Sunday 30th November Sunhouse – Monkey Dead
Sunhouse made just one full album, Crazy On The Weekend. This was released in 1998 and is now rather collectible! With Sinead O’Connor featuring on the track ‘Hard Sun’ it’s a shame that the band had already split by the time the CD was released. Whilst working at Alton Towers, singer Gavin Clark met film director, Shane Meadows and a few years later Meadows contacted Clark to write music for a low-budget film he was making. Recruiting former band members and two former members of indie band the Telescopes, the band signed a contract with Independiente Records and completed further soundtrack work for Meadows feature-length debut, Twenty-Four Seven. The limited edition Small Time EP and single “Monkey Dead” was taken off their one and only debut album and featured on the Twenty-Four Seven film soundtrack, also released in 1998. A great song, Gavin Clark’s vocals are gruff and lived in. If you can track this album down, give it a listen, even all these years later it still holds it own. An album that I grew into..
Saturday 29th November Jody Reynolds – Tarantula
Surf and Rockabilly guitrist, Jody Reynolds was probably best known for the fantastic track “Endless Sleep”, (very much later covered by Billy Idol!….Random fact alert!!)
Released as a B-side in 1959, Tarantula is a great ‘surfabilly’ song…Go listen!!
Friday 28th November Wild Belle – It’s Too Late
This funky little track is taken from the 2013 album Isles. Wild Belle are unique blend of reggae, pop, and electronica. A pleasant, easy listen; Keep You being another nice track to listen out for.
Thursday 27th November Von Bondies – Rock and Roll Nurse
Todays single comes from the album, Lack of Communication which was released in July 2001 and is definitely the best album that the Von Bondies did by far! Produced by Jack White, this album was their first release and is a fantastic, fine blend of Surf Rock, Punk and Blues
Wednesday 26th November D.D Dumbo – Brother
D.D Dumbo is just so good, I can’t get enough of his music. Original in so many ways, it’s a marvel to watch him build and create a song. Brother isn’t available to buy or download at present, we are going to have to wait until next year! Until then, you can watch and listen to it here, live from the Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris. Another great performance, just so so fantastic, can’t express that enough!
Tuesday 25th November Tom Bright – Berlin
A pensive and atmospheric track introduced by the delicate patter of cymbals, soon layered with the introduction of Brights plucking guitar and the melancholy strings of a cello. Layers that create a path big enough for the rich vocals to stride down as they growl their way through the song. Bursting with potential is hard not to envision great success for this new artist. Read more
You can download Berlin for free here: http://tombrightberlin.viinyl.com/
Monday 24th November She Keeps Bees – Burn
What I like about this duo is how much is created out of so little. This live session has been stripped back, a chanting rhythm, the vocals raw and unearthed, tambourine beats with the pairing of a snare and here you have Burn. Taken from their 2011 album Dig On.
Sunday 23rd November Ibeyi – River
Saturday 22nd November DARKSIDE – Paper Trails
If you happen to have a spare 10 minutes, turn on, tune in and drop out to this lengthened version of Paper Trails. Darkside are a collaboration of electronic musician Nicolas Jaar and Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. Together, in October 2013, they released their debut album, from which comes Paper Trails. Where guitar psychedelia meets slinky electronica, we find Darkside.
On 17th August 2014, the group announced they were “coming to an end, for now” before they were to play their last show on September 12th at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Friday 21st November Goldbloc – Dreams Of Mine
Its hard to catergorise Goldbloc for it does not fit into any one space, instead it floats in a dreamy soundscape of its own. Somewhere between electronic, trip-hop and soul, this alternative sound fills all of the gaps inbetween. Forming early in 2014, Goldbloc is influenced by a wide range of hip-hop, soul and gospel. Goldbloc’s debut single, Days Are Dreaming climbed the Hype Machine charts upon its release and was a shape of all good things set to come. In August 2014 Black Gold, a four-track EP featuring vocalist Solei was released on Soundcloud where it made waves and gained much praise.
Dreams of mine is featured on this EP. Well worth a listen, Black Gold can be heard and downloaded from here: https://soundcloud.com/goldbloc
Thursday 20th November Night Beats – Playing Dead
Psychedelic sounds from yesteryears, created in the present! The Night Beats came together in 2009 and are a alternative, Seattle-based garage band. Playing Dead is taken from their 2013 album Sonic Bloom
Wednesday 19th November Dex Romweber duo – The Death Of Me
John Michael Dexter Romweber (born June 18, 1966, in Batesville, Indiana) is an American rockabilly/roots rock musician from North Carolina. He currently fronts the Dex Romweber Duo with his older sister Sara Romweber and together they create this fine blend of Surf-Rock and Blues. The Death Of Me is taken from the 2011 album Is That You In The Blue?
Tuesday 18th November Junior Parker – Mystery Train
Memphis blues singer and musician Junior Parker wrote and released this song back in 1953, it was released on the Sun label. With a voice described as “honeyed,” and “velvet-smooth”, Junior Parker was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001. Elvis went onto record this song two years later in 1955 and released it as a B-side to I Forgot To Remember To Forget. The chuggin’ bass and drums gives this track a real train-like feel. Junior Parker died on this day in 1971 aged just 39, what better way to remember him but with one of his great songs
Monday 17th November Thee Oh Sees- Toe Cutter-Thumb Buster
So picture this, you are out alone, its night-time and a man who appears to be dragging a body across the car park in front of you in looks up and catches you watching him! What do you do!?…..You run of course, except the rather unlucky victim in this video happens to stumble and fails to escape. Brutal, disturbing and yet utterly compelling Toe Cutter-Thumb Buster takes us to a night-in-the-life of a serial killer! This track is a superb and addictive listen with a gripping twist at the end of the video but is possibly not for the faint of heart! Today’s track is featured on the 2013 album Floating Coffin and has received universal acclaim, with a Metacritic score of 82 out of 100.”
