Independent on Sunday
The full EP stream - Soundcloud
From Andrew Bird:
“I had this song “Pulaski at Night” that was fresh and ready to go. Rather than wait a few years to put it out, I composed a sort of score to go with it, as if the song were a movie, and I wrapped it in a soundtrack composed of themes that set you up for the song.”
“When a seemingly random word or phrase sticks in your head for two decades, you should pay attention to it and maybe honor it in some way. It now represents a time in Chicago in my 20′s. We were driving around the northwest side with a student visiting from Thailand. At one point he declared, ” I want to see Pulaski at night”. We thought it was funny and absurd because Pulaski is a street that runs the length of Chicago’s west side and I can tell you, you don’t want to see Pulaski at night.”
The South (still Beautiful!) release single ‘Pigeonhole’ (Oct 28th) from album ‘Sweet Refrains’ and launch lengthy UK tour.
Formed in 1988 from previous band The Housemartins, The Beautiful South had a string of hit singles such as Old Red Eyes Is Back, Rotterdam, Don’t Marry Her, Perfect 10 and Number One single – A Little Time. Their greatest hits album, Carry On Up The Charts, was one of the fastest-selling albums in UK history, entering at Number One and staying there for weeks, becoming one of the country’s most popular albums ever.
After 20 years, 10 studio albums, 5 greatest hits compilations, 34 chart singles, 15 million record sales worldwide and performing in front of millions of fans, time was called on The Beautiful South in 2008, but Dave Hemingway and Ali Wheeler, two of the three singers, were having too much fun to stop and The South was formed. Joining them were fellow mainstays from the original touring band: keyboard wizard Damon Butcher and the potent horn section of Gaz Birtles and Tony Robinson.
A few years further down the line, here we are with The South and their debut album, currently available on Zoo Records. Sweet Refrains unveils their own brand of irresistible pop melodies laced with twists of caustic wit and opens another new and exciting chapter. The album tour started on September 30th 2013 and continues right through to December. Here are the dates in full:
Debut visit to the UK ‘Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers’, self-titled album out now (INgrooves/Little Sur).
Live: London – Oct 29th – The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St., N1 0XT
Facebook – The Islington
Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers – the San Francisco-based six-piece have gained recognition for their brand of California folk-rock, brisk Americana and show-stopping soul, punctuated with fresh four-part harmonies, crisp rock guitar and Nicki’s soaring, nuanced vocals.
After playing an average of 150 shows a year over the last two years including noteworthy appearances at US festivals this year such as Bonnaroo and Newport Folk, Nicki is making her debut European tour together with a stripped back Gramblers. Joining her are husband Tim Bluhm (the Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers) and guitarist Scott Law. Together they will perform as an acoustic trio and plays songs from the newly released ‘Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers’ album as well as from ‘Driftwood’ (2011) and ‘Duets’ (2010).
‘Telford’s voice, rich, pure and clear, will simply break your heart’
5* Sunday Express
The second album by My Glass World was written by Jamie Telford on a hillside in Scotland, during the the winter 2012/13. ‘The Year Of Happy’ is the follow up to debut ‘Book One’.
Jamie’s diverse career has included performing with The Jam and The Style Council, writing and playing on two albums with Richard Strange, and writing music for theatre. After taking a musical sabbatical he retrained as a classical composer. His orchestral pieces have been performed by the Southbank Sinfonia, and the National Youth Orchestra among others. The sound of My Glass World is eclectic and literate – powered by an uncommon lyrical and musical intelligence and back by Jamie’s talented associates, Cameron Graham, and Julian Simmons.
Gary Lucas is a world-class guitarist and Grammy-nominated songwriter. Dubbed ‘the greatest living electric guitarist’ by Daniel Levitin, author of ‘This Is Your Brain In Music’, he has recorded more than 20 acclaimed solo albums and was a key member of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band during the 80s.
‘Touched By Grace’ is a revealing account of the time Gary spent working with Jeff Buckley during Jeff’s early days in New York City. It describes their magical first performance together at the Greetings From Tim Buckley concert in 1991, the creation of their landmark songs ‘Grace’ and ‘Mojo Pin’, their plan to take on the world together in Gary’s band Gods and Monsters—and then the moment when Jeff pulled the plug, opting instead to pursue a solo deal with Columbia Records.
Gary writes with heartfelt honesty about the highs and lows of this unique creative collaboration, providing an eye-opening insight into a world of music, passion, betrayal, and more. He will be touring the UK and Europe in November and will be reading from Touched By Grace. Gary will also be performing the songs he wrote with Jeff as well as other highlights from his career.
