Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Sonya Cotton and Chris Kiehne

Chris Kiehne emailed me about some halloween tracks that he thought I might like - he was right. They were both recorded in the last week according to Chris, so here they are, hot off the hard drive:

Keep Quiet (by Sonya Cotton www.sonyacotton.com)

The Kingdom of the Dead (by Chris Kiehne www.theblandallisons.com)

Happy holidays, whatever you're celebrating.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

the be good tanyas - hello love

Fitting like a glove in the lonesome music CD collection, the new album by the be good tanyas called hello love is a thing of beauty, the kind of hazy country-folk hybrid wherein words are mumbled and stretched like Van at the top of his game, and an assortment of lovely instruments are struck, plucked and strummed into willing submission. The first is the title track and second chosen because it reminded me to post some Opal here sometime soon.

Listen: the be good tanyas - hello love
Listen: the be good tanyas - opal
Buy it

Bonus: the be good tanyas - human thing mp3 freely available from their US merch store.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

dennis wilson - pacific ocean blue

It's no secret that I'm a massive Beach Boys fan, or that the older I get the more I find myself drawn to the mid-period albums. Dennis Wilson's solo album Pacific Ocean Blue from 1977 eluded me until two years ago, when I found it online in its entirety on a tribute site protesting about the music company's refusal to re-release it (the 1990 CD release pops up on ebay for frightening amounts of money, and the quality is not meant to be all that good anyway). So if ever there was a Rhino or Rykodisc candidate for the full mastering treatment and a green jewel case, this gets my vote. The music itself is rich and lush, Dennis's voice breaks in all the right places and his cosmic vibe sentiments never get mawkish.

Listen: Dennis Wilson - Thoughts of you
Listen: Dennis Wilson - Farwell my friend

Friday, October 06, 2006


Taken from the monumental 1972 Atlantic double album Manassass, we're carrying on with that soft country rock theme here with Stephen Still's fantastically accomplished band. This is in addition to the stuff he was putting out waith Crosby and Nash! The extended blues guitar workouts aren't really my cup of tea, and smack of band concession/filler but I'm sure (hope) they made more sense in the context of the 1970's American landscape rather than my current home counties aspect of Lonesome's southern HQ.We'll get weepy again next post, I promise.
Listen: Manassas - Johnny's Garden
Listen: Manassas - Colorado
Buy it: Manassas