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Damien Jurado
Rehearsals for Departure

The 1999 album from Damien Jurado is back back back in the form of vinyl and cassette reissues on Sub Pop. Rehearsals For Departure is Jurado’s second full-length, and rather more (indie) folky than his debut. Each song feels long lived-in and heavy with melancholy, although Jurado...view item »

Savaging Spires
National Supper Session

Here we have a super lo-fi reworking of Savaging Spires’ acclaimed debut album, recorded onto cassette huddled around one microphone this duo take us completely back to basics with these folk/psych musings. There’s no real specific track segments here, just side A and B of a constant flow...view item »

The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family are an alt. country/Americana duo made up of husband and wife Brett and Rennie Sparks. They have been plying their trade since the early ‘90s to a committed fanbase. Unseen is their tenth album and is the first new material since the band had massive, and it has to be said, unexpected success (...view item »

Margo Price
Midwest Farmer's Daughter

This is the debut album of Margo Price, a new country artist who seemingly has the whole history of Nashville and Memphis running through her veins. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter has the kind of poetic narratives the best country relies on, as well as a classic...view item »

Light Upon The Lake

Light Upon The Lake is the soulful debut from Whitney, who make a rich and bluesy pop music. The sweet vocals are the heart of the band's gorgeous and distinctively American, West Coast troubadour sound. The laidback guitar and harmonies hide the complex arrangements and stunning instrumentation. ...view item »

Bob Dylan
Pure Dylan

Pure Dylan is another Bob Dylan compilation, except that this one draws focus away from the hits and onto some lesser-heard gems from the legend’s voluminous back catalogue. By presenting Dylan songs that haven’t become over-familiar, we can discover the great man anew. Double LP set on Lega...view item »

Trembling Bells & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
The Bonnie Bells Of Oxford

After collaborating on The Marble Downs Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Trembling Bells went on tour in 2012. The Bonnie Bells Of Oxford is a live album trying to capture the magic of their collaboration including hybrid versions of tracks from each artist, as well as many tracks from the...view item »

William Tyler
Live at Third Man Records

Instrumental americana wonder-boy William Tyler dazzled us a little with Modern Country, a slab of War On Drugs-inspired tunes dug deep with dad rock melodics. Like most people who play guitar in this world, he has been to Third Man Records, where he performed some songs, and of course they got recorded f...view item »

Joan Shelley
Cost of the Cold / Here and Whole

In anticipation of her new album here are a couple of new tracks from Kentucky based singer songwriter Joan Shelley. This finger pickin' musician plays lovely country-ish tunes with a classic voice that is not all that far away from Tracey Thorn. The music however fits snugly into the American and UK folk tradit...view item »

Howe Gelb
'Sno Angel Like You + 'Sno Angel Winging It

Giant Sand man Howe Gelb had a rather fantastic experience performing on the same bill as a number of gospel choirs in 2003, and decided to bring a choir into his own solo work on 2006’s ‘Sno Angel Like You. This reissue presents the beautiful, sensitive results alongside the feature-length ...view item »

Bridget St. John
Fly High - A Collection Of Album Highlights, Singles and B Sides, Demos, Live Recordings, Sessions and Interviews

A truly comprehensive collection of british folk definer, Bridget St. John, tracks covering Dandelion’s releases between 1968 and 1972, including unreleased and unheard early demos. As well as bonus material from her 2009 session recordings, TV appearances, B-sides, as well as interviews. Basically, read the very much all-...view item »

Jay-Jay Johanson

Not many people in his native country Sweden knows of the excellent and melancholic singer Jay-Jay Johanson. Cutting his teeth in the 90's producing brooding and seductive trip hip his career has been interesting to follow. From trip hop, to electro, to house, to acoustic songs but always retaining that unm...view item »

The Baird Sisters
Until You Find Your Green

The Baird Sisters are Laura and Meg Baird, and yes, they are actually sisters. Nevertheless, Until You Find Your Green is their first full-length studio collaboration, despite the fact that ...view item »

John Southworth
Small Town Water Tower

On Small Town Water Tower, John Southwater has made some subtly strange pop music, with songs that are wistful and quietly grand. This isn’t exactly his previous territory (Small Town Water Tower is his tenth album), but why not do something new eh? Especially when it is put together with such skill as th...view item »

