New single Mopping Forwards sees the Travelling Band’s trademark “Mancunian Americana” take the inspiration for lyrics sparked after long night at a bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter where lead singer and songwriter Jo Dudderidge used to play a regular Country DJ set: “There was a new guy working his first shift and at the end of the night, he got the mop and bucket out ready to clean the floor. But he started pushing the mop forwards instead of backwards: he was walking the dirt off his shoes right into the floor he’d just cleaned… and he carried on regardless; I’m not sure he even noticed what he was doing. I thought it made a wry metaphor for life, and the lyrics to Mopping Forwards stemmed from there.” If you’ve ever tried mopping forwards, it’s actually quite difficult to do.
Sorry, that headline makes it sound like he did a rendition of “Happy Birthday”. Stereogum reports: “James Taylor guested on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night for the late night host’s 50th birthday celebration. Taylor’s appearance was a surprise, and he broke out his 1970 classic “Sweet Baby James,” performing it alongside a cellist and accordionist. Ben Affleck also appeared on the show and presented Kimmel with a live action short inspired by a comic book Kimmel wrote as a kid. The short was co-produced by J.J. Abrams and John Hamm plays a leprechaun. Watch below.” And weep. Continue reading “James Taylor surprises Jimmy Kimmel with birthday song – Watch”
Some Neil Young news from Uncut this morning (we’re about 4 days late with this but hey, it’ll be Christmas before you know it): “Neil Young has given an unexpected update about his archives. In a Facebook post on Saturday, November 11 – the day before his 72nd birthday – Young revealed the online archive will go live on December 1. December 1 is also the release date for his latest album, The Visitor. Continue reading “Neil Young online archive goes live next month”
Harry Pane’s new song Here We Stay is a story of lovers, set amongst a tragedy, with some rather nice lyrics and Harry’s signature intricate fingerpicking on the guitar creating a touching soulful sounding folk track. It comes after the release of his latest EP “The Wild Winds” earlier this year which saw him crowned as BBC Introducing’s Featured artist and picked to collaborate with Frank Turner at The Roundhouse for Frank’s Lost Evening’s with OneFest, which as cruel and unusual punishments go is particularly harsh. What must he have done in a past life?
Erm… not sure what that means other than she might carry on in her pyjamas at your nan’s in 2019. Joan Baez has announced an extensive 2018 world tour, including UK dates in March and May. In conjunction with the tour, Baez will release a new studio album ‘Whistle Down The Wind’ (Proper Records), produced by Joe Henry, in early March 2018. This will be her first new record since 2008’s ‘Day After Tomorrow’ (no relation to the movie of the same name, which would have been infinitely better if Baez had been involved). Continue reading “Joan Baez announces “last formal extended” UK and Ireland tour dates”
H.C. McEntire, frontwoman of Mount Moriah, is striking out on her own with her debut solo album Lionheart which sees the light of day in January, and she’s shared the album opener “A Lamb, A Dove,” along with a lyric video. She’s collaborated on the record with many of her favourite musicians, including Kathleen Hanna, Angel Olsen, Amy Ray, Tift Merritt, William Tyler, Mary Lattimore, and Phil Cook. She says of the album: “In music, there are no rules. You make your own language. You can be both the Southern rock outlier and the twangy gospel conduit. You can be both the cherubic, honey-tongued innocent and the ardent punk. To get here—to find my lion heart—I had to become them all.” Like a shape shifter.
By the time the frost hits the pumpkin, as the saying goes (and no that’s not a euphemism) there typically is no shortage of new Christmas albums from the usual suspects singing, for the most part, the same old spiritual carols and secular classics. And then there’s “Won’t Be Home For Christmas”. The compilation CD, conceived and produced by Swedish music industry veteran Peter Holmstedt, brings together compositions from 18 different singer-songwriters, each of whom approach their assignment to ’write a song about Christmas’ in widely different musical stylings. Continue reading “Win copies of “Won’t Be Home For Christmas” with AUK”