Archive for the ‘Acoustic’ Category

Quite literally just last week I was talking to someone about what had happened to A.A.Bondy who was last heard of (musically at least) back in 2011 when he released the outstanding Believers, itself a follow-up to 2009’s equally brilliant When The Devil’s Loose album. Two fabulous records from a brilliant songwriter who then just seemed to disappear without trace. I was excited for a Felice Brothers gig in London a few years ago that he was named as support for, but he couldn’t make it and he remained one of those artists you long to see live, but begin to doubt you ever will.

Now eight long years later, we have news of a new album Enderness, that will see a release via Fat Possum Records on the 10th May, and he’s announced some UK live dates in June too.

The album was finished the day before a wildfire burned his house down.

He recorded and played everything himself.

The first single is Images Of Love.

It is great.

You can watch/stream it here, and check the live dates as well.

 

 

UK tour dates:

4 Jun – London @ St Matthias Church
6 Jun – Leeds @ The Brudenell Social Club
7 Jun – Manchester @ Gullivers
8 Jun – Edinburgh @ Summerhall

Dr Roddy had been gone for a while trying to make a new life on land. Fuckwit.

I have been absent from the house of Mackerel for a couple of years now, and have missed this time of year so it is nice to be welcomed back to the shoal. What a time to re-join, a bountiful year of boss tuneage.

10 Drenge – Bonfire Of The City Boys
Always nice to receive a playlist with Drenge on it. I have loved these noisy pair of scoundrels for years. Their mix of blues, heavy rock riffs and total noise is right up my alley. This track doesn’t disappoint. Metallic ear assault escorts shouted hate to just the right part of your brain.

 

9 Cass McCombs – Sleeping Volcanoes
The dreamy guitar intro soon gives into a lazy plodding bass line, which sets the scene nicely for this ambling piece of stoner heaven. It has a soporific quality to the vocal delivery. Perfect for lazy summer days or late winter nights.

 

8 Rod Picott – Coal
Great piece of foot stomping country. Rod Picott gets a menacing sound out of the acoustic guitar and delivers us a bleak portrait of life in and around the Pittsburgh industrial scene. I love songs about hard rural life, tough lives, and tough men. Of course I do. I live in Oxfordshire, I’ve got a beard and a plaid shirt….. (to be fair, Dr Roddy is a tough man and rule breaker himself – I once witnessed with my own eyes him lighting a roll-up whilst fielding on the boundary during a cricket match…)

 

7 Cabbage – Arms Of Pleonexia
The Manchester boys serve up a good wedge of fuzz, feedback and fuck you in this track. There are burning questions in the lyrics and the whole piece has a frantic feel about it. Just when you think it’s going to tip up, it gets pinned together by a chorus chanted straight from the terraces.

 

6 The Lost Brothers – Come Tomorrow
I love the feel of this song. It reminds me a bit of “Ruby don’t take your love to town”. Maybe not the most upbeat of tunes, but it seems resigned to its own melancholy and who doesn’t like to wallow in a bit of lost love. If you don’t, you’re probably not drinking on your own enough.

 

5 American Pets – Bad Bream
A perfect piece of 80s synth sounds draped around an upbeat pop arrangement. It belies the depth of regret and misfortune that our protagonist finds himself in. I mean, in the first verse we find that he has smashed his phone screen while “high as a kite”. Then there’s heartbreak and toxic love. All backed up by an awesome bass line.

 

4 Spiritualized – I’m Your Man
In my humble opinion this is a about as good a piece of modern day blues as you are going to get. Perfectly paced, it gathers momentum into a “foot on the speaker” guitar break, which never ebbs into corny, only to fall back into its solemn wonder through the “wasted, faded, permantly jaded…” life of the song.

 

3 Jon Spencer – Hornet
This is just a rollicking good piece of rock and roll. It has a razor sharp riff and a drumbeat that moves the head and feet. All of this with a bass line so cool it could be Rick James.

 

2 Oh Sees – Nail House Needle Boys
This song is the perfect amalgamation of loads of bands that I have loved, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Charlatans, Stone Roses etc…. That is the reason I love it. Many of my musical needs sated in one song. Delivered by a truly talented outfit.

 

1 Katie Toupin – Danger
The feeling that drips of every word that comes from Katie Toupin in this tune is astounding. You get the sense that what is happening is so fresh and that she is talking directly to you. The band seem to encompass the fragile lyrics before they fall apart. Don’t get it twisted though – this song is written from a strong perspective. Get a large drink, turn it up real loud and sit back.

 

Great to have you back Dr Roddy! Check in tomorrow for Chris T Popper’s selections.

Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Kyle Field of Little Wings, and Kramies have decided to release the first ‘Split- Trio’ or Tri-Single’ as some might put it.

The unique concept sees the three musicians each writing and recording an original song using only one instrument, their voice, and one microphone. Intentionally lo-fi, the recordings use no frills or studio tricks, making for an intimate release of home recordings.

The lathe-cut vinyl are sold out (although more are coming soon) but the album can be streamed or downloaded via Bandcamp.

Hear them all below.

 

 

 

Introducing >>> Copper Viper

Posted: August 24, 2018 in Acoustic, Folk, Music
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London-based traditional folk duo Copper Viper have released their latest single Hung Up Alone.

Beginning intimately with just intricate vocal harmonies and the gentle hum of frogs croaking in the distance, a sense of warmth is immediately apparent. The pace then picks up as some mesmerising fiddle playing comes into play alongside melodic acoustic guitar, giving Hung Up Alone a classic British folk feel.

Listen here.

 

Hailing from Amsterdam, Dusty Stray features the alt-folk repertoire of Texan expat Jonathan Brown. He delves into universal themes of unrequited love, heartbreak, loneliness, and death, but (almost) always with a small dose of hope and redemption. The melodic, lightly psychedelic acoustic-based songs are often accompanied by a number of unusual instruments and toys.

He grew up in Texas as the son of a preacher man. Raised on songs about death and resurrection, his fifth album Estranged will see a release on the Great Waters label in October. Have a listen to Through The Atmosphere which should appeal to anyone with a taste for the Handsome Family or Bonnie “Prince” Billy.

 

  1. Parquet Courts – Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World  (Ramones cover)
  2. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – London Is Burning
  3. Woolen Men – Brick Horizon
  4. Muncie Girls – Falling Down
  5. Sinister Purpose – Warp Yr Head
  6. The Shifters – Work/Life, Gym Etc
  7. Cash Savage & The Last Drinks – Pack Animals
  8. together PANGEA – Money On It (Acoustic)
  9. Elephant Micah – Surf B
  10. Thee MVPs – American Dreamin’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots and lots of good new stuff this week…lucky thirteen in fact!

  1. Courtney Barnett – City Looks Pretty
  2. Father John Misty – Disappointing Diamonds Are The Rarest Of Them All
  3. T. Hardy Morris – Be
  4. Fidlar – Alcohol
  5. Okkervil River – Famous Tracheotomies
  6. Wavves – All Star Goth
  7. Tancred – Queen Of New York
  8. Iceage – The Day The Music Dies
  9. Mazzy Star – Quiet, The Winter Harbour
  10. Jim James – Just A Fool
  11. Brian Jonestown Massacre – Hold That Thought
  12. American Wrestlers – Ignoramus
  13. Milk Carton Kids – One More For The Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Dr. Dog – Heart Killer
  2. Haley Heynderickx – Rex’s Blues  (Townes Van Zandt cover)
  3. Beach Skulls – That’s Not Me
  4. Mourn – Barcelona City Tour
  5. Wedding – Hands In The Till
  6. Amyl And The Sniffers – Cup Of Destiny
  7. Culture Abuse – Calm E
  8. Crocodylus – My Love
  9. Jessica Risker – I See You Among The Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Eels – Bone Dry
  2. Joan Shelley – The Bridge  (Dolly Parton cover) feat Bonnie Price Billy
  3. Breakfast Muff – Patient
  4. Manchester Orchestra – No Hard Feelings  (Avett Brothers cover)
  5. Hinds – Finally Floating
  6. Laura Veirs – Lightning Rod
  7. Medistation – Pool Of Blood
  8. Wye Oak – Lifer
  9. Eureka California – Mexican Coke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Among Horses is a wonderful collaborative project from the Son Canciones label.

They put two musicians who do not know each other in a horse farm in the middle of nowhere in the north of Spain (the label is based in Barcelona), and they get one week to get to know each other, become pals, write six songs and record them, surrounded only by pine woods and 60 old horses.

The first Among Horses was released last year, a collaboration between Withered Hand & a Singer of Songs. The second features singer-songwriters Zoe Boekbinder (New Orleans) and Dustin Hamman (Portland), along with a bunch of instruments.  The fabulous result is Among Horses II, recorded using solar power – six songs of staggering beauty. About old horses. About death and hope and love. About relaxing your fist to hold the other person’s hand.

Listen to opening track Sixty Horses, and purchase via Bandcamp here.

I want sixty Spanish horses to carry me home
My heart is settled but still I roam
I found paradise but I don’t wanna stay
I want sixty Spanish horses to carry me away