Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Miranda Lambert - More Like Her

Ooh, I do love a good end of year list, don't you? I especially like them when they're not all about the shock of the new, but instead prompt you backwards to go and rediscover treasures from the recent past. That's exactly what's happened here - this song was mentioned by someone in one of the grown-up music mags as the song that they had listened to most this year. That was more than enough encouragement for me to dig it out - so I thought I'd share it with you here.

Listen: Miranda Lambert - More Like Her

And whilst we're at it, cop a load of this one too - one of the songs of 2007:

Listen: Miranda Lambert - Desperation.

Buy it.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Before Country Music

Get yourself over to River's Invitation and read the piece on Before Country Music (part 1), you can even download a lovely complilation.


Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Candidate - Swear it will Snow

This little beauty popped up on the shuffle as I was heading over white frosty hills yesterday morning and it was just a bit of a moment. Isn't it great when that happens?

Did you all hear this Candidate album a couple of years ago? It's a swoony, whimsical and very English pop album that I'm surprised has kept such a low profile. It's a proper grown up album full of good tunes and clever references - a good thing and well worth a revisit.

Listen: Candidate - Swear it will Snow

Oh, and it's got a song on it called Harryhausen, which can't help but make you smile if you've been raised on frequent viewings of Jason and the Argonaut. (And Sinbad the Sailor, too - our Mum can't look at Jane Seymour without mentioning that seagull foot). Bring on the Christmas edition.

Buy it.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Mark Eitzel and Franz Nicolay

A rainy Monday; deepest, darkest Leeds 6 and two be-hatted miserablists. How's that for a recipe for a fun night? Pretty irresistable from where I'm standing. Eitzel was headlining, of course, and Nicolay admitted he was a bit starstruck and had learned the guitar from Songs of Love. I'm just posting up the cover of Nicolay's album because, well, it's a good 'tache. And he's sporting a similar number.

So, a night of tears in beers, jokey openings and jumping in the crowd for Franz, Rabelasian stories from Mark (samples: "this song is about a whore I knew.... this one's about a sad male stripper"), not many girls in the crowd, handsigned merch and general good times. With extra banjo.

Listen: Franz Nicolay - Cease Fire or Mrs Norman Maine

Listen: American Music Club - Nightwatchman

Buy Franz or solo Mark, or some classic AMC. Sigh.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Invitation to the Blues

"My heart was all dressed up to go dancing..."
Ah, Julie. If there's a better opening line to a song about having the blues, then I don't think I've heard it.

I like the duality of this pair of songs; they're like binary opposites female/male, slick/rough, knowing/desperate. I can't help but imagine Julie singing this with a wry smile on her lips - and you don't get that with Tom, do you?

Both utterly, utterly melancholy - so just the ticket.

Listen: Julie London - Invitation to the Blues
Listen: Tom Waits - Invitation to the Blues.

Buy some Julie, or some Tom.

Some days just call for a bit of Porter and Dolly

It's grey and murky outside, it's a bit dark and gloomy inside and you're fed up and fighting the urge to put the heating on - what to do? Only one thing for it - stick on a bit of Porter and Dolly and let yourself be cheered right up.
Fantastic talky bits.

Listen: Dolly and Porter - Fight and Scratch (miaow)

Listen: Dolly and Porter - I've Been Married Just as Long as You Have

And because the woman is bloody marvel, let's have a bit of classic Dolly whilst we're at it.

Listen:Dolly Parton - Dumb Blonde

See, that's better, isn't it?

Track down some classy Dolly and Porter here or buy one of Dolly's best ofs.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Frightened Rabbit - Swim

...Until You Can't See Land

The sentiment is lonesome, even if the music isn't.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Round up from the last month or so

As my work with my current project draws to a hectic close, I thought I'd share with you some of the soundtrack to my last few weeks - it's mostly been about the lyric. Me? I'm just about out of words after writing thousands of words of hand-over documentation and the like, so just listen to the songs, write something nice in the comments and go buy the ones that appeal most to you.

