Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind

This is the title track for Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell‘s most recent joint effort, The Traveling Kind. I had been listening to it somewhat obsessively just before I left New York – as anthem, as inspiration, as comfort, as reminder that I am the traveling kind – and a couple days ago, after a particularly long day, it popped up on shuffle while I was in the car, as if the universe wanted to remind me I really did take the right path.

And if I needed that reminder, maybe some of you fellow travelers do too. So here it is. Enjoy, darlings.

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling KindEmmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - The Traveling Kind
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A Good Read, a Good Listen, and a Good Drink: Fold

Fold

Fold

It’s a simple yet sublime pleasure, and just thinking about it can make you feel a little calmer, a little more content. Imagine: You bring out one of the good rocks glasses (or your favorite mug or a special occasion tea cup) and pour a couple fingers of amber liquid (or something dark and strong or just some whole milk). You drop the needle on the jazz platter (or pull up a blues album on your mp3 player or dig out that mixtape from college). Ensconcing yourself in the coziest seat in the house, you crack the spine on a classic (or find your place in that sci-fi paperback or pull up a biography on your e-book reader). And then, you go away for a while. Ah, bliss.

In this series, some of NTSIB’s friends share beloved albums, books and drinks to recommend or inspire.

Well, I did threaten on the Twitters, after featuring the gorgeous Post War Glamour Girls, to just write about Leeds-based bands from here on out, and then came Fold with their Continue reading

Video: Space, Strange World

After roughly a decade on hiatus – with one brief reconnection in 2011 – Space, of Liverpool, have returned, bearing new tunes and gearing up for a tour.

I’m trying to figure out what to say about this video and don’t quite know where to begin. Okay, let’s try a numbered list:

1) The camera close-ups highlight that these dudes are old(er) and have earned some gray hair and wrinkles. They are all the more dear for it, and I really didn’t know who they were before, uh, today.

2) There is all manner of “weird” stuff – literally, things: all kinds of dolls, vintage musical instruments, religious statuettes, rows of rusty scissors – which I’m sure was art directed within an inch of it’s collective life, but – I don’t know, I feel a certain sympathy for the magpie heart that collects that kind of thing for real.

3) The song itself is also about the – the challenge, if you will, of being the owner of that kind of magpie heart. Of being able to find home for all sorts of oddly painted creatures and uses for half-broken tools but yet being flummoxed by the sudden … Continue reading

Video: Panic! at the Disco, Emperor’s New Clothes

Normally at this time of year I post the video for Panic! at the Disco‘s Almost Halloween, because it is sweetly ridiculous and deep down I still love it.

But on the surface I can’t watch it any more. The band that made that video is gone, ne’er to return.

And I’m at a crossroads with my affection for the band, as it is currently incarnated. My fondness fades, but lingers, a little like a ghost. There’s a new record coming, and a tour, there have been singles, and I have watched from a bemused distance. All of my favorites are gone, but I can’t quite let go, not yet.

The video below is for The Emperor’s New Clothes, and it encompasses the things I have always liked about Panic!: Brendon’s voice and range; sumptuous theatricality; Brendon in a dramatic costume; and singing skulls. It also has neat bit at the beginning that functions as a “Previously, on Panic! At the Disco . . .” and ties yet another disparate era of style to the one that came before.

I can’t decide if my interest for their (his) constant reinvention has evaporated or merely gone into hibernation. … Continue reading

Video: August Eve, Ghost

August Eve - Ghost

 

If 18-year-old August Eve doesn’t become a hugely successful artist who leaves an indelible mark on the world, it won’t be through any fault of her own. With one song, “Ghost”, and it’s accompanying self-written/self-direct video, the young woman displays a range of accomplished talent not present in artists twice her age.

The song aches with loss and regret, Eve’s voice moving from a deep sob to a high keen, it’s hook – true to the name – digs under your skin and catches. The gorgeously composed and filmed video feels like watching a condensed short co-created by the likes of Wes Anderson, David Lynch, and Wim Wenders. The evocative whole is a perfect love letter to heartache.

 

August Eve – GhostAugust Eve - Ghost
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A full EP is expected this autumn. In the meantime, check out this articulate interview from Fader.

