Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets Walkabout Yep Roc With Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets heading to NZ and Aussie the good folk at Yep Rock put together this compilation which showcases some of the tunes from them collaborative EPs and some of Los Straitjackets’ instrumental takes on Nick Lowe classics from their album.
Los Straitjackets What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets Yep Roc Records Los Straitjackets (originally The Straitjackets in the 80s, but after a bust-up they’ve been at it as Los Straitjackets for over 20 years now) is back with another set of surf-pop-meets-rockabilly instrumentals. The catch, this time, the album’s title being a […]
Tony Joe White Rain Crow Yep Roc Records Sure, Tony Joe White’s gnarled swamp-fox “gimmick” has seen him trying to rewrite Steamy Windows since, well, since that time he wrote Steamy Windows. But when he gets it right he does a fine line in effortless, that creamy-smooth, big baritone voice laid down, certainly laidback, somewhere […]
Ian McLagan & The Bump Band United States Yep Roc/Southbound Ian McLagan – rock legend? Sure. Small Faces, countless sessions with so many of the greats, plenty of good yarns too. And then there’s the label – Yep Roc – so many strong releases in the wider country/alt-country/rootsy-rock territory. And here’s Ian with his group […]
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Common Ground: Play and Sing The Songs of Big Bill Broonzy Yep Roc With some records it doesn’t really matter about the music – the backstory is what sells it. Or at least with some record-reviews that will be the case certainly with Common Ground: Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin […]
Aoife O’Donovan Fossils Yep Roc/Southbound Wow! What a great record. And I mean instantly. You hear opener, Lay My Burden Down, and you’re hooked. Well, that was the case for me anyway. Turns out I knew that wonderful voice already, I didn’t straight away connect the name, but I’d been a fan of Aoife O’Donovan’s […]
Golden Suits Golden Suits Yep Roc Records/Southbound As Golden Suits, multi-instrumentalist Fred Nicolaus shapes dramatic, gorgeous pop tunes as a type of “night music” for indie nerds – very smart, very sharp but also something to just lounge back with, to fall down into. You may remember Nicolaus from his work with Grizzly Bear’s Daniel […]
Josh Rouse The Happiness Waltz Yep Roc/Southbound It’s very much a case of this being Josh Rouse’s return to form. And though I traced around this idea already, I’m still playing The Happiness Waltz regularly, still feeling its love, its warmth, its easy-going nature. Rouse returns to the sound of his best albums 1972 (2003) […]