A nice little double helping of videos for you today, your eyes can thank you later. Rolling Stone reports: “Neil Young offers an illustrated journey across America in the new video for “Hitchhiker,” the title track from his just-unearthed 1976 LP. The images correspond to Young’s lyrics throughout the video: During the second verse, when Young’s titular traveler “tried amphetamines,” the visuals become a smoky haze until the ocean appears when the hitchhiker arrives in California, “where I first saw open water.” Continue reading “Neil Young produces animated video for “Hitchhiker” – Watch”
Whiskey Roller Coaster is the first single from Jacob Thomas Jr.’s upcoming album “Electric Sex” which comes out in February next year, a rock-infused, alt-country journey that finds Thomas reflecting on his favorite vice. Thomas describes this first single as “That moment when you wake up hungover and tell yourself that you won’t drink again. Then five o’clock rolls around and a little voice inside your head says ‘what’s one beer and a shot going to hurt?’ Somehow five o’clock turns into 3am, the bars are closing, and you’re too drunk to drive so you just sleep in your car behind the bar and you repeat that cycle for like… 10 years. Well, that’s ‘Whiskey Roller Coaster.’” Don’t drink whiskey on an actual roller coaster either would be our advice.
And who doesn’t love waffles, polygons and kind men? Jim White will be releasing his new sixth solo studio album “Waffles, Triangles & Jesus” (which sounds like an episode title from the new Star Trek series) on 10th November on Loose in the UK, described as “a mind-bending joy ride of sonic influences featuring a bevy of his hometown Athens’ roots musicians, plus west coast indie darlings Dead Rock West, and rock and roll maverick Holly Golightly.” Line of Best Fit have got a track from it over there but in the meantime, here are his live dates where you can catch him round the UK next month. Continue reading “Jim White returns with waffles, triangles and Jesus!”
News from RS this afternoon on two absolute classics, Passenger Side still makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and how many songs from this year can you say that about? (“Galway Girl” notwithstanding of course). They report: “Wilco will reissue their first two albums, A.M. and Being There, on December 1st via Rhino. The new editions will feature an array of bonus tracks, including alternate takes, unreleased songs and live recordings. Continue reading “Wilco to reissue first two albums”
Anglo-Dutch Gitta De Ridder has released her new single My Dear, Oh Boy, Oh Man; the first to be taken from the new album “For Everything A Season” which is due out in Spring 2018. The album is comprised of a series of seasonal EP’s collected together in a boxset, described as “a journey of experiences through life and relationships, beginning with this album opener single, a song about love and loss, about finding the strength to move on and let bygones be bygones.” Or as Scottish churchman Samuel Rutherford once said: “Pray that byegones betwixt me and my Lord may be byegones.”
Billy Bragg, currently in North America for the first leg of his ‘Bridges Not Walls’ tour, has released his new single Saffiyah Smiles which you can see the video to below. The song is a rousing Hammond-drenched country soul shuffle written by Bragg and was inspired by the bravery of Saffiyah Khan who smiled benignly in the face of the incensed leader of the far-right group the English Defence League at an anti-immigrant demonstration in Birmingham (UK) in April ’17; a photo of her action immediately went viral on social media. Continue reading “Billy Bragg builds bridges not walls – new album out next month”
In The Living Room is the new single to be released from ‘Post Meridiem’, the third album by the Vancouver based artist Jasper Sloan Yip. Produced by John Raham (Dan Mangan, Frazey Ford, Dralms), the album in Yip’s words “[continues] the pattern of my previous releases – it’s a self-portrait. Or rather, a series of vignettes that, when considered together, give a sense of the whole. It is reflective by design, a distorted recollection of one’s own life created with the hope that listeners will see some part of themselves somewhere in the hazy patch-work narrative put before them.” Er, something about a duvet?
It’s a sign of how much Tom Petty meant to the americana community that so many of “our” artists have been covering his tunes the past week. RS Country reports this morning: “Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit paid their respects to Tom Petty on Sunday night, kicking off a six-day residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium with a 19-song set that included the Damn the Torpedoes hit “Refugee.” Continue reading “Jason Isbell covers Tom Petty’s “Refugee” – Watch”
The Room is the lead single from London based duo Ferris & Sylvester’s forthcoming EP “Made In Streatham” which follows the release of their debut EP “The Yellow Line” earlier this year, the greatest “& Sylvester” pairing since Tweety Pie made that Sylvester’s life a living hell in the 1940s. The EP saw the duo top Rolling Stone’s ’10 New Artists You Need To Know’ list, while also receiving praise from The Independent (which does still exist ethereally). If you live in or around London town, why not catch them live at The Spiritual Bar, Camden where they’re doing a three-week residency from October 5th – 19th.
Chris Stapleton and Margo Price are the latest artists to have paid tribute to the late Tom Petty while performing live shows. After he died, Margo Price told Stereogum that her favorite Petty song was “Have Love, Will Travel.” But says the site, “she’s been working the more well-known “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” into her opening sets for Chris Stapleton lately — first on Thursday in Moline, Illinois, then on Friday in Des Moine, Iowa, and finally on Saturday in St. Paul, MN.” Continue reading “More Tom Petty tributes roll in”