Phosphorescent- Song for Zula
Here’s a sneak peek at “Song for Zula” off of Phosphorescent’s latest album Muchacho (out March 2013 via Dead Oceans). They’ve just announced a two-month long worldwide tour in support of the record, kicking it all off at SXSW in Austin in March and then continuing across the US and over to Europe. Complete tour dates are after the jump.
The Parson Red Heads – Another Chance
The Parson Red Heads’ music video for their tune “Another Chance”, which appears on their latest record Yearling (released yesterday on Parson Farm / Second Motion Records.)
Faron Young- Hello Walls
Faron Young performing a classic country tune written by a then-struggling young Texas songwriter named Willie Nelson. Young’s 1961 single recording for Capitol Records was a huge hit, topping the country music charts at #1 and crossing over as a pop hit too (#12). Its success helped to put Nelson on the map as both a songwriter and also a country music performer to watch — Willie recorded “Hello Walls” himself in 1962 for his debut LP, And Then I Wrote. Faron Young, incidentally, was also known as both “The Hillbilly Heartthrob” and “The Singing Sheriff” (we’re not sure which one he is here).
Bob Dylan looking at the back cover of the first Byrds album, with manager Albert Grossman
Nashville actors covering The Civil Wars
Have you started watching Nashville yet? Besides the fact that it stars Connie Britton (aka Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights…clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!) and is set in my hometown, it also features some really beautiful tunes sung by some extremely talented actors. For example, check out this Civil Wars cover featuring Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen) and Gunnar Scott (Sam Palladio) above. Note: if you haven’t watched the show yet, you may want to avert your eyes so you don’t ruin any story lines. You can listen to a few more tracks by the pair after the jump.
Caitlin Rose- I Was Cruel
Caitlin Rose performing a cover of The Deep Vibration’s “I Was Cruel” live in December 2011 for LaundroMatinee. An MP3 of the performance is below. Click here to watch her performing “Spare Me” from the same set and here to listen to the Vibration’s original version of the tune (which features Rose on backing vocals).
MP3: Caitlin Rose- I Was Cruel
For the latest edition of our Mixin’ With Series, we have the great JD McPherson who’s curated a mixtape for us entitled Praise, Sob, Riot, Repeat. The mixtape, which features a gospel song followed by a tearjerker and a hardcore punk track, boasts tunes by the likes of The Staple Singers, Irma Thomas and The Buzzcocks. McPherson is currently gearing up for an 8-date UK tour in support of the release of his latest single, “Dimes For Nickels”, (out January 28th via Rounder/Histyle). He’ll be stopping in London this Thursday, January 15th for a gig at the Electric Ballroom in Camden before heading up to Manchester, Glasgow and beyond. You can preview his track “North Side Gal” below and check out the mixtape after the jump.
MP3: JD McPherson- North Side Gal (buy)