Laura Gibson
Empire Builder

Empire Builder is the result of Laura Gibson’s presumably quite upsetting experience of having her apartment building literally explode shortly after uprooting her life from Portland to New York. Tricky times, but they seem to have led to something beautiful: on this record Laura’s beautiful...view item »

Geraint Jarman
Tawel Yw'r Tymor (Quiet Is The Season)

Geraint Jarman doesn’t mess around with any English language bullshit: he has been performing in Welsh for forty years now, and Tawel Yw’r Tymor is some of the most direct Jarman we’ve ever heard. The backing band (and indeed the electricity) has been dispensed with, leaving the beauti...view item »
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Matt Berry
The Small Hours

Superbly-voiced comic actor and musician Matt Berry has made a new album, The Small Hours. It follows on from previous releases Witchazel, Kill The Wolf and Music For Insomniacs. This time, and for the first time, his band recorded the basic tracks live using a 60-year old hand built Decca desk. Themat...view item »

Adam Torres
Pearls To Swine

Laid-back country folk, produced by Erik Woffard (Okkervil River / M. Ward / Bill Callahan). Recorded in analogue at a studio overlooking the Colorado River Valley, the overall effect is warm and very natural. Thor Harris of Swans provides some surprisingly gentle percussion, lending itself nicely to Aisha Burns's soaring violin.  ...view item »

Nedelle Torrisi
Advice From Paradise

Indie pop musician Nedelle Torris has paid a lot of dues playing in the backing bands for artists such as Sufjan Stevens and Ariel Pink, but she deserves credit for being a proficient songwriter in her own right; Advice From Paradise ...view item »

Martin Green

Affecting, contemporary, and experimental in parts, Martin Green has put together a unique blend of folk music and the unknown. Featuring some absolutely incredible guests from groups including Portishead, Mogwai, The Unthanks, Arab Strap, and Lau...view item »

The King Of Whys

Mike Kinsella has done a lot of time in the Chicago indie-etc. scene, in bands like Cap’n’Jazz, American Football and Joan of Arc. But his most personal music is made in his solo project Owen (no I don’t know the significance of the name). Much...view item »

Tashi Dorji
VDSQ - Solo Acoustic Vol. 13

The Vin Du Select Qualitite label’s Solo Acoustic series continues to showcase the inventive talents of fine guitarists. Their next batch of limited edition LPs has now arrived! For Volume 13, Tashi Dorji performs on a nylon-string guitar, which he guides through fourteen tracks recorded in the US and in ...view item »

Roy Harper

Roy Harper (via his Science Friction label) is doing us all a valuable favour by getting a few classic early Harper records back into vinyl circulation again for the first time in decades, to celebrate Harper’s 75th birthday. 1973’s Lifemask was recorded during a heavy illne...view item »

The Gentle Good
Ruins/ Adfeilion

The Gentle Good is Gareth Bonello, hailing from fair Cardiff. Fourth album Ruins / Adfeilion continues Bonello’s deep engagement with traditional Welsh music, as you can spot from the mixture of English and Welsh language titles and lyrics. A sensitive mixture of traditional folk ...view item »

Tim Buckley
Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions

Oh good criminy! Lady, Give me your key is a collection of 3 unreleased demos that have recently been discovered. That makes 13 acoustic tracks, some which then grew into fully instrumented works, but most of which will not have been heard, even if you are the most ardent Tim Buckley fan. Comes with booklet containing i...view item »

Billie Marten
Writing of Blues and Yellows

Emerging out of the delightful North Yorkshire city (yup it has a cathedral) of Ripon, Bille Marten (actual name Isabella Sophie Tweddle) has a voice made out of some kind of silk-like substance and writes moody acoustic songs that tug at any heartstrings you may still have left. This is her much anticipated debut which on initi...view item »

Stanley Brinks and The Kaniks
Turtle Dove

Stanley Brinks, perhaps better known as Andre Herman Dune, follows two collaborative albums with The Wave Pictures by collaborating with Norwegian Folk group The Kaniks. Recorded on a remote Norwegian island and inspired by midnight swims and midnight beer drinking, Brinks and the Kaniks recorde...view item »

King Creosote
Astronaut Meets Appleman

A new sweeping solo record from King Creosote. A lot of the material on Astronaut Meets Appleman is quietly epic, with instrumental contributions from a range of talented players of a range of interesting instruments (e.g. bagpipes, harp, violin) all woven together into a potent whole. Out on Domino....view item »

