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Rod Stewart Rarities - two CD set features tracks from singer's classic solo albums

Album release: Rod Stewart Rarities
Label: Mercury / Universal
Release date: September 9 2013  

Before Rod Stewart became known as a global rock superstar and master interpreter of the Great American Songbook, the albums he made for the Mercury label between 1969 and 1974 established him as one of rock’s most distinctive and expressive singers and gifted songwriters.  The five solo albums that Stewart released during that period— The Rod Stewart Album (1969), Gasoline Alley (1970), Every Picture Tells a Story (1971), Never a Dull Moment (1972) and Smiler (1974) —feature a rootsy, folk-blues-leaning style, steeped in traditional soul and R&B. On Rarities, which will be released September 3, 2013 on Mercury / UMe, Stewart’s blend of playful swagger and modest introspection provide a complementary contrast to the raw, boozy rock ’n’ roll that he was recording in his parallel career as frontman of the seminal U.K. quintet Faces.

The brand-new, two-CD, 24-track Rarities, offers a comprehensive selection of alternate versions, non-LP singles, B-sides, studio outtakes and BBC Radio One performances and covers of songs by The Who (Pinball Wizard), Bob Dylan (Girl from the North Country), Gerry Goffin and Carole King (Oh! No Not My Baby, the gender-bending [You Make Me Feel] Like a Natural Man with Jerry Wexler), Jimi Hendrix (Angel), Cole Porter (Every Time We Say Goodbye), Jerry Lee Lewis (What Made Milwaukee Famous [Has Made a Loser Out of Me]), Brewer & Shipley (Seems Like a Long Time) and Stealer’s Wheel (You Put Something Better Inside of Me).

The collection also spotlights alternative takes on such Stewart classics as Maggie May and Elton John/Bernie Taupin’s Country Comfort, recorded with the Faces' guitarist Ron Wood, bassist Ronnie Lane, keyboardist Ian McLagan and drummer Kenney Jones, live for BBC Radio One, both of which are previously unreleased.

Among the two-disc sets other highlights are re-workings of Gasoline Alley’s Bobby Womack by way of Rolling Stones’ It’s All Over Now, in its leaner, edited version released as a single, and two separate versions of Every Picture Tells a Story’s #1 U.S./U.K. hit Maggie May, one an early rendition with completely different, unfinished lyrics, the other a September 1971 performance on BBC Radio One that is available for the first time on an official release. Offering a peak into Stewart’s future successful series of albums extolling the Great American Songbook is a cover of Cole Porter’s Every Time We Say Goodbye,as well as a version of Jerry Lee Lewis’ weepy, honky-tonk lament, What Made Milwaukee Famous [Has Made a Loser Out of Me], originally the non-LP B-side of the single which featured Jimi Hendrix’s “Angel.” Rarities also includes both sides of the 1973 single - credited to Rod Stewart and the Faces - featuring the Goffin/ King-penned Maxine Brown hit Oh! No Not My Baby and the Stewart/Wood/ McLagan collaboration Jodie, co-produced by Stewart and Wood, with Rod backed by Wood, McLagan and drummer Kenney Jones.

As Scott Schinder’s Rarities liner notes put it, “For many serious fans, Stewart’s Mercury years represent his creative peak, and the music that he made during that period retains a special place in the hearts of his admirers.”

Stewart recently released Time, his first rock album in a dozen years, on Capitol Records. The album features 11 original tracks and marks Rod’s return to songwriting after nearly two decades. Time entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 1, setting a new British record for the longest gap between chart-topping albums by an artist - and in the US, it marked Stewart’s highest-charting album of original material since 1979. Most of the release was born during the period he worked on what would later become his internationally best-selling book, Rod: The Autobiography. The collection, Rarities, offers crucial musical insight into his early creative development, and his emergence as a major artist.

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David Rotheray's "Answer Ballads" is out on October 14 via Navigator

Album release: Answer Ballads by David Rotheray
Release date: October 14, 2013 
Label: Navigator Records
Featuring: Lisa Knapp, Eliza Carthy, Kris Drever, Kathryn Williams, Gemma Hayes, John Smith, Josienne Clarke, Naomi Bedford, Mary Coughlan, Jackie Oates, Bella Hardy, Alasdair Roberts, Julie Murphy
Listenon official website

Acclaimed songwriter David Rotheray returns with his beautifully crafted new solo album Answer Ballads, a collection of songs in which Rotheray, and his collaborators, take twelve classic pop songs and attempt to formulate an ‘answer ballad’ for each one. Taking existing fictional characters, from The Police’s Roxanne to Elton John’s Daniel, who are well-known but simultaneously unknown, Rotheray picks up the story from their perspective, using complete artistic licence.

As with his debut, The Life of Birds, Rotheray has created an album with a strong core concept. The idea for the project came in the summer of 2011, inspired partly by watching Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead, “having always wondered what Jolene, for instance, or Roxanne would have to say, given the chance, I hit upon the notion of a collection of ‘answer songs’” he explains, “however, rather than writing ‘what happened next’ scenarios, these ‘answer songs’ tend, mostly, to be psychological portraits”.

The roll call of collaborators on Answer Ballads is truly impressive, with a number of familiar names, who worked with Rotheray on The Life of Birds, returning for the new album. Former Mercury Music Award nominee Kathryn Williams co-wrote and sings on Roxanne’s Song whilst “wonderfully quirky songwriter” Alasdair Roberts takes Dino’s Song off on an atmospheric tangent, “he surprised me by eschewing the axework, and coming up with a piano-based tune vaguely reminiscent of Werewolves Of London. Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Eliza Carthy takes the reigns on Maggie’s Song “I turned up with the lyrics, and Eliza and I bashed out a tune together, eye-to-eye over a guitar. All the other songs I either wrote by myself or simply sent the lyrics to someone and asked them to write the tune.”  

Although she does not sing on the album Eleanor McEvoy, who has performed and recorded with Paul Weller, Nick Cave and Joan Baez, brought ‘Lucille’s Song’ to life “I had the words but could get the tune so sent it off to Eleanor knowing she’d come up with a knockout melody in no time”. McEvoy suggested that Mary Coughlan sing the track for the album, a perfect fit with the distinctive Irish tone of Mary completely suiting the character of Lucille and the piece’s jazz piano melody.

