January 4, 2009

Buffalo Tom frontman on a free covers rampage


Everyone’s got a blog these days.

One trend I am particularly thrilled about is musicians who try their hand at regular posting, and use blog technology to share their music directly with the fans. Buffalo Tom (rad ’90s rock band from Boston) frontman Bill Janovitz has started one of his own and, in a powerplay to capture all the love in my hot-pulsating heart, is offering a free cover each week, along with an interesting backstory about the tune. Well … some of the writing is about the tune; in true blog form, some is just poetic rambling. And I adore it.

#1 Little Mascara (The Replacements)
[orig post]
#2 Johnsburg, Illinois (Tom Waits) [orig post]
#3 One Step Up (Springsteen) [orig post]
#4 Dreaming (Blondie) – Till The Next Goodbye (Rolling Stones) Medley [orig post]
#6 In A Misty Morning (Gene Clark) [orig post]
#7 Slip Sliding Away (Paul Simon) [orig post]

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There’s also a holly jolly Christmas one (#5) and New Year’s (#8) that I’ll let y’all figger out for yourselves since those days are passed and we now set our stony faces back to a work week tomorrow and I don’t want to talk about it.

[photo credit Stephen Dowling; thanks Kevin for the tip]


  • I love Buffalo Tom and think “Let Me Come Over/Big Red Letter Day” are criminally underrated albums. Thanks for sharing Heather!

    Neil From Facebook — January 5, 2009 @ 8:51 am

  • And another added today…

    stuff — January 5, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

  • Buffalo Tom is a great band, i got into them through a dylan cover i would suggest everyone go and find it, its on itunes its idiot wind. boston al-rock meets dylan is a great combination

    Matthew Jay — January 5, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

  • Is this the band that Jordan Catalano was obsessed with? Why do I remember the most random My So Called Life facts?

    Thanks for the tracks!

    Basma — January 6, 2009 @ 9:03 am

  • random jordan catalano facts are ALWAYS appropriate and are, in fact, encouraged.

    browneheather — January 6, 2009 @ 10:32 am

  • Great stuff as always Heather! Big Buffalo Tom fan here in the Big O.

    Josh — January 6, 2009 @ 10:41 am

  • Heather,
    Thanks for this post. I’ve heard Buffalo Tom, but not solo.
    I’ve enjoyed your blog for quite some time (the new digs are great!), and our musical tastes overlap.
    To find covers of Tom Waits, Springsteen and Paul Simon in one day is wonderful.
    Thanks, and keep up the good work – it’s appreciated.
    Regards, Dave.

    Dave — January 12, 2009 @ 9:37 pm

  • [...] 15th, 2009 Posted by admin in Uncategorized The other day, Michele e-mailed me to this post on I Am Fuel, You Are Friends about former Buffalo Tom frontman Bill Janovitz offering a free weekly cover on his blog [...]

    » Some Replacements Covers Wings For Wheels: The website and blog for Dave Lifton and the Wings For Wheels Podcast. — January 15, 2009 @ 3:31 am

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  • when are you going to come to 11743! Love you

    D'ROCK — July 10, 2010 @ 8:07 am

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
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