NEW MUSIC: This Frontier Needs Heroes – South Dakota
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NEW MUSIC: This Frontier Needs Heroes – South Dakota

This Frontier Needs Heroes have been releasing music for over a decade and you can hear that lived-in feel in the playing and the maturity of the arrangement and sublime vocal melodies of singer-songwriter Brad Lauretti on this new song ‘South Dakota’. It’s a mix of gorgeous, folk-tinged vocals, the grit and electric twang of the … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Aaron Lee Tasjan – Up All Night
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NEW MUSIC: Aaron Lee Tasjan – Up All Night

Like Tom Petty jamming with Cutting Crew circa 1985, Aaron Lee Tasjan has fully embraced synth sounds, alongside his power-pop guitar aesthetic on this slice of cosmic pop. It works in a playful way too, with hooks aplenty. Kaleidoscopic Americana? Discussing the song, Tasjan says, “‘Up All Night’ is half party anthem, half cautionary tale. … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: David Quinn – Born To Lose
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NEW MUSIC: David Quinn – Born To Lose

Hot nights and a sultry blues rock groove are the order of the day on this new track from Indiana-based David Quinn. We last wrote about Quinn when he released his excellent album Wanderin’ Fool last year. This year’s new album Letting Go finds him broadening his sound and continuing his rich vein of songwriting. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: SPERB3R – Think On Your Feet
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ALBUM REVIEW: SPERB3R – Think On Your Feet

Lately I’ve been listening to and writing about the sound of ambient country music. I guess it’s the state of the world – but quieter, more ruminative and relaxing sounds have become even more important than ever of late. There are the traditional ambient go-to’s such as Eno, Harold Budd, Jon Hassall, Williams Basinski and … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: David James Allen – Scarecrow & Do What Fits
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NEW MUSIC: David James Allen – Scarecrow & Do What Fits

Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada songwriter David James Allen is a man for all seasons. He cites some of his skills as graphic artist, DIY record producer and poet and he clearly takes that polymorphic approach with his music; effortlessly blending country, folk, psych and pop sounds into a wonderful kaleidoscopic sound that could easily … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: R McClure & Tall Shadows
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NEW MUSIC: R McClure & Tall Shadows

I’m digging this reverbed, rollicking sound from R McClure & Tall Shadows. The British Columbian has a great take on country music, adding a really cool, dreamy psych sheen. Lovely stuff. ‘Big Night’ rides a great shuffling drumbeat like the rush of a successful night mission. ‘Me And My Hangover’ slows things down but finds … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Beyond The Breath Of Grace – Atacama
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NEW MUSIC: Beyond The Breath Of Grace – Atacama

In the great tradition of spaghetti western meets surf guitar music, here’s the German group Beyond The Breath Of Grace and their fine instrumental track ‘Atacama’. Named after the desert in Chile, it charges along at a fair clip of its hooves, conjuring up evocative western images of desert dust rising against sunburnt hills. The … Continue reading

WEEKLY SINGLES ROUNDUP: Oct 2nd, 2020
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WEEKLY SINGLES ROUNDUP: Oct 2nd, 2020

This week we’ve got a brand new track from one of our local Australian songwriters, Ben Leece (out on Monday). This single is a beautiful tribute to a friend who died in tragic and unsolved circumstances and is yet another example of the way Ben so effortlessly imbues his alt-country melodies and music with pathos … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Daniel Young – Hold You Tighter
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NEW MUSIC: Daniel Young – Hold You Tighter

Daniel Young is a songwriter out of Salt Lake City, Utah who has been plying his craft for two decades now. It shows too. ‘Hold You Tighter’ is one of those effortless delights that gently tumbles out the speakers on the back of warm and mellifluous melodies, a voice inhabited by just the right amount … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Skyway Man – Old Swingin’ Bell
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NEW MUSIC: Skyway Man – Old Swingin’ Bell

Skyway Man is singer, songwriter and producer James Wallace. He’s got a brand new album called The World Only Ends When You Die set for release on October 23rd. The album was recorded at Spacebomb Studios in Richmond VA and it’s being released by the excellent Mama Bird Recording Co label. ‘Old Swingin’ Bell’ is … Continue reading

WEEKLY SINGLES ROUNDUP – Sept 25th, 2020
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WEEKLY SINGLES ROUNDUP – Sept 25th, 2020

As usual, a great county of new singles hitting the airwaves and digital universe this week. First up is this lovely duet between Kurt Vile and John Prine, recorded late in 2019. “Probably the single most special musical moment in my life,” says Vile. It’s part of a new KV EP called Speed, Sound, Lonely KV, out … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: James Thomson
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INTERVIEW: James Thomson

COAL CITY GOLD James Thomson’s third album is his his finest yet, the result of his steady creative evolution. Golden Exile sees the Newcastle songwriter digging deeper and more widely into his influences and writing with a greater sense of musical identity. Back in 2012 he came to the attention of journalist and label owner … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: E.Z. Shakes – Making Mistakes
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NEW MUSIC: E.Z. Shakes – Making Mistakes

Gothic, psych country. Forthcoming album mixed by Mitch Easter E.Z. Shakes aren’t afraid to inject some darkness and rabble-rousing noise into their gothic country sound. On ‘Making Mistakes’ there’s a generous use of reverb to give the song a brooding, ghostly feel that works beautifully. The Columbia, South Carolina group, who are getting ready to … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: A Straw Assembly – Lispenard St
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NEW MUSIC: A Straw Assembly – Lispenard St

You don’t hear a great deal of folk and country music coming out of New Zealand. It’s there for sure, and big names have certainly built local and international reputations (Marlon Williams, Tami Neilson, Tiny Ruins etc) but finding the next wave of artists can sometimes involve a bit of digging. This new track by … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – Old Flowers
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ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – Old Flowers

Courtney Marie Andrews Old Flowers Fat Possum Records / Inertia The evolution of one of the most consistently rewarding songwriters in recent years continues with this devastating treatise and rumination on heartbreak, despair and emotional renewal. Courtney Marie Andrews has taken the tried and true subject of the end of a long-term relationship and bled … Continue reading