Pick of the Political Pops: Whiskeytown “Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight”

Righty-ho. That was the festive season that was then. This week (ish) we have unsealed The Bunker and emerged from our temporary hibernation unusually sober and full of anticipation for the year ahead in politics and music. Vim, Vigour and Victory V’s have been our companions as we stared bright-eyed into the blindingly brilliant future. Things, we mused, can only get better. Then, after a full five (maybe six) minutes, we realised that actually things are just the bloody same. Curses. Still – this allows us to carry on with the heavy drinking and spinning those great melancholy tunes. Every cloud…

Happy Christmas from all of us at Americana UK

Well that’s a wrap from us for this year dear AUK readers. Thanks for all your support over the last 12 months, whether it’s been being a monthly supporter, subscribing to our daily email or just dropping in from time to time. We love each and every one of you. Don’t forget to check out our review of the year and our readers poll results. We’re taking a break now until Thursday 3rd January (our only break of the year, and we need it!) Please consider giving to the Guardian’s Christmas appeal this year for the Windrush generation. In the meantime I’ll leave you with one of my favourite Christmas songs of all time. A very happy Christmas to all of you, and I know the signs aren’t promising right now (perhaps a bit of an understatement…) but here’s to a happy and peaceful 2019. Mark Whitfield, Editor.

The 2018’s Americana UK readers’ poll results are here!

So here we go again – the last day of term and it’s prize day at Americana UK Towers. It was a classic year for americana in the UK, a year in which you actually had a choice of festivals to go to rather than a niche tent at the back of a field, and they weren’t small affairs either. Americana UK readers remain in the main a liberal progressive bunch who love the best of the genre but aren’t afraid to experiment. Basically we’re all still teenagers at heart. Thanks to all of you who took part in this year’s poll, and a special congratulations to David Provost who wins some nice promos which will be winging their way to you soon.  So without further much ado about nothing, here are the winners… Continue reading “The 2018’s Americana UK readers’ poll results are here!”

Pick of the Political Pops: Aimee Mann “I Was Thinking I Could Clean Up For Christmas”

Well, gosh darn it, it appears to be that time of year again. Here at Americana-UK Towers we are as divided about the festive season as a country pondering Brexit. There are those of us, The Editor for example, who go all squishy and fluffy and impossible to live with at the prospect of a mince pie, some new pairs of socks and the chance to bestow goodwill to all men (and women). Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Aimee Mann “I Was Thinking I Could Clean Up For Christmas””

Americana UK writers pick their albums of 2018

Once upon a time we used to do a “Top 10” list of our favourite stuff from the last year, but we used to all fall out, on several occasions it came to blows and three ex-AUK staff are doing life sentences for killing other writers purely for their taste. So we moved to a one member one vote system but as it happens, 2 records were chosen by more than one writer this year. What are the chances? They sit at the top of the list below – so here they are, our essential 22 albums for 2018:

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A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel

It may have been another turbulent year with no sign of the punishment letting up, but it has also been another great year for music. And, in a sense, that’s what really matters. And if nothing else the real world has offered some amusement on the live scene as visiting bands from the USA make clear who did, and who didn’t, support the incumbent of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The latter by noting the madness in their country and typically saying something like “don’t blame me“, the former by withholding any comment on the subject at all, as if it’s just business as usual. Continue reading “A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel”

Your last chance to vote in 2018’s Americana UK’s readers’ poll

This year’s readers poll has 2 days left to go – as per usual, we’d like to hear your thoughts on what bowled you over during the last 12 months (plus our tradition villain of the year despite the fact that the category is probably redundant until 2021.) There are still no clear winners in most categories so voting now you’ll have a real chance to affect the results (and you could win some nice CDs).  Head here to cast your vote (wisely of course, like one of the three wise men!) before midnight on Sunday. Have a good weekend dear readers.

Pick of the Political Pops: 2nd South Carolina String Band “Bonnie Blue Flag”

This week we didn’t think things in the political spectrum could get any more farcical. But they did. We like to think that this particular column is read with a healthy dose of scepticism and that regular readers appreciate the (occasionally) satirical nature of it. Things have now gone beyond satire though we feel. Even a scant analysis of the ‘European Problem’ would point out that we are in the mess we are because of divisions within the Blues. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: 2nd South Carolina String Band “Bonnie Blue Flag””

Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018

It’s always weird writing about yourself in the third person, the ego of me, but then headlines without the accompanying cheery picture might leave people mystified.  Anyway, there’s my excuse. What a year it’s been for music, so many great tours and a real vibrancy to the genre – I’ll talk about that more next week when we’ll reveal our collaborative choices for 2018 (and yours too of course). In the meantime, here’s my top albums of the last 12 months. Continue reading “Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018”

Pick of the Political Pops: Crosby, Stills and Nash “Helplessly Hoping”

Last week, regular readers will remember, we were visited by our friend BOB (Bored of Brexit as he styles himself) much to our consternation and chagrin. This week he returned somehow managing to avoid the man-traps (or person-traps) and rabid dogs of Americana-UK Towers which usually serve as our security system. Presenting himself at the cast iron, quadruple locked doors of The Bunker he banged away for a full ten minutes until he attracted the attention of the least drunk of us. Sadly that particular member of staff (no longer extant) decided to let him in. The ensuing conversation wasn’t pretty but it was a full and frank exchange of ideas and followed this general pattern: Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Crosby, Stills and Nash “Helplessly Hoping””