Bella Hardy, an established folk singer who featured on several of the tracks on The Life Of Birds, and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award finalist Jackie Oates provide the vocals to Sylvia’s Song and Mrs Avery’s Song respectively which both provide “answers” to the 1972 hit from Dr Hook “Sylvia’s Mother”.

Mojo Folk Album of the Year winner Lisa Knapp’s delicate vocals on opening track Mrs Jones’ Song paint the picture of a woman heartbroken by love lost long after the love affair from Billy Paul’s 1972 hit Me and Mrs. Jones ends. On the more up tempo track of ‘Bobby’s Song’, Naomi Bedford’s rich timbre helps illustrate the story of Bobby’s youthful adventures as she looks back on them as an entertaining but misguided phase.  

Kris Drever, who has previously worked with John McCusker and Kate Rusby, is one of the few male vocalists on Answer Ballads lending his beautifully warm voice to Daniel’s Song whilst English folk guitarist John Smith brings an Americana flavour on the easy going Billy-Joe’s Song.

Marie’s Song tells how Marie’s father from the Chuck Berry song Memphis, Tennessee never made it home to her. The song was written with Josienne Clarke – one half of the award winning duo Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker – whose voice Rotheray describes as “sweet, young-sounding, yet some ‘knowing’ and suites Marie perfectly.

In contrast, for Pearl’s Song Rotheray, having unwittingly written the melody whilst writing the lyrics, was looking for a singer whose voice was strong yet with a hint of vulnerability. Eleanor McEvoy suggested Irish singer Gemma Hayes whose vocals flawlessly portray Pearl’s story having been a winning singer and has left music behind “They say being somebody is hard, and being nobody is worse”.

The album concludes with Jolene’s answer to the Dolly Parton hit, arguably one of the most famous fictional characters in music. Julie Murphy’s ballad superbly complements Rotheray’s somber lyrics of a woman who has endured both male attention and female jealousy.

Track Listing

  1. Mrs Jones' Song (featuring Lisa Knapp)
  2. Maggie's Song (featuring Eliza Carthy)
  3. Daniel's Song (featuring Kris Drever)
  4. Roxanne's Song (featuring Kathryn Williams)
  5. Pearl's Song (featuring Gemma Hayes)
  6. Billy-Joe's Song (featuring John Smith)
  7. Marie's Song (featuring Josienne Clarke)
  8. Bobby's Song (featuring Naomi Bedford)
  9. Lucille's Song (featuring Mary Coughlan)
  10. Mrs Avery's Song (featuring Jackie Oates)
  11. Sylvia's Song (featuring Bella Hardy)
  12. Dino's Song (featuring Alasdair Roberts)
  13. Jolene's Song (featuring Julie Murphy)

Rotheray’s career began in the late 1980s when he formed The Beautiful South with songwriting partner Paul Heaton. Over the next two decades the band went on to release ten albums plus various compilations before finally going their separate ways in 2007.  Whilst with The Beautiful South Rotheray formed his critically acclaimed acoustic side project Homespun and released three albums on his own ‘Homespun Recordings’. In 2010 Rotheray released his highly praised debut solo album The Life of Birds, a series of autumnal, rustic reflections on life collaborating with some of the UK’s finest folk singer-songwriters. Throughout his career Rotheray’s name has become synonymous with music that mixes the melancholy with dry humour to great effect.

Praise for ‘The Life of Birds

  • **** - The Scotsman
  • “A warm, collaborative affair tinged with the Beautiful South’s droll humour” – The Observer
  • “Passionate, funny, unbearably moving and deeply addictive record” – Mojo
  • “I can’t recommend this highly enough” – g3
  • “Strangely English and quite old fashioned it’s definitely one to explore” – Daily Express

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Lisa Knapp to release 'Hidden Seam' album on Navigator Records

Album release: Hidden Seam by Lisa Knapp
Release date: 14 September 2013
Label: Navigator
Listen: on official website

'It's easy to see why this singer is the toast of the folk scene. Her vocals, like those of Anne Briggs, come across as strange and stirring as a spring day.' - The Observer

'A major discovery' - Mojo

Lisa Knapp first emerged in 2007 with a remarkable debut album, Wild And Undaunted and quickly established herself as a highly distinctive, creative artist, merging a radiant style of traditional folk and self-penned song with vocal, fiddle, hammer dulcimer, strings, banjo and contemporary production.

It's been a long wait but evidently worth it - the South Londoner's much-anticipated 2nd full-length album, Hidden Seam, is finally due for release by Navigator Records on 16th September 2013.

Far from being idle, Lisa has spent the years between albums exploring her increasing fascination with the elements and our fragile, volatile environment. Though greatly inspired by husband/musical partner Gerry Diver's own creative journey with his 2011 Speech Project album (music based on the speech patterns of Irish traditional singers), Lisa was equally motivated by a love of language - partly through a meeting with Seamus Heaney but also a healthy obsession with the old English text of Beowulf.

Shipping Song, the album's opening track, arises from Lisa's fascination with the Met Office's somnambulant, poetic late night shipping forecast; its strange and far-away sounding place names: Utsire, Viking, Fastnet and Lundy. A recording of American Marine sound testing from the 1950s was seamlessly sewn into the track, alongside the sounds of sea creatures and spinning motors.

Black Horse is a song by the great, late English singer/songwriter, Lal Waterson, which Lisa was originally invited to perform on tour with Scottish singer and guitarist James Yorkston. Not only does James guest on this recording but Lisa was also thrilled to be joined by Lal's daughter, Marry Waterson. Lisa plucked up courage to invite Martin Carthy, one of her musical heroes, to accompany her on Two Ravens, a touching song about Alzheimers disease. Seagiver is a visceral song of death and the elements. The penultimate track on Hidden Seam, Hunt the Hare Pt 1, features acclaimed Scottish folk musician, Alasdair Robert and was originally based on the well known Irish song Rocky Road to Dublin. It evolved into a song about the month of May. On Hushabye, a lullaby style song which she regularly sang to her daughter, Lisa is accompanied by celebrated singer/songwriter, Kathryn Williams.

