The Dream “Get Dreamy” (Round 2, 2017)

There is an almost limitless appetite amongst vinyl addicts for the ever more obscure or rare item released on their favoured medium and in their preferred musical genres. So there will be at least a muted cheer greeting this vinyl only re-issue of another example of Scandinavian psychedelia in the form of Get Dreamy by Norwegian band The Dream. This, the band’s only release, is at least a genuine nugget – dating as it does from 1967 – and it stands as a testament to the world conquering power of youth movements in music. Continue reading “The Dream “Get Dreamy” (Round 2, 2017)”

Ryan Adams performs “A Prairie Home Companion” set

A lovely little listen if you have two hours to spare, again courtesy of US public radio which could do with all the support it can get right now.  Consequence of Sound reports: “The latest episode of “A Prairie Home Companion” featured Ryan Adams as a music guest. He previewed tracks from his upcoming album, Prisoner, including “To Be Without You” and “Doomsday”. He also performed two tracks off his 2011 album, Ashes & Fire, including the title track and “I Love You But I Don’t Know What To Say”. The latter performance saw Adams accompanied by country singer Kacey Musgraves, who was also a guest on the episode.  Continue reading “Ryan Adams performs “A Prairie Home Companion” set”

Whitney Rose “South Texas Suite” (Six Shooter Records, 2017)

Six tracks lies somewhere between an E.P. and a mini album, depending on your point of view. Though that’s of little matter when “South Texas Suite” is a thing of such beauty. A Canadian now residing in Austin, Whitney Rose is accompanied here by the seemingly obligatory line-up of musicians who have backed up the great and good (Cash, Willie Nelson, Haggard, The Mavericks) and between them they nail down the groove to perfection. Rose happily describes the collection as a love letter to Texan musical culture; which is hard to argue against with the evidence she presents here. Continue reading “Whitney Rose “South Texas Suite” (Six Shooter Records, 2017)”

Jeff Tweedy writes an open letter to Trump supporting trolls

And there’ll be a lot more of this to come. 3 years, 361 days and counting which might feel more bearable if you can manufacture a self-induced coma. Before you do, have a gander at the video at the end of this article if you’ve not seen it before – it’s a cracker. Billboard reports: “Fans of Wilco should not be surprised to hear the indie rock figureheads are leftists. And yet some recent political social media posts from the band have incited trolling responses on their Facebook page, sparking frontman Jeff Tweedy to respond.   Continue reading “Jeff Tweedy writes an open letter to Trump supporting trolls”

Cassie Josephine and Gabriel Minnikin “Flower Country” (Independent, 2016)

This is a record where it is a truism to say that it a record of two halves. It is constructed as such with Josephine taking on writing duties for the first half and Minnikin picking up the baton and driving home the second. Josephine mainly sings her songs and Minnikin his, so they sound different and they have different sensibilities too; and there’s also a yawning gap in terms of quality. Josephine has a pretty voice and her songs are serviceable genre pieces – The Price and others draw heavily on classic country tropes. There’s a lot to like about the songs. I Don’t Want To Go Anywhere is a slow-burner that nudges towards excellence but for the vocals. The same charge can be levelled at Through The Blue;  Josephine doesn’t quite have the personality in the voice to convince. Continue reading “Cassie Josephine and Gabriel Minnikin “Flower Country” (Independent, 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: Jessica Rhaye

Jessica Rhaye is a singer/songwriter from the east coast of Canada who recently released her 5th independent album “Song in Me”; a blend of folk / country / Americana music.   Also an established and award winning graphic design artist, Jessica’s music has been nominated for numerous song-writing awards, including the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, East Coast Music Awards and a Canadian Folk Music Award.    Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Jessica Rhaye”