Caroline Herring - Golden Apples of the Sun

Listen: Caroline Herring - Long Black Veil [Play]
Caroline Herring Official
Buy it

The Cave Singers - Welcome Joy

Listen: The Cave Singers - Summer Windows [Play]
The Cave Singers - Official
Buy it

The Mountain Goats - The Life Of The World To Come

Listen: The Mountain Goats - Genesis 3:23 [Play]
Mountain Goats - Official
Buy It

Friday, October 16, 2009

Jolie Holland - Escondida

Howard and I were talking about this album earlier this week whilst we were popping some edamame beans and waiting for this. Now, given that he's a fan of the Be Good Tanyas, I was quite surprised he hadn't heard this. I figured that there must be a fair few of you out there that are in the same boat, so I thought I'd post this to break the drought.

Escondida is a fantastic Sunday morning album, brilliant for keeping you company and keeping your interest, whilst never outstaying its welcome. It's quite a mixed bag and I could have chosen nearly any of the songs to put up here, they're all winners. It ranges from folksy picking to white girls blues to piano and brass ballads. There's even a song called 'Darlin Ukelele' - what's not to love? Here are a couple of favourites, but do yourself a favour and get hold of a copy to sample the full Jolie spectrum.

Listen: Jolie Holland - Old Fashioned Morphine

Listen: Jolie Holland - Do You?


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Linda Perhacs

Started the day with a little Linda Perhacs, the leaves have edges of yellow and red as Autumn creeps in. I've made the jam, picked most of the apples and all the cobnuts. There was the vague smell of burning leaves in a low mist. I'm still holding out for an Indian Summer, but it looks like I'll be very, very lucky to swim in the sea again this year.

Listen: Linda Perhacs - Hey, who really cares?


Buy It

Friday, August 28, 2009

Lonesomes Up North

A mix of circumstance and luck has brought both of us up north this week, with the parents in town too.

So to celebrate love, laughter, impromptu teas, train museums, day riders and charity shop treasures, let's have some northern treasures.

Listen: Catherine Howe - Up North (this beauty is making it's third Lonesome appearance in this post - please buy it)

Listen: Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies - A Call For The North Country (Buy)

Listen: Gene Clark - Lady of the North (Buy)

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Happy Birthday to us - Lonesome is Five

Here we are again - Lonesome is five today. Happy birthday to us.

As we've both said, this site is a bit like a public extension of the kind of rambling conversation that we've been having for a good couple of decades now - we used to swap tapes, then CDs and now we do most of it here on the web.

It's a source of wonder and delight that you lot listen, seem to like it and even join in. So let's celebrate with some cracking old-school country, a bit of folky oddness and a double dose of Eitzel and Gainsbourg. Think that just about sums it up, don't you, Howard?

Listen: George Jones - I've Aged Twenty Years in Five (Buy)

Listen: Mark Eitzel - Chanel No. 5 (Buy)

Listen: Sir Richard Bishop - Elysium Number Five (Buy)

Listen: Charlotte Gainsbourg - 5:55 (Buy)

Listen: Steve Wynn - Highway Five (AMC cover) (Buy)

Listen: Serge Gainsbourg - Wake Me at Five (Buy)

Friday, July 31, 2009

35 Rhums and French Fancies

I went to see a film called 35 Rhums last night and the music was fantastic, a mix of gallic whimsy, bassoon, strings and melancholia. Spot on lonesome. Especially when accompanying shots of people looking a bit glum on trains, and we all know how I feel about that.

So - to coin a phrase - imagine my surprise when the titles popped up and it turned out that the soundtrack was by Tindersticks. Perfect, somehow. Sadly, there don't seem to be any plans to release it, but you can hear the music from the closing titles on their MySpace here.

In the meantime, here are some ooh la la echoes of what the soundtrack reminded me of. Ah bon.

Listen: Calexico - Old Man Waltz

Listen: Yann Tiersen - L'autre Valse d'Amelie

Listen: Jeff Buckley - Je N'en Connais Pas La Fin

Buy Calexico's The Black Light here, Yann Tiersen's Amelie soundtrack here, or get a mawkishly overpackaged Live at Sin-e here.

Howard here - In a bizarre francophonic simultaneous post here's what I had planned to post today:

Montreal's Monogrenade sound like a francophone The Acorn on this track Ce Soir, taken from their brand spanking new debut EP "La saveur des fruits". It's a bit pacier than we normally post, so steady yourself or sit down before clicking the link.

