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The Unthanks Announce New Single and Album
27Nov

The Unthanks Announce New Single and Album

After a four-year wait. There's a tour too.

"Mount The Air" is the new album by The Unthanks, and the title track is the first single from it - an arresting revision of the ten minute opening piece, that marks their return in audacious and scintillating style.  It's the long anticipated follow up to 2011's ‘Last’.  Written by Unthanks pianist and producer, Adrian McNally, the single is based on the themes of a one-verse traditional ditty, found in a book of Dorset songs in Cecil Sharp House by Becky Unthank, who also co-wrote some of the new words alongside McNally. 

Justin Townes Earle Announces UK Tour, 2015
26Nov

Justin Townes Earle Announces UK Tour, 2015

It's the new album effect.

Justin Townes Earle has announced a series of dates across the UK in early 2015.  This dovetails nicely with the imminent release of his new single "Call ya Momma' (out on December 15th) which is taken from the forthcoming album Absent Fathers (which will be released on January 12th) which is the counterpart of his well received album of last September, Single Mothers.

New Decemberists Video Online Now
26Nov

New Decemberists Video Online Now

of new radio hit "I'm Making You Butter"

Pitchfork reports: "As previously teased, the Decemberists have shared the video for "Make You Better" that features Nick Offerman of "Parks and Recreation". The clip, directed by Bill Fishman, takes place on the set of a "Between Two Ferns"-esque fake TV show called "The Old Blue Rock Palace Show". Offerman plays a German interviewer who asks Colin Meloy some silly, uncomfortable questions without regard for the answer, before the Decemberists deliver an awkward performance of the song while wearing hilarious outfits. There's also a romantic subplot involving Offerman and one of the show's producers. The Decemberists' What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World is out January 20 on Capitol and January 19 on Rough Trade in the UK and Europe. Click through for the clip."

Dylan Plays
25Nov

Dylan Plays "One on One" Concert For Lucky Fan

Like a good version of one of those Christmas charity auction things the papers do at this time of year.  Rolling Stone reports: "Yesterday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. 41-year-old Bob Dylan superfan Fredrik Wikingsson walked into Philadelphia's Academy of Music, took a seat in the second row and prepared to watch his hero play a concert just for him. "At this point I still thought I was about to get Punk'd," he says. "I thought some asshole would walk onstage and just laugh at me. I just couldn't fathom that Dylan would actually do this.""

Big Star's
24Nov

Big Star's "September Gurls" Inspired by Steps

OK it's not Steps but you'll have to click through for this one.  Uncut reports: "Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, producer John Fry and engineer Richard Rosebrough recall the creation of the band’s classic “September Gurls” in the new issue of Uncut, dated December 2014 and out now. Regarding the title and subject matter of the single and Radio City track, Stephens suggests that it was inspired by the receptionist at Ardent recording studios as well as, unlikely as it seems...."

Springsteen Launches Archive Concert Download Service
21Nov

Springsteen Launches Archive Concert Download Service

Uncut reports: "Bruce Springsteen has launched an archival concert download service where fans can by full length concert shows. The first in a series of releases from the Bruce Springsteen Archives was the launch of the Wrecking Ball tour, recorded at the Apollo Theater, New York, on March 9, 2012. The show has been mixed by Bob Clearmountain."

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