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”

Danny & the Champions of the World “Let The Water Wash Over You (Don’t You Know)” – Listen

Danny & the Champs’ new album “Brilliant Light” is out now although as usual we got our copy rather late in the day (always the bridesmaid…) so our review will be up shortly, but for now, listen to this delightful slice of Springsteen-esque americana rock which Mojo described as a “brooding, psychedelic triumph!”

Ani Di Franco “Binary” (Righteous Babe/Aveline Records, 2017)

A new album from American Folk Rocker and Feminist Icon Ani Di Franco has to be cause for celebration, not least because she is one of the most creative songwriters out there and her music always engages and informs. This lastest release “Binary” is right up there with some of her best work. Written in the run up to the American Presidential election of 2016 it is very much of its time, with songs addressing the importance of reproductive rights (Play God), the need for empathy (Terrifying Sight) and the value of non violent protest and opposition (Pacifist’s Lament) – all themes currently playing out both in America and in the wider world. Di Franco’s work has always contained  a healthy amount of political awareness and is all the better for it.  Continue reading “Ani Di Franco “Binary” (Righteous Babe/Aveline Records, 2017)”

The past is never dead. It’s not even past – an interview with John Murry

John Murry’s 2012 album The Graceless Age was hailed by MOJO magazine with a 5 out of 5 rating, UNCUT called it a “masterpiece”, both magazines included it in their Top 10 albums of the year; American Songwriter put it in their Top 5 of the year and The Guardian included it in their best of the year as well. Written and recorded in the wake of a heroin addiction the album was candid in its depiction of his struggles and near death encounter, the grim tales delivered with an almost suffocating beauty concocted by Murry and his producer, Tim Mooney. On stage Murry seemed at times to be reliving the events described, his performances raw, an exorcism of sorts. The sudden death of his mentor Mooney and a marital breakup derailed whatever momentum was being achieved and although he has continued to perform and has recorded several EPs, many were wondering if he would ever record another album. At times Murry himself seemed to regard the album as a millstone around his neck. Continue reading “The past is never dead. It’s not even past – an interview with John Murry”

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”

Joe Purdy, support Lydia Ramsey, The Horn, St Albans, 15th June 2017

Does it get better than this – a beautifully warm evening, driving off to see Joe Purdy for the second time in a week, Bob Harris Country on the radio and Bob’s interviewing Jason Isbell. Oh and he closes the show with Waylon’s Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love). Everything’s looking – and sounding – very promising. Things take a downward trend when arriving at The Horn to find there’s no crowd – and I mean, no crowd: the venue’s deserted. Even when the stage times roll around things haven’t improved all that much – can St. Albans and the surrounding area really only scrape together thirty odd people for Joe Purdy? Continue reading “Joe Purdy, support Lydia Ramsey, The Horn, St Albans, 15th June 2017”

Video: Neil Young & Promise of the Real “Children of Destiny”

We occasionally sneak an extra video in to our daily dose for you when it’s as epic as this new track from Neil Young and band, which features a 56 piece orchestra (but no kazoo). According to Uncut “part of the track appears to have been worked on at Capitol Studios earlier this month [June 2017] with Storeytone arranger Chris Walden.”  The track is available to buy or stream now.