Friday, December 09, 2011

The Unthanks - You are my sister

Life bumbles along, and months of not being able to listen to music come to an end, wrapped in the cashmere warmth of Mark Eitzel, the Unthanks and Hem. Here the Unthanks make good on their last album, complete with lovely spoken interludes. This is my most listened to album this year already.
Taken from the live album "Diversions, Vol. 1: The Songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony & The Johnsons- Live from the Union Chapel, London", recorded at the end of last year whilst waiting to finish their new album it shows them to be as expert at taking ownership of contemporary songs as older folk songs and tales.

Listen: The Unthanks - You are my sister

Buy it

S'Wonderful - Mark Eitzel

Stream Mark and Co's louche, jazzy contribution to a programme on the BBC aboutVidal Sassoon - Here

Monday, November 21, 2011

Lonesome on Spotify

Hello web friends, thank you for your patience,

we have a Spotify Lonesomemusic playlist we'd appreciate you adding to if you can:

we'll be posting music soon.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Family bereavement

Hello web friends, we will be back soon.

Friday, October 28, 2011

AMC - Blue and Grey Shirt

"Yeah, that's my lucky one."
Listen: AMC - Blue and Grey Shirt

Monday, October 10, 2011

Van Morrison - into the mystic

Saw this in the Guardian - too good to pass up posting here.

Feel it.

Buy it and the rest of the fantastic Moondance

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Thank you Mr Jansch

If only I could make a thumbpick sound that good. A man of seemingly few words, who, unlike so many people whose music I enjoy, I actually wanted to meet, to see play up close and now that isn't going to happen. I suggest you all go and check his youtube clips, then follow it with some of Davy Graham's and John Martyn's. I'm sure the blogs are awash with tracks, but here are my humble submissions to encourage you to check his albums out:

Listen: Bert Jansch - Needle of Death
Listen: Bert Jansch - Courting Blues

Buy it - better yet get the twofer.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Nancy & Lee - Summer Wine

Much enjoyment to be had with this album, for me it almost smells of the leather jacket Nancy is wearing on the cover.

Listen: Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Summer Wine

Buy it:

Monday, September 12, 2011

KC and Jon Hopkins

Have you all got Diamond Mine yet? I haven't heard a more affecting piece of music for a long time.

I saw KC and Jon Hopkins play the whole album earlier this year at Homegame and again last week in Manchester - but really it's one to listen to at home. Although even the most jocular of banter onstage doesn't negate the emotional punch of it all.

This is the one that really gets me. It's a whisper of a thing, really, about the redemptive powers of fatherhood, my namesake, and it makes me go all tight throated:

Listen: King Creosote and Jon Hopkins - Your Young Voice

Dads and fatherhood at the very front of our minds at the moment, people - please send us positive thoughts.


Sunday, September 04, 2011

Lana Del Ray

Blah,blah, no posts for ages, will post more soon. Best thing in ages, check it:

Saturday, July 02, 2011

adrian crowley - the beekeeper's wife

It is increasingly rare that I hear something on radio and immediately it seek out to buy, this song was on Cerys Matthews' radio6 show the other week and just about knocked me off my feet. No idea if it links in with the novel, but the music hums with Summer sweetness.
Apologies if this is all old news to you, but if I hear something and start making favorable comparisons with Mr Eitzel (get well soon Mark) and Leonard Cohen I'm going to make sure I listen to as many songs as I can get my hands on.

Listen: Adrian Crowley - The Beekeeper's Wife

Buy it

Friday, July 01, 2011

John Grant, Jesus and a metaphysical question

Image source and copyright: Leodis, a brilliant archive of old photos of Leeds, with comments. (Comments on this one talk about Woodbine Liz, who I'd only ever thought was Keith Waterhouse character).

I was lucky enough to see John Grant play at the Holy Trinity church last week and it was predictably amazing. Points to note:

- He's got a right pair of lungs on him
- Russian classical piano is a romantic force in any setting (and he's a clever bugger)
- It is strangely satisfying to sing to 'Jesus hates faggots' in a church
- Czars songs still sound ace
- A pleasingly mixed crowd, in all senses (much more so and much more kempt than an AMC audience, but still the same amount of North Face gear)
- And the big question - in the stained glass window, it looks like Jesus is getting the bumps. So, how many bumps would you give him?

Listen: The Czars - Los

Listen: American Music Club - Jesus' Hands (any excuse).

Buy some Czars or, oh come on now, AMC.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

At the risk of a Hi fidelity style cop-out of an ending, today I'm posting this smooth lonesome music you know Scott Walker would have loved in his big hair prime. The whole album is worth a listen. Take it easy now.