Dennis Callaci
A Bed of Light

Delightful, rough and ready, quirky, lofi indie pop songs that fans of stuff like Smog will absolutely lap up.  Mostly known for his huge amounts of work in the band Refrigerator, and having gone under monikers even his own press mock him for, A Bed of Light is Dennis Callaci&rsquo...view item »
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We Fucked A Flame Into Being

Maarten Devoldere is one of the frontmen in Balthazar, but he is also Warhaus. This project is all about late-night songwriting, in the vein of previous moody artistes like Leonard Cohen. The guitars and synth-sounds of We Fucked A Flame Into Being are a perfect fit wit...view item »

David Allred

David Allred has often worked with American multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick after Allred transcribed one of his songs. Broderick describes Allred’s musical ideas as odd, honest and intriguing. On his new 10” EP, Woods,  he works with Broderick’s sister, Heather Woods Broderic...view item »

The Ballad Of JFK – A Musical History Of The John F. Kennedy Assassination (1963-1968)

The Ballad Of JFK - A Musical History Of The John F. Kennedy Assassination is an unusual compilation of unusual music: everything here was recorded in tribute to JFK, and much of it was only released in private pressings. That means super-rare material that is often a little odd. It makes for a great document of cultural history: thanks...view item »

Cass McCombs
Mangy Love

Cass McCombs is now established as a songwriter of the highest order. Mangy Love is lyrically his darkest record yet, all seen with his uniquely aware and often humorous eye. Musically it’s experimental soul, warped psychedelia, rock, hip-hop and beat poetry that shapes the album's upbeat and immediate sound. Gues...view item »

Day Of The Dead EP

Remember that 'Day of the Dead' mammoth compilation thingy the National curated? Well 4AD have released a limited edition 12" vinyl of the four song 'Terrapin Station (Suite)' with folks from Grizzly Bear, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, TV on the Radio, Sonic Yout...view item »

Gui Gui Sui Sui
Black Books

Here's a fascinating EP from Beijing's Gui Gui Sui Sui, a mysterious punk blues singer playing dirty primitive lo-fi stomps with a gleeful violence. The four songs here have their roots in American country and blues, with our main man Gui Gui Sui Sui (which means "sneaky" in Mandarin) howling and yelping and crooning some basic country blues n...view item »
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Slim Cessna's Auto Club
The Commandments According To Scac

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club really really like the dark gothic underside of American life, and The Commandments According To Scac was apparently written with Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner in mind. The music is a good match, with a soulful old-timey folk-American feel. R...view item »

When The Leaves Fall Like Snow

Yellow 6 releases a new album this week on the ever excellent Make Mine Music label. 'When The Leaves Fall Like Snow' is a 2 disc set so you get a lot of Yellow 6 for your buck on this releases. When I first listened to this I thought there was a bit of change of direction for the ole Yellow man. There's some undeniably Yellow 6 esque tracks on the...view item »

Ryley Walker
The West Wind

Ahead of his new album out in April next year is this twelve inch single by Chicagoan singer/songwriter Ryley Walker, brought to you by the fellows at Tompkins Square Records. ‘The West Wind’ is an old sounding blues folk song in the style of ...view item »

City Sun Eater In The River of Light

City Sun Eater In The River of Light is the ninth LP by Woods, the American alt-folk-rock troupe with a psychedelic, even jazzy approach to their sound. As only their second recording made in a ‘proper’ studio, the sound is crisp and clear, but not lacking in the oddness either. The album is available on wha...view item »

Lisa Hannigan
At Swim

Folkie Lisa Hannigan has made two solo records of sparse musings and has previously worked on improving the works of Damien Rice. Her new one, At Swim, has both the lightness and dramatics that characterise her work, and Aaron Dessner respects her sound by producing the record with a...view item »

Francoise Hardy
En Anglais

En Anglais was a rare delight from french singer Francoise Hardy, as she rarely sang in english. One of the leading singers in the yéyé period in France. First released on vinyl 1968 it features Hardy performing covers or reworkings of rock, folk and pop songs. These include songs by Elvis Presley...view item »

Francoise Hardy
Message Personnel

Glamorous French smoothness from Francoise Hardy circa 1973. Message Personnel was produced with Michel Berger, who provided rich, sleek string arrangements that elevate the songs to a high level of cinematic drama. The perfect accompaniment to your coolly nonchalant and highly fashionable French life. ...view item »

