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The Delines – Record Store Day / UK and Ireland Tour June 2014


If you missed the earlier post about The Delines them wrap your ears around this great track from this new band that features the talents of Richmond Fontaine novelist/songwriter Willy Vlautin, Amy Boone (Damnations), Sean Oldham (Richmond Fontaine), Jenny Conlee (Decemberists), Tucker Jackson and Freddy Trujillo.

The band are releasing their debut 7″ single The Oil Rigs at Night which is a limited edition of 500 hand-numbered records out on April 20th for Record Store Day and will be heading over to Ireland and the UK in June.

The Delines Colfax Tour with The Lost Brothers (except 5/6) + Aidan Smith (London/Manchester):
June 2 :: Cyprus Ave, Cork
June 3 :: Errigle Inn, Belfast
June 4 :: Whelans, Dublin
June 5 :: Cleeres, Kilkenny
June 6 :: Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick
June 7 :: Roisin Dubh, Galway
June 10 :: The Lexington, London
June 11 :: Railway, Winchester
June 12 :: St. Bonaventures, Bristol
June 13 :: Art Bar (Bullingdon), Oxford
June 14 :: The Maze, Nottingham
June 15 :: The Greystones, Sheffield
June 17 :: Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
June 18 :: Night and Day Cafe, Manchester
June 19 :: Brudnell Social Club, Leeds
June 20 :: Oran Mor, Glasgow
June 21 :: Jumpin Hot Jamboree, Easington Colliery, Newcastle
June 22 :: Palmeria, Brighton

Willy Vlautin, of Richmond Fontaine fame, talks about his latest novel ‘The Free’. Plus…he picks his favourite tracks for Tom to pop on the turntable – LINK

Beat Surrender Top Ten of ’11



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)

Zoe Muth & Lost High Rollers
Starlight Hotel

Muth’s vocal is just perfect, sad, sincere, achingly beautiful 

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Here & Now

Career high from one of the best song writers around

Codeine by

Danny & the Champions of the World
Hearts & Arrows

Shooting straight at the heart of rock ‘n’ roll

The Decemberists
The King is Dead

live up to the hype it does from the first listen this record has really grabbed me 

The Redlands Palomino Company
Don’t Fade

cracking third from the UK’s top country rockers

The Redlands Palomino Company – Don’t Fade by BeatSurrender

Amanda Shires
Carrying Lightning

it’s hard not to be captivated by it

Drive-by Truckers
Go-Go Boots

country, soul, murder ballads, DBT keep driving forward

Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo

Top track from a top album used on the best piece of TV drama I’ve watched this year.

Nothing is Wrong

wonderfully melodic and adorned with some sweet sounding guitar and the sibling harmonies

Please support the artists.

Buy the CD’s, Vinyl, Downloads, T-Shirts and go see them live.

The Baseball Project “Volume 2 High and Inside” (Yep Roc 2011)

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 Project – 1976

Mark Steven Fidrych August 14, 1954 – April 13, 2009 “The Bird” (wiki)

Volume 2: High and Inside tracklist:
1. 1976
2. Panda and The Freak
3. Fair Weather Fans
4. Don’t Call Them Twinkies
5. Chin Music
6. Buckner’s Bolero
7. Tony (Boston’s Chosen Son)
8. Ichiro Goes to the Moon
9. The Straw that Stirs the Drink
10. Look Out Mom
11. Pete Rose Way
12. Twilight of My Career
13. Here Lies Carl Mays

The Decemberists “The King Is Dead”

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 – a sublime album.

The band performed four tracks from the album on World Cafe in the run up to the release, everyone a winner.

The Decemberists – Calamity Song (live)

The Decemberists – Down by The Water (live)

The Decemberists – Rise To Me (live)

The Decemberists – This Is Why We Fight (live)

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