Issue #50 – The Anniversary CD Compilation

6 Mar


Twenty years ago we’d been running Bucketfull for about two years, and by then – between August 1996 and December 1997 – had published four issues without too many hiccups. OK we (or more precisely Terry) had been taken to court by a scumbag, and there were the weird and often inexplicable typos which mortify to this day, but we were solvent. We’d also got shot of all the subscribers we’d inherited from Jon Storey and now had our own growing list.

We were hitting #50 and thus far hadn’t cover-mounted anything. It wasn’t a good time for 7” singles; the nearest pressing plant that anyone knew of was in the Czech Republic; so we thought we’d do a CD compilation instead. We made a wish-list and started working through it, and surprisingly we kept on hitting pay-dirt.

Both Joss and I really wanted to get a Dan Penn track, so I got hold of his address and just wrote him a letter, which you still did in those days, and back came a DAT and a cassette, as you still got in those days, of ‘Jewel Of My Heart’ along with a friendly handwritten reply which I still have to this day. The track was an, possibly the sole, out-take from his Do Right Man album, and is, and remains, utterly wonderful.

We also got a track from Jim Dickinson, ‘Too Late’; a song co-written with Ry Cooder and John Hiatt, and recorded with his sons Luther and Cody. Joss had interviewed Jim and so this coincided nicely. We put Jim on the cover; I’d found a nice picture of him in a Dylan magazine but nobody could trace the origin. I ended up phoning up Jim to ask him about it and had a long and wide-ranging conversation – he told me a lot of stories – eventually being advised “just use it, the magazine went bust”. So we did and he’s unmistakable on that golden cover.

So that was two tracks, and there were another seventeen from folk like Dwight Twilley who gave us ‘It’s Hard To Be A Rebel’, Matthew Sweet with ‘Bold Moves’, and Sparklehorse’s Blake-via The Fugs setting of ‘London’. Bill Lloyd, The Barracudas, You Am I, and Darryl-Ann.

Listening again now I’m astonished at the quality and just how well we sequenced it. It sounds still so fresh and life-affirming even as time has made it poignant. Both Jim and Mark Linkous went some years back, and the loss of Tommy Keene last autumn so soon after touring with Matthew Sweet still stings.

We did very well with it and sold out the first print-run. A second smaller print-run used up the rest of the CD pressing. They soon went and that was that. I’d see it now and then on eBay usually going for between fifteen and twenty-five quid. For a long time all I had a handful of copies in poor condition, but a few years ago someone – I think closing a record store – offered me a box of old mags and when I got to look at it there was a small quantity of #50s in very good condition.

I thought they’d all gone but the other day, digging around at home (as some of you will know I have time on my hands currently) I turned a few copies up. Rather than stick them up on eBay I’m offering them for sale here, now.


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Wreckless Eric and Rosco (and Amy and Barry) on tour

14 Nov

Eric Sterling

Eric Goulden aka Wreckless Eric is in Europe for a bunch of shows kicking off next week in Cologne and finishing up in the UK in December. His band comprises Amy Rigby, Barry Payne, and Sterling Roswell. Sterling’s going to be opening the shows solo.

Fire Records are continuing their reissue programme on Eric and the latest, out on 1st December, is The Hitsville House Band’s 12 o’clock Stereo. This combo with drummer Denis Baudrillart and bassist Fabrice Lombardo was originally formed to back up the legendary guitarist and bibliophile Martin Stone but outgrew the project, and thus in 1996 12 o’clock Stereo appeared, while Martin went on to release Les Homewreckers with Laurence Barma.

It’s a cracking album and it’s great to have it back. No introduction’s needed for opener ‘Kilburn Lane’ a live staple; then there’s classic country tune ‘Friends On The Floor’, and the rockabilly shuffle ‘The Guitar Shaped Swimming Pool’ (check it out below). Dire warnings of the perils of country living inhabit ‘The Marginal’ and ‘The Twilight Home’, while ‘Miriam’ and her interplanetary romance and Eric’s passion for ‘The Girl With The Wandering Eye’ skirt the borders of teenage perversity; so yes that good.

