Run Boy Run are set to release their new album, Something to Someone, on 28 October.
In anticipation of the wait, the string heavy, bluegrass specialists have released their next single, Wild Bill Jones, which features some stellar string work and gorgeous vocals from multiple female voices.
The band uniquely features a few siblings (sisters, brothers) and has lots of fans. They’ve built up a grassroots following much like Trampled By Turtles did and the album was produced by producers Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers) and Jerry Streeter (Elephant Revival).
Indie newcomers, Tulane, announce the release of their debut single, But I Say.
Formed out of necessity, Tulane came together in early 2014 when Nikki’s band, Thyrsday, was forced to cancel a row of shows due to a temporarily missing bass player. Nikk stepped in and alongside Nikki, the eleventh-hour duo salvaged the show and performed acoustic renditions together.
The chemistry was palpable. The pair took the plunge and Tulane was formed.
Their debut track, But I Say, is a story of the heart’s woes, in the form of a slow-burning and bitterly spacious four minute opiate.
With ARIA-award nominee Sean Carey (Thirsty Merc) at the helm, But I Say was recorded and produced at Trackdown Studios in Sydney.
At the heart of Tulane is a foolproof storytelling formula: one guitar (Nikk Retalic), one voice (Nikki Malvar) and a shared rucksack full of musical tales.
Ben Howard is pleased to announce the details of his eagerly anticipated second album.
I Forget Where We Were is set for release on October 20 2014 through Republic Records. It was produced by drummer Chris Bond at Deep Litter Studios in Devon. The album is available for pre-order now.
Fans can pre-order the physical album and the vinyl (which includes one extra song) via Ben’s website.
To coincide with its announcement, the first single from the album, I Forget Where We Were, is now streaming. You can listen to the official audio below.
The single follows the epic eight minute taster, End Of The Affair, posted online earlier this summer (official audio also below).
I Forget Where We Were follows the release of Ben’s hugely successful debut album, Every Kingdom. Every Kingdom, released in October 2011 sold in excess of one million copies globally, received a Mercury Music Prize nomination and was the catalyst for Ben picking up two Brit Awards in 2012 for British Breakthrough and British Solo Male Artist.
Dirtwire, the Bay Area-based electro-acoustic duo of David Satori (Beats Antique) and Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila, Stellamara), have just released their new EP, The Carrier, which is out now. Dirtwire’s self-described “…back porch Electro-cana” style is sure to inspire everyone from electronic dance gurus to traditional world and roots music toe-tappers. Their new EP will surely not disappoint.
The duo, which recently kicked off their West Coast tour are hitting up Denver, Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Arcata, Colusa, Sebastopol, Oakland and Sacramento in support of the release. Full details at thecarrier.dirtwire.net.
Their infectious performances feature both live instrumentation and electronic production. David Satori recently chatted with The Grateful Web about Dirwire’s dedication to using rare and seldom heard (at least to Western ears) instruments such as the Turkish jimbush and the Zimbabwean mbira fused with more familiar elements such as the piano and slide guitar. Two tracks from the new EP, Damn Rooster and The Well (featuring Rising Appalachia), have already garnered a combined 66,000 streams on Soundcloud. The Well touches on water conservation and the proliferation of drought, an important problem in their home state of California and continues in the long tradition of music as a tool to draw awareness to social and environmental issues. The Well is available for free download at thecarrier.dirtwire.net.
Dirtwire’s Fraser and Satori, both talented multi-instrumentalists, belong to the Bay Area’s luminescently vibrant electronic world music and dance community in many ways. Satori co-founded Beats Antique, a performance/music group, which has risen to tremendous popularity through festivals such as Burning Man. Fraser performs with global groove-infused bands Hamsa Lila and Stellamara. The duo met while studying world music composition at the California Institute of the Arts and released their first recording as Dirtwire in 2012.
Australia’s Immigrant Union will embark on a cross-country tour of the United States this fall in support of their second full-length, Anyway, to be released on 23 September. With a psychedelic folk sound that frontman Brent DeBoer describes as: “…spiritualised being baptised in a river of Creedence Clearwater,” Immigrant Union will play several major American cities in October and November, highlighted by an appearance at The Americana Music Festival this week on 18 September.
