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“Credit Note” is the new EP by south-coasters Holiday Ghosts. It’s a rollocking garage rock record which compels you to hit the open road, even if the car air-con is bust and the pack of Marlboro lights you so desperately crave cost more than anything at Rough Trade East. It’s a touch more lo-fi than last year’s ‘Off Grid’ and a textbook advert for going into the studio recording live with an affinity for warm tones and single coil guitars. 

Appetites were already whetted in spring when the title track dropped – sporting sounds akin to fellow FatCat alumni Milk Maid and emphasising the slight departure from perhaps the more acoustic, ‘Las’ type melodies which tracks like ‘Mr Herandi’ championed in the last record. 

Punkish in track length, speed and gumption – the lyrics in ‘Credit Note’ are up-front, visceral but with a hint of 1970s malt shop and mystery machine America. None more so in the frenetic fuzzball contradictions of ‘Plain Dumb’

Save for the twang-filled bulwark, ‘Bright Lights Big City’, Credit Note is a record of refreshingly low viscosity, whose effortless fizz and fusion of blues, rockabilly and indie rock rivals that of Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin’s cult collaboration on the Reverse Shark Attack EP from 2009. It leaves you wanting more – so I hope the bonus two tracks that are hidden from you mere mortals on the streamers surface some day! 

Speaking of sharks, Holiday Ghosts are from Falmouth, Cornwall – the quartet’s nerve centre being the tight collaboration between partners Katja Rackin and Samuel Stacpoole, now joined by B. Spanks and Morgan Lloyd-Mathews. A big tour spanning dates in London (Shacklewell Arms), Cambridge (Portland Arms), Manchester (Gullivers) is on the horizon – culminating in an autumnal finish at the iconic Left of The Dial showcase festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands. 

Credit Note” EP is out now on FatCat Records.

Joined by a lush string section, the group covered ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’ – the breakthrough 1999 single for Scottish band Travis. Frontman Dave Le’aupepe says he remembers first hearing the “timeless, beautiful song” on rage as a kid.

Having covered The Middle East and LCD Soundsystem in the Like A Version studio before, this time, Dave joked Gang of Youths wanted to lean into their “adult contemporary, Bridget Jones, London-era vibe.”

Le’aupepe also gave us an emotive performance of original “Angel in Realtime”. track ‘brothers’, which we’ve called “a stunning, piano-and-voice centrepiece that allows a much-needed moment of quiet amid the grand epics.”

Like A Version is a segment on Australian radio station triple j. Every week a musician or band performs one of their own songs and cover a song they love.

Girlpuppy is 22 year old Atlanta based singer-songwriter Becca Harvey. Either wanting to be Hannah Montana or Taylor Swift growing up, she is now making music that sounds nothing like her childhood influences. Following her first track For You and it’s success, she enlisted the help of of Marshall Vore (Phoebe Bridgers) to make her debut ep, coming soon.

Having first emerged with a more folk-leaning sound Becca Harvey returns as Girlpuppy by ushering in some heavier, shogaze-y influences. She buries herself in sound as she processes anger, sadness and remembrance after falling out with a friend.

PLAINS – ” Problem With It “

Posted: August 5, 2022 in MUSIC

Plains, a new venture featuring Katie Crutchfield (of Waxahatchee) and Jess Williamson, have announced their debut album ‘I Walked With You A Ways’ due out October 14th on
Anti- Records. 

Crutchfield tells us “I’m thrilled to announce this new project and album. I’ve felt a connection to Jess’s song writing and a kinship with her since we met years ago. Getting to lean into the influence of the music we both grew up with while also making something that feels very current and fresh to me was a great experience and I’m so happy to finally share it.” 

Williamson adds “Making this record with Katie was a deeply expansive experience for me as a song-writer. I really trust her ear and sensibilities, and she encouraged me to explore aspects of my song writing that in the past I’ve shied away from. Katie’s support was so important for me as we wrote this album. We gave ourselves permission to lean into the music that raised us and write the kind of classic timeless songs that we both grew up singing along to. For me that was The Chicks and Dolly Parton, and having a place to channel those influences was an absolute blast. My hope with Plains was to tap into something Universal. I love the album we made, and I’m so excited to play it live.” 

Crutchfield’s sharp, honest edge of truth telling paired with Williamson’s ability to paint the scene shine through on “I Walked With You A Ways”

Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield and Jess Williamson recorded this one-time collaboration country album. 

Written between Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Marfa, the album was recorded in Durham, NC with collaborator and producer Brad Cook. The creative magic of only a few vocal takes, tracking with a band comprised of Spencer Tweedy and Phil Cook, gives the album a feel of fresh, on-the-spot conception. The trust and history of Crutchfield and Cook’s collaborations (Saint Cloud, Great Thunder EP) set the tone for this new container of spontaneity and experimentation. 

In their solo endeavors you hear a specificity of experience that is so sharp and intimate that it brings the listener into a personal side of the experience of life.

Katie Crutchfield – Lead and Harmony Vocals, Acoustic Guitar Jess Williamson – Lead and Harmony Vocals, Acoustic Guitar Brad Cook – Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Wurlitzer, Mellotron, Bass Phil Cook – Piano, Wurlitzer, Organ, Dobro, Banjo, Electric Slide Spencer Tweedy – Drums, Percussion Andrew Marlin – Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar Libby Rodenbough – Fiddle Alex Farrar – Electric Guitar

“Problem With It” by Plains taken from the album ‘I Walked With You A Ways’, available October 14th

Originally released as a bonus 7″ vinyl as part of the limited edition Dinked pressing of Cindy’s third album, “1:2.

