I first discovered Karen Dalton through a friend and she features in the Bob Dylan autobiography, ‘Chronicles’, where Dylan says she had ‘a voice like Billie Holiday and played guitar like Jimmy Reed’. This clip is taken from a French TV show at her then home in Summerville, Colorado, in 1970. She struggled with addiction [...]
One of my favorite contemporary artists and songwriters, Mark Oliver Everett, also known as Eels or ‘E’, has released an eye-opening autobiography and he doesn’t want to bore you with shit that doesn’t matter. He’s completely honest and it’s an amazing experience to get the full story about his family, his depressive whereabouts and the [...]
You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine is the debut album by Melbourne singer/songwriter Ainslie Wills (released on 4 March). Delivering on the promise of the 2010 EP, Somebody For Everyone, and recent appetisers such as Lemon Japan and Fighting Kind, You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine is just as charming as we hoped it [...]
I won’t spoil it but his website is worth the listing alone, a poke at how much time people waste online. His book of lyrics, recently published by Faber, shows just how good a lyricist he is, but also includes his warning to other songwriters never to mistake your lyrics for poetry. Translation: don’t disappear up your own arse.
Working Girls Guitar is the truest Rosie Flores recording I’ve ever produced. For the first time, I’ve handled playing all guitar parts, arranging the songs, choosing the material and writing with a conceptual idea in mind. This recording reveals the history of my love for music, from Elvis to Bobby Vee to Surf Music, R&B, Beatles, Stones, to Country Blues and Rock and Roll. It’s all here for the taking.
The best way I can describe my music is ‘dark, atmospheric and heavy acoustic music from the Massachusetts woods’. Acoustic Alice In Chains meets Damnation era Opeth, with a touch of that bleak but oddly uplifting Pink Floyd space-out element. My album, Asylum Acres, just dropped on October 29. This is a track from it [...]
Between cobbled alleyways and hushed cafes, Tom Francis weaves his magic with little more than a guitar and a suitcase. This song captures a beautiful contemplative atmosphere where a masterful storyteller lets us fill in the blanks with our imagination. His voice and guitar gently soothe like tiny waves lapping at a bay beach on [...]
What does it take to become a successful singer-songwriter? I don’t know, but a lovely voice, beautiful melodies, and a face that’s easy to look at certainly won’t hurt. Russell Swallow from England fulfills all of the aforementioned criteria. The first outtake of his upcoming album, Sunrise Mountain, is Home, a beautiful track that can be downloaded for free from his website. The video [...]
Princess One Point Five is the brainchild of Melbourne based singer-songwriter Sarah-Jane Wentzki, in collaboration with partner Richard Andrew. With Wentzki’s gloriously fragile and emotionally charged vocals, not dissimilar to the Blaskos or New Buffalos of the Australian songstress circle, P1.5 (as she is affectionately known) creates a unique hybrid of achingly poetic underground avant-pop, gently sprinkled with the post-modern indie aesthetic.
Inspiration can come from strange places. Singer-songwriter (and former pro-skateboarder) Matt Costa credits staring at his green wall for his second album, Unfamiliar Faces. The method to his madness involved placing his most treasured items on the wall’s shelves — and staring at them until the memories and inspiration flowed.
I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I’ve never listened to The Eels before. Yup, blame it on all the other sweet stuff circling the globe right now. So how lucky am I then that The Eels have decided to release the aptly titled Meet The Eels, a compilation of their sweetest music from 1996 -2006.
British singer-songwriter Richard Hawley has this to say about his new single, Valentine: ‘The chorus is one of the oldest pieces of music I’ve ever written. I could never get anything else to go with it. But I picked up the guitar in the studio and started singing the chorus and then I made up the verse on the spot. I don’t like being over prepared, I like to keep that Sun Studio vibe where the red light comes on and it’s like, C’mon son, what have you got?’