Fat White Family are back and the first single from their upcoming release, Serf’s Up, has just been dropped. Changing their sound to a Depeche Mode vibe, this will be their debut release for Domino records. The band temporarily dropped their respective side-piece bands The Moonlandigz and Insecure Men to reform Fat White Family. Look for the record on April 19th.
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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Ex Hex is made up of the power trio of Mary Timony, Betsy Wright, and Laura Harris. The band smashed their way onto the scene in 2014 with the album Rips, an album that garnered much critical acclaim and was on top of many best album of the year lists. Now, in advance of the new record It’s Real that comes out on March 22nd, we are treated to a sign of the marvelous sounds that will soon reach our collective ears.
St. Paul Peterson is best known as the keyboard player that replaced Jimmy Jam for Morris Day and the time. Discovered by Prince as a teenager, Peterson is know a much in demand session player having tickled the ivories for the likes of Steve Miller, Stevie Wonder, Boy George, Lionel Richie and many others.
“Cheer Up Charley” is one of the character sketches that the Delines deliver up with their latest Gem of an album, The Imperial. Charley is a day drinker trying to recover from a wife that has left him and a dead end job on the docks. Willy Vlautin really knows his way around a song. Singer Amy Boone wrings every bit of emotion out of a song that have fight right in on a Tom Waits record.
Nashville by way of Atlanta musician Ben Cramer under his stage name Old Sea Brigade has crafted a highly atmospheric record that has tinges of Folk and Americana in its DNA. Highly addictive stuff.
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.