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American Aquarium
Things Change

Following yet another personnel reshuffle, BJ Barnham and his latest American Aquarium bandmates have a new album Things Change. Once again, Barnham successfully got the record funded by fans through Pledge Music, which is nice. Set your phasers on Springsteencore, because “Tough times don’t...view item »

Arthur Buck
Arthur Buck

I'm not overly happy with Joseph Arthur here. What I don't understand is this. When in R.E.M Peter Buck hated guitar solos and wouldn't have them on the records yet here he is happy for someone (presumably not him) to screech them and then for them to be actually left in the mix. Did they get put on after he left the...view item »

The Nude Party
The Nude Party

As you might have guessed the Nude Party are all about having fun.  On this their self titled debut that have made the sort of groovy and exciting records that you'd want to play on a summers day. Produced by Oakley Munson of the Black Lips it was recorded in Woodstock, a place which in the 60's was fu...view item »

Wild Moccasins
Look Together

New West Records (All Them Witches, Ben Folds) drops the third LP from Texan group Wild Moccasins. Look Together will be seen by history as the moment the band went for broke trying to make it as a Big Pop Group. Produced by Ben H. Allen, who has helmed records for ...view item »

Jessie Baylin
Strawberry Wind

Syrupy 1970s songwriting from Nashville musician Jessie Baylin, written with the admirable goal of appealing as much to children as to adults. This is a goal that enough children’s film companies seem to forget to take on board, but it’s also scarce in the Anglo-Western music world. Baylin’s mature and kind voi...view item »

Naked Giants
Sluff

Naked Giants hail from Seattle, and Sluff is their debut album. Their sound flits between short bursts of propulsive indie rock, with catchy hooks and immediate guitar riffs which would see them destined for the big time, to longer, multifaceted, albeit indie rock, pieces which make them an interesting underground proposition. 1...view item »

Vic Chesnutt
Drunk

The third of his damning and devastating records, Drunk sees Vic Chesnutt making sparse, economical songs with little contributing to his often meandering but extremely punchy lyrics. His early works will come as a surprise to anyone indoctrinated in the ways of classics At the Cut and&...view item »

Caroline Rose
Loner

With its combination of wry, caustic lyrics and zany synth-rockabilly instrumentals, the second LP from Caroline Rose is easy to like. Singles ‘Money’ and ‘Soul No. 5’ are clever, pepped-up and above all really fun, while Rose remains a simultaneously commanding and welcoming presence throughout. We&rsquo...view item »

Drive-By Truckers
Decoration Day

These southern rockers have a uniqueness about them that will separate fans from non-fans quickly. I found myself drawn to the lyrics, which are steeped in a self-loathing, 'white trashness' and are quite remarkable in their poetic capacity to tell a story. The singers drawl-laden vocals became not only tolerable, but a necessary component to th...view item »

Ben Miller Band
Choke Cherry Tree

Well we've already had the Steve Miller Band ('Abracadabra' et al) but this is something new. It's the Ben Miller Band  - a totally different thing. They make a kind of sprawling Americana with washboard bass and slide guitar alongside cello and four part harmonies. This is the first record to feature new member Smilin' Bob...view item »

The Replacements
Songs For Slim EP

I have had a hard time getting into these new Replacements recordings for various reasons. I guess it is just kind of lacking vitality and spark and the performances seem a little restrained as if they were not too familiar with the material. Not bad though, just kind of tired, which is the opposite of the previous reunion songs like "Pool" and ...view item »


Crazy Heart (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Crazy Heart was the 2010 smash-hit Jeff Bridges film about a washed-up country singer, and of course such a movie comes with a high-grade soundtrack to match. This reissue of the soundtrack, marking the first oc...view item »

Guided By Voices
Live From Austin, TX

God. I love this. Like, not the album, but the audacity: can you imagine if LCD Soundsystem had released their farewell show after reuniting? I love it. Back in 2004 Robert Pollard decided to ‘call it quits’ on Guided by Voices, dissolving the thousandth iteration of his band and all the hilariously named merrymen that came with it: ...view item »

Ron Gallo
Temporary Slave / Am I Demon?