Listen: Monogrenade - Ce Soir


Buy It

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Scott Walker breaks my heart

Do songs ever make you think in pictures? And books?
Do you ever think you're nothing more than some kind of synesthesic mess, just a big tissue of references and cross references and nothing is anything without a meta in front of it?
Or is it just me? Is it because working on a sunny Saturday afternoon just messes with your mind?

Either way, my cognitive pathways are a bit jarred.

So I hear Plastic Palace People and I see Chagall and flying people and I see young Billy Casper and hear Barry Hines' words.

It's quite a melancholic mix, let me tell you. Extraordinary. Tell me that I'm not on my own here. Anyone else?
I suppose I should just be grateful that it's not a slab of meat.

Listen: Scott Walker - Plastic Palace People

Buy, it's less than £3 and, frankly, essential.

I'm off for a long cold drink in a dark room.

Oh - for those of you who might have/heard of colour synesthesia, apparently John Donne's poems are all red and orange. But that's another post entirely.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Billy The Kid

Somewhere in the early morning haze between the Shipping Forecast and Farming Today, Radio 4 told the nation that today is the anniversary of Billy the Kid's death. That was just the prompt I needed post this belter from Luke Powers - a slice of steel-drenched and sand scorched Texassee to see us on our way.

Luke Powers - Billy the Kid Rides Again (Buy)

And whilst we're on the subject, here are some other Billy-related treats:

Nic Jones - Billy Don't You Weep For Me (Buy)

Super Furry Animals - Don't be a Fool, Billy (Buy)

Bobbie Gentry - Ode to Billy Joe (Buy) (House point if you can tell me what this song is all about, please)


Thursday, July 09, 2009

Hope Sandoval - Blanchard

I have bought many albums multiple times, but the first Mazzy Star album I think holds the record. I wore out two or three copies on tape (one of only two tapes I had whilst living in Cork, the other was Violent Femmes), then on vinyl and probably twice on CD as well (not including my wife's copy). So I'm always interested to hear what's new in the seemingly slow-moving world of Hope. I liked, but couldn't grow to love, the Bavarian Fruit Bread album from a few years back - it lacked the 'Country Music as imagined by Tim Burton' that I came to love and obsess slightly about in Mazzy Star. This new song from a forthcoming album promises a return to those soft edged vocals and burbling telecaster.
Listen: Hope Sandoval - Blanchard


Friday, July 03, 2009

The weather here has been hot and humid, I lay in bed with the duvet bunched up between me and my wife to act as a heat sump, we were too hot. The rain came at 3.15 this morning, we listened as my 3 year old son got up to watch the lightning out of his window for a bit in the semi-light and then went back to bed of his own accord. We drifted back to sleep worried about open windows, flash floods and our old cooker that is sat in the back garden. Last night our sleep was a little too salty.

I guess I'm going to have to get my 'Summer of Joni Mitchell' underway with some appropriate songs by current artists. Shannon Stephens' is from her new album, The Breadwinner, coming out on Sept 8th. The Blue Roses album is out July 21st.

Listen: Shannon Stephens - In the Summer Heat

Listen: Blue Roses - Doubtful Comforts

Shannon Stephens on MySpace
Blue Roses on MySpace

Friday, June 26, 2009

Fur and Steve - Travelers

A summer's Friday night is surely the time for a bit of dancing round the kitchen. So, let's have some big cowboy hats and guitars, yodeling and harmonies and, oh, some fiddle and trumpet to see us our way.

Fur and Steve make fantastic country-soaked folk songs about big highways, big heartbreak, the lure of home and the love of friends. It's impossible not to be charmed. Besides, how can you resist a woman called Fur?

Extra points for the trumpet on the album opener and first song posted here.

Listen: Fur Dixon and Steve Werner - Journey to Another Side

Listen: Fur Dixon and Steve Werner - Homesick for the Highway Blues



Monday, June 22, 2009

Midnight shakes the memory

As a madman shakes a dead geranium.

I seem to have done a fair bit of dead geranium shaking recently (literally and figuratively) and my northern exploits have meant that I've seen a fair whack of midnight sun.

So, let's have some songs about the witching hour to celebrate the nights drawing in.