Hidden Seam is a substantial sonic tapestry. It will swiftly re-establish Lisa Knapp as not only one of the most compelling voices of her generation in British folk music but one of the most innovative. Her roots may be embedded in the great folk revival of the 50s and 60s but with this new album, she is setting sail for unchartered horizons.

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'The Lone Ranger' - music inspired by film includes new tracks by Iggy Pop, Iron & Wine and others

Album release: The Lone Ranger: Wanted
Release date: 5 August 2013
Label: Walt Disney 

Inspired by one of the summer’s most anticipated movies, Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ The Lone Ranger, The Lone Ranger: Wanted features 14 new songs performed by an eclectic group of artists. Walt Disney Records will release the album on August 5, 2013.

“These are the artists we listened to on the way to set each morning and in the evenings with the dust, like bitter chalk, upon our teeth.  Echoes of their passionate performances in our minds, for 150 days and nights, we took to the work of storytelling.  May the musicians and songwriters who inspired us on our epic journey be an inspiration to you on yours,” said Gore Verbinski, the film’s Academy Award®–winning director.

Billboard.com recently ran an exclusive premeire of the Lucinda Williams track, Everything but the Truth.

The Lone Ranger: Wanted track list is as follows:

  1. “Holy Water” Ben Kweller
  2. “Devil’s Train” Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
  3. “Poor Paddy on the Railway” Shane MacGowan
  4. “So Long Gone” Pete Molinari
  5. “Central and Union” Sara Watkins
  6. “The American Dream” The White Buffalo
  7. “Lonesome Whistle” Dave Alvin
  8. “Sweet Betsy from Pike” Iggy Pop
  9. “Rattling Bone” Iron & Wine
  10. “Cowboy” The Rubens
  11. “Everything but the Truth” Lucinda Williams
  12. “The Truth Lives On” The Aggrolites
  13. “Butch’s Ballad” Gomez
  14. “Saddle the Wind” John Grant

Album produced by Gore Verbinski and Bruce Witkin

About the film

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ The Lone Ranger, a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

The Lone Ranger also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter. 

A Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films presentation, The Lone Ranger is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, with screen story by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Justin Haythe and screenplay by Justin Haythe and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. The Lone Ranger releases in U.S. theaters on July 3, 2013.

The Lone Ranger: Wanted will be available wherever music is sold on August 5th.  For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, please visit Disney.com/music, become a fan at Facebook.com/disneymusic or follow at Twitter.com/disneymusic.

iTunes and Amazon pre-order links:

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/lrwiTunesa1 
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/lribAmazona1

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Black Onassis - Desensitized: new album from former Kasabian member out 23 September.

Album Release: Desensitized by Black Onassis
Release date: 23 September 2013
Label: Minus Man Records
Listen: on official Black Onassis website

Black Onassis is the new project of former Kasabian member Chris Karloff. As a founding member, lead guitarist and one of the chief songwriters for Kasabian throughout their swift ascent to global fame, Karloff admits it was a kick in the teeth to leave the band back in 2006. But now he’s joined forces with NYC musician Nick Forde as well as a host of special guest vocalists to enjoy some new-found creative freedom.

After his departure from Kasabian, Chris left his native home of Leicester, England to move to New York City – a completely different change of pace. Still feeling the burn from the separation, he used that, along with the influences of his new home, as inspiration to form something different. Something that gave him a chance to express himself more freely and be as openly creative as he liked. Karloff’s signature dance-laden songwriting has endured with a subtle sonic shift as he is now able to freely express his own compelling influences, from the stylistically metropolitan symphonics of Parisian house, krautrock and trance hypnoticism, to the classic sound of those acts which have become emblazoned in music history – all firmly anchored in interesting melodic structures and delivered with professional musicianship. Karloff has carefully constructed an album that expertly mixes psychedelic guitar rock with propulsive, throbbing electronic beats.

"'Electronic music to me is surprisingly soulful, there is a warmth that comes from the simplicity of sounds, something inconspicuously expressive and emotional," he says. "Growing up it was everywhere. Artists like Vangelis, Kraftwerk, The Prodigy and Tangerine Dream were massive influences on the songs I wrote with Kasabian, and even more so now. But rock music has always played a massive role as well, and I'm inspired by artists like Jimi Hendrix, Primal Scream and Nirvana. I try to fuse these two worlds to create the kind of music I want to listen to".

Karloff creates this sound with help from NYC musician and good friend Nick Forde (bass, keyboards) and rather than opting for a traditional lineup with a lead singer, they chose to work with guest vocalists. Lines went out to Liela Moss of The Duke Spirit, Morgan Kibby of M83 / White Sea, Ben Gautrey of The Cooper Temple Clause / Type Two Error, and friend Steven Young of The Black Marquee.

"Working with multiple singers makes writing every track a unique experience, a new musical adventure” says Chris. “A voice can change the whole dynamic of a song, and it's really freeing and feels limitless to write without being constrained by the vocal abilities or stylings of one person."

When it came time to start playing live, Black Onassis knew their unconventional lineup could pose a problem. To compensate for the fact that they would be touring with no singer, the band incorporate a huge visual element to the show. As Chris explains, "The fusion of sight and sound is the perfect marriage in terms of stimulation, and we wanted to put a lot of thought into making it an overall experience for our fans." The band teamed up with filmmakers and visual artists to put together a presentation that is tailor-made for each song. The result is an extreme and elaborate visual and sonic environment that floods the senses and takes people on a 60 minute journey through the album.

The project has already drawn critical intrigue. Innocence Blitz had NME heavily tipping the project as one to watch, while Mojo featured the band very early on. Having taken the necessary time to nurture it independently, Chris Karloff and his new band of brothers are ready to officially release. Desensitized comes out September 23 on their own label Minus Man Records.

‘[Chris Karloff] is, sonically speaking, something of an approaching mastermind […] there's something quite meaty about his new tunes’ – Matt Wilkinson, NME

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Aztec Jazz: Tom Russell Live with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble

Album release: Aztec Jazz by Tom Russell
Label: Proper Records
Release date: 1 July 2013

For over three decades and 28 album releases Tom Russell has continued to live up to his status as“one of our greatest songwriters of our time.” (Washington Post) His last two releases, Blood and Candle Smoke (2009) and Mesabi (2011), are considered his strongest composed works yet and were, in part, recorded with the groundbreaking roots band Calexico.

