Archive for the ‘Americana’ Category

Here is a second taste from the upcoming album Cruel Child from Viking Moses.

The dusty, wistful Kid For The Cattle can be filed under your Electro-Freak-Folk tab in iTunes… stream it here.

 

 

Justin Townes Earle is set to return with The Saint of Lost Causes on May 24th. It is the follow up to his excellent 2017 album Kids In The Street, and spans everything from traditional country, blues and folk to western swing, roots-rock and boogie-woogie.

The first taste is Ain’t Got no Money, a pared back, uptempo Country rocker that has a touch of the Choctaw Bingo’s about the riff and some mighty fine wailing harmonica to boot.

Loving this…

 

Los Angeles’s The Dream Syndicate have announced the release of These Times, their second album of new music since their 2012 reunion nearly thirty years after they first influenced California’s Paisley Underground scene.

We’re (sadly) old enough to have known and loved them the first time round and so we’re happy to share the first single from the record. It is the kaleidoscopic late night psychedelics of Black Light.

 

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  1. Pet Shimmers – Feels Hz (featuring Goat Girl)
  2. Sleaford Mods – O.B.C.T.
  3. William The Conqueror – Thank Me Later
  4. Wye Oak – Evergreen
  5. The Regrettes – Pumpkin
  6. Weyes Blood – Everyday
  7. Sparrow Steeple – Roll Baby
  8. Tacocoat – Grains Of Salt
  9. Bench Press – Respite
  10. Hand Habits – what lovers do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cactus Blossoms are a Minneapolis-based brother duo and will release their forthcoming album Easy Way (out 1st March via Walkie Talkie Records).

This track is a co-write with Dan Auerbach and it is a gorgeous, mellow trip, tinged with a retro vibes and just about perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Stream it here.

 

Renee Wahl – Cut To The Bone

Posted: February 14, 2019 in Americana, Country, Music
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We’re a sucker for some outlaw country and southern gothic and Renee Wahl delivers in spades on her new album Cut To The Bone, which is out on the 15th March.

We have a couple of tracks to share from it – To The Bone is a swampy, swaggering rocker that almost has a touch of Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus about it, and the bittersweet From Here To There is more poignant and reflective and has echoes of artists like Jolie Holland and Mary Gauthier.

It’s mighty good stuff. Check it out below.

 

 

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Lonesome Shack – Too Bad

Posted: February 12, 2019 in Americana, Blues, Music, Rock
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We’ve already posted a couple of tracks from Lonesome Shack’s upcoming long player Desert Dreams. Our advance copy is already becoming one of our most played records of the year so far, and the Seattle formed, but now London based, trio have shared another excellent tune from the record.

Too Bad is one of our favourites from the album, it is deceptively simple desert blues, imbued with a dark, sparse humour, and it is all round wonderful to boot.

Stream it here.

 

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

For more than two decades, Damien Jurado has sung folk songs brimming with prophetic imagination. Whether singing ballads about killers, wounded lovers, UFO cults, or the phantoms of departed friends, he’s populated his work with eerie foretelling, the sense that he’s divining something just on the verge of happening. He wrote his last record, 2018’s The Horizon Just Laughed as a goodbye letter to his home of Seattle, Washington, before he’d even decided to leave there for sunny Los Angeles. And while he recorded the ten songs featured on In the Shape of a Storm months before the passing of his longtime collaborator and close friend Richard Swift, it’s no coincidence that Swift’s death looms over the album. “His absence is very much felt on this record,” Jurado says.

Recorded over the course of just two hours one California afternoon, it’s Jurado’s sparsest album to date. Gone are the thundering drums and psychedelic arrangements that defined the trilogy of concept albums he made with Swift. Gone even is the atmospheric air that hovered above his early albums for Sub Pop. Here, there’s only his voice, acoustic guitar, and occasional accompaniment from Josh Gordon, playing a high-strung guitar tuned Nashville style, rendering its sound spooky and celestial. It will see a release on the 12th April via Loose here in the UK.

Check out the first track, the austerely brilliant South.

 

  1. Flat Worms – Surreal New Year
  2. The Uranium Club – Man Is The Loneliest Animal
  3. Ånge Teenage Angst – Ånge Teenage Angst
  4. A Merge Group Plays “Heroes” – V-2 Schneider  (David Bowie cover)
  5. Esther Rose – Don’t Blame It On The Moon
  6. W.H. Lung – Simpatico People
  7. MELTS – Echoes
  8. Wand – Scarecrow
  9. Sharon Van Etten – Never Grow Old  (James Cleveland Moore, Sr cover)
  10. Laura Stevenson – Living Room, NY
  11. Steve Earle & The Dukes – L.A. Freeway  (Guy Clarke cover)
  12. Adia Victoria – The Needle’s Eye
  13. Flying Fish Cove – Johnny Paper
  14. Charly Bliss – Capacity