Nathan Xander : “Over you, over me”

Nathan Xander is a troubadour in the Texas sense, when he’s in Texas. Or in the California sense when he’s there. Or the Chicago sense, oh, OK. You get it. The man writes like he travels: well and often. Nathan’s new collection of songs, Blue House (17th July, Trailer Fire Records), was recorded in a big blue barn in Upstate New York and represents the work of a writer in the prime of his craft.

Track premiere: Viking Moses “Clown School”

Brendon Massei, aka Viking Moses, has been writing, recording music since he was a teenager. He’s toured with Deer Tick, Scout Niblett and Nat Baldwin of the Dirty Projectors. Strongly lyrical, his songs are played out through tunes that flirt with pop, soul and Americana, all strung together with a unique pulsing guitar, and by Massei’s robust voice, which ebbs from delicate whispers to throaty howls.  This track is from the new split 7″ from our good friends at Song, By Toad which also features the track “Oxygen” by Sam Goodwill who accompanied Viking Moses on his recent tour – there are more tour dates coming up listed below.

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Howie Payne “Some Weekend Night” – Listen

Former Stands frontman Howie Payne has lifted this new version of ‘Some Weekend Night’ from the forthcoming boxset ‘The Stands Recordings 2003-2005’, due for release June 23rd on limited edition vinyl. The serious Ennio Morricone guitar vibes here come from Noel Gallagher, a longstanding fan of Howie’s, and hey, how we can resist a track from our Scouse comrades?

Radnor & Lee “Be Like the Being” – Listen

This is lovely. Actor/musician Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) and indie-troubadour Ben Lee have formed a new indie-pop duo by the name Radnor and Lee. The duo’s debut LP is due out later this year, and their new single “Be Like The Being” recently premiered at Yahoo Music who called Radnor & Lee’s music, “Witty, hopeful, yearning, joyful, searching and meditative.”  Have a listen below.

Martha Tilston “Stories” – Listen

‘Stories’ is the second single to be taken from Martha Tilston’s forthcoming album “Nomad” which is set for release on Friday next week. Speaking about the song, she says: “‘Stories’ is about climbing up from the difficult stories of childhood that sometimes trap us in a loop, tapping into to deeper/older stories that have guided us for centuries and noticing the love that has always been there.” Apart from for the ugly duckling of course. Or Rumplestiltskin.

Sarah Jane Scouten “Bang Bang” – Listen

Two-time Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee, Sarah Jane Scouten has announced the release of new album “When The Bloom Falls From The Rose” on June 16th, which includes the new bluesy-rockabilly single Bang Bang. The album has flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths, Old Crow Medicine Show and a wealth of old-time and bluegrass music, although the new single rocks along at a rather less genteel pace.

Alan Getto “Into the Briars” – Listen

Alternative folk rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, Alan Getto has announced his debut album “Versus,” which will be out in August this year. The LP was recorded over one long weekend at Studio 101A in Southern New Hampshire.  Having recently located to an unfinished farmhouse in Western Pennsylvania from Brooklyn, Versus presents Getto’s personal confrontation with his own ambivalence: The album intentionally plays with cliché oppositions such as nature vs. the city, good vs. the bad and male vs. female.  One can’t exist without the other, and  for anything to exist, there must be a degree of conflict: “the versus.”  Although the chorus isn’t bad either.