Support the independents – Loose Records

Given recent events across the UK and particularly in London writing about independent music may be low down the list of many peoples priorities this week, but stating the obvious this is a music blog and although Beat Surrender has no ‘Mission Statement but part of the blogs ‘job’ is to promote and support great music – the big players don’t need assistance, but Beat Surrender can (I hope) help the independents in some small way, and right now they need some help.

One of the labels affected is Loose who have released recordings for some of my favourite artists and  albums including The Felice Brothers, Dawes, The Duke & The King, Danny & The Champions of the World, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Jim White, Mary Lou Lord, Peter Bruntnell, Corb Lund, The Handsome Family and Monkey Swallows the Universe.

Stealing a line from Twitter, whatever is left is now limited edition, so if you’re thinking of parting with any money on music this month please give these guys a go.

In case your a cynic, like me – I’d like to point out I’m in no way affiliated to the label or indeed any that appear on Beat Surrender, merely a fan and a very satisfied customer.

Stream – Josh Small “Juke”, Michael Dean Damron “Plea From a Ghost”

More goodness from the guys at Suburban Home.

Check out the streams and get yourself a download, CD or vinyl.

Also there’s a great Record Day special from Suburban Home from Justin Townes Earle, grab one while they last.

This limited-edition 7’’ vinyl features a single from Justin Townes Earle’s acclaimed third full length, Harlem River Blues, as well as an unreleased cover. A side is the rockabilly styled rave up “Move Over Mama” from Harlem River Blues. B side is “Racing in the Streets,” the 7″ is limited to 1,000 copies, is hand numbered, and comes with a free Bloodshot digital sampler.

Drive-by Truckers “Go-Go Boots” (ATO 2011)

I wrote a few lines before about this album being one to “cause some ructions amongst long-time Trucker fans” with a caveat that it’s “sure to win them some news ones too” and after repeated listens over the last week or so I’ve no reason to change that, it’s an album with a wider appeal than The Big To-Do, it’s not affected by being over-long like Brighter Than Creations Dark and it the most accessible album the band have made,  it lacks the rawness of the early trio of albums and it lacks the rocking majesty of the holy trinity of Truckers albums but those comments are not criticisms because for me it’s a magnificent piece of work in it’s own right.

There’s being much written of the albums soulful turns and it’s these elements more than anything that have opened the door to a new raft of fans, but importantly they’ve managed to merge the the Muscle Shoals sound with their own brand of rock and country, to give the floor to three different writers with three distinct styles and deliveries without letting the whole thing disintegrate, at the show I saw at the end of last year I was really made up by the contributions of John Neff’s steel and Jay Gonzales keyboards and those elements too bring much to the Truckers table, so what next another album with the new DBT sound, a southern rocker, a country covers album, who knows but one thing’s for sure this piece of vinyl will not be straying far from the deck for a long time to come.

Drive-by Truckers – Everybody Needs Love



May 4 Leamington Spa, THE ASSEMBLY

May 5 London, UK, Shepherds Bush Empire

May 6 Bristol, ANSON ROOMS


May 9 Edinburgh, QUEENS HALL

May 10 Liverpool, ACADEMY


Nat Johnson, Dave Alvin, Scott Orr

News of a new Nat Johnson & The Figureheads EP due 7th Match, in the interim from the Roman Radio album


New single from Dave Alvin taken from his album due out on Yep Roc later this year. Buy at iTunes.

New album from Scott Orr, stream and download at Bandcamp

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