Becky Kapell “I Don’t Know” – Listen

There are lots of things we don’t know about Becky Kapell, but one thing we’re sure of is that the first single from her upcoming new album is ‘I Don’t Know‘.  We’re not sure when the new album is coming out, it might be called ‘In It to Win It‘, but then again it might not be.  Life’s full of mysteries, and that’s where Becky Kapell came in on this song. Continue reading “Becky Kapell “I Don’t Know” – Listen”

Spencer Burton “Further” – Listen

Evolution.  What does that mean?  For Spencer Burton it means starting off in music in the punk band Attack in Black, before moving to a dark country-inspired sound under the anonymity of his Grey Kingdom moniker before adopting his own name for his solo work since 2012.  There’s a further musical evolution that’s obvious in today’s song ‘Further’ which glistens with Indie Rock touches mixed into that folky/rootsy mix.  It makes for something glorious and uplifting. Continue reading “Spencer Burton “Further” – Listen”

John Calvin Abney “Shine Like A Friend” – Listen

John Calvin Abney returns with a new album ‘Familiar Ground‘ on November 20th, a follow up to his well received ‘Safe Passage‘ of 2019.  Today’s song ‘Shine Like a Friend‘ has a relaxed blissed out feel to its meditations on times and them changing and passing. Continue reading “John Calvin Abney “Shine Like A Friend” – Listen”

Mimi Gilbert “Dark Storm” – Listen

The first thing you’ll notice about Mimi Gilbert is her arresting vocal.  And the second thing you’ll notice about Mimi Gilbert is her arresting lyrics – ‘Dark Storm‘ just bristles with external menace and dread.  Disaster has befallen her – she cannot see clearly, she can’t recognise where she is.  She needs help – that’s for certain  – only thing is “I can’t afford it“, which leaves her blundering around and punching walls and all the time claiming that “I’m solving it“.  Right.  Sounds like a solution. If the problem happens to be not hurting yourself enough. Continue reading “Mimi Gilbert “Dark Storm” – Listen”

Songs for the apocalypse: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “Walls”

It would have been Tom Petty’s 70th birthday yesterday and although a lot of the focus at the moment is on his 1994 solo record ‘Wildflowers’ due to its rerelease (we have a lovely piece on it in our Classic Americana Albums series tomorrow), one of the lesser known albums he recorded with the Heartbreakers was the soundtrack to the 1996 indie movie ‘She’s the One’ which was named after the Bruce Springsteen song of the same name. The film itself was OK but the soundtrack was blistering. Jeff Lynne made his mark on arguably the lead song from the film ‘Walls’ but the soundtrack album contained alternative versions including this one, number 3 apparently, which I still go back to often. That chorus. Happy boxing birthday Tom.

Track Premiere: Martin Ruby “Marfa”

Martin Ruby – who also goes under the name Marco North – is a songwriter who finds a lot to draw on for inspiration in his life.  He started off in the New York music scene with, as he says, “Jeff Buckley literally played two doors over.”  He recalls playing in the World Trade Centre, he recalls watching them fall.  Then there’s the twist of fate which has led him to live in Moscow for the last fourteen years. Continue reading “Track Premiere: Martin Ruby “Marfa””

Mike Nisbet “Red Hot New York” – Listen

A new song from Oban’s Mike Nesbit – now calling London his hometown.  ‘Red Hot New York’ is taken from his new album, his third, which is called ‘I Was A Great Lake, Once‘ and is out on November 20th.  It’s not a lockdown album, these songs had been maturing for some five years.  But it was recorded during lockdown in his home studio – with just his wife Norma to add backing vocals.  Today’s song is a folkish/rockish tale of a night in New York – a night that may have gone wrong.  Well, that’s one interpretation.  Continue reading “Mike Nisbet “Red Hot New York” – Listen”

Scenic Route to Alaska “Polarized” – Listen

The funny thing is that Scenic Route to Alaska  don’t have the issues you might think of when listening to their new song ‘Polarized‘.  That upcoming election – it’s a problem for their neighbours to the South; they might have the Queen on their cash but Brexit isn’t their problem either – Canada already has a trade deal with the EU.  Smart. Continue reading “Scenic Route to Alaska “Polarized” – Listen”

Track Premiere: James Houlahan “Tomorrow’s Had Enough Of Me”

Some songs – they get to you from the first listen.  Sometimes its a hard rocking punch that lifts and energises and informs and sometimes its the capture of an emotion so familiar it is as if someone has been rooting around in your soul.  ‘Tomorrow’s had Enough of Me‘, as you might guess from the title, is one of the latter.  James Houlahan inhabits an empty weariness that’s shot through with regrets over wasted times, wasted efforts and the endless exhaustion of not quite achieving.  He sings “endless hours on the road, where I’m busy being free” and it is exactly how it feels to have gone one drink further than you planned to. Continue reading “Track Premiere: James Houlahan “Tomorrow’s Had Enough Of Me””