Saturday, December 31, 2005

last sound of summer albums of 2005

Just a quick note to say that over on my other mp3blog last sound of summer, I have my round up of my albums of 2005 - complete with bandwidth depleting links from every album.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

the night before christmas

Where ever you find yourself this Christmas, make the most of it. Happy Christmas.

Lonesome Christmas #2 (zip file)

Friday, December 23, 2005

the night before the night before christmas

As way of saying thank you to everyone who has dropped us a line this year - whether by email or by using the comments, here is the first of two eleven track compilations of (my) lonesomemusic favorites. There are a few tracks from the blog, but most have never been posted here. Enjoy.

Lonesome Christmas #1 (zip file)

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Hem and Greg at Christmas

The ever-lovely Hem have posted their contribution to the Winter's Night compilation, along with lots of other soothing tunes on that URL.

Listen: Hem - have yourself a merry little Christmas

and a Christmassy song from Greg Dennen - whose management emailed to thank me for my meagre coverage (and not a word about copyright infringement - thanks!) Download from here whilst I try and figure out what guitar he plays (D-17 High Gloss?)

Listen: Greg Dennen - The holidays are here (and we're still at war)

Thursday, December 15, 2005

hospital highlights part 1

Morphine does strange things to your mind, I've taken quite a bit of it in the last month, first intravenously and then orally. Hallucinations, amazingly colourful dreams and conversations with people that aren't there anymore. Somehow despite the heavy sedation this song (from Hell among the Yearlings) managed to make it through to my concious mind as the drug went through a tube in my neck the first time and managed to sum up the hazy if temporary bliss offered. Sorry I didn't go halves with you Beth.

Listen: gillian welch - morphine

A couple of weeks later I found myself comparing the beatles' Hey Jude to johnny cash's beast in me, and came to the conclusion I'd rather seek solace in the latter anyday. I think I may have even written a song to that effect, or hallucinated writing a song to that effect, anyway here it is, taken from the american recordings album.

Listen: johnny cash - the beast in me

gillian welch
johnny cash

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Laura Cantrell at RFH for John peel tribute concert

In case you were wondering, I was in a car crash 4 weeks ago and have been in hospital. Whilst there I had a lot of time to listen to the new Laura Cantrell album (posted somewhere below) along with some other stuff that will probably get posted. I now have a considerable amount of time off work to get better, so maybe the posting will even get regular again.


this was posted 5 weeks sometime (can't find the link, but I'm pretty sure it's one of those in the Blogroll), I've listened to it about 8 times already (but then forgot to put it on my MP3 player). So in case it's no longer up elsewhere here is Laura Cantrell's lovely 20 minute Peel Tribute set:

Laura Cantrell - Peel Tribute

I like the idea that on John Peel day, DJs should be allowed to play what they like.

Laura's official site with lots of downloads

Friday, November 11, 2005

Brett Dennen - oh the glorious

One of my favorite albums this year has been Brett Dennen's self titled album I blogged a few months ago. It is an album that has not diminished in lustre, indeed as the leaves change to Autumn I have come to appreciate it's nuances even more. So if you haven't nipped over to his website and purchased his album, maybe this will persuade you.

Brett Dennen - Oh the Glorious

Official website

Monday, October 31, 2005

Friday, October 28, 2005

Mart Eitzel - Sleeping Beauty

With his new album Candy Ass, Mark Eitzel has continued to frustrate the serious rock critics by producing music that doesn't match their doomed poet with a silly hat image. That said, I'm a sucker for the same. Listening to it reminds me of Hood's cold house album at times.

