Feb 27, 2013

Feb 26, 2013

Recent mild temperatures has made the snow perfect for making snowmen.

Feb 25, 2013

Elisabeth Pixley-Fink - Bloodroot - 2013

Bloodroot offers lush arrangements of honest, introspective songs, directed by piano and enriched with instrumentation including strings, stunning vocal harmonies, electric guitar, and lap steel. The Kalamazoo-based vocalist, pianist, and songwriter recorded the album at Backseat Productions in Ann Arbor with Patrick Carroll co-producing and playing. Ian Gorman mixed and mastered at La Luna in Kalamazoo. 

I am very excited to release Bloodroot on Earthwork Music
I am forever grateful to the album's co-creators, who lent their ears, lungs, throats, hands & ideas to make up this body of work. 
Many dear people listened to these songs performed at shows; their presence and encouragement made the songs real. 
I wrote and recorded Bloodroot while grieving the death of my soulfriend Andrew Wolf. Through making and performing this record, I have felt his love come alive again again.

Wonderfully great pop music... Excellent songwriting and melodies carry this album from start to finish. Her voice is infectious.

H-Burns - Off The Map - 2013

Why go and see Steve Albini in 2012? Hypothesis number one: to get the "nouveau riche" thrill by being produced by the man behind Nirvana, the Pixies and PJ Harvey - wrong answer. Hypothesis number two: to play online poker and discuss cooking recipes with the kindest nerd of history - you're still missing the point, although.... Hypothesis number three: because when you want to record a real album, all recorded live and played tight, the legendary Electrical studio in Chicago is still the best place you can find on this side of the universe.

Off the map, H-Burns’ fourth album, is an album labeled, engineered, mixed and mastered by Steve Albini. And it’s pretty obvious: fourteen tight songs, full-on (faithful to the motto hammered by Albini: “feature it, or fuck it"), carved in eight days, by five people (drums, guitars, keyboards, bass), without ever leaving the studio. After the critical success of “We go way back” and the recent collaboration with Chris Bailey of the legendary Australian band The Saints (Album Bailey / Burns), H-Burns continues on Off The Map to move towards a sound which is less and less harsh, but instead wider and wider. H-Burns dropped the plaid shirts, now they truly have become a great classy rock band, a band that doesn’t know any borders. Off the Map is a world-record where the concepts of maps and territories are the cement of the lyrics, in a total symbiosis with the sound: brass performed by the musicians from Wilco’s latest albums, a drummer who hits a snare drum from the 1930’s, keyboard parts played on vintage instruments that sound like they haven’t been touched for years. This new album of H-burns is also the first album released by the label Vietnam, tailor-made by their friends at So Foot, the magazine that has once been described by Voxpop as ” a punk football magazine which talks about football because it’s the rock’n'roll of the modern world “. Create a label. What for? ” Because what really matters, it’s the journey “. With or without a map.

Great album... Brings you back to the days of old! Recommended ***

Feb 24, 2013

Ian Brown - remixes of spheres - 2002

He's not exactly a beauty but a fuckin' brilliant musician.
I love THE STONE ROSES but I admire IAN BROWN for what he was doing after the Roses.

01 F.E.A.R [U.N.K.L.E. Mix]
02 Northern Lights [the Freelance Hellraiser Mix]
03 Gravy Train [Nightmares on Wax Mix]
04 Forever and a Day [Cedarblue Mix]
05 Shadow of a Saint [the Boy Bierton Mix]
06 Superstar
07 My Star 2002
08 Hear No See No Speak No
09 Cokane in My Brain [DJ Mix Nurenburg Scratch Mix]
10 Gravy Train [Nightmares on Wax][Instrumental]
11 Stardust [Instrumental]
12 Mundo Pequeno [Live Acoustic Version]
13 F.E.A.R [U.N.K.L.E.][Instrumental]

Feb 23, 2013

Feb 21, 2013

Clem Snide - Jews for Jesus Blues / Weird (Live)

Daytrotter Series - 2012

The Lumineers

1. Flowers In Your Hair
2. Ho Hey
3. The Dead Sea
4. Slow It Down

Mumford & Sons and Friends

1. Not With Haste
2. Little Birdie
3. Angel Band
4. Not In Nottingham
5. Reincarnation
6. I Was Young When I Left Home
7. Partner Nobody Chose
8. Atlantic City

The Artist - 2013

I recorded this man doing what he has done for 57 years... Just incredible.
Check them out

