Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st September

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Grammy award winning mandolinist Mike Compton is heading to Australia this October and November for a national tour. During his Perth leg he will be joined on stage at the WA State Theatre with the likes of Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton, Andrew and Karen Winton, Bluegrass Parkway, Bernard Carney and David Hyams, Jane Germain and Ian Simpson and Clarke’s Grey Vest for In Constant Sorrow – A Night of Bluegrass. Details here

– Virtuosic instrumental folk trio The String Contingent have confirmed the dates for their massive spring tour. Details here

– The Surry Hills Sacred Harp Singers will be holding the first ever Australian Sacred Harp Convention this October long weekend in Sydney. Details here

Sarah Blasko revealed the first single from her forthcoming album I Awake to be the title track. Details here

Mama Kin seemed to disappear for a while but it looks as though it was just to record a brand new album, due in 2013. The first single from the album hits stores this month with a massive tour planned for October. Details here

– The first two artists announced for the 2013 Port Fairy Folk Festival are folk legends Eric Bogle and Arlo Guthrie. Early-bird tickets for the festival are now on sale. Details here

The Staves strapped on their cowboy boot and stetson hats for their latest western inspired video for “Tongue Behind My Teeth”. Details here

– Blues-folk troubadour Ashleigh Mannix has just released her second live album Ashleigh Mannix – LIVE at The Vanguard and its available to stream and purchase online. Details here

– After her appearance at Communion Melbourne this Sunday Melbourne songstress Ainslie Wills has announced shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Brisbane. Details here

Holland recently released their brand new single “Without You”. Details here

Elliot The Bull have a massive tour throughout the east coast planned this spring. Details here

– The first round of artists for Bluesfest 2013 have been announced and they’re pretty impressive – Ben Harper, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Dropkick Murphys, Glen Hansard with The Frames, William Elliott Whitmore, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls and more. Bluesfest will be rolling out their full program over four announcements in the coming weeks. Details here

Angus Stone shot and directed his latest video for the track “Clouds Above” in southern India. Details here

– Swedish sisters First Aid Kit have ventured into the forest to shoot their new video for the track “Wolf”. Details here

Wilco also released a brand new video this week for the track “Sunloathe”. Details here

Martha Tilston will be releasing her brand new album Machines of Love and Grace next month and has just dropped the first video “Stags Bellow”. Details here

– The lineup for the 2013 Gulgong Folk Festival is stuffed full of Timber and Steel favourites including Wes Carr’s Buffalo Tales (above), Jack Carty, The Falls, April Maze, Daniel Champagne, Fanny Lumsden, Bellyache Ben and Mustered Courage. Details here

– US folk singer-songwriter Matt Bauer will be releasing his new EP No Shape Can Hold Me Now on the 23rd October. The first single from the EP is “Andaman Sea” which has a gorgeous new video. Details here

Paul Kelly has revealed the details of his 19th studio album, due for release next month. Details here

Interviews

“Tinpan has never been a very self-conscious band. I mean, we have never set out to make a certain type of music or capture a certain sound. However, this album, Over the Sun, was a little more considered when it came to the recording process. We wanted it to be a bit more epic, a little further from the folky production we have had in the past. Also, I wanted to jump around on stage a bit more so we had to make the music accordingly.” – Emily Lubitz from TinPan Orange chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Since releasing Woodland, we have toured relentlessly around the country, experimented with all sorts of instruments and writing techniques, and feel we’ve grown massively. To release Young North was our chance to showcase where we are at and what we have learnt over the last year” – Sam Rasmussen from The Paper Kites chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Live at the Vanguard
Ashleigh Mannix – LIVE at The Vanguard – Ashleigh Mannix
Bandcamp

Love Your Crooked Neighbour
Love Your Crooked Neighbour With Your Crooked Heart – Charles Jenkins & The Zhivagos
Bandcamp

