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WEEK STARTING 17 Sep

Genre pick of the week Cover of If All I Ever Wanted Was All I Ever Needed by Jon Coley.
Jon Coley is something of an underground figure in Manchester's music scene. Combining soul and folk with intelligent original songwriting, and admired for his unique guitar playing (taking influence from performers such as Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Wizz Jones and especially John Martyn) and for his passionate vocal performances, reminiscent of Van Morrison and Amos Lee.

"If All I Ever Wanted Was All I Ever Needed" is his strikingly pure, heart-wide-open debut album. Opening with the Tracey Chapman-esque, "Higher Ground" it's obvious from the start there's a warm and healing magic to Jon's voice; the mere sounding of the record certain to rekindle forgotten memories of happy times like flames around a campfire.

Jon's guitar and voice seem unseperable throughout; symbiotically elevating each other beyond their instrument's solo limitations. And his vocal range - wow! - I mean, Jon where were you hiding such an angelic falsetto?! Like golden honey flowing over polished leather, the slight gravly inflections like proplis in this sonic royal jelly.

Accompanying Jon, a beautifully intimate team of backing muscians and vocalists (all credited on the record's sleeve) which add finedrawn, unforced dynamics to this otherwise one-man operation which in parts drifts in to Mazzy Star-esque depths of emotion.

If you're looking for a charismatic and heart warming troubadour to keep you company over the coming Autumn months then look no further! Highly recommended by us all here at Piccadilly Records.

Jon has played alongside John Renbourn, Blind Boy Paxton, Michael Chapman, Ralph McTell, Jon Gomm, Wizz Jones, Dylan LeBlanc, Chance McCoy and shared a stage and billing with many more, including Foss Patterson and Danny Thompson of John Martyn's band at venues as varied as New York's Bitter End Club, and Liverpool's Echo Arena. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Whispering sweet nothings like warm treacle across a rich tapestry of English Americana; the only drinking partner you need this Autumn! Manchester's Jon Coley is an absolute joy on the ears. Debut album from this star destined for supernova status.

TRACK LISTING

Side A
Higher Ground
Sympathy For Juda
Sweeter State Of Mind
Can't Blame A Boy For Trying
Last Words On A Caged Mocking-Bird
In The Night Time 

Side B
Beat Up Inside
Watch The World Burn
You Can't Make It Rain
The Easy Life
Only Call Me When You're Ready
Bigger Than Both Of Us
Blue Eyes, Whiskey And Wine

Aquarian Blood

Bending The Golden Hour

    With Bending the Golden Hour, the third album from Memphis, Tennessee’s Aquarian Blood, husband and wife team J.B. Horrell (Ex-Cult) and Laurel Horrell (formerly of the Nots) continue the gorgeously stripped-down and atmospheric direction set on their critically acclaimed previous effort A Love That Leads to War.

    While Aquarian Blood has roots as a chaotic punk rock six-piece, the band shifted gears after two raucous cassette-only releases on ZAP Cassettes, a pair of seven-inches, and 2017’s Last Nite in Paradise, released on Goner Records. After drummer Bill Curry broke his arm, the Horrells redefined

    Aquarian Blood, reemerging in early 2018 as the more intimate, mostly acoustic balladeers behind the staccato, fever dream sound of A Love That Leads to War. Like its immediate predecessor, Bending the Golden Hour was recorded at the Horrell's Midtown Memphis home. The band turned over 43 tracks to Goner co-owner Zac Ives, who handpicked 17 songs for the album.

    The final result is shimmering and hopeful; as beautiful and sparse as a Rockwell Kent snowscape. Bending the Golden Hour begins ominously with “Channeling,” which sounds like an outtake from Paul Giovanni’s soundtrack to 1973’s pagan nightmare The Wicker Man. Then the band upshifts for “Time in the Rain,” a sweet duet set to a rigid snare beat. From there, Aquarian Blood zigs to country and zags to psychedelic folk, brooding on one song and soothing listeners with the next. And while the music, feel, and experience is different, Aquarian Blood naturally brings to mind some legendary musical partnerships: Richard and Linda Thompson, Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris; not to mention similarly-bent-but-beautiful luminaries like Roy Harper, Pentangle circa 1967 -1973, and Jackson C. Frank.

    There’s a big middle ground, like folk-psych, or weirder country music,” he says, reeling off names like Skip Spence and Syd Barrett as stepping stones between the genres of punk and folk.