Hard To Handle – Black America Sings Otis Redding - 2012


1. These Arms Of Mine – Albert Washington & The Kings
2. Sister Pitiful – Judy Clay
3. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) – William Bell
4. Baby Cakes – Maxine Brown
5. Think About It – King Floyd
6. Shout Bamalama – Mickey Murray
7. Security – Irma Thomas
8. I’ve Got Dreams To Remember – Percy Sledge
9. Give Away None Of My Love – Buddy Miles
10. I’m Missing You – Mitty Collier
11. I Can’t Turn You Loose – James Carr
12. Chained And Bound – Bettye Swann
13. Just One More Day – Clarence Carter
14. Wholesale Love – Arthur Conley
15. Hawg For You – Tina Britt
16. Loving By The Pound (Tk 2) – Otis Redding
17. Hard To Handle – Patti Drew
18. A Year, A Month And A Day – Arthur Conley
19. Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song) – Lou Rawls
20. Monkey On My Back- Jackie Hairston
21. Keep Pushing Me – James & Bobby Purify
22. Good To Me – Donald Height
23. Respect – Aretha Franklin
24. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – The Staple Singers
25. I Got The Will – Etta James

His achievements as a singer may cast a giant shadow over everything else he achieved. Anyone with a passing interest in music should be able to tell you that Otis Redding wrote 'Respect' and 'Dock Of The Bay' - that's a given. But the vast majority of his many other singles had an Otis composition or co-write on at least one side, while almost all of the albums released during his lifetime featured additional Otis Redding copyrights. A prolific tunesmith and savvy A&R man, Otis also found time to write songs specifically for Arthur Conley and others whose careers he hoped to boost.Otis wrote a staggering number of quality songs in a very short period of time. In fact the more Otis wrote, the more he wanted to write: in the few weeks leading up to his death, he went into Stax's McLemore Avenue studio and cut around 30 new songs, leaving behind enough material for a trio of posthumously released albums which, for many fans, are better than many of those that came out while he was still alive.There's no way of telling how Otis would have progressed as a songwriter had his plane not crashed in December 1967, but the unreleased songs he left behind give a pretty good indication that he was moving in interesting and special directions. The quality of many of those posthumously issued compositions was quickly recognised by his peers. Fine versions of several of them, by Buddy Miles, Etta James, Patti Drew, Percy Sledge and others, appear in "Hard To Handle", the latest volume in Ace's occasional "Black America Sings" series. Tony Rounce

Feb 19, 2013

Holopaw – Academy Sounds - 2013

The fourth album from Gainesville, FL outfit Holopaw takes the perspective of a preparatory school boy, unsure of himself, passing through a beclouded world as best he can. He’s not the bad kid or the popular kid, the funny kid or the poor one. He’s the introverted kid, aware of his surroundings, his head racing with confused thoughts and starry observations. Singer John Orth’s  gentle vibrato is well positioned to channel the nervous, ephemeral innocence of boyhood curiosity. Beyond him, the instrumentation builds with percussive jolts that create a terrain both explosive and calm, like watching fireworks in the snow.

01 - The Academy
02 - Golden Sparklers
03 - Diamonds
04 - Bedfellows Farewell
05 - Dirty Boots (He Don't)
06 - We Are the Virgin Snow
07 - Discotheque
08 - Infidels
09 - Chapperelles
10 - The Lights from the Disco
11 - Golden Years
12 - Untitled hidden track

McCarthy & Bonnie - What The Brothers sang - 2013

For artists such as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Dawn McCarthy, who are mostly associated with alt-folk and indie-rock, a full album homage to the Everly Brothers initially comes as a surprise.

The Everly Brothers sold millions of records with pop songs such as 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' and 'Wake up Little Susie' but they had their chart-topping thunder stolen by the Beatles and retreated back into their first love, country music, to great acclaim. The 13 tunes included on What the Brothers Sang come from that later period, and 'So Sad' and 'Devoted to You' were the only chart singles... 405

01 – Breakdown
02 – Empty Boxes
03 – Milk Train
04 – What Am I Living For
05 – My Little Yellow Bird
06 – Devoted To You
07 – Somebody Help Me
08 – So Sad
09 – Omaha
10 – It’s All Over
11 – Poems, Prayers, and Promises
12 – Just What I Was Looking For
13 – Kentucky