Two tracks from Ron Gallo here: one, the original Gallo tune Temporary Slave, and two, a cover version of the ...view item »

The Texas Gentlemen
TX Jelly

Good front cover for a band that could in another life be a jam band. Absolutely a rock ‘n’ roll outfit and don’t you forget it, the Texas Gentlemen go defiantly American and dearly referential through the eleven songs on ‘TX Jelly’. To quote Ben Wyatt in all his sincerity and confusion, ...view item »

JD McPherson
Undivided Heart & Soul

JD McPherson was delighted to have access to all the vintage analogue gear of the RCA Studio B in Nashville, and that delight comes across in the recording of Undivided Heart & Soul. This album really sounds...view item »

Hamell On Trial
Tackle Box

Described as the anxiety-induced, claustrophobic spirit that the USA now inhabits, Tackle Box is the heavily politically involved, sometimes quite humorous, release from Hamell On Trial. Pretty much recorded by himself in his own home studio, this record is a great mix of fast paced, drilling vocals and acoustic guitar ...view item »

Kacy & Clayton
The Siren's Song

With their washed out olde album cover and extremely goofy '60s psych fonting, you might think you were bumping into Kacy & Clayton in some sorta musical time travel extravaganza. They are, however, a modern band that exists right now, having recorded this album with incidental pal Jeff Tweedy ...view item »

Vic Chesnutt
Ghetto Bells

Here is a re-issue of Vic Chesnutt's 2005 album "Ghetto Bells" in which the Athens-based songwriter was joined by a veritable who's who of collaborators most notably jazz icon Bill Frisell and legendary multi instrumentalist Van Dyke Parks. It perfectly places Chesnutt's poetic delivery within a...view item »

Alejandro Escovedo
Gravity

Alejandro Escovedo is one of the best of a group of talented singer/songwriters from Austin, TX. Along with Joe Ely and Stephen Bruton (who produced and played on Gravity), Escovedo writes and sings some of the most thoughtful and inpsired music anywhere. Gravity's main strengths lie in words and music that when combined, put the listener in the...view item »

Alejandro Escovedo
Thirteen Years

Alejandro wrote this album mostly as a dedication to his late ex-wife. The words and music convey not only the problems she and they may have had but also the love he felt for her. He has such a knack for pulling you into his life very smoothly, right before delivering his knock out punch. What songs, what lyrics, what passion, what virtuosic pl...view item »

The Secret Sisters
You Don't Own Me Anymore

This is nice, real nice, banjo nice, but may I just ask if I am in fact in 2017, two days away from a vote for the future of existence which will carry us to like 2022, when I’m listening to a record that sounds a whole milestone of generations older than me? The Secret Sisters are making folksy pop tunes that sound both far older and far ...view item »

Ben Lee
Awake Is The New Sleep

Awake is the New Sleep was Australian wonderkid, singer/songwriter and Evan Dando admirer, Ben Lee's fifth album and was originally released in 2005. Har Mar Superstar, Jenny Lewis and actor Jason Schwartzman make guest appearances. It was produced by B...view item »

Vic Chesnutt
Silver Lake

U.S-born songwriter Vic Chesnutt's legacy is still very much alive and kicking. Silver Lake is one of the most impressive of his whopping 17-album-large repertoire. Initially released in 2003, the full-length perfectly encapsulates a witty vision of America in Chesnutt's pleasant indie-f...view item »

David Byrne
Live From Austin, TX

Here's a chance to buy a slice of, renown singer-songwriter, David Byrne's evolution on the live arena. Live From Austin, TX showcases the ex-Talking Heads member's on-stage flair perfectly. The performance, shot in 2001 soon after the release of 'Look Into The Eyeball', is an absolute mu...view item »

Justin Townes Earle
Kids In The Street

Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve Earle, presents his seventh full-length record, Kids In The Street. The album was recorded with Mike Mogis, Paul Niehaus, and a special selection of guest musicians, picked for their affinity with Justin’s roots-b...view item »

Vic Chesnutt
West of Rome

Vic Chesnutt’s West Of Rome is the second studio album by the Athens, Georgia songwriter, recorded with Michael Stipe at the production helm in 1992. Not only does this reissue add seven bonus tracks of four-track demos, live tracks and outtakes, it also puts West Of Rome onto vinyl for t...view item »

The Deslondes
Hurry Home

The Deslondes come from New Orleans, a major centre of American musical culture if ever there was one. The five-piece band, here presenting their second album, have absorbed the sounds and styles of country, soul, psychedelic rock, R&B, gospel, and more besides, making Hurry Home a firmly-grounded American album. Ou...view item »

Ben Folds
In Concert 2015 - 2016

Ben Folds follows up his So There collaboration with the contemporary classical group yMusic with a live record. In Concert 2015-2016 shows off Folds’ flair for arrangement, with his proper pop songs translating marvellously to the ‘chamber rock’ set-up. 10&rd...view item »

Vic Chesnutt
Is The Actor Happy?

