Band of Holy Joy How To Kill A Butterfly
Band of Holy Joy – A Clear Night, a Shooting Star, a Song for Boo by BeatSurrender
Wonderfully crafted the songs preach with a desolate beauty leaving behind plenty of food-for-thought
I’ve listened and enjoyed some great music this year but none better than this album from Band Of Holy Joy which just stopped me in my tracks, but it doesn’t end with the musical brilliance as the CD release is packaged beautifully too in a book format with wonderful original artwork by Inga Tillere, for your chance to win a copy drop us an Email with the subject line BOHJ and I’ll pick a random entry and put a copy of the CD in the post to you (overseas entries welcome)
2 Zoe Muth & Lost High Rollers Starlight Hotel
Muth’s vocal is just perfect, sad, sincere, achingly beautiful
3 . . . → Read More: Beat Surrender Top Ten of ’11
Released today supergroup The Baseball Project ‘s follow up to Volume 1 Frozen Ropes & Dying Quails, now I’ll be honest here having watched only one live baseball game in my life and having little knowledge of the rules let alone the history and folklore of the game I’m not the best to comment on this release from the combined talents of Steve Wynn (The Miracle 3, The Dream Syndicate), Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M.), Linda Pitmon (The Miracle 3, Golden Smog) and Peter Buck (R.E.M.) add to this guest appearances from Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos). Iran Kaplin (Yo La Tengo), Chris Funk and John Moen (The Decemberists) it’s some line up and whether you’re a fan of the sport or not you can’t help but appreciate the quality of the music.
The Baseball . . . → Read More: The Baseball Project “Volume 2 High and Inside” (Yep Roc 2011)
The King Is Dead has had more than enough coverage in blogland over the last couple of months but I had to post something on this just to get it of my chest. Rarely does the buzz around a new release live up to expectations, particularly when it follows an album that for me was not a pleasing experience, but live up to the hype it does from the first listen this record has really grabbed me and in fact distracted me from a whole load of other stuff I need to get around too, I parted with a chunk of my vinyl budget and it’s being on the turntable since it’s arrival on release day, I can see this record acting as a conduit to the wider genre of Americana for many people, forget who or what is sounds like and appreciate it for what it is – . . . → Read More: The Decemberists “The King Is Dead”
Austin, TX-based singer-songwriter Jonny Burke is set to release his debut full-length album, “Distance And Fortune,” on February 22, 2011, produced by former Black Crowe guitarist Marc Ford and with a co-write with Hayes Carll on “Don’t Let Me Fall” on first listen it’s sounding pretty good and one to keep any eye out for next year.
Burke’s musical friends who he has toured and played with include Todd Snider, Ryan Bingham, Band of Heathens, Alejandro Escovedo and James McMurtry, there’s one cover on the album The Soft Boys “Human Music”.
Courtesy of Band of Heathens you can download a collaborative track with Jonny Burke which was released last week.
Jonny Burke – Don’t Let Me Fall
More to follow closer to the release date, in the interim you can preview and download Burke’s previous EP release The Long Haul at iTunes and eMusic
Beat . . . → Read More: Odds N Ends – Heads Up / Round Up
The Duke & The King on Channel 4
Will Kimbrough “A Couple Hundred Miracle” @ Music Fog
Black Prarie from Coverlaydown Red Rockin’ Chair
Allison Moorer “The Broken Girl” (Studio Session)” from Rambling’s on Music