AmericanA to Z: Acetone

I was drawn to Acetone because they were on Vernon Yard Recordings alongside Low, on whom I had a major musical crush. It’s always a risky business but in pre-internet days you had to take a punt, and I did. It turned out that they were a kind of all male Mazzy Star or a cross between Spaceman 3 and Kris Kristofferson. They played a slowcore version of Americana over the span of 5 LP’s and one EP, before calling it quits in 2001 when bass player Ritchie Lee killed himself. Continue reading “AmericanA to Z: Acetone”

Americana UK staff pick their best of 2016

Here it is folks: the annual review of the best music of the last year as decided by your favourite music writers. Or at least the ones who write for Americana UK (we don’t yet have a Tony Parsons Julie Burchill dynamic going on between any two writers but give us time). The dust has settled on the pints of crème de menthe, the scars are healing and we are all friends again. Here is our definitive list.  Continue reading “Americana UK staff pick their best of 2016”

Americana UK’s Readers Poll 2016 – the results!

So the votes are in and it’s all change this year as a new roster of artists take over the pole positions in our survey of what’s rocked your boat over the last 12 months – the site has always been proud to support independent music and it’s great to see so many artists who aren’t household names, some of whom have been around for some time, take the honours. Thank you for all your kind comments regarding the site and particularly those about the monthly CD which some of you are generous enough to still donate for.  We’re taking our annual break for the holidays and will return the first week of January.  In the meantime, a very happy Christmas to all our readers and wishing you all the best for 2017.  And now, here’s those results. Continue reading “Americana UK’s Readers Poll 2016 – the results!”

AmericanA to Z: The Accident That Led Me To The World

TATLMTTW are exactly the kind of band that gave rise to the idea for this column , they made a couple of really good records and then disappeared. Firstly the self-titled release from 2005 that we reviewed here and the follow-up ‘The Island Gospel‘ that we also loved from 2008 (both on Nobody’s Favourite Records). Continue reading “AmericanA to Z: The Accident That Led Me To The World”

2016 : we’re lost in music – caught in a trap.

graham-nash-2016You could point at almost any year this century and it would be a vintage year for music – there’s so much out there that, once one has struggled through the ever expanding amount that is mediocre or just straight dross there’s always a fine collection of musical gems to pluck out and hold high overhead to amaze and dazzle. And this last year has been no exception to this rule. It’s impossible to listen to everything – even if one casts one’s net no further than just the content covered by Americana-UK – so this short summary is very much a personal view: it’s certainly not the official Americana-UK statement on what was good and what was not good in 2016. Continue reading “2016 : we’re lost in music – caught in a trap.”

AmericanA to Z: A.A. Bondy

aabondyWelcome to the first in an ongoing series of explorations of Americana UK’s digital library. We’re going to explore our digital music collection to try to unearth some hidden gems and to remind everyone of artists that may have fallen off the radar. We’re only looking at digital because that means that there’s already been some filtering and I really can’t be arsed to go up into the loft and sort everything into alphabetical order, listen to everything and then write about it. Continue reading “AmericanA to Z: A.A. Bondy”