Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
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.
Friday, November 13, 2009
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
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.
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
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
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
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?
Friday, August 28, 2009
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
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
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
Saturday, July 18, 2009
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Check the official website for some fantastic earlier album covers.
Listen - Gibson Brothers - Ring the Bell
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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
Monday, April 20, 2009
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, 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
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
All profits are going to his family - do yourself a favour and get your hands on a copy.
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
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 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
Friday, February 27, 2009
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
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
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
Sunday, February 08, 2009
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
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
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
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
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
Friday, January 23, 2009
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
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
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