Archive for the ‘Blues’ Category

Venom & Faith is the new album from Nashville based sister duo Larkin Poe, to be released on the 9th November.

The Atlanta-born sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell are descendants of celebrated US writer Edgar Allen Poe and have an appropriately gothic feel to their country blues churn and holler. Even the record’s title, taken from a lyric from album track Honey Honey, is intended to conjure a southern gothic image.

The excellently titled Bleach Bottle Blond Blues is the latest track to be shared from the album – it rattles, stomps and slides into a modern-day depiction of what roots rock should sound like. Watch the video below.

 

Catch them live at the Islington Assembly Hall in London on the 21st November.

Colorado fuzz-rockers The Velveteers create raw and aggressive grunge with blues-rock roots, and will be arriving in the UK this month for a tour spanning the entire country. In celebration they’ve released their brand new video for EP highlight Anastasia Sings, a horror-fuelled theatrical nightmare-scape that serves as a perfect visual accompaniment to their psychedelic leanings.

Watch / stream it below and check out the live dates. Buy their self titled EP here.

 

 

Live Dates
13/10 – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
14/10 – Broadcast, Glasgow
17/10 – EBGB’s, Liverpool
18/10 – Gullivers, Manchester
19/10 – The Dragonffli, Pontypool
20/10 – The Cotswold Inn, Cheltenham
22/10 – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
23/10 – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
24/10 – The Victoria, London
25/10 – Bermuda Bobs, Norwich
27/10 – Esquires, Bedford

 

Adia Victoria’s musical introduction to the world came in the form of 3 tracks released over 18 months – Stuck In The South, Sea of Sand, and Howlin’ Shame. Her mixture of gothic country blues, eerie vocals, righteous anger and some thrilling guitar riffs immediately set her apart from the usual crowd.

Her newest track is Dope Queen Blues, written about her time in Atlanta during her early 20s – carefree, wild and vice ridden – and we have the lyric video for you below. Great stuff.

 

We’re loving this track from Beijing’s Gong Gong Gong who make driving, stripped-down transnational blues, tapping into the spirit of Bo Diddley, the Monks, and psychedelic music from West Africa to Southeast Asia.

Shot-by-shot, frame-by-frame, Siren 追逐劇 is a story of galloping hooves and screeching tires—a horse and car racing each other through mountains and desert, charging into the city and all set to a thumping, hypnotic low-end pulse.

 

Catch them live

14/2/19 Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
15/2/19 Glasgow @ The Art School
16/2/19 Dublin @ Whelan’s
18/2/19 Manchester @ Gorilla
19/2/19 Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
20/2/19 London @ Scala

A round up of some sweet new videos.

Shimmering psych-pop from Whyte Horses, some charming Syd Barrett inspired bedroom lo-fi from Tiny Eyes, gentle pastoral folk from Queen of the Meadow, rambling, soulful Americana from Valley Maker, vintage outlaw bluegrass country from the Tennessee Stiffs, rural fuzz-folk from Stray Owls, classic indie-pop from Doe, anthemic, heavy duty indie from Tired All The Time, and last, but not least, punk rock fury from Glitoris,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Slaves – Cut And Run
  2. Low – Quorum
  3. Protomartyr (feat. Kelley Deal) – You Always Win
  4. Jon Spencer – Do The Trash Can
  5. M. Ward – Miracle Man
  6. Menace Beach (feat. Brix Smith) – Black Rainbow Sound
  7. Muncie Girls – Picture Of Health
  8. Culture Abuse – Dip
  9. Interpol – The Rover
  10. Jason Isbell – The Assassin  (Patterson Hood cover)
  11. Lumerians – Space Curse
  12. Death Cab For Cutie – Gold Rush
  13. Juanita Stein – Easy Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time for tunes 80 thru 71 in our Top 200 of the past ten years.

80 Dr. Dog – It (2010)

Criminally tucked away on the expanded edition of Shame Shame, It is perfect Dr. Dog – nostalgic, feel-good, laid back folk inflected Americana that cries out for the back porch.

 

79 Chaika – The Mirror (2015)

 

Compulsive, hazy garage-psych to sear the soul.

