NEW MUSIC: Mike Viola – It Does A Number On My Brain
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NEW MUSIC: Mike Viola – It Does A Number On My Brain

Mike Viola was a member of Ryan Adams band for a while (and has worked with a number of other artists) and you can certainly hear a shared kinship for strummed and sparkly guitars, classic riffs and strong and heady vocal melodies. This one sways along with a melancholic power pop sound, really nice song. … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Frog –Don’t Tell Me Where You’re Going
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NEW MUSIC: Frog –Don’t Tell Me Where You’re Going

Frog are a band out of Queens, NYC and they mix up a cool blend of wonky, askew Americana. Firmly operating on the cosmic side of the tracks, without sacrificing song-craft and hooks, the duo released their new LP Whatever We Probably Already Had It a couple of weeks ago. You can hear bits of The … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Kramies – Everything The End
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NEW MUSIC: Kramies – Everything The End

Kramies recorded the EP Of All The Places Been & Everything The End in an old castle with the help of Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Todd Tobias (Guided By Voices) and Jerry Becker (Train). It’s a swirling, hypnotic dreamscape of a song that recalls Mercury Rev and a floating-in-space Perry Farrell-fronted Porno For Pyros. At its heart … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Colter Wall – Songs Of The Plains
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ALBUM REVIEW: Colter Wall – Songs Of The Plains

Country music is so often built on voices, distinctive personalities that convey wisdom and experience. Willie, Waylon, Johnny, Dolly – iconic names that all had their own unique sound. Each new generation throws up one or two artists that join that illustrious company. Sturgill Simpson is a recent one that comes to mind. Another is Colter … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Philippe Bronchtein – Me And The Moon
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NEW MUSIC: Philippe Bronchtein – Me And The Moon

Phillipe Bronchtein recently released Me And The Moon, his first album under his own name but not his debut solo LP, he’s previously recorded as Hip Hatchet. Bronchtein has lived all over the place, he was born in Montreal, raised in New Jersey, went to college in Vermont, and relocated to Portland, OR before settling … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: M.E. Baird – Time
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ALBUM REVIEW: M.E. Baird – Time

Matthew Baird’s 2014 album, Fall, caught these ears as a great example of how to absorb influence from varying genres and scenes with subtlety. Now, on the followup Time, Baird has again subverted the obvious and recorded a set of songs that dig into a number of musical corners with darkly rewarding results.  Many of … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Josh Geffin – Glow
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NEW MUSIC: Josh Geffin – Glow

Josh Geffin is a songwriter who hails from London, where he’s been part of the folk scene there for the last decade. He’s been involved with experimental guitar music as well as folk music and this new album, Hum & Glow finds him exploring instrumental atmospheric country music in the vein of William Tyler and … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Stripmall Ballads – You Were Good (I Was Good For A While)
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NEW MUSIC: Stripmall Ballads – You Were Good (I Was Good For A While)

Stripmall Ballads is the name that musician Phillips Saylor Wisor has been releasing music under for the last decade. He’s a founding member of the acclaimed old-time duo The Shiftless Rounders and touring banjoist for IBMA award-winning bluegrass group King Wilkie, Phillips as been working as Stripmall Ballads since 2008. There’s a wonderful weariness to … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Danny Golden – Hangover + Window
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NEW MUSIC: Danny Golden – Hangover + Window

Danny Golden is a songwriter based in Austin, TX and going on these tracks he draws from a wide stylistic palette. Aching country balladry mixed with acid-tinged guitar solos, Americana, astute lyric writing and a sense of humour. This year he release his album Old Love, featuring Spencer Garland (Black Pumas, Matthew Logan Vasquez, PR … Continue reading

NEWS: Mercury Rev reimagine Bobbie Gentry’s ‘The Delta Sweete’ in full
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NEWS: Mercury Rev reimagine Bobbie Gentry’s ‘The Delta Sweete’ in full

This sounds like a pretty special musical project. Mercury Rev have announced the release of Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited, on February 8 via Bella Union. The record is a “reimagining” of Bobbie Gentry’s 1968 album The Delta Sweete and features an impressive cast of guest vocalists: 1. Okolona River Bottom Band ft. Norah Jones 2. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Live From The Ryman
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ALBUM REVIEW: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Live From The Ryman

There’s that age old conundrum with live albums – it’s never going to be as good as actually being there but you get to hear different versions of songs and and the nuances within them. Jason Isbell released a live EP back in 2008 and the Live From Alabama album in 2012 so it’s clear he’s … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lucero – Among The Ghosts
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lucero – Among The Ghosts

The stars have certainly aligned for Lucero on this, their ninth album. It marks their 20th year as a band and was recorded by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Drive-By Truckers) at the auspicious Sam Phillips Recording Service studio in their hometown of Memphis. Most importantly, it stands tall as one of their strongest … Continue reading