No automatic alt text available.

We’re beyond excited to announce the line up for All Years Leaving ‘2017’ with Spring KingIDLES,TRAAMSPINSPriestsDiet CigThe Orielles,Savoy MotelDowntown BoysHer’sSunshine Frisbee LaserbeamTerror WattsMATTERS all set to play across Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October at the Hare & Hounds Kings Heath!! Advance £16 day tickets including a very limited £28 weekend ticket are on sale NOW! Hit the links links below to grab yours

Image  —  Posted: August 15, 2017 in FESTIVALS, MUSIC
Tags: , ,

John murry 1400 x1400

This one has been on repeat for over a week now and it’s stunning, frankly. John Murry is currently based in Ireland and originally from Mississippi.

John Murry’s life story in itself is the stuff of legends. From an unhappy, over-medicated childhood to drug addiction, musical success, and another fall into addiction and even prison, his life story reads like a book. He also was adopted into William Faulkner’s family at birth (a cousin of his mother). John certainly need not look far for inspiration.

A Short History of Decay is an album that resulted from a chance meeting with Cowboy Junkies guitarist Michael Timmins. Recorded over a five day period with an emphasis on off-the-cuff creativity, the album is a strong statement by an iconoclastic artist, backed by a tight group of excellent musicians. This is a sonically adventurous release, frantic and understated at the same time, with cavernous piano, telephone vocals, sudden volleys of fuzzed-out guitar, and the backup vocals of Cait O’Riordan ( the Pogues,Elvis Costello) .

Silver or Lead starts off with a sombre piano, joined by minimal drums and bass. The song walks a tightrope between sombre dirge and a more hopeful sing-along chorus while remaining solidly entrenched in Murry’s trademark melancholy.

Under a Darker Moon is a grinding and sputtering along happily on a solid bed of bone-dry drums and psychotic guitars. Wrong Man reminds me of Nebraska era Bruce Springsteen and is one of the strongest cuts on the album. Murry’s vocals on this song give me a mental picture of the world’s loneliest monk, preaching to the buzzards and rattlesnakes in the Mohave Desert, right before the fiery ball in the sky claims his sanity.

Another mid-tempo rocker is Defacing Sunday Bulletins, with Murry’s spine-tingling telephone vocals steering the sonic mayhem with steady if slightly trembling, hand. Miss Magdalene is an achingly beautiful acoustic song reminiscent of Leonard Cohen at his most morose.

Originally an Afghan Wigs tune, What Jail is Like is a guitar-driven ballad with sad piano, tribal drums, and some of that good old-fashioned backwards guitar. The lyrics take on extra poignancy in light of Murry’s life story.

Some artists become legends. They become household names. Most people will know at least one or two of their songs. For whatever reason their mainstream success transcends commercialism.  A Short History of Decay is a gripping album, sonically adventurous, by an artist who’s paid his dues, came out a stronger man and an iconoclastic artist who made a career out of transforming tragedy and hardship into stark beauty.

Any fans of 90’s grunge or alt rock will love this.

The new EP from the awesome Milk Teeth, we’re big fans of their noisey-grunge like punk music. Following on from their brilliant debut album Vile ChildThe lead single Owning Your Okayness is a pop-fuelled, stomp-along jam with an infectious chorus.

Here is our brand new music video for ‘Prism’. We filmed it in an abandoned care home where we spent a day freaking ourselves out in the hallways and abandoned rooms of the house. ‘Prism’ is taken from our new EP ‘Be Nice’ which is out now on Roadrunner Records.

‘Owning Your Okayness’ is taken from our new EP ‘Be Nice’ which is out now on Roadrunner Records.

Roadrunner is the home of the bands that we grew up listening to and who have influenced our own sound today,” says vocalist/bassist Becky Blomfield. “They work with the best and we are so stoked to be welcomed as part of the next breed of artists with the potential to inspire the next generation. Our teenage selves were kicking about in little towns not knowing where we would end up, and almost a decade later we can say Slipknot are our label mates. Not bad for a bunch of kids from Stroud.”

http://

Band Members
Becky – Bass
Billy – Guitar
Chris – Guitar
Oli – Drums

You may recall that Car Seat Headrest released an alternative mix of “War Is Coming (If You Want It)” as part of Bandcamp’s Transgender Rights Benefit a few weeks back. The official version of the single is now out and main man Will Toledo says simply, “This is a song about not murdering people.” Bandcamp proceeds of this new version will continue to go towards the Transgender Law Center .

Car Seat Headrest, who recently played festivals in Osheaga and Lollapalooza are currently on tour in Europe,

http://

Will Toledo: Vocals, synths
Ethan Ives: Guitar
Seth Dalby: Bass
Andrew Katz: Drums

M83 – ” Do It Try It “

Posted: August 15, 2017 in MUSIC
Tags:

No automatic alt text available.

It’s been over a year since M83 released its seventh studio album, Junk. Today, however, the Anthony Gonzalez-led outfit has returned with a new video for the track “Do It, Try It”.