I Love Hate You
I Love Hate You – Claude Hay
iTunes

Babel
Babel – Mumford and Sons
iTunes

Hello
Hello – Sarah Humphreys
iTunes

Before The Morning
Before The Morning – Tigertown
iTunes

Over The Sun
Over The Sun – TinPan Orange
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Fanny Lumsden
Don’t Think Twice feat. Fanny Lumsden, Bec Sandridge and Bity Booker
Sunday 23rd September – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Patrick James
Patrick James
Saturday 22nd September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Eastern
The Eastern
Thursday 27th September – Clancy’s, Fremantle, WA

The Tiger and Me
The Tiger and Me with Al Parkinson and James Kenyon
Sunday 23rd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Charlie Mayfair with The Falls
Friday 21st September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th September – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th September – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Communion Melbourne feat. Battleships, Ainslie Wills, Packwood, Haydin Calnin, Grizzly Jim Lawrie
Sunday 23rd September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Elliot The Bull
Friday 21st September – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 28th September – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Stone
Friday 21st September – Community Centre, Byron Bay NSW
Saturday 22nd September – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns QLD
Friday 28th September – Astor Theatre, Perth WA

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 21st September – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd September – Wangaratta P.A.C., Wangaratta, VIC
Thursday 27th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Friday 28th September – Winthrop Hall, Perth, WA

Krystle Warren
Sunday 23rd September – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 25th September – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Thursday 27th September – Northcote Social, Melbourne, VIC

Laneway
Friday 21st September – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 22nd September – The Great Northern, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 23rd September – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 26th September – Folk Club, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th September – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Lanie Lane
Friday 21st September – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Saturday 22nd September – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 27th September – Courier-Mail Spiegeltent, Brisbane Festival, QLD

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Banjo Jackson and Golonka

Friday 21st September – Nexus 
Multicultural
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feat. The Atlantic Street Band and Marmalade Circus
Friday 28th September – Nexus 
Multicultural
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Nick and Liesl
Saturday 22nd September – The Berry Hotel, Berry, NSW
Sunday 23rd September – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW

The Stillsons
Wednesday 26th September – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 27th September – The Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th September – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD

The String Contingent
Friday 21st September – The Court House, Camperdown, VIC
Saturday 22nd September – The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, VIC
Sunday 23rd September – Stoves for Africa, Torquay Uniting Church, Torquay, VIC
Friday 28th September to Monday 1st October 1 – Rose’s Gap Music Camp, Rose’s Gap, VIC & Sunshine Fiddle Camp, Alexandra Headland, QLD

Tim Hart
Friday 21st September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd September – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 23rd September – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 27th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

TinPan Orange
Saturday 22nd September – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Boxer” – Simon and Garfunkel

If you’ve picked up the deluxe edition of the new Mumford and Sons album Babel today you’ll have been treated to their version (with Jerry Douglas and Paul Simon) of this classic track. The Mumford version has gone a long way to reminding us just how amazingly well written this song is. Check out Simon and Garfunkel performing “The Boxer” live in Central Park in 1981.

New Holland Single “Without You”

Holland
Image Courtesy of Holland

Holland is the one band, more than any other, that people consistently ask me if I’ve heard of. More common than not Holland make it onto lists of bands I should listen to or go and see – and don’t you worry, I’ve done both.

Holland’s music weaves in and out of the folk genre which at times has seen us cover their stuff and indeed recommend it ourselves. Their latest single is “Without You” which definitely dips generously into the folk genre (and has a fantastic opening). Take a listen to “Without You” below:

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2011

Records

Every music blog, website and magazine (including us) spend their December frantically trying to distill the year into a “best of list” that is ultimately redundant given the subjectiveness of the artform. But we still do it because a) people read these publications because they trust the writers’ taste and b) everyone likes a list (usually so they can disagree with them).

But we realised that very rarely does anyone ever ask the artists – the very people who are making the music – who they’ve been listening to throughout the year. So we thought we’d buck the trend and asked a bunch of the bands and solo artists we’ve been following this year for their favourite album or EP of 2011.

The most common response was “do I have to pick just one?” or “just publish this before I change my mind!”. Despite the countless sleepless nights the artists no doubt spent agonising over their decisions we think we’ve managed to amass a pretty eclectic list from a group of people we absolutely admire. A big thank you has to go to all the artists who took the time out to contribute (as well as the patience of the various press contacts we pestered) – I think you’ll agree that this is a hell of a list from the national (and international) Timber and Steel alumni.

