Welcome to episode 117 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T, Yeastie Boys and Le Petite Chocolat. Here’s a chat I had with Emily Fairlight. She’s a Wellington-based singer/songwriter and poet. She’s recently released the fantastic Mother of Gloom album. And before that, a few years ago now, there was a self-titled debut.
I started this thing a while ago where I decided I was going to name ten albums important to me (and important for me) in a particular musical genre. I started with hip-hop (see here). And then I decided to do my list of seminal and sentimental metal albums (see here). And most recently it […]
I’m drunk on Lucinda Williams. Smashed on a glass of Karl Blau. I filled my cup with Richard Thompson. I drank down all of Ashleigh Young’s essays, returned with shots of Sly Stone. But I was on my own. So back to Lucinda, she croaked and creaked in the Hickory Wind, and I felt that […]
Various Artists: God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson Alligator Records/Southbound Tribute albums are always a tricky prospect – who are they for? Fans and those in the know are interested in the original source, and when we’re talking blues purists it might be hard to get them to bend to cover […]
I like Lucinda Williams but I’ve been ever-so-slightly underwhelmed both times I’ve seen her play. Like, I get the feeling it would have been better to see her a decade ago, or two decades ago. And even though she has written some great stuff in the last decade I just don’t know that it fully […]
Various Artists: Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton Tompkins Square There are only two albums by Karen Dalton, a tragic figure with a heartbreak-voice. Like Dory Previn or Nick Drake or – more recently Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley – she’s someone you are drawn to, you hear the testimony of a Bob Dylan […]
Boz Scaggs A Fool To Care 429 Records It would be easy to dismiss Boz Scaggs – the people that have done that have drawn a line, decided not to listen. It’s easy to think of something like Silk Degrees, and to hold its phenomenal success against the talented musician that never expected runaway success […]
Charlie Horse I Hope I Am Not A Monster Laughing Outlaw Records Singers and writers Crystal Rose and Paul McDonald have done Charlie Horse proud with this set of songs. The Australian band manages to combine the pierce of Neil Young’s Crazy Horse-styled guitar leads with bar-room ditties that Chrissie Hynde wouldn’t sound of place […]