Francoise Hardy

Oozing beauty and cool since the mid ‘60s, Parisian singer, actress and all-round icon Francoise Hardy is somewhat of a cult figure in this country whilst being hugely popular in France. Entr’acte is her 19th album and was originally released in 1974. This gem of a record often gets overlooked in among her h...view item »

Star Treatment

Come burn the barn with Wovenhand and their countrified punk rock. For those not in the know, these folks were sprung from the imagination of David Eugene Edwards, who usually played in 16 Horsepower. One might argue this band had a more blistering pace and allowed Edwards to go a bit harder,...view item »

A Grave With No Name
Wooden Mask

A Grave With No Name is, obviously, not a cheerful project, but there is a stark beauty to Alexander Shields’ music under the name. Wooden Mask is a set of desolate experimental post-folk, “a meditation on renewal”. Vinyl and cassette editions are available, via the well-named Forged A...view item »

Jonny Fritz
Sweet Creep

With Sweet Creep Jonny Fritz takes a bit of a step away from the country formula. Keeping the poignant and heart-warming storytelling but replacing the barnyard/hay-bale/Conway Twitty setting with a more isolated experimental feel, backed up with subtle electronic swirls and hypnotic, rhythm box percuss...view item »

Imaginational Anthem Vol. 8 : The Private Press

Some reissues are of albums that have slid quietly out of print since initial release, but some are like Imaginational Anthem Vol. 8: made up of records that were privately pressed and thus scarcely ‘released’ at all. You have almost certainly never heard of these artists before, but they all turn out to be remarkable acoust...view item »

Tricca / McNiff
Southern Star

Emma Tricca and Jason McNiff, firm folk friends, joined to pen three songs each to record their mini album, ‘Southern Star’. McNiff is a celebrated songwriter and you may know Tricca from her work with Andy Votel’s Finders Keepers family. Themes link New York, European...view item »

Neil Young
Tonight’s The Night

At some point in the ‘90s Neil Young’s 1975 classic Tonight’s The Night was regarded by NME as being one of the most depressing albums ever released. The album is influenced by the grief Neil Young felt at the drug-induced deaths of Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten ...view item »

Stephen Steinbrink
Arranged Waves

A sweet, country-tinged album by singer-songwriter, Stephen Steinbrink here. Opener, ‘Now You See Everything’ starts with a Byrds-esque chiming two chord arpeggio before the adeptly arranged band kicks in, strings n’all and then Stephen’s softly sung, high vocals (like a sweeter toned ...view item »

The Expanding Flower Planet

Deradoorian has been a key member of some very significant weird-indie groups in the last few years: she is principally one of the most prominent aspects of Dirty Projectors, as well as performing in Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks. On The Expanding Flower Planet however, she crafts he...view item »

Trevor Sensor
Starved Nights of Saturday Stars

Trevor Sensor is only a young thing (just 22 years of age), but he’s managed to set himself up early for a good career by sounding like he’s had his share of tough times already. His voice has plenty of gravel and character in it : why, it’s almost unique! Starved Nights of Saturday Stars is his first ...view item »

Joana Serrat
Cross The Verge

Joana Serrat plays an Americana-infused kind of grown-up pop music: the choruses sweep grandly in a radio-friendly manner, but the instrumental textures (provided by members of Slowdive, Cowboy Junkies, T...view item »


ICHI is a Bristol-based, Japanese-born musician who makes a ridiculously dense and rich experimental pop music, that also taps into his new home’s post-punk and dub cultures. Maru's surreal mash of drones, acapella sounds, homemade instruments and samples is incredibly hard to categorise, so you shoul...view item »

The Devil Makes Three
Redemption & Ruin

The Devil Makes Three call themselves a bluesgrass folk punk band, and for this monster 12 track cover album they’ve looked back at their wide scope of influences, covering Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Willie Nelson, and Tom Waits in their own inimitable ...view item »

Kiran Leonard
Dear Lincoln

Here’s some strident indie-folk business from Kiran Leonard, a big-voiced singer-songwriter with a mournful voice but quite energetic arrangements. It's on Hand of Glory who also did that ace Mary Epworth single the other week. I’m particularly enjoying the B-side ‘Port-Aine’ where Le...view item »

DM Stith

DM Stith presents his first solo record in 7 years: a carefully-brewed record of songs for voice and electronics. Stith’s voice is slick and soulful, but his modular synth-heavy instrumental textures explore all sort of territory: it feels like they are only half shacked to the songs. Pigeonheart ...view item »

