Starting February with style: Fleet Foxes, Wanda Jackson, Double Denim

NEW MUSIC: Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes, Lia Ices

After a few reasonably quiet weeks on the new release front (we always ease into the new year) I had a couple o’ gems to share on tonight’s show. First up, bearded baroque pop dreamboats Fleet Foxes have kindly posted the first single from their upcoming sophomore record online. It’s called ‘Helplessness Blues’ and features trademark heartbreaker harmonies. The song also hints that there may be a little more gusto on the new album. How so? Well, let’s put it this way: I heard CSNY overload in their debut, but there are definitely elements of Simon & Garfunkel on this track. Time will tell. You can download ‘Helplessness Blues’ here.

The new Bright Eyes record – The People’s Key – was leaked online this week in addition to being streamed by the good people at NPR. If the track I scrambled to download for tonight’s show ‘Ladder Song’ is anything to go by, Conor Oberst needs to change the name of the band to Bleak Eyes. Talk about sadcore. Very nice though if really depressing music is your thing. I love it.

And finally, though this album isn’t strictly new to In The Pines since I featured a song from it on last week’s show, it’s worth a mention all the same: Lia Ice’s Grown Unknown. Lia writes abstract folk pop songs in the style of Joanna Newsom and Marissa Nadler. Tonight we heard ‘Lilac’ and last week we heard ‘Daphne’ which features guest vocalist extraordinaire Justin Vernon (Bon Iver).

FASHIONS ON THE FIELD: Jonny Corndawg

This week New York magazine took the liberty of featuring one of my favourite looks in the fashion pages: double denim. One of the ‘models’ was country singer Jonny Corndawg. He makes stuff out of leather, writes comedy country and you guessed it, rocks double denim. Tonight I played his song ‘Oversteppin’, a soon-to-be classic that covers that age-old teenage/country theme: coveting a friend’s mother.

Jonny Corndawg – Oversteppin’

YODEL YOUR WAY INTO MY ACHIN’ HEART: Wanda Jackson

Not content with introducing young rock and roll audiences to Loretta Lynn by producing her excellent 2004 release Van Lear Rose, Jack White has stepped into the studio with another almost forgotten legend once more. This time around he’s recorded with the First Lady Of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson. The aptly titled album The Party Ain’t Over features re-workings of some of Wanda’s classics including ‘Shakin’ All Over’ and ‘Nervous Breakdown’, as well as a fabulous version of Jimmie Roger’s ‘Blue Yodel #6’ which I played on Pines tonight.

Here she is strutting her stuff on Conan:

And here she is strutting her stuff in 1958:

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