The Blackeyed Susans – Lover or the Loved (4 Track Single)

November 25, 2016 § Leave a comment


This new layout thing-y still needs some small adjustments. I try to find some time for that during the weekend. Meanwhile I’ll post some wonderful music, because that’s what counts far more than how this looks.

Australian band The Blackeyed Susans have a dedicated following in Finland thanks to Miettinen and his radio show Räkärodeo. That’s also how I found them. That’s actually how I found everything at the time. Räkärodeo is pretty much the foundation of my love for music and there would be no without it. Sorry if I drifted away from the topic. It’s been a while since the previous The Blackeyed Susans album Shangri-La that came out in 2003. Sure we’ve gotten a glorious box set and a great solo album from lead vocalist Rob Snarski, but damn it’s still a sweeter deal to get some new music from The Blackeyed Susans. This deal will be delivered into our hearts on 2nd of December when they will release a new single Lover or the Loved. The-preorder is already up and running over at bandcamp and there’s also one beauty of a song available for you to cherish. This one below is The Good Life Never Ends, an old David McComb song, and it sounds absolutely perfect in the arms of The Blackeyed Susans. Oh how I love this voice. I can’t wait to hear the whole single in December and full album in 2017.

The Blackeyed Susans Website


John K. Samson – Winter Wheat

November 21, 2016 § Leave a comment


Canadian songwriter John K. Samson has a new solo album Winter Wheat out on ANTI- Records. Actually it’s been out for about a month now, so it’s rather criminal I haven’t even mentioned it. That’s due to reasons that a) my vinyl copy hasn’t arrived to the local store yet, so I’ve only listened to it a few times on Spotify b) I’d like to believe that the greatness of John K. Samson and The Weakerthans is a universally acknowledged truth and therefore writing about the new album isn’t entirely necessary, because everyone buys a copy anyway and I would just be preaching to the choir. Part b, the universal fame of John K. Samson might not be completely true, at least not to an extent that I would like it to be, but hey, one has to believe in something.

That previous rambling might have given it away, but I do think John K. Samson is one of the finest songwriters in the solar system. His new album Winter Wheat and I are in the very beginning of our mutual path, but I feel comfortable in following him through whatever awaits me. I’m pretty sure our common path will be filled with wonderful short stories presented in form of captivating songs. This is Postdoc Blues from the new album.

John K. Samson Website

Guy Capecelatro III – The Smallest Darkest Things

November 20, 2016 § Leave a comment


Guy Capecelatro III has a new album out called The Smallest Darkest Things. The new album is dedicated to the memory of Brown Bird’s Dave Lamb who passed away in 2014. The album contains several amazing originals plus cover versions of Brown Bird’s song This Mountain Road and Jason Molina’s Long Desert Train. This special release ends to Guy Capecelatro III’s beautiful and moving tribute to his dear friend. There are no words to properly describe How to Begin (for Dave), but it is a loving and personal tribute filled with warmness and human fragility. I’m not sure should I even post such a personal song, but I do think it’s a song that everyone should hear. Guy Capecelatro III and stunning How to Begin (for Dave).

Guy Capecelatro III at Facebook

M. Lockwood Porter – Reach The Top (video)

November 20, 2016 § Leave a comment


M. Lockwood Porter’s latest and finest album How To Dream Again came out a couple of months ago. A revisit is in order, because the album is gorgeous and unfortunately perhaps even more important now than during the time of the release. Plus there’s this new music video for the song called Reach The Top.

M. Lockwood Porter Website

Mike Gale & Ilona V – Dream Pool

November 20, 2016 § Leave a comment


Mike Gale from Co-Pilgrim and Ilona V releasing an album together. Now there’s a blast from the past, but a very welcome one. They made an EP many many moons ago, which I liked a lot. If you are a really long time visitor you might even remember my really passionate affection towards the songs of Ilona V. Nothing has changed during the years. I still adore those songs and I’m still convinced that some reissue label will find those songs in 2030 or something and then we will appreciate Ilona V like we do Sibylle Baier today.

Back to 2016 for the time being. The UK-label Battle Worldwide Recordings recently released Dream Pool by Mike Gale & Ilona V and it’s beautiful. This is Barbed Vane, my early favourite from the album.

Kent Eugene Goolsby – Temper of The Times

November 20, 2016 § Leave a comment


Time flies by and I’m failing to keep up with all the new releases. I still try to at least until the end of this year. Then I probably close the books for whole January and think things through and decide whether it’s worth it to keep going as usual, if I don’t have the time or energy to do this as well as I would like to. 90% sure that I will continue one way or another, because music means the world to me and songwriters are the people that both a) make the soundtrack for the good times b) carry me through the dark times and convince me that even the longest night eventually leads into daylight.

Kent Eugene Goolsby is a Nashville-based folk / americana singer-songwriter and his new album Temper of the Times came out on November 11th. It’s a very impressive album and during the last few years Kent has grown to become a really great lyricist. Some of the insightful lines in these songs trigger something good in me by making me recognise patterns in my actions (or lack of actions) that don’t make a whole lot sense. Here’s The Stone from the new Kent Eugene Goolsby album. You can buy/hear the whole thing on his Bandcamp.

Kent Eugene Goolsby Website

Christian Lee Hutson – I Just Can’t Fucking Do It Anymore (video)

November 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

This week hasn’t been good for humanity. We lost Leonard Cohen, one of the finest songwriters that the world has ever seen and Donald won with that awful hate-driven campaign. In fact, this has been like the darkest nightmare and relating to the title of this new song I Just Can’t Fucking Do It Anymore by the great Christian Lee Hutson isn’t very hard at the moment. It’s a really beautiful song though and if there are actions that it evokes within me, it isn’t quitting. It is to do, to love, to love hard. It’s always love, hate will you get you every time like Nada Surf used to sing. I Just Can’t Fucking Do It Anymore is a brilliant song and I’m very much looking forward to the next Christian Lee Hutson full-length. The fact that I never wrote about the previous one still haunts me, because I have it and I love it.

Christian Lee Hutson Website

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