Haroula Rose – Someday EP

























Have being enjoying a fine début EP from Californian indie-folk songstress Haroula Rose this week, entitled Someday this five track release is a prelude to a full length album that’s under way and set for release early next year, on the strength of the EP it’s will be worth looking out for.

Haroula’s voice has an ethereal beauty, this is not an EP for kick starting a Saturday night on the town, definitely one for those retrospective Sunday mornings, the title track and lead off number Someday is my favourite from the EP, the story of two-lovers together but wishing they were with another is a gentle affair with a sense of wistfulness set against a background piano and acoustic guitar, you can listen to more tracks from the album at MySpace and as there’s already lots of Xmas stuff going on in blogland I’ll point you to this Christmas for Cowboys a free download currently on offer from Haroula Rose

Website Haroula Rose Buy the EP @ CDBaby

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Mud, Blood & Beer – S/T

Mud, Blood and Beer are Jess Hoeffner (guitar, vocals), Stephen Swalsky (bass), Jason Fine (guitar, vocals), and Stephen Sperber (drums) the band take their name from “Kicking and a’ gouging in the mud and the blood and the beer” a line from Cash classic “A Boy Named Sue”.
The New York based four-piece take some elemental rock riffs and combine them successfully with essential twang and jangle to create an excellent début album, although it treads a familiar alt-country rock path it takes in a wide range of influences on the journey so it never feels overly formulaic and produces the right balance between the raucous rock numbers and the more reflective moments – the thirteen tracks are all originals written by Jess and Jason, here’s one of the gems from the album and personal favourite Fields and Factories


You can check out some more from the band at their website Mud Blood and Bear and No Depression
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Kathleen Edwards – NPR June 08

Kathleen Edwards NPR One of my very most listened too artists from the last decade is Canadian singer / songwriter Kathleen Edwards, her first full length Failer was released in 2003 and became an instant favourite of mine, it was followed by Back to Me in 2005 and Asking for Flowers in 2008 both of which featured in my favourite albums of the respective years. Prior to the release of Failer Kathleen released a six song EP entitled Building 55 that was limited to a 500 copy run and in-between Back to Me and Failer there was an interesting hybrid CD/DVD release Live from the Bowery Ballroom, the DVD side of the disc includes the videos of Six O’clock News and One More Song the Radio Won’t Like and the CD side to live cuts from Failer , National Steel and Hockey Skates, along with an AC/DC cover Money Talks, the unique disc is worth seeking out and finally for the completists the iTunes Live Session EP is a great set too. Here’s a set from Kathleen’s performance at NPR back in June 08 featuring some of her best songs from the last album Asking for Flowers and a three favourites from Failer and Back To Me.

You can listen to the original show complete with the McSorley story and credits over at NPR
Kathleen Edwards – Official Site Kathleen Edwards – Fan Site Buy Kathleen Edwards @ Amazon

 

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