Gin Blossoms reflect on their classic album 25 years on

If you’ve never heard “New Miserable Experience” and you want a new not all that miserable experience, it really is worth digging out. Nice little piece (well, not so little) in Rolling Stone this morning about the Gin Blossoms classic: “It’s a miracle that the Gin Blossoms’ breakthrough album, New Miserable Experience, exists at all. When … Continue reading “Gin Blossoms reflect on their classic album 25 years on”

Dirty Dozen: Talitha Rise

Talitha Rise are Jo Beth Young and Martyn Barker. Their songs are a combination of Art Pop and Progressive Folk inviting the listener into a world of ethereal landscapes and bohemia. Accomplished live performers, their chemistry together offers any audience an opportunity to step outside of their heads and witness a psychedelic, raw and tribal … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Talitha Rise”

Ryan Adams announces more UK dates

And some European ones. On this provincial day for the UK, NME report: “Ryan Adams has added more dates in the UK and Europe to his upcoming 2017 ‘Prisoner’ tour. Full dates and ticket details are below. In support of his acclaimed new album ‘Prisoner‘, Adams has now added two new shows in Warrington and Leamington … Continue reading “Ryan Adams announces more UK dates”

Interview: Aimee Mann

If Stewart Lee is the comedian’s comedian, then Aimee Mann is the songwriter’s songwriter. The Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning singer is a hugely observant student of human behaviour, drawing not just on her own experiences to form the characters in the songs but tales told by friends, and her new album ‘Mental Illness’ (which you can now stream … Continue reading “Interview: Aimee Mann”

John Murry announces UK dates, new album

John Murry was raised in Tupelo, Mississippi and had a bit of a hairy time in life as a younger man but his journey led him to his last album “The Graceless Age” which was praised by Q magazine as “intensely beautiful…  Like Father John Misty, Mark Lanegan and Josh T Pearson rolled into one … Continue reading “John Murry announces UK dates, new album”

Bill Callahan confirmed as headliner for EOTR 2017

The battle between Green Man and End of the Road for the best americana festival vibe this year continues as Uncut report: “Bill Callahan has been announced as the final headliner for this year’s End Of The Road Festival. Other new additions to the bill include Slowdive, Japandroids and Pond. They join Father John Misty, Mac DeMarco, … Continue reading “Bill Callahan confirmed as headliner for EOTR 2017”

Torgeir Waldemar “No Offending Borders” (Ja.Jansen plateproduksjon, 2017)

Torgeir Waldemar’s second solo album is a simply stunning offering – a beautifully balanced combination of visionary acoustic songs, full of strong and vivid imagery, and more strident West Coast rock songs, sweetly melodic but shot through with bursts of fuzzed up guitar adding depth to lyrics of loss and despairing pain. It’s a pure … Continue reading “Torgeir Waldemar “No Offending Borders” (Ja.Jansen plateproduksjon, 2017)”

Neil Young shares video for ‘Peace Trail’ – Watch

NPR are being good to us again this week – they’re carrying the new Neil Young video (which is really quite lovely) with the following blurb: “When Neil Young gets fired up, sometimes his best music comes to pass. Just weeks after the election, Neil Young released his second album of 2016, the quietly optimistic … Continue reading “Neil Young shares video for ‘Peace Trail’ – Watch”

Sturgill Simpson joins fight against scalpers

Reassuring of course that the whole world is getting screwed and not just us. News from Rolling Stone this morning:  “When Pearl Jam launched their now infamous fight against Ticketmaster in 1994, trying to protect concertgoers from inflated service charges, they could have never imagined that those few extra dollars would now seem like small … Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson joins fight against scalpers”

Pokey LaFarge releases song about current racial tension in US – Listen

Well worth a listen if you have a spare three minutes and 40 seconds in your life, and he’s playing some dates in the Netherlands next month. Rolling Stone reports: “Roots performer Pokey LaFarge calls St. Louis his home, and the racial tension that boiled over after Michael Brown’s fatal shooting by police in neighboring … Continue reading “Pokey LaFarge releases song about current racial tension in US – Listen”