Thursday, December 24, 2015

2015 - The best albums

Another year, another best of list. This is what I've been listening to the most and liked the best in the year 2015. More on each album later.

1. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
2. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
3. Dig Deeper - How You Spend Your Days
4. _Linden_ - Rest and Be Thankful
5. GospelbeacH - Pacific Surf Line
6. Dungen - Allas Sak
7. Dawes - All Your Favourite Bands
8. Easy October - Nowhere But Here - Vol. 1
9. Promised Land Sound - For Use and Delight
10. Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete
11. Ultimate Painting - Green Lines
12. Ryley Walker - Primrose Green
13. Wilco - Star Wars
14. Circles Around the Sun - Interludes for the Dead
15. Odd Nordstoga - Dette Landet

Others that bubbled under the surface:

Joanna Newsom, Kurt Vile, Kristofer Åström, The Thank Yous, Caddy, Daniel Kvammen, Twerps, Summer Fiction, Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity, Richard Thompson, Mystic Braves, The Decemberists, Ida Jenshus, Robert Forster, Martin Courtney, Dante Elephante, Laura Marling, Paul Weller and probably a few I have forgotten as well.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December 1st: "And you won't wait for me in some secluded stand of trees.."

Okkervil River - Calling and not Calling My Ex
(The Stand Ins // Jagjaguwar // 2008)

It's December 1st, and this is a great example of Christmas songs that's not really Christmas songs. Actully it's one of my favourite Okkervil River songs, and the lyrics are as many of Will Sheff's lyrics in my opinion brilliant. He has his way with words that fellow. Pretty straight forward, but still some very smart lines. Oh, yeah, and it's a really really catchy tune.

"She was so sweet on Christmas Eve
With the snow set deep
When we went walking through the pines."

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Heartworn Highways # 8

//// Kaleidoscope Love ////

1. The Lovin' Spoonful - Butchie's Tune
(Daydream // Kama Sutra // 1966)
2. Mikal Cronin - Am I Wrong
(MCII // Merge // 2013)
3. The Pastels - Check Your Heart
(Slow Summits // Domino // 2013)
4. The Go-Betweens - Love Goes On!
(16 Lovers Lane // Beggars Banquet // 1988)
5. Chris Cohen - Rollercoaster Rider
(Overgrown Path // Captured Tracks // 2012)
6. Painted Hills - Kaleidoscope Eyes
(Painted Hills // Bird Song Recordings // 2010)
7. Robyn Hitchcock - All I Wanna Do is Fall in Love
(I Wanna Go Backwards // Yep Roc // 2007)
8. I Was a King - Food Wheels
(You Love it Here // Warner Music Norway // 2012)
9. The Velvet Underground - Who Loves the Sun
(Loaded // Cotillion // 1970)
10. Love - Maybe the People Would Be the Times Or Between Clark and Hilldale
(Forever Changes // Elektra // 1967)
11. The Rain Parade - This Can't Be Today
(Emergency Third Rail Power Trip // Enigma Records // 1983)
12. Matthew Sweet - Sick of Myself 
(100% Fun // Zoo Entertainment // 1995)
13. Paul Westerberg - Dyslexic Heart
(Singles OST // Epic Soundtrax // 1992)
14. Teenage Fanclub - Jesus Christ
(Big Star Small World // Koch Records // 2006)
15. Cotton Mather - Spin My Wheels
(Kontiki // Copper Records // 1997)
16. Gigolo Aunts - Where I Find My Heaven
(Flippin' Out // RCA // 1993)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Heartworn Higways # 7

1. Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (mono)
(Ogden's Nut Gone Flake // Immediate // 1968)
2. The Byrds - Dolphin's Smile
(Notorious Byrd Brothers // Columbia // 1968)
3. Caribou - Sandy 
(Andorra // Merge // 2007)
4. Jefferson Airplane - Today
(Surrealistic Pillow // RCA Victor // 1967)
5. Curt Boettcher - Lament of the Astral Cowboy
(The Collected Curt Boettcher vol. 1 // Railroad Town Music // 2013)
6. Dungen - Barnen Undrar
(Skit i Allt // Subliminal Sounds // 2010)
7. Moby Grape - 8:05
(Moby Grape // Columbia // 1967)
8. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - I'll Search the Sky
(Ricochet // Liberty // 1967)
9. Comets on Fire - Hatched Upon the Age
(Avatar // Sub Pop // 2006)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Some of that California sunshine..

