Thursday, December 30, 2004

22-20s - Friends

Such a young band, the 22-20s are a three piece playing yardbirds style blues rock, but here they switch to a battered acoustic and slide for a more lonesome moment:
22-20s - Friends

Friday, December 24, 2004

My Personal AMC

An end of year bandwidth blow-out, this is the full double-CD AMC companion that I compiled back in October, all tracks apart from the first are 192kbps and will serve to warm the coldest of hearts on the darkest of days (for those of us in theNorthern hemisphere). Listen, share and then go and buy their albums, each and every one.

lonesome music's My Personal AMC (zipped 117Mb!)

lonesome 2004

Just a quick post to wish you all a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and to recommend all the following as my favorite lonesome related releases of 2004 to you (if you weren't the one that recommended them to me in the first place).

ella guru - ella guru's first album
american music club - love songs for patriots
rachel goswell - waves are universal
sons and daughters - love the cup
sufjan stevens - seven swans
maplewood - maplewood
the arlenes - going back to california
cold mountain - soundtrack
hem - eveningland

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

kings of convenience - homesick

Having a huge debt to Simon and Garfunkel is not always such a bad thing. There have been some other posts about KoC lately, so I'll just say that I prefer their new album Riot on an Empty Street to the previous one, and that this is just about the perfect song to cut out commuters at Baker Street on the way home.

kings of convenience - homesick

Official site

Monday, December 13, 2004


Playr gives you a bookmarklet that creates a m3u file of all mp3s on any page to play in winamp (or Realplayer if you absolutely must). I've been thinking about developing a similar widget myself, but have been beaten to the punch again.

The downside is that the interaction is lessened, and that tracks in the comments aren't automatically picked up, although I probably consider that to be a good thing - comments are the best bit after all.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

two dollar pistols and the moaners

yes Sir, I am qualified to wear this hat
Two dollar pistols have a new album called - Hands Up (yes that's an amazon link, I've started to change my mind about places to buy)

Listening to their previous album, - you ruined everything last night on the way home, and again on the way in to work this morning I felt like I could pretty much post any song and it would fit right in here on lonesome. In the end I went for:
I can see it in your eyes
In my mind

Official Site

I also got an email from Angie at YepRoc asking me to investigate a rather more frisky (and risque) duo - the moaners, who offer a heads-down raucous style slide (silvertone) and drums:
the moaners - heart attack
Yep Roc records

Monday, December 06, 2004

Yancey Strickler - favorite songs

stylus magazine have the kind of personal music blog entry that makes it all worth while - not that you could post with this intimacy on a regular basis.

Empress - barely there

50 quid bloke's first top ten - women vocalists of 2004 has several people/bands I've not heard of before, so a little early morning interweb searching revealed Empress (mp3s in that link) and the fact that Hem have released a new album! Their website has been hacked, but they have another with clips on here - sounds as lovely as their debut, a personal fave from a year (or two?) ago. Not so keen on the places (mp3 in that link at the bottom of the page) and I've yet to make up my mind about Tara jane o'niel stream the whole album from that page.

Sunday, December 05, 2004


I came across snailhouse, via the rather good preserve volume one (there are a couple of other mp3s in that link). Their track witches and snowmen was so good I stopped my Monday yomp to work and fumbled around in my coat pocket to see the name of the track on my mp3 player remote in spite of the other commuting lemmings walking through me.

witches and snowmen

a matter of time

birds and bees

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter

Just a quick heads up for a band described as "...think the Handsome Family meets Neil Young's Harvest Moon" and some of their wares:
the dreaming dead
Official Site

Friday, December 03, 2004

Bert Jansch - A Man I'd Rather Be

Bert's charisma and dark good looks (the photo is 1965) led to him being lionised as part of the British folk revival at the end of the sixties. not one for poncing around with pearl inlaid guitars, I read that his choice of guitars was entirely down to being broke and Yamaha giving him one for free - he's stuck with them, and I asssume they've stuck with him ever since. Practical guitar magic.
Bert Jansch - A man I'd rather be
Official site

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Two Gallants

Via Cool Hand Bak - blogrolled over there on the left, a handy pointer to a band called Two Gallants - whose album Throes is going straight on my 'must investigate' list. They have a couple of mp3s on their website too as well as the one cool hand bak posted, including this:

two gallants - train that stole my man

Another lonesome soul - Lonesome Bob

I was asking after Allison Moorer earlier this month - and BigRockCandyMountain was kind enough to point us in the the direction of Lonesome Bob's 'Things Fall Apart' album, where Allison plays EmmyLou to Bob's Gram, describing it as Nick Cave meets Hank Williams. Can't argue with that. And for this song, I'd add in a bit of The Handsome Family too as it has the same feel - claustrophobic, graphic lyrics coupled with a disarmingly tuneful melody.

