Darlingside “Green + Evergreen” – Listen

When the Editor rushes in, slaps the press release in front of you and yells “Clear the front pages, Darlingside have a new release” what can one do but clear the front pages?  Not that it’s a chore – we think Darlingside are just Darling, and we’re sure as hell on their Side (get it?).  Continue reading “Darlingside “Green + Evergreen” – Listen”

Desert Blonde “It Ain’t Bad (To Be Alone)” – Listen

The funny thing about ‘It Ain’t Bad (to be Alone)‘ is that it was written in the Winter of 2019 as a reaction to city living and the hustle and bustle that that used to entail.  That’s right, this sardonic song is not a Covid-19 lockdown lament, although it perfectly fits that bill.  Oh, the irony. Continue reading “Desert Blonde “It Ain’t Bad (To Be Alone)” – Listen”

Track Premiere: Bob Hillman “This is Wild Land”

San Francisco singer-songwriter Bob Hillman found himself in a lockdown in March of this year, and used the time to write and record songs which reflected on his reactions to the pandemic.  The result is an EP of five songs, called ‘inside & terrified.’  These are songs that touch lightly on solitude, anxiety and feelings of isolation – ironically a common set of shared emotions at this time of not sharing time and space with others. Continue reading “Track Premiere: Bob Hillman “This is Wild Land””

The End Of America “A Million Miles Of Low Road” – Listen

In the same way that The Milk Carton Kids have to endure endless comparisons to Simon & Garfunkel (poor, poor Milk Carton Kids), The End Of America are having to learn to shoulder the burden of comparisons to Crosby, Stills and Nash (poor, poor, The End Of America).  Still, if you must release a song like ‘A Million Miles of Low Road‘ with its perfect harmonies and gentle acoustic guitar what can you expect? Continue reading “The End Of America “A Million Miles Of Low Road” – Listen”

Brent Cobb “Shut Up and Sing” – Listen

Brent Cobb has a problem when someone tells him that “I can’t talk the way I do / Singers shouldn’t share their current affairs or worldly views“.  And when the suggestion is taken further, that he’s been paid to entertain so he should “shut up and sing”  it set him to thinking about what sort of thing he should sing. Continue reading “Brent Cobb “Shut Up and Sing” – Listen”

The Brothers Landau “Haven’t Got A Name” (Independent, 2020)

In the pantheon of new-folk-revivalists, which might include the likes of Darlingside and The Milk Carton Kids – The Brothers Landau have created a unique niche for themselves. Safe to say that there are few bands based around a duo of cello (David Landau) and acoustic guitar (Daniel Landau), with both brothers contributing vocals. The presence of the cello gives their sound a sombre classicism, which suits the arrangements of their mostly ironic folk songs which explore aspects of personal and societal growth. Continue reading “The Brothers Landau “Haven’t Got A Name” (Independent, 2020)”

Track Premiere: The Neptunas “Mermaid A Go Go”

The ‘Mermaid A Go Go‘ is kinda a shady club, little more than a shack – you might think it’d be some kind of roadhouse, but where it is there’s no roads.  Here’s a hint – it’s only five clams to get into the place where the “mermen are flawless and the mermaids are bra-less“.   It’s the kind of place a Rock Lobster might hang out.  Still flailing around ?  OK.  Well, let’s let the band let you in on it: “The Neptunas have a shack down under the sea“.  Continue reading “Track Premiere: The Neptunas “Mermaid A Go Go””

Izzy Heltai “Songbird” – Listen

Izzy Heltai will release his debut album ‘Father‘ on October 9th, and this is the second single getting an advance release from it.  ‘Songbird‘ is a questioning song – to stay or to go, does it make a difference?  Would anyone notice either way?  Is one person more involved in this relationship than the other ?  Is there even a relationship? Continue reading “Izzy Heltai “Songbird” – Listen”

Steep Canyon Rangers “Honey On My Tongue” – Listen

The superb Steep Canyon Rangers work their bluegrass magic on this sweet new track from their new album ‘Arm in Arm‘ which hits the streets on October 16th.  ‘Honey on My Tongue‘  sounds a little like a breakup song, but actually draws on the difficulties of parenthood. Continue reading “Steep Canyon Rangers “Honey On My Tongue” – Listen”

Yo La Tengo “Wasn’t Born To Follow” – Listen

Yo La Tengo will release ‘Sleepless Night‘ a new 6-track EP on October 9th, via Matador Records.  It’s a set of covers of songs by the likes of Bob Dylan and The Delmore Brothers – and in this particular case the ever-relevant music of The Byrds. Continue reading “Yo La Tengo “Wasn’t Born To Follow” – Listen”