So here is a straight critic-approved classic Eitzel doomed poet with a silly hat tune:

Mark Eitzel - Sleeping Beauty

and one with no discernable "real" instuments on (also check "Cotton Candy Tenth Power" if you get a chance)

Mark Eitzel - Homeland Pastoral

Buy it
Mark Eitzel - official site
American Music Club
very old KCRW show from 60 watt silver lining

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Maximilian Hecker - Rose

As recommended to me by a man I shifted some turf with for my next door neighbour. This begins gently enough, with a vocal styling not a million miles for the recent Antony and the Johnsons, twinkles along nicely in a laid back Blue Moods of Spain/Paul Quinn and the Independents' Will I Ever be Inside of You kind of vein, before someone hits the shoegaze guitar button about two thirds in and the angst surfaces only to submerge again and finish with the piano going a bit bonkers and then - a reprise. Not enough reprises in songs these days. Anyway here it is:

Maximilian Heckler - Rose

Album review
Buy It

Friday, October 21, 2005

Dolly Parton - The Bargain Store


Not sure if this as been posted here already, but I thought I'd repost it just to keep Kate happy.

Dolly Parton - The Bargain Store

To quote Kate, “it’s a poignant tale where Dolly uses the analogy of a Poundstretcher to describe her current state”.

And in "these boots were made for walking" kind of feel here she is again:

Dolly Parton - Dumb Blonde

Thursday, October 13, 2005

rachel goswell - if

Taken from the rather splendid compilation friends and lovers - the songs of Bread, this is Mojave 3's Rachel Goswell (she has a solo album too you know) singing the cheesy, but classic If. Also covered by Dolly Parton and her album Halos and Horns, although Dolly doubled up the time for a kind of joyous end of the world compared to Rachel's.

Here we get the purity of the vocal (and the sentiment) against a tremelo/phased guitar line grounded with an acoustic guitar and tantalising few bars of Robert Kirby-esque keyboard/string arrangement.

Rachel Goswell - If

And because I'm writing this on a delayed train home here's Dave Derby's rather straight take on I use the soap:

Dave Derby - I use the Soap

and the Holy Sons' Beck-style treatment of Last Time:

Holy Sons - Last Time

Buy it

Friday, October 07, 2005

Nashville and Fiddles - June Drucker


Howdy pardners.
It's Friday night, I'm fresh back from a trip to Nashville and am setting the pace for the weekend with some old time fiddle music to get us all dancing around our respective kitchens.

June Drucker is better known as a bassist, but she surely has a way with a fiddle. Treat yourself and have a listen to her rendition of Darkest Angel by for a healthy dose of fiddle goodness.

Buy it

P.S. I can wholeheartedly recommend a visit to the Music Valley Wax Museum for some truly hilarious and terrifying effigies of your favourite lonesome folk. Sadly, no website, but rest assured, the photos will be making an appearance here soon.

Friday, September 23, 2005

kinky love

So I haven't posted much in the last month or so, but that still hasn't stopped my bandwidth getting eaten up by the various mp3blog aggregators and file leaches. So I've had to remove almost all the older music files, let me know if you missed anything.
Anyway here, for no real reason other than I thought about the colour pink and the words Flesh Balloon when I woke up is the pale saints covering kinky love, and nancy sinatra's version of the same. Enjoy.

pale saints - kinky love
nancy sinatra - kinky love

Friday, September 16, 2005

the chordettes - mister sandman

Don't ask me why, but once this song gets stuck in my head it is almost impossible to get rid of. Was there was a mid-fifties trend in female barbershop style singing? I can see that acts in the UK like the Andrews sisters (don't get my mum started...) right the way through to the nolans (and b*witched) are carrying on the tradition, but the harmonies in this are just leagues ahead of "in the mood for dancing".

Bing, bong, bing, bong, bing, bong, bing, bong, bing, bong, bing, bong, bing...

and it has the words Lonesome and Liberace in, but sadly is recorder deficient.

the chordettes - mister sandman

more info

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Vashti Bunyan - Hidden

Better late than never - apologies for the almost complete cessation of posts - work has got in the way of real life, then I went on holiday to Maine and now work is back in full effect. Anyway as part of my increasing belief in the power of recorders in music, Vashti Bunyan is back with more tremulous folk music on her new album (the first for 35 years, following the classic just another diamond day) called lookingaftering.

Vashti Bunyan - Hidden

Monday, July 18, 2005

Laura Cantrell makes it all look so easy

Her album "Humming By the Flowered Vine" has an easy grace and beautifully pitched tone. Songs that would otherwise sound mundane, cloying or trite in other's hands sound intimate and delicately considered. That's not to say there's no passion, but the beauty is in the understatement and subtlety, the album hangs together well, with it's Dusty style opener through to the Lucinda Williams cover Letters (at least I think it's a cover...?).