It's a bit of dark, dark country that sounds like an ill-advised visit to Cracker Barrel after a week on the gin. What are you waiting for?

Lonesome Bob - The Plans that we Made

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Bryan MacLean - Kathleen

Ex-Love guitarist and handsome chap, Bryan, like Gram, was a posh white boy slumming it to make rock and roll.

This track is taken from the If you believe in album.

Bryan MacLean - Kathleen

Official site

Monday, November 29, 2004

lucinda williams - i envy the wind

I've had this post kicking around for two weeks or so, waiting for inspiration to strike, but I'm really at a loss.
Essence and Car Wheels are both permanent residents on my mp3player, I haven't really had a chance to get into the 'new' one yet, but when this track started as I got off the tube on a cold, dark night walking home in the rain, it was as comforting as hot bath and a stiff drink.
lucinda williams - i envy the wind

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Nic Jones - Courting is a Pleasure

This is about as close to traditional folk as my interest goes. Nic Jones' album Penguin Eggs is a stripped down set of beautifully played an sang songs about desire - of other people, of home, of other places (particularly America and Canada). Kathleen Williams put this in her best albums in the Guardian a few months ago, giving the final top 100 a rather skewed view of the album's status.

Nic Jones - Courting is a Pleasure

Official site

Thursday, November 25, 2004

the czars - bright black eyes

Like a half-remembered conversation the morning after when the taste of someone else's smoke on your clothes and a thick coat of fur on your tongue reminds you of what you wanted to say, what you could have said and the rubbish that you came out with instead. I heard this song and I thought of you (how's about that for drama). I know what I'll be doing for karaoke in the future - file with the jumpsuit Elvis numbers.

The Czars - Bright Black Eyes

more mp3s on their official site

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Tim Buckley - Phantasmagoria in Two

Even the best songs in the world won't make the memory of Tim Buckley as husband and father any better. It is a beautiful song though.

Tim Buckley - Phantasmagoria in Two

Official site

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

The Lonesome Sisters - Gods Golden Key

These girls were the first entries on this blog and where it all began. Now we've got a few more visitors stopping by, I think it's about time they made another appearance. This particular post is for our friends at songs:illinois in line with their current gospel feel.

The Lonesome Sisters play sparse and soulful tunes and their CD with Riley Baugus (available from tin halo music) is an absolute joy - I recommend you get your hands on a copy.

This song is the opener on the album and almost enough to convert a girl.
Vocal harmonies, 50's Gibsons and double bass - what more can you ask for?

The Lonesome Sisters - God's Golden Key

And if you like this, there's more here.

Monday, November 22, 2004

John Martyn - Back To Stay

Taken from the patchy 1967 debut London Conversation, this is the standout track that gets me every time. Always described as being "a bear of a man", in interviews John Martyn comes over as forceful and brutish, reading his biography doesn't help much either. This song cuts all the crap and makes an admission of weakness and vunerablity that is very touching.

John Martyn - Back To Stay

Official site

Sunday, November 21, 2004

HAL - don't worry 'bout the wind

An amazing single from April this year - this time without the mouseclicks.

Like Plush's three-quarters blind eyes, it is a perfect 7" single, and hopefully the rest of their material is as strong. They seem to be pacing themselves though - this was out in April, they've recorded the album, but it's nowhere to be seen and their second single is just about to be recorded.
Come on lads - pull your fingers out!

HAL - Worry 'bout the wind

official site

Friday, November 19, 2004

No Excuses... Nick Cave at Keeping C86 Alive

Just on the off chance that there is anyone out there who has yet to enjoy Nick Cave's cadaverous and heartbreaking growl, go over to Keeping C86 Alive and have a listen to 'Into My Arms' pronto.
Go on, treat yourself.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

I earn an embarrassing amount of money for a borderline Marxist

So said Steve Earle last night.
Went to see him at the Irish Centre, a venue so full of red velvet it's like a cross between a working man's club and Twin Peaks on acid. Interesting demographic in the audience too - not many girls, lots of men in Harley Davidson T-shirts. Are these people my peers now? Anyway, the gig did exactly what it said on the tin and a good rockin' time was had by all.

