Saturday, August 4, 2012

I Am Harlequin - new video from Craze EP

I Am Harlequin, London-based singer Anne Freier, has released another video, this time for the title track from her current EP Craze. Her songs and videos are a real treat - she's creative, artful and has an amazing voice. Enjoy:

We previously featured the video for another song from the EP, "Wild One" - click here.

The EP is available now - click here to check it out and see how to buy.

New Patterson Hood album due out Sept. 11 - free song available now

2012 continues to be, in a way, the year of Alabama ascendant... along with upstarts like Alabama Shakes and Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, we have a new solo album from Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood. Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance will be out September on ATO Records, and on early listen, it sounds terrific.

You can download and listen to "Come Back Little Star", which features a duet with Kelly Hogan:

Tour dates:

Sep 14 Jomeoke Music and Arts Festival – Pinnacle, NC
Sep 15 The Southern Cafe and Music Hall – Charlottesville, VA
Sep 16 World Cafe Live Downstairs – Philadelphia, PA
Sep 17 Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
Sep 18 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
Sep 20 Club Helsinki – Hudson, NY
Sep 22 City Winery – Chicago, IL
Sep 23 City Winery – Chicago, IL
Sep 24 Fine Line Music Café – Minneapolis, MN
Sep 27 Star Theater – Portland, OR
Sep 28 Star Theater – Portland, OR
Sep 29 Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
Oct 1 Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
Oct 2 Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
Oct 6 Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 7 Anthology – San Diego, CA
Oct 10 Cactus Café – Austin, TX
Oct 11 Cactus Café – Austin, TX
Oct 12 Austin City Limits Festival – Austin, TX

Tickets available at this website now.

Along with all the rest of the Truckers and Kelly Hogan, the album features Scott Danbom and Will Johnson of Centro-matic and Hood's father, legendary Muscle Shoals session man David Hood.

Expect great things - you won't be disappointed.

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Soul Corner - Judy Clay and William Bell "Private Number"

It's back to Memphis for a great track from 1967 I bet that more than a few of you don't know. Before cell phones, before texting, there were telephones and for quite awhile those lines (and the conversations that took place on them) were shared - "party lines". Getting a private line was a privilege.
So getting someone's private number was a sweet deal.
And it's all here n this terrific duet by Judy Clay and William Bell.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

New song from Close Lobsters

Yes, you read that correctly.  Paisley, Scotland's beloved purveyors of C86/jangly college rock reformed with the original five-person lineup for some 2012 festivals.  They also are issuing a new 7" with two previously unreleased songs.  You can stream and download "Steel Love", which is a 1990 demo track, below.  The other track is a 1989 live recording of "Head Above Water". The single will be released by German imprint Firestation Records limited to 200 copies.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New song from Honeydrum

I'm very fond of the melodic, fuzz pop produced by New Jersey's Honeydrum, and try not to miss a chance to profile their releases.  Today's post is about the delightful single, "Big Chris On The Couch", from their tape Brokenhearted With A Buy Schedule, which will be released in late August by Amdiscs.  "Big Chris" is available for free download.

Twitter ( @Honeydrum )

The History of Apple Pie, with less sugar - "Do It Wrong"

The History of Apple Pie is on our radar again.  The occasion is the upcoming release of their new song, "Do It Wrong", which is to be released on August 5 on Marshall Teller Records.   The London band is a little less jangly and sweet, and a bit more dense, psychedelic and shoegazey on this outing.  But I doubt any of us will mind, as it is an excellent song and should feature well on the album that, we hope, is forthcoming.  Enjoy:

Twitter ( @thoapband )

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

REVIEW: Langhorne Slim & The Law - The Way We Move

Portland, Oregon-based Langhorne Slim is one of those musicians who should be widely known and appreciated.  His Americana blend of folk, bluegrass and indie is affecting and catchy.  He writes good songs and performs them passionately.  So, is he famous?  Probably not, but that's show biz!  However, lack of fame doesn't deter When You Motor Away, which specializes writing about quality artists that haven't yet exploded on the big time.  Lanhorne Slim's latest album is The Way We Move, recorded by him and his current band, Langhorne Slim & The Law, and released last month on Ramseur Records.

Langhorne Slim knows his way around a ballad (take the time to find his "I Love You But Goodbye" from an earlier album; here's a You Tube link: link),  and this album contains several tracks, including "Song for Sid", that will burnish his reputation in that vein.  But, in my opinion, The Way We Move hits its highest points on the rollicking numbers.  Check out the title track --

Slim is a raw, soulful troubadour with a bit of punk attitude.  Thematically, the core of this album is loss -- the end of Slim's five year relationship, the death of his grandfather, moving out of his Portland home.  But emotionally, the music is vibrant and life-affirming.  And it is performed by a tight and energetic band.

"Great Divide" --

Slim's original name is Sean Scolnick, and he was raised in Pennsylvania and graduated from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College.  He and his collaborators have released several albums over the past 12 years or so.  The current line-up is Langhorne Slim (vocals/guitar), Malachi DeLorenzo (drums), Jeff Ratner (bass), and David Moore (keys/banjo).

Live performance of "Salvation", one my my favorite slower-paced Langhorne Slim songs --

Twitter ( @LanghorneSlim )

New Psych/Punk Discovery - Two Bit Dezperados/Beat Mark Split 7" on SMFSP Records

We've featured a few earlier releases from SMFSP (Shit Music For Shit People) Records, the Lisbon/Turin-based label - Second H Sam and Strange Hands, to be specific. Now we're happy to share their latest, a crazy split single featuring Two Bit Dezperados' combination of psychedelia and tropicalia, and French group Beat Mark's near-shoegaze sound, with buzzing guitars underlaying male/female vocal harmonies:

Highly recommended if you're looking for something new, but delightfully evocative in the vein of Dum Dum Girls, Crocodiles and Crystal Stilts, to name a few. It's out August 3, and you can buy it from Shit Music For Shit People online.

Introducing: Golden Grrrls

Golden Grrrls are a Glasgow/London-based three piece that is earning a growing acclaim in critical and fan arenas.  If I'm allowed to vote, and I think I am, I think they are great.  They have an album coming out on Night School Records in October, and a split 7" with California's Sea Lions very soon.  To give you a sample of their tasty sounds, here is the New Pop/Red Sea 7", which was released last November, and is available for "name your price" at the Bandcamp link below.

There is a delightful loose, lo-fi, Beat Happening vibe about this band, but with a bit more aggression in the tempo and arrangements.  I expect that they are very entertaining live.

The band is Ruari MacLean (guitar/vocals), Eilidh Rodgers (drums/vocals), and Rachel Aggs (guitar/vocals).  There are more songs available for streaming at the Soundcloud link below, and available for download at reasonable rates at the Bandcamp link.


Monday, July 30, 2012

"Frances", new song from Father Sculptor

True to their promise, Father Sculptor has released another track -- "Frances" is available to download free as of today, July 30.  This track both reveals the group's breadth and, I expect, puts the sword to the notion advanced by some that Father Sculptor are a reincarnation of the Smiths.  Sure, the melancholy and melody are there.  But the scope if the work is massive.  "Frances" features gorgeous synths, pounding drums and anthemic vocals, changes of pace and a palpable tension, building to a exhilarating climax.

The gang have promised another gift in two weeks.  Mark your calendars.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

First Aid Kit - new video for "Blue"

First Aid Kit has released a third video in support of their recent album The Lion's Roar (WYMA review here):

After playing Newport Folk Festival, they've got a few more US dates (including one with Alabama Shakes, you lucky Chicagoans) before returning to Europe to finish up their touring for a while (check out dates here).