Tuesday, January 29, 2008

songs:illinois - Tift Merritt post

songs:illinois has new songs from Tift Merritt’s “Another Country”, and if you haven't got a copy of her duetting with Two Dollar Pistols then you've missed out (Although you can get it cheaper than Amazon if you look.)

Thursday, January 24, 2008


It's been an odd few weeks, I've all but given up listening to music after the glut of new music we received at the end of last year. I've had audiobooks in the car and I still haven't got around to listening to the new Sons and Daughters album that I am keen to hear somewhere deep down inside.

That said I've come to realise that I need to start engaging with music rather than avoiding it, so I've started to work through the backlog of emails we get and cherry pick the ones that more than make the grade for a lonesome post, like Theodore.

Theodore are from St Louis, Missouri and make a similar tug on my heartstrings as Spain (that first album of theirs breaks my heart) & our recent favourites Leatherbag, but with brass. They've got one album out and another ready to go, although it's not obvious where you can buy them from - any help would be appreciated.

Listen: Theodore - Between the rows

Listen: Theodore - Back from the War (sweary)


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Holiday and the Adventure Pop Collective

Ignore the name and indulge yourself in some country-twinged pop whimsy.

This improbably-named lot shipped up at Al Jardine's Big Sur studio last year to stick down their album in front of a live audience and the result is a charmingly laid-back folky treat that has crept under my skin over the past few weeks.

Imagine a more folky Hal, or if The Bees went country, or if their lead singers went through a big Harry Nilsson phase.
There's no bass, but there is a tuba. What's not to love?

Listen - Holiday and the Adventure Pop Collective - Garden Song
Listen - Holiday and the Adventure Pop Collective - Start All Over Again


Thursday, January 17, 2008

the battle of land and sea

It's a rare thing indeed that we ever post anything from MySpace, and we firmly but politely decline emails pointing us to myspace sites as a matter of course, but Large Hearted Boy piqued my interest in the battle of land and sea's interview with Drowned in Sound promising among my swan era swooning in a mazzy star style, and it really is lovely. Sadly no download, but you could always use mp3mymp3 if you really wanted to have the songs to call your own before the album comes out in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

At thirty-one, when some are rich

And others dead,
I, being neither, have a job instead.

Nothing like a spot of Larkin to see you through miserable January workdays.

Whilst we're all readjusting to the daily grind and trying to shake off our professional ennui, let's take heart from a few fellow working types. And each other, of course.

Listen: United Steel Workers of Montreal - Ask Me To Stay
Listen: Sufjan Stevens - To the Workers of the Rockford
Listen: Dolly - Daddy's Working Boots
Listen: Hawksley Workman - Don't Be Crushed

Buy the United Steel Workers of Montreal, Sufjan Stevens,
Dolly (£2.98!), or Hawksley Workman.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Donna Beasley - Good Samaritan

If you're feeling jaded and oversaturated with the ubiquitous glut of the end of year posts, then let me recommend Donna Beasley to you. Her debut might just be the perfect antidote. Prick up your ears.

It's a strangely woozy album, redolent with the heritage of Donna's native Tennessee and referencing out to a much broader spectrum of country, pop, bluegrass, even jazz in the vocal delivery. Steady handed and confident, it's compellingly seductive. Give it a whirl - it's hard not to fall for.

Listen - Donna Beasley - Cotton
Listen - Donna Beasley - No-one Here by that Name

Buy it

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Signs, signifiers and too much time on my hands

It's my first day back at work today and it has been an almighty struggle to get my words out.
I'm definitely feeling more saus-age than Sauss-ure and, in a working environment that is particularly sensitive to a turn of phrase, it's been hard work today to sort out my notations from their connations.

Cue much giddy train pondering about words, what they say they mean, what they really mean, and what the hell does it all mean, anyway? And how can we tell? Ah, blame the cold weather.

Still, any excuse to post this pair of slightly cadaverous lovelies to welcome in the new year.

Listen - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Signifying Wolf
Listen - Richard Hawley - Born Under a Bad Sign.

Try for the Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Cursed Sleep single, or treat yourself to a very reasonably priced copy of Richard Hawley's Cole's Corner.