In anticipation of the tour, the band is offering their new single, The End Has Come, as a free download which has also premiered exclusively on Hellhound Music. The End Has Come features Courtney Barnett, the singer/songwriter who Rolling Stone called a “…hybrid of Kimya Dawson and Kurt Cobain” and will be available to those who join Immigrant Union’s mailing list via the band’s official website.
According to the music blog The Sound of Confusion, Immigrant Union feature “…lighthearted and occasionally witty lyrics and you can tell that all involved are experienced musicians.” Dubbed “…something of a supergroup,” Immigrant Union consist of DeBoer from The Dandy Warhols, Bob Harrow from The Lazy Sons and four other well-known players on the Melbourne scene. The band recorded their self-titled full-length debut album with producer Gregg Williams (Sheryl Crow, The Dandy Warhols, Blitzen Trapper).
It was the summer of 2004 when Brent DeBoer of The Dandy Warhols was killing some time in Australia and had a chance meeting with Melbourne’s Bob Harrow. This initial exchange led to a spontaneous trip to the country and an all-night session. The friendship grew.
DeBoer and Harrow soon recruited the talented vocalist and keyboardist, Peter Lubulwa, and the band quickly planted its roots in alt-country-folk, bound by a communal love for classic rock and roll. Part psychedelic folk, part traditional country rock, Immigrant Union have since built their name through stellar live performances at some of the Australia’s most iconic venues and boutique festivals.
Kiwi songwriter Rachel Dawick is pleased to announce the release of her new single, Biddy of the Buller, from her forthcoming double album The Boundary Riders.
The new lively country single Biddy of the Buller takes the listener on a visual journey through the life of goldminer Bridget Goodwin as she sits smoking her clay pipe confessing her past sins.
Recorded live in Katikati with Paul Hoggard, the single features Rachel Dawickon vocals and guitar, Jon Sanders on ukelele, Andy Laking on Double Bass, Dave Khan on violin and Chris Koole on percussion.
Rachel said: “Biddy of the Buller, that is Bridget Goodwin, is one of the six women who lived in NZ in the 1800s whose journeys are followed through the course of the show album. Biddy was a four-foot, pipe smoking goldminer who lived with two men in a shack near Lyell along the Buller River. She was a tough character working and living alongside two men in water up to her hips, panning for gold every day. She defied the notion of what a woman in Victorian society should be like trying to survive in a newly settled colony in a man’s world. She was a generous, whisky loving, hard working, Irish born woman whose way of life helped paved the way for women in NZ to gain the vote on the 19 September in 1893.”
The forthcoming double album The Boundary Riders and the accompanying 52 page book is a collection of musical tales told through the perspective of a woman following her own journey discovering these hidden voices and bringing their remarkable lives into the public eye.
The release is celebrated with a free presentation of the journey at Auckland’s Central City Library on September 19 at 5.30pm and followed by the premiere performance of The Boundary Riders Show with full band at The Vic Theatre in Devonport on the 2 October as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival. Tickets $25/20 are available to purchase at www.thevic.co.nz.
The single Biddy of the Buller is available now via Amplifier, Bandcamp and iTunes.
Welsh singer songwriter and actress Jane Allison Stanness (Nighty Night/Hunderby) is releasing her debut solo Americana album Just Another Girl under the name Jane Allison.
Jane Allison Just Another Girl album artwork
Written in Berlin in 2011 while Jane was living there amidst the soft lit, subterranean, demiurgic world of artists, misfits and poets, the record was recorded and produced in 2013 by Alonza Bevan at Kula Shakers studio’s deep in the heart of the Ardennes in Belgium. It was finished off with some sweet country, bar room licks in hub of Bristol’s Country roots scene by Mark Legassick (Howlin Lord) and Country Dave Caven with the help of Stew Jackson (producer Massive Attack).
Just Another Girl has a down home Country vibe, coloured with a flavour of Jane’s childhood influences such as Young, Cohen and Baez. Telling tales of secrets, passion, longing, loss and redemption her songs and voice alike betray substance, thoughtfulness and vulnerability delivered with an authenticity that is captivating and memorable.
A couple of tracks off the album have already had some radio airplay in the USA as well as in the UK and Berlin.
Just Another Girl is due for release Sept 6 as a CD and a digital download.