Looking forward to 2012










After another fantastic year of music it’s time to turn my attention to 2012, here’s a few that I’m looking forward to.

Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur
Lucero – to be announced
Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks
Craig Finn – Clear Heart Full Eyes
Franz Nicolay – Do the Struggle
Ellen & The Escapades – to be announced
Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
The Lemonheads Hotel Sessions
The Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know
Damien Jurado – Maraqopa
Bruce Springsteen – to be announced
Gaslight Anthem – to be announced
Woody Guthrie Project – Jay Farrar,Anders Parker,Will Johnson and Jim James
Vanessa Peters – to be announced
The Arlenes – to be announced
Sons of Bill – to be announced
American Aquarium – Burn Flicker Die
Wrinkle Neck Mules – Apprentice to Ghosts
Hall of Ghosts – A Random Quiet
Bruce Springsteen – Electric Nebraska (30 years since the ‘original’ so you never know)

The Twilight Sad – Kill It In The Morning by Fat Cat Records

Giant Water – early rough mix (mp3) by hallofghosts

Kathleen Edwards – Change The Sheets by Kathleen Edwards

Damien Jurado – Nothing is the News by beatsurrender

serpents // sharon van etten by sexmusic

Craig Finn – Honolulu Blues by Vagrant Records

Alejandro Escovedo “Street Songs of Love”

Taking advantage of the unseasonally fine weather of late I’ve been keeping fellow motorists amused with my impromptu performances – window down, arm hanging out the car keeping time on the door, singing (I use that term – loosely) at the top of my voice, maybe it’s all the sunshine but I’ve being playing a lot of turn it up loud rock ‘n’ roll stuff over the last few weeks, got a kick-ass mix tape based around some recent albums I’ve acquired on shuffle and repeat to beat the boredom out of the rush hour, in the mix are tracks from Drive-by Truckers, Paul Weller, Gaslight Anthem, The Whybirds, American Aquarium, Scott H. Biram, Lucero, The Famous, Peter Case and Alejandro Escovedo who’s latest album is a real cracker in my opinion and making a strong case for my end of year top ten, the album includes guest appearances from The Boss on the track Faith and Ian Hunter on Down in the Bowery, factor in Chuck Prophet’s contribution and production by Tony Visconti you know you’re on to a good thing – highly recommended solid start to finish, read the song-by-song liner notes here

NPR World Cafe session

Listen to more samples and get the download @ eMusic

"Seven Curses" Jeffrey Foucault and Mark Erelli

News of a new release from Jeffrey Foucault who is turning covers into a speciality, this time around he’s teamed up to record an album of murder ballad duets with Mark Erelli, the albums due out in Europe on April 12th, you can pre-order in the UK at Fish Records – to tempt you there’s a trio of tracks to download of this acoustic focussed release available at Jeffrey’s official website which I’ve linked below, the album features covers of tracks from Neil Young, Porter Wagoner and Bruce Springsteen, the full track listing is below. Looking forward to this one, Jeffrey’s John Prine “tribute” album was first class as are his previous releases that I have in my possession Ghost Repeater, Mile from the Lightning and Stripping Cane – all of which you can sample over at Jeffrey’s website.

Philadelphia Lawyer
Johnny 99
Tom Merritt
Bill Gray
Pretty Polly
Sonoras Death Row
Ellis Unit 1
Cole Durhew
The First Mrs Jones
Wyoming Wind

There is also news of new side project “distinctly different”, a release date late spring is slated for Cold Satellite, which is the name of the band and the album – a song set based on the poetry of the award-winning Lisa Olstein, Cold Satellite

Download Jeffrey Foucault @ eMusic

Bruce on Songwriting – BBC Radio 2

This rock-doc was aired on the BBC on Jan 24th this year, the tracks played during the show have been removed just leaving the chat

The legendary Bruce Springsteen opens up like never before, discussing the ins and outs of his songwriting techniques, in this interview conducted at his New Jersey home.

Among the many topics touched on in this wide-ranging programme are Bruce’s hopes for the Obama era in America, his thoughts on the recent death of long time band member Danny Federici, the influence that his childhood still has on his work today and why he thinks American supermarkets are hotbeds of lust.

This intimate hour-long programme portrays The Boss circa 2009, with both a new album and another chapter of his life in the can.

Bruce on Songwriting (Megaupload Link)

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