Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mark Eitzel full LP stream - Don't Be a Stranger

Paste Magazine have posted a complete stream of the new Mark Eitzel LP - Don't Be a Stranger. I have had a copy of the LP for about a month and its a glorious listen. The production on it is full of light and air and Mark's guitar playing carries real shades of Nick Drake.

I am not one for listening to streams of records that I think I am going to love. I think listening to a record should be like a first date, something that should be treasured and given the attention it deserves not done at your desk at work.

This is what Paste have to say about the LP.

"...Renowned songwriter Mark Eitzel, of San Francisco band American Music Club, is set to release his new solo album Don’t Be A Stranger on Oct. 2 via Merge Records.

For the album, Eitzel worked with acclaimed producer Sheldon Gomberg (Rickie Lee Jones, Ben Harper) to create a piece of work that displays his finest musical talents.

Eitzel has plans to make a US tour later in 2012 followed by a European tour in early 2013. In the meantime, you can stream his album below and look out for the release of Don’t Be a Stranger on October 2..."

Anyway - here the link to the stream. Enjoy it -

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Advance Base - Daytrotter Session

I am not sure if I have mentioned before just how much I love Daytrotter. The quality and range of artists that they get to do sessions is amazing. It $5.00 a month I really don't mind spending.

On the 25th September 2012 they recorded a session with Advance Base. Now the Advance Base record - A Shut In's Prayer is one of my favorites this year and the session versions of the songs are wonderful.

"....These Advance Base songs - recorded with Ashworth (electric piano and vocals), Nick Ammerman (autoharp and bass), Edward Crouse (piano and autoharp) and Jody Weinmann (bass, omnichord, organ and vocals) - are extensions of these sentiments, of these drowsy pieces of milieu that we tend to stuff down inside...."

The track listing is as follows:

The Sister You Never Had
Our Cat
Christmas In Milwaukee
Sorry To Hear You Got The Blues
Black Cat (Donkeys Cover)

You should pop across now to the session have a listen and then sign up. You won't regret it.!/concert/advance-base/20056095-37383301

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Mark Eitzel - I Love But You're Dead (Audio Stream)

I Love You But Your're Dead is the opening track on Mark Eiztel (American Music Clubs) new LP Don't Be A Stranger.
When he played it live in Winchester on Sunday he talked about how it was about meeting  Destroy all Monsters when he was a young man in his first ever punk band.

The production on the new LP is great and lightness of touch really shows of the ache and awe in Mark Eiztels voice.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes Video

I went to the wonderful SXSC festival at the Railway Inn in Winchester. I had gone to primary see Mark Eitzel but stumbled across Hurray For The Riff Raff and was taken by their beautiful blend of and bruised ache.

The song below, Small Town Heroes,  is a new track not the current LP but I thought it was bewitching and beautiful.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

St Etienne's Jukebox Wire September 2004 - Spotify playlist

I have been working my way through a pile of old Wire Magazines and reading the Invisible Jukebox features.

The idea behind the invisible jukebox is as follows:

"Every month we play a musician a series of records which they’re asked to identify and comment on with no prior knowledge of what they’re about to hear. This month it’s the turn of…"

I thought the one from the September 2004 edition featuring St Etienne was good fun and worth creating a playlist for.

Two tracks aren't on Spotify so I have added the videos below.

Say Kids - What Time is It? - Coldcut
Past, Present and Future - The Shangri-Las
No UFOs - Model 500
Orbit Around the Moon - Joe Meek
Blown Away - A Certain Ratio
Superfly Guy - S'Express
Final Day - Young Marble Giants
Strange Love - Mary Wells


Aretha Franklin - 96 Tears

Lori and The Chameleons - Touch

St Etienne's Wire Jukebox Spotify Playlist

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