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Over & Out, Autumn: Post Pines May 31st

The Cowboy & The Lady

Walking home in the pissing rain last night it felt strange to think that we hadn’t yet reached winter in Sydney. My cowboy boots have been soaked for days. My hair has been a windswept mess for weeks. A recent trip to Canada’s East Coast prepped me for the unseasonable autumn cold, though my uniform of floral dresses and opaques and not much else would suggest otherwise. My drinking habits have been more of a revelation. I haven’t drunk white wine for almost a month. It’s strictly red wine and dark ales and cinnamon whiskey. And listening habits… well, here’s at look at what has leaked across the airwaves.

This week on Pines we explored the very new and the very old and a few songs in-between. Aside from brief sixties flirtations via Lee Hazlewood and Anne-Margret, the nostalgia fest of last week (on account of Bob Dylan’s birthday) was mostly swept aside for more contemporary sounds. And so it was that we slow-danced into the program with one of the more pensive tracks from New Orleans based Hurray For The Riff’s ‘I Know You’. It’s an album track and therefore impossible to find online but if you want a taster of the their sound, try this on for size:

Hurray For The Riff Raff, Too Much Of A Good Thing

From perhaps the best kept secret in Louisiana onto a band who are more or less the most popular folkies on the planet, Fleet Foxes. All beards, all harmonies, all the time. Here is their recent performance on Jools Holland. Check out Robin Pecknold’s sweet Gibson. I don’t care how cute they all are, it’s the guitar I’m lusting about.

The latest offering from sisters/brother trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis helped to break up what was close to becoming an overly earnest program. The trio wooed Australian audiences in January and are set to be back here a little later this year following the release of their latest album, Smoking In Heaven.

But… never one to stay with upbeat sounds for too long, we also heard an old mournful favourite from the fantastic Gillian Welch in the form of ‘ Time (The Revelator)’. I had the fear that her contribution to The Decemberists single ‘Down By The Water’ might be her only foray into new sounds for 2011, however, it’s been confirmed that Welch will release a new album on June 28. The album is called ‘The Harrow & The Harvest’. I’m pretty much counting down the days.

I haven’t been able to play this next song on Pines on account of it never having been officially released, but if you’re a Gillian fan and you haven’t heard ‘Throw Me A Rope/ The Way It Would Be’ prepare for some achin’ and breakin’. Complete with a Townes Van Zandt mention at the end…

And that pretty much wrapped it. However it must be said, although I only played Lee Hazlewood and Ann Margret’s spectacular ‘You Turned My Head Around’ once, I must have thought about it a thousand times this past week. So in love.

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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).


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’


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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