The Hold Steady upcoming album is available for pre-order and a few teaser tracks are doing the rounds, NY Mag has Rock Problems , Pitchfork Hurricane J and MTV The Weekenders
iTunes pre-order has an exclusive track Ascension Blue
Not many UK shows listed so far, hope they add to the list soon.
Freedy Johnston who’s album Rain in the City I had a few words to say about back in January has laid down a session at Daytrotter, get a listen here
Todd Snider was one of the guests on World Cafe this week, get yourself a listen here
The nice folks at Yeproc picked my Weller track choice for their Fan Pick Volume 1
I would have dearly loved to have gone to The End of Road Festival this year but timing and events have made it impossible this time around so i’ll just have to read all the reports and feel sorry for myself as I’ve heard nothing but good things from everyone who has being before and this year the line up is right up my street, here a just a few of the artists appearing over the three days,The Hold Steady, Steve Earle, Neko Case, Archie Bronson Outfit, Richmond Fontaine, Magnolia Electric Co. ,Sam Baker, Fleet Foxes, Okkervil River, Alela Diane, The Broken Family Band, Charlie Parr, Blitzen Trapper, The Low Anthem, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, The Duke and The King.
I was sent a promo copy CD which includes some tracks from the these artists and a few more that are new to me, get it here.
Fleet Foxes “Mykonos”
Alela Diane “White As Diamonds”
The Low Anthem “To Ohio”
The Acorn “Flood”
Songs: Ohia “I’ve Been Riding With A Ghost”
Bob Lind”Elusive Butterfly”
Okkervil River “Lost Coastlines”
Dent May And His Magnificent Ukelele “You Can’t Force A Dance Party”
Neko Case “People Got A Lotta Nerve”,
Mumford & Sons “The Cave”
Motel Motel “Coffee”,
Papercuts “Future Primitive”
Efterklang “Frida Found A Friend”
David Thomas Broughton “Unmarked Grave”
Explosions In The Sky “The Birth And Death Of The Day”
KEXP 13th Jan 09 “Rock Stripped Bare“
The Hold Steady played a stripped down set for KEXP promoting their last studio album Stay Positive, adding a twist to three tracks by playing with the line up cut back to Craig Finn, guitarist Tad Kubler and keyboard maestro Franz Nicolay who switched to playing banjo and an accordion giving the songs a different slant, you can listen to the full show over at NPR but for now enjoy the tracks.
Check out a whole load of great Hold Steady performances over at the wonderful Taped Show Archive or better still go see them live, the last show I got to see was one of the live highlights for me last year.