Saturday, October 25, 2008

In a cabin with Arthur Adams

It's been a long time since the opening song on an album has made me swear, but this one did. Good lord, it's a belter - make sure you listen right to the end.

Arthur Adam's album is part of the very intriguing In a Cabin With series, which plonks a couple of musicians who haven't worked together in a remote cabin (normally in Scandanavia somewhere) for a week and then makes the result downloadable for free. Those closer to me will know how much this appeals.

Nothing like a bit of splendid isolation to clear mind, body and soul. And it certainly sounds like it worked some big sky magic here.

Listen: Arthur Adams - Things are Moving

Find out more about the project or download the whole album here.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo

Wipe away those tears all, it's the weekend and time for some rollicking good times.

And I can't think of a better soundtrack than Brent Amaker and the Rodeo who are plying their pitch-black honky tonk wares in various pitch-black honky tonks as we speak.

There's an album out next month - with the fantastic title of Howdy Do! - we'll certainly be keeping an eye out for it.

Listen: Brent Amaker and the Rodeo - When Love Gets to a Man

Listen: Brent Amaker and the Rodeo - Girls are Good for Lots of Things

Buy the first album, and stream some more songs on from the new one on their MySpace page.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Another Lie Down and a Cry

This could have been a Tindersticks double header, but I can't find my copy of No More Affairs (7", so I won't have sold that one). Here we have perhaps the most English possible heartbreak song. The sentiment is worthy of a Graham Greene novel (you know the one). He sings that he can live with the fact that his lover might be cheating on him, and he doesn't really want to know, just as long as they don't leave. Sound like any other song you know?

Listen: The Tindersticks - The Not Knowing

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Songs that make you want to lie down on the floor and cry

Roll up, roll up, who wants to play a new game? Or at least join in with an occasional series?

Howard and I have just spent the last half an hour on the phone talking about songs that make us want to lie down on the floor and cry. Obviously American Music Club feature very highly - we never did quite make it past the relentless sadness of Everclear (in oh so may ways) - but this is a game that's going to keep on rolling. What we're after are songs that make us both suck the air in between our teeth, wince slightly and go 'ooh, that's a corker'. And if that sounds like an invitation, it's meant to.

Starting us off with a baritone to bring you to your knees:

Listen: Paul Quinn and the Independent Group - Will I Ever Be Inside of You?

Over to you, Team Lonesome - feel free to contribute. And if anyone has got a copy of the full album, then please get in touch. Mine's on tape and Howard sold his vinyl copy to keep him in gin and fags.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Like one on a lonesome road

Remember this when we all admitted to welling up on public transport when the right (or wrong) song pops up?

Well, the commute isn't getting any easier now we're drawing into autumn, is it? Howard and I spoke early doors on Thursday and both admitted to feeling a bit on a misty morning, but as Catherine Howe has only just been posted up here, I'll resist the urge. Instead, let's have some Lurlene-like bluegrass and country classics to celebrate and commiserate life on the road.

Listen: Mike Auldridge - Trains Make Me Lonesome

Listen: Red Simpson - Roll, Truck, Roll

Buy Mike Auldridge here, or some fine Red here.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Picking with the kinfolk

We are lucky to be surrounded by love and laughter in our family.
I mean, hands up, who here plays 'bands' at the weekends? Most of us, in one way or another, I'd guess. But I bet not many of us would throw ourselves into it with such aplomb as the Lonesome gang (junior version). Top marks for the dress-up, D - not many girls can wear a rock cape with such conviction.

One of us is 10 today. Happy birthday Q. XXX

And in honour of our babies, in age order, here's a Lonesome set list:

Listen: Jarvis Cocker - Quantum Theory (Buy)

Listen: Fleet Foxes - Oliver James (Buy)

Listen: Jesse Malin - Aftermath (Buy)

Listen: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan - Something To Believe (Buy)

Listen: Ronald Binge - Sailing By (Buy)

Listen: Fionn Regan - Noah (Buy)