So without further ado we give our artist albums of the year:

Wild Beasts SmotherEmmy The Great
Wild BeastsSmother
One of the biggest growers in my record collection. Took me three listens to understand it, and all of a sudden I was in love. Truly, madly, deeply wonderful. Sexy. I bought it twice. And yes, I own it on vinyl, and yes, it sounds amazing

Laura Jean A Fool Who'llJen Cloher
Laura JeanA Fool Who’ll
LJ is a great lyricist, musician and singer but what I love about her most is that she doesn’t sound like anyone else. In fact the whole album has its own identity, which is as rare as hens teeth these days. It’s a folk rock album where Laura trades in her acoustic for a Gibson electric but the band (Jen Sholakis & Biddy Connor) have their own thing going on too. Alongside Gareth Liddiard (The Drones) Laura Jean is an uncompromising artist, whether you listen to her or not, she’ll keep making some of the best albums in Australia.

Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo The CradleFred Smith
Penny Larkins and Carl PannuzzoThe Cradle
I liked this album and not just ’cause they cover one of my songs, but also for its stripped back and interesting arrangements and tender delivery of a considered collection of songs.

The Middle East  I Want That You Are Always HappyTim Hart (Boy & Bear)
The Middle EastI Want That You Are Always Happy
Beautiful production and songwriting. A very inspiring record and a real shame that they finished up just as they were getting started.

Lanie Lane To The HorsesNikki Thorburn (ILUKA)
Lanie LaneTo The Horses
Channeling early rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and rockabilly To The Horses is one record that I found myself listening to over and over and still enjoying each time. Such catchy tunes and something refreshingly different. And oh what a voice has miss Lanie!!

The Perch Creek Family Jug Band - Tall TalesJordie Lane
The Perch Creek Family Jug BandTall Tales
A beautiful example of great bluegrass and ol’ time standards coming from this quirky Australian ‘real’ family band. With the Hodgkins kids of all different ages sharing the singing duties and some of the best players guesting. Listen out for the secret track – its a cracker!

Noah and the Whale Last Night on EarthPearl Button (Ruby for Lucy)
Noah and the WhaleLast Night on Earth
This album makes me want to write joyful songs – songs that put a spring in your step. And Charlie’s storytelling is at its best here, I think. Plus, I love a concept album. And this one was released at a time when I needed to hear that starting again is both brave and beautiful. Last Night on Earth is full of wonder. It makes me happy.

Husky Forever SoMatt Amery (Tin Sparrow):
It is a toss up between HUSKYForever So and The Middle EastI Want That You Are Always Happy.
I think that both of these are amazing albums. They are both so organic and meticulously crafted. I see these albums as one long song or journey rather than a compilation of their songs as they flow seamlessly from one song to the other. That being said i still have favourites songs from both albums but they frequently change, which I think is another sign of a great album!

Real Estate DaysMark Piccles (Tin Sparrow)
Real EstateDays
Can’t stop listening to it. Their first album was great but this is for me the most solid, straight up pop record of the year. Some of the simplest songs you will hear all 2011, and some of the best.

Alexander AlexanderFanny Lumsden
Alexander EbertAlexander
This album makes me feel like I am sitting in the sunshine eating figs straight from a fig tree … which incidentally was what I was doing the first time I listened to this album.

Build a Rocket Boys ElbowRobin Geradts-Gill (The Little Stevies)
ElbowBuild a Rocket Boys!
Not surprising that it’s a great album, as the Manc lads have outdone themselves with every release to do date. But what’s so surprising is how stripped back, ambient and almost hypnotic the album is, with stripped back song structures that play on simple riffs and melody cycles. Yet at the end of a listen, you’re left as fulfilled as can be – it feels so much bigger than it sounds.

