A much underrated band with an excellent new album, Blindfaller, out soon.
Apparently to try and categorise Johnny Dowd – Ithaca, New York’s legendary idiosyncratic genius – is like “trying to hold back a hurricane with a windbreak. It’s just not possible or indeed beneficial. To do so would be foolhardy , to say the least.” If anyone has tried, do drop us a line. Anyway you can read our review of his new album “Execute American Folklore” here or find out for yourself when he hits the UK in a couple of weeks for a string of dates. Continue reading “Johnny Dowd Hits UK for Tour This Month”
With apologies to those readers who complained that the previous incarnation of AUK was like a Neil Young fan site. Uncut reports: “Neil Young has debuted four new songs live during the same show. Young and The Promise Of The Real played Telluride Town Park, Telluride, Colorado on Friday, September 30. During the set, they unveiled four songs, which Sugar Mountain – the website that documents Young’s setlists – has listed as being called “Hang Gliders“, “Texas Rangers“, “Peace Trail” and “Show Me“. You can watch “Show Me” below. Continue reading “Neil Young Debuts Four New Songs at Show – Watch”
Exclusive to AUK, this is the first showing of Christian Kjellvander’s new video “Midsummer” which is taken from the forthcoming album “A Village: Natural Light” which is released October 14th on Tapete Records. Rather fine it is too.
Gillian Welch’s groundbreaking album Revival was released twenty years ago and to commemorate the anniversary, Welch’s own Acony Records will release Boots No 1: The Official Revival Bootleg on November 25. Personally curated and produced by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, they worked alongside archivist Glen Chausse to mine selections from their extensive vault of analog tape recordings. The two-disc set will feature 8 previously unreleased songs, and include 21 outtakes, alternate versions, and demos from the making of the album such as the earliest home demo of “Orphan Girl” which was recorded on a four track and the rarity “Georgia Road,” a song that was only performed live once. Continue reading “Gillian Welch to Release “Official” Bootleg Next Month”
Rogue Valley, the Minneapolis-based outfit who burst onto the scene like the brightest of comets with their Seasons project, return. Like the afore-mentioned comet, the band haven’t been sighted on the new release list for nearly five years, yet this return is worth the wait. In 2009-10, Rogue Valley, led by Chris Koza, hit on the idea of releasing four albums in the same year to reflect the different seasons which they did to widespread acclaim. The albums shimmered and sparkled with originality and achingly beautiful moments and the new offering, Radiate/Dissolve, picks up where the Seasons project left off. Continue reading “Rogue Valley “Radiate Dissolve” (Independent, 2016)”
Proudfoot are essentially a vehicle for the songs of Michael Proudfoot, a man who has had one foot in the musical world since his student days singing in bars in Nottingham. These days he runs a film production company. Overall, Flower Of London is an album that manages to engage the listener despite Proudfoot’s limitations as a singer and the occasional dip in his song writing. This is largely due to the very talented Duncan Kerr, Proudfoot’s sidekick guitarist and a man he first met back in those Nottingham days. A veteran who started off in Plummet Airlines, a 70’s pub rock band recording for Stiff Records Kerr currently plays with Darts and The Brainiac 5. Playing 6 and 12 string electric and acoustic guitars here he can transform a song into a pastoral reverie, on a few occasions sounding positively Byrdslike, elsewhere he throws in vibrant lead and slide guitar. Continue reading “Proudfoot “Flower Of London” (Reckless Records, 2016)”
We raved rabidly about his last album so expecting big things from this. Courtesy of Rolling Stone who report: “For any artist, quitting a day job to pursue art full-time represents a huge leap of faith. It’s even more potentially fraught in music, a profession that tends to involve prolonged stretches of travel and absence from loved ones. Against this backdrop, the title track to Hiss Golden Messenger’s new album Heart Like a Levee (due out October 7th on Merge Records) truly cuts like a knife. (Listen to the full album below.) Continue reading “Hiss Golden Messenger Stream New Album Online – Listen Now”
Short and sweet, with harmonies you’d kill for let alone die for. Taken from the album “Slows to Go” – out now on Battle Worldwide Recordings
Drive By Truckers released their new album, American Band, on September 30th and it is already causing quite a stir, both within their fan base and beyond. The band, fronted by founder members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, are celebrating twenty years together this year and release the album on the cusp of the US Presidential election which is prosaic timing. Continue reading “Interview: Mike Cooley – Drive By Truckers”