FBFY Feb 2014


Title: Misery Over Dispute
Artist: Waxahatchee
Album (year): Cerulean Salt (2013)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: The things you pickup hanging around a record store

Title: Oyster and Pearl
Artist: Amy Ray
Album (year): Goodnight Tender (2014)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Most of Amy Ray’s non-Indigo Girls solo work skews Hüsker-Dyke, but this new country effort is full of great songs.

Title: Єлена (Elena)
Artist: ДахаБраха & Port Mone
Album (year): Хмелева Project [2012]
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This project by two Ukrainian bands (DakhaBrakha from Kyiv and Port Mone from Minsk) began with joint rehearsals in the Dniester River canyon amid snow-white flowered trees, hills of red clay and restless spring birds. Khmeleva Project is an exploration of traditional Ukrainian music and instrumentation driven by a “boldly go where no one has gone before” sensibility. Take a trip on the ethno-chaos train!

Title: Crazy
Artist: The Delta Saints
Album (2014): Drink it Slow EP
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: 9 mins of killer blues from their recent 3 song Noisetrade EP get it!

Title: Cozmina
Artist: Otis Gibbs
Album (year): Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth (2014)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Otis Gibbs’ new album, Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth, is my first of the new year. A top-notch set of ten storytelling songs. It was tough to pick just one song so I chose the first track.

Title: False From True
Artist: Pete Seeger
Album: At 89 (1989):
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: The ‘uncle of modern folk music’ died last week, his combination of talent, humility and political stubborness unparralled. He wrote recorded this song in 1968 in traditional protest style, and reinvented it for his spunky, Grammy winning 89, at age 89. YuoTube tip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFLMpzIoq7s)

Title: Mission From God
Artist: Pujol
Album (year): United States Of Being (2012)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: These guys are rowdy fun.

Title: Now You’re Defeated
Artist: American Music Club
Album: California (1988)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: As I submit this, the Super Bowl looms just a few hours away. But on Monday, many will be licking their wounds. Seattle or Denver will be wondering ‘what if…”. Gamblers will be lighter in the wallet. Homeowners will be pissed at friends for having wrecked their place during SB parties. Corporate America will be distraught as consumers can’t remember products and services advertised in overpriced, memorable commercials. And New Jersey will again lose to New York City despite actually hosting the game. When all that defeat happens, I will feel bad for you…kinda.

Title: It’s Gonna Be Easy
Artist: Doug Sahm
Album: Doug Sam and Band (1973)
Submitted By: Trailer – farcethemusic.com

Title: Glass Armour
Artist: Laura Cantrell
Album (year): Title: No Way There From Here (2014)
Submitted By: Simon www.beat-surrender.com
Comments: Always being a huge fan of Laura Cantrell and her latest
album is no exception, this track’s a co-write with another favourite
Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura

Title: Southern United States
Artist: Leif Vollebekk
Album: North Americana (2014)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: A lovely slice of thoughtful, conversational, rambling Americana that wouldn’t have been out of place on an early 70s Dylan album.

Title: “Motel”
Artist: Hayden
Album (year): Us Alone (2013)
Submitted By: TheSecondSingle
Comments: Great song from the consistently great Canadian singer-songwriter that I wish I’d heard before making my year-end list.

Title: Insane in the Brain
Artist: Cypress Hill
Album (year): Black Sunday (1993)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Get out of your winter funk and shake your ass.

Title: Coal Tattoo
Artist: Hazel Dickens
Album (Year): A Few Old Memories (1990)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: for WV, for Pete

Beat Surrender : Best of 2013

It’s that time of year again to try and break down this years favourites into some kind of order, truth be told the #1 choice was the easiest I’ve had to make in recent years, separating #2 through #5 was a little more difficult – they are all great albums, stylistically very different but all have outstanding songs, from #6 onwards the degree of separation reduces and to be honest if I sat down with the final list next week the order could shift significantly, in the tradition of never doing it exactly the same way year-on-year this time around I’ve gone for a more straight forward chart and the number 33 seemed an appropriate choice given the top ten all found their way into my collection on vinyl (no doubt this influenced the final choices). Having already seen a number of fellow bloggers best of’s it evident there are some big name Americana acts missing from the Beat Surrender run down, as ever too much music and not enough time.

1. Jason Isbell – Southeastern

2. Camera Obscura – Desire Lines

3. Danny & The Champions of the World – Stay True

4. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

5. Caitlin Rose – The Stand In

6. Lindi Ortega – Tin Star

7. Holly Williams – The Highway

8. Sturgill Simpson = High Top Mountain

9. My Darling Clementine – The Reconciliation

10. Austin Lucas – Stay Reckless

11. Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart

12. Chris T-T & The Hoodrats – The Bear

13. Phosphorescent – Muchacho

14. John Moreland – In the Throes

15. Frankie & The Heartstrings – The Days Run Away

16. Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo – Dear River

17. Star Anna – Go To Hell

“For Anyone” by Star Anna (official music video) from Coalter Digital on Vimeo.

18. Thee Spivs – The Crowds & The Sounds

19. Doc Feldman & the LD50 – Sundowning At The Station

20. Israel Nash Gripka – Rain Plans

21. Shona Tucker – A Tell All

22. The Lucky Strikes – The Exile & The Sea

23. Laura Cantrell – No Way Here From There

24. Possessed by Paul James -There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely

25. Amanda Shires – Down Fell The Doves

26. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse

27. MG Boulter – The Water Or The Wave

28 Annie Keating – For Keeps

Annie Keating – All Gone

29. The Handsome Family – Wilderness

30. Paper Aeroplanes – Little Letters

31. Wynntown Marshalls – The Long Haul

32. Slaid Cleaves – Still Fighting The War

33. Lloyd Cole – Standards

Laura Cantrell – No Way Here From There

Laura Cantrell - No Way There From Here

Alt-country chanteuse and John Peel favourite Laura Cantrell has released her latest album No Way There From Here on Spit & Polish, the album follows the wonderful tribute covers collection Kitty Wells Dresses, for her new album the New York City-based singer-songwriter wrote or had a hand in 11 of 12 songs that appear on the album including co-writes with the wonderful Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura for Glass Armour and Amy Allison on Can’t Wait two of the albums stand-out tracks, the one cover song on the album is Beg or Borrow Days written by Jennifer O’Connor.

It’s being eight years since her last album of original material but the writing, arrangements and Laura’s voice have lost none of that magic and the album is a real delight and every bit as good as her acclaimed earlier recordings, for No Way Here From There Laura returned to her home-town to record at Nashville’s Beech House Studios – but not before road-testing the songs on her friends and collaborators at the Radio Free Song Club – if you’re not familiar with Laura’s music I’d highly recommend further investigation you won’t be disappointed, there are a series of downloads here to get you started.

I’m running more than a little behind on blog posts at the moment so some of the info on tour dates is a little too close, so my apologies, but here are the dates for the short UK tour if you want to catch a show.

October 3, Glee Club, Nottingham
October 4, Glasgow Americana Festival, St. Andrews In The Square
October 5, Little Theatre Gateshead, Newcastle, Jumpin’ Hot Club
October 7, Sheffield City Hall
October, 8 Glee Club, Birmingham
October 9, Bristol, St. Bonaventures
October 10, Union Chapel, London

Buy the album at Amazon

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