 

78 Blitzen Trapper – Furr (2008)

 

At their best when they evoke their inner Bob Dylan and major on the rhyme heavy folk, Furr is a surreal, harmonica-flecked Jungle Book style tale set to a toe-tapping, bluesy rhythm.

 

77 Withered Hand – Hard On (2009)

 

With his creaky, fragile voice Dan Wilson (aka Withered Hand) might be an acquired taste. But for the connoisseur his awkward, funny and often brilliant bedroom-folk is a pure joy. A beard don’t make you a man / No, it takes something else / Something I’ll never have

 

76 The Felice Brothers – Whiskey In My Whiskey (2008)

The Felice Brothers are all the R words. Ramshackle, rollicking, raucous, rambunctious, rowdy and never more so than with this song. They are a carnival band in the best sense of the word taking in everything and spitting it back out with humour, irony, pathos and a gritty realism. This should be heard live, preferably at a party on a riverboat steamer or in a backwoods bar with old bullet holes scarring the walls.

 

75 Spector – Chevy Thunder (2012)

 

Sing-a-long indie anthem par excellence.

 

74 Snakes – Young American (2016)

 

Marvellous twangy Americana driven by a chugging, Johnny Cash style rhythm and Hank style vocals.

 

73 Natural Child – Rock Bottom (2012)

 

Whiskey soaked, doobie smoked Southern-fried blues-rock in the vein of Beggars Banquet-era Rolling Stones, played with a sloppy grit and sleazy charm.

 

72 Pete and the Pirates – Winter 1 (2010)

 

Like a 96 Tears for the modern world, Pete and the Pirates always had an ear for a catchy pop hook and this is one of their biggest. Irresistible.

 

71 Girl Band – Pears For Lunch (2015)

Unfiltered, freaked-out noise punk that perfectly marries the nervous, twitching energy of the guitars with deadpan vocal apathy. Ate eight bananas and I thought about a jog / Legged it around the gaff and took my top off / I look crap with my top off / Spend my time watching Top Gear with my trousers down.

 

Halfway through. Here are tracks 100-91

100 Cabbage – Celebration Of A Disease (2017)

Simply the ultimate mix of mutated groove and indie rock. With a lineage that stretches back to the Fall and takes in The Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses, it is the latest addition to a long line of infectious, sing-along Manchester anthems.

 

99 Felice Brothers – Lincoln Continental (2012)

The school run anthem of 2012: a fine country drawl, a fine country band. Learn the words, sing it loud; altogether now: I been missing you so listen / I liked to ask you can we drive through town.

 

98 Man Of Moon – The Road (2015)

 

Brilliantly insistent, pulsating psychedelia that ebbs and flows and mesmerises.

 

97 Naked Giants – Ya Ya (2016)

 

Slightly distorted but mighty catchy riff, heightened by a pounding backbeat and a relentlessly repetitive chorus.

 

96 The National – Think You Can Wait (2011)

With echoing strings and piano, it is the sparingly used backing vocal of Sharon Van Etten (whose shared harmonies with Matt Berninger sound as if they were always meant to be together), that elevates this track into solemn, understated brilliance.

 

95 Phosphorescent – Ride On / Right On (2013)

A little bit of funky rhythm and a whole lot of country grit combined to make one of the the most compelling and enduring songs of 2013.

 

94 The Bones Of J.R Jones – Hammer And Nails (2016)

 

An infectious blues stomp telling ancient tales from the deep south, ritualistic dance routines around bonfires (well, in our head at least) and unnerving dark secrets.

 

93 Wooden Wand – DNR Waltz (2011)

 

 

Simmering, southern-fried country rocker complete with Toth’s wry and wonderfully weary vocal drawl.

 

92 Elijah Ocean  Ride It Out (2014)

 

The melody is simple enough, gently building throughout with the message of just getting through it, which is fairly universal. It actually becomes quite inspirational by the end with its catchy chorus infecting your brain. Life can sometimes feel like it’s on a continual loop of making you ride something or other out – good to have Elijah there to sing the soundtrack.

 

91 The Decemberists – Carolina Low (2015)

Spare, simple, and undeniably menacing song. Something dark and intriguing accompanied by a sound which is evocative of American tales from old times.