Listen: Alice Clark - I Keep It Hid

You can buy it for large amounts of money, or ask nicely...

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Boat to Row

My love of the seaside knows no bounds.

Buy it on a lovely 7" like I did.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Beach Boys - Goin' South

So early Summer and I'm already hitting the mid-late 70's Beach Boys, it happens every year. This is from their 1979 album L.A., it doesn't come close to their late 60's peak, but I coming to understand the later albums more as I get older myself. Cheesy sax solo, but a great, mournful vocal.

Listen: The Beach Boys - Goin' South

Don't buy it from here - there are much cheaper places.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Just over five years ago this album soundtracked my time in Vienna, fitting really as Schiele's pictures were displayed at the Belvedere and his portrait 'De Familie' made me cry. It was a surprise for me too.

The painting is infinitely more moving than any photograph of it, so go and see it if you have the chance.

The music is equally stark and architectural and fitting for today.

Listen: Rachel's - Egon and Wally embrace and say farewell

Friday, March 18, 2011

Love - Skid, not really a friend

I'll admit we don't read our lonesome emails often enough, dead country stars tend not to write too often... but it's Friday and I'm going through deleting the deadwood (sorry but neither of us are able to get to SXSW anytime soon, being the the UK) and come across a track from a previously unreleased album by Love (yes that one). It's funky and I misheard the lyrics and thought it was about skin not skid.
It's from an album Black Beauty, and so far it is the only track I've heard, and it's so much better than all the tracks on the woeful Four Sail.

Listen: Love - Skid, not really a friend

God bless him.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Bigmouth strikes again

Not very lonesome, but I thought you might appreciate listening to the Ukranians lead track from their 1992 Pisni Iz The Smiths EP, in which the Smiths are mangled to fantastic effect and everyone feels the need to shout Hoi!
Listen:Batyar (Bigmouth Strikes Again)

Monday, March 07, 2011

Yorkshire Martyrs (0815 hrs only)

Good news - I'm back in the world of gainful employment. Semi-good news - a longish commute means less Radio 4 and lots more chances to feeling a bit emotional on the train. Or feel a bit helpless and weak during an hour's wait at Retford, but that's all to come.

Celebrating my return to work with a few more worky tunes here, then. [Linking back to these posts has made me curse blogger afresh for eating all of our comments - there were some very special Larkin-like ones. Sigh.]

Listen: Bonnie Prince Billy - No More Workhouse Blues
(I am your favourite horse!) (Buy)

Listen: American Music Club - Job to Do
(Surprisingly noisy towards the end, but good) (Buy)

Listen: Sufjan Stevens - To the Workers of the Rockford...
(Beautiful and will take as long to write out the title as it will to listen to it) (Buy - you certainly get your money's worth with this one)

Any excuse: Listen: Riders In The Sky - Back in the Saddle Again
(No words needed) (Buy)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Emily Portman - Stick Stock

Greetings, thanks for all the kind birthday messages last week. I'm finding it quite hard to choose songs to post these days, I find myself listening to a lot of audiobooks at the moment, but can recommend the PJ Harvey Let England Shake album as a bit of a return to form. Here's some spooky lady-folk from Emily Portman's lovely album the Glamoury from last year. As an album I think it might be 2 songs too long, but I wouldn't be able to choose which songs would need to go. Tonight I'm off to see one of my form's bands in a local pub - only 10 years after I last taught him. I'll let you know how it goes, but I'm not expecting a folk revival, maybe Muse related rock?

Listen: Emily Portman - Stick Stock

Buy it

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Happy Birthday Howard

It's my lovely brother's birthday today.

Mixtape-maker, hearty laugher, voice of reason, source of wisdom, cheerer-upper and all-round good egg, let's wish him many happy returns.

Here are some songs from a tape he made for me half a lifetime ago.

Listen: Hugo Largo - Turtle Song (Buy)

Listen: Billy Bragg - Must I Paint You a Picture? (Buy)

And because it's the weekend, and I know there's a thunderstorm coming on, but we mustn't let that get us down -
Listen: Furniture - Love Your Shoes (Buy).

Happy birthday Howard XXX

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rest in Peace, Charlie Louvin

Very sad news about Charlie Louvin.

So, so very many songs to choose from and so much to say, but let's keep it short and sweet with this one that never fails to make me well up. Weathered but not weary, heartfelt but not heartworn, it's a truly beautiful song.

Listen: Charlie Louvin - Love At Home

Buy Steps to Heaven.