In the video, created by David Wilson, a young boy draws his way out of his family’s depressing meal at a fast food restaurant. The video premiered earlier this month at Sundance NEXT FEST,

The track is taken from M83’s seventh studio album Junk

M83 – Do It, Try It video by David Wilson.

Image may contain: 1 person, tree and outdoor

For six years, La Blogotheque has changed the way people experience music. We film beautiful, rare and intimate sessions with your favorite artists, and the ones you are soon to fall in love with. Come, stay a while, and be taken away. “Kevin Morby is great” because talking about the talent of this boy to the happy pedigree (The Babies, Woods) is not easy. If you have not listened to Harlem River , brilliant and delicate first solo album of Kevin Morby, you do not know that this record is to put in your back pack, to listen in your car, that this stripped folk is the perfect soundtrack Of your travels, to watch scenery scroll or faces along a canal. Whether his pieces, long and full of drawers like “If You Leave and If You Marry” or as flashes as “My Name”, are perfectly stunning, forgetting that they are holding a wheel between their hands, Straight lines and the sounds of the city.

La Blogothèque presents
Kevin Morby – If You Leave And If You Marry & My Name  A Take Away Show

La Blogothèque presents it is all the more frustrating with an artist for whom everything seems as easy as to chain this “I Hear You Calling” of Bill Fay to his “Parade” without blinking.
Kevin Morby – I Hear You Calling & Parade  A Take Away Show

Kevin Morby has shared the new black and white video for single ‘Downtown Lights’ taken from his latest album City Music

The video, directed by Hugo Jouxtel of La Blogothéque, was shot in Paris and features Morby wandering the striking streets handing our white flowers to Parisians.

“Paris has always shown a lot of love towards my music, and I am very grateful,” Morby said. “On my first European solo tour I was selling maybe 50 tickets a city until I showed up in Paris and heard the show was already at 150 tickets, which at the time really blew my mind and took me by complete surprise. Before the show, a company called La Blogothéque asked me to do a ‘Take Away Show,’ which I agreed to do, though I didn’t really know what it was. The film crew was so kind and took me on a magical adventure around the city filming me playing some songs in a park and in a boat going down the canal,” he continued.

“Two years later, I was back in Paris and they asked me to film a show playing to a small crowd inside a house next to Père Lachaise Cemetery and that, too, was very magical. So when it came time to do a video for ‘Downtown’s Lights’ I knew just who to ask. La Blogothéque has a way of capturing the meeting of artists and a city half way, letting them both do the work and play off of each other and the result is always fascinating.”

Kevin Morby “Downtown’s Lights,” from his album, ‘City Music’, out now on Dead Oceans:

Image may contain: outdoor and text

Grizzly Bear’s new video for “Mourning Sound” is, according to a press release, “a playful, pastel-drenched commentary on women’s liberation.” Directed by Beatrice Pegard and starring Clemence Poesy (Harry Potter, In Bruges), the clip features a group of sternly defiant women dancing their way through a luxurious mansion. There’s the take-no-shit bride, the race car driver-slash-mother, and the literally bright scientist. You even get some drumming on man butts and rainbow nipple beams, so perhaps the video should be labeled slightly NSFW. Take a look up above.

“Mourning Sound” is the lead single off Painted Ruins, Grizzly Bear’s first new album since 2012’s Shields. Due out August 18th, the band will support the release with a full fall tour.

First time this classic album could potentially be reissued on vinyl in the US since its original release on Atco Records in 1971. The ROG edition would come with unique and alternate cover art originally only issued in France.
• If voted in, this expanded ROG edition will include an additional LP of acoustic outtakes from the sessions, recorded in hotel rooms while the band was on tour. The material has never been issued on vinyl.
• Taken from the highest quality sources, this album would have lacquers cut at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis
The ROG edition would be pressed on 180g black vinyl at Record Industry in the Netherlands and come in a gatefold tip-on Stoughton sleeve, creating THE definitive vinyl version of this release
• Each LP will be individually numbered and strictly limited based on pre-orders

