Monthly Archives: January 2016

Bruce Soord – Willow Tree

Track of the Day – 01.26.16

Bruce Soord – Willow Tree

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.

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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

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Big Big Train – Wassail

Track of the Day – 01.24.16

Big Big Train – Wassail

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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!

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Treetop Flyers – 31 Years

Treetop Flyers – 31 Years is today’s Track of the Day. It’s taken from their forthcoming second album, Palomino on Loose Records, and it’s a classic.

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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.

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31 Years is being premiered on the DIY site and there’s a pretty neat review of the single on there as well! Here’s a link to the article,  http://diymag.com/2016/01/19/treetop-flyers-31-years-track-premiere

It’s the second track to be released off the album, the first being Dance Through the Night, which was also pretty damned awesome and had a brilliant video.

 

 

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Dawg Yawp – Two Hearted

Today’s Track of the Day, I Wanna Be A Dawg, comes from Dawg Yawp’s Two 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.

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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.

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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!

 

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The Besnard Lakes – The Golden Lion

The Besnard Lakes The Golden Lion is my first vinyl of 2016. It’s a 12″ EP released on the Jagjaguwar label.

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It’s a three track EP, released in advance of their album, A Coliseum Complex Museum. The three tracks being:

A side – Golden Lion, which appears on A Coliseum Complex Museum

B side – The Motorway & In the Forest

There’s a cool review of The Golden Lion EP on Pitchfork. I love it, but I’m biased. I’ve got three of their earlier albums, all of which I play on a regular basis.

I’m going to make The Golden Lion by The Besnard Lakes my first Track of the Day for 2016.

Here it is:

And if you like it, here’s a link to Amazon The Golden Lion 12″

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.

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