Withered Hand – New Gods

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I still have a whole lot of catching up to do, if I’m ever going to get up-to-date with 2014 releases. This however, is something brand new. Withered Hand aka singer-songwriter Dan Willson from Edinburgh (who also toured in Finland back in 2012) has a new album New Gods out now in UK/Europe (Fortuna Pop!). US release on Slumberland will follow on the 25th of March. I just listened to it a few times on Spotify today and I really liked it (I will pick up a physical copy later as well). It’s surprisingly pop at times, but of course I don’t mind at all. The song Heart Heart was clearly not for me and I almost hated it. But the rest of it sounds magnificent to me. There’s a lot to love. Like these great songs, Horseshoe and Black Tambourine.


 
Withered Hand Website

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Video of the Day #146: NQ Arbuckle

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Some fantastic news. Six Shooter Recordings will release the new NQ Arbuckle album in 2014. I’ve been waiting this one for ages. I became a huge fan when last album XOK came out in 2008. I really loved it and bought the whole back catalogue. The debut Hanging the Battle-Scarred Pinata might be only good, but XOK and Last Supper in a Cheap Town are wonderful albums. And the stuff that Neville Quinlan sang on that collaboration album with Carolyn Mark. Just brilliant. I still play Neville Quinlan song almost every time I’m a dj. Monstrously highly recommended stuff for everyone who is even a little bit into things like alt.country. The new album The Future Happens Anyway will came out later in 2014, but Six Shooter Recordings just posted this lyric video of the song Hospitals from the forthcoming album.

NQ Arbuckle at Facebook

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Couch by Couchwest 2014 March 9 – 15

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The best week in music starts today. It’s time for the annual Couch by Couchwest festival. It’s the finest music festival there is and it’s easy to join in. Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to leave the house or even get dressed. Ok, if you want to be an artist, maybe getting dressed is a good idea, but bands like Bluejay have shown in the past that it’s not an absolute must.

In case you are a new to CXCW, the idea is fairly simple. Artists and bands shoot videos exclusively to the festival and submit them. CXCW staff posts the videos to the Couch By Couchwest website / twitter / Facebook during the week. The audience watch them, join the conversation, send photos of their pets and festival activities. It’s a whole lot of fun for everyone and also a great way to find new bands and artists. There’s been a couple of Finnish entries during the earlier festivals. Hopefully there will be a few more this year. Everyone is welcome and you don’t need much more than a camera photo to do it. Read the submission guidelines here. That’s all for now. See you at the festival.

Couch By Couchwest Website
CCXW 2014 at Twitter

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