Crafting lo-fi, acoustic indie-rock that draws comparisons to artists like Roky Erikson, the Band, Will Oldham and Howlin’ Wolf, Denton, TX’s the Baptist Generals feature main members singer/guitarist Chris Flemmons and drummer Steven Hill. Originally named the Poor Bastard Sons, the group formed in the late ’90s and mixed folk and country sounds and song structures with an indie-rock attitude. Flemmons was a drummer for eight years before switching to guitar (teaching himself to play on a largely plywood model he bought at a pawnshop) and brings a raw, percussive emphasis to his playing; likewise, Hill’s minimal kit — a snare, floor tom and bass drum — keeps their sound on the simple side. The Generals’ penchant for recording on 4-track adds extra grit and authenticity to their sound, particularly on early releases like the 1998, cassette-only collection In Excretio: The Difficult Years and 2000’s The Dog EP. After adding bassist Jeff Helland, the band signed to Sub Pop upgraded to 8-track to record 2002’s Void Touching Faster Victuals EP and the full-length No Silver, No Gold, which arrived in early 2003 on Sub Pop.
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Indiana based college-rockers Hypocrite in A Hippy Crypt – still the best named band of the last 10 years – have announced that they’ll be dropping a new Lp, Titled ‘Tweaker Two’. Cousins, a lilting acoustic ballad, launches an assault on tropical paradises and is incongruously bitter considering its melodic charm.
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Saskatchewan-born, Brooklyn-based folk troubadour Ana Egge isn’t your run-of-the-mill alternative-country singer. Using unique production and rock-based chord progressions, Egge has made a name for herself as a Gillian Welch figure with a rocker attitude, which once prompted Lucinda Williams to call her “the Nina Simone of folk.” mp3 192 kbps | 51 MB | UL
Introduced to the world in rock photography documentary Rock Prophecies, Honey Grove, Tex.-bred blues guitarist Tyler Bryant has been turning heads with his impeccable skills for the better part of five years. In concert, Bryant is a scorcher of an axe man and, at 21, he puts men thrice his age with entire careers under […]
The story of Blonde on Blonde is almost as compelling as the music within. Dylan, frustrated with how initial attempts fared in New York, relocating to Tennessee and pairing with Nashville’s top session players as well as members of what would become the Band, feverishly chasing perfectionism while also arriving at an on-the-fly feel that […]
The run of this years’ surprise releases continues apace with the unveiling of the Strongroom EP, an accompaniment to John Grant’s outstanding album Pale Green Ghosts (Bella Union). The EP is a collection of super stripped back vocal/piano versions of tracks from the album and listening to the songs represented this way showcases Grant’s unique blend of […]
Tracks: 01 Pop A Top – Johnny Bush & Jim Ed Brown 02 Odds And Ends – Curtis Potter & Justin Trevino 03 Lily Dale – Darrell McCall & Willie Nelson 04 Don’t Call Me From A Honky Tonk – Tony Booth & Amber Digby 05 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You […]