Listen: Porter Wagoner - Midnight (this is an absolute corker)

Listen: Rhonda Vincent - Midnight Angel

Listen: Buddy Holly - Midnight Shift (oddly, this seems a bit racy)

Listen: Julie London - 'Round Midnight

Buy some Porter, some Rhonda, some Buddy, or, oh yes, yes, some Julie.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Charlie Wadhams Darkness

A lovely weekend that's taken all of Monday to wear off. That's my son Noah, asleep on the train home from Central London after seeing the London Eye (too young to go on it yet), a lovely lunch and running across Waterloo Bridge.

To keep the soothing thoughts going here's a track from Charlie Wadhams' ep In a Goldmine, that you can download for free from his official website. You can also see the lovely video for the lead track Someone to Kiss.

Listen: Charlie Wadhams - Darkness



Saturday, June 06, 2009

Rain and Snow

Last weekend, when this country was having the flags proverbially cracked, I was up to my thighs in snow on top of a glacier. Funny how things go, isn't it?

Obviously this post is just an excuse for me to ramble on about Iceland and The Lonesome Sisters, possibly two of my favourite favourite things. I'd encourage you all to have a go at both.

If you've been hanging around here for a while, you'll know our love of this lot. It's where it all began and how we found our blog name. So, on the off chance that you haven't had the pleasure yet, then do give this a whirl for top-notch old-timey bluegrass harmonies.

Listen: The Lonesome Sisters - Rain and Snow

And whilst we're about it, here are some more snowy delights.

Listen: Emmylou Harris - Roses in the Snow

Listen: Hank Snow - Miller's Cave.

Please buy The Lonesome Sisters, splash out on some deluxe Emmylou or get your hands on some essential Hank Snow.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Gibson Brothers - Ring the Bell

Apologies for going a bit quiet lately, normaly I'd blame work, but the real reason is that I've been playing my new guitars a bit too much. I've got one of these and one of those. So that's it for a very, very long time. Anyway here's Noah's first non pre-school specific request for music in the car, he's got great taste already. This is the title track from their new album, that I'm very much looking forward to hearing.

Check the official website for some fantastic earlier album covers.

Listen - Gibson Brothers - Ring the Bell

Buy It

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Alasdair Roberts - Spoils

I missed Alasdair Roberts at Homegame so was very pleased to see him in Leeds last night. Picture the scene - room above a pub, fantastic Victorian tiles all round, skinny bloke in directional jeans who looks like he could be in, oh, Maximo Park, gets up and starts singing, well, this. Astonishing.

It's not often that you get the words saturnine and sarcophagi in a song, clever bugger. Top marks all round.

Listen: Alasdair Roberts - So Bored Was I [Dark Triad]

And because every day's a school day, the Dark Triad is the group of personality types that are associated with 'bad boys' - narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy. It's always the quiet ones.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

James Blackshaw interview on Radio 4

God bless the BBC - an interview with James Blackshaw. Here on BBC - Today, think John Fahey meets Philip Glass.

Listen: James Blackshaw - Cross

Monday, April 20, 2009

Karine Polwart at Homegame

When your very favourite things are (1) being by the sea, (2) being with friends who just get it, (3) easy pints and (4) music, then Homegame is just about the perfect festival.

I'm just back from a euphoric few days up in Anstruther where I developed a bit of a crush on Karine Polwart. (And several other Fence-y types, if truth be told). But Karine's the one to post up here - a breath of folky beauty; clear, beautiful and with a huge generosity and warmth.

Listen: Karine Polwart - The Light on the Shore

Listen: Karine Polwart - Follow the Heron

Buy Faultlines or Scribbled In Chalk from Karine's website - more downloads there too.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Love + Hate = Hate

Yet another corker from King Creosote. Any song that starts with lyrics about an internal magnet that pulls you north is going to be a winner in my book.

Love, loneliness, regret, northern lights and cats to a swirly backing with extra accordian. Sigh.

Listen: King Creosote & HMS Ginafore - Aurora Boring Alias

From an album with HMS Ginafore (filed under 'various artists'). Buy it direct from the Fence Records website.

Anyone else coming to Homegame?

Friday, April 03, 2009

Lonesome Mixtape on When You Awake

We were delighted when Jody from the fantastic When You Awake asked us to do a mix tape - what an honour. So, if you want more of us, head on over for a kind of Lonesome best of.

It’s made up of songs that we’ve posted over the years and especially loved. We’ve missed out a firm family favourite (Brand New Love) and we would have liked to have featured some more recorders, but we're secretly quite pleased with how it turned out.

