Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Christmas


Big year, this one, folks. Feels only right to round it off here by wishing you all a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

For my son, the newest lonesome clan addition:
Connie Francis - Baby's First Christmas. (Buy).

Because I love the Doris Day Christmas Album without a trace of irony:
Doris Day - Snowfall. (Buy).

And because this is my song of the year (and the past four years) and because I can't resist a bit of seasonal smart alec-ness:
Bill Callahan - Faith/Void. (Buy).
It's nine and a half minutes long, like an existential americana Weekender, and I can assure you that it's time well spent.

Happy Christmas everyone.

Monday, July 29, 2013

New Mazzy Star Album in September

We're still here, things have changed. Mazzy Star haven't. and the last thing from 2011:

Friday, November 30, 2012

Emily Portman - Hatchlings

We are still here, but music worth posting has felt hard to to come by. This is an exception and I discussed this song and the myth behind it with Beth pretty much as soon as I'd heard it. Not sure there will be an album of the year round-up, but this is one of the best songs I've heard in 2012.


Listen: Emily Portman - Hatchlings
Buy it

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Give us your blessing

Oh yes, Summer has arrived, and 50's pop seems so much more pleasing. Here's a slice of cheese for you, it's up there with Tell Laura I love her.

Listen: Ray Peterson - Give us your blessing

Buy it

Monday, June 25, 2012

Beachwood Sparks - Talk About Lonesome



Every Summer I load up the mp3 player with Beach Boys and Beachwood Sparks, get out my 12 string guitar and pretend I'm in a soft rock band with country pretensions. It has been so long since the last Beachwood Sparks EP that I've worn out the vinyl and am on my second CD. Perhaps I shouldn't take them to the beach. This might not be up for long so grab the sunshine whilst you can.

Listen: Beachwood Sparks - Talk About Lonesome

Buy It

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Rave on John Donne

Gosh, it's been so long that blogger has a whole new look and now you've got to put forced breaks in, the lot. Still, things are looking a bit different these days.

Suffice to say that it's been a time, or, as Van says, time down through the weeks of ages.

Don't knock early 80s Van. I've had this on repeat for months now. Howard is staging an intervention.

Rave on words on printed page.

Listen: Van Morrison - Rave on John Donne

Buy this slice of Van here - it really is a swoony celtic belter.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dusty Springfield - What are you doing with the rest of your life?

Did you check the Tammy St John youtube below? I'm still looking for an mp3 - let me know in the comments if you have one.

For today here's both a vid of Dusty stills and an mp3 of what might be my very favourite Dusty song - somehow both uplifting and melancholy at the same time. The shifting chords of large blocks of strings under the sung melody, hints of harp - luscious orchestration.




Listen: Dusty Springfield - What are you doing the rest of your life?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tammy St John - Dark Shadows and Empty Hallways


Check it out. With the Summer heat the heartaches begin. If anyone has a better copy on mp3 please leave a comment.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Patsy Matheson and Bonnie and the Clydes



Well here we have a couple of great songs, one from UK singer Patsy Matheson about the dangers of not appreciating what you have, when what you have is special and the other from a band that promise a return to real country music and go about proving just that with some impressive playing and yodelling. Both albums are well worth checking out and if either are playing near you check them out.

Listen: Patsy Matheson - Hundred Guitars

Buy it

Patsy's Website

Listen: Bonnie and the Clydes - Cowboy Yodel

no idea how to buy this in the UK, but here's their website