Eddie VedderNardi Simpson (Stiff Gins)
Eddie VedderUkulele Songs
When my sister told me Eddie Vedder did a cd of ukulele songs I thought she’d got her wires crossed or lost her marbles or something…Eddie Vedder, THE Eddie Vedder, a uke? I listened to his music, that gravelly, stony, sandpaper smooth delivery, floating over that dreamy, creamy ukulele and remembered why I got into music in the first place, not only to sing, but to find ways to be different, to challenge myself and to have fun. Eddie Vedder reminded me how to have fun with sound again, how to be playful and exposed and brave all at the same time. I had got a uke earlier in the year for my birthday but the real present was from Vedder

Manchester Orchestra Simple MathShane Graham (Holland)
Manchester OrchestraSimple Math
This was a highly anticipated record for me. After their second album Mean Everything to Nothing I was curious as to the progression … It was the perfect blend of cinematic beauty and rootsy, raw down to earth rock songs

The Middle East  I Want That You Are Always HappyJordan Wilson (Georgia Fair)
The Middle EastI Want That You Are Always Happy
Some of the most beautiful and classic songs I’ve heard from a young band. “The Land of the Bloody Unknown” hit me straight away.

Beirut The Rip TideBrianne Curran (Takadimi)
BeirutThe Rip Tide
Enjoying the fresh new sounds and composition ideas that are present on Beirut’s new album The Rip Tide. Being a Beirut fan ever since a friend at uni put me onto them, I was keen to see what they would come up with next after listening to their previous albums way too many times!

The Harrow and the HarvestPete Uhlenbruch (Owls of the Swamp)
Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
There’s something frustratingly undefinable about this album that grabs me from the very first note. The synergy between Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings is sublime on these recordings, crystallized as a marriage of yin-yang acoustic guitars and a celestial cascade of vocal harmonies. I love the sense of space and minimal arrangements, which give room for the hypnotizing melodies and lyrics to soar before sinking deep into your skin.

The King of LimbsDaniel Lee Kendall
RadioheadThe King of Limbs
I actually haven’t listened to that many new albums this year, I’ve been listening more to older stuff. But of what I have listened to, I quite liked King of Limbs. I really enjoyed the landscapes they created in this. Also that video where Thom is just dancing the whole time is brilliant. I want to dance in that room in slow-mo.

Noah and the Whale Last Night on EarthHelen Croome (Gossling)
Noah and the WhaleLast Night on Earth
It’s got a great mix of slower tracks that you can happily let wash over you, as well as the joyous up-beat songs like “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N” that can instantly pick up your mood. The arrangements and production are crazily addictive.

Ben Salter The CatThomas Busby (Busby Marou)
Ben SalterThe Cat
This is an intelligent, passionate and more importantly, a complete Album. It is one of the very few records that I have to listen to from beginning to end – no track skipping forward or back. The songwriting is just like Salter’s live show – fearless, melodic and real. I can’t stop listening to this Album and I don’t think I will ever get tired of it!

The Middle East  I Want That You Are Always HappyStu Larsen
The Middle EastI Want That You Are Always Happy
For the first 3 weeks I listened to the entire album every night before I slept. It’s still one I go back to constantly. Beautiful songs beautifully recorded, a real journey album for me. I’m sad that these guys are no longer a band, but I’m happy they’ve left us with some amazing music.

Bon Iver Bon IverLissa
Bon IverBon Iver
My favourite album of the year has been Bon Iver’s self-titled album. As soon as I put it on for the first time, my eyes closed and I knew I was in for an absolute treat. This second album has much greater depth and breadth with a myriad of sounds and instruments, yet still maintains that expanse and space that I love floating around in. Vernon’s melodies and lyrics are beautiful, intriguing, captivating as always. Each track being a place name merely reinforces that you have to journey through this album as a whole. When I arrive home after a hectic day, this album is the perfect antidote.