To The Lighthouse

Plantman is the solo outfit of Matthew Randall, formerly of Beatglider. His third album To The Lighthouse sounds instantly well-worn and lived in, like a small family house somewhere by a ri...view item »

Nathan Bowles
Whole & Cloven

Modern banjo excursions and new folklore are two of Nathon Bowles favourite things, though there's much more to the guy: his official focus is drumming, and his previous record saw him make dark ambient for pianos and sing over abrasive country tunes. Whole & Cloven is yet another example of his ...view item »

Strangers Bring Me No Light

Jinnwoo is set to bless us with an LP! ‘Strangers Bring Me No Light’ illuminates via a motley bunch of singing pals: Alasdair Roberts, Malcolm Middleton, Kyla La Grange, Rachael Dadd, Ben Walker and more. Will they all have things on their chest they need to confess? We can’t wait to find out. Vinyl an...view item »

Seasick Steve
I Started Out With Nothin'

Steve introduces some songs with humorous asides and the last track finishes up with a tale from Steve's life living on the road. His music is as infectious as his story telling and once you hear one album I can guarantee you'll be searching out the others. Great, foot tapping, slide blues to get you smiling and singing along with. I love "Walki...view item »

Seasick Steve
Man From Another Time

The title "Man from Another Time" pretty much sums up the story Seasick Steve (a.k.a. Steve Wold), the vagabond guitarist and singer who has apparently been drifting across the globe as musical tumbleweed for some time yet his music is pretty much steeped in the blues with more than a healthy portion of roots or Americana for seasons. This colle...view item »

Jane and Barton
Jane and Barton

Well we all remember Jane's 'It's a Fine Day' don't we? Don't we? Y'know the a cappella track that ended up being the base for Opus III's ...um 'It's a Fine Day'. Well that is here, as are a load of tracks featuring Jane and Manchester eccentric Edward Barton who had fingers in various pies through the '80s. Mem...view item »

Strangle The Wretched Heavens

Charalambides are Tom and Christina Carter, and they have been exploring obscure regions of psychedelic improvised guitar for many years now. The deep jams of Strangle The Wretched Heavers were recorded in the mid-1990’s, and yet have retained their special feelin...view item »

Glowing Raw

Charalambides are Tom and Christina Carter, and they have been exploring obscure regions of psychedelic improvised guitar for many years now. This is the first time that Glowing Raw has been issued on vinyl, and it sounds all the more enveloping for it. Released by Draw...view item »

Faun Fables
Born of The Sun

Faun Fables are an alt. folk duo comprising of Dawn McCarthy, who is perhaps best known for her collaborations with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and Nils Frykdahl. They have been making music since 1998 and in 2004 signed to Drag City. Born Of The Sun comes six years after their l...view item »

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Through The Clouds

Josienne Clarke has the kind of tone in her voice that gives any song she sings the feeling of an age-old traditional folk ballad. Old ballads do turn up in her collaborations with Ben Walker, but there are also more modern covers and original songs. Through The Clouds is a showcase EP designed to intro...view item »

Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal

Professional waistcoat wearers Mumford and Sons team up with Sengalese singer / guitarist Baaba Mal in this somewhat unexpected collaboration, recorded in Johannesburg with Sweden's Johan Hugo (AKA The Very Best). Expect the usual Mumford fare, but with some added African vocals which are n...view item »

Lou Rhodes

Listening to Lou Rhodes’ solo work (she also makes up half of Lamb) immediately pulls the listener right back to the 1970’s, living in a treehouse somewhere during a long, attractive summer. She has captured some essential essence of that era’s classic folk-rock: partly voice, partly songwritin...view item »

Channel D

Channel D is Nick de Grunwald, writing and singing songs of doomy fear from within lo-fi structures of electronics and guitars. Plenty of grit to be enjoyed on Unravelling, whether from Grunwald’s dramatic vocals or from the punch of a drum machine. CD or heavyweight silver vinyl ...view item »
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Ben Seretan
Bowl Of Plums

After his self-titled debut turned into something of a sleeper-cult hit record, Ben Seretan is back with more lush open-eyed pop songs. Embracing sound, music and the world in general, Bowl of Plums is about the richness you can find by accident if you just keep your eyes open. Think Sufjan Stevens and&...view item »

Blind Pilot
And Then Like Lions

It's a sad fact that many of the best album come after periods of loss. Blind Pilot’s Israel Nebeker has cultivated this album after the death of his father and the end of a relationship. Therefore it's going to be a sad affair though at times uplifting as Nebeker looks to the future. Blind Pilot have performed on &ls...view item »

