Archive for April, 2012

New music/album from Polly Paulusma – “Leaves from the Family”

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Polly Paulusma is one of the few singer songwriters that I like that has been able to balance a modicum of success with continued artistic output. Polly gained immediate fame (at least in the indie world) when One Little Indian picked her up in 2003 shortly after the release of her debut record. It seems she’s come full circle with her third release which she is releasing herself on her Wild Sound label. The new record is called Leaves From The Family and is uniformly lush, mostly acoustic outing with guest appearances from Adem and Erin McKeown, rock violin diva Anna Phoebe and acclaimed film composer Michael Price.

Purchase the new record from Polly Paulusma herself here or here.

Last Week Me

Debut record from Seattle’s Joy Mills (ex The Starlings) – “Trick of the Eye”

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Seattle’s got something going on. Sure they were once known as home of the grunge. But of late when I think about Seattle I picture more cowboy boots and pedal steels than flannel. For instance they have the fine folky radio station KBCS, they have the venue The Tractor (“Music, beer & Liquor”), and now they have Joy Mills.

Joy Mills was the leader of the acclaimed pacific northwest americana band The Starlings and now she has her debut solo record out called Trick of the Eye. By and large the songs on here are low key whiskey weepers. In fact on the song “History Repeats” the combination of the sorrowful pedal steel and Joy’s breathy vocals create a pervasive sense of sorrow and heartbreak. Add Joy Mills to the small list of upcoming female alt country stars (think Zoe Muth and Eilen Jewell).

Buy the new record here.

History Repeats

Honky-Tonk Friday – O’Brien Party Of Seven – Tim O’Brien and Co. cover Roger Miller

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Tim O’Brien, who I seem drawn to more than his traditional music peers, has a new record out of Roger Miller Covers. He is joined by his sister Mollie O’Brien, her husband Rich Moore on guitar, their daughters Brigid and Lucy Moore on vocals and piano, and Tim’s sons Jack and Joel on vocals, bass, and percussion.

In The Summertime

Debut EP From Jake Klar

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Well that didn’t take long. Just one week after writing about the unreleased music of Jake Klar he releases his debut self-titled EP. The seven song EP features Jake’s alternating sweet and raspy vocals, fingerpicked guitar and lyrics that you can sink your teeth into. The songs were written during the last year as Jake explored music, traveling and living.

Here’s the song “Where I’ll Be Tonight” which I fell hard for last week.

You can purchase the whole ep from iTunes here.

Where I’ll Be Tonight

New record from Antony Harding (riyl Darren Hayman, Hefner)

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

I’m a fan of pretty much everything Darren Hayman. I extend that even to something he produced or mixed. In this case the new album by Antony Harding which he recorded and mixed. It’s no surprise that Antony shares some sensibilities with Darren. They both exceed at lovely british-boy-with-a-guitar lullabyes. They sing about mostly problems of the introverted and the humble English everyman.

Antony Harding’s new record will be released on the Italien label We Were Never Being Boring. The first single is the song “Kisses On A Plate”

Kisses On A Plate

“Fireworks In this Small Town” stop motion video

Fireworks In This Small Town Tonight – ANT from Antony Harding on Vimeo.

Unreleased music from Jake Klar

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Today’s post came out of an online discussion on Elam Blackman’s Facebook page. The question was who are some of the best singer-songwriters without an album out. Among the names mentioned were ashley erin mayne, ben brown, Matt Fockler, and Jake Klar. Since I claim to champion “music that is under-appreciated and unique” it made sense to followup on these artists.

Jake Klar is a young singer songwriter presently calling Amhearst, Ma. home. There’s not much bio on his sites but it seems like he spent some time in Austin and I’m guessing he’s at one of the colleges in Amhearst now. Musically he’s clearly a fan of Woody and Dylan (which you can hear on “Where I’ll Be Tonight”) but he also mentions The Tallest Man On Earth and Justin Townes Earle as possible influences.

Usually at this point of the post I would link to somewhere you could buy the new record but instead click here to check Jake Klar out at his ReverbNation page.

Mornin’ Train

P.S. I really like this song/video of Jake performing his song “Where I’ll Be Tonight”

Live album from Jonathan Byrd

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

This may not be an official live release from Jonathan Byrd but for now it’s as good as we get. This show was recorded with fiddle player Chris Kokesh at 4th and Main in Wray, Colorado. The acoustics and presentation are top notch. The song “I Was An Oak Tree” with it’s intricate guitar parts and somber violin is presented here with clarity and emotion. On the near classic trucking song “A Big Truck Brought it” Jonathan describes how this is his 2 year old son’s favorite song.

I imagine the purpose of this record is to get you hooked on the songs of Jonathan Byrd. If these two don’t do it you may need some help. Download the whole show here. Purchase Joanthan’s latest Cackalack here.

I Was An Oak Tree

Bonus:

A Big Truck Brought It