Seeker Lover KeeperRoss James Tipper and Ash Steel (Achoo! Bless You)
Seeker Lover KeeperSeeker Lover Keeper
We can both remember quite clearly the day we first found out about the formation of the ultimate Australian folk female super group, Seeker Lover Keeper. It was as though things in the world had just become ‘right’ again. Holly Throsby, Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltman, what an absolutely perfect combination of delicate, sultry voices and sheer brilliant, sensitive songwriting talent! The sudden formation of this group had Ross secretly wishing he was a woman so he could leave Achoo! Bless You and make the Seeker, Lover, Keeper trio a quartet. What we love most about this album is the way the girls wrote the songs for each other’s voices, not their own, as per their solo material. The stand out track of the record is definitely Sally Seltman’s ‘Even Though I’m a Woman’, but it is Holly’s raw, emotive lead vocal that really brings this song into its own. And Aden Young’s performance in the accompanying video clip to this song is spot on (that little head turn at 0:11 melts Ash’s heart every time). One would expect nothing less that this brilliant, thoughtful album from three of Australia’s best singer-songwriters.

Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo The CradleLiz Frencham
Penny Larkins and Carl PannuzzoThe Cradle
I love Carl & Penny’s new album The Cradle. Such a complete experience – a piece of their lives captured in a bottle for us to share. Carl’s voice is like an ecstatic angel and blends with Penny’s so beautifully. But I’m torn. I am also really loving Lucie Thorne’s new album Bonfires in Silver City. Her voice just takes me somewhere beautiful and her songs never disappoint. Either way, Aussie indie’s all the way!

Wits EndJack Carty
Cass McCombsWit’s End
I accidentally saw Cass play whilst overseas in 2010 (I was at the show to see Lightspeed Champion who was supporting) and he blew me away. He seems to have a real enigmatic swagger (or is it an aloofness?) that allows him to deliver every single line with conviction, feeling and weight, but without sounding to sorry for himself. I still have trouble finding others that know about his music here in Australia though. This album came out in April and is beautifully and subtly put together. He uses space beautifully to create a kind of edgy longing and loneliness that lasts the whole record long in a way that comes across as both strangely creepy and strikingly beautiful. Occasional interjections by woodwind instrumentations such as bass clarinet or chalumeau help add texture sparingly and effectively and his lyrical turn of phrase is dense, melancholic and thoughtful, firmly remaining so on consecutive listens. This is no doubt a sad record, but a very very beautiful one. This guy is the real deal.

Ashes and FireCorey DiMario (Crooked Still)
Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
I love the stripped down production of this album. It is edgy enough to be compelling but not so volatile to make it unlistenable or uncomfortable. The songwriting is sweet and low key and as always his singing is fantastic. There’s also great playing from his backup band that includes Norah Jones and Benmont Tench on keyboards.

Helplessness BluesSteven Barnard (arbori:)
Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
It’s not often you press play on a new record and the opening line echoes your exact thoughts from earlier that week. To then find this existential empathy throughout the record is what makes Helplessness Blues my favourite of the year. Musically it took a while to sink in my skin. I found myself returning to it several times through the year as it’s resonance and relevance for me became more evident. I imagine it’s the kinda music monks would be making: deeply existential and harmonic – “monk rock”.

100 Acres of SycamoreFaith Lee
Fionn Regan100 Acres of Sycamore
If you’re a fan of Fionn’s earlier albums, you may really struggle to get into this one … I know I did. Lyrically it kills me (in the best way) and even though I was expecting a full blown folk album, what I now know as Fionn Regan is a sound that some may say is even better than before. It’s a very dark version of Fionn and a completely matured sound.

Other Lives Tamer AnimalsNick Hemming (The Leisure Society)
Other LivesTamer Animals
I was a latecomer to this band, but Tamer Animals has become a bit of an obsession. The arrangements are incredibly detailed and yet subtle, if you immerse yourself in them it’s an intensely rewarding experience. The songs are beautifully written and, although singer Jesse Tabish delivers them in quite a downbeat manner, his voice drips with pathos. If you don’t like this album then you probably don’t like music.

Lykke Li Wounded RhymesPhia
Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
It’s a darker, sexier album than her first, the production is great (she teamed up with Bjorn Yttling from Peter, Bjorn and John again) and it is an intriguing, danceable LP from an artist with fantastic pop-writing instincts and tonnes of charisma.

