Seems like a long time ago the that Steve Earle talked about a Townes cover album, well now it’s official, Paste has the full story here, and a chance to listen to Lungs (Washington Square Serenade detractors beware), as I have posted over at AUK, the feel the song choices are a little unadventurous but I suppose it’s a no-win situation, too many of Townes’ lesser known tunes and sales would probably suffer, the usual suspects are there, still looking forward to this one though, and will be on the pre-order bandwagon.
Waterloo Sunset is one of my favourite songs and one of a handful of tracks that caught my attention at a crossroads in my life, one of the tunes that gave music it’s important, some would say obsessive, place in my life and thoughts, one of the tracks that made me sit up and take notice of the bigger picture and to look further than what NME was telling me was the next best thing.
I remember finding a copy of the original Pye 45 in a used record store, sure I’d heard it on the radio before and I knew the band were a big influence on Paul Weller, but the first time I really listened to the track properly was when I got that piece of vinyl home.
It remains one of favourite tracks of all time , a perfect piece of melancholy pop, the story forms in your mind as the lyrics unfold, enough information to make it work, little enough to allow you to complete the picture yourself, as good as many of the other Kinks singles of this era were, none have “aged” better than Waterloo Sunset.
On October 1, we launched NoDepression.com. While traffic to the website has been great and the response positive, we have determined that it is impossible to bring in enough revenue to support our basic business expenses, the largest chunk of that being the editorial budget. We have soldiered on for as long as we can, but are left with no choice but to discontinue the editorial budget at the present time.It is with great sadness that we come to this decision, as our great stable of writers has helped us to create the voice and spirit of No Depression for thirteen years. It is our hope that a business model for online content providers will emerge in the future that will allow us to resume providing quality music journalism. We are committed to placing our complete archive (75 issues) online for all to enjoy and are in the process of that currently.At this point the best option that we can envision is to create a No Depression community website where we will pass the torch to our readers. While our writers will continue to bring their unique expertise to the community site via regular blogging and forum discussions, we hope that No Depression may continue on as a meeting place where fans of roots music connect and share information with each other, our writers, and the artists behind the music they love.We look forward to helping you make this the best community for roots music on the web. But, like any other community, the only way to keep it vibrant and interesting is to stay involved. Please help us spread the word – invite your friends and family, and anyone you know who might be interested in joining us. Keep us abreast of gigs, festivals, and other events. Share your photos and videos, start discussions, and blog about the shows, festivals, and artists you love.There is a new “Connect” tab in the top navigation of NoDepression.com that is your portal to the community site (Note: If you don’t see a “Connect” tab, try clearing your cache and refreshing the page). Any blogs, photos and videos that you post will have an opportunity to be featured on the main community page which will be updated often. We will also continue to update this website with a daily record or live review, and will regularly update links to the best content on the community site. Check back often to see what the community is doing.Everyone who becomes a member of the No Depression community by next Friday, March 6, will be entered in a drawing, and two lucky winners will each receive a copy of the first No Depression bookazine signed by Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck, an ND T-shirt of your choice, 10 ND back issues, two ND compilation CDs, and the Best Of No Depression anthology.Thanks to our advertisers who have supported the website thus far. We look forward to your continued support. Thanks to all of the Founders Circle members for helping us to get the site off the ground last fall. And thanks to you, our readers, for your support as we have transitioned from print to web. Where we go from here is largely up to you. We look forward to the continued online evolution of the roots music community at NoDepression.com.Kyla FairchildPublisher, NoDepression.com