would love to hear this, can you provide an updated link? I’m just getting the 404 error.. Thank you.

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