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A Good Read, a Good Listen, and a Good Drink: Tony Fitz

Route One - From the Forest

From the Forest - Route One

It’s a simple yet sublime pleasure, and just thinking about it can make you feel a little calmer, a little more content. Imagine: You bring out one of the good rocks glasses (or your favorite mug or a special occasion tea cup) and pour a couple fingers of amber liquid (or something dark and strong or just some whole milk). You drop the needle on the jazz platter (or pull up a blues album on your mp3 player or dig out that mixtape from college). Ensconcing yourself in the coziest seat in the house, you crack the spine on a classic (or find your place in that sci-fi paperback or pull up a biography on your e-book reader). And then, you go away for a while. Ah, bliss.

In this series, some of NTSIB’s friends share beloved albums, books and drinks to recommend or inspire.

 

First, listen to this.

 
Route One by From The Forest
 

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A Good Read, a Good Listen, and a Good Drink: Post War Glamour Girls

Post War Glamour Girls by Emily Marlow

Post War Glamour Girls - Feeling Strange

It’s a simple yet sublime pleasure, and just thinking about it can make you feel a little calmer, a little more content. Imagine: You bring out one of the good rocks glasses (or your favorite mug or a special occasion tea cup) and pour a couple fingers of amber liquid (or something dark and strong or just some whole milk). You drop the needle on the jazz platter (or pull up a blues album on your mp3 player or dig out that mixtape from college). Ensconcing yourself in the coziest seat in the house, you crack the spine on a classic (or find your place in that sci-fi paperback or pull up a biography on your e-book reader). And then, you go away for a while. Ah, bliss.

In this series, some of NTSIB’s friends share beloved albums, books and drinks to recommend or inspire.

“It’s easy to forget what defines us controls our minds.”

There are so many great bands from Leeds, past and present, that it seems like 80% … Continue reading

A Good Read A Good Listen and a Good Drink: Ilana J

It’s a simple yet sublime pleasure, and just thinking about it can make you feel a little calmer, a little more content. Imagine: You bring out one of the good rocks glasses (or your favorite mug or a special occasion tea cup) and pour a couple fingers of amber liquid (or something dark and strong or just some whole milk). You drop the needle on the jazz platter (or pull up a blues album on your mp3 player or dig out that mixtape from college). Ensconcing yourself in the coziest seat in the house, you crack the spine on a classic (or find your place in that sci-fi paperback or pull up a biography on your e-book reader). And then, you go away for a while. Ah, bliss.

In this series, some of NTSIB’s friends share beloved albums, books and drinks to recommend or inspire.

England is the second song I listened to from Ilana J (Ilana Jeavons), and is by far my favorite from her new EP, Free Falling from the Ground Up. Her voice is a delight, the beat is infectious; what makes it interesting to me is she’s singing about the traditional English concept of self – … Continue reading

Sunday Morning Song: Dioni, Flirting with Reality

Dioni

Australian singer Dioni’s sweet song “Flirting with Reality” is a light, bright number that brings to mind the likes of Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, and the Triplets of Belleville soundtrack. On the surface. But the song is actually a rumination on recent crises in Greece, and the video includes a tribute to late “riot dog” Louikanikos.

It’s an infecting little tune filled with willful optimism.

Dioni "Flirting With Reality" (Lyric Video)Dioni "Flirting With Reality" (Lyric Video)
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Post War Glamour Girls, Feeling Strange (Part 1)

Post War Glamour Girls by Emily Marlow

Feeling Strange (Part 1) - Post War Glamour Girls

“Kudos to those with the broke nose breathing it in”

Truth is, I should have been writing about Leeds band Post War Glamour Girls here a long time ago, but sometimes the relationship between a listener and a band plays out like a film romance – a glance across a crowded room, light and awkward flirtation, mixed signals, the listener ends up going home with some other band only to run into the first band again at some coffee shop, and stilted conversation is followed up by falling into bed together.

You know, metaphorically speaking.

In short, I am remiss for not mentioning it before, but PWGG are a good band. A really good band. Their 2014 full-length debut, Pink Fur, still enjoys heavy rotation in my listening and can still make me gape in wonder. Now, in the run-up to their next LP, to be released in October, PWGG are offering some of those new songs free for a limited time (as in, it was announced … Continue reading