Laura Cantrell - Khaki and Corduroy

Laura Cantrell - Bees

Official Site with lots of mp3s

Friday, June 24, 2005

Indie MP3 - losing people and finding country music

Indie MP3 - Keeping C86 Alive! has a peel session version of Ballboy and Laura Cantrell doing I lost you (but I found country music) - go and get it!

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Brett Dennen

I get quite a few emails asking for me to listen to bands/artists and/or post about them - I always listen to the songs, visit the site etc., and the vast majority of the time I think they are either unsuitable (the poster hasn't actually realised what sort of music I like) or overexposed in the relatively small world of mp3blogs - cf. Bullette.

I had an email about Brett Dennen the other day asking if I'd post it on lastsound, I replied that it wasn't really the sort of thing that makes the blog, and suggested he try uncommon folk (btw. consistantly brilliant), and come others.

I've played the song quite a few times since then, and have come to the conclusion that it is better placed here on lonesome. It's a mellow, reflective acoustic number with some fantastic Van Morrison/Astral Weeks verbal diarrhea as the lyrics spills out across a subtle swing in a big yellow taxi kind of way, in fact Joni isn't such a long stretch of the imagination. As always comments welcome.

Brett Dennen - desert sunrise

Official Site

Thursday, May 26, 2005

sons and daughters - the repulsion box

The threat of violence is always implicit in the scrawny, wired and visceral Sons and Daughters. Their new album the repulsion box (released June 6th) is preceded by the Fall meets Nick Cave meets PJ Harvey (now that's a party!) single Dance me in and here's another track of primal Scots rockabilly from the album to whet your whistle - hunt

official site

six figure transatlantic

Not sure if their name is a statement of intent or budget requirement for the next album (that'll be one J200 and a nice Gretsch or two), Sweden's six figure transatlantic make a lovely sound.

The Banjo driven Denver has an early Wilco sound, although it could be the ultra clean vocals and lyrics mentioning games and parades that's doing that for me.

Try also Hello! Surprise!'s guide to swedish pop scene.

Now is that six figures SEK or USD?

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Deadman - When the music's not forgotten

Now this really is beautiful. Lonesome fans will love it. I defy you to hear it and not be moved.

Deadman have crafted this pearl of a song in memory of the musicians who have died over the past few years - it was recorded on the day Johnny Cash died. Life's big questions and good old fashioned soul-searching to the tune of husband/wife harmonies. All this redemptive yearning and some steel guitar too.

Deadman - When The Music's Not Forgotten

More about them on their official site, on their record label One little indian US and a biog on This is Texas Music.

Album released 6th June

More tracks in the invisible comments.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Ballboy over at 3hive

3hive have Ballboy's I lost you, But I found Country Music available with 4 other tunes Lloyd Cole would be proud to call his own.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

healthy concerts - house concerts live acoustic music in small venues

and via that last link I so want to go back to Brighton to take part on this: healthy concerts - house concerts, live acoustic music in small venues

JCBSONG by Nizlopi

Touching in the same way that the first Athlete album Vehicles and Animals was about a childhood half remembered first hand, half gleaned from the photographic evidence the JCBSONG (video preview) by Nizlopi (more songs in Listen section) is very sweet and I can't wait to hear more - the songs on their site remind me of Martin Stephenson and the Daintees.

Friday, May 13, 2005

El Camino Gig plug

In or near London this weekend? Fancy seeing a band in full flight, with real tunes a guitarist that would kill to be gram parsons and a singer that not only holds a tune and is in tune?

May 14 2005 8:00PM -The Half Moon Putney

How are you fixed for June?

Jun 2 2005 9:00PM - Buffalo Bar
Jun 15 2005 10:00PM - The Half Moon Putney
Jun 22 2005 9:00PM - Clapham Grand Clapham

A big fan of voicebox shaping?

Jul 1 2005 8:00PM - Shepherds Bush Empire

El Camino in My Space
Official Site

Apologies for the cross post from lastsound, but listen to the tracks on the mySpace.

