Thursday, 09 May
**Ritualistic, psychedelic Americana folk and drone by the former Lungfish frontman. Hand-numbered edition of 1000 LPs housed in foil-blocked and die-cut jacket** "Daniel Higgs has always been held in the highest esteem by us here at Southern, becoming an almost totemic figure in the process. Certainly an appreciation for his work, and the canon of the band Lungfish, has been a job requirement for all the staff who've worked with us over the years. He has graced us with visits from time to time, and his London shows have always been must attend events for Southern alumni. Naturally, a La… Read more
"The third installment in Numero's series of otherworldly gospel, robed funk, and spiritual soul, Apocryphal Hymns is a slim new gospel songbook, penned powerfully by the genre's lesser-known disciples. Here, heavenly harmonies, psychedelic guitars, damaged sacred steel, a bleeding french horn, off-kilter choirs, and consumer-side electronic percussion decorate the Word, with performance modes that stray far from the flock, but hew always to the message. In homage to the the stock jacket record industry of the 1970s, select one of these four alternate covers: Woodland Twilight, Seashore Morning, Mountain Waterfall, and Sunbeam Canyon."
Thursday, 02 May
**Fold-out screen-printed jacket containing 12" + 10", A4 insert and download code redeemable from the label. Edition of 250** Richly affective recordings of Newcastle composer, singer and outsider artist Richard Dawson accompanied by the legendary Rhodri Davies on pedal harp. A meditation on "death and life, violence and love, memory and fog" 'The Glass Trunk' oscillates between Richard's plaintive Geordie folksong and arresting group discord one moment, to passages of shrill, jagged electric guitar and pedal harp the next, aptly described as "a rousing Northumbrian song-painting like nothing else you will hear!!!".
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*Single Sided Lazer Etched Disc* Dirty Three's Mick Turner meets the Bonny Prince, Will Oldham on a trio of "spirit devotionals for a new century." Reprising the relationship they formed back in 2000-2001 with a live album and single, 'Get On Jolly', these two genteel men of their respective outbacks make a sweet pairing, swaying between wheezy organ and brushed drum tumbles to elegant waltz with their world weary yet still-clinging croons assisted by Dirty Three drummer Jim White and backing vocals by Angel Olsen.
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Thursday, 25 April
**10" + free CD** In summer 2012 multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick made a series of recordings with his microphone shy father, Steven, aka Pop. 'Broderick & Broderick' documents their few evenings spent together in Berlin picking out old, familiar melodies, Steven on nylon six-string and Peter on Violin and whatever else was in his hands. The typically lovely results were later looped, cut-up and re-arranged by Peter and mailed to his sister, Heather Woods-Broderick, who later added vocal layers, percussion and organ to what would become a present for their mutual Pop, and now appears as the record before you. Double lovely stuff.
Hi-quality, remastered collection of vintage blues presented by Jack White's Third Man imprint; Charley Patton's Complete Recorded Works Presented in Chronological Order: April 17, 1930 to September 14, 1933. 180g vinyl features brand new artwork by Grammy-award-wining designer Rob Jones.
Hi-quality, remastered collection of vintage blues presented by Jack White's Third Man imprint; Blind Willie McTell's Complete Recorded Works Presented in Chronological Order: April 17, 1930 to September 14, 1933. 180g vinyl features brand new artwork by Grammy-award-wining designer Rob Jones.
Hi-quality, remastered collection of vintage blues presented by Jack White's Third Man Imprint; The Mississippi Sheiks' Complete Recorded Works Presented in Chronological Order: June 12, 1930 to October 24, 1931. 180g vinyl features brand new artwork by Grammy-award-wining designer Rob Jones.
Thursday, 18 April
**Clear vinyl edition of 300** The R G Morrison are yet another band from Totnes Devon, although you wouldn't know it. They've played across the World at the biggest, smallest and weirdest festivals, on all manner of stages, support slots and carparks… although when in Totnes the four piece (of sorts) are the guy from the record shop, his wife, a theatre nurse and that New Yorker who drums for Jeffery Lewis. Anonymity is a good fit."