    Inspirations for Bending the Golden Hour come from myriad sources that document the milestones and minutiae in a family’s full life. Some lyrics name a time or a place; others reflect the fleeting moments that elapse unnoticed. “Come Home,” which is sung by J.B. and his daughter Ava, was written the day Ava got her driver’s license. “Ava took the car out by herself afterwards, and I wrote the song immediately—she sang her part when she got home that evening,” J.B. recalls. Whether or not the listener knows the backstory, the song rings sentimental, with subtle, supportive instrumentation that underscores guitar and vocals. The bewitching “Rope and Hair,” on the other hand, is less sketched out, with lyrics that are simply a recitation of the talismen found on a silver sabertooth charm that J.B. purchased for Laurel at a Latin strip mall in southeast Memphis. That’s all to be said. “Sometimes when you know too much about what the song is about, it takes away the magic,” says J.B. “Alabama Daughter,” says Laurel, is about a place where a childhood friend lived called Castleberry Holler. “It was really rural, just a lot of shacks without electricity—the kind of place you didn’t go to unless you were invited,” she says. “Probable Gods” is a hazy reflection on the struggle of such a strange year. “It’s been very cathartic to put all of this into words and not have it live in my head,” J.B. says.


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Channeling
    2. Time In The Rain
    3. Bolted And Embossed
    4. Waited
    5. Til It Wasn’t Anymore
    6. Spray Them All
    7. Rope And Hair
    8. Bending Time
    9. Come Home
    10. Covering The Past
    11. Hate To Wake You
    12. Alabama Daughter
    13. Night Train
    14. Count My Love
    15. On The Divide
    16. Probable Gods
    17. Boredom Hours

    Dusted

    III

      Brian Borcherdt (aka Dusted) is the founding member of Holy Fuck as well as LIDS which includes members of Metz and Constantines, and has a single due out this year on Sub Pop.

      The new album is the follow up to the acclaimed 2018 release BlackOut Summer and will provide a welcome musical shot in the arm for fans who have anxiously waited three years for new music from Dusted.
      ‘The album's process began with Borcherdt finding a long forgotten favourite song, coming back to him in a dream. ‘’That same morning, I found a demo of it, along with countless others, on an old laptop,’’ said Borcherdt. ‘’It was a joyful moment, hearing long lost songs as if I was never part of them. I was a third-party listener thus allowing them to be innocent and unjudged. I added a handful of the favourites to a current set list, which became the inspiration to go into the studio, to lay everything down, live off the floor, simply to preserve them, to keep them from being forgotten again.'

      Dusted’s 2012 album ‘’Total Dust’’ was selected for the Polaris Prize Long List in 2013. The support from filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee earned Dusted two songs in his most recent film Demolition and a cameo role in Wild. With Holy Fuck, Borcherdt has been making music for 15 years and has released 5 albums. Holy Fuck has seen their music played on major TV shows like Breaking Bad and Mr Robot as well as ranking over 200K monthly listeners on Spotify and accumulating over 5 million career streams to date. Borcherdt has been releasing solo music since 2002. Previously to Holy Fuck, he was part of By Divine Right whose past band members count Feist and Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning. 


      TRACK LISTING

      1) Not Offering
      2) Baseball
      3) Cedar Tree
      4) The Don’t Know You
      5) Little More Time
      6) Mountain Top
      7) Bide My Time
      8) Wash My Hands Away
      9) Erik
      10) Recovery Cone
      11) Clouds
      12) Palmer

      The Felice Brothers

      From Dreams To Dust

        From Dreams To Dust, the latest studio album by The Felice Brothers was recorded in the fall of 2020 in an old one room church in Harlemville, NY.

        Produced by The Felice Brothers and mixed by Mike Mogis. The record ranges over a variety of topics and themes, including isolation, the world of dreams and delusions, environmental collapse, and the inward and outward chaos of modern life.

        TRACK LISTING

        Jazz On The Autobahn
        To-Do List
        All The Way Down
        Money Talks
        Be At Rest
        Valium
        Inferno
        Silverfish
        Celebrity X
        Land Of Yesterdays 
        Blow Him Apart
        We Shall Live Again

        Nancy Sinatra

        Boots - Reissue

          “Dumb stuff, as Lee used to call it. Dumb doesn’t mean stupid. It means human and understandable. It was the sound of three guitars, drums, and bass. It was simple, very, very simple. I can still see the room, the studio. With Carol Kaye, Glen Campbell, Donnie Owens… I can still see them all sitting there and chunking away. I guess simple was the best way to explain it, uncomplicated.” – Nancy Sinatra.

          Light in the Attic is proud to present the next installment of the Nancy Sinatra Archival Series with a deluxe reissue of Nancy’s first album, Boots.

          The 1966 debut million-selling debut LP, introduced the sassy, blonde, go-go booted icon. Built around her Lee Hazlewood-penned hits, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” and “So Long, Babe,” the folk-rock era milestone album features songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Hazlewood and more. The catchy and jangly pop hooks performed by the famed Los Angeles session musicians, The Wrecking Crew and Billy Strange’s innovative arrangements provided the perfect sound to help Nancy capture the attention of the world. The new reissue includes two bonus tracks recorded during the album sessions, the non-album b-side “The City Never Sleeps At Night” and the previously unreleased “For Some.”

