Such a wonderful concert by Will Stratton last night. In the name of everyone who was there, thank you so much Will.
Ever wondered why we’re posting less and less stuff nowadays? Yes, we’ve been busing getting other things done. Like this all star lineup for a month of concerts at Mercado Negro, in Aveiro, Portugal. After a wonderful Old Jerusalem concert last week, tonight we host Matt Elliott yet again, this time with a new album. Next Wednesday we bring one of our favorite songwriters to Portugal for the first time ever: Will Stratton. Finally, on Friday 30, we welcome back Micah Blue Smaldone, who hasn’t played in Portugal in the last six years, and we’re also proud to present, for the first time in concert, his Fire on Fire and Cerebrus Shoal bandmate Tom Kovacevic, who has just released one of the most surprising albums of the year, Universe Thin as Skin, on Immune Recordings. More info and links in the Facebook event page.
It’s been a while since we last heard from mr. Micah P. Hinson. He seems to be a tad happier now. Thank god - I’m ashamed to admit how often he made me feel miserable just by listening to his earlier output.
'Micah P. Hinson and the Nothing' is out next March 10th on the great French label Talitres (Emily Jane White, Will Stratton, Dakota Suite, etc)
Source: SoundCloud / Talitres
Back in 2007/08, when Jonathan Wilson didn’t have a record label to put out his records nor even a fancy 2.0/3.0/?.? website - and supposedly didn’t think about making a living off touring and selling records - he used to put some b-sides for free download in his ol’ plain HTML page. Only one of those songs was available at a time, and most are probably gone forever, except for a version of Madonna’s La Isla Bonita, now that his old site is gone.
If you’re an old fan from these days, start digging hard on your old external HDD and you might find something like this. Yesterday I ran into this marvellous cover of Quincy Jones’ “Everything Must Change” buried beneath folders and folders of music I never bothered to listen to because everything was so easily accessible for free. Google Play says I’ve listened to this particular song 25 times in the last few hours, so I knew I had to share it with the world again.
Jonathan, if you ever read this, please bring back your “international free, fancy, and far out b-sides program”. I’m sure there’s a lot of stuff I’ve missed on. Meanwhile, let’s just wait for JW’s new album, Fanfare, to be released on October 14th on Bella Union. Graham Nash, Josh Tillman, Pat Sansone and Taylor Goldsmith took part in the recordings. How can anything go wrong?
Off the radar singer-songwriters you’ve probably never heard before: this is why you visit Bolachas, right? Unfortunately, we still almost never hear anything about Portland’s Mama Bird Recording Co and their artists (Barna Howard and Saintseneca both had released pretty decent albums last year) here in Europe. Let’s hope that changes when the Old Continent sinks its ears into Widower's debut LP, Fool Moon, a stunning collection of alt-country songs that came out just last week and you can order here. You can watch the video for “Grasp” above and download another song off the record here. You can tell by my lack of comparisons with other songwriters that Kevin Large, the man behind the Widower moniker, is really someone to look up to.