Big surprise of the night was the support - Allison Moorer, who played an absolutely stunning version of 'Isn't It A Pity?' by your friends and mine, Galaxie 500, in response to the recent election result. I don't know anything about Moorer, but having looked her up today, the record company has her as a soft-focus, lip-glossed country dollybird, a million miles away from the woman on stage last night. Anyone out there have any words of wisdom on where to start with her back catalogue?

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

van morrison - domino

Whilst His Band & Street Choir is not the best Van album by miles, it does have the ability to put a smile on your face. We can break out into into the mystic another time...

Van Morrison - domino

Monday, November 15, 2004

matt deighton - pure English honey

As part of Mother Earth, Matt Deighton was focussing his band on the acid part of acid jazz. He also covered for Noel in Oasis on a European tour, but don't hold that against him. This is taken from his solo album Villager, and offers a far more pastoral take on life. Pitching somewhere between Van Morrison (music) and Nick Drake (subject matter), Matt provides a little light relief from Monday.
Matt Deighton - pure English Honey

more info

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Rave On – One for Our Dad

Scrunch your eyes up, imagine Buddy with a bit more curly hair and you’ve got a fair idea of what our Dad used to look like. I’ve been thinking a lot about him recently. What a bloke. A proper liberal with a nice line in quiet rebellion, he has something to teach us all - and I don’t just mean book-binding (one of his many talents). Pa Lonesome is a man so patient that he once listened to Henry’s Dream all the way through waiting for the song to start. And so placid that he once taught the local 7 year old ruffians how to use the saws they were hacking away at my front wall with.
So here’s a song for our Dad, Buddy Holly fan and all round good guy.

Buddy Holly - Raining In My Heart

Friday, November 12, 2004

Autumn compilation

Got bandwidth? check the rather good autumn mix over at -
G. A. Carafelli: 08 November 2004, it's a big file, so don't go attempting this on dial-up. Found via the catbirdseat blog, which I don't seem to be able to link to at the moment.

Bars & Guitars - Norfolk and Western

Get yourself over to Bars & Guitars, listed over there on the left just as Bars for some reason, anyway the Norfolk and Western tracks are hitting all the right buttons this morning, bit of banjo, tamborine and yes, a pedal steel. Like Mojave 3, a soothing end to the week.

Must fight the temptation to get one, cannot afford to give in to the inner Gram.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

fried out broken girl - I can relate

What's this? A tune on lonesome that doesn't feature steel guitar?
What a mistake-ah to make-ah.

But this is definitely a song to be lonesome to... a beautiful brass opening, gorgeous piano refrain and near-whispered vocals. Eric Matthews (ex-Cardinal) has crafted a melancholy gem here and coolly delivers it without breaking a sweat on his arched brow.

My lovely brother (and fellow host of this blog) put this on a life-saving lonesome tape back in 1996, when I was studying here , a long way from home and counting down the days until Christmas. It reminds me of a long bus journey back to Oslo, looking out at monochrome landscapes, feeling sad in every sense and secretly revelling in it all.

Go and have a listen. I defy you not to swoon.
eric matthews - fried out broken girl

Saturday, November 06, 2004

gillian welch - wichita

Having annoyed my wife by singing this all morning, I thought I post it.

This is from one of the many live sets I seem to have cluttering up my hard drive - the Strawberry Festival back in 1997.

Gillian Welch - Wichita

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Honey, Where You Been So Long - moonshine kate

Honey, Where You Been So Long has a fantastic song by Moonshine Kate called My Man's A Jolly Railroad Man - fantastic (great stage name too).

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Ella Guru - Park Lane Speakers

Ella Guru are a band from liverpool. Their first album (Ella Guru's First Album) is a thing of beauty from the lambchop school of understatement, with a dash of calexico. It sounds like there's a crowd of quiet people (eight plus guests) in the studio, making delicately spooked music.

This is their new gently rolling single on banana recordings, the b-side is just as good - you need to buy it.

Ella Guru - Park Lane Speakers

Official site (more mp3s to listen to here)
mini site - buy this single, the album and the other singles they're all great
Banana Recordings

Monday, October 25, 2004


I've just spent a happy commute listening to the new album by GRAND DRIVE, the lights in this town are too many to count. I saw them earlier in the year at Hammersmith and was quite taken with their twinkly guitars.

I'm flat-out of bandwidth (see what I did there?), but there are a couple of videos on their sight. Maybe when the new month comes I'll post something in the comments.