Is The Actor Happy?, the 1995 album by Georgia, USA singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt, has been out of print for absolutely ages, so this reissue is a pleasure to see. It even includes six bonus tracks of Vic’s country-flavoured poetics. This is warm and lyrical songwriting, and Is The Actor Happ...view item »

Daniel Romano
Modern Pressure

Ontario-based musician Daniel Romano has released a twelve-piece full length record entitled Modern Pressure. A great mix of alternative-rock and folk and country music, this release seems like it could have fit in 1980’s bible-belt America. Unrestrained and undeviated, this record is available on Vinyl LP...view item »

Neko Case
Live From Austin, TX

Despite beginning her career as a punk rock drummer and spending a large part of it singing back up for New Pornographers, it is for her voice that Neko Case will probably be remembered. I once saw it described as "the sort of voice that does something funny to a man". Here it is swooping and carousing in a live...view item »

All Them Witches
Sleeping Through The War

If you caught me at the right moment this record might make me cry. There’s something about a sludgy psych rock band deciding to have feelings that just gets me instantly, and I never reckoned All Them Witches -- a surfy and silly rock-it-out garage band -- to push slow, thoughtful melodies like the ones on “Bulls” into place. ...view item »

The Whistles & The Bells
Modern Plagues

Modern Plagues is an album that grew from The Whistles & The Bears main-man Bryan Simpson’s dreams of a wild fantasy dinner party: key figures from history arguing and getting drunk together. Although this isn’t a straight concept album, the smart indie-pop songs of Modern Plagues...view item »

Nikki Lane
Highway Queen

Highway Queen is the latest instalment from Californian based singer songwriter Nikki Lane. Along with her backing band, she has now released three records that combine American folk and country with indie rock paired with her clever lyrics and smooth vocals. Hi...view item »

Vic Chesnutt
Little

It’s Vic Chestnutt’s 1990 debut album Little, back in print at last after decades of unavailability! This set of intimate guitar-and-voice songs was produced by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, who also contributes some keyboard. The sparsely beautiful set has had five bonus tr...view item »

Ron Gallo
Heavy Meta

Ron Gallo still claims to not know what he’s doing on his latest fuzzy opus for New West, Heavy Meta. His hope is, however, that his music will resonate with listeners. Moreover, that coming to his shows and buying his records fans will enable him to have an outlet for becoming a ‘total psychopath on stage&r...view item »

Shovels & Rope
Little Seeds

The husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope continue their explorations of American music and life with Little Seeds. Folk and country musics weigh heavily on their songs of hardship, but they aren’t afraid to thrown in slices of rough guitar noise to spice the pot. Little Seeds is released by New West on...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 »

Kacy & Clayton
Strange Country

Kacy & Clayton sound like a fall through some time tunnel to the 70’s folk days of Fairport Convention and the like. Kacy Anderson’s vocals are sheerly beautiful and cousin Clayton Linthicum is a dab hand with a guitar. Strange Country synthesizes variou...view item »

Lily & Madeleine
Keep It Together

"Keep It Together" is the third album in three years from the young Indiana sisters / YouTube sensations / pop-folk-sters with pretty and harmonious voices.   It's slightly darker in mood from their first two albums, now that they're apparently free from the strings of Sufjan and his Asthmatic Kitty. The...view item »

Slobberbone
Bees and Seas: The Best of Slobberbone

Since 1992 Slobberbone have been making a chaotic grunge rock with witty lyrics and catchy hooks. Now New West have decided to release a greatest hits for this Texas institution. Bees and Seas: The Best of Slobberbone on 2 CD or double vinyl LP carefully selects the songs that best represent the...view item »

All Them Witches
Dying Surfer Meets His Maker

It seems just yesterday we were filling the void between our ears and silence with the latest All Them Witches record; in actuality it was a month ago, and the record was ‘Lightning At the Door’, initially released in 2013 and worming its way back to us through a self-release. I guess you could call them hardworking; another word is ...view item »