Little Liability:
This song feels like walking in the northwest part of San Francisco. Aaron lives in that neighbourhood. It’s usually overcast there and the wide avenues are crossed by narrower streets. It’s a quiet part of town that eventually leads you to the ocean.

Take My Place:
I wrote this song, like most Cindy songs, because something I came across in daily life crystallized things I’ve thought and felt for a long time. It was heaven to sit down with my friend Kati in her apartment and work out a two guitar arrangement on her four track. She’s an incredible musician and even though we tried a few versions, the first recorded attempt is what you hear.

Released August 5th, 2022

Noise & Flowers“, a live album that captures Neil Young + Promise Of The Real on their 2019 European tour is released 5th August. Neil Young + Promise of the Real’s live album ‘Noise & Flowers‘ captures the group in all their glory on their 2019 European tour. The release will be accompanied by a concert film that shares the same title and is included in the album’s 2xLP+CD+Blu-ray Deluxe Edition.

‘Noise & Flowers’ documents a 9-date tour that began just two weeks after Young’s lifetime friend and manager of more than 50 years, Elliot Roberts, passed away at the age of 76. Performing alongside a photograph of Roberts taped to his road case, Young approached each show as a celebratory memorial service to honour his late friend. In paying tribute to the manager who guided Young’s career for over a half-century, ‘Noise & Flowers’ explores all corners of his vast discography. It balances all-timer anthems with rarely aired ’70s deep cuts and ’90s gems.

His frequent backing band since 2015, Promise of the Real effectively bridges the extremes in Young’s sound, infusing his raging rockers and country serenades with their casual brilliance and telepathic intuition. Neil Young + Promise Of The Real’s live album ‘Noise & Flowers’ captures the group in all their glory on their 2019 European tour. The release will be accompanied by a concert film that shares the same title and is included in the album’s 2xLP+CD+Blu-ray Deluxe Edition. ‘Noise & Flowers’ documents a 9-date tour that began just two weeks after Young’s lifetime friend and manager of more than 50 years, Elliot Roberts, passed away at the age of 76.

‘Noise & Flowers’ explores all corners of his vast discography. It balances all-timer anthems with rarely aired ’70s deep cuts and ’90s gems. His frequent backing band since 2015,

Young approached each show as a celebratory memorial service to honour his late friend. It’s a trek the legendary singer/songwriter describes as “wondrous.”

In the album’s liner notes, Young says, “Playing in his memory [made it] one of the most special tours ever. We hit the road and took his great spirit with us into every song. This music belongs to no one. It’s in the air. Every note was played for music’s great friend, Elliot.” In paying tribute to the manager who guided Young’s career for over a half-century, ‘Noise & Flowers’ explores all corners of his vast discography. It balances all-timer anthems (‘Mr. Soul’, ‘Helpless’, ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’) with rarely aired ‘70s deep cuts (‘Field of Opportunity’, ‘On the Beach’) and ’90s gems (‘From Hank to Hendrix’, ‘Throw Your Hatred Down’). His frequent backing band since 2015, Promise of the Real effectively bridges the extremes in Young’s sound, .

The companion film (directed by Bernard Shakey and dhlovelife) emphasizes both the intimacy and ecstasy of these performances. “Noise and Flowers” is entry No. PS 21 in the Neil Young Archives Performance Series of live releases – a special addition to a robust, and still-growing catalogue.

Available On CD, 2LP And Deluxe Box Set (CD/2LP/Blu-Ray)

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Rory Gallagher’s second album ‘Deuce’, a deluxe 4CD boxset will be released on 30th September.

This new release digs deep into the archives and includs a new mix of the original album, twenty-eight previously unreleased alternate takes, a six-song 1972 BBC Radio ‘In Concert’, and seven Radio Bremen radio session tracks alongside a 64-page hardback book with unseen images, essays and memorabilia. with a foreword by Johnny Marr of The Smiths, unseen images by the late Mick Rock, essays, and memorabilia from the album recording. 

“Deuce” would make it Rory’s third fully self-penned album in a row, having written all of Taste’s second album “On The Boards” as well as the debut solo album “Rory Gallagher”. “Deuce” was originally released 28th November 1971 Rory Gallagher, where Gallagher tried for a precise, organised sound, “Deuce” was his first of many attempts to capture the energy of a live performance in the studio.

Released in November 1971, just six months after his eponymous solo debut, Rory Gallagher’s second album, “Deuce“, was the summation of all that he’d promised in the wake of Taste’s collapse. Rory wanted to capture the feeling of a live performance, so he would look to record immediately after live concerts while keeping production to a minimum.

He chose Tangerine Studios, a small reggae studio, in Dalston in East London, due it’s history with legendary producer Joe Meek. With Gerry McAvoy on bass guitar and Wilgar Campbell on drums, the album was engineered by Robin Sylvester and produced by Rory. Deuce features many Rory highlights, from the blistering “Crest Of A Wave” to the Celtic-infused “I’m Not Awake Yet“.

2 CD and 3LP versions plus a special D2C 1LP of ‘BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre”, 13th January 1972’ are also available to pre-order.

Formats :  4CD / 2CD / 3LP / 1LP Colour (D2C) / Digital HD & SD

Release Date: September 30th, 2022