Early ‘09 Release Forecast….

Posted by Payton | Posted in album release | Posted on 02-04-2009

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I figured the best way to get back in the groove of posting was to begin with a little Album Release Forecast. I’ve had this in mind for a while, but kept putting it off because so many of the expected releases I know of don’t have much substantiating evidence. Thanks to MySpace for keeping me in the loop with most of these bands’ happenings, but as you can see, there are many details still left to be determined.

February 2009

Dan Auerbach ~ Keep It Hid (2/10/09)

Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach has decided to step away from his rhythm-making partner for a solo album. The tracks I’ve heard show a style more geared toward the vocals – which are quite smooth – but still as groovy as anything from The Keys.

1. Trouble Weighs a Ton
2. I Want Some More
3. Heartbroken, in Disrepair
4. Because I Should
5. Whispered Words
6. Real Desire
7. When the Night Comes
8. Mean Monsoon
9. Keep It Hid
10. My Last Mistake

Pre-order the Cd/LP here.

Ryan Adams ~ Extra Cheese – Valentines Day EP (2/10/09)

Looks like Lost Highway is gonna suck everything they can out of their contract with Ryan. This rehashing of old love songs from Ryan will only appease those people that actually enjoyed Cardinology. It will only be available through iTunes ($3.99). Stay tuned here and I may just post these tracks before it comes out.

1. Two
. Blossom
3. Answering Bell

4. Evergreen

5. My Love For You is Real

6. Desire

7. Hey There, Mrs. Lovely

March 2009

Justin Townes Earle ~ Midnight At The Movies (3/3/09)

Dropping in March is the new one from JTE. HearYa.com had the pleasure of hearing this album early and wrote up a little review. There will also be a limited edition vinyl version of Midnight At The Movies. Here’s the song that I mentioned hearing (and adoring) at his show back in December made available on the Bloodshot Records website.

1. Midnight at the Movies
2. What I Mean To You
3. They Killed John Henry

4. Mama’s Eyes

5. Dirty Rag

6. Can’t Hardly Wait

7. Black Eyed Suzy

8. Poor Fool

9. Halfway to Jackson

10. Someday I’ll Be Forgiven For This

11. Walk Out

12. Here We Go Again

The Roadside Graves ~ My Son’s Home

Folk outfit The Roadside Graves’ new one is scheduled for a Spring Release on their new label Autumn Tone Records. Although no release date or tracklist has been divulged, more info can be found here.

My Son’s Home(Demo)
Far & Wide

April 2009

The Felice Brothers ~ Yonder Is The Clock (4/7/09)

Hoping to make 2009 as big a year as ‘08 was for them, The Felice Brothers have a new album scheduled for a spring release as well as a slew of tour dates – including some with Old Crow Medicine Show. I’m planning on attending the New Orleans show on February 13th. Here’s the tracklist for their upcoming album which will also be available on vinyl:

1. The Big Surprise
2. Penn Station
3. Buried In Ice
4. Chicken Wire
5. Ambulance Man
6. Sailor Song

7. Katie Dear
8. Run Chicken Run
9. All When We Were Youn
10. Boy from Lawrence County

11. Memphis Flu

12. Cooperstown

13. Rise and Shine

Slaid Cleaves ~ Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (4/14/09)

Slaid’s last album was released in 2006 and was a covers compilation. I, therefore, have extremely high hopes for the songs that will make up this new one.

1. Cry
2. Hard to Believe
3. Beyond Love
4. Green Mountains and Me
5. Run Jolee Run
6. Dreams
7. Black T Shirt
8. Tumbleweed Stew
9. Twistin’
10. Beautiful Thing
11. Temporary

Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers ~ Songs In The Night (4/28/09)

Samantha’s first full-length album is one of my most anticipated releases to be mentioned yet. Likewise, she’s gaining quite the critical buzz around the net. From the mixture of songs I heard at this show and the ones she did for Daytrotter (which is more than half), Songs In The Night should be a stellar debut.

1. Rising Sun
2. Songs in the Night
3. Long Division
4. Get the Fever Out
5. Bananafish Revolution
6. Scissor Tales
7. Devils In Boston
8. Bullfight (Change Your Mind)
9. Calm Down
10. You Never Know
11. The Dam Song

Other Notes:

Reigning This Mornin’… album champion These United States stated briefly in a MySpace bulletin that they have a new album in the works – no details or release date though.

The Avett Brothers have mentioned that their next full-length release on American (Columbia) Records, produced by Rick Rubin, will see a Summer Release.

Bombadil told us that their next album for Ramseur Records will be produced by Scott Solter.

The Fleet Foxes mentioned today that they have begun preparations for recording their next album – in a rented house in Port Townsend, WA.

Ramsuer Records has reported that The Everybodyfields hope to get a new album out “later this year.”

Band of Horses have not given out an album title or release date, but I’ve heard that they have done some recording at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama as well as Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC.

It’s been six years since the last Gillian Welch album, but rumor still has it that there is one due this year.

New Digs………

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized, new digs | Posted on 07-19-2008

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Not much else to say except these are some of the songs i’ve been spinnin’ lately.
The Roadside Graves – Far and Wide
The Roadside Graves – Ruby
from their upcoming Demo EP

The Graves have released some pieces of a Demo they’ve been working on. These two tracks show the versatility and boundless instrumentation that a seven-piece band can provide. Buy their latest album.

The Acorn – Good Enough
i only have a handful of songs from this Canadian band, some of which i really like. They’ve put out 2 albums and 2 EP’s since ‘04. This newest find is an almost unrecognizable cover of song that is dear to my heart – Cyndi Lauper’s Good Enough was the theme song to one of the greatest movies ever put on film….