Years ago Russell and Dave Alvin, were tagged as the architects of what came to be known as “Americana” music, with their Merle Haggard tribute “Tulare Dust,” the record which initiated the Americana charts in America, and remained number one for a year.  Aztec Jazz moves Americana into a new realm.

Aztec Jazz was recorded as a live concert in Halden, Norway in May of 2012 with the world-renown 32 piece Norwegian Wind Ensemble and guitarist Thad Beckman. Russell’s classic songs - St. Olav’s Gate, Nina Simone, Guadalupe, Stealing Electricity, Goodnight Juarez and others - are performed on acoustic guitars against a lush backdrop of oboes, trumpets, saxophones, French horns, trombones and percussion. This larger, ethereal canvas brings Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain to mind. The award-winning Swedish composer Mats Halling wrote the orchestral parts.

Tom Russell’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Dave Alvin, Joe Ely and others. He has written two acclaimed folk operas (The Man From God Knows Where and Hotwalker) and composed movie scores, including the songs for the new Monte Hellman movie The Road Nowhere. He’s also published five books, most recently 120 Songs of Tom Russell. His paintings are featured in Blue Horse/Red Desert: The Art of Tom Russell. Aztec Jazz moves Russell’s acclaimed song catalogue into newly charted territory.

For additional biography and photos go to http://www.tomrussell.com.

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Jane's Addiction: Live in NYC - album / DVD out 8 July

Album /DVD  release: Jane’s Addiction: Live In NYC
Release date: 8 July 2013
Label: Capitol / UMC

From the beginning, Jane's Addiction have thrown the most unique parties in rock, mixing a fierce musicality with theatrical flair onstage. 2012 saw the band — who’ve always outrageously combined electricity, sex and danger — return to the stage in support of their acclaimed album The Great Escape Artist (Capitol Records).

Live in NYC was filmed in New York City at Terminal 5 on December 29th, 2012 during a special run of North American shows—called “Theatre of the Escapists”- with the band performing in intimate venues, most of which are classic theatres. The alternative rock pioneers — frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins, along with Chris Chaney on bass — captured this immersive theatrical experience on tape and are making available via Live in NYC on multiple formats. 

“We chose to play as many of the great theatres that we could find because we wanted to immerse the audience in a unique experience unlike any they have ever seen at a rock show,” said FARRELL in the band’s tour announcement.  “Expect an orgy of musical and visual delights. We like orgies, and hope you do too.”

The album will be released on the following formats: Digital, DVD and Blu-ray (running time 69 mins),  DVD & CD, CD – both with 12 page booklets and sticker and also double vinyl LP – which is the first live vinyl release since 1987's self-titled on Triple X Records.

Track list

  • Whores
  • Ain't No Right
  • Just Because
  • Ted, Just Admit It...
  • Been Caught Stealing
  • Irresistible Force (Met The Immovable Object)
  • Up the Beach
  • Ocean Size
  • Three Days
  • Mountain Song
  • Stop!
  • Encore: Jane Says

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The Lucid Dream: Songs of Lies and Deceit

Album release: Songs of Lies and Decit by The Lucid Dream
Release date: 22 July 2013
Label: Holy Are You  
Listen: on Bandcamp 

The Lucid Dream were formed in Carlisle, Cumbria, in the far north of England, in 2008. Fused by small town boredom and a mentality to break the mould they siphoned the spirits of key influences, such as The Jesus & Mary Chain and Spacemen 3, to suitably shape their live repertoire in an old textile factory, overlooked by a disused gas works.

Initial releases between 2010-2012 (Erbistock Mill EP), and 3 sold-out 7" singles (Love In My Veins, Heartbreak Girl, Hits Me Like I'm Stoned), gained significant praise from the likes of The Fly, NME, BBC Radio 2 (Steve Lamacq's 'Listeners Tip of the Week') and Frank Skinner (Absolute Radio); along with major support from BBC 6 Music (Nemone 'Record of the Weekend', Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe, Tom Robinson).

The debut album, Songs Of Lies and Deceit, was recorded at Ghost Town Studios, Leeds, with producer Ross Halden. Initially the album took shape via the recording of two 7" singles, (Love In My Veins, Heartbreak Girl), before sessions lasting up to 5 days, mostly recorded throughout the early hours, shaped the album. Opened by How's Your Low When You're Low Alone?, a 6 minute sonic attack, revolving around 2 notes, it’s a track influenced by the band’s passion for New York revolutionaries Suicide, and Primal Scream circa XTRMNTR. Merging into Glue, both tracks touch upon social commentary, as well as a nodding to the works of Edinburgh novelist Irvine Welsh.

The white noise that opens the first 9 minutes of the album is by no means indicative of the album as a whole. Tracks such as In Your Eyes, Love In My Veins, and Heartbreak Girl ultimately owe more to the psych pop of The Stone Roses, The Byrds, The Ronettes and C86 era Primal Scream. Elsewhere, Heading For The Waves was influenced heavily by a love for the genius of Liverpool bands like Shack, The La's and The Coral, while The Twilight Endpays homage to the influential guitar playing of The Verve’s Nick McCabe.

The album is wrapped up by the 9 and a half minute track, Sweet Hold On Me. A fixture of the live set since its creation, the track mixes Space Rock, Gospel, Psychedelia and white noise. It was the obvious choice to close out the record, showcasing the band’s adeptness with multiple styles.

The Lucid Dream will tour in May through to August. For tour dates, see their website.

Reaction

'Noisy northern hopes' - NME

'Reverb drenched majesty' - The Fly

'Beautiful traditional psychedelia' - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

'Jangly psychedelia, listeners tip of the week' - Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2

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Winter Mountain to release debut EP 'Find, Follow' on Charcoal Records

EP Release: Find, Follow by Winter Mountain
Release date: 20 May 2013
Label: Charcoal Road
Listen: on Youtube

They have an extraordinary backstory straight out of a movie screenplay for which their songs would make the perfect soundtrack. How Joseph Francis and Martin Smyth met and were discovered is remarkable and goes a little like this...

An Englishman and an Irishman step onto the same train at Chicago's Union station and meet for the first time. Both singers, both songwriters...both broke, but intent on making their way by rail to Memphis, TN, the birthplace of Rock n Roll.

