Last Leaves – The World We Had (single/video)

Brilliant news for the fans of the Australian indie pop legends The Lucksmiths. And well brilliant news for pop fans in general, because I’m 100% sure that Last Leaves will charm the world with its own pop magic and it won’t be just a sidenote to The Lucksmiths story. Last Leaves does contain three members of The Lucksmiths (Marty Donald, Mark Monnone, Louis Richter) and Noah Symons from Great Earthquake. If I’m not mistaken the primary songwriter is Marty Donald. The excellent first single and video The World We Had came out a few weeks ago and full-length album Other Towns Than Ours will follow October 13 on Lost And Lonesome (Aus) and MatinĂ©e Recordings (USA). I can hardly wait, but before setting up a camp outside the record store I’ll keep on spinning The World We Had over and over again.

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The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam – A Drink After Midnight (+Finland show 15.7)

Swedish group The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam and their new album A Drink After Midnight has been a bit of a surprise favourite here at the onechord headquarters. But hey what could possibly be more entertaining during these late nights and early mornings than sink knee deep into traditional honky tonk heartache. The Country Side of Harmonica Sam master all this just as well as their current American colleagues. This damn fine record is now out on El Toro Records.

The Country Side of Harmonica Sam will also have a concert coming up in Finland next week at Racecoast Rockin’ Fest #6. It takes place at Kangasala on Saturday 15th of July. I think that might be a good destination for a little summer vacation trip. So if you see someone there who doesn’t look like he belongs in the crowd, that’s probably yours truly. I’ll try to get the hang of it, if I end up in there. I’m not completely new into the music. I learned a lot from El Nino and also have several fifties rock and rockabilly box sets and compilations. Hardly an expert though, but one has to start somewhere and Racecoast Rockin’ Fest #6 might be a good place for that.

This is the video for the awesome single and title track A Drink After Midnight from the new album by The Country Side of Harmonica Sam.

The Country Side of Harmonica Sam Website

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Pinkerton / Black – How’s the Weather Over There?

I’m finally on vacation and it’s time sink deep into new music. So if there’s something you want me to hear, now is the best time to send it over. I don’t know how much will I actually write during the vacation, but I’m definitely going to fill my iPod with new music, put the headphones on and rest by weary body and mind by listening to beautiful songs. There will definitely be some blog entries as well, but I don’t want add stress to my vacation by making promises that I might struggle to keep. Resting after a ridiculous work load is right now far more important than this little lousy blog.

I started tonight by listening to the duo tour EP Riley Pinkerton and Henry Black did a while back. It’s been something that I’ve been eager to hear, but haven’t had the time to listen to it properly until now. I got into Riley’s music when her EP Do You Have A Car came out in early 2016. I don’t think I ever wrote about it, but I really liked it and I’ve been following her ever since. My first introduction to Henry Black happened when Riley started posting cover videos on FB (like this) that she did with Henry. I’m a sucker for vocal harmonies and these two singing together just sounded heavenly beautiful to me. After falling in love with those covers, I tried to find everything I could about Henry, but didn’t find a whole lot. Thankfully things are about to change, because first there’s this duo EP and in August he will release his debut solo release Folk Is Dead. I’m extremely eager to hear it, because these two have a good thing going on. This EP might not be the most polished release, but I love these songs just as they are presented here and after a few spins the buy now button became irresistible. Here’s one gorgeous song from each songwriter from this lovely EP.

Riley Pinkerton Website
Henry Black Website

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Joseph Huber – The Suffering Stage

Milwaukee’s roots wizard, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Joseph Huber released a new album The Suffering Stage a couple of months ago. I first fell in love with his songs when I bought the final album of The .357 String Band. His songs like The Days Engrave were the ones that I really loved. I’ve followed him ever since and have all the earlier solo albums.

If you make a best of Joseph Huber album with songs like Coming Down From You, An Old Mountain Tune, The Days Engrave then oh my what an album that would turn out to be. Extremely talented songwriter and the best songs are just out-of-this-world good. Maybe he hasn’t always been capable of keeping that insane level throughout a full album, but every release has still find its way to my heart. A few filler songs on each record is hardly an issue anyway. 99,99% of records have them. The Suffering Stage is an excellent addition to his strong song catalogue. This is Diminished Things from the new album.

Joseph Huber Website

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One Chord To Another Mid-Year 2017 Playlist

I’m not sure am I going to do a mid-year best of lists. Probably not worth it. However, I did do a mid-year playlist. It’s mostly for myself, but I’ll post it here as well in case someone wants to take a listen. It’s already ridiculously long and I owe a beer to anyone who actually listens to it all way through. It’s not a definite best of the year list either. I’m sure I forgot a lot of stuff and several important ones like Leah Senior, Will Johnson, Fiver, Guy Capecelatro III aren’t available on Spotify. This is still a little under construction, but I’ll post it now, because the next work week will be horribly busy and I probably won’t have time to make it better. I might fix the order of the songs sometime later, because now there’s not a good flow and the songs are in completely random order and therefore it’s a little all over the place. I also might add another 20 when I notice what I forgot. Anyway, here are some 2017 songs that matter to me. Songs that I hold dear.

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