December 11, 2016

Avant-garde in Hebden Bridge: the Xmas edition

A special Xmas edition of avant-garde goes down on Sunday December 18th @ The Nutclough Tavern on Keighley Road in Hebden Bridge. Folk, post-rock, stiff drinks and general merriment galore.

Dawn & Simon – beautiful Gallic-influenced acoustic songs
Paul Cornwall – direct from Saltburn-by-the-sea; folky, guitary, beautiful voice. Think of John Fahey.
Jumble Hole Clough – looping post-rock guitar, and anything else that Colin decides to throw into the mix.
And maybe other people as well, who knows?
Mick West as Santa Claus, with his bulging sack full of rubber chickens...

Words about music (425): Lou Reed

Lou Reed
photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.

Lou Reed

December 10, 2016

Erin Pellnat: Dream in Color

Brooklyn singer-songwriter Erin Pellnat writes serious psychedelic-tinged folk songs. Her Dream in Color is filled with four snap shots from her everyday life. It's about self-doubts but also about feeling great - the jazzy bossa nova of Blue Skies and Happiness shows both sides.

She tends to stuff too many syllables in the lyrics and breaking the flow of the melody. Her voice sounds like a young version of Suzanne Vega. She is a raw talent who can write a waltz (Forever Kisses) and make it sound like a pop song.

Cover Me: Antarctica Starts Here

Listen to Okkervil River taking on the John Cale classic Antarctica Starts Here, a song that was inspired by the Sunset Boulevard movie. It was released on their free Golden Opportunities mixtape in 2007. The mixtape is available here.


December 09, 2016

The Pineapple Thief: making of "Your Wilderness’", tour dates

Watch The Pineapple Thief's frontman Bruce Soord describing the writing and recording process of Your Wilderness. It's a track from their new album In Exile. Two guest players on this one: guitar player Darran Charles (Godsticks) and drummer Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson). The latter will be performing with the band during their European tour.