That night, the two strangers began a conversation that lasted until the early hours. A conversation centered on their mutual love of the sounds of the 60s and 70s, of great albums and great artists, and great harmony singing: The Band, Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were all discussed. By morning they had named themselves Winter Mountain and committed to travel together, swapping stories, exchanging lyrics and singing together in the bars and clubs of the deep south. From their first performance it was impossible to ignore the rare magic of their natural vocal blend as heads turned whenever they sang.

On their return the guys spent a fortnight songwriting in Ireland which led to a chance entry in a Battle of the Bands competition. Winter Mountain competed against the best unsigned talent in Northern Ireland, and won! It was enough to capture the heart of a local theatre owner who booked them to open for Irish singing luminary Cara Dillon. After hearing Joseph and Martin’s performance Cara and husband/producer Sam Lakeman immediately signed Winter Mountain to their independent label, Charcoal Records and set about assembling a team of experienced musicians who could help realise the vision that Joseph and Martin had for their music.

With contributions from Robbie McIntosh (guitarist with McCartney, The Pretenders, John Mayer), Audrey Riley (string arranger for Coldplay, Nick Cave) and Leo Abrahams (guitarist for Brian Eno, Florence And The Machine), the songs were recorded in a host of vintage studios which echo the authenticity of their sound and the resulting EP, Find, Follow, blends exquisite melodies, heartfelt lyrics and above all else, compelling harmonies.

The final, perhaps most striking touch to the EP was made when the highly acclaimed Mike Crossey (Ben Howard, Jake Bugg, The Arctic Monkeys), stepped up in the midst of his hectic schedule and mixed all three tracks.  

There have been the obvious comparisons to Simon & Garfunkel, The Fleet Foxes and The Everly Brothers and when you hear and see them perform you’ll understand why. Yet Winter Mountain bring something new to their vocal delivery, echoing  those legendary harmony acts, but adding a vital, contemporary edge that is uniquely their own. Their vocals blend as if they’ve been harmonising for a lifetime. And although Martin’s from Donegal, Ireland and Joseph hails from West Cornwall, you get the impression they were born to sing together.

Winter Mountain’s debut EP Find, Follow is now due for release on iTunes and other online outlets on 20th May 2013 on Charcoal Records.

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The Teardrop Explodes: 'Wilder' reissued as expanded two-disc edition

Albm re-issue: Wilder by The Teardrop Explodes
Release date: June 24th 2013
Label: Mercury / Universal Music Catalogue 

Wilder was the second and final album by The Teardrop Explodes, originally released in November 1981 and a radical, post-punk classic that’s ripe for reappraisal. Ambitious, colourful and catchy and with more ideas at play than most groups could conjure up in a lifetime, like so many great albums, it simply confused people in its audacity.

At the start of the year, Reward had given the Teardrops their only Top Ten hit but amidst all the publicity that always surrounded the group, Wilder reached only a disappointing 29 in the charts. The first extracted single Passionate Friend, despite two appearances on Top of the Pops, barely scraped into the Top 30. Within a year of Wilder’s release, the group had split up.

This new edition features the original album in all its glory, plus a second disc compiled and sequenced by Julian Cope containing all the related singles, B-sides and BBC radio sessions. Cope also provides a track by track guide while Dave Balfe, the Teardrops’ original keyboard player, foil and sometime nemesis to Cope, along with guitarist Troy Tate provide further notes; Balfe’s essay is a particularly honest and revealing account of the recording process.

Disc two is effectively an alternative version of the album, the BBC sessions presenting many key songs in a noticeably different form, closer to how the group used to play them live. One the eve of recording Wilder, bassist Alfie Agius and keyboard player Jeff Hammer (both of whom play on the radio sessions) were jettisoned, leaving only Cope, ever-faithful drummer Gary Dwyer and guitarist Tate. Dave Balfe then returned, whereupon he and Cope proceeded to rearrange virtually every song with a much greater emphasis on synths and experimentation, and with a far more downbeat complexion than the well-crafted psychedelic pop that was their trademark.

The radio sessions also include songs which didn’t make it on to the album; Cope’s take on John Cale’s I’m Not The Loving Kind and the powerful Screaming Secrets, a live tour de force which the group never nailed in the studio. Cope would eventually record it for St Julian.

Disc two also rounds up the B-sides to the three singles taken from Wilder: the infectious Passionate Friend, the punchy, brass-led Colours Fly Away, and the exquisitely plaintive Tiny Children, plus the non-album single You Disappear From View, a last-ditch reversion to the Reward formula, released in 1983 after the group had split up. It’s a rich and varied selection including the more challenging Christ Vs Warhol and Window Shopping For A New Crown Of Thorns, the charming, atypical Rachel Built A Steamboat, Suffocate (a re-recorded version of the song which only appeared on the US version of Kilimanjaro) and a full-on, live Sleeping Gas, recorded at Club Zoo.

Amidst the disbelief and surprise at Wilder’s poor showing, Club Zoo was an outrageously excess all areas six week stint at the tiny Pyramid Club in Liverpool featuring the Wilder line up of Cope, Balfe, Dwyer and Tate plus new bassist Ronnie Francois. Designed to break in the new band, it was more a dress rehearsal for the American tour that followed - a fraught, drug-fuelled disaster which saw the group unravel to a point from which they never really recovered.

Few groups promised as much as The Teardrop Explodes in those heady post-punk days; even fewer groups scaled the same dizzy creative heights. Wilder was their mountain top.