You can check out the Hank Dogs - Whole Way which feature on the Amazon list from the guy from Grand Drive instead.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Riches! Our cup runneth over at

Now take a lookee here, folks. Paste Music have put up a goldmine of tunes for our delight and wonder. Email registration required but it's all free.

I came here to look for a copy of last year's This is Our North Dakota by No River City. The lovely Melanie played them to me on our road trip on the Outer Banks earlier this month - check out the kind of sunsets we had - and I was smitten. They are a little bit county, a little bit rock'n'roll and you'll like 'em.

Deceptively twangy, too - so don't be fooled into thinking this is upbeat stuff - the cellos and accordians put pay to that. Gorgeous.

American Music Club Companion

Having seen AMC last week at Islington's Academy (bizarre venue in shopping centre), I've been mentally compiling an AMC best of for the moment it looks like this:

01 room above the club
02 outside this bar
03 nightwatchman
04 firefly
05 blue and grey shirt
06 last harbor
07 dreamers of the dream
08 kathleen
09 why won't you stay
10 sick of food
11 What the Pillar of Salt Held Up
12 I've been a mess
13 will you find me?
14 What Godzilla Said to God When His Name Wasn't Found in the Book of Life
15 fearless
16 Cape Canaveral
17 I broke my promise
18 another morning
19 Only Love Can Set You Free
20 myopic books

Of course it's too long to fit on a CD by about 4 songs - but which songs? And what did I forget? I'm thinking maybe only love can set you free, but what else?

You can also stream the entire new album - love songs for patriots here, I find the album hangs better together once past the first three tracks, but that's just me.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

The Revolution Starts Now

So the presidential election has started....and here's Steve Earle doing his bit to make sure it goes the right way.
Go here and have a listen to his eloquent and impassioned diatribe. Having just got back from Carolina, these songs have a special resonance. Haven't seen this album in the shops here yet though. Get your hands on it if you can, there's a beautiful one with Emmylou Harris. And 'Condi, Condi' is a sheer joy. Subtle it ain't, but it gets the job done.

Friday, October 15, 2004


Shearwater play a delicate, melancholic folk that is strangely endearing - as endearing as the self-deprecating biog on their official site.

They have been more generous than most in posting mp3s from their albums, of which I'm just posting my favorites, but go and check out the others, and who knows, maybe even buy the CD?

If you stay sober

An Accident

little locket

Wednesday, October 13, 2004


Blanche capture that twenties depression look like Oh Brother Where Art Thou? to perfection. There website is truly a thing of beauty and I was half tempted to not post any links to songs just so that you would go and have a look for yourself.

Blanche - Don't You Trust Me?
Blanche - Summer
Blanche - Superstition

You can buy their fantastic new album If you can't trust the doctors whilst you're buying that Arlene's album, over on loose records.

That beautiful Blanche official website

Amy Correia :: Lakeville

Over at womenfolk there are some lovely songs from Amy Correia. That link goes to her official site, where there are even more songs to listen to.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

The Arlenes

The Arlenes are back with their second album. Clips are available on their website, but here's one from their record company's site:

The Arlenes - Lonely won't leave me alone

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Sons and Daughters

To celebrate the fact that at least one other person is reading this as well as my sister, and the fact that Sons and Daughters have just re-released their single Johnny Cash, I'm going to post a couple of their tracks.
Taken from their album Love the Cup (an extended EP more than an LP really), these tracks play like Spacemen3 played on a banjo (JC is particularly like Revolution, but then it is only two chords).

Sons and Daughters - Awkward Duet

Sons and Daughters - Johnny Cash

Apologies for these links not working before - they do now, here is the one that was in the comment (that doesn't work now, but will here!)

Sons and Daughters - Fight
Official Site

BBC - BBC Four Music - Gillian Welch Session

Consider this due notice given: BBC - BBC Four Music - Gillian Welch Session

That's Friday Oct 8th and again on Sunday.

See below for recording realplayer streams.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

together we are stronger than apart

This is a quick and rough recording of one of my tunes - part of a song swap with my friend Andy.

It was recorded using my iRiver MP3 player and edited (trimmed - no overdubs as you'll hear) using Cool Edit Pro.

The guitar is my Guild M20, and the tuning DGDDAE.

The plan is to put some melodica and maybe a bit of mandolin on top, then think about some lyrics.

Listen: together we are stronger than apart

maplewood will make you smile

West Coast mellow Americana from maplewood.

