Randy Newman releases second song from new album – Listen

You know what a new Randy Newman song is going to sound like before you’ve even heard it, lots of tempo changes and killer lines, and this one’s no exception but no less lovable for it. Spin report: “Randy Newman has released the second single from his upcoming album Dark Matter, which is his first studio LP of new material since 2008’s Harps and Angels. It’s a gentle jazzy narrative song written from the perspective of the first legendary blues singer to be named Sonny Boy Williamson, which was Sonny Boy Williamson I, born John Lee Curtis. Continue reading “Randy Newman releases second song from new album – Listen”

Curtis Eller’s American Circus announces UK tour dates

Curtis Eller’s American Circus is a band, not a thing, and they’re preparing to embark on a 16 date tour of the UK. Eller is a prolific songwriter and performer who’s banjo driven songs describe a dreamlike vision of American history where “all points in time have collapsed into one” and his backing band are described as “brutish” and “inelegant” which is a refreshing change to the usual hyper-bollock PR we get sent. Here are those dates. Continue reading “Curtis Eller’s American Circus announces UK tour dates”

Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers announce new album

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers will release “The Long-Awaited Album” on Rounder Records/Decca Records on 22nd September. The record is Martin’s newest collaboration with the Grammy-winning North Carolina-based band the Steep Canyon Rangers, and “full of stories that mix humour and melancholy, whimsy and realism, rich characters and concrete details. And lots of banjos.”  Which you can’t have too many of in our opinion.    Continue reading “Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers announce new album”

Valparaiso featuring Howe Gelb release debut album September

The Parisian musical collective deriving from the cult band Jack The Ripper is releasing its first album under the Valparaiso alter ego on September 22nd, featuring the voices and poetry of Phoebe Killdeer of Nouvelle Vague, Howe Gelb, Shannon Wright, Spain’s Josh Haden, Dominique A, Moriarty’s Rosemary Standley, Venus’ Marc Huyghens, Mansfield Tya’s Julia Lanoë. The album is recorded, mixed and produced by John Parish. The first track to be released from it features a duet between guests-singers Phoebe Killdeer of Nouvelle Vague and Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb. The video which you can watch below has been directed by filmmakers Richard Dumas and Amaury Voslion who comment on the minimalistic black and white clip starring a young lady eating savagely a bloody pomegranat (nice) while taking her bath: ”To drown or not to drown… Are you experienced?” Continue reading “Valparaiso featuring Howe Gelb release debut album September”

Danny & the Champs enter official UK americana chart

The new official UK americana chart is out and Peter Perrett’s “How the West Was Won” on Domino is the highest new entry at number 2, a surprise hit from the ex Only Ones frontman.  Meanwhile Danny and his Champs go in at number 6 with their epic new double album “Brilliant Light” and Glen Campbell remains at number one with “Adios”. The only other new entry in the top 40 is Sonny Landreth’s “Recorded Live in Lafayette”.   Continue reading “Danny & the Champs enter official UK americana chart”

Stream new Decemberists side project Offa Rex album

The lovely people at NPR Music have got a stream of the new album by Offa Rex, a side project from the Decemberists with English folk singer Olivia Chaney (no relation to Dick) (partly because they spell their surnames differently).  They say: “The Queen Of Hearts is the title of Offa Rex’s debut album, which features the musicians in The Decemberists backing up Chaney, who assumes lead vocalist duties. It’s a match made in folk-rock heaven. Like similar team-ups of yore — most notably the legendary pairing of The Albion Band and Shirley Collins in the early 1970s — Queen is an interpolation of vintage British Isles folk music as filtered through electric guitars and a sinewy rock backbeat. The result is both a tribute and translation, connecting the dots between contemporary indie music and a deeper cultural legacy. Continue reading “Stream new Decemberists side project Offa Rex album”

Chris Hillman updates Byrds’ classic

Sadly the track is embedded on Rolling Stone’s page so you’ll have to head there for a listen but it’s worth the click. They report: “This fall, with his 73rd birthday looming on the horizon, Chris Hillman will release Bidin’ My Time, a new album that both upholds and updates the country-rock sound he pioneered during the mid-Sixties. Although still something of an unsung hero within the Americana scene, Hillman has woven his legend throughout much of the last half-century, logging time in the Byrds’ original lineup before teaming up with Gram Parsons to launch the Flying Burrito Brothers in 1968. Continue reading “Chris Hillman updates Byrds’ classic”