Delaney & Bonnie were a pioneering musical duo and married singer-songwriter couple, known as Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett that fronted a rock & soul ensemble called Delaney & Bonnie & Friends in the late 60s and 1970s. The “Friends” part included a laundry list of legendary performers such as Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Bobby Whitlock, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, King Curtis, and of course, Eric Clapton. Delaney was from Mississippi and was an accomplished guitarist and singer. His earliest work included playing for the Shindig! TV series house band with Leon Russell. Bonnie was from Alton, Illinois, near St. Louis, and was an amazing singer performing with Albert King at 14 and Ike & Tina Turner at 19 years of age. She met and married Delaney when she moved to Los Angeles in 1967. The duo secured a recording contract with Stax in 1969 and released their debut album, Home. Despite excellent production and session assistance from Isaac Hayes and Donald “Duck” Dunn, the album was not successful commercially and suffered similar distribution woes as other Stax albums of the late 60s and early 70s. Delaney & Bonnie signed with Elektra Records for their follow up album, Accept No Substitute, issued in 1969. Despite not selling well, it created a buzz in music industry circles and caught the attention of one George Harrison who offered D&B a contract with Apple Records. The duo signed with Apple despite their prior commitment to Elektra, the Apple contract was voided and this caused tension between the group and Elektra who were eventually released from their contract in late 1969. At the behest of George Harrison, Eric Clapton took Delaney & Bonnie & Friends on the road in mid-1969 as the opening act for Blind Faith. Clapton became good friends with Delaney, Bonnie and their band and preferred their music over what he was doing with Blind Faith. Impressed with their live performance, he would often join them on stage and continued to record and perform with them following the demise of Blind Faith in August of 1969. Clapton helped get the band a record deal with his then-US label, Atco Records and even performed on their third album: On Tour with Eric Clapton. Released in the US in 1970, this would be their most successful release, reaching number 29 on the Billboard album chart and achieving RIAA gold status. Clapton also recruited Delaney & Bonnie and their band to back him on his debut solo album, which was consequently produced by Delaney. The band continued to release well-regarded, modest selling records through their entire career. “Motel Shot” is their fourth studio album released in 1971, their third release for Atco Records and their fifth album overall. The album’s title refers to the impromptu, late-night jam sessions that touring musicians would get into while on the road. The album reached #65 on the Billboard album chart and includes Delaney & Bonnie’s biggest chart single, “Never Ending Song of Love,” which peaked at #13. Guest musicians on the album include Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Duane Allman, Dave Mason, John Hartford, Clarence White, Gram Parsons and Bobby Whitlock. The band attempted to record the impromptu jam session in engineer Bruce Botnick’s living room but ended up doing it over in a recording studio. The performances are mostly acoustic and the song choices are mostly traditional gospel, blues and country standards. Eight of those impromptu, acoustic jam tracks will be included on this deluxe ROG edition for the first time on vinyl if this title wins the popular vote. By late 1971, Delaney & Bonnie’s often tempestuous relationship began to fall apart. Their next album, “Country Life” was rejected by Atco and the label decided to sell their recording contract to CBS including the master tapes to Country Life. The album was released by CBS in 1972 and it would be the duo’s last album of new material. They eventually divorced in 1973. Both went on to release solo albums and Delaney passed away in 2008, only months before releasing his final solo album, “A New Kind of Blues.” Extremely influential before their time, Eric Clapton has been quoted as saying that Delaney Bramlett taught him everything he knew about singing. Delaney has also been cited as teaching George Harrison how to play slide guitar.

Track listing:
Side A
1 Where the Soul Never Dies (Traditional) 3:25
2 Will the Circle Be Unbroken (A.P. Carter) 2:42
3 Rock of Ages (Traditional) 2:15
4 Long Road Ahead (Delaney Bramlett-Bonnie Bramlett-Carl Radle) 3:25
5 Faded Love (Bob Willis -Johnnie Willis) 4:03
6 Talkin’ About Jesus (Traditional) 6:40
Side B
1 Come On In My Kitchen (Woody Payne-Robert Johnson) 2:43
2 Don’t Deceive Me (Please Don’t Go) (Chuck Willis) 3:53
3 Never Ending Song of Love (Delaney Bramlett) 3:20
4 Sing My Way Home (Delaney Bramlett) 4:07
5 Going Down the Road Feeling Bad (Traditional arranged by Delaney Bramlett) 5:10
6 Lonesome and A Long Way From Home (Delaney Bramlett-Bonnie Bramlett-Leon Russell) 4:00
Side C
1 I’ve Told You For the Last Time (Eric Clapton) 4:20
2 Long Road Ahead (alternate take) (Delaney Bramlett-Bonnie Bramlett-Carl Radle) 3:39
3 Gift of Love (Delaney Bramlett-Mac Davis) 3:15
4 Come On In My Kitchen (alternate take) (Woody Payne-Robert Johnson) 3:39
Side D
1 Blues (Delaney Bramlett) 6:00
2 Lonesome and A Long Way From Home (alternate take) (Delaney Bramlett-Bonnie Bramlett-Leon Russell) 5:29
3 What A Friend We Have in Jesus (Joseph M. Scriven) 2:50
4 Farther Along (J.R. Baxter) 3:40

danbio

Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan has just released the powerful new video for his track “Whistleblower”. Taken from his 2016 EP “Unmake”, the video juxtaposes Mangan’s  understated acoustic track with intense images of anger.

“Seems there is a lot of anger in the world,” Mangan explained. “Anger can be important. Anger can topple tyrants. Anger can be a catalyst to growth. But if it becomes the default lens through which the world is seen, it can blind us from the redemption or beauty that can be found in this absurdity of errors. This video was not made with the intent to incite anger, but it does hope to advocate to work through anger and find the other side of it. To find resolution, forgiveness, and peace. Everyone involved donated their time/talent completely, and I am so grateful.”