**Includes digital download redeemable from the label** **Rustic Americana for followers of Will Oldham, Black Twig Pickers, Lambchop. Housed in heavy, 24 pt matte gatefold wallet** "Haw is the name of a river, a modest tributary of the Cape Fear, flowing rocky and swift through 110 miles of Piedmont North Carolina, wending Southeasterly past abandoned and repurposed textile mills, rickety hippie homesteads, and red-clay farmland fringed with pine forests. Green corn in the fields/River running like a wheel. Haw is also one of a few names for a small Siouan tribe that once resided in the e… Read more
Thursday, 11 April
**Features guest contributions by C. Spencer Yeh, Andrea Belfi, Stafano Pilia, Attila Faravelli** "David Grubbs is one of the most influential musicians of his generation, with a musical CV that includes such bands as Squirrel Bait, Bastro and Gastr del Sol. Moving forward eccentrically from the straight-ahead hardcore punk of Squirrel Bait, David increasingly infused his songcraft with an experimental strain, culminating in the discography of Gastr del Sol, who drew widespread interest with the ways in which they combined so-called 'songs' with experimental music. Parti… Read more
Wednesday, 10 April
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Bill Ryder-Jones left The Coral after their fifth studio album, ‘Roots & Echoes’, on which his arrangements hinted at a deeper and spectacular compositional talent. Last year Ryder-Jones explored this side of his creative talent in full with the orchestral album ‘If…’, which was a grand imaginary soundtrack to Italo Calvino’s post modernist novel ‘If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller’. Now Ryder-Jones has completed his new album, ‘A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart’, which marries his masterful capacities as arran… Read more
Thursday, 28 March
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "A Hawk and A Hacksaw, the duo of Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost, known for performing traditional and original music steeped in Eastern European folk traditions, present their sixth album You Have Already Gone to the Other World: Music Inspired by Paradjanov’s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. The sixteen tracks feature seven originals along with nine Ukrainian, Hungarian and Romanian traditional songs re-imagined and arranged with inspiration taken from the legendary 1964 film Shadows of Forgotten Ancest… Read more
**Translucent Yellow Vinyl**
Thursday, 21 March
**Limited edition on 180g vinyl. 225 copies housed in letterpressed and hand-printed jackets** Sincerely heartfelt six and twelve-string Takoma inspired meditations from Dylan Golden Aycock on his lovingly run Scissor Tail label outta Tulsa, OK. This followup to their coveted Bruce Langhorn LP reissue unfortunately isn't lathe cut to an X-Ray of his father's chest X-ray like the first edition, but thankfully does afford another chance to wrap yourself up in his his filigree patchwork of nimble string picks, violin and subtle synth (and accordion) drones, weaving element of porchside b… Read more
Together for 16 years now, Bardo Pond aren't sounding like they're about to mellow any time soon. The wave of crumbling distortion that introduces opener 'Destroying Angel' sees the band at their very sludgiest, with the nine and a half minutes of dense Acid Mothers Temple-esque psych-rock that follows offset beautifully by Isobel Sollenberger's jarringly mellifluous vocal. The following tracks, 'Isle' and 'Lost World' see the low frequency fuzz subsiding temporarily, with the latter based around a particularly delicate web of bells, flutes and backwards guitar. Elsewhere, the Beatles cove… Read more
**Outstanding side of quiet, considered Americana-not-Americana, playing through from woozily spellbinding, church-like organ to spectral watzs, dust-bowl strums and Morricone-esque twangs and back again via shady segues and eerie, depressed interludes. A real shot out of the dark, tipped for fans of Sun City Girls, David Lynch, Jandek. Includes download code redeemable from the label and A4 insert with notation for 'Benstrumental'** "Benjamin von Wildenhaus. Name sounds like a turn-of-the-century Prussian duke or peddler of curios, snakeoil and ersatz jewelry. Maybe not… Read more
Monday, 04 March
Review to follow shortly…
Thursday, 28 February
**Remastered reissue edition of lovely and super rare recordings by the inimitable finger picker. Printed inner and liner notes** "A musical “amateur” that best exemplified true artistry, Lena Hughes was born in Grape Grove Township, Missouri, in 1904. Though she never recorded any 78s and only one LP, Hughes was most influential through her steady performances at various fiddler conventions and folk festivals throughout the Ozarks. She was an excellent fiddler, banjoist and guitar picker who retained the largely extinct repertoire of parlor pieces and the variety of speciali… Read more
Thursday, 14 February
**Pleasant vocal harmonies and folk strums. Includes lyrics on the rear sleeve** "Ten years on and three albums into their discography, The Wingdale Community Singers (Hannah Marcus, Rick Moody, David Grubbs) are picked up by Blue Chopsticks (and not vice-versa). Drawn from folk, gospel, country and pop (and life) and featuring effortlessly simpatico guests like Tanya Donnelly (va va voom!), Night, Sleep, Death features poems, prayers and promises, just like all the best vinyl-only releases."
