Monday, January 31, 2011


The reeds make a wall, originally uploaded by Southcoasting.

along the muddy banks of a river on a Sunday

mp3 Iron & Wine - Tree by the river (beautiful new song, from the new album - thanks to LA is the new NY)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Chris Askew

Chris Askew, originally uploaded by Southcoasting.

of the awesome Brighton band Salter Cane. Their new album Sorrow is superb, check them out here

Green Roots, Red Lips

opponent process, originally uploaded by shes_jack.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oh death

Oh death, originally uploaded by Southcoasting.

I flirted with you all my life
Even kissed you once or twice
And to this day I swear it was nice but clearly
I was not ready...

Baby Button Eyes and friends cover Vic Chesnutt's Flirted with you all my life mp3

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Obscurely Bilious

Many years ago, I made a compilation of some of my favourite Bob Dylan songs entitled

Obscurely Bilious.

Most of the songs are hard-to-find ones, but every one a classic. I still think this compilation stands up well, and makes a good introduction to those who aren't sure they like Dylan or a welcome alternative for established Dylan fans looking for a different return to his music.

I thought it was time I posted it.


1. Yeah heavy and a bottle of bread* (1967, 1975) mp3
2. Up to me** (1974) mp3
3. I'll keep it with mine^ (1965) mp3
4. If not for you ~ (1970) mp3
5. Mixed up confusion$ (1962) mp3
6. Idiot wind (New York version)** (1974) mp3
7. Too much of nothing* (1967, 1975) mp3
8. Quinn the Eskimo ^ (1967) mp3
9. Can you please crawl out your window?$ (1965) mp3
10. Visions of Johanna (Live 1966) mp3
11. Tangled up in blue (Live 1976) ** mp3
12. The groom's still waiting at the altar (1981) mp3
13. Sitting on a barbed wire fence^ (1965) mp3
14. It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry ~ (1965) mp3
15. Seven curses^ (1963) mp3
16. Blind Willy McTell^ (1983) mp3

Right-click on 'mp3' and save each track


* Basement Tapes 1967, 1975
** Blood on the Tracks sessions 1974
^ Demos and outtakes
~ Official LP track
$ 45rpm single

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

20 albums from 2010

Last year was a great year for music. So many end-of-year best-of lists were full of albums that I never had chance to hear, but still sound worth investigating - so I just hope there's not too much released in 2011 so I might have a chance to catch up. Unlikely I suppose.

Ten albums I recall getting a lot of joy from this year, in no particular order, were

and other albums which have come close and deserve more time spent with them

  • Sharon Van Etten - Epic
  • Laura Marling - I speak because I can
  • Broken Bells - Broken Bells
  • Salter Cane - Sorrow listen here
  • Sat. Night Duets - One Night Only free download
And honourable mentions for these much loved albums shuffling just below
  • Andy Gaines - The More Things Change listen & name your price
  • The Great Park - If you can hold it you can throw it hear it, buy it mp3 Song for a coalman
          • The Climbers - The Good Ship (except the sing-along title track)
        • Joanna Newsom - Have one on me (for its ambition)
      • Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep
    The Laylanas - Universal here

and a superb EP

  • Rowan Coupland - Thorns, Brambles, white water and Black Oak EP here

and a couple of excellent releases which came in limited on-line form in 2010, but have proper releases early in 2011

I'm sure there are others I've forgotten, and many more that were worthy but I never had the time to hear. Hard to believe that Sufjan Stevens and Belle & Sebastian's new albums didn't feature (I still haven't listened to them), or that I haven't heard the albums by Caitlin Rose, Nina Nastasia, Justin Townes Earle or the Tallest Man on Earth (although I loved his song the King of Spain). It's impossible to compile a definitive or even sensible list really, because it was impossible to listen to all the great music put out in 2010, but maybe something in this one will make you go and check out something new...