Laura Jean A Fool Who'llJulia Johnson (Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens)
Laura JeanA Fool Who’ll
Hearing rumours that she would be playing electric guitar and saxophone, I was unsure what to expect after Laura Jean’s distinctly folky previous album, Eden Land. Upon hearing A Fool Who’ll, it became clear to me that Laura Jean is in a rare category of artists which I haven’t added to in years in the music on my computer – Artists Who Always Release Albums Which Astound Me And Will Never Make The Same Album Twice. The only other artists I have in there are PJ Harvey and The Shins.

Three Trapped TigersJoe Gould (Crooked Fiddle Band)
Gillian WelchHarrow and the Harvest and Three Trapped TigersRoute One or Die
In true Crooked style, there are two wildly different albums that I think sum up the year perfectly. Welch’s album took a little while to grow, but once it hit me, I was floored at the way she and Dave Rawlings strip things back – two voices and two guitars is pretty much all you get – and settle you into a mood across the whole album, pure country songs that transcend the need for frills. Three Trapped Tigers played before us at a festival in the UK and I was amazed at the sheer energy this band has. Over-the-top, bombastic, brash and yet still with moments of real beauty, this has to be the best instrumental album of the year.

nullBayden Hine (Packwood)
Ólafur ArnaldsLiving Room Songs
Listening to this incredibly spacious album you would never think that it was recorded in the teeny tiny living room of Icelandic native Ólafur Arnalds. Aptly named Living Room Songs, Ólafur wrote one song a day for one week (a process he has followed previously on an earlier record, Found Songs), Ólafur encompasses all that I admire in an artist; he is incredibly creative, resourceful and the album reflects this. His spare arrangements and sombre (not in a bad way, mind you) melodies are truly spectacular to behold. Iceland really seems to be a hotbed for creativity these days!

Kurt Vile Smoke RingLeroy Lee
Kurt VileSmoke Ring For My Halo
I feel stoned just thinking about this album. I think it’s a great soundtrack for a Great Depression: sitting on a bean bag wondering whether to have Cornflakes again for dinner, “Ghost Town” streaming from an old YouTube playlist.

Tell MeEmma Swift (49 Goodbyes, In The Pines)
Jessica Lea MayfieldTell Me
There’s no doubt 2011 has been a great year for twang. Emmylou Harris’ Hard Bargain and Lucinda Williams’ Blessed both made high rotation on the Swift Stereo early in the year. Jim Lauderdale’s Reason & Rhyme and Steve Earle’s I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive – I yearn to give you a bunch of gushing superlatives but we just don’t have enough word count. And Gillian Welch! If I owned Harrow & The Harvest on vinyl I would have worn out the grooves by now. Of course, looking at this little list thus far, it would seem that the life assessment I said/slurred to my pal Dobe over a few white wines last week still rings true – “Musically, I’m just a middle-aged man trapped in the body of an almost 30 year old woman.” However, if I’m wanting to fight this … Am I wanting to fight this? No, I don’t give a damn at all really. But if I’m looking to give Timber and Steel readers a heads up on something that’s younger, cooler and still blowing my tiny mind after almost ten months of non-stop play, Jessica Lea Mayfield’s Tell Me is brilliant, assured, sexy as fuck and has been criminally overlooked in Australia. If I were Santa, I’d be putting it in Christmas stockings the world over.

Holland Announce “No Control” National Tour

Holland
Image Courtesy of Holland

Holland is band we’ve been quietly watching for some time now but have never gotten around to writing about. But that all changes today with the release of their new single “No Control” and a national tour to support it that starts this weekend in Adelaide.

Holland (named after the Beach Boys album, not the country apparently) have been compared to Band of Horses, City and Colour, Elbow & Badly Drawn Boy so they should appeal to our readers. Check out the full dates for the tour below along with the video for “No Control”:

Saturday 3rd December – Jive Bar, Adelaide
Friday 9th December – The Hi Fi, Brisbane
Saturday 10th December – The Hi Fi, Melbourne
Thursday 15th December – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Friday 16th December – The Loft, Gold Coast
Saturday 17th December – Sol Bar, Maroochydoore
Sunday 18th December – Old Museum, Brisbane

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