Sunday 16th November Radiohead – Lotus Flower
Today’s chosen track is about as apt as any ‘song of the day’ can get, the content being about immersing and expressing oneself through art. Musically, the song has less focus on the rhythm section to that of the first half of the album while lyrically it is all about “the magic of losing yourself in music and the senses“. Visually Thom Yorke is impressive and hypnotic! Lotus Flower was released in 2011 and was taken from their 8th studio album The King Of Limbs.
Saturday 15th November The Peach Kings – Mojo Thunder
The Peach Kings were also featured for Song of the day on the 9th of this month but it was hard to resist including another song. This track was taken off their latest EP Mojo Thunder which was released March this year. Self released and unsigned, The Peach Kings continue to grow in popularity and are definitely worth a listen. To hear more go to: https://soundcloud.com/thepeachkings
Friday 14th November The Desert Sessions – Like A Drug
The Desert Sessions were a collective series founded by Queen of the Stone Age frontman, Josh Homme. Beginning in August 1997 and put together at Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, the sessions were all written and recorded on the spot, all totally improvised. Meeting in an old house filled to the brim with rare and unique recording equipment and instruments, the collaborations included artists such as, Brant Bjork, PJ Harvey, Mark Lanegan, Jeordie white, Chris Goss, John McBain, Dave Catching plus many others from the Palm Desert Scene. The first Desert Session involved Homme and his band (The Aquitted Felons) playing for three days straight on psychedelic mushrooms. Since then the Desert Sessions have became legendary, growing in intensity and artistic merit. After eleven years of inactivity, Josh Homme revealed in October 2014 that intends to start working on more Desert Sessions material next year which is very exciting! Today’s song of the day, Like A Drug was taken of the compilation of the 5th and 6th Desert Sessions and recorded in September 1999
Thursday 13th November Tyson Smith – Winding Our Way
Tyson Smith is a guitarist/singer/songwriter based in Wellington, New Zealand. In 2009 he produced his first album documenting original compositions from the previous several years. His second album was released on October 11th this year and has quite a different sound to the first. After school Tyson Smith studied jazz and spent a while in New York getting lessons from Jazz guitarists, this giving the first album more of a jazz/fusion influence. His second album The Hollow Tree is more singer/songwriter orientated and is more guitar based too. Today’s song of the day is featured on this album and more can be heard here: https://tysonsmith.bandcamp.com/album/the-hollow-tree
Wednesday 12th November Mountain Folk – Don’t Go Down There
Released in May 2012 this was the first single to be released from the 3 track EP Don’t Go Down There. Mountain Folk are a project on Jack to Phono records
Tuesday 11th November Springtime Carvivore – Sun Went Black
Springtime Carnivore is the solo project of Greta Morgan, whose self-titled debut album (produced by Richard Swift – Foxygen, The Black Keys, The Shins), is due for release some time this November via Autumn Tone Records. This single is the first to be released from this album
Monday 10th November Steve King and the Echelons – Satan Is Her Name
‘Satan Is Her Name’ was released as a single on October 29th 1962 on Chicago’s Mercury Records label. Steve King in now a an overnight radio host for the Chicago radio station WGN-AM
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Sunday 9th November The Peach Kings – Fisherman
Taken from the 2012 EP Handsome Moves. Residing in L.A their sound has been described as a mix somewhere between Portishead and Led Zepplin, The Kills and Nancy Sinatra, The Cramps and Roy Orbison. An impressive pairing consisting of Texas-born Paige Wood and Los Angeles native Steven Dies. The Peach Kings have self-released 3 EP’s and have firmly established themselves in the LA Indie Rock Scene. Their music has been featured in dozens of TV shows, movies, and commercials and in 2011 they were hand selected and photographed by Drew Barrymore for a feature in V magazine alongside Warpaint, The Drums, Mayor Hawthorne, M83 and plenty more others. To listen to more: https://soundcloud.com/thepeachkings
Saturday 8th November Glass Animals – Gooey
Taken from their debut studio album. This was released on 6th June 2014 by Wolf Tone in the UK and on 17th June 2014 by Harvest Records in the U.S
Friday 7th November Son Little – The River
Released as a single on the 25th August 2014 through Anti/Epitaph. Taken from forthcoming EP Things I Forgot due for release on 10th November Pre-order the EP on iTunes: http://found.ee/ThingsIForgotEP
Thursday 6th November Indians – I Am Haunted
Taken from their 2013 debut album Somewhere Else, released on 4AD label
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Wednesday 5th November Boubacar traore – Kanou
Taken from the 2005 album Kongo Magni
Tuesday 4th November D. D Dumbo – NPR Music Field Recording
D. D Dumbo is so very captivating, so much so it was hard to resist not making his music the song/songs of the day once again!! Live and unique!
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Monday 3rd November D.D Dumbo – Tropical Oceans (Oak Forest Version)
Taken from the debut EP Tropical Oceans released in October this year Utterly impressive and instantly addictive!
Sunday 2nd November Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Places
Taken from their 2008 album The Snake. Wildbirds & Peacedrums perform Places live and acoustic at Arnold Circus Bandstand in London for Bandstand Busking. Channel: http://bit.ly/bandstandbusks Playlist: http://bit.ly/wildbirdsandpeacedrumsb…
Saturday 1st November Funkadelic – Music For My Mother
Taken from their self titled debut album released in 1970