Micah Schnabel and some random ramblings

Lately I’ve been listening to Micah Schnabel’s (Two Cow Garage) solo album and I like it a lot. Self-released small edition of the album came out last year and was quickly sold out. Thankfully Suburban Home Records fell in love with it and is now re-releasing the album with new artwork. I preordered and got a free download with it. It’s a very fine album indeed. If you don’t believe me, you can stream the whole album on Suburban Home’s new listening station. Oh and if you liked that great video by TCSupergenius, be sure to check out his other videos. There’s some other fabulous stuff. Especially those Austin Lucas videos are pure gold.

What else is new? Well The Fox Hunt. I already mentioned them a while ago. I still don’t have the albums. I should get Nowhere Bound in a week or two, because it’s currently travelling from cdbaby to this household (too bad post from USA to Finland nowadays seem to take longer than before). Anyway, the point I needed to make is that The Fox Hunt has also new album out now and you can order it from their website. I did that some days ago. Check out The Fox Hunt on myspace or spotify if you like things like early Old Crow Medicine Show for example.

If that isn’t a perfect soundtrack for lonely days & whiskey nights, try Otis Gibbs. I recently streamed his new album Joe Hill’s Ashes on his website and because it sounded rather perfect to me, I ordered it.

Last friday’s FOTM was a success as well. Ben’s Diapers and Hi-Lo & In Between were both really good and because it was a record release partee for both, I’ve been listening to their new albums during the last few days. I think both of them are great albums. Ben’s Diapers threw in a couple of surprising curve balls midway through the park, but those new dimensions added more colour and actually made the record work perfectly as a whole. Hi-Lo & In Between’s record is also gorgeous. I’m extremely happy that they were able to make it sound so perfect this time around. It’s totally my kind of country/folk band and I’ve enjoyed their live performances from the start. Still I would have liked to love their debut more than I actually did. There was not much wrong with it, but it still wasn’t able to capture their magic like this follow up thankfully can. Well done. Reviews to follow if I can find the cure for lazyness..

Oh.. and Starflower’s new album came out today. A proper news entry about that in a day or two. Just wanted to get that beauty of my chest. I have to wake up in six hours, so I better continue some other night. Take care and all that..

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Hello Saferide – Anna

After that Laura Marling video I ended up watching other favourite videos from the past few years. One of them was Anna by Hello Saferide. I’ve seen that at least 50 times and even though I perfectly well know what will happen, the ending still makes more damage to my romantic heart than watching a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie marathon. This is just so brutal and heartbreaking..

..but I love it. Swedish Hello Saferide (aka Annika Norlin) is obviously extremely highly recommended artist. Anna is from her second album More Modern Short Stories from Hello Saferide that was released back in 2008. I prefer the debut though, but both albums are wonderful.

Hello Saferide Website
Hello Saferide at myspace

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The Fox Hunt and more

During the last few days I’ve been totally addicted to a country and bluegrass group called The Fox Hunt. All I need is banjo & fiddle & beautiful harmonies. Just fantastic country songs. A new album out apparently soon and I’m definitely going to buy it. I’ve been also trying to find their earlier album Nowhere Bound. I did order it from cdbaby but I’m not sure can they still get it because it was backordered. I hope they can, because those two old songs from that album on their myspace are also marvellous. Oh why it’s always so difficult to find the albums you would love (I’m still looking that Lenny & The Piss Poor Boys album as well).

The Fox Hunt at myspace
The Fox Hunt website

I probably should change the title of this blog to POP & COUNTRY blog, because all I seem to listen to it country music. Today I ordered Tim Barry’s new album and Have Gun Will Travel’s second album from Suburban Home/Vinyl Collective. Besides that I’ve been also enjoying the music of Kasey Anderson, Micah Schnabel, The Takers, Prison Book Club… and the list of records to buy just keeps on growing and growing.. and I’m also waiting for the new Jason & The Scorchers album.

Have Gun Will Travel at myspace
Tim Barry at myspace
Tim Barry Website
The Takers at myspace
Kasey Anderson Website
Kasey Anderson at myspace
Micah Schnabel at myspace
Prison Book Club at myspace
Jason & The Scorchers Website
Jason & The Scorchers at myspace

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Timothy Seth Avett as Darling

Great news for The Avett Brothers fans. Timothy Seth Avett’s three solo albums are now available. Well have been since the beginning of january, but I’ve been too busy compiling that albums of the year list. Anyway, today I finally spent a lot of time listening to the five videos that are on his website and ordered two of these records he released under the name Darling (I will eventually order the first one as well). I especially fell in love with this heartwarmingly beautiful song called In Your Light.

Timothy Seth Avett as Darling Website

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Austin Lucas

Austin Lucas’ latest country album is a really late entry to my upcoming albums of the year list and I think it will claim a really high spot on that list. I’m just completely addicted to his album Somebody Loves You eventhough I don’t even own a copy yet (one can listen to it on spotify or stream it on the label’s (Suburban Home) website). I’m definitely going to order it asap. Here’s a wonderful sample.

Austin Lucas Website
Austin Lucas at myspace

Oh and that list? Well it will definitely go until early next week before it’s finished, because I was again away from Turku for five days. Maybe I’ll do some sort of countdown starting on sunday / monday or thereabouts.

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