Touring from Friday next week:

21 Nov: King Georg, Cologne, Germany
22 Nov: Merleyn, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
23 Nov: Le Guess Who, Utrecht, The Netherlands
25 Nov: Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
26 Nov: Crystal Club, Berlin, Germany
28 Nov: Blau, Mannheim, Germany
29 Nov: Atomic Café, Munich, Germany
01 Dec: El Lokal, Zurich, Switzerland
02 Dec: La Popartiserie, Strasbourg, France
05 Dec: Purple Weekend Festival, Leon, Spain (The Len Bright Combo)
06 Dec: Purple Weekend Festival, Leon, Spain (Wreckless Eric solo set)
10 Dec New Adelphi, Hull, UK
11 Dec: Broadcast, Glasgow, UK
13 Dec: 100 Club, London, UK
14 Dec: The Prince Albert, Brighton, UK

Ambassadors Of Soul: The Delines at Hoxton: 12th Nov

13 Nov
Delines: June 2014 Line-up

Delines: June 2014 Line-up

The record I’ve played most this year, and I’ll always switch from shuffle when they show up on the iPod, is The Delines’ Colfax. A gorgeous country-soul concoction summoned up by Richmond Fontaine’s Willy Vlautin and realised by a crack selection of Portland musicians and the voice of Austin’s Amy Boone, once of The Damnations.

When they were here in the summer they were finding their way a little ; there’d been but one show in the States before their arrival in Europe, and building a set required a couple of covers and dips into individual member’s back catalogues. Nothing to complain about, the shows I saw at Rough Trade East, the Lexington, and the Hare & Hounds were all cracking, but the sign of a new band.

Six months later and they’re back, having played in the States, taken a trip to Australia and New Zealand, and worked on some new material. What was apparent from the get-go last night at the Hoxton Bar & Grill was a road-hardened band even allowing for the absence of bassist Freddie Trujillo. His stand-in is Dave Little, last spotted on the six-string with Pete Bruntnell, who they plainly like; Amy jokes warmly about next time doing “the double bass thing, like Ministry”, and certainly he’s hitting the mark from the start.

As is the band period. Kicking off with the album opener ‘Calling In’ they deliver perfect live renditions of every song from the album bar the Randy Newman cover. A performance that’s graceful, intense, but spare in the sense of no grandstanding; one’s stuck continually by the awareness that while everybody’s doing just what’s necessary the end result is sublime. I’m very close up to Cory Gray’s Korg but while I’m bewitched by his keyboards and trumpet I’m still drawn to Willy’s guitar and Sean’s percussion.

Interspersed through the set are a choice selection of new songs. ‘He Don’t Burn For Me’ and ‘I Ain’t Going Back’, both soulful and a continuation of the Colfax vibe, are going to be growers. But ‘Roll Back My Life’ is set fair to be a shimmering, atmospheric masterpiece; as the piece enters its instrumental endgame the room seems to darken, the crowd fades from view and it’s as if we’re each singly transported to another place entirely.

Amy takes to the keyboards for a couple of tunes, allowing Cory to concentrate on his trumpet. This includes the instrumental ‘Rudy’ (“about my horse” claims Willy) with its super Mariachi/Forever Changes vibe. The Record Store Day single, Colfax-outtake, ‘Sonny’, about fighting in the Walgreen’s car park and leaving, also gets another deserved rendering.

They say goodbye after ‘He Told Her The City Was Killing Him’ but you know they’ll be back. Firstly it’s Amy and a chair for a fine reading of ‘Ode To Billie Joe’ (minus the frog verse) and then everyone’s there for ‘The Golden State’. This country duet introduced in the summer is wild and witty, an alcohol-fuelled, would-be romantic, weekend in San Francisco, inevitably a crowd-pleaser and if Willy won’t have it on an album it’s got to be a single. It has a great ‘Fairytale Of New York’ vibe and they’re starting to ad-lib a bit too. Then lastly back to Colfax for ‘I Won’t Slip Up’ reminding us what bought us here and once again the sheer strength of the material. Songs that in six short months have become classics.