          Remastered from the original analog tapes by GRAMMY®-nominated engineer John Baldwin, the reissue is complemented by a new Q&A interview with Nancy and GRAMMY®-nominated reissue co-producer Hunter Lea.

          The CD edition is housed in a digipak and features a 28-page booklet, while each vinyl set is presented in an expanded gatefold jacket (featuring a 20-page booklet)


          TRACK LISTING

          As Tears Go By
          Day Tripper
          I Move Around
          It Ain't Me Babe
          These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
          In My Room
          Lies
          So Long
          Babe
          Flowers On The Wall
          If He'd Love Me
          Run For Your Life
          The City Never Sleeps At Night (Bonus Track)
          For Some (Bonus Track)

          The Weather Station

          All Of It Was Mine - 2021 Reissue

            The Weather Station's 2nd LP from 2011, now available from Fat Possum Records.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Everything I Saw
            2. Came So Easy
            3. Traveller
            4. Trying
            5. Chip On My Shoulder
            6. Know It To See It
            7. Yarrow And Mint
            8. Running Around Asking
            9. Nobody
            10. If I've Been Fooled

            Various Artists

            Surf Music Vol. 1

              Part one of a great series of surf music comps. 

              Kicking off with Miserlou by the legendary Dick Dale And His Del Tones. Of course you know this one from Pulp Fiction. Put there are other gems here including Peter Gunn by Duane Eddy and tracks by Johnny & The Hurricanes, The Tornadoes and The Frantics.

              So what are you waiting for? Grab your board and head for the coast!

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Dick Dale And His Del Tones - Miserlou
              A2. The Chantays - Pipeline
              A3. Duane Eddy - Peter Gunn
              A4. The Mar-Kets - Surfin'
              A5. The Scarlets - Stampede
              A6. Don And The Galaxies - Avalanche
              A7. The Frantics - The Whip
              A8. The Frogmen - Underwater
              A9. The Packabeats - Gypsy Beat
              B1. The Tornadoes - Bustin' Surfboards
              B2. The Sentinals - Latin'la
              B3. The Bel-Airs - Volcanic Action
              B4. Johnny & The Hurricanes - Sandstorm
              B5. The Gamblers - Moon Dawg!
              B6. The Fabulous Playboys - Cheater Stomp
              B7. The Rhythm Rockers - Get It On
              B8. Kenny & The Ho-Daddies - Surf Dance
              B9. The Hunters - Teen Scene 

              Various Artists

              Surf Music Vol. 2

                Volume 2 in this series dives straight in (see what I did there) with the absolute kings surf, The Beach Boys.

                Also includes (Ghost) Riders In The Sky by Ramrods,, Tomahawk by The Cheyennes and Guitar Boogie Shuffle by the legendary Bert Weedon.

                Grab your wetsuit (this is England - the sea is freezing!) and head for the breakers!

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. The Beach Boys - Surfin' Safari
                A2. The Ventures - Walk, Don't Run
                A3. The Revels Feat. Barbara Adkins - Church Key
                A4. The Pharaohs - Dennis The Menace
                A5. Ramrods - (Ghost) Riders In The Sky
                A6. The Jesters - The Jester Jump
                A7. The Astronauts - Come Along Baby
                A8. Bert Weedon - Guitar Boogie Shuffle
                A9. Santo & Johnny - Sleep Walk
                B1. The Champs - Lowdown
                B2. The Fireballs - Vaquero
                B3. The Cheyennes - Tomahawk
                B4. Brian Bentley & The Bachelors - Caramba
                B5. Ray Ethier - President's Walk
                B6. The Vampires - Clap Trap
                B7. The Rockets Band - Countdown
                B8. The Rockin' Rebels - Wild Weekend
                B9. The Feenades - Theme From Leningrad 

                Various Artists

                Surf Music Vol. 3

                  Rounding of this great series of surf music compilations, (and including the best album cover of the series) Volume 3 includes more gems from LInk Wray & The Wraymen, The Challengers and The Jetstreams to name but a few.

                  Hang five dudes!

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. The Challengers - Bulldog
                  A2. The Lively Ones - Guitarget
                  A3. Billy Vaughn - Wheels
                  A4. The Noblemen - Dragon Walk
                  A5. The Piltdown Men - The Great Imposter
                  A6. Keith Zeller And The Starliners - Yellow Bird
                  A7. The Twisters - Count Down 1-2-3
                  A8. The Atmospheres - The Fickle Chicken
                  A9. Rhet Stoller - Chariot
                  B1. Link Wray & The Wraymen - Rumble
                  B2. Bruce Johnston - Do The Surfer Stomp Pt. 2
                  B3. The Jetstreams - Bongo Rock
                  B4. Nero & The Gladiators - Entry Of The Gladiators
                  B5. The Surfmen - El Toro
                  B6. Sandy Nelson - Let There Be Drums
                  B7. The Rockin' R's - Nameless
                  B8. Jan Davis - Sabre Dance
                  B9. The Wailers – Shanghaied 


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