My introduction to Franz Nicolay came via his tenure with The Hold Steady in fact one of my favourite gigs at Wolves Civic was enjoyed propped up against the stage barrier directly infront of Franz’s keyboard, he’s one of those guys that has the ability to carry a style with panache, a style that quite frankly on moi would look rather ridiculous, that style conveys into his music too – off-kilter, quirky, unique, trying to describe his latest album in a few words brings to mind the oft mentioned quote (mis-quote) “writing about music is like dancing to architecture“, suffice to say this Kickstarter funded album is wonderfully eclectic and well worth the Kickstarter investment made.
Franz is on tour in the UK now – go see a show, details here
The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn is releasing a limited edition 7″ single, “Honolulu Blues” plus “Rented Room” via Vagrant on November 25 for Record Store Day’s Black Friday – the digital version arrives a few days later, the single is a taster of Finn’s solo album due early 2012 which features support from members of White Denim, The Heartless Bastards, Phosphorescent, and Centro-matic, read the Pitchfork interview about the album here.
Bloodshot have a tempting offer for on a Jon Langford CD & Book, cut and paste job on the marketing bumf .
The starting point was his long unobtainable album Skull Orchard. For the CD available exclusively with this book, Langford returned to those lost recordings and radically revised them, enlisting as his accomplices theBurlington Welsh Male Chorus, who contribute a unique warmth to the material. Three new tracks have been added, making 18 in all.
Jon illustrated his lyrics for Skull Orchard, at once autobiographical and fanciful, in a set of “song paintings” created especially for this book, which also includes much more artwork, an A to Z of South Walian culture and history (both personal and general) by Jon’s brother, and acclaimed SF writer David Langford, photographs by their father, Denis Langford, and Jon’s first published story, a witty, dystopian tale about a whale and a dolphin.
Beat Surrender favourite Dropkick a “harmony-driven alt-country power-pop band from Scotland” have a new album out later this month, get yours here. The band’s website has a whole load of freebies, albums, demo’s and live cuts, more.
Being enjoying some Craig Finn videos this week, one from The Baseball Project collaboration mentioned here earlier this year and a couple of solo tracks.