The Burning Hell “Baby” (BB*Island, 2018)

Frank Zappa asked the question in 1986, “Does Humour Belong In Music?” I don’t know if that was a rhetorical question or not, but to head uncertainty off at the pass, the answer is yes. Flight of the Conchords and the national treasure (TM John Peel) that is Half Man Half Biscuit, are just two … Continue reading “The Burning Hell “Baby” (BB*Island, 2018)”

The Burning Hell return this month with re-release album, UK dates

We leave you this week dear readers with news that one of our favourite Canadian bands The Burning Hell who have announced a string of UK concerts from November 27th to December 15th to coincide with the release of the remastered and for the first time on Vinyl 10th anniversary reissue of ‘Baby’ which includes fan … Continue reading “The Burning Hell return this month with re-release album, UK dates”

The Burning Hell “Revival Beach” (BB*ISLAND, 2017)

It’s the apocalypse, how did it happen? Well this portmanteau from the ever reliable Burning Hell approaches it (the end of the world as we know it) from multiple angles drawing out the humour, the tiny individual tragedies and the sheer banality of the world ending without announcement, life just stopping. TBH have never stood … Continue reading “The Burning Hell “Revival Beach” (BB*ISLAND, 2017)”

Michelle Brooke “Find Your Love” – Listen

The production is superb on Michelle Brooke’s latest song released from her EP ‘Let the Light In‘ which brings out every ounce of expression on a song that has a slow burning groove which embraces the many facets of emotion “there’s nothing wrong with feeling wrong” she murmurs.  There’s actually light and shade in real … Continue reading “Michelle Brooke “Find Your Love” – Listen”

Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom “Never Work” (BB Island, 2020)

Initially due for release on 3rd April, this terrific album was delayed due to a global pandemic, so was pushed back to International Workers Day which, given this once in a lifetime occurrence, has made the themes herein oddly apposite. The millionaires and the billionaires have been little use in dealing with the effects precipitated … Continue reading “Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom “Never Work” (BB Island, 2020)”

Video: Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom “Alexa”

This is the brilliantly amusing new video from The Burning Hell’s Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom.  It’s taken from their second duo album, ‘Never Work’, which will drop on 3rd April.  Merging the sounds of acoustic folk with electronic influences, the new album explores how the worlds of work and music are changing.  ‘Alexa’ is … Continue reading “Video: Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom “Alexa””

Owen Meany’s Batting Stance “Owen Meany’s Batting Stance” Independent, 2016

Self-consciously literary songs that owe a debt to the Mountain Goats, a name that is self-consciously of literary genesis and self-conscious references to the Mountain Goats; by now you’re either engaged and ready for what comes next or you’ve already gone. Stick around, for the songs have a bounce and humour that saves them from … Continue reading “Owen Meany’s Batting Stance “Owen Meany’s Batting Stance” Independent, 2016”

AUK’s Top Ten Americana Albums Ever: Paul Kerr

At AUK we are now well into our quest to find the ‘Top 10 Americana Albums Ever’. Over the coming weeks and months each AUK writer will in turn, present their own personal selections. When each writer has had their say, a shortlist of the most frequently chosen albums will be drawn up and voted … Continue reading “AUK’s Top Ten Americana Albums Ever: Paul Kerr”

Classic Americana Albums: The Louvin Brothers “Satan Is Real” (Capitol Records, 1959)

What is it about an album by a god-fearing, religiously obsessed duo born nearly a century ago that appeals so much to a militant atheist? The answer: it’s all about the harmonies – so good at times they appear to be otherworldly. For roots music and all its different sub-genres, the Louvin Brothers date so … Continue reading “Classic Americana Albums: The Louvin Brothers “Satan Is Real” (Capitol Records, 1959)”

Market Junction “Nebraska” – Listen

You could be mistaken for thinking that Market Junction hail from a particular place in the USA.  Hell, the hints are right there in the lyrics: “Unless a man’s in love with wind or dust or corn / There ain’t no reason to stay in Nebraska / I’d go home, but I don’t know / … Continue reading “Market Junction “Nebraska” – Listen”