November 12: Exeter, Royal Albert Memorial Museum
November 13: Bristol, Colston Hall
November 14: London, Purcell Room
November 17: Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
November 18: Edinburgh, Electric Circus
November 22: Cork, Triskell
November 23: Dublin, Grand Social
Turner Cody to tour UK with Black Yaya (David Ivar – Herman Dune) starts August 30th at End Of The Road Festival
Turner Cody has a new album out now on Tim Love Lee’s Boy Scout Recordings label, entitled ‘Last Of The Big Time Spenders’. In celebration of this fact, Turner is to tour the UK (and Europe) with the inimitable David Ivar aka Black Yaya.
Fri. Aug. 30 : End Of The Road Festival
Sun. Sept. 1: Brighton, The Hope
Mon. 2 : London, Hoxton Bar
Tues. 3 : Bristol, Thunderbolt
Wed. 4 : Manchester, The Ruby Lounge
Thurs. 5 : York, The Basement
Fri. 6 : Newcastle, The Think Tank
Sat. 7 : Wakefield, The Hop
Sun. 8 : Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
From a large discography, Turner Cody’s most recent releases include Rules Of The Road (2011) and Radioman Sessions EP (2012). His song ‘My Heart is Behind the Curtain’ appears on the Citizen’s Band compilation Grab A Root And Growl (2012). He is also featured along with Wooden Wand, Little Wings, and Great Lakes on PIAPTK Records release of ‘The Rising Cost of Living High and Loving Hard: A Tribute to Kris Kristofferson’, with a rendition of ‘Sam’s Song’.
In celebration of his new EP ‘Golden Friend’ available now, Jake Mattison will be playing on Thursday 25th July – Sofar Sounds, Oxford and on Friday 26th July – Sofar Sounds, Manchester. (The secret world of Sofar Sounds)
And on Wednesday July 31st, at The Strongroom Bar & Kitchen, London EC2A 3SQ.
‘Imagine Adam Duritz from Counting Crows after a night gargling sand and you come somewhere close to the depth and richness of Mattison’s vocal. When this man sings about sorrow, you believe him’ – Clash Magazine
“If you ignore Jake Mattison, you’d be making a big mistake. Mattison, from Manchester, has a voice sent from the heavens, a big, rich instrument capable of rendering you speechless while just staring at your speakers” - musicOMH
Following last years single highly praised single ‘Sorrow’ by Jake Mattison, his much awaited new EP ‘Golden Friend’ will be released on July 15th.
Invited by BBC Introducing in Manchester, Jake will be performing live at The Ruby Lounge, 28-34 High Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1QB on Wednesday June 26th.
The show has free entry and support comes from Ione-Mai and My Lyrical Mind. It will be busy, advice is to get there early! Doors 7.30pm.
“Jake Mattison’s debut single, Sorrow, is a thing of rare beauty… as debut offerings go, it’s hard to think how Sorrow could be improved” - City Life
Tom Milsom performs at Catch, London – May 30th and releases ‘Take Me Out’ EP (Kobalt Label/Tom Milsom)
The first three songs on ‘Take Me Out’ (rel. May 27th) were written and recorded in an intense fifty-hour session by prolific London-based songwriter/artist Tom Milsom for this, his official debut release, with the lead track itself coming from upcoming album ‘Organs’ (planned for late Summer).
His own diary-style YouTube channel has helped establish Tom as an un-ignorable force in the global underground online world. With an astonishingly huge number of YouTube views, he has an internet audience that has spawned parodies, fanclubs and obsessive stalkers amidst the throng.
Internet statistics - 106,000 YouTube subscribers with 13 million views and 37k followers on twitter.
Tom will be playing at Catch, London E2 8DA on May 30th
Bhi Bhiman releases ‘Substitute Preacher’ a five track covers EP in time for UK visit with Josh Ritter
Following his recent European tour with Rosanne Cash, Bhi Bhiman has recorded five cover songs on ‘Substitute Preacher’, his new EP. It features his take on ‘Walk of Life’ originally by Dire Straits, ‘This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)’ – Talking Heads, ‘Message in a Bottle’ – The Police, ‘Rainbow in the Dark’ – DIO, ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’ – Tom Petty and Highway to Hell’ by AC-DC.
Bhi will be performing again in the UK this July with Josh Ritter – Tues. July 23 and Wed. July 24- Village Underground, London.
(Both dates are now sold out).