Stiv Jakobsen announces new album and UK tour

Siv Jakobsen has announced details of her debut album ‘The Nordic Mellow’ which will be released on 25th August on the lovely Loose label (good alliteration there). Earlier this year, stand alone single Like I Used To which featured guest vocals from Andrew Davie of Bear’s Den offered a taster of the new record, and new single Shallow Digger out this week showcases the other end of her sonic spectrum – it’s a bit more brooding and raw so to speak. You can listen to it below.  The new album was produced by Matt Ingram (Laura Marling) at Urchin Studios in London.  Here’s those dates. Continue reading “Stiv Jakobsen announces new album and UK tour”

Joan Osborne to release new Dylan covers album

Joan Osborne of philosophical musings about higher being fame has announced the release of her ninth studio album “Songs of Bob Dylan” for September 1st, her own interpretation of Dylan’s catalogue from his 60s and 70s standards through to his later releases that she spent time crafting as part of the “Joan Osborne Sings The Songs Of Bob Dylan” residencies – two two-week stints at New York’s Café Carlyle in March 2016 and 2017, which were described as ‘Magic’ by the Huffington Post and delivering ‘No-nonsense Dylan’ by the New York Times (she then went on to deliver a “Nonsense Dylan” set at the Frog and Bucket in Camden).  You can hear the first track from it via Spotify below, along with the tracklisting.  Continue reading “Joan Osborne to release new Dylan covers album”

Drag City finally streams (some) content online

First Aimee Mann.  Then Taylor Swift.  Then when they came for me there was no one left to not stream their albums. And you’re still out of luck on Spotify.  Stereogum report: “Drag City have long been holdouts in the streaming wars. The Chicago indie took their time bringing releases to digital retailers like iTunes and Bandcamp, and until very recently, their music was completely unavailable on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. Today, per Reddit, a handful of the label’s classic releases found their way onto Apple Music. Continue reading “Drag City finally streams (some) content online”

Warren Zevon book collection goes up for auction

Although you may need to take early retirement to enjoy them all (and if you’re already retired, this whole post is laced with envy).  Stereogum reports: “Late singer and songwriter Warren Zevon’s heroes were writers and classical musicians. That’s clear by the “Werewolves Of London” singer’s large and eclectic library of books now for sale. The collection of nearly 1,000 books includes copies signed by authors with personal notes to Zevon.” Continue reading “Warren Zevon book collection goes up for auction”

John Mellencamp: “Really I’m a Socialist” – Watch

Welcome to the club John!  Always ahead of his time politically and joining a growing movement of US citizens who are kind of disenchanted with the last 40 years, this is an interesting interview from CBS over the weekend.  (Oh and he also talks about his new album if you’re sick of politics.) RS Country report: “John Mellencamp talked Farm Aid, his new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, mortality and how his political views differ from his fans in a wide-ranging interview with CBS Sunday Morning. “The reason we made that record was because we were noticing that the landscape of Indiana is changing,” Mellencamp said of Scarecrow in an extended interview with Sunday Morning’s Jane Pauley. Continue reading “John Mellencamp: “Really I’m a Socialist” – Watch”

Jim Lauderdale talks about Liverpool (yay) and his new album

The more astute AUK reader may know what we’re a Liverpool based website, a city which doesn’t come up too often in americana circles so it’s nice when it does.  RS Country report this morning: “Jim Lauderdale may have started playing country music and bluegrass when he was 15, but he first became an instant and early fan of rock & roll when he saw the Beatles perform on Ed Sullivan in 1964. Since then, he’s crafted a career that transcends genres. He’s done traditional country, old-school R&B and became a paragon of the Americana movement. Now, on his new album London Southern, Lauderdale revisits his fascination with the Fab Four, channeling the spirit of the Liverpool-era Beatles and paying fitting homage to the country- and soul-centric American acts that influenced the young rock band.  Continue reading “Jim Lauderdale talks about Liverpool (yay) and his new album”

Darlingside UK dates – now !

On their third trip to the UK, Massachusetts based indie-folk band Darlingside are continuing to build their reputation as a knock-out live band.  With subtle musical shadings taking cues from folk, chamber pop, bluegrass, classical music, and modern indie rock, and aching harmonies they have a sound which recalls the likes of CSN, Fleet Foxes and Great Lake Swimmers.  The four piece – bassist Dave Senft, guitarist and banjo player Don Mitchell, classical violinist and folk mandolinist Auyon Mukharji, and cellist and guitar picker Harris Paseltiner  – also have a well received new album Birds Say, which features the superbly tuneful My Girl, My Guy, there’s a video of it just a little further down (coincidence, huh ?).   Continue reading “Darlingside UK dates – now !”

New double Waterboys album lands in September

The Waterboys will release their new studio double album “Out Of All This Blue” on September 8th, their first for BMG Records who they recently signed with. Produced by Mike Scott and recorded in Dublin and Tokyo the album will be available on (wait for this…) Double CD and Double Vinyl, plus Deluxe Triple CD (including Bonus Tracks) and Deluxe Triple Vinyl (including Bonus Tracks) and Digital, and comprises 23 songs with apparently “echoes of classic R&B, country, soul and funk and underpinned by modern hiphop production values and rhythms” to which the only response is “God that sounds dreadful.” Oj! Continue reading “New double Waterboys album lands in September”

David Ramirez announces new single, UK dates

Thirty Tigers signing David Ramirez has just announced his fourth album “We’re Not Going Anywhere” which is due out September 8th, and he’s touring the UK next week. Ramirez, who comes from the perspective of having a dual Mexican and American heritage, wrote the new album, the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Fables’ as a response of protest and defiance towards the nightmarish (to put it mildly) American political landscape in 2017. He couldn’t have picked a better place than Brighton to start his tour, and if Trump ever does come to the UK we should make sure he’s booked into a nice little hotel there. Catch the dates below along with the new single. Continue reading “David Ramirez announces new single, UK dates”

The Byrds’ Chris Hillman announces new album

News courtesy of Stereogum this morning who report: “This fall, the Byrds’ Chris Hillman will release his first studio album in over a decade, Bidin’ My Time. It was produced by Tom Petty at his studio in SoCal, and featured guests on the recording include fellow Byrds David Crosby and Roger McGuinn, Herb Pedersen (who also served as executive producer), John Jorgensen, Jay Dee Maness, a bunch of Heartbreakers affiliates, and more. The album contains a few reworkings of old Byrds tracks and a number of Hillman originals. Check out the tracklist and a teaser for the album below. Continue reading “The Byrds’ Chris Hillman announces new album”