L.A. Salami
The City Nowadays

From the name, L.A. Salami sounds like a Californian punk band: in fact, he’s a UK ‘postmodern blues and urban folk’ musician. Ahead of his forthcoming debut full-length album he releases The City Nowadays, a big statement of a single with confessional / political lyrics and large brass-powered ch...view item »

Moon Bros.
These Stars

Chicago has always been a great city for improvisers, and this project, led by Matt Schneider, takes full advantage of that fact. On These Stars, Moon Bros. is Schneider plus members of Iron & Wine, Tortoise and Cairo Gang, with the...view item »

Bess Atwell
Hold Your Mind

Bess Atwell is well known around the folk circuits of Soho and Brighton, but her inspiration is drawn from the hazy beauty of the South Downs where she resides. She delivers earnest declarations with a voice like a mountain stream, much too deep for her 21 years. Produced by Michael Smith from 12 Dirty Bullets....view item »

Seasick Steve
Dog House Music

Steve's raw and honest delivery is not the sound you'd expect to find being played at a nice club, but rather a dive bar alongside the swamp or busking on a dirty street. I wouldn't want it any other way. There are a few stories and humour in these songs but overall I was impressed by this joker’s serious songwriting, singing and playing. ...view item »

Seasick Steve & The Level Blues

This is the very first album from everyone’s favourite (presumably-former?) hobo bluesman Seasick Steve, recorded in 2004 with a pair of Scandinavians (The Level Devils). Cheap sounds cheap, but it's also full of h...view item »


Rusalnaia is the transatlantic collaboration of 2 highly singular folk musicians: Philadelphia, USA’s Gillian Chadwick and England’s Sharron Kraus, who did such good work with Robert Plant a while ago. Their 2007 debut, never before released on vinyl, sounds strange ...view item »

Cath & Phil Tyler
The Song-Crowned King

‘The Song-Crowned King’ is the new six track, mini-album from Newcastle based, Anglo/American folk duo Cath & Phil Tyler who bring their varied influences from Appalachian mountain music to Traditional British folk together to create a dreamlike world that is all their own. The album was recorded in Newcastle by producer Phil Beg...view item »

Conner Youngblood
The Generation of Lift

Singer-songwriter Conner Youngblood takes a lot of inspiration from Sufjan Stevens, having apparently nailed the crucial Sufjan trick of surrounding simple, beautiful melodic songcraft with ornate and intriguing instrumentation. He pulls it off pretty well on The Generation Of Lift, his...view item »

Dwight Yoakam
Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day

Since when have we sold Dwight Yoakam records? Since Jack White told us we had to seemingly. Here is the legendary honky tonk country singer as produced by Jack White bashing out a couple of spritely covers namely 'Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day' (made famous by the Monkees) and 'High on the Mo...view item »

More Amor

Mendrugo is a collaboration between American singer/songwriter Josephine Foster and brothers Victor and Jose Luis Herrero,'Hermanos Herrero' from The Victor Herrero Band. Using Andalusian musical tradition as their starting point on More Amor, the ...view item »

Rob Mazurek & Emmett Kelly
Alien Flower Sutra

Rob Mazurek tends to be excellent, whether he is free improvising, composing pieces or organising other musicians. He does a bit of all three on Alien Flower Sutra, a collaborative album with Emmett Kelly of The Cairo Gang: Mazurek gave some of his compositions to Sao P...view item »

Johnny Cash
The Essential Johnny Cash

Say no more: it’s The Essential Johnny Cash. Cash is probably the country artist with the widest crossover appeal, and this double LP compilation shows off why. Early stuff, late stuff, prison stuff and live stuff is all included, as well as duets with June Carter Cash and Bob Dylan...view item »

The Driftwood Manor
For The Moon

The Driftwood Manor are Irish, and play Irish folk, but there is a little more to their music than that. The deep traditions of their country are cut with rock attitudes, traditions from other parts of the globe, and even a few dashes of electronics. The old style, but done in a slightly new style. Fourth album For The Moon...view item »

M. Craft
Blood Moon

M. Craft plans his music in a lonely desert cabin: his sound is very much a personal response to this beloved isolation. Bloodmoon began as several hours of piano improvisations, which were then cut down and pressed into the format of proper songs, with Craft’s vocals, percussion from Seb ...view item »