Here's the link.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Tribute to Utah Phillips

Oh my. Now here's a tearjerker. Utah Phillips (folk musician, activist, pacifist, hobo, freight train hopper, union organiser and all round good guy) spends 40 years touring, hits hard times, falls ill, his musician pals rally round to record a fundraiser, it grows to become a big project that attracts luminaries of the folky/country scene, it's fantastic, Phillips dies before he can hear it. Sniff.

All profits are going to his family - do yourself a favour and get your hands on a copy.

Please listen.

Listen: Will Brown, Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen - Going Away

Listen: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker - Reuben's Train

Listen: Ed Trickett - The Telling Takes Me Home


Thursday, March 19, 2009

More Bettelheim than Ariel

Has there ever been a more exposed and less impressive piece of public art than the Little Mermaid? She looks a bit cold to me. And she's not had an easy time of it all round - never mind the dancing on bleeding legs, just look at the view she's stuck with. The people who chopped her head off a few years ago probably thought they were doing her a favour.

Listen: Josh Rouse - Camping in Copenhagen

Listen: Josh Rouse - Come Back [Light Thearpy] (Best use of the word serotonin in pop ever).


Monday, March 16, 2009

The Lonesome collaborative playlist - Spotify

I've been using Spotify for a few weeks, it scrobbles by last.fm and lets me listen to loads of old country blues and classical whilst at work. It allows collaborative mixes - so if you are using spotify and have some recommendations/suggestions feel free to put them on and I'll give them a try. Spotify doesn't have complete coverage so I don't expect it to replace people emailing mp3s any time soon, but there are some great songs. I've started just by adding a few songs with the word lonesome in the title.

The Lonesome playlist

All About Collaborative Playlists

Friday, March 13, 2009


It's a rare thing indeed that we post videos, particularly of such an upbeat song, but this video was the first time I heard (and saw) Valentiger. I was there thinking 'too upbeat for lonesome' but the song was really strong, the guitar really cool and there was a Jonathan Richman/David Byrne kind of thing going on that I found interesting.

The Album from which it comes - Power Lines to Electric Times has some more lonesome style tracks - two of which are posted below, but I'd recommend pretty much all the songs on the album.

So what else can I say to persuade you of merit? The album managed to bring to mind Crooked Rain Crooked Rain without the lyric

Listen: Valentiger - Courses

Listen: Valentiger - Never Ready

Buy it

Friday, February 27, 2009

The Water Callers - Springboard

Close harmonies? Tick.
Pedal steel? Tick.
Spot of banjo? Tick.
Real life brothers? Tick.

Right then, can't argue with this. We're onto a winner with the new Water Callers album. It's no-nonsense americana in its finest sense and it draws a line straight from the Everlys (swoon) to the Avetts. Enjoy.

Listen: The Water Callers - Look, Sweet Girl

Listen: The Water Callers - She Was the One.

If you're lucky enough to live in North Carolina, you can buy from local shops like Chaz's and Offbeat in Durham. For those of us not in the triangle (or even the right continent), mosey on over to their MySpace page or buy their last one from CD Baby.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Some more AMC

We don't always get too many comments left on Lonesome, but we do get lots of emails - we love hearing from you. And it's always a pleasure to hear from fellow AMC fans.

So, for Marc, here are a couple of the songs from the second CD released as part of a set for Johnny Mathis' Feet back in 1993.

Listen: American Music Club - Dallas, Airports, Bodybags (Home Demo)

Listen: American Music Club - The Amyl Nitrate Dreams of Pat Robertson

There's a whole set of Mercury demos available, too, if you're feeling completist. For everyone else, and just on the off-chance that you haven't got it yet, hurry on over and download Everclear free here.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Should I, after tea and cakes and ices,

Have the strength to force the moment to its crisis?

Cor, this week has been a long and hard one.

But life is better with a cup of tea.

So, which songs have I missed?

Listen: Neil Halstead - Elevenses (link removed after DMCA complaint)

Listen: Tindersticks - Tea Stain (link removed after DMCA complaint)

Listen: The Kinks - Afternoon Tea (link removed after DMCA complaint)

Listen: Kings of Convenience - I Don't Know What I Can Save You From. (If you haven't heard this for a while, give it another listen; I'd forgotten how good it is).

