Wednesday, 25 November 2009

'Who's that a-writing?'

well done to Peter Murphy, Hot Press journo and author of the very fine John the Revelator, just shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award

John the Revelator

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Roll up, roll up

Not only is it nearly the end of the year, but it's nearly the end of the decade too. Perfect for a list or seven, so coming up over the next few weeks will be some top tens, from me, and maybe some friends/special guests too... watch this space (i know the world won't be short of lists over the next month or so, but hey this is a list based blog and i guarantee any posted here will be better than anything in, say, the OMM).

In the meantime, i can't find any footage of Bettye Swann to post (no matter how many times i look on youtube), but if you fancy a piece of genius heartbreak soul, check out her song '(My Heart is) Closed for the Season'

Bettye Swann

Friday, 20 November 2009

radiohead... with guitars

and this is a great version...

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Drive-By Truckers

nice article at AD, from a couple of days ago, on the DBTs The Dirty South. It leads onto a bit of a debate as to what their best album is. Well, for my money it's a tough call between this and Decoration Day, and i think last year's (Jason Isbell-less) A Ghost to Most is a flat out classic too... so that doesn't answer that question.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Goin' to Acapulco

Been listening to lots of Jim James recently, old My Morning Jacket and the Monsters of Folk record, and it reminded me of this great cover of Dylan's song which he first did with Calexico for the 'I'm Not There' s'track. Here's a great live version of it.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

King Solomon and The Blind Boys...

if you don't own 'Don't Give Up On Me' Solomon Burke's 2002 'comeback' album, that also came out on Fat Possum, go buy it immediately...

Friday, 6 November 2009

Record for the Winter?

I loved AA Bondy's debut American Hearts, which came out in 2008, so i've been looking forward its follow up, and the good news is it's sounding just as great. There's a slightly fuller band - with various Felice Brothers helping out at times - but again it's the strength of the songs and the overall feel of it that marks it out. I've seen next to no reviews for this (apart from an ok one in today's Guardian), and being on Fat Possum i don't see any Fleet Foxes style marketing attack happening on it, but honestly if you like things like Bon Iver or Elliott Smith, then check this out, it's another lovely record, and kind of perfect for this time of year...


Wednesday, 4 November 2009

In EAR FARM we trust

Great feature just up:
'an incredibly fun read' full of 'musical nerditude' (apparently)

Check out their choice of the 'Top Ten Lists from Hang the DJ', and a fine choice it is too.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Back down South...

well, Pacific North West to be accurate, here's the final video of this US related series - a great song from Laura Veirs, and i kind of love this old school animation too...