Watch Kurt Vile’s short documentary featuring The Sadies

In early September 2018, on the eve of the announcement of his latest album ‘Bottle It In’, Kurt Vile decamped to the Catskill Mountains in upper state New York with friends and fellow musicians to rehearse, prepare and ponder the year’s road ahead. The brief getaway, which counted Matt Sweeney and Toronto’s The Sadies in … Continue reading “Watch Kurt Vile’s short documentary featuring The Sadies”

Kurt Vile “Bottle It In” (Matador, 2018)

I wrote five separate reviews for this, changing every time I listened to it, liking the tracks that are likeable more with every listen. But, you know, four songs make up 37 minutes of it, so the tracks and the bits that aren’t as likeable, just get less so. I’m explaining that away with how … Continue reading “Kurt Vile “Bottle It In” (Matador, 2018)”

Kurt Vile “One Trick Ponies” – Listen

Kurt Vile has just dropped a new track online, ‘One Trick Ponies’ which is taken from his new album ‘Bottle It In’ due out October 12th on Matador. It’s a tipsily swaying, big-hearted country-rock song with an uplifting and soulful chorus which sees Kurt harmonising with Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa and audio/visual artist Farmer Dave Scher. Kurt Vile … Continue reading “Kurt Vile “One Trick Ponies” – Listen”

Video: Cave Flowers “Midnight Movie”

Here’s the wildly imaginative animated video for ‘Midnight Movie’, the latest single from tuneful country rockers, Cave Flowers.  The band’s self-titled debut album, which was recorded by Chris Rondinella (Levon Helm’s ‘Midnight Ramble Sessions’) and mixed by Callum Barter (Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s ‘Lotta Sea Lice’)  has just been released.  Enjoy the Californian vibe.

The Handsomes cover Wilco – Listen

November’s issue of Uncut Magazine has got a free cover CD which features some of Jeff Tweedy’s favourite artists covering Wilco songs. The album includes covers by artists such as Kurt Vile, Sharon Van Etten, Low, Parquet Courts and Courtney Barnett and the always superb Handsome Family who have recorded a cover of Wilco’s ‘Capitol … Continue reading “The Handsomes cover Wilco – Listen”

“Silver Jews” David Berman dies

Really sad news this morning of one of American UK’s musical heroes – only last month we gave his new Purple Mountains album a 9 out of 10 – “Not a single mention of any majesties”. The Guardian reports: “David Berman, who was regarded as one of the most poetic voices in US indie rock, … Continue reading ““Silver Jews” David Berman dies”

Remnose “Waiting On The Wind” (Independent, 2019)

‘Waiting On The Wind’ is the new album from Remnose, an indie-folk/rock band based in Detroit. The band are made up of brothers Morton (Marlon on lead vocal and rhythm guitar and Carson on drums) plus Alex Wildner on bass guitar Sam Sparling on piano and lap steel. Collectively their sound can be broadly characterised … Continue reading “Remnose “Waiting On The Wind” (Independent, 2019)”

Patrick Park “Love Lover Love” – Listen

Hiding behind production can make the music less than it could be, that at least is Patrick Park’s opinion who says of his new album ‘Here / Gone‘ that “I feel like sometimes I try to hide a little bit behind the production. Sometimes you just feel so naked out there without it. When I … Continue reading “Patrick Park “Love Lover Love” – Listen”

Track Premiere: Brad Byrd “Sunset Girl”

This track premiere features a song that is taken from Brad Byrd’s fourth album ‘Phases’ which will be out on May 3rd.  It’s an album of contrast with an amplified rock song one minute and a stripped-down folk ballad the next.  ‘Sunset Girl‘ falls into the last category, it is an acoustic love song – failed … Continue reading “Track Premiere: Brad Byrd “Sunset Girl””