Posts Tagged ‘Esmé Patterson’

best of the weekHere they are, all rounded up in a nice neat package for you – eight new releases from the past week.

They include the return of punk blues band Boss Hog after sixteen years, and of desert blues aficionados Tiniariwen as well as new singles from IDLES, Our Girl, and Sundara Karma amongst others.


  1. Boss Hog – Wichita Grey
  2. IDLES – Well Done
  3. Esme Patterson – Not Feeling Any Pain  (William Elliott Whitmore cover)
  4. Our Girl – No Big Deal
  5. joyride! – Girls Who Wanna Realize Themselves
  6. Forth Wanderers – Nerves
  7. Tinariwen – Ténéré Tàqqàl
  8. Sundara Karma – Olympia










best of the weekIt can never be seen as a bad week when you have brand new songs from Okkervil River and the Low Anthem to share.

And not only that, we have seven other new tunes for you as well from the likes of Father John MistyPsychic Ills and The Gotobeds.

Dig in.

  1. Okkervil River – Okkervil River R.I.P.
  2. The Low Anthem – The Pepsi Moon
  3. Father John Misty – Real Love Baby
  4. Psychic Ills – Baby
  5. Andy Shauf – Twist Your Ankle
  6. Esme Patterson – Wantin Ain’t Getting
  7. C.W. Stoneking – The Thing I Done
  8. Odonis Odonis – Vanta Black
  9. The Gotobeds – Bodies












It has been a month since the last Nickel in the Jukebox, so here are another collection of ten tunes to put before our most discerning jury… you.

So give them a spin and decide, hot or not…

The Vryll Society – La Jetee  [RIYL: Space-rock, the Horrors, the Brian Jonestown Massacre ]


Reddening West – The River  [RIYL: Americana, Hiss Golden Messenger, Andrew Bird]


VHS – Art Decay  [RIYL: Post-punk, Killing Joke, Eagulls]


Etches – Love Is  [RIYL: Indie-rock, Interpol, Torches]


Esme Patterson – Feel Right  [RIYL: Indie-pop, Holly Golightly, Neko Case]


Naked Giants – Pyramids  [RIYL: Garage rock, Ty Segall, Diarrhea Planet]


Grayling – Empath  [RIYL: Singer-songwriters, Torres, Petal]


Oliver Wilde – Blit Scratch  [RIYL: Fuzzy-psych pop, Eels, Sparklehorse]


Heaven’s Jail – Heart To Love  [RIYL: Rock, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan]


Sego – Where I Belong  [RIYL: Slacker-pop, Pavement, Mac DeMarco]


Esme Patterson - Woman To Woman

Denver singer songwriter Esmé Patterson has unveiled a new single – What Do You Call A Woman? – to be released on 2nd February through Xtra Mile Recordings.

It is taken from her forthcoming album Woman to Woman – a brilliantly unique concept where she writes from the point of view of women immortalised in popular songs over the years. The single is a response to the classic Michael Jackson hit Billie Jean.

She explains, “Michael Jackson’s song ‘Billie Jean’ had always really bothered me. It’s this slick pop hit by an artist that people worship, in which he literally says “the kid is not my son,” even though he admits “his eyes were like mine,” and he admits he followed her to her room, tacitly confirming they had slept together. And I was wondering how this woman would feel, how angry and abandoned.

Woman to Woman sees Esmé tackle the perceptions of Dolly Parton’s Jolene, The Beach Boys’ Caroline, No, The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby and more, in what is a beautifully constructed, thought provoking album.

Listen to the official audio video below as well as streaming another single from the record, The Glow (and see our earlier post in March on Tumbleweed here). You can also check the full track listing, including which popular song she is responding to…



1. Valentine (Elvis Costello – ‘Alison’)
2. Never Chase A Man (Dolly Parton – ‘Jolene’)
3. Oh Let’s Dance (The Kinks – ‘Lola’)
4. Tumbleweed (Townes Van Zandt – ‘Loretta’)
5. What Do You Call A Woman (Michael Jackson – ‘Billie Jean’)
6. The Glow (The Beach Boys – ‘Caroline, No’)
7. Louder Than the Sound (The Band – ‘Evangeline’)
8. Bluebird (The Beatles – ‘Eleanor Rigby’)
9. A Dream (Leadbelly – ‘Goodnight Irene’)
10. Wildflower (Bob Dylan – ‘To Ramona’)


Esme Patterson - Woman To Woman

Esmé Patterson has featured a couple of times on MM, but her latest solo release is a fascinating concept. It is a collection of responses to songs in popular music about women, written from the perspective of the subject of each song – Jolene (Dolly Parton), Alison (Elvis Costello), Loretta (Townes Van Zandt), Caroline (The Beach Boys), Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles), Evangeline (The Band), and Irene (Leadbelly).

It was inspired by her trying to learn Loretta in a hotel room and in her words, “I started thinking about how one-sided and subjective a lot of ‘love songs’ are, and how a lot of women immortalized in songs might tell a different side of the story if anyone ever asked.

Tumbleweed is her brilliant response to Loretta – have a listen below, and the album will be out on the 1st April via the Greater Than Collective.


There is an excellent interview with Esmé Patterson about the concept on Denver Westword here.

Videos of the Day

Watch a brilliant video from Field Report to accompany their track I Am Not Waiting Anymore, Crushed Beak’s new video for their track Breakdown, and Esmé Patterson’s video for My Young Man featuring another MM fave in Nathaniel Rateliff. Finally we have the soaring indie-pop of Scottish six piece The Maginot Band and their new video for recent single Sombre Fayre.




Introducing >>> Esme Patterson.

Denver “folk & roll” songstress Esmé Patterson is releasing her solo album, All Princes, I, on the 20th November via Greater Than Collective.

Described by Patterson in an interview as “raw,” the record is greatly influenced by Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks and Feists’s Metals. Featuring guest appearances from many musician friends we have a couple of tracks for you to check out, My Young Man featuring MM fave Nathaniel Rateliff and The Swimmer.

Order here.