**Washboard, banjo and fiddle business in a olde skoole bluegrass manner. Features members of Pelt. Includes 4-page booklet with history and tunings for each song packaged in mini LP-style custom gatefold jacket** "Black Twig Pickers are a group defined by their forward thinking approach to a type of music most often associated with times gone by. Over the course of eight full-length records, including collaborative releases with Jack Rose and Charlie Parr, a split LP with Glenn Jones, and numerous EPs and singles, the group has established itself as a collection of dedicated … Read more
Thursday, 17 January
Alasdair Roberts continues to do his bit for Scottish folk heritage on a fyne suite of augmented standards and new songs accompanied by his pals. Alasdair brings his undoubted charm, skill and imagination to ten songs ranging from celebratory elegies ('The Merry Wake') to doom-laden laments ('The Laverock in the Blackthorn'), distilling the passion, pain and yearning of hundreds of years of tradition with a timeless voice, perfectly summed up by fellow countryman and poet Robin Robertson: "Alasdair Roberts writes new songs that seem to be hundreds of years old. He also… Read more
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Wednesday, 09 January
Wooden Wand's 'Blood Oaths of the New Blues' is "Sunday morning's wake and bake" record to "Briarwood's Saturday night revelry", again for long-running UK independent, Fire Records. Shapeshifting neo-folk priest James Jackson Toth presents some of his finest whiskey-and-weed-soaked vocals backed by his trusty instrumental rustlers - David Hickox, Janet Elizabeth Simpson, Jody Nelson, Brad Davis and Les Nuby III - who appear under the Wooden Wand banner on consecutive records for the first time, and at the same studio - Ol Elegante in Homewood, Alabama. The result is a mildly s… Read more
Thursday, 13 December
Terrific album of traditional English folksong - 11 pieces specially sourced from the archive at Cecil Sharp House, to be precise - interpreted by singer Stephanie Hladowski and multi-instrumentalist C Joynes. Whether you're a fully switched-on folk beard or a relatively inexperienced adventurer in Electric Eden, this is a fascinating journey through the landscape, magick and jerry-built mythology of our fair island - try listening to a tune like 'Lord Bateman', driven by Joynes' by turns courtly, ornate and droning, raga-like guitar, and tell us it doesn't speak to s… Read more
Monday, 03 December
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Neat two-tracker from a new voice, cellist Abi Wade. She uses the cello as her main instrument, so let's get the Arthur Russell comparison out of the way, because vocally and melodically she's got a dusky jazz-folk richness to her vocals and best comparable with Joanna Newsome or Regina Spector, especially on 'Heavy Heart', while B-side 'Faker' has a blues stomp and swirl with canny use of percussion reminding of that Fay 'Din' record.
Thursday, 29 November
*Limited Edition 3LP Boxed Set housed in an oversized vinyl box* Work, play, pray - the lifecycle of the rural America that created our greatest generation of country music, 1923 to 1936. These volumes survey songs of labor and occupation, hardship and loss; dance tunes, comic numbers, and novelties that provided distraction and fun; and the hymns and sacred pieces that reached beyond the raw material of daily existence for something enduring. Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard features 19 previously un-reissued sides and is largely draw… Read more
**Includes insert and download code redeemable from the label** "Luka Usmiani was asked to come on board as principal lyricist for King Cyst in mid 2011, following the aftermath of his former project No Demons Here. King Cyst had primarily been an instrumental Doors cover band before Usmiani, so it wasn't long before Usmiani passed along a demo CD to the band showcasing his own songwriting ("Magnificent", "Greedy Garden"). The band was smitten and an album was recorded within five months time at Flower Power Studio with Usmiani penning most of the lyrics and singing on the opening track, among o… Read more