The Paperhead
Africa (Live)

A part of the Third Man Live series from Jack White’s Third Man Records we have a live 7” of the song “Africa” by The Paperhead which is backed with an unreleased track titled “Little Kid Blues”. This is some heavy blues with some banging drum...view item »

Rick Redbeard
Awake Unto

Rick Redbeard is the solo alias of Rick Anthony, principal member of Scottish cosmic rock dudes The Phantom Band. Awake Unto is his second solo album and follow up to No Selfish Heart. Redbeard is influenced by the folkish poetic musings of Leonard Cohen, Bill Callahan...view item »

Khun Narin

Khun Narin is a Thai musician who received a bit of Western attention thanks to Youtube. With his Electric Phin Band, he plays a fairly excellent form of psychedelia, with long, spaced-out jams that centre on the phin, a kind of lute. II contains original tunes in addition to a few covers of Thai pop so...view item »

Samara Lubelski
The Gilded Raid

Samara Lubelski shines in all sorts of genres, from free-improvised sound exploration to thick, heady drones. Here on The Gilded Raid, she plays like a 70’s folk-rock songwriter extraordinaire, only with more out-there production: the songs here are sheathed in radiant sonic magic. Great stuff from Lubelsk...view item »

Michele Stodart

Michele Stodart formed indie-pop band The Magic Numbers with her brother Romeo Stodart. Pieces is her second solo album. Musically it’s mainly Michele and an acoustic guitar although her ear for melody remains strong. Its subject matter is intentionally vague but covers life and weathering adversi...view item »

Emily Jane White
They Moved In Shadow All Together

Emily Jane White has been one of the darlings of the neofolk scene, with her sad yet poppy songs roaming our heads for days. For her new album, Emily’s worked with producer John Vanderslice, whose recording studio offers a spacious dimension to They Moved in Shadow All Together. With him...view item »

The Felice Brothers
Life In The Dark

The Felice Brothers are favourites of Uncut Magazine and make a soulful mix of rock, country and folk. The five-piece, who hail from Palenville in the Catskill Mountains, recorded and self-produced Life In The Dark in the garage of a farm in upstate New York. Expect catchy melodies, joyous harmonies and a good ...view item »

Scout Niblett
The Calcination of Scout Niblett

My friend Charlotte named her dog after Scout Niblett, and believe it or not, Scout Nibbler is probably one of the loveliest canines out there, proper daft-as-a-brush but with some rather intriguing human-like traits. It's nice to se the lady herself returning to the fray with a new album, 'The Calcination of.....', especially as she is one of the ...view item »

Jenks Miller & Rose Cross NC
Blues From WHAT

Freewheeling psychedelic travellin' man Jenks Miller contributes to the wonderfully confused guitar sounds of Three Lobed Records with the maybe a little aggressively titled 'Blues From WHAT'. While he's making that kinda meandering experimental psych rock where the drums tumble out of place and the distortion sounds like a grum...view item »

Bert Jansch
From The Outside

Bert Jansch has always been a reliable prospect, whether solo or in Pentangle. From The Outside, which features nothing but the good man’s voice, guitar and banjo, was first released in 1985 in a small edition on a Belgian label; what’s more, its reissue history has featured a variety of tra...view item »

Mick Harvey
Delirium Tremens

After Intoxicated Man(1995) and Pink Elephants(1997), Delerium Tremens is the third installment of Mick Harvey translating Serge Gainsbourg songs into english. It has been a slow process for Harvey as much of his time is taken up with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, as ...view item »

RM Hubbert
Telling The Trees

RM Hubbert is a Scottish singer-songwriter making music in that fine tradition: morose but funny, tough but beautiful. On Telling The Trees he collaborates with a wide array of vocalists, including Rachel Grimes, Kathryn Williams and Martha Ffion. Without Hubber...view item »

Steve Mason
Meet The Humans

Steve Mason of the Beta Band recorded this album with Craig Potter, best known as the producer and chap on the keyboards for Elbow. The follow up to Mason's ‘double political concept album’ ‘Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time’ this is a more straightforward and accessible undertaking. Tak...view item »

The Wainwright Sisters
Songs In The Dark

Martha Wainwright teams up with her sister, Lucy Wainwright Roche for what I believe to be the first time. The resultant Songs In The Dark is a beautifully intimate thing, all the more so because many of the songs they sing were penned by parents Loudon Wainwright III and Kate M...view item »

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