 

Remember to check out tracks 200-181, 180-161, 160-141140-121 and 120-101.

Day four of our countdown of our favourite 200 songs of the past 10 years.

140 Chelsea Light Moving – Groovy & Linda (2012)

 

A distorted, bloody jam in tune with the bloody, violent nature of the 1960s shooting it narrates. Any Sonic Youth undertones? What do you think.

 

 139 Dan Auerbach – Heartbroken, In Disrepair (2009)

The gritty guitar sound sets up a soulful, dirty blues where hopelessness finally overpowers determination.

 

138 Spectrum Meets Captain Memphis – The Lonesome Death Of Johnny Ace (2008)

Biopic-epic groover shows the two musicians playing off a southern fried radiation telling the tale of a famous singer’s Russian Roulette tragedy on Christmas day.

 

137 Houndmouth – For No One (2015)

Spare and epic. Surreal and vivid. Plaintive and slyly humorous. An absolute gem of Dylan-esque storytelling that manages to be anything but derivative.

 

136 Deer Tick – Chevy Express (2011)

Sombre, reflective, and undeniably sobering. Chevy Express is the soundtrack to a heavy heart and lonely regret washed by the first light of an early morning dawn and may well be the best thing they’ve ever done.

 

135 Howling Owls – Family Tree (2010)

 

Sinister, noir-ish folk from the Howling Owls. Family Tree is ominous, forbidding, baleful – all the things we love from one of our favourite discoveries of the past ten years.

 

134 The Silver Jews – Strange Victory, Strange Defeat (2008)

David Berman’s lyrics were amongst the sharpest, wittiest, pithiest and most potent in the whole of indie-rockdom. The rumbling Strange Victory, Strange Defeat’s opening verse is Squirrels imported from Connecticut / Just in time for fall / How much fun is a lot more fun? / Not much fun at all and it just gets better from there…

 

133 Tweak Bird – A Sun / Ahh Ahh (2010)

 

Brilliant mix of full-on old-school metal riffing with psychedelic overtones and an absurdly heavy climax. Rock on dudes.

 

132 A.A. Bondy – I Can See The Pines Are Dancing (2009)

Both intriguing and evocative, A.A. Bondy’s lovely, road-weary voice conveys a rarely felt depth of experience on the back of a melody steeped in warm melancholy.

 

131 Angus Stone – It Was Blue (2012)

Borrowing a Stooges’ style riff, It Was Blue is a stunningly good, modern day excursion into fuzzy 70s psychedelic rock.

 

130 Joe Pug – Hymn 35 (2009)

Classic singer-songwriter fare, but set apart from the crowded competition by the the consistently thought-provoking lyrical wordplay and the chance to holler along in the car with I have done wrong / I will do wrong / There’s nothing wrong / With doing wrong.

 

129 James Arthur’s Manhunt – Killzone (2016)

 

An intense, tribal, maelstrom of churning, filthy guitars and pounding percussion that veers into space rock by way of spaghetti westerns and Italian horror films.

 

128 Nightjar – Poor Man’s Son (2008)

 

A wonderfully simple tale of a son done wrong set to a classic bluegrass inflected folk-strum.

 

127 Southerly – Desolation Row (2013)

 

Darkest of dark pop, infectious melody, ominous drone, sparing song structure and astute lyricism.

 

126 Protomartyr – Pontiac 87 (2015)

 

Brilliantly hypnotic riff. Brilliantly hypnotic reflection on a dispiriting Papal visit to Pontiac, Michigan in the late eighties.

 

125 Julie Ruin – I Decide (2016)

 

Somehow manages to be outrageously catchy, while simultaneously sounding like an angry bunch of wasps trapped in a jam jar.

 

124 Low – Plastic Cup (2013)

 

Moody and smart-ass sarcastic story of substance abuse, a lifetime of dependence on others, and the soul-crushing future of pointless drug tests. All set to an understated, super-low tempo, and wonderful co-ed vocal harmonies between Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker.

 

123 Port O’Brien – I Woke Up Today (2008)

 

A chaotic, swelling modern day seafarer’s shanty. And the biggest damn sing along chorus in the whole list.