Track Listing

CD1 – Original Album

  • Bent Out Of Shape
  • Colours Fly Away
  • Seven Views Of Jerusalem
  • Pure Joy
  • Falling Down Around Me
  • The Culture Bunker
  • Passionate Friend
  • Tiny Children
  • Like Leila Khaled Said
  • …And The Fighting Takes Over
  • The Great Dominions

CD2 – B-Sides and BBC Sessions

  • Christ Versus Warhol (B-side ‘Passionate Friend’)
  • Rachael Built A Steamboat (B-side ‘Tiny Children’)
  • Suffocate (B-side ‘You Disappear From View’)
  • Window Shopping For A New Crown Of Thorns (B-side ‘Colours Fly Away’)
  • Ouch Monkeys (B-side ‘You Disappear From View’)
  • East Of The Equator (B-side ‘Colours Fly Away’)
  • Sleeping Gas (Live from Club ZOO, December 1981) (B-side ‘Tiny Children’)
  • The In-Psychlopedia (B-side ‘You Disappear From View’)
  • You Disappear From View
  • Soft Enough For You (B-side ‘You Disappear From View’)
  • Pure Joy Wins Out Again (BBC Session, Peel Plus, 1981)
  • Like Leila Khaled Said (BBC Session, Peel Plus, 1981)
  • I’m Not The Loving Kind (BBC Session, Richard Skinner, August 1981)
  • The Culture Bunker (BBC Session, Peel Plus, 1981)
  • …And The Fighting Takes Over (BBC Session, Richard Skinner, August 1981)
  • Better Scream / Make That Move (BBC Session, Richard Skinner, August 1981
  • Bent Out Of Shape (BBC Session, Richard Skinner, August 1981)
  • Screaming Secrets (BBC Session, Richard Skinner, August 1981)

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The Hush Now unveil their highly-anticipated 3rd album

Album release: Memos by The Hush Now
Release date: 17 June 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts indie-pop rock quintet The Hush Now unveil their highly anticipated 3rd album on June 17. Described as "audio candy for the art school crowd”, compared to and influenced by bands from a wide array of genres, such as My Bloody Valentine, Guided By Voices, The Cure and Hall & Oates, they continue to release consistently great albums that have matured and progressed, with the latest release introducing even catchier hooks and more subtle guitars.

SXSW and CMJ appearances plus plays on BBC 6Music and internet exposure of the self-titled debut album helped to fuel interest while the band got to work on the second album, Constellations, which the UK music review described as “a little Stone Roses, a dash of Guided By Voices, a smidgen of Flaming Lips and a dose of Yo La Tengo; one of those classic pop tunes that pop up from time to time and catch you pleasantly off guard.” After having made an impression on music critics and fans alike, they began to create Memos.

Written entirely by the band and produced, mixed and recorded by well known Mad Oak Studio’s head engineer and producer Benny Grotto, who has worked with the likes of Aerosmith and The Dresden Dolls, “Memos” may be their strongest, quality album to date. Upbeat melodies and catchy hooks reminiscent of bands like The Smiths open the album, before taking you through a jazzy, nocturnal ballad and a song with an air of a late 90s club sound.

The Hush Now are: Adam Quane (guitar/vocals), Noel Kelly (guitar/vocals), Barry Marino (drums/vocals), Pat Macdonald (bass/vocals) and Jon Rosen (keys).

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New box set from Universal - Scott Walker: The Collection 1967-1970

Box set: Scott Walker - The Collection 1967-1970
Release date: Universal
Label: June 3rd 2013

Together for the first time, Scott Walker’s first five solo albums on vinyl and CD. Cut and mastered from the original tapes and presented with their original artwork, The Collection showcases Scott’s self-written material alongside his much-documented interpretations of composers such as Jacques Brel.

The five albums brought together here, released by Scott Walker between 1967 and 1970 are: Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4 and 'Til The Band Comes In. One of the most unique and intriguing artists to emerge in the 60s, these albums are essential to understanding the compelling and fascinating artistry of Scott Walker.

The CD set comes in a hardback, lift-off lid, box-set, each CD recreating the original album artwork and with new, extensive sleeve notes on each album plus rare photos. The comprehensive 16 page booklet is written by Rob Young who edited last year’s compendium No Regrets: Writings on Scott Walker.

The deluxe 5-LP box set features the original album artwork and includes an 11-inch print replicated from Scott 2, plus a 48-page booklet containing Rob Young’s essay. All five LPs come in 180gm heavyweight vinyl. Scott 3 and Scott 4 are reproduced in the original gatefold jackets. In addition there are four interviews courtesy of Rock's Back Pages: Keith Altham – Scott Walker Hides Away In a Gloom World, NME 1970; Chris Welch – Scott: I’m Going to Japan By Train, Melody Maker, 18 May 1968; Keith Altham – Scott Walker: His Own Worst Enemy, NME, 1969 and Chris Welch – Scott Walker Comes In From The Cold, Melody Maker, 1970.

Scott Walker’s first solo album, simply titled Scott, released in September 1967, appeared before The Walkers Brothers’ final official concert (at least until their subsequent mid-seventies reunion).  As with all the albums in this collection, it has to be seen in a context of Walker wanting to escape the pop stardom of The Walker Brothers where his moody reclusiveness was in sharp contradiction to their teen-idol success. The group’s final album, Images (April 1967) had featured three compositions credited to Scott Engel alone, and it was clear his ambitions lay in this direction: as a composer as well as vocalist.

As Rob Young observes in his accompanying notes, Scott “saw him attempting to let go of the schmaltzy ‘big sound’ of The Walkers; Scott would turn out to be a curious, occasionally uncomfortable marriage of three distinct modes: the middle-of-the-road covers made popular by the likes of Tony Bennett, Tim Hardin, Frank Sinatra and Petula Clark; the very different-styled arrangements of Jacques Brel songs; and Walker’s own compositions. It’s the weird chemistry between these approaches that makes Scott – and all four solo albums that followed – such beautifully unsettling experiences.”

On the strength of the Walker Brothers dedicated fan base, Scott charted at number 3, Scott 2 would actually reach number 1 and Scott 3 was another number chart entry. The same eclectic mix of covers and original compositions provided the direction for Scott 2, released March 1968, which opened with Brel’s swaggering Jackie. The song’s reference to ‘opium dens, authentic queers and phoney virgins’ earned Walker a controversial ban from daytime BBC broadcasts, and scheduled TV spots were cancelled. Released as a single, Jackie peaked at 22. He would have two further hits – Joanna and The Lights of Cincinnati, his final chart single in July 1969; neither was included on any album and it was clear Walker preferred to distinguish these more commercial offerings from his more ‘serious’ works.

When discussing the music on Scott 3, released in March 1969, Scott Walker referred critics to grand symphonic works by Beethoven, Brahms and Shostakovich. This was, indeed, serious business from an artist who, in the same month, fronted his own six-part BBC television series, titled simply Scott.

