Tokyo Rosenthal “This Minstrel Life” (Rock and Sock Records, 2017)

How do baseball players stay in touch? They touch base every once in a while! I have to admit I know absolutely diddly about this fabled sport. But I know a man who does. Tokyo Rosenthal, or Toke, as he is known to his friends and fans, is da man. Musician, sports fan, former boxing promoter and poet: as well as releasing many albums – This Minstrel Life – is his seventh CD; this Renaissance man is also the author of two books. A massive New York Yankees fan, A Fauxtographer’s Yankee Stadium Memoir is an account of his time as a photographer at the original Yankee Stadium, when he managed to blag a photo-pass in the late seventies and went to watch the sacred game free each week for five seasons. Continue reading “Tokyo Rosenthal “This Minstrel Life” (Rock and Sock Records, 2017)”

Greta Gaines “Tumbleweed EP” (Big Air Records, 2017)

Don’t Bogart That Joint will probably be one of her favourite tunes when Greta Gaines is asked to appear on Desert Island Discs; and a vaporiser most likely her luxury object. A lifetime campaigner for the legalisation of marijuana and former advocate for the National Organisation For The Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), all profits from her anthemic, proselytising and very moreish track Light It Up featured on her new seven-song EP Tumbleweed will be donated to NORML, Patients Out of Time and Tennesseans United; charities dedicated towards the legalisation of medical marijuana and treating people suffering with chronic health complaints. Continue reading “Greta Gaines “Tumbleweed EP” (Big Air Records, 2017)”

Curse of Lono “Curse of Lono” EP (Submarine Cat Records, 2016)

When you see and hear Curse of Lono for the first time, you know that here is a band that is special. They are from London, formed by Felix Bechtolsheimer (ex Hey Negrita) in 2015, with the addition of drummer Neil Findlay, also from Hey Negrita. The rest of the group consists of Joe Hazell, lead guitar, Charis Anderson, bass and Dani Ruiz Hernandez, keyboards. Continue reading “Curse of Lono “Curse of Lono” EP (Submarine Cat Records, 2016)”

More Townes Van Zandt reissues due next month

January 1st 2017 marked the twentieth anniversary of the death of the Texan troubadour Townes Van Zandt, and the ongoing Charly Records reissue campaign of his catalogue continues with the release of two more of his albums on Friday February 24th: “Texas Rain” and “Flyin’ Shoes”. All original Poppy and Tomato albums which Van Zandt recorded at the peak of his career are being restored, newly remastered with some nice repackaging as Definitive Edition Remasters on gatefold SleevePac CD’s, limited edition 180g heavyweight coloured vinyl, digital download and Mastered For iTunes formats.  Continue reading “More Townes Van Zandt reissues due next month”

Aimee Mann to release first album in 5 Years – Listen

Ace news from Spin who report: “It’s hard to believe five years have gone by since Aimee Mann’s last studio album, Charmer. That’s half a decade and yet it feels like only a couple of years ago. Oh well, that’s what happens when you get old — time just drifts without pause. Fortunately it’s brought us to her here, to her forthcoming solo record, Mental Illness. Produced by longtime pal Paul Bryan, the album reportedly “shows off Mann’s rich, incisive, and wry melancholia in an almost all-acoustic format, with a ‘finger-picky’ style inspired by some of her favorite ‘60s and ‘70s folk-rock records.”  Continue reading “Aimee Mann to release first album in 5 Years – Listen”

Owen Meany’s Batting Stance “Owen Meany’s Batting Stance” Independent, 2016

Self-consciously literary songs that owe a debt to the Mountain Goats, a name that is self-consciously of literary genesis and self-conscious references to the Mountain Goats; by now you’re either engaged and ready for what comes next or you’ve already gone. Stick around, for the songs have a bounce and humour that saves them from preciousness or pretension. It’s mainly the work of one man – Daniel Walker – but you’ve probably guessed that. Dissonance gets the Mountain Goats homage out of the way right off the bat, the percussive piano bouncing the song along with a force that is equalled by Walker throwing out the lyrics like they really matter. It’s disarming and charming. Continue reading “Owen Meany’s Batting Stance “Owen Meany’s Batting Stance” Independent, 2016”

Dirty Dozen: Dusty Wright

“Cinematic Americana” was how someone once described Dusty Wright’s music. For a guy that loves to write, and not just music, it aptly described his vignettes of love, loss, and the mysteries of life. Darkness abounds, wonderful darkness.

Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?

I’ve been a music junkie since my earliest memories of seeing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. I’ve been so passionate about music that it nearly consumed me. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Dusty Wright”

Nadia Reid releases new single, tour dates – Listen

“For a new artist, her confident grace is all the more remarkable” – so says Pitchfork about New Zealand songwriter Nadia Reid who releases her second album Preservation in March.  “I remember recording the tracks, it was about 11 at night, and I felt almost transcendental, as if I was out of my body, singing these words to myself. That’s what these songs are; a confession to my future and past self.”  Preservation is the second release for new label Basin Rock, based in the Lancashire/Yorkshire town of Todmorden.  Click through for UK dates and a listen to the rather fantastic new single Richard. Continue reading “Nadia Reid releases new single, tour dates – Listen”