Friday Mix Tape: Sunday Funday

After a lockout threatened to cancel the season, and then 17 weeks of regular season games, and another two of playoff games, we’ve finally reached the penultimate week of the National Football League’s season with the conference championship games, which will decide who will face off against each other in Super Bowl XLVI, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, on February 5. Sunday’s early game features the team of the aughts, the New England Patriots, hosting the the defensive minded Baltimore Ravens at 3 PM ET at Gillette Stadium, with the late game seeing the underrated San Francisco 49ers squaring off against the hottest team in the NFL right now, the New York Football Giants, at 6:30 PM ET at Candlestick Park. So with that in mind, we’ve put together a compilation of eight tracks from bands that call these cities home. So sit back, enjoy and play it loud!!!

We kick things off with Beantown up and comers Aunt Martha, whose sound falls somewhere between My Morning Jacket and Wilco, with No Excuses from their 2009 effort Candymaker. From there, we’ve got classic rockers Boston with More Than A Feeling, the lead track from their 17-times platinum self-titled debut. Then, we’ve got a pair from two acts that call Baltimore home. First up is folk-pop duo Wye Oak with Civilian, the title track from their much buzzed about and critically acclaimed debut album. Next, it’s former Blips act J Roddy Walston & The Business, with the boozy rocker Don’t Break The Needle from their highly recommended debut.

Up next we’ve got San Francisco’s signature band, the good ol’ Grateful Dead, with the studio version of Truckin’ from American Beauty. We follow that up with one of the city’s psychedelic revivalists, Howlin’ Rain, with The Firing Of The Midnight Rain from there 2006 self-titled debut. Finally, we close things out with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street turning in this live performance of Badlands from Live: 1975-85, and KISS’ Ace Frehley doing New York Groove.

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