Much like John Prine, John Hiatt is an undervalued National treasure. “Cry to Me” is the latest video to be released from his 2018 release, The Eclipse Sessions.
From a small village in Scotland, James Yorkston produces elegant pastoral songs bringing to mind Bert Jansch and John Martyn. His latest record, The Route To Harmonium comes out on February 22nd.
A new collection of previously unreleased recordings from singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt has been announced. Sky Blue collects early drafts of songs like “Pancho and Lefty” and “Rex’s Blues,” recorded with Bill Hedgepeth in 1973. It also features two songs that have never been heard before—“Sky Blue” and “All I Need”—and covers of songs by Richard Dobson and Tom Paxton.
Sky Blue arrives March 7 (what would have been Van Zandt’s 75th birthday) via TVZ/Fat Possum.
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One of Rock is the New Roll Favorites has just released a new remix of his song “Love Supreme Work Together,” and if this is a bell weather of what we are going to see from this versatile artist in 2019 sign us up!
It has been a while since we heard from Joe Jackson. It is good to see him back. The new record, Fool, comes out on January 18th. He has released three songs for your listening pleasure so far. Based on these gems the album will be a beauty.
As happens after year, after a bit of reflection, there end up to be a lot of worthy, highly listenable records that somehow miss our top album list. This year Paul Simon, Soccer Mommy, The Tuneyards, Belle and Sebastian all could have made our list. Here are five notal records that probably should have made the cut.
Gruff Rhys – Babelsberg
The Super Furry Animals front man jumps out front and center with his first record in four years. A timeless beauty that features a 72 piece orchestra, these are all great tunes that would have fit quite nicely on your 80’s playlist right alongside Yes and The Alan Parsons Project.
Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Somewhat a deliberate omission, that decison is beginning to feel very regreatable after a couple of post New Year spins of this one. The vibe is very different from your standard Monkey’s fare, Bowie goes to the moon. Pure dancing on the ceiling bliss.
Shame – Songs of Praise
One heck of a live band, London Post Punk rockers Shame deliver an arena-ready set of tracks that will set your hair on fire. Enter at your own risk.
Spiritualized – And Nothing Hurt
We should have known this one was going to be a cracker, all of his records are great. “Let’s Dance” and “The Morning After” are melodic stunners with a definite Brian Wilson influence.
Tracyanne & Danny – Tracyanne & Danny
Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Cambell returns with a set of sweet sounding pop nuggets with partner Danny Coughlan. Full of lush strings and 60’s Nancy and Lee vibes, this one is a gently euphoric listen.
From the 2013 diving board tour, this Goodbye Yellow Brick Road deep track will make you want to catch Sir Elton one more time on his farewell tour.