An interview with Willy Vlautin will appear in the next print edition of Bucketfull Of Brains (#83)


The Last Days Of Rock & Roll : The Snakes

13 Apr
The Last Days Of Rock & Roll

The Last Days Of Rock & Roll

Soon come: The Snakes on Bucketfull Of Brains Records (BoB 131)

AmericanaUK’s ‘new heroes of British country rock’ are back, with a new drummer, former Mega City Four sticksman Chris Jones, to celebrate the release of a much anticipated third album: The Last Days Of Rock & Roll.

The eclectic new album sees the band expanding on their established alt-country repertoire from Stonesesque country swagger through soulful Celtic folk to the dirty rock & roll of Mott The Hoople and Mink Deville, sharing a bottle of bourbon with Tom Petty and Bob Dylan along the way.

The Last Days Of Rock & Roll is also the first Snakes album to feature a cover version, with enigmatic ‘The French Girl’, a long lost gem discovered via Gene Clark, and also revisited by Bob Dylan on the Basement Tapes.

The Last Days Of Rock & Roll is not a lament, but a declaration of defiance in an age of intangible downloads and disposable talent shows. It expands on its critically acclaimed predecessor Sometime Soon, with the added instrumentation of violin, sitar, saxophone and pedal steel, plus a special guest appearance from Redlands Palomino’s singer Hannah Elton-Wall on the dynamic country rock opener ‘Too Hard’.

‘The Band Played On’, a song originating from a wild jam session, accelerates from coiled potential energy to a frenzied rock & roll crescendo. Lyrically prescient, it foretold of the subsequent line up change…”I should have known there was something wrong, when the drummer stopped and the band played on”.

The freewheeling rock & roll stomp of ‘Here We Go Again’ written by guitarist Richard, sees the band revelling in booze and blues a la The Faces and Stones, in a perennial tale of tavern banter.

‘Three Little Wishes’ is a heartfelt promise of love from father to child, wistfully delivered by Simon to his daughter, while the hauntingly poignant ‘Jerry’s Chair’, with an intro shrouded in Celtic mist, mourns the loss of Johnny’s father, as seen through the eyes of his drinking buddies.

‘Look What We Could Have Been’, is The Snakes with the dial set to ‘epic’; Simon’s tailor-made classic, stitched with vintage cloth left over from the making of Ian Hunter’s flares.

The title track ‘The Last Days Of Rock & Roll’, featuring a guest ‘choir’, is a song of two halves : three minutes of enticingly crafted lyrics and chords, followed by three minutes of one single chord in a glorious extravaganza, that builds like a tower of power, in an unstoppable homage to the golden age of rock & roll, turning the vibes up to eleven!

Over the last ten years, The Snakes have become known as the bad boys of alt-Country, with their guitar-fuelled rock & roll, Uncut Magazine dubbed them as ‘Muswell Hill’s own Whiskeytown’ following their appearance on Clubhouse Records’ compilation CD, Divided By A Common Language – A Collection Of UK Americana.

Their debut album, Songs From The Satellites (2006), brought them to the attention of legendary BBC Radio 2 broadcasters Bob Harris and Mark Lamarr, who both declared themselves fans of the band, with Mark Lamarr inviting them into the studio for a live session, having been particularly impressed by the dark, twang laden delights of ‘I’ll Be Around’.

The second album, Sometime Soon…(2010), brought further rave reviews including four stars in Uncut Magazine, along with repeated weekly airplay on Mark Lamaar’s BBC Radio 2 show, as well as other national and international airplay, notably on Ireland’s RTE1.

