My Track of the Day today is Dreams and Consequences by Nicholas and the Pessimists. I came across this bands last week after they started following me on Twitter. I checked their album out last night on their website and have just downloaded it.
Dreams and Consequences is the taken from their self titled debut album. I could have picked any of the tracks off the album for my Track of the Day because they’re all great songs.
And best of all, they’re a local band from the Ohio Valley!
It’s been a while since I posted a Track of the Day, so thought it was about time for a new Track of the Day. So my Track of the Day is Crybaby by Happenstance.
Happenstance have just started following me on Twitter, so I thought I’d check them out. I visited their Bandcamp site and the first track I came across was Crybaby. It’s taken from their third album, Everything Changes.
I must confess to knowing almost nothing about this group, they came up on my Facebook feed a few weeks ago, as they are followed by my brother-in-law. That particular post made reference to their latest album, Science From An Easy Chair, which is based on British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated 1914-16 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
Being a Brit the subject matter instantly appealed as I remember reading about Ernest Shackleton in my History lessons, way back in the mists of time!
Goodnight, Sweet Chariot is taken from the latest album by Have Gun, Will Travel, Science From an Easy Chair and to quote from Have Gun, Will Travel, “It’s a folk ballad about the sinking of the polar exploration ship Endurance, which met its demise in 1915 in the Antarctic”.
Check out Goodnight, Sweet Chariot and an amazing video showing how the Endurance met it’s end in the Antarctic.
The album’s named after a book by Ray Lankester, which apparently the crew would read aloud during their voyage.
And I have to say I love the band’s name, Have Gun, Will Travel. I know there was an American TV series of the same name that ran in the late 50’s,early 60’s, of which I’ve never seen an episode, but being a Stephen King fan, I know the theme song! It appears in my all time favorite film, Stand By Me. I’ve just read on Wikipedia that apparently the film’s producer’s were sued by songwriter Johnny Western for using the song without his permission.
Johnny Western, is that his real name?
Anyway, at the risk of being sued, check out this video…
Meanwhile, back to the subject at hand, Goodnight, Sweet Chariot by Have Gun, Will Travel is today’s song of the day and is the latest addition to my imaginatively titled Spotify playlist, Track of the Day 2016
If any of the stuff on here piques your interest, you can find it on Amazon, by clicking the links below:
My latest track of the day is Willow Tree by Bruce Soord. I first heard it on a sample from Kscope, a UK record label specializing in “post-progressive sounds”. It’s an excellent sampler, with every track being worth listening to. Usually with sampler albums, I tend to have one or two favorites, and then the other tracks I tend to discard and not listen to again, but this one I’m still listening to all tracks.
The stand out track for me though is Willow Tree by Bruce Soord. Until this sampler from Kscope I’d never heard of Bruce Soord. He’s the lead singer with Pineapple Thief, who I’ve heard of, but they’re not a band I’ve listened to.
I’ve just downloaded the album from Kscope, and on first listen it sounds brilliant! There’s a neat review of the album on the Proglodytes website, here’s the link
And here’s Willow Tree by Bruce Soord, my Track of the Day
Wassail by Big Big Train is today’s Track of the Day. “Why Wassail?” I hear you say. Well….
I listen to WNKU during my drive back home from work and every Thursday, they have a feature called Five o’clock Tails, when Molly Wellman talks to the host about various cocktails. It’s one of my favorite features, particularly when she talks about the history of the cocktail. This last Thursday, she talked about Wassail,a hot mulled punch, and the tradition of Wassailing. Being from England, I’m quite familiar with the Wassailing tradition and now I’m living here in Cincinnati, it was cool to hear about this whilst driving home through Ohio!
Although I love living in Cincinnati, every now and again I miss England, when I do I tend to listen to Big Big Train. I’ve heard their music described as “English Pastoral” which is a pretty accurate description.
Their Big Big Train EP was released last year and, in addition to Wassail, includes a couple of other fine studio tracks, Lost Rivers of London and Mudlarks, together with a live version of Master James of St George, from their 2009 album, The Underfall Yard.
Here’s their promo video for Wassail
And I have ever told you…
Well unfortunately, I haven’t seen Big Big Train live, I had tickets for one of their few live performances last year, but I was this side of the Atlantic and the gig was the other side!
Treetop Flyers – 31 Years is today’s Track of the Day. It’s taken from their forthcoming second album, Palomino onLoose Records, and it’s a classic.
I’m a big fan of Treetop Flyers, their Mountain Moves album is one of my favorite albums of all time. I’ve seen them live four times now and each time they’ve been superb. It’s been quite a while since I’ve anticipated the release of a new album as much I have Treetop Flyers‘ next album, so roll on March 11th, when Palomino is released.
Today’s Track of the Day, I Wanna Be A Dawg, comes from Dawg Yawp’sTwo Hearted EP. I’ve been hearing quite a lot of Dawg Yawp on WNKU and I’ve been meaning to buy their EP for some time now.
I first saw them at the Sayler Park Sustains festival last June, when they performed a great set. They had me from the start, when they did a brilliant cover of White Winter Hymnal by the Fleet Foxes, one of my favorite bands. The rest of the set stood up well to that opener, which is no mean feat.
Here they are performing I Wanna Be A Dawg at the WNKU studios
So there you have it, I Wanna Be A Dawg by Dawg Yawp, Track of the Day for 01/18/16. Not bad hey? And best of all their from Cincinnati!
And, have I ever told you…Yes, I’ve seen The Besnard Lakes live. I saw them at the Midpoint Music Festival, here in Cincinnati last year. They played on the Saturday afternoon, and for me were the highlight of the day.
Guesthouse by David Wax Museum is my latest Track of the Day. Like so much of the new music I’ve bought this year, I heard it first on WNKU. And have I ever told you…
Yes, I’ve seen David Wax Museum live! In fact I mentioned them in my last post, I don’t just throw these posts together you know!
I saw them back in 2013 supporting the Carolina Chocolate Drops at the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds. I don’t remember much about the gig, but I did buy their Knock Knock Get Up album from their merchandise store, so they must have been good!
I’d not heard anything from the band since then until a couple of weeks ago, I heard Guesthouse on WNKU during my drive to work. I wasn’t immediately hooked, but having heard it a few times now, I love it! It’s from the album of the say name, which is now on my wishlist…
So Guesthouse by David Wax Museumis my latest Track of the Day, and here’s a live performance of Guesthouse:
And here’s some links to get hold of the albums from Amazon:
Well that wasn’t a good start, three days into my Track of the Day feature and I didn’t post! But I’ve got a corker today, it’s Big Decisions by My Morning Jacketfrom their Waterfall album. I know next to nothing about this band I’m afraid, a quick look on Wikipedia reveals that they’re from Louisville, Kentucky. Their lead singer is Jim James, who appears on one of my favorite albums I’ve bought this year, The New Basement Tapes.
Also appearing on The New Basement Tapesis Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, one of my favorite bands. Their latest album, All Your Favorite Bands, is a classic, the title track being one of the best songs I’ve heard in years.
So to make up for there being no Track of the Day yesterday, I’m having two today, so I have not one corker, but two corkers!