Summer is here

A truly beautiful day in Vienna, and I'm only here until the end of next week. Walked in listening to the HAL album, still a stunning piece of work. Check these little beauties:

Slow Down (you've got a friend)

Coming Right Over

Now go and buy the album - it's only £8.99 - these are only at 128kbps and do not do justice to the music.

Official Site

Thursday, April 28, 2005

James Apollo

Apollo, James Esq. purveyor of the type of Americana that warms the cockles.

A couple more tracks here.

No pedal steel though.

Kate Maki

via 3hive comes some old timey country stylings from kate maki. Quite a few mp3s to listen to and hear the implied yodelling and delicate acoustic fingerpicking - there's some expensive instruments in the photos for those, like me, that suffer from a guitar fetish. At least she can actually play.

The mp3s are missing a killer song - but then perhaps that's why you have to buy the album?

bandwidth gone

oops - a quiet month for posting and I still go over my bandwidth - come back again in a few days...

Monday, April 25, 2005

Was I the first

6.20am this morning at Heathrow Terminal 4 on my way to work, I saw the guy raising the shutters at HMV, he'd got the first one up and was working on the second when I spotted the HAL album on the shelves for £8.50, well it would have been rude not to buy it really wouldn't it? Given that the album is released today in the UK, I think I might have grounds to claim it was the first one actually bought. Of course I then burnt it onto my laptop at the gate and then onto to my iRiver so I could listen to it on the plane.

I'm now on my fifth listen through (having arrived in Vienna), but the singles all point in the direction the album takes - like the very best bits of post-Pet Sounds Beach Boys, mixed with a little Neil Young. Seems funny to finally have a crackle free version of Worry 'bout the wind though (and I think it's a different version).

Buy their album

Official site

Sunday, April 24, 2005

London Leben: 268 Splendid MP3 Blogs

London Leben: 268 Splendid MP3 Blogs - saves me the trouble of suggesting links to others when is not sufficient!

Friday, April 22, 2005

Hal - play the hits

Summer's here - check out the Beach Boy harmonies on this little beauty:

HAL - play the hits

Straight from the purple vinyl 7" - so no tags, sorry.

The album is out on Monday - hurrah!

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Special Fellow

PCL LinkDump directed me to the rather fine Special Fellow, with some great songs - so many I felt compelled to add the site to the blogroll - I particularly liked the unchained melody post.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Tarkio - I Guess I Was Hoping For Something More

via no one here is asking - a whole album of Colin Meloy's pre-decemberist band - over at you ain't no picasso Tarkio - I Guess I Was Hoping For Something More

Bars & Guitars

Meanwhile over at Bars & Guitars, Peter is doing a great job, posting some great Damien Jurado tracks. His blog is fast becoming my working day's soundtrack.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

marissa nadler

Found via a link from the BBC Collective about Joanna Newsome is the rather lovely marissa nadler (official site mp3s to listen to), whose songs sound like Laura Veirs, but slightly out of focus. Which works for me.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Ruben Gonzalez

Can you hear the thunderstorm overhead?
Ruben Gonzalez - Chanchullo

Buy it

My album of the week

So breezing around a landlocked country listening to sea-shanties that mix revenge, mobey dick intense obsession, jonah, pinocchio and for some reason the mental image of Jim Carrey dressed as Count Olaf dressed as a fisherman might seem weird, but The Decemberists' new album picaresque is bloody fantastic. It's just so rich in language, and the other songs have a heavy hint of meat is murder-era Smiths. Confused? I'm still finding new things and taking new delight each time I hear it.

Here's the sea shanty - it's a huge one!: The decemberists - the mariner's revenge song

Buy it

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

the magic numbers - anima sola

Well walking through the city in the early morning is proving much better for my morale than I had anticipated. My mp3 player providing a blissed-out soundtrack for life getting started in the Austrian capital.

M83 are providing a very european, lush slowdive on synths soundtrack in the evenings, but this morning it was this little gem from the magic numbers.

