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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Babes Never Die


Honeyblood have a new album Babes Never Die due for release on 4th November on FatCat Records and on green vinyl to boot.
To whet your appetites here is the first single from the album entitled Ready For The Magic






Their first album featuring Cat Myres as opposed to Shona McVicar on drums backing up the great Stina Tweeddale.

An excuse, as if an excuse was needed, to feature one of the many fabulous songs from the previous album.

Honeyblood - Bud


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Stuck on Love


Back to the mellow stuff today with this week's slice of Americana courtesy of British Americana band The Arlenes consisting of husband and wife Big Steve and Stephanie Arlene
I have long been an admirer of the song Lonely Won't Leave me Alone which I first encountered on a Loose compilation.
I recently got round to picking up the 2002 album Stuck on Love from whence it came for literally a few pennies plus postage.
I was surprised that the majority of the lead vocals on the album are from Big Steve when Stephanie clearly has a far better voice.
And here's the proof

The Arlenes -Everybody's Mind Gets Broke Sometimes

The Arlenes - Lonely Won't Leave Me Alone

Monday, 22 August 2016

The Rise and Fall of The Amazing Snakeheads


The Amazing Snakeheads were a Glasgow band who like many a good band shone briefly and brightly
I'll let The Skinny tell their tale so I don't have to.

They only released the one album 2014's Amphetamine Ballads on the Domino label and what a splendid racket it is.
Listening to the songs and the raw energy it is easy to understand why they imploded so quickly.
The bastard grandweans of Alex Harvey.
Music with attitude.

The Amazing Snakeheads -Nighttime

The Amazing Snakeheads - Here it Comes Again

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Some Sunday Covered Soul



Long suffering readers will be familiar with my by now regular moaning around the lack of material and indeed inspiration remaining for the Sunday Soul series.
So when thinking  about what to post this week it was a bit of a godsend to see that among the bonus tracks on the recently posted Barton Hollow was a cover of the Michael Jackson classic Billie Jean.
Some covers faithfully mimic the original others are totally different. Not surprisingly this one falls into the latter category.
Which do you prefer?

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

The Civil Wars - Billie Jean

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Namechecked - Jon Dee Graham


Jon Dee Graham, Jon Dee Graham
Never been to Birmingham

Jon Dee Graham is just one of a series of Austin musicians namechecked on Name Droppin' on Ray Wylie Hubbard's 2003 album on Rounder records Growl. Surely a song written with this series in mind.
Mary Gauthier is the other artist on the list that I have stuff from but she has featured a couple of times before.
I am assuming that Ray Wylie is referring to the Alabama Birmingham as opposed to the English West Midlands Birmingham.
Having said that if he hasn't been to the former it is pretty likely that he has never been to the latter.
From Hooray From the Moon  Jon Dee's third album from 2001 on New West here is The Restraining Order Song probably the only one in my collection on that particular subject.

These two artists have reminded me of a series I have been meaning to feature and which will follow soon - artists with three names.





Friday, 19 August 2016

Vintage Country Vinyl - Gary Stewart


This series is going to limp along for a couple more weeks. Don't blame me blame Walter who has demanded that I continue
This week Gary Stewart of She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles) fame which alas is not on the featured album 1977's Your Place or Mine
Another candidate for Bad Record Covers I feel.

Described by Time as the king of honky tonk he lived the country lifestyle and was rather fond of a drink and indeed drugs. Drink is the subject matter of many of his songs including one featured below.
He died in 2003 aged 59 of self inflicted gunshots shortly after the death of his long time wife Mary Lou

More next week possibly

Gary Stewart - Drinking Again

Gary Stewart - Pretend I Never Happened


Thursday, 18 August 2016

Teenage Fanclub Fanclub


With the release of their new single I'm in Love  bloggers favourites Teenage Fanclub have been all over our small corner of the blogosphere like a rash.
This had me reaching to the Teenage Fanclub section for a six track sampler which came free with the Scotland on Sunday in April or May 2005 in the run up to the release of Man- Made
The six tracks are as follows

1- Slow Fade - a preview of the track from Man-Made
2 - I Need Direction (alternative version) - a  2005 softer version of the track from Howdy!
3 - Please Stay - a new song recorded in March 2005 in Hamilton
4 - The World 'll Be Ok (alternative version) - recorded in Busby in April 2005
5 - I Saw The Light - Todd Rundgren as opposed to Hank Williams- recorded in 1991 with Brendan O'Hare on drums - previously unreleased
6 - Same Place , Different Place- previously issued by  Twisted Nerve on a limited edition 7" in 2003

Two featured today but if you want all six, and I suspect many of you will, just give me a shout.

Teenage Fanclub - Please Stay

Teenage Fanclub -The World'll Be OK (alternative version)