Littlemen, The Bell Inn, Bath, 11th April 2018

Strange bedfellows are made in the western outpost of Bath, Somerset. It’s a small community, neatly split into three piles. The tourists, who come for the Georgian tea rooms and Roman spas, the students (Bath has two universities and several colleges) and the locals with their stout hearts and strong heads for scrumpy cider. Forget … Continue reading “Littlemen, The Bell Inn, Bath, 11th April 2018”

Kacy & Clayton “The Siren’s Song” (New West Records, 2018)

When an album cover brings to mind the swirling pop art of the hippy revolution of the 60s it creates an expectation of what might be expected from the music contained within. Hailing as they do from rural Canada, cousins Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum (ex Deep Dark Woods) have brought swirling guitars and haunting … Continue reading “Kacy & Clayton “The Siren’s Song” (New West Records, 2018)”

James Elkington heads back to UK for shows

Yesterday it was the Black Deer Festival we were reporting on.  Today, it’s James Elk-ington. When will it all stop?  Following his tour supporting Jeff Tweedy in January, Chicago-based English songwriter and guitarist Elkington is returning to the UK for a short but sweet headline tour in April.  Elkington has toured, recorded, and/or collaborated with Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, Steve Gunn, Joan Shelley and most … Continue reading “James Elkington heads back to UK for shows”

American Aquarium are back – and there’s something fishy about the new line-up

Tbh it’s just changed but that’s only the first of many fish related jokes/puns you can expect if we feature them again over the coming months. They are of course named after a line from the Wilco song ‘I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.’ Oh and have a good weekend dear readers. Rolling Stone reports: … Continue reading “American Aquarium are back – and there’s something fishy about the new line-up”

Billy Bragg “Bridges Not Walls” (Cooking Vinyl, 2017)

2017 was a tumultuous year, Brexit and Trump providing an endless spectacle of rancour and discord, right wingers on the march, reason stifled by media barons (aside from those accused of printing “fake news”).  Billy Bragg, a voice of conscience since day one, pondered, “What’s a singer -songwriter to do when events keep challenging the … Continue reading “Billy Bragg “Bridges Not Walls” (Cooking Vinyl, 2017)”

Howie Payne “Mountain” (Full Stack Records, 2017)

This album was recorded in just four days with a band that had never played together before and most of the songs were done live in a couple of takes; given that genesis, the record sounds remarkable with subtleties that you’d only expect from painful rehearsal and painstaking planning. As ever, Payne’s songs are tightly … Continue reading “Howie Payne “Mountain” (Full Stack Records, 2017)”

Jeff Tweedy premieres new song – Watch

Stereogum is reporting that kast weekend, Jeff Tweedy performed an acoustic set of all his best know songs in Washington, DC “to celebrate NPR Music’s 10th anniversary that included everything from early Wilco cuts to Uncle Tupelo to contributions to Mavis Staples’ most recent album.” As part of the set he  played a new song called … Continue reading “Jeff Tweedy premieres new song – Watch”

Belle Adair “Neptune City” – Listen

Muscle Shoals four-piece Belle Adair has unveiled ‘Neptune City’, the latest from its forthcoming record ‘Tuscumbia’  due out next month.  The four-piece collaborated with producer Tom Schick (Wilco, Real Estate, Parquet Courts) to create a blissed-out feel, atmospheric guitars and masterful melodies. This track is a nostalgic reflection on a breezy summer from the distance of a biting … Continue reading “Belle Adair “Neptune City” – Listen”

Mavis Staples feat. Jeff Tweedy “Ain’t No Doubt About It” – Listen

Mavis Staples has debuted her new single Ain’t No Doubt About It which is taken from her new album ‘If All I Was Was Black’ which landed last week. The track is described as “a lilting and warmly poignant country soul track” and features vocals by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, who also serves as the album’s producer and songwriter. … Continue reading “Mavis Staples feat. Jeff Tweedy “Ain’t No Doubt About It” – Listen”

Interview: Blitzen Trapper

Portland, Oregon’s Blitzen Trapper have been producing delicately crafted albums for over a decade, charting their own distinct musical course and building a sizable fan base along the way. Wild And Reckless, the band’s ninth studio album, is both adventurous in sound and scope, taking songs initially written for a stage production into the studio … Continue reading “Interview: Blitzen Trapper”