New album, Zero Moon, getting a release in early June, but up for a listen now, if yer interested, on Bandcamp. Have an early copy o’ this & have been filling my lugholes with it in the last week or so, & I am in awe. More of a slow burner than his previous, but a deep & meaningful record, some of which deals with his having had a heart attack & almost dying on stage & having major surgery to deal with that, & the slow recovery afterwards. There’s nods to visionaries Williams Blake & William Gibson, no stranger to visions himself. Songs full of joy & moving beyond belief. Will have to try & do a proper review at some time, though this is a guy I find it hard to be objective about. Am loving this album so much already am jumping on a plane in a couple o’ days to fly back to Eire to go see him play it live with a bunch of Irish mates he’s hired in Kilkenny. 1st date kicks off tonight. If you get a chance, go see this man & his ramshackle bunch of musical friends. Ye won’t regret it.
The Green Note, Camden
Well I never planned on being here, much as I never planned on listening to this man in the first place, but sometimes planets rearrange themselves to make it so, & so, here I am, in I’m fairly sure is the teeniest venue I think I’ve ever been in, to see the great man DC & his merry band of top backing musicians up close & personal.
His album “Available Light” completely captured my heart last year. It was a slow burn, crept up quietly, but is so full of depth & truth & spirituality (in the purest of senses) that it has grown to rank amongst my most favourite albums of all time. I have bought numerous copies to give to all my most favourite people who I know love a good tune. Anyhoo, a couple o’ weeks ago I text my sister, who lives in Eire, to go see this guy, who’s playing at a small bar in Cork, telling her he’s a must see. Would love to myself, but the only gigs are in London & Leeds, both too far to travel to for me. I hear nowt, until » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
Saw Phil playing late last year with the very wonderful Hiss Golden Messenger. Phil was also the support on that tour & I recognise some of the songs on this disc from that night. He struck me as a very sweet, soulful, spiritual individual on that night & this album is a fine testament to that too.
A joyous album full of southern fervour & good ol’ bluesy stompers, & some simple sweet little bluegrass tunes & a great Charlie Parr cover. Frazey Ford adds her distinctive vocals on one track, Anybody Else. Some great players on here, fab musicianship from all concerned. Particularly likin’ the funky bass underlying a lot of the tunes on here. A short album, 32 minutes, but then ya can go right back to the start & play it again, & ya probably will. Looks like it’s well before time that Mr. Cook steps out of the shadow of some of the great players he’s been backing these many years & takes some spotlight for himself, spreading joy & harmony galore as he goes.
What does it all *mean*?
I dunno. What does anything *mean*? If you like honesty, » Continue Reading.
8 years they’ve been lost in the musical widerness, & now returning with an EP & some live dates. This is very, very good news. (Mind you, last time I saw ’em live the bass was so loud it was making my throat vibrate. A most peculiar feeling I must say)
We all have those songs, stored somewheres in our heads or on a dusty cassette from long ago (if we’re lucky), that we hope we will someday, somehow, track down. Being a determined sort I’ve hunted down most of mine, though there’s 2 that have eluded me for years. Found this on another music blog today & am planning on using some of his methology to nail at least one of my elusive musical butterflies, & thought it might be useful to some to post it here too. Happy hunting. http://markfgriffin.com/2015/02/18/need-help-identifying-song/