NEW MUSIC: Roberta Faceplant – Everything Is Trash
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NEW MUSIC: Roberta Faceplant – Everything Is Trash

Straight from the opening guitar licks you know this track is going to hit the spot. It kicks along like a hot-wired boot heel on a wooden honky tonk dancefloor. Sass, humour and hooks to burn, ‘Everything Is Trash’ is the debut single from new solo country / Americana act Roberta Faceplant, who is Philadelphia-based … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Fritz Michel – Stardust
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NEW MUSIC: Fritz Michel – Stardust

French-born New York artist Fritz Michel has released this new single from his upcoming EP Blue Vibes. He plays in electric jazz and rock bands but his solo material mixes a subtle Lou Reed vibe with a David Berman (Silver Jews, Purple Mountains) countrified indie rock feel. It’s a classic sound with an artful twist. … Continue reading

NEWS: Rose City Band announces new LP
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NEWS: Rose City Band announces new LP

Rose City Band, the project of Ripley Johnson when he’s not immersed in the world of Wooden Shjips or Moon Duo, has announced that album number three will be released on May 21st. Based on ‘Lonely Spaces’ (below) expect more of his amazing blend of dreamy, chooglin’, cosmic country. Press release spiel… Rose City Band … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: John John Brown – Where The Good Buzz Goes
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NEW MUSIC: John John Brown – Where The Good Buzz Goes

Last year we posted John John Brown‘s song ‘On Black Friday I Met Jesus‘ which really impressed us both musically and poetically. That song, along with this new one ‘Where The Good Buzz Goes’ both come from his new album Americana Comics, out now on streaming services. John Prine is a clear influence in the … Continue reading

FAVOURITE AU & NZ ALBUMS 2020
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FAVOURITE AU & NZ ALBUMS 2020

Lists! We have a couple for you as usual as we wind down at the end of another year. I won’t rabbit on about the trials and tribulations of 2020, the good news was that the music still came down the pipeline with the same amount of quality and reward. We’ll have our overall list … Continue reading

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