Haley Bonar – Big Star

Part of my emusic fix this month was an excellent album by Haley Bonar , her fourth release Big Star is full of great tunes, intelligent lyrics and some nice melodies coupled with Haley’s wonderful vocal, you can get a listen here at myspace

Here’s the title track to tempt you into getting the album and a track from her previous release as well as some tracks borrowed from Haley’s Daytrotter session which you can check out in full here

Big Star

Green Eyed Boy(Daytrotter)

Bad For You(Daytrotter)

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“May Day” from a studio performance


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Small Faces – Tin Soldier

If Waterloo Sunset was the song that set me of on a musical journey then the Small Faces “Tin Soldier” was the song that put the wind in my sails, I can remember hearing this first in a chill-out room during an all-dayer in Birmingham, it blew me away, Steve Marriott’s vocal performance on this record is sublime, a white soul blitz. Brilliant intro, fantastic keyboards, given that ’67 was a vintage year for music, and this was one of the very best tunes of that year it puts some context on it, the bands influence on British music was immense, there’s a good summary at the BBC here.

Check out Tin Soldier below in the YouTube, featuring the wonderful P.P. Arnold on backing vocals, P.P. has recently collaborated with Chip Taylor, tempted ? I’ve included below her version of The First Cut Is The Deepest, the definite version for me, label mates at Immediate she toured with the Small Faces as well as The Kinks, The Who and Hendrix, and recorded some songs penned by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, Tin Soldier was originally written for P.P. Arnold but the Small Faces decided it was too good to give away and kept it for themselves.

Thrown in a couple of more of my favourite Small Faces tracks for good measure, including the censure proof “Here Comes the Nice”
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SXSW 2009 Sampler

One of these years I will get the opportunity to travel to Austin for SXSW, for now I’ll have to console myself and get by with the reports, video and music that will be all over the web during the festival. The official SXSW music section has links to a whole load of sample download tracks, the selection in the link below are all tagged “alt-country”, I’ve selected a top twenty some you’ll know and others maybe not, but all worth a listen I feel, stand out track for me is the Hey Negrita tunes, really looking forward to their acoustic release……

SXSW 2009 – Alt-country (Zip)
1 Ali Eskandarian – Government Meat
2 Amy Wadge – One More Day
3 Ariel Abshire – Exclamation Love
4 Birds of Wales – Cinderella Has Nothing On You!
5 DADDY Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack – The Ballad of Martin Luther King
6 Hey Negrita – Burn The Whole Place Down
7 Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs – Gettin’ High for Jesus
8 Johnny Goudie and The Little Champions – Battlescar
9 Justin Townes Earle – Midnight At The Movies
10 Melissa McClelland – Cry On My Shoulder
11 Mitch Webb and the Swindles – Lonely Kind
12 Murder – Daughters Of Heavy
13 Patricia Vonne – Texas Burning
14 San Saba County – Cowboy Song
15 Shelley Short – Swimming
16 The Devil Makes Three – The Plank
17 The Dirt Drifters – Trouble
18 Theodore – Vivian and Wade
19 Thrift Store Cowboys – Dirtied Your Knees
20 White Swan Black Swan – Zona Rosa
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Weller – Wolves Civic March 17th

Another great show last night at Wolves Civic by Paul Weller as he kicks of a mini “world” tour, warming up with four UK gigs before setting of for Japan and the US. Last night the band were still very tight, a couple of technical hitches along the way, Craddock having pedal problems and Weller managing to knock his pint over whilst tinkering the ivories.

The usual mix of the current, the classic and a couple of new songs too that sounded excellent, only a couple of Jam tunes this time around, Eton Rifles and another excellent rendition of the “Butterfly Collector”, performed with the stools and acoustics’s again.

Some of my favourite tunes too, “From the Floorboards Up” and “Changing Man” getting the place rocking and from 22 Dreams the title track (so much better live) and “All I Wanna Do” , my only disappointment was no “Why Walk (When You Can Run)” which is now one of my top Weller tunes, there was a rather subdued crowd response to “One Bright Star” too.

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