Feb 16, 2013

Kramer - The Brill Building - 2005-2012

THE BRILL BUILDING (TZADIK RECORDS 2012) Commissioned by John Zorn for Kramer's 3rd release on Tzadik, an entire CD of cover songs written by songwriters in the Brill Building between 1960 & & 1966, including hits and obscurities by Carol King, Phil Spector, Phil Ramone, Neil Diamond, Burt Bacharach, Doc Pomus, Lieber & Stoller and others... 10 songs chosen by Kramer, produced and recorded at Kramer's NOISE MIAMI in his South Florida home, performed and sung in his own inimitable style. This will be Kramer's very first full-length CD comprised solely of "covers", with very special guests JAD FAIR, R. STEVIE MOORE, MIKE JONES, and DANIEL C SMITH (aka; Brother Danielson)

1 - HE HIT ME (goffin-king)
2 - DOO WAH DIDDY (barry-greenwich)
3 - BABY IT'S YOU (bacharach-david-williams)
4 - SPANISH HARLEM (spector-lieber)
5 - I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME (kolber-mann)
6 - I WANT CANDY (berns-feldman-goldstien-gotteher)
7 - SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME (pomus-shuman)
8 - CHERRY CHERRY (diamond)
9 - ON BROADWAY (mann-weil-lieber-stoller)
10 - PARADISE (botkin-garfield-nilsson-spector)

The House of Love - Deluxe Edition - 2012

Perfection lies within this handsome repackaging of the debut album from the House of Love. Before their career faltered exactly at the point it should have been taking off, the House of Love seemed set to be the defining British guitar band of the late 80s. The measure of their brilliance – not too strong a word – is they could slip out Shine On and 1988 John Peel Festive 50 winner Destroy the Heart as single-only releases without compromising the quality of the album at all. Thankfully, this set offers all their unimprovable recordings for Creation Records, plus the usual unnecessary rarities. Here was a band who knew just how good they were – Guy Chadwick's songwriting could border on florid, but the grandeur of the performances suits it to a tee. If you don't already own The House of Love, buy it.

Press: "Here was a band who knew just how good they were... If you don't already own The House Of Love, buy it." - Michael Hann, The Guardian, 24/11/2012 

"Two super serving discs of extras include single tracks...plus fan-pleasing alternate takes and intriguing demos..." - MOJO, December 2012

"Considered by many to be the fledgling band's finest work, it has been hansomely expanded into a three-CD deluxe edition..." - Alan Jones, Music Week, November 2012 

"...still sound like a band engaging into top gear and riding the crest of a wave." - Andy Peart, Vive Le Rock, Jan/Feb 2013 

Disc 1: The House Of Love
1. Christine
2. Hope
3. Road
4. Sulphur
5. Man To Child
6. Salome
7. Love In A Car
8. Happy
9. Fisherman's Tale
10. Touch Me
Bonus tracks:
11. Shine On (Demo - Bonus 7”)
12. Christine (Demo - Bonus 7”)

Disc 2: Singles, B-Sides, Rarities
1. Shine On
2. Love
3. Flow
4. Real Animal
5. Plastic
6. Nothing To Me
7. The Hill
8. Loneliness Is A Gun
9. The Hedonist
10. Welt
11. Destroy The Heart
12. Blind
13. Mr. Jo
14. Destroy The Heart (Demo)
15. Shine On (Fuck Version)
16. I Don’t Know Why I Love You But I Do (Live - Previously Unissued)
17. Love In A Car (Live - Previously Unissued)
18. Destroy The Heart (Live - Previously Unissued)
19. I Wanna Be Your Dog (Live - Previously Unissued)

Disc 3: Previously Unissued Mixes & Demos
1. Shine On (Guy Chadwick Solo Demo)
2. Touch Me (Demo 1)
3. Real Animal (Demo)
4. Happy (Demo 1)
5. Hold On Me (16 Track Demo)
6. Christine (16 Track Demo)
7. Modern World (Demo)
8. Salome
9. Man To Child
10. Hope
11. Love In A Car
12. Touch Me
13. Road
14. Fisherman’s Tale
15. Happy (Demo 2)
16. Sulphur
17. Real Animal (16 Track Demo)
18. Little Girl (alias Mr Jo)
19. Shine On (Band Demo)

Feb 9, 2013

Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verses - 2013

Genre: Indie Folk

Frightened Rabbit's fourth studio album is a tapestry of carefully crafted verse and gracefully epic instrumentation, stitched with the shortcoming of humankind and laced with the vulnerabilities of love. The well-established Scottish band has undergone a few changes for Pedestrian Verse: their overall sound is a step up from their first three albums thanks to producer Leo Abrahams (David Byrne, Brian Eno), and their songwriting has taken on a new maturity and focus thanks to their freshly collaborative approach. Lead vocalist Scott Hutchison has previously taken on the songwriting responsibilities, penning break-up gems and cynical anthems that we've loved for nearly a decade, but chose to write the material for the new record with the rest of the band. The result is stunning: instead of a tentative confessional collage, each song comes off as a piercing novella, be it about homelessness, addiction, or songwriting itself. babel