Scott 4, November 1969, did not include the name ‘Scott Walker’ on its sleeve, and the LP label credited the songs to ‘Scott Engel’. It was the only time he used that name professionally, on the first record to be entirely filled with his own compositions (there wouldn’t be another such until 1995). Scott 4’s failure to chart is partly explained by the release just a few months earlier of Sings Songs From His TV Series which reached No. 7 in July 69. The contradictions between Walker the serious artist/songwriter and the more mainstream singer of MOR songs still persisted and continued to haunt him.

Scott Walker’s fifth album, released in 1970, abandoned numerical titling and was named after one of the featured songs, ’Til The Band Comes In. It has since slipped under the critical radar, largely because five of the fifteen tracks are Vegas-friendly, country-tinged covers. The time is now ripe for its reappraisal; Walker’s own writing, the first ten songs on the album, form a kind of Scott 5 in all but name and it’s probably no accident that the covers were held back until the end.

’Til the Band’s uneven mix of originals and covers points directly to what happened next for Scott Walker. As he entered the 1970s, he seemed to lose control of his career direction; two albums of covers followed in the early 70s - The Moviegoer and Any Day Now, then two country-tinged collections in 1974 – Stretch and We Had it All, which saw Walker’s MOR sensibilities come to the fore.  This culminated in the unexpected revival of The Walker Brothers, which began with 1975’s No Regrets. The three year reunion did, however, lead to the masterstroke of Scott’s four tracks on the Walker Brothers’ subsequent (and this time final) album, Nite Flights. These tracks effectively ushered in a whole new phase of uncompromising creativity, enhanced by another solo album, Climate of Hunter in 1984. This, in turn, pointed the way forward to the more challenging direction Scott Walker would adopt in the 1990s and continue into the twenty-first century, on records like Tilt, The Drift and Bish Bosch.

Walker remains as fascinating and compelling an artist today as he was in 1967 when this classic cycle of albums was initiated. He has influenced every generation since kick-started in the 80s by Julian Cope (who compiled an album under the title The Godlike Genius of Scott Walker) and Marc Almond. You can hear the influence of Scott Walker’s in present day bands such as the Last Shadow Puppets and Elbow.

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Nick Drake's 'Bryter Later' is reissued by Island Records

Album reissue: Bryter Later by Nick Drake - remastered and boxed vinyl edition
Release date: 13 April 2013
Label: Island  

Continuing the ReDISCovered boxed vinyl series of Nick Drake’s albums, Island Records presents Nick Drake's second album, Bryter Later, in a format similar to that used for the release of Pink Moon in 2012. The album itself is a near exact replica of the original 1970 release, pressed on heavyweight audiophile vinyl, and remastered at Abbey Road from master tapes by the album's original engineer John Wood.  Although the first generation master tapes were found to be unusable, Wood had made a safety copy of the album in 1970 and it is from this that the new album has been struck.

The vinyl comes in an Island card inner bag in a single pocket textured sleeve, just as the original release would have done. In addition it is housed in a box containing a copy of the original shop poster, a smaller 'Live' poster/brochure and a reprint of Nick's handwritten set list together with reproductions of the master tape reel and tape box lids.

The album also comes with a selection of downloadable electronic formats, including either high-resolution files, the usual MP3 files or unique Dubbed-From-Disc files for an authentic playback experience.

About Bryter Later

First released in November 1970, Bryter Layter expands on themes introduced by Drake in his debut album Five Leaves Left (1969). Principally featuring Nick on vocals and guitar performing his own original material, and using the same production team of Joe Boyd, John Wood, and orchestrator Robert Kirby, Bryter Layter is unusual in that it contains three instrumentals. Musicians on the album include members of Fairport Convention, The Beach Boys and John Cale. Fresh from producing former Velvet Underground bandmate Nico, Cale played on and arranged two songs, including Northern Sky – the song described by NME in 2004 as “the greatest English love song of modern times”.

Though Bryter Layter met with an indifferent set of media reviews when it was released, it went on to be included in the Rolling Stone top 500 albums of all time and reached 23 in Q magazine’s 100 Greatest British Albums Ever chart.

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James Younger releases new single, Monday Morning - a 'catchy as hell piece of guitar pop'

Single release: Monday Morning by James Younger
Release date: April 29, 2013
Label: Light Organ
Listen: on Soundcloud

James Younger left his home town of Manchester in Britain at the ripe young age of 21 and headed for the States. He hitchhiked across America, dissecting life in conversations with all those he came across and scribbling down stories in a notepad he kept in his breast pocket. These conversations and stories became the seeds that would grow into his debut album of pop/rock anthems, Feelin' American – out on June 25 on Light Organ Records.

Younger’s first single, Monday Morning (the opening track on Feelin’ American) is out now.  Northwest tastemaker station KEXP debuted the track calling it, “A catchy as hell piece of guitar-pop that is a radio classic like the Cars would write.”  The single is backed with What Comes After The Weekend and both are available now on iTunes. You can stream Monday Morning on Soundcloud (and feel free to embed).

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'Creepy, but in a good way' - Wampire release new album on May 14


Album release: Curiosity by Wampire
Release date: May 14 2013
Label: Polyvinyl
Produced by: Jacob Portrait (Unknown Mortal Orchestra)
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After forming Wampire, Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps steadily began to make a name for themselves in the same Portland OR scene that has produced labelmates STRFKR as well as Unknown Mortal Orchestra. It makes sense, then, that Wampire came to Polyvinyl’s attention when the duo opened for STRFKR at a hometown Portland show and that UMO’s bassist Jacob Portrait produced Wampire’s debut full-length, Curiosity.

The choice of Portrait was a natural one, with both Tinder and Phipps believing he’d be able to contribute almost as much to the record as they would. And so, in mid-August Tinder and Phipps each brought fragments of song ideas into the studio, before deconstructing, re-arranging, and fitting them back together piece by piece; at times lyrics and melodies were thrown out, brought back from the dead, or improvised on the spot.

This loosely structured approach made the process truly collaborative, with producer Portrait occasionally chipping in ideas for lyrics, arrangements, and instrumentation.

The resulting nine tracks are instantly memorable, while defying easy categorization. Says Phipps, “We realized the record began to stray away from having a ‘sound’ and gradually became a platter with an assortment of sounds. The record showcases a flavor we haven’t quite dug into before.”