All Them Witches
Lightning At The Door

While All Them Witches open up ‘Lightning At The Door’ with the satisfactory answer to my latest sitcom question -- “What if Jose Gonzalez like, was a psych rock dude?” -- their record swiftly closes in on the norms of their tried and tested genre. Marked by an aggressive tour de force ...view item »

Luther Dickinson
Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Volumes I & II

Folk, blues, and southern rock troubadour Luther Dickinson, release Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Volumes I & II. This collection on New West highlights the mid-south, Memphis rock ‘n roll sound that Dickinson works to preserve. To celebrate oral and written traditions in music Di...view item »

James Cotton
Live At Antone’s Nightclub

Some classic blues here from James Cotton, a hardy veteran of feeling a bit sad and singing about it. Live At Antone’s Nightclub is just that, a classic live show from Cotton and his ensemble on energetic form. Reissued by New West, both CD and LP editions are packed in a luxuriously embossed leat...view item »

James Cotton
Mighty Long Time

Some classic blues here from James Cotton, a hardy veteran of feeling a bit sad and singing about it. Mighty Long Time is his 1988 album, and has the 12-bar guitar, the lived-in vocals, and the bursts of harmonica all firmly in place. Reissued by New West, both CD and LP editions are packed in a luxuriously embossed lea...view item »

Pinetop Perkins
Live At Antone’s Vol. 1

Jools Holland’s constant interjections of ‘boogie woogie piano’ on his TV show ‘Later…’ proving not quite enough for you? Then go straight to the source with Pinetop Perkins’ Live At Antone’s Vol. 1, which is a full-on adventure in original blues music. E...view item »

Pinetop Perkins
Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie

Jools Holland’s constant interjections of ‘boogie woogie piano’ on his TV show ‘Later…’ proving not quite enough for you? Then go straight to the source with Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie, by Pinetop Perkins, who truly knows the blues. This 1992 record is receiving i...view item »

Ben Folds
So There

Combining his love of stringed instruments and chamber music with his firmly rooted pop sensibilities, Ben Folds is back with ‘So There’. Consisting of eight tracks of chamber pop songs performed by Ben Folds and the yMusic Ensemble, the album also includes a 21 minute piano concerto with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra....view item »

Corb Lund
Things That Can't Be Undone

Corb Lund is quite possibly the Canada’s biggest country musician, and has the distinction of being raised on his family’s ranch, making him more or less an actual cowboy. Things That Can’t Be Undone is another set of well-polished tunes, released by New West Records. CD, LP, or CD with special bonus D...view item »

Daniel Romano
If I've Only One Time Askin'

Daniel Romano performs music that is fairly indebted to country, though it has feet in a few other genre-pies. Romano’s rich baritone leads it all onwards, singing of pain and heartbreak, naturally. If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ is also rich in arrangements, delicate fiddle and surges o...view item »

The Deslondes
The Deslondes

Drawing from the rich traditions of Americana, New Orleans band The Deslondes self titled debut album is a meticulously crafted introduction to their unique sound. Influenced by classic rock ‘n’ roll, sixties soul, R&B, country, boogie, honky tonk, blues and every other kind of pre-war American roots music ‘The Deslondes&rs...view item »

Anthony D’Amato
The Shipwreck From The Shore

He used to be so alone; thank you for coming back to him. Anthony D'Amato gravitated towards bedroom pop and sparse solo song-writing before 'The Shipwreck From The Shore', but the ten tracks on this album see him herald in a new era with a full band who tinker with keyboards, marching percussion and knotty guitar interplay. It's quite joyous, h...view item »

Rodney Crowell
Tarpaper Sky

For his fourteenth studio album, Tarpaper Sky, Rodney Crowell has teamed up once again with Steuart Smith, his long-time collaborator. Tarpaper Sky has been warmly received by the music press and is already being touted as a classic to rival albums such as Life is Messy and Diamonds and Dirt....view item »

The Whigs
Enjoy The Company

The Whigs have dropped some of their guitar frenzy on this disc. Vocalist Parker Gispert brings in some great songs on this set in, the pedal steel of "Tiny Treasures", "Waiting", clips by in a good pace, "Summer Heat", a great song, with nice bass work by Tim Deaux, "Staying Alive", a diving pop-rocker, which reminded me the late 80's band ...view item »

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