London’s Sweetheart Contract are on the bill with a Beat Surrender favourite the mighty Lucero next week at Brixton Windmill (Nov 28 and 29), lead-singer Dexy has previously played solo with Ben Nichols as well as Cory Branan, Jon Snodgrass and Austin Lucas and the band were support to another favourite Lydia Loveless earlier this month – illustrious company indeed.
Here’s a track from them to enjoy, more at Soundcloud, Facebook and their homepage.
Lucero’s wonderful Women & Work we be available soon in the UK from Beat Surrender favourites Loose Music and the band are over this side of the pond on their ‘Tennessee Takeover’ European tour from November 19th, the dates are below but selling out already so get in there if you want to see one of the best live bands around.
Women & Work is a love letter from Lucero to their hometown, Memphis, Tennessee. “Having a band in Memphis puts you in a tradition”, says Lucero frontman Ben Nichols. “We started at punk rock shows, not necessarily playing punk rock, but coming from the outside, from a bohemian place.”
The bohemian tradition is just as strong in Memphis as the city’s series of international hits. The popularity of Sun, Stax, Elvis, and Al Green doesn’t diminish the influence of the blues, Jim Dickinson, and Alex Chilton. The bridge . . . → Read More: Lucero – Women & Work
Hallelujah The Hills featuring Rockstar Aimz
Spring has sprung and we are a 1/4 way through 2012 already, this last few weeks has seen the arrival of a raft of wonderful recordings and I thought it an appropriate time to put something on record.
My youngest is now starting to take more notice of the sounds emanating from the various speakers and portable devices his old man appears to have permanently switched on in one form or another and made a rather sweeping statement last week “Dad you listen to so much different music” which started a variety is the spice of life conversation, not sure he wholly grasped my initial responses but with a few football comparisons thrown in a little nod of the head acknowledged the concept, so the blog will continue to ignore any central focus, genre, artist type or hype and simply focus on the music I like.
Kicking things of is . . . → Read More: Beat Surrender Quarterly Round Up
Three albums I’m very much looking getting my hands on soon.
First the Kickstarter funded Sons of Bill album Sirens – seems like an age since I backed this but won’t be long before the David Lowery produced CD hits the doormat, here’s Santa Anna Winds , how good is this.
Sons Of Bill – Santa Ana Winds
Arliss Nancy‘s new album is due on Suburban Home in March, Nine Bullets premiered a track recently if you missed it, grab it here – turn up the volume. You can still pick up the bands EP Truckstop Roses gratis here.
Arliss Nancy – St. Forgot
Lucero’s new one, their eight studio release Women and Work is another highly anticipated release and if the taster track is anything to go buy it’s going to be another storming album, out on ATO / Shock March 13th.
Lucero – . . . → Read More: Shake, rattle, roll
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 . . . → Read More: Looking forward to 2012