The album’s diverse combination of sounds ultimately helped give birth to its title, Curiosity - a word that invokes the listener’s wonder at what will greet their ears next, while also describing the overall curious tone the record possesses.

First single The Hearse serves as the perfect introduction for those unfamiliar with the band, its opening notes swelling instantly with electronic organs over a driving drum beat. By the time bass and vocals kick in, you’re already hooked.

Elsewhere, Orchards weaves an infectiously breezy melody on the strength of vocal harmonizing, tuneful whistling, and undulating guitar lines.

In some cases, Wampire’s unique rhythms are best described by the band members, as with Trains, a Motown-meets-Strokes track that Tinder perfectly summarizes like so: “It’s sexy, sounds huge, and by all means should be blamed for future babies.”

The album concludes with the equally sensual Magic Light, a song centered around a dark seductive bass groove that sets the tone for Phipps’ come-hither lyrics. It’s the kind of track that draws you ever further into the record’s beguiling clutches, leaving a lasting impression that remains well after its final notes have faded out.

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Best New Music - Pitchfork
"Creepy, but in a good way" - The Guardian

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Ringo At The Ryman - DVD released on 18 March 2013

DVD release: Ringo at the Ryman - Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band at Nashville's Historic Ryman
Release date: 18 March 2013 

Ringo Starr is a living legend whose contribution to the roots of rock and roll is immeasurable, not only as a Beatle, but also through his prolific and successful solo career. In gathering a new group of iconic rockers to play as the All Starr band each tour, every configuration offers a new and memorable moment where we get to experience songs we all know and love.

Ringo At The Ryman, filmed on July 7, 2012, celebrates Ringo’s birthday with an extra special lineup touching on some unforgettable hits spanning four decades – the band includes Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Mark Rivera (Billy Joel), Gregg Rolie (Journey, Santana), Todd Rundgren and Gregg Bissonette. The set list is undeniably familiar: It Don’t Come Easy, Act Naturally, Photograph, I Wanna Be Your Man, Yellow Submarine; and his bandmates’ contributions Roseanna, Black Magic Woman, Kyrie Eleison, Bang the Drum All Day, and so many more.

During the show at the Ryman, the All Starrs weren’t the only stars out that night. Joe Walsh makes a special guest appearance to play Rocky Mountain Way and is then joined for the encore, With A Little Help From My Friends, by his daughter Lucy and some of Nashville’s finest players such as Brendan Benson, Kix Brooks, Gary Burr, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and former All Starr alums Felix Cavaliere and Richard Marx.

Ringo at the Ryman is a musical journey featuring great players and great classic hit songs, all-in-all a momentous celebration, and a heck of a birthday party. 

Track listing

1. Open / Matchbox – Ringo Starr
2. It Don't Come Easy – Ringo Starr
3. Wings – Ringo Starr
4. I Saw The Light – Todd Rundgren
5. Evil Ways – Gregg Rolie
6. Rosanna – Steve Lukather
7. Kyrie Eleison – Richard Page
8. Don't Pass Me By – Ringo Starr
9. Bang The Drum All Day – Todd Rundgren
10. Boys – Ringo Starr
11. Yellow Submarine – Ringo Starr
12. Black Magic Woman – Gregg Rolie
13. Band Intro / Happy Birthday
14. Anthem - Ringo Starr
15. I’m The Greatest - Ringo Starr
16. Rocky Mountain Way – Joe Walsh
17. You Are Mine – Richard Page
18. Africa – Steve Lukather
19. Everybody’s Everything – Gregg Rolie
20. I Wanna Be Your Man - Ringo Starr
21. Love Is The Answer – Todd Rundgren
22. Broken Wings – Richard Page
23. Hold The Line – Steve Lukather
24. Photograph - Ringo Starr
25. Act Naturally - Ringo Starr
26. With A Little Help From My Friends / Give Peace A Chance

The All Starr Band 

Ringo Starr: Drums, Vocals
Steve Lukather: Guitar, Vocals
Todd Rundgren: Guitar, Vocals
Richard Page: Bass Guitar, Vocals
Gregg Rolie: Keyboards, Vocals
Gregg Bissonette: Drums
Mark Rivera: Saxophones, Percussion, Vocals

Special Guest: Joe Walsh - Guitar, Vocals

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Craig Finn of the Hold Steady launches his own beer

Craig Finn is your literate American all-rounder, and his work with The Hold Steady has been the perfect soundtrack to good times for so many. The clink of drinks amongst buddies, the highs and the lows of life where the drink in your hand is as good a friend to you as any other. With this in mind, and after years of drinking the same beers from the same tired riders, Craig took his wealth of life and drinking experience and started to work on a beer of his own.

Following an extensive tasting and testing session at the Signature Brew Pub, where a shortlist of 25 very different brews were supped and sampled, Craig selected his favourite flavours, aromas and styles. These were then taken by the Master Brewer, combined, and the brewing process was set in motion. Several weeks later, hot on the tail of his solo release, “Clear Heart, Full Eyes”, the beer was ready, Craig’s very own Signature Brew.

“When I set out to make this beer, I was going for something with a clear taste and a full flavor. Instead I got a pretty decent buzz. We had a great time creating this beer and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Enjoy!” said Craig Finn of the beer.

Served cold in 330ml bottles,"Clear Heart"’ contains a melody of bitterness and citrus notes, the fresh hops and malted barley are in harmony within this golden brew, a full bodied taste with an easy finish.

"We've been big fans of Craig's music over the years and are delighted to have helped him develop his Clear Heart craft beer. It has been a fantastic opportunity for us to have his knowledge and enthusiasm represented as part of our Signature Brew collection," said Sam McGregor, Director at Signature Brew. 

The beer was officially launched on 19th of March at The Signature Brew Pub, and the beer is now available to buy online, as well as at a range of selected outlets, including The Hoxton Bar & Kitchen where Craig recently performed live.

Signature Brew believe in real music and real beer. Bringing some of the world’s greatest artists together with the finest craft beer to create an authentic music taste. Clear Heart is the sophomore beer released by Signature Brew, following The General by The Rifles.

For more information on Signature Brew and wholesaling, visit www.signaturebrew.co.uk.

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