Jayber Crow – Freeze and Thaw
Jayber Crow – Devil and the Desert
i finally got my hands on Two Short Stories that came out in April. As the title suggests, the album is a bona fide 2-sider. Side AFreeze and Thaw. Side BWhat Is This Wilderness? Each takes you on an acoustic journey with waxing and waning intensity as the tracks roll on. If you’re looking for a solid album that has a story (or two) to tell, pick this one up.

New Digs……

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized, new digs | Posted on 02-18-2008

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Ok, so i didn’t even make two weeks in a row gettin my new digs out on time. i went back home for a wedding this past weekend and never found time. And then yesterday, my songs were somewhat inaccessible due to a much needed relocation and reorganization of my library to an external hard drive. i guess i just can’t take the chance of my iPod donkeyin’ off all my songs again. But never fear, better late than never, and all those clichés.

These first two tracks come simply from diggin’ deeper into a couple of the artists mentioned on last week’s ‘New Digs’:

mp3: Okkervil River – John Allyn Smith Sails ~ from The Stage Names (2007)
The closing track from their lastest release didn’t hit me as a great song on the first listen. i definately noticed the dark, cynical lyrics, but nothing more. Upon further review, i caught the irony in the song. Will Scheff takes some sort of ’suicide-note lyric’ and creates an hugely theatrical, uplifting tune (had to look this up, but John Allyn Smith was John Berryman’s original name. He was a poet that committed suicide by jumping off a bridge in ‘72).
Scheff claims that “by the second verse, [his] head will burst, [his] life will end”, and he doesn’t disappoint. What he means by his head bursting is that the band will break into a, somehow fitting, rockin’ rendition of The Beach Boys’ Sloop John B. If the title doesn’t ring a bell, take a listen – the melody is unmistakeable. Nice album-ender.

mp3: The Roadside Graves – Jesus Is A Friend of the Family ~ from If Shacking Up Is All You Want To Do (Self-Released album available only from the band)
Trips to the closest things to record stores in College Station (i.e. Hastings and Best Buy) proved futile for finding and Roadside Graves or Felice Brothers – two bands on the top of my wishlist. But i did come across this little song from the Graves. I still don’t know if i’m supposed to laugh at it, but i do – everytime.


And here are some songs from dudes i haven’t posted about – both new and nowhere near new:

mp3: Nathan Hamilton – Hangin’ On ~ from Six Black Birds (2007)
Earlier this year, i went to visit some friends in Hunstville and happened to catch this guy at The Stardust Room. Had some kick-ass fish tacos at this cool little listening room/bar. i didn’t get to stay for the whole set, but i definately remembered this song. So, naturally, i was pumped when i found it for download on his MySpace. An inwardly reflective, slow tune that closes out his ‘07 release. Note the strange, but clever, use of cricket chirps almost indiscerable in the background.

mp3: Donovan – To Sing For You ~ from What’s Bin Did and What’s Bin Hid (1965)
This was the first song of Donovan’s i ever heard. It was a long time ago, and i nearly forgot about the guy until, a couple weeks ago on one of the aformentioned failed trips to Hastings, i picked up Don’t Look Back - yet another Dylan Documentary i now own. There’s a really cool scene where both Dylan and Donovan (often compared to each other) are hangin’ in the same hotel room with a bunch of other beatniks. They each play a song – Dylan It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue and Donovan To Sing For You - and both give meager, but approving nods across the room.
enjoy responsibly….

New Digs……

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized, new digs | Posted on 02-08-2008

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It’s hard to always keep an eye out for new music when my library is filled with tons of songs i haven’t really given a listen. But in order to try (and per John’s request), i’m gonna start a weekly, New Music Roundup. It may not always be newly released stuff, just new to me. i’ll try to post it on or around friday, so you can have some new tunes to get you through the weekend……
so here’s some newish songs i’ve been diggin’ this week:
mp3: Okkervil River – You Can’t Hold The Hand Of A Rock And Roll Man ~ from The Stage Names (2007)
Just got this record. It’s different, but i really like the rockin’ ones like this, and the slow ones like Savannah Smiles. Check it out.
mp3: The Roadside Graves – Radio ~ from No One Will Know Where You’ve Been (2007)
Really good, unique folk-rock. They’ve got two albums out, and they’re on the top of my wishlist.
mp3: Justin Townes Earle – The Ghost of Virginia ~ from Yuma [EP] (2007)
Yep, that’s his real name. And, yes, he is the son of Steve. His debut album, The Good Life is due out from Bloodshot records on March 25, 2008.
mp3: The Fratellis – Flathead ~ from Costello Music (2006)
These guys just won an award for British Breakthrough Act from the 2007 Brit Awards. Good indie-rock/pop. Plus who wouldn’t like a band who’s name is a reference to The Goonies?
mp3: The Black Hollies – Paisley Pattern Ground ~ from Casting Shadows (2008)
These guys from Jersey sound like they stepped out of time machine sent from the 70’s. Pretty cool psychedelic rock. Casting Shadows, their second album, comes out March 11, 2008.
mp3: The Felice Brothers – Frankie’s Gun ~ from The Felice Brothers (2008)
Don’t know much about these guys, except that they are touring with Bright Eyes (Conor also signed them to Team Love Records – the label he co-founded) and will be at Bonnaroo this summer. Their self-titled American debut is due out March 4, 2008.
enjoy responisbly………