five go adventuring again.

You don’t want to read about my h(l)azy summer with my kids rolling along the French countryside, Mark Kozelek singing his sweet songs on the stereo, trying and giving up camping, prowling through bakeries, drinking Chinon wine, playing table tennis with a communist and watching surfers on the SW coast. No, you don’t. You want music to blaze away your senses and to accompany you on autumn walks and autumn heartache. Right? Right!

It’s astonishing the amount of great records coming out at the moment, so I’m just going to post five of the more interesting ones for your entertainment :

Rural Alberta Advantage released the best record of 2009 with hometowns, those happy sweet/sad songs sprinkled with hope summed up everything that music should be about..Anyway they’re back with a new album due soon and their love is strong enough.

Paul Draper, the guy from 90’s indie idols Mansun has a album out “soon”. I have no idea what to make of this, it’s all still too new and to shocking to really understand but a glismpe of his first music for, what 11 years, can be heard here.

J Mascis has a new record out too. I’m probably biased because Dinosaur Jr. is my 5 year old son’s most requested cd to hear in the car. Anyway, this one sounds pretty ace too.

Thurston Moore who played the most disappointed show I’ve ever seen back in 2013 is back. No longer with Kim Gordon and Sonic Youth is long gone. He’s now living in London with his hipster bookish young girlfriend, and I’d pretty much given up on him. Then I heard this song and fell in love with his voice all over again.

Leonard Cohen releases a new album for his, err, 80th birthday celebrations. This one sounds dark and moody, but full of life too with glimpses of salvation. He can still write clever songs/poems, and in a perfect world this would get straight to number one.

https://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/leonard-cohen-darkness

Five new releases. If you’re missing girls, then go watch the Kathleen Hanna documentary the punk singer, it’s the best documentary I’ve seen in years. She’ll inspire/transfix and blow you away with her radness and determination to fight for a better world. Oh, and Adam from the beastie boys seems really nice too! Watch the preview below for a taste!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMbLzaVkn2s

waiting for the day

The news isn’t really Brian Wilson related, although he does have a new record out soon and good to hear he’s sticking to his guns even if “fans” disagree (see his reaction here), but there are two other records due out soon that are worth a mention as both could well be the album of the year (so far it’s sun kil moons “Benji”)

The first is the singer of my little boy’s favourite band Dinosaur Jr. (in case you’re interested, his second is the fall, whereas at his age I only listJMascis-TiedToAStarened to my dad’s Queen and Michael Jackson tapes!) – the one and only J Mascis whose new album “Tied to a star” comes out on 25th August and you can hear on youtube a track below. His previous effort, 2011’s “Several Shades of Why” remains one of the best albums of the last few years and, along with Bob Mould, he’s an emo rock hero to more than the hipster reception class set.

The second one is a guy I’ve only just got into, after hearing some stuff on the radio. It’s Hiss Golden Messenger, with an intriguing title called “Lateness of Dancers” out on 9th September. He made a soulful video explaining the record which just about blows my mind, you can check that radness out below too along with some tour dates.

If you missed the Norah Jones Blue Note performance, here’s one last chance to watch her play with a trio of jazz superstars which was sensational, oh yes!

That’s enough, I’m all emotional after the world cup opening match, so can’t write any more except these 6 magical letters…. Brazil.

Hiss Golden Messenger Tour
11-07 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Winnipeg Folk Festival
15-07 Nijmegen, Netherlands – Valkhof Festival
16-07 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
18-07 Suffolk, England – Latitude Festival
19-07 London, England – Bush Hall
20-07 North Devon, England – Somersault Festival
25-07 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (Merge 25 Festival)
26-07 Winston-Salem, NC – Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art
01-08 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
28-08 Asheville, NC – Harvest Records Transfigurations II Festival
20-09 Montreal, Quebec – Ukrainian Federation (Pop Montréal)