 

122 Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight (2008)

What can you say. Overblown, theatrical, bombastic and yet still one of the greatest indie rock songs of the past ten years. The bluster eventually revealing the true pain and sorrow of desolate heartbreak.

 

121 Fritjof Norrmo – Set Me On Fire (2015)

 

Swedish singer-songwriter’s endearing and somewhat nostalgic tale of a brief, but passionate love encounter. A true heart warmer.

 

Don’t forget to check out tracks 200-181, 180-161, 160-141.

Here is Part 2 of our countdown of our favourite songs from the past ten years…

180 Strand Of Oaks – Alex Kona (2010)

“Alex Kona was twelve feet tall, his mother got killed by a bowling ball”. What else is there?

 

179 Port O’Brien – My Will Is Good (2009)

 

Rhythmic and punchy folk-rock, but with a hook most pop songs would die for.

 

178 Savages – Husbands (2013)

 

A stealthy, thrumming motorik bassline anchors a dark post punk nightmare. As intense as they come…

 

177 Old NobaddaddyGun Is Coming (2016)

 

Swampy blues built on a stomping revivalist rhythm that leans towards the dark side. This is brooding, gospel-noir of the highest order.

 

176 Spray Paint Cussin’ (2014)

 

A relentlessly ominous, intense slab of brooding punk rock. Terrifying in a totally good way.

 

175 The Magnetic FieldsToo Drunk To Dream (2008)

Sober life is a prison / Shit faced it is a blessing / Sober nobody wants you / Shit faced they’re all undressing / Sober you’re old and ugly / Shit faced who needs a mirror The best drinking song of the past ten years? Probably.

 

174 FoxygenNo Destruction (2013)

 

We may have lost Lou Reed, but his spirit lives on in No Destruction, a naturally laconic pretender to his throne, and this song has the best use of “weaseled” in any song we’ve heard

 

173 My People Sleeping – Seahorse (2008)

 

A  hypnotic and sorrowful journey into dream pop with flowery psychedelic overtones and an absolute ear-worm of a chorus.

 

172 Real Estate – Fake Blues (2009)

 

A bit surf-rock, a bit pastoral psych, but really this is a gem of a twisted country tune smothered in a melancholy haze of gentle reverb.

 

171 Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Dog Scratched Ear (2011)

 

Anthemic, swaggering blues boogie at its fiery best.

 

170 Fontaines DC – Chequeless Reckless (2018)

Chequeless Reckless is built on a beefy,  hypnotic, kraut-rock infused cyclical riff and some scalpel sharp lyrics. Play really loud.

 

169 Ezra Furman – Restless Year (2015)

 

A wonderful slab of feelgood indie rock, doo-wop refrains and bristling, unrestrained energy.

 

168 Blessed Feathers – Real Song For Emily (2013)

 

Stunning folk song with fierce harmonies and a tense, urgent feel. Despite being only two and a half minutes long, the song’s plaintive coda has a bitter air of finality. “Nowhere to look at that horizon, I can’t help, but feel nothing”

 

167 together PANGEA – Money On It (2017)

 

Borrows some surf-rock vibes and not a little guitar jangle to fashion a strutting, intense rocker.

 

166 William Elliott Whitmore – Old Devils (2009)

 

Foot-tapping, frenzied social commentary, with a strangely prophetic feel

 

165 The Obits – Two Headed Coin (2009)

 

Simply wonderful sleazy, rockabilly rumble. Should lurk in the shadows with a greasy quiff and a flick-knife.

 

164 Vic Chesnutt – Little Fucker (2008)

No one does vindictive, savage, and just plain nasty with such confidence and certainty. Bullseye.

 

163 The Walkmen – Heartbreaker (2012)

 

An initial riff wound so tight it might snap morphs into a mid-tempo jangle of light-touch guitars and jubilant percussion.

 

162 Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Janglin (2009)

 

A horn-driven, totally infectious tune that is utterly without peer for indie-pop charm.

 

 161 Houndmouth – Penitentiary (2013)

 

Lyrically and vocally perfect, Houndmouth’s debut single is a classic down-on-my-luck tale matched to a rootsy persuasive groove. Nigh on perfect Americana.

 

You can see tracks 200-181 here.