Alejandro Escovedo

No Depression’ artist of the decade some years ago and no let up in the quality of his output, his latest album Real Animal was one of my top choices from last year.

Sister Lost Soul really struck a chord with me and is one my favourite Escovedo tunes of all, along with Baby’s Got New plans from the album Thirteen, Died A Little Today from Boxing Mirror ,Five Hearts Breaking and Pyramid of Tears from his debut album Gravity released in ’92, Pyramid of Tears was covered by Lucinda Williams and appears on the tribute album released in 03 to raise funds for Escovedo’s treatment after a near fatal illness as a result of suffering from Hepatitis C, the album Por Vida also included contributions from Steve Earle, Sally Timms & John Langford and Son Volt.

30 Days Out had a recent exclusive interview with the man ,check it out here .


Sister Lost Soul – Album

Sister Lost Soul – KGSR

Pyramid of Tears

Five Hearts Breaking – Live

Baby’s Got New Plans

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Neko Case NY Times

Case and her “strays” — a half-dozen pianos in varying degrees of disrepair that she has collected
— in her Vermont barn during the recording of her latest record, “Middle Cyclone.


Ahead of her new album release gets a big write up in the NY Times…….here



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Love ‘ll Kill Ya

An alternate Valentine selection box on offer today, kicking of with a couple of tracks from The Handsome Family, purveyors of some wonderful macabre americana, the tracks appear are taken from their In The Air album released in 2000, followed by a pair of great tracks from the now defunct alt-country band Hazeldine, former band member Tonya Lamm is now a member of Tres Chicas and Anne Tkach now plays and sings with indie acoustic band Rough Shop , they released four albums, How Bees Fly, Digging You Up, Doubleback and an album of covers Orphans, if you only get one, then Digging You Up would be my choice, the tracks here are lifted from this album. A favourite album of mine from 08 was Lake Bottom by the Chapin Sisters, featuring some wonderful harmonies, although they’re probably better known for their cover of Britney Spears hit Toxic, from Britney to Kylie – found here aiding and abetting Nick Cave on a track from his Murder Ballads album, finally a cracking tune from the wonderful Amy LaVere, here performed on Later – Live in 2008


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Emily Weedon and Delta

I’ve had an eMusic account for some time now and use it in the main for discovering new music or maybe following up on a review I’ve read, sometimes the 30 second samples don’t catch my ear but when they grab my attention it has resulted in some great “finds”, most recently a couple of EP’s from a Canadian songstress from Toronto, Emily Weedon & Delta

I got the downloads from eMusic & the CD EP “All Out In the Open” from Indiepool, without wanting to stick labels on it’s a rounded mixture of twang & alt-country, contemporary but with a nod to the past – Canadiana? it’s has five well written, original tracks with a light production keeping Emily’s sweet vocal to the fore, it’s pure country, a splash of Emmylou with a hint of Dolly and Elizabeth Cook.

The title track from the All Out In The Open track is available below along with Come On Up from the Black Crowe EP, the tracks appear with the artists blessing.

The EP’s are available through eMusic and iTunes and the CD by following the link on the website, or you can check out some more tunes on Myspace

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