Indian Summer


Morning Star

Carolina Jasmine

Band website

Record Company website

Freakwater at BigRockCandyMountain

bigrockcandymountain has some very cool mp3s up - including a great Freakwater tune - my old drunk friend.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Boy with a Fish

via Listen, Boy with a Fish have an electrified americana thing going on, electric guitars, a whole lot of tremolo and violins/squeezebox.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Monday, September 13, 2004

rachel mccartney (no relation)

Raining? Monday morning? - try a little rachel mccartney, via music for robots.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Mutual Admiration Society: 2004-07-31

Ok, so it might be a bunch of semi-famous musos playing other people's songs, but it has them covering caleb meyer by gillian welch - check it:Show Details for Mutual Admiration Society: 2004-07-31

Friday, September 03, 2004

said the gramophone has more sons and daughters

and I don't mean the Australian soap - check out awkward duet

at *SIXEYES Damien Rice is "Index of The Week"

Over at *sixeyes they have some nice tunes by Damien Rice.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Early Elvis at the tofu hut

THE TOFU HUT has a great picture of a very young Elvis and a nice mp3 of Blue Moon for your listening pleasure.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

rilo kiley - click the letter M

A lot of webnoise about rilo kiley the last week or so, she has a few nice songs on her website under the first M for Music - I recommend With Arms Outstrectched, nice glockenspeil.

By the magic of, I can tell you that there are loads of Rilo Kiley songs here.

The Soft Parade - Cry All Over Me

In a blatant piece of cross posting, here is a link to the marvellous Soft Parade song (not the electric soft parade) on my personal mp3blog woodentop.

Joanna Newsome - Sprout and the bean

I've been in turmoil since hearing Ms Newsome, I so wanted to like her. she plays the harp - the 2nd most rock and roll instrument after the harpsicord, well maybe 3rd after the recorder, oh, and the celeste. Anyway her annoying mewling vocals really grate after a while, but just the odd song is just about acceptable, a bit like the Cranes.

The Sprout and the Bean - video

Monday, August 23, 2004

american music club

A shared obsession with amc, who have a new album "Love Songs for Patriots" on Sept 13th, and the track Another Morning available for you to enjoy.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

tim hardin

totally fuzzy has some lovely Tim Hardin, including Reason to Believe and If I were a Carpenter.

Rosie Thomas and her two dollar shoes

3hive do it again with a pointer to the little gentle song that is two dollar shoes by rosie thomas

Monday, August 16, 2004

Rachel Goswell - Plucked

Courtesy of Beggars Group, USA - the ever lovely Rachel Goswell (ex-slowdive, currently in Mojave 3 - see links below) with her single Plucked (warning Real Audio) - download the hassle free version from the BBC, or try Real Alternative. For those more technically minded you can do useful things with RealAudio if you read this article.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Jose Gonzalez

Via a discussion over at music for robots about felix mcteigue (streamed mp3s here), a link to jose gonzalez, who's biography isn't working, so I can't tell whether he's Norwegian, or just lives in Oslo at the moment.

Either way, it is tone-centred, altered tuning folk-pop. Quite a few songs to listen to on his site - please go and check them (and him) out. I liked Heartbeats best.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Devendra Banhart at 3hive

Keeping the folky Friday theme - check out 3hive: Devendra Banhart - the body breaks over at the tastefully upholstered 3hive.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Bleak songs from the tofu hut

Tofu Hut can make a brightening day turn black and white - go visit for a listen to
Kitty gallagher and Leadbelly.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

get some Dolly in your life

Spoilt Victorian Child is offering you Dolly Parton's Silver Dagger.

Monday, August 09, 2004

sons and daughters

I described this to my sister as "like early PJ harvey playing the cold mountain soundtrack with a male accomplice", but then sons and daughters might not sound like that to you in these unusually upbeat clips:


johnny cash

Mojave 3 - live on kvrx

These are Mojave 3 performances on kvrx radio.

been trying to reach you

queen jane, approximately

Friday, August 06, 2004

fairport convention

via said the gramophone, is fairport convention's version of - who knows where the time goes? from Unhalfbricking .

Make the most of it while you can, he can't keep it there forever.

The Lonesome Sisters

The Lonesome Sisters sound like their name.

From their album THE LONESOME SISTERS (available from tin halo music)

over the sea

elkhorn ridge

precious memories

i met with wild bill jones

western dream

(available from tin halo music)

god's golden key

they all pale