Helen & the Neighbourhood Dogs + The Disappointment Choir, The Institute, Kelvedon, 9 December 2017

When you see a band a like Helen & the Neighbourhood Dogs and listen to their “East Angliacana” (sic) your first thought is “why aren’t this lot huge?  Or at least significantly bigger.”  This is said of many outfits of course but this lot really should be.  With four singers, all of whom can take lead or deliver great harmonies, casually excellent playing, particularly from Shane Kirk on guitar and “Fiddly” on, of course, fiddle, and a truck load of great songs – there wasn’t a single piece that could be classed as filler all night – they really are a class act.  “Not The Kind Of Girl”, resurrected from their previous incarnation as Songs From The Blue House, Tony Winn’s “What’s A Rainbow” and the loping “Harrogate” were perhaps highlights but throughout the set the band laid down a serious groove, rocked out when they needed to, sang their hearts out – Helen Mulley has a fabulously aching voice – and generally had a ball, as did the audience. Continue reading “Helen & the Neighbourhood Dogs + The Disappointment Choir, The Institute, Kelvedon, 9 December 2017”

Video: Prosecco Socialist “This Dog’s Just For Christmas (Not For Life)

Now this is AUK’s idea of a good Christmas song.  Prosecco Socialist are the new outfit formed by Dave Rotheray (ex-Beautiful South) and features Eleanor McEvoy and Hull legend Mike Greaves.  Don’t be confused by the title – this sits firmly into  the Fairytale Of New York Christmas song camp.

Cory Branan: Repealing net neutrality could be dangerous for independent art

Excellent piece up on the ever more politically essential RS at the moment on some more hideous legislation (or lack of it).  Thank you Mr President once again.  They report: “On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on whether or not to repeal Net Neutrality, a decision about Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that could impact – among so many other pillars of our country’s modern democracy – the future of music. And independent musicians, those who run a mainly DIY operation, are poised to be hurt the most. Continue reading “Cory Branan: Repealing net neutrality could be dangerous for independent art”

Susto “& I’m Fine Today” (Independent, 2017)

Charleston, South Carolina-based Susto embrace numerous genres as their music and lyrics dive headlong into the mind of the listener, their new album “I’m Fine Today” following their 2014 self-titled debut. Possessing an addictive draw, the band are fronted by lead vocalist Justin Osborne and guitarist, and songwriter Johnny Delaware, and are aided by Corey Campbell (guitar, bass, keys, backing vocals), Jordan Hicks (bass) and Marshall Hudson and Wolfgang Zimmerman (drums, percussion). Continue reading “Susto “& I’m Fine Today” (Independent, 2017)”

Circumnavigate “Another 20 Seconds” – Listen

Another 20 Seconds is the lead single from Circumnavigate’s debut album When Worlds Collides which is out this coming Thursday.  The song was inspired by lead singer Sigrid Zeiner-Gundersen’s reading of the romantic novel ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes.   The theme is a simple one – the longing to have more time with the one you love – the song is a crisply sparkling piece of dream-folk.  Like the song? Then catch the band at The Sebright Arms, London on the 18th of December.

“New” Jimi Hendrix album next March.

Uncut Magazine reports (here) that 2018 will see the release of a new album by Jimi Hendrix which will include ten previously unreleased tracks.  Several will feature some or all of the group that would eventually be known as  A Band of Gypsys, and two tracks will also feature Stephen Stills.  The track list includes such staples as Mannish Boy, but a cut of Woodstock featuring the aforementioned Stephen Stills sounds interesting.  The album will be called Both Sides of the Sky, and it will be released in March on CD and vinyl. Groovy.

Jesse Terry “Stargazer” (Jackson Beach Records 2017)

Jesse Terry  has lived a life even though he is still a young man. A teenage runaway he endured a difficult time which has certainly inspired his song writing although this album is no downbeat affair and is generally uplifting. The opener and title track Stargazer is an optimistic piece about facing your own fears and the world generally. Lushly orchestrated this has pleasing harmony and soaring chords. A US citizen, Terry is aware of the divisions in American society and sings of them but remains hopeful. His website carries a nice quote which is worth repating here: “I think I will always be innately hopeful, because I’ve seen how much life can change…and I’ve seen how much people can change, if they open up and allow themselves to do so.” Continue reading “Jesse Terry “Stargazer” (Jackson Beach Records 2017)”