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.