I can't remember the last time I almost couldn't wait for an album to be released, but I definitely have it that way with the debut album from GospelbeacH. Due to be released in October, it's going to be a favourite for sure.

The first single, "Sunshine Skyway" dropped a few weeks ago, and it's been on constant rotation ever since.

GospelbeacH is the new band from Brent Rademaker (Beachwood Sparks, The Tyde). Along with him he got Jason Soda, Tom Sanford, Kip Boardman and last but not least probably my favourite guitarplayer at the moment, Neal Casal. The album is called Pacific Surf Line, and just there you have a favourite album - just for the title. You just know it's going to be great.

The band's sound is drenched in California-history. Poco, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Byrds, Beach Boys and of course Beachwood Sparks. It sounds amazing. Hear for yourself in the live-set below - from the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Heartworn Highways #6

1. I Was A King - Make It Clear
(Losing Something Good For Something Better // Happy Soul Recordings // 2007)
2. Buffalo Springfield - Out Of My Mind
(Buffalo Springfield // ATCO Records // 1966)
3. Galaxie 500 - Summertime
(This Is Our Music // Rough Trade // 1990)
4. Martin Hagfors (feat. Anne Lise Frøkedal) - Kinky Lovers
(Producers Politics Passion // ME Records // 2014)
5. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - I Won't Hurt You
(Part One // Reprise Records // 1967)
6. Yo La Tengo - The Race Is On Again
(I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass // Matador // 2006)
7. The Byrds - Tribal Gathering
(The Notorious Byrd Brothers // Columbia // 1968)
8. Electric Eye - Kruskontroll
(Pick Up, Lift Off, Space, Time // Klangkollektivet // 2013)

Listen on Spotify or TiDAL (WiMP)

Photo: Stian Svehagen

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Modern Classics: Solomon Burke - Nashville

Back in 2006, when Nashville was released, I was working in a record store but I wasn't all that familiar with the career of Solomon Burke. My boss at the time were a big fan of the comeback album Don't Give Up On Me which came out some years earlier. I had heard that record and I liked it a lot, but I wasn't all that into soul and r'n'b. Country music on the other hand was something that I had really embraced around this time. So when this album was released it got a lot of spins in our store - and of course, I fell in love with it.

Fast forward almost ten years and here we are. I picked it out of my shelf and put it on earlier this week, for the first time in a really long time. Probably since 2006 I guess.  The first thing that hit me was that the album starts of with the brilliant Tom T. Hall song "That's How I Got to Memphis" which I had been looking around for before Christmas because I wanted to give it to a friend of mine. I was reminded about the song in one of the last episodes of the TV-series Newsroom late last fall. And then it's like - boom - it's been right under my nose the whole time. The song really sets the tone for the album, the beautiful cracks in Burke's voice and the subtle guitar playing of producer Buddy Miller.

The album flows on with an amazing Jim Lauderdale tune, with Lauderdale himself on guitar. It seems like this album is all about the feel, and believe me - the feeling is good. Buddy Miller's production makes it all feel like a some sort of family gathering where everyone just brings their guitar along and are having a really good time. It's a stellar line-up of contributors here, I'll tell you that. Lots of great songwriters and musicians. Dolly Parton, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Al Perkins, Sam Bush, Larry Campbell and the wizards Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.

They do "Valley of Tears", a song that fit Solomon Burke like a pair of well worn boots. It just gives me chills all over - in the best possible way.

This country record is one that really has got soul. It feels like mr. Solomon Burke sings a lot about his own life on this record and you can't help but believing in what he sings. Hats off to Solomon Burke, one of the best performers ever.

"I'll just keep on falling in love
'Til I get it right.
Right now I'm like a wounded bird
Hungry for the sky.."

Solomon Burke - Nashville was released by Shout! Factory the 26th of September 2006.