Archive for January, 2013

Little Sur – “You Ran With Me” EP

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Little Sur is a NYC based band that I follow. They have just released their second collection of music entitled You Ran With Me. The record was recorded in NY and in California. There are some found sounds in this recording – notably the sound of the ocean – on the song “The Coast Towards Home”. “The Coast Towards Home” features almost all of the band’s players and extended family of musicians. Banjo, percussion, guitar and towards the end trumpet combine with layered vocals to create a wonderful indie folk soundtrack.

The band has a bunch of video’s from various live shows and internet sessions up on YouTube that will give you a good idea of the band’s live sound. This new EP is available as free download on the band’s Bandcamp page.

The Coast Towards Home

Flatfoot – “Blue Water” (riyl Uncle Tupelo, Dumptruck, The Embarrassment)

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Flatfoot, out of East Lansing, is a band in the vein of Uncle Tupelo and Sun Volt; going back further of bands like Dumptruck and The Embarrassment. They mix roots music with a kind of punk rock feel. Their new record is called Blue Water. These guys, playing this kind of music, in this day and age are clearly underdogs. So help `em out with a follow, a link or a purchase.

Dirt Shirt

Phil Lee – “The Fall And Further Decline Of The Mighty King Of Love” (Feb. 26, 2013)

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Phil Lee, a veritable Nashville institution and all around roots music wunderkin, has a new record coming out called The Fall and Further Decline of The Mighty King of Love. This record has traces of blues, New Orleans soul, country and early rock. On “I Like Everything” you get a bit of that Alex Chilton spoken word rap thing.

This is a record that you need to hear in it’s entirety to appreciate the mix of songs and styles. Buy it as soon as you can…

I Like Everything

Tex Smith – “A Wayfarer’s Lament”

Monday, January 14th, 2013

It took a comment on Ramsay Midwood’s Facebook page for me to realize there is a new Tex Smith record coming out. It’s been about a year since I wrote about Tex’ last record To A Bird Singing Woe. At the time I was drawn to that record’s pure country sound and little has changed on this new record (though the new one does have a bit more of an slightly gauzzy atmospheric sound). Not to belabor the Ramsy Midwood connection but it seems that he is either playing on the track “There Was A Man” or else Tex has really been influenced by a man he calls “one of my favorite acts in Texas right now” (and I couldn’t agree more). The slightly funky guitar lines of this song simply scream Ramsay Midwood while the country gospel theme of Jesus’ pain and redemption are all his own. As I’ve said before despite being a fairly ardent Atheist I think there is no greater subject for a song than one with religious/spiritual overtones.

The new record is called A Wayfarer’s Lament and is out now and can be picked up at Waterloo Records in Austin or online at CdBaby here.

There Was A Man

Bonus song, “Come On” from To A Bird Singing Woe

Come On

Mike Tod – “The California Sessions” (Cabin Songs, Jan. 26)

Friday, January 11th, 2013

As I was stumbling along in Nick Everett’s eccentric litle musical universe yesterday I came across his folk cooperative label Cabin Songs. It was founded by Tyler Butler and Joe Gurba and has only a couple of records under its belt. Its other new release (besides Nick Everett’s Elsethings) is Mike Tod’s folk album The California Sessions. Mike Tod is a traveling troubadour who for now has parked his caravan outside of Calgary, Alberta. Besides his music he has a radio show on CJSW that is a weekly “discussion of a self-sustaining means of living” as told through texts, poems and song.

“Garden Song” is a cover of David Mallet tune although according to Mike he has reworked it a bit. It is a closely miked folk song that begins with a sigh and the sound of Mike Tod settling into his seat. This is the folk music that I love yet somewhat surprisingly is very difficult to find. You can preorder this Jan. 26 release here now.

Garden Song (Inch By Inch)

Bonus song from The California Sessions:

Something new from Nick Everett & Everybody – “Elsethings” (Cabin Songs, Jan. 26)

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Nick Everett made a tiny little stir in the music blog community back in 2011 with the release of 2 eps: Rocky Top and Old Adventure/Love Songs. Alright it was really just me and Herohill (here) who were blown away by his haunting vocals and eclectic musical palette. Think Tom Brousseau meets Luke Temple meets someone slightly weirder. I can’t decide if I like his stuff better simple and stripped down or messy and ugly. And that’s a good problem for an artist to have. Nick Everett is now Nick Everett & Everybody and he plans to have a preorder for the new album up in a couple of days.

Follow him on Facebook to be the first on your block to get this. Here’s a preview of the song “Hold On” from the new record Elsethings and a live mp3/video of a new song that may or may not be on the new record.

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Fake Conversations

Fake Conversations video

NICK EVERETT & EVERYBODY – Fake Conversations from Southern Souls on Vimeo.

Frontier Ruckus – “Eternity of Dimming” preorder

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

So Eternity of Dimming is available for preorder now. This is the album (or double album) that we have been waiting for from Frontier Ruckus. The title track is the perfect ruckus experience with Matt’s poetic lyrics of suburban malaise and the bands eclectic unclassifiable accompaniment fighting for dominance.

I hope to have more on the full album and the upcoming tour in weeks to come but for now listen to the title track below and preorder the record here.

New Eef Barzelay – “Songs About Mary”

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

I’m not a clem snide fan but ironically I am a big fan of Eef Barzelay solo work. I just think he is better able to communicate with the audience without the encumbrance of a full band sound. I think you can hear this on his new record Songs About Mary (yes the bulk of the songs do seem to be about Mary) and in particular with the song “Grace”. More info here.

Grace