Jim James does a tiny but beautiful desk concert for NPR

Well we leave you this week dear readers with one of those lovely little desk concerts (concerts you can watch at your desk) from NPR, this time featuring My Morning Jacket’s Jim James who does three tunes including ‘I’m Amazed, Same Old Lie’ and the politically astute ‘Over and Over.’ As NPR put it, “After … Continue reading “Jim James does a tiny but beautiful desk concert for NPR”

Jim James “Uniform Distortion” (ATO, 2018)

“Here I stand / goin’ through the motions with the mic in my hand,” so begins the lead-off track, ‘Just a Fool’ from the new aptly-titled Jim James album, ‘Uniform Distortion.’ Like many these days, James feels he’s going through the motions by spending too much time on his phone / online / “on the … Continue reading “Jim James “Uniform Distortion” (ATO, 2018)”

James Taylor surprises Jimmy Kimmel with birthday song – Watch

Sorry, that headline makes it sound like he did a rendition of “Happy Birthday”.  Stereogum reports: “James Taylor guested on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night for the late night host’s 50th birthday celebration. Taylor’s appearance was a surprise, and he broke out his 1970 classic “Sweet Baby James,” performing it alongside a cellist and accordionist. Ben Affleck … Continue reading “James Taylor surprises Jimmy Kimmel with birthday song – Watch”

Jimmy LaFave “Peacetown” (Music Road Records, 2018)

This album arrives under the banner ‘Austin Legend, The Late Jimmy LaFave..’ and as such presents a reviewer with a potentially thorny problem. What if it’s no good? Is there anything to be gained from constructive criticism as the artist themselves will not be able to respond or react?  Luckily any concerns were brushed aside by … Continue reading “Jimmy LaFave “Peacetown” (Music Road Records, 2018)”

James Fredholm “Love Is The Answer” (Honeybee Records 2017)

James Fredholm’s debut album is unusually accompanied by a small book of his poetry, titled ‘Uncaged.’ This is a clear indication as to where his priorities now lie as, having spent much of his adult life pursuing a business career, Fredholm considers himself to be on his “road not taken” as a full-time poet and … Continue reading “James Fredholm “Love Is The Answer” (Honeybee Records 2017)”

Van Life: The High Divers

Now, some would say it’s a tad ironic to be doing a Van Life feature with a band whose very existence was threatened by their own van flipping over and causing somewhat of an unscheduled hiatus in terms of performing and recording. Thankfully, Charleston’s High Divers are beyond that roadblock and are set to release … Continue reading “Van Life: The High Divers”

Nick Drake and Wilco appear on “This is Us” soundtrack

If you’re a fan of the mawkish show then why not soundtrack your own life with its original music? Pitchfork reports:”The music from the first season of “This Is Us”—NBC’s tear-jerking, time-jumping drama series about a tight-knit family in Pittsburgh, Penn.—will be collected on a new soundtrack album, due September 15 via uME. The set features songs … Continue reading “Nick Drake and Wilco appear on “This is Us” soundtrack”

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

You 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 … Continue reading “2016 : we’re lost in music – caught in a trap.”

Track Premiere – The Brookses “Little Miss Raincloud”

The Brookses are a folk duo of daughter and father Meg Brooks and Jim Brooks.  Jim adds the flat top guitar and harmonising vocals, whilst Meg takes the lead on ‘Little Miss Raincloud‘.  The song isn’t inspired by a deep admiration for Roger Hargreaves’ books, rather as Meg explains “I wrote ‘Little Miss Raincloud’ when … Continue reading “Track Premiere – The Brookses “Little Miss Raincloud””