The magic numbers - anima sola

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Mark Eitzel best of

Having been quite pleased with the AMC retrospective I put together last year, I've been trying to get a Mark Eitzel one put together from his solo stuff - songs of love then from 60 watt silver lining onward (the toiling midgets doesn't count in my book - he's fronting a band that's not his own)

The trouble is my choices keep changing - anyone got any firm favorites?

Wednesday, March 23, 2005


Work is preventing posting, but I thought you might appreciate this index of the mighty Ween's 12 LiveCountry Greats, found using this

Friday, March 11, 2005

Fiona apples - extraordinary machine

Download Fiona apple's extraordinary machine, an album that has been held in record label limbo land since 2003. After having got a few tracks from various places, Womenfolk kindly posted this link.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Thursday, March 03, 2005

grapeJuiceplus and johnny dilks

grapeJuiceplus has a fine country swing post about Johnny Dilks, for those of us not afraid of an early morning yodel.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

HAL - what a lovely dance

Following on from one of last year's best singles comes HAL's second splendid single - come on lads pull your finger out and get that album on the shelves.

Listen: hal - what a lovely dance

Buy it

Official site

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Tindersticks - the not knowing

Sometimes only an orchestrated heartbreak will do - from the tindersticks first album (now remastered with an extra disk of bits and pieces).

Listen: Tindersticks - the not knowing
Buy: the tindersticks first album

Monday, February 28, 2005

kathleen edwards new album preview

Craig's ever-fine songs:illinois has some tracks from Kathleen Edwards' new album that are great - pay him a visit.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

tift meritt - are you still in love with me

From her Bramble Rose LP. Tift's latest Tambourine is good, but for me it lacks the sucker punch that this track (a a couple of others on Bramble Rose) have.

Listen: Tift Meritt - are you still in love with me?

Buy: Bramble Rose and/or Tambourine

Thursday, February 24, 2005

brel - ne me quitte pas

At the suggestion of my sister, an attempt to carry on that torch song theme just a while longer.

Jacques Brel - Ne me quitte pas

Scott Walker - If you go away

What cheery souls we are.

Buy Brel - Infiniment

Buy Scott3 (what do you mean, you don't own it?)

Maybe (OK, fairly definitely) some steel guitars next time.

Monday, February 21, 2005

fistful of love

Sometime back in December, a music blog posted this track by antony and the johnsons - I listened to it over and over again on repeat, then went and got the album. I've lost track just lately of pretty much everything, so if it was you that posted it thanks, and for the rest of you - one more time now:

Antony and the johnsons - fistful of love

Buy I am a bird now

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

The Last Town Chorus

The Last Town Chorus have a guitar/lap steel/female singer thing going on that is quite magical. I left a comment on Bars and Guitars about the Two Gallants record, and Peter was kind enough to drop me a line (a 'real' email rather than reply to my comment) asking about ltc, but as I was listening to the tracks on their site again I realised i should be putting out the word - especially as they are playing London this Sunday evening. Unfortunately I can't make it, owing to having to be on a plane at 6.25am the following morning to Vienna (work not play), typical.

listen: The Last Town Chorus - change your mind

Monday, January 10, 2005


Hem's debut, Rabbit Songs was one of my favorite albums a few years ago. Quiet, understated and upbeat in a tragic Cowboy Junkies/K.D.Lang kind of way, but not seeming to be a band big on promotion in the UK I didn't find out they had a new album until the end of last year. One import from Caiman (off Amazon) later and I've been swooning around to it over the Christmas break in the kitchen.

my father's waltz
an easy one

Buy it
Official site (stream the whole album here)

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

whiteout - dee troyt

Just a little tune by some skinny white kids from Scotland that really really want to be American, and none the worse for that.

dee troyt

just passin' through kid

and the status quo-tastic boogie of the a-side (also posted on lastsoundofsummer):

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

balloon - tightrope walker

From the album gravity - Balloon was seemingly one off project between ian bickerton and david sheppard, produced by "mr infinite guitar" Michael Brook. With it's tremulous Feargal Sharkey like voice, it's an understated album in the same vein as eric matthews. This track (that was released as a single) features Sarah McLachlan and no pedal steel guitar.
balloon - tightrope walker

Buy it