Jesse Dayton +James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band, Stereo, Glasgow, Wednesday 25th October 2017

“It might get loud in here,” Jesse Dayton’s opening words on arriving on stage for this hotly anticipated gig. He wasn’t kidding. From the moment he and his two sidekicks slammed into Daddy Was A Badass, the bass drum was thumping in my chest while Dayton’s guitar was a direct attack on the eardrums, a cracking start to one of the most energetic shows of the year so far.  Holy Ghost Rock’N’Roller followed in similar hi octane fashion, a distorted wall of sound blasting from the stage before the band paused for Jesse to say hello to the crowd, greeting some old friends and their old T-shirts. The Way We Are then lurched into sight, its outlaw country beat loping along with Dayton’s guitar squawking like a chicken at times. Continue reading “Jesse Dayton +James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band, Stereo, Glasgow, Wednesday 25th October 2017”

First Aid Kit post new track from next album – Listen

The one time in life that a first aid kit is a good sign is when it’s the name of a Swedish band, and so rejoice on a Friday afternoon as Rolling Stone report: “For First Aid Kit, the angelic-sounding Swedish sister duo, life experience has brought them a more urgent connection to artists that inspired them, like Townes Van Zandt and the Carter Family. This connection is at the core of “Postcard,” the newest song from their forthcoming LP, Ruins, due on January 19th. Premiering exclusively in a lyric video on Rolling Stone Country, “Postcard” sets Klara and Johanna Söderberg to a twangy, Gram Parson-esque piano line that says a final farewell to a fading romance.  Continue reading “First Aid Kit post new track from next album – Listen”

Pop Co-Op “Four State Solution” (Silent Bugler Records, 2017)

I like records that start with a swift kick to the ears. Pop Co-Op waste no time with If Everything Was Easy – it jackboots with a stuttering drum and a mighty burst of guitar that sounds like J Mascis in his prime squirting his squalling guitar all over Buffalo Tom. It helps that they also find a chorus to show that it’s not one-dimensional – oh but that guitar, my faint heart. They spend the next 11 songs seemingly attempting to make it sound like a compilation album. I Didn’t Know is all Andrew Gold polished soft rock, then Feint of Heart aims straight for Nashville and lands slap bang in the centre. That’s what happens when you have four songwriters and vocalists. Continue reading “Pop Co-Op “Four State Solution” (Silent Bugler Records, 2017)”

Lean Year “Waterloo Suns” – Listen

Lean Year are Richmond, VA based singer Emilie Rex and filmmaker / musician Rick Alverson and their new single is one last taster from their debut album which is now out. “Waterloo Suns” was premiered via Brooklyn Vegan who called it; “a modern, atmospheric take on ’60s folk, and it sounds very pretty.” Stereogum described it as “a gorgeous piece of ghostly folk-rock, like a flickering transmission coming through an old radio from a lost place and time” and there’s not much we can argue with there.  Disturbing image though, like looking at Champion the Wonderhorse on ketamine.

Pick of the Political Pops: Paul Simon “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”

When we came round from the effects of one of our all too regular Bacchanalia some months ago we were surprised to find that we had decided to divorce our partner(s) in the European Union. The UK in our moniker Americana-UK is more of an advisory description of geographical location than a statement of nationalist intent so we could, potentially, have been Americana-EU. No matter – we are sure that people know what they are doing other wise they wouldn’t have put that stuff on the side of a bus in order to trigger our parting. As far as our limited view from The Bunker will allow this is what we assume is happening: Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Paul Simon “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover””

Matt Woods “How to Survive” (Lonely Ones Records 2017)

Matt Woods hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where this CD was recorded in Shed 55. Here is an album to linger with and learn from. Matt accepts the reality of modern life. In Love in a Nuclear Age he sings, “No one’s been smart enough /To write a book on how to survive.” Maybe not, but here is a collection of songs that attempts very successfully to do just that thing. Continue reading “Matt Woods “How to Survive” (Lonely Ones Records 2017)”

Tom Waits’ remastered “Anti” albums out next month

If you’re stuck for stocking fillers for 6 different people this Christmas, Tom Waits is set to release newly remastered versions of each of his acclaimed albums in the Anti-catalogue next month. In addition, the album ‘Real Gone’ has been fully remixed and individual releases of each of the 3 discs of ‘Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards’ will be available early 2018.  Continue reading “Tom Waits’ remastered “Anti” albums out next month”

Bruce Cockburn “Bone On Bone” (True North Records 2017)

A lot is expected of a new release from one of Canada’s finest musicians so this new offering after a hiatus of around six years has been eagerly awaited. The good news is that it does not disappoint and keeps getting better after every listen. Cockburn now resident in San Francisco is a new father and this together with new energy and spirituality provided from his local church, from whom he even gets backing vocals on many tracks, has resulted in a fresh and vibrant piece of work which is his 33rd album release since his debut from 1970. Continue reading “Bruce Cockburn “Bone On Bone” (True North Records 2017)”