Wilco film new session in Utretch – Watch

wilcoIf you caught them on one of their dates here this month, why not pen a quick review for us and we’ll publish it for the masses. Pitchfork report: “Wilco has filmed a new “Take Away Show” session for La Blogothèque and Le Guess Who?. Directed by Hugo Jouxtel, the performance features the band playing songs from 2016’s Schmilcoat the Museum Speelklok’s restoration studio in Utrecht, the Netherlands. It was recorded during Wilco’s appearance at this year’s Le Guess Who? festival, which the band co-curated. Below, you can find video of the band playing “Normal American Kids” and “If I Ever Was A Child.”  Continue reading “Wilco film new session in Utretch – Watch”

Billy Bragg to publish new book on skiffle

billy-braggNews from Uncut on americana’s resident poet laureate: “Billy Bragg has announced details of a new book, Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed The World. It’ll be published on June 1, 2017 by Faber. “Against a backdrop of Cold War politics, rock and roll riots and a newly assertive generation of working-class youth, the songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg charts the history, impact and legacy of skiffle – Britain’s first indigenous pop movement,” runs the press release.  Continue reading “Billy Bragg to publish new book on skiffle”

Vote for your favourite stuff from 2016 and win some promos!

electric-guitarIt’s that time of year again when Christmas is round the corner and the creaking signs of post-capitalism eating itself are evident in every snow filled shop window dressed by George Osborne’s (RIP) living wage.  Let’s face it, there might not be a world around to celebrate Christmas next year, so on that cheery note, why not turn your attention to better things, such as who have been your saviors over the last eleven months and made the year feel worth living.  Read more here.

Neil Young latest archives out Friday

neil-youngAlthough you may need to hot foot it over to the States for a copy – best go before the end of the year if you’re not white Caucasian.  Uncut reports: “Neil Young will reissue a fresh batch of archival albums on Record Store Day’s Black Friday, November 25. Young will release a 5 album box set, Official Release Series Discs 8.5 – 12, which includes: Long May You Run, American Stars “N” Bars, Comes A Time, Rust Never Sleeps and Live Rust. This is the first remaster of Long May You Run in any form since the original 1990s CD. This ORS 8.5 – 12 is the latest in Young’s ongoing vinyl reissue programme. For last year’s Black Friday, Young released the Official Release Series Discs 5 – 8, which included remastered vinyl reissues of On The Beach, Tonight’s The Night and Zuma alongside the long-unavailable Time Fades Away. Continue reading “Neil Young latest archives out Friday”

Amazon Music releases festive americana leaning playlist

trampledLike peanut butter and jelly, they were always destined to come together.  RS Country festively reports: “Trampled by Turtles might be getting ready to press pause while frontman Dave Simonett focuses on his solo project, Dead Man Winter, but first they’re offering a little slice of sardonic holiday cheer courtesy of John Prine. Recorded for Acoustic Christmas, a holiday playlist created for Amazon Music, the Turtles give Prine’s 1973 “Christmas in Prison” a makeover with a little mariachi flourish and Simonett’s raw vocal delivery, slowing the whole thing down like the agonizing passage of time behind those jailhouse bars. Listen to the exclusive premiere [over at RS Country here].   Continue reading “Amazon Music releases festive americana leaning playlist”

Sarah Jarosz announces UK dates for 2017

sarah-jaroszFollowing a sold-out show at London’s Union Chapel last week, the first in a run of UK dates in support of her acclaimed Sugarhill Records release Undercurrent, Sarah Jarosz has announced new UK and Ireland tour dates for January and February 2017.  While the focus of 2016 was primarily on touring as a trio with Jedd Hughes and Jeff Picker, Jarosz found time for other collaborations, joining her bandmates Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan at a few special events, including the upcoming benefit, “Tribute to the Music of Linda Ronstadt” for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, slated for December 11 in Los Angeles, and she and collaborator Parker Millsap did the Luck Mansion Sessions, which paired various musicians together to film and record two songs. You can get a sneak preview of those recordings – due out in 2017 – hereContinue reading “Sarah Jarosz announces UK dates for 2017”

Sharon Jones has died

sharon-jonesIt is with deep regret that we have to note that another great musician has left us.  Sharon Jones, backed by The Dap Kings, was one of the major artists of Dap-Tone Records producing a series of albums which delivered on a promise to make deeply moving and authentically soulful music in the 21st century.  An incredibly powerful singer on record, and a performer who never gave less than all she had even during her treatment  for cancer over the last several years. Continue reading “Sharon Jones has died”

Felice Brothers to release 7 inch Christmas single – plus UK dates

felice-brosThe Felice Brothers will release a limited edition 7-inch vinyl recording of “Country Ham” on 9th December  via Yep Roc Records. The holiday-themed single features a live version of  “Murder By Mistletoe” – recorded for Rolling Stone last year in NYC – on the B-side. Both tracks have never before been pressed on vinyl and pre-order is available now through The Felice Brothers and Yep Roc stores.  “It’s a narrative about feeling lonely on Christmas, and the different emotions that can go with the holidays that aren’t always talked about in the happy-go-lucky songs.”  Ian Felice says. Continue reading “Felice Brothers to release 7 inch Christmas single – plus UK dates”

Cam Penner and Jon Wood – UK Tour

cam-penner-2016Cam Penner and Jon Wood have arrived on our shores armed with a ridiculous amount of equipment for two people and ready to undertake an extensive and fast moving tour.  They launched off with an appearance at The Green Note in London – but that was last night and you’re too late for it now.  Don’t despair there are many opportunities available to catch their musical wizardry.  Continue reading “Cam Penner and Jon Wood – UK Tour”

New Johnny Cash book released compiles his poems

johnny-cashNews from Pitchfork on one for your Christmas stockings! They report: “A new Johnny Cash book, Forever Words: The Unknown Poems gathers 41 never-before-published poems by the singer-songwriter that were found after he passed away in 2003. The poems date back as early as 1944 (written when Cash was 12), and the book features reproductions of his handwritten pages as well. In a quote given to the New York Times, Cash’s son John Carter Cash said, “I want people to have a deeper understanding of my father than just the iconic, cool man in black. I think this book will help provide that.” Forever Words is available now.”