February 8, 2012

he asked me not to go so fast

Perhaps you, like many other late night denizens, saw Alabama Shakes nearly burn down Conan’s studios with their performance on last night’s show, and sat there on your couch shaking your head and saying “what the hell was that?!” Maybe you’ve caught them live on this tour (LUCKY), or watched some of their immensely dynamic videos online. One thing is, I believe, for certain. Alabama Shakes are a force of nature akin to a hurricane or a tidal wave, and they are conquering something serious.

A few weeks ago they played The Independent in San Francisco, and one of my fabulous readers (“B”) taped it and sent it to me in a simple padded envelope, as he often awesomely does. I was slack-jawed listening in the car on my next long drive up to Denver. Brittany Howard’s tremendous, ferocious wail of a voice is one that has the volcanic potential make a dent on this thing we call musical history.

Enjoy this magnificent show, from a band that is rightfully poised to explode. Their debut album Boys & Girls is out April 10th.


Goin’ to the Party
Hold On
Hang Loose
I Found You
Always Alright
Boys & Girls
Be Mine
Rise to the Sun
Hurricane Strut
You Ain’t Alone
Heavy Chevy
*possibly my favorite
Heat Lightning
I Ain’t the Same
On Your Way
How Many More Times (Led Zeppelin cover)


Also, pretty much all you need to know about why Brittany Howard is so rad can be heard when she introduces the band during “Hurricane Strut,” with none of their real names, but nevertheless their perfect names:

“Let me introduce you…to the 100% legit…Alabama Shakes. Right over here on this ebony guitar, I got Cobra Snake Jackson. Let him know you love him. This gentleman right here… why this is Mahogany T Jones. What’s up Mahogany. Right back here… you know I got Scooter Johnson. Awww Scooter… keep it on time, keep it on time. Right over here, aha… I got Styrofoam Jones. Let’em know what’s up Styrofoam. Ya know…that’s all there is to it.”

Damn straight.

[top image by Joseph Lanford, second photo (from that SF show) by Pam Torno. Thanks to Adam Sharp for helping me with clerical work – you’re hired.]


  • This band is so legit. Thanks for sharing the show!

    Liz — February 8, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

  • This is awesome – thanks for sharing it! Looking forward to listening to it today at work. I was at that show at the Independent and holy smokes did they tear the place up! Good stuff.

    Jason — February 9, 2012 @ 8:24 am

  • Thanks so much for posting. I’m from ‘Bama and have seen them several times. Their live show is unreal.

    Brian — February 9, 2012 @ 11:04 am

  • They absolutely shredded Seattle last week. I had goosebumps for the first 1/2 hour of the show. Amazing talent.

    TW — February 9, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

  • i had an itch, and this was the perfect scratch. thank you. thank you.

    Jeremy — February 12, 2012 @ 7:55 am

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  • I too was at this show and the crowd sucked. It was packed for the first three songs where everyone was chatting. Right around found you about half the people there left, I think they were all music execs of some sort. Anyway shakes were legit, the energy during How many more times was awesome

    Chuy — February 29, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

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  • Thanks. This band is amazing.

    julilectric — March 13, 2012 @ 2:16 am

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