Feb 6, 2013

The Story Of... Clem Snide - 2013

Many exciting Clem Snide/Eef Barzelay things await you in 2013 like…
* The new record “Songs for Mary” will see its official release in spring!
* An original song, called “The Woods”, is featured in the “Senses” episode of the new BBC show “The Wonders of Life” with our man Brian Cox.
* Also: “God Answers Back” from the “End of Love” album will be used in the new Diablo Cody movie (end credits yo!).
* Keep an ear out for Eef on NPR’s All Things Considered.
* But most exciting is the launching of a subscription service called “Eldorado”

Since forming in the early '90s, Clem Snide has undergone numerous lineup changes, moved to three different cities and left record labels big and small in its wake. Even though singer-songwriter Eef Barzelay has long been the band's only constant, Clem Snide still managed to break up after recording a long-unreleased 2006 album. Now, after two terrific solo records, Barzelay has re-formed Clem Snide — and marked the occasion by finally unveiling Hungry Bird, an inventive prog-pop curveball with a post-apocalyptic storyline and many moments of dazzling beauty.

Latest Release on BandCamp (name your price)

Made for TV Movie Live

Eef Barzelay (Clem Snide) and Chris Otepka (The Heligoats) perform at the 30th Anniversary Party for Kim & Carla and Jim & Mary.

Johnny Marr - Mojo - 2013


Johnny Marr – The Right Thing Right
The Cribs – We Share The Same Skies
Johnny Marr + The Healers – The Last Ride
Edwyn Collins – Come Tomorrow, Come Today
Sandie Shaw – Hand In Glove
Billy Bragg – Walk Away Renee
Modest Mouse – Dramamine
The The – Evening Star
Transit Kings – America Is Unavailable
Kirsty MacColl – Walking Down Madison
Lisa Germano- Into Oblivion
Beth Orton – Call Me The Breeze
Robyn Hitchcock – Ordinary Millionaire
John Frusciante – Central
The Durutti Column – Chant

Feb 5, 2013

Stars - Your Ex-Lover Is Dead - 2004

God that was strange to see you again
Introduced by a friend of a friend
Smiled and said 'yes I think we've met before'
In that instant it started to pour,
Captured a taxi despite all the rain
We drove in silence across Pont Champlain
And all of the time you thought I was sad
I was trying to remember your name...

This scar is a fleck on my porcelain skin
Tried to reach deep but you couldn't get in
Now you're outside me
You see all the beauty
Repent all your sin

It's nothing but time and a face that you lose
I chose to feel it and you couldn't choose
I'll write you a postcard
I'll send you the news
From a house down the road from real love...

Live through this, and you won't look back...
Live through this, and you won't look back...
Live through this, and you won't look back...

There's one thing I want to say, so I'll be brave
You were what I wanted
I gave what I gave
I'm not sorry I met you
I'm not sorry it's over
I'm not sorry there's nothing to save

I'm not sorry there's nothing to save...

Feb 4, 2013

Compilation -2013

The Boys Who Couldn't Stop Dreaming

Blast from our Past - 2013

Even if La Costa Perdida isn't a great Camper Van Beethoven record, it does illustrate how unique this band still is, 30 years after it formed. And it truly is a kick to hear CVB ply its craft with road-tested assurance and subtly virtuosic musicianship. The bluesy vamp "You Got to Roll" doesn't totally work on record, but it should sound great in a concert setting, where the proggy accents of "Summer Days" and the "Euro-Trash Girl"-like epic "Northern California Girls" will also likely catch fire. In lieu of having great material, at least Camper Van Beethoven can count on being itself better than anybody else. pf

Having multiplied into a six-piece collective brotherhood, Radar Brothers spent the past few years collaborating, meshing their writing styles and recording an album that seamlessly welds together various worlds. The band will release Eight on January 29, 2013. Eight (being their eighth record) may well be Radar Brothers' darkest, hardest rocking, most psychedelic, and yet most intensely personal album to date. Jim Putnam’s knack for melody and surreal lyricisms are well intact, only darker and more personal at times, hilarious at others, poetically inspired at others.

Two golden oldies from two of my favourite bands