A new Gilded Palace radio is now available at totallyradio.com. This one will run until April 15th. Features new releases from Josh T Pearson, Good Luck Mountain (née Tandy), Hiss Golden Messenger, Carrie Elkin and a good few more. Pick of the new releases has to be Black Mountain UFO from Peter Bruntnell, due out in May on Manhaton Records. Known (if at all) for its association with blues artists (Eric Bibb, for one) they couldn't have picked a better album for a foray into a more mainstream world.
Peter Bruntnell? Mainstream? OK, relatively so: but there's nothing 'difficult' about Bruntnell's music, really. Seven albums of hook-y, under-stated, melodic pop genius - most still available from Pete at his new website: peterbruntnell.net. The kind of stuff that is still winning him new 'famous' friends - Richmond Fontaine the most recent converts to join Jay Farrar, Mark Eitzel and REM's Peter Buck.
He played a(nother!) blinding show in Brighton on Friday night, with the band in full flight. Yes, watching James Walbourne play guitar still feels like walking in on someone having sex (can't...look...away!), but Danny Williams - why does no-one ever talk about bass players? - was the star of the night for me. Loud (distorted - maybe turn your speakers down) video evidence of a great night below. These (Cold Water Swimmer/ Domestico) and other tracks from Murder of Crows were heavily rocked-up and wonderful in a very different way to the originals.
Peter Bruntnell: Cold Water Swimmer/Domestico: Brighton Hobgoblin, April 1st 2011:
Those of us at the show were lucky enough to be able to buy advance copies of the album (guess they're not worried about chart placings); if you weren't at a gig, I recommend you get yours as soon as it comes out if Sparklehorse-meets-Byrds sounds like it would fly your kite (or UFO!).
Pete also came into the Gilded Palace studio for an interview and to play a couple of songs. That will be on the next show - so I may blog about him again, who knows - nothing would give me more pleasure :-)
Gilded Palace Radio Show playlist - 2nd April 2011:
1. Good Luck Mountain - Perfect Circle (00:02:59)
2. Gregory Alan Isakov - Virginia May (Suitcase Town Music)
3. Amy Lashley - Emmett Till (Wanamaker Records)
4. Hiss Golden Messenger - Isobel (Blackmaps)
5. Rory Block - Write Me A Few Of Your Lines (Continental Record Service/Stony Plain)
6. Redbird - Phonebooth Of Love (Signature Sounds)
7. The Wiyos - Side By Side (Pie Records)
8. Two Fingers Of Firewater - Your Hands (Two Fingers Of Firewater)
9. Josh T Pearson - Thou Art Loosed (Mute)
10. Malcolm Holcombe - Evelyn (Echo Mountain)
11. Peter Bruntnell - Ghost Dog (Manhaton Records)
12. Devon Sproule - Evening Ghost Crab (Tin Angel)
13. Carrie Elkin - Landeth By Sea (Red House)
14. Faded Circus - Bumblebee Lament (Politely Fighting)
15. Wailing Jennys - What Has Been Done (True North)
16. Dave Roterhay - The Puffin And The Squirrel (Proper)
17. Foghorn Trio - I’m Troubled (Doc Watson) (www.foghornstringband.com)
18. Rebecca Pronsky - Hard Times (Nine Mile Records)
19. Larkin Poe - Spooked (2 Def Pig)
20. Jamie Freeman - Picture Of You (Union Music Store)
21. Laura Cortese Acoustic Project - Overcome (Cortese Music)
22. Brookes Williams - Frank Delandry (Frontier Promotions)
23. Cowboy Junkies - See You Around (Latent/Proper)
24. Two Cow Garage - Make It Out Alive (Sonic Rendevous)
25. Two Cow Garage - Jackson (Suburban Home) - live in Brighton 26th April