Download the Halstead Transmission, and buy Tindersticks, Something Else, and/or Quiet Is the New Loud. And put the kettle on.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A lonesome valentine

Time for a lonesome valentine.

Let's not forget that it's not all roses.

Listen: American Music Club - Keep Me Around

Listen: Dolly Parton - When Someone Wants to Leave

Buy AMC's Mercury and Dolly's Jolene.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Dory Previn - The Lady with the Braid

I found myself singing this to my best girl friends this weekend and was met with blank looks. Now to be fair, this is far from a rare occurence, but it is one that can easily be put right.

So - Dory Previn, yes as in Andre (pre-Mia) - quietly bonkers, hugely melodic, good on the words. A fine 1971 vintage of total lady folk quality.

Hand crocheted indeed.

Listen: Dory Previn - The Lady with the Braid

There's a new compliation out which would be a good place to start - buy it here

Friday, February 06, 2009

Claire Holley - Hush

Is Mississippi the showboat state? I can't remember. Either way, there's nothing overtly showy about this one, just plain, unabashed, good quality songs. Claire Holley's discography goes back a decade, but I confess this is the first I've heard of her. And I'll be seeking out some more.

Just when you think it's all sugar sweet girl acousticness to do the crossword to, you'll tune into the lyrics and feel a bit, er, unsettled. Delightful.

Listen: Claire Holley - Wedding Day
Listen: Claire Holley - Edge of a Storm


Monday, February 02, 2009

End of the World

I'm still on that fifties/early sixties kick I started, the buddy holly anniversary has just pushed it along, so as well as classic rock and roll I'm now getting to hear songs that were in the hit parade when there was a hit parade, not necessarily rock and roll, but big production ballads like this one. I've just realised I have two versions of this, Skeeter Davis and Julie London, they're both great but Skeeter gets posted because she has a better name. It's got a great talky bit.

Listen: Skeeter Davis - End of the World

Buy it

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

John Martyn RIP

So soon after Davy Graham's passing just a few weeks ago, it is with great regret and a tear that I heard of John Martyn's death on my way home from work this evening. Although I never saw him play live, he was and remains responsible for some of my favorite music. Like Graham, I found his interviews and lifestory intimidating, a bear of a man with very human failings and a wilful streak a mile wide. Again I'm just posting the first thing I heard him play on the radio - but this really was just the start point, he was 18 and had many more amazing albums ahead of him.

Listen: John Martyn - Back To Stay

Buy it

Friday, January 23, 2009

Eilen Jewell - Letters from Sinners and Strangers

Now then, why wasn’t this girl all over everyone's end of year lists? I'm coming in with a very late 'honourable mention' here – Eilen Jewell's 'Letters from Sinners and Strangers' is a cracker.

I first heard Eilen's Boundary County over at the ever-reliable songs:illinois and was smitten enough to seek this out last year, before spending most of autumn dancing round the kitchen to it. These are barbed and wry songs a-plenty, wrapped up in a swooning vocal and enough old-timey musicianship to seduce you into thinking they’re honey sweet. Oh no. Recommended.

And in a year where my resolutions are to a) get back on line and b) get into gin-based cocktails, let's start here, shall we?

Listen: Eilen Jewell – High Shelf Booze

Listen: Eilen Jewell – In The End


Monday, January 12, 2009

John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives - New Album

There's a new album from John Paul Keith and his ever trusty One Four Fives called Spills and Thrills. It's full of stripped down 50's/early 60's style rock and roll that manages to stay the right side of pastiche using joie de vivre and some fantastic playing. All the talk of recession seems to have simplified my music tastes of late - this and James Hunter have soundtracked my return to work. Dig the twang.

Listen: John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives - Rock and Roll Will Break Your Heart


Buy the single - Lookin' for a thrill 7"!

Buy the album

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Littlejoy - Brand New Start

I hope you all had a good break - the longest Christmas/New Year break in twenty years for most people apparently. I thought we'd start with this from Littlejoy. Apparently someone in the Strokes is involved with this rather lovely album featuring a healthy amount of ukulele and other acoustic instruments, but don't let that put you off. The album is peppered with moments of real inspiration and yes, joy. As good a way to start the year as any.

Listen: Little Joy - Brand New Start