Folky episode today! We start off with the new title for Bonnie Prince Billy, who collaborates with Three Queens in Mourning over in Scotland. Lydia Loveless over in Columbus, OH has a new single and so does Emma Ruth Rundle in LA. We introduce the new project for Daniel Romano, Alias Ensemble. Esther Rose from New Orleans is another new name for us today. Josh Klinghoffer, former guitarist in Red Hot Chilli Peppers has a solo project called Pluralone. Dive in!
The Third Mind – The Dolphins;
Bonnie Prince Billy – Dead Man’s Island;
Lydia Loveless – Love Is Not Enough;
Kim Simpson – Night Swirls In;
Fairport Convention – Time Will Show The Wiser;
Alias Ensemble – A Picture Of Perfume;
Three Queens in Mourning – Tonight’s Decision;
The Akibas – Down Along The Road;
Snowgoose – Hope;
Pluralone – Directrix;
Esther Rose – My Favorite Mistake;
Bob Dylan -Â I’ve Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You;
Leigh Gregory – Sweet Fifteen;
Marshall Chapman – Tennessee Blues;
Josefin OÌˆhrn and The Liberation – Caramel Head;
Emma Ruth Rundle – Staying Power;
Fred and Rose – Piedra Y Camino.
Cover albums are a fad of this millennium. They give an artist a chance to show off their interpretive abilities and taste. Will Oldham’s new record is also an exercise in interpretation, but Oldham doesn’t go back to other people’s songs. He goes back three years behind, to his own album Wolfroy Goes To Town.
Wolfroy is a troubling album for me. Introspective, performed as if on downers, the album failed to catch my attention back when it came out. I heard it, and okay, it’s just another Oldham record, file it and forget it. The power of songs were obscured by what I thought was a weak interpretation.
Now, Oldham goes back to nine of the Wolfroy songs and appends it with two more, but this time his interpretation is incredibly focused and straight to the point, especially the passages with the gospel duet courtesy of Ann and Regina McCrary. The new interpretations reveal the full glory of the songs and now I can indulge.
It would be interesting to find out what was Oldham’s own motivation for going back to the his old songs, but in any case, Singerâ€™s Grave a Sea of Tongues is a wake-up call for the Americana genre. Focus equally on interpretation and songwriting and greatness will be achieved.
More project than a band, Soulsavers is a musical collective that got head started by electornic music producers Rich Machin and Ian Glover, but has grown into a pure rock’n’roll deal once the American rockers Mark Lanegan and Will Oldham joined in as songwriters and performers. This year’s Broken is their strongest album thus far. It’s great to see that electronic musicians, whatever that means, still keep their interest in pure, live-music-driven rock’n’roll. The highlight of this album is a cover of Gene Clark’s song Some Misunderstanding is a perfect homage to the songwriting rock era of the seventies and one of the greatest albums of that time No Other. Accidentally or not, this is also the only major label album on our year end list!