Furthering their International reputation the band were included alongside the likes of Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Kevin Costner, on a double CD compilation album released in Germany entitled Country Rock Heads Vol.1 (2011)

With a reputation on the rise, the songs to back it up and a Chinese calendar to hand, one thing is certain; 2013 will not be The Last Days Of Rock & Roll for The Snakes!

And the band played on…

L-R: Chris, Johnny, Simon & Richard

L-R: Chris, Johnny, Simon & Richard

Red-letter Jack Day

14 Jan

The First Ten: BoB123

Today’s the day. Jack Day’s The First Ten now available.

AmericanaUK, Beat Surrender, and Fatea like it, and Q Magazine says it’s the Roots Album of The Month

Q Review

Visit Jack’s website

The Immenence of John Murry: UK & Ireland Tour Jan/Feb 2013

8 Jan

John MurryTour 2013

In just under two weeks John Murry begins his first solo headline UK tour. This follows the release last summer of The Graceless Age; an extraordinary collection of personal, soul-baring songs and performances assembled with the support and assistance of Tim Mooney, once of American Music Club, whose untimely death coincided with the release of the record.

The Graceless Age is a barbed album; once it has its hooks in a listener it won’t let go, and they can’t let go. Over the last six months it has infiltrated its way into many lives, and the consequence is that Murry is here shortly for the first of what will be a series of visits to Europe in the coming period.

But 2013 is the year when John Murry comes into his kingdom and this is the one sure chance of seeing him in relative intimacy, in small venues. Its an opportunity not to be spurned, to grasp the moment of watching these songs as they grow and transmute in live performance.

It’s a short tour, a little toes in the water, and this time some parts of the country are better served than others but if you can find yourself anywhere in the vicinity these are the shows that are not to be missed.

And though a Southern bias is quite deplorable if you’re anywhere near the Home Counties you could actually do four of them (Brighton, Oxford, Winchester, and London).


Mon 21st Jan : BRIGHTON: Sticky Mike’s
Info and tickets

Wed 23rd Jan:  GLASGOW: Celtic Connection,

Thurs 24th Jan: EDINBURGH: The Voodoo Rooms,

Sat 26th Jan: BELFAST: The Green Room at The Black Box,  (3.00pm show)

Sun 27th Jan: DUBLIN: Whelans,

Tues 29th Jan: LONDON: The Borderline

Wed 30th Jan: WINCHESTER:  The Railway

Thurs 31st Jan: OXFORD: The Bullingdon
Info and tickets

Fri 1st Feb: HOLMFIRTH: The Picturedrome,
with Steve Cropper and The Animals

Sat 2nd Feb: NEWCASTLE: The Cluny

Madam’s Christmas song: ‘Thou Tiny Child ( The Coventry Carol)’

11 Dec

St Leonard's

A seasonal song from Sukie Smith and Madam in aid of the restoration of St Leonards Church, Shoreditch:

Sukie says: “We recorded it in response to all the footage of war and stories of civilians being killed in Syria and also in the light of all the child abuse horror show. Hope that’s not too heavy. All proceeds go to restoring the extraordinary St. Leonard’s Church where Handel rehearsed  and Richard Burbage is buried. We used the natural reverb to record the vocals: all spooky and perfect.”

Madam featured in BoB#78/79

Jack Day set to launch long-awaited debut album The First Ten on Bucketfull Of Brains on Tues 27th November

3 Nov

The First Ten is the long awaited debut album from much-loved London songwriter Jack Day. Set for release on Bucketfull Of Brains on January 14th, the album contains ten self-penned songs beautifully written and performed by the young singer-songwriter who has been become a ‘must see’ on the thriving London scene.

The First Ten is a solo record – raw and intense. As Day says, “It’s also formative, the first record I’ve made about some of the first things I’ve learnt and some of the first things I’ve said goodbye to. There’s a lot of love in there, a bit of London and a bit of hurt. The songs are delivered straight, recorded by beautiful old mics by veteran engineer Brian O’Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, Beth Orton, Denim, lots of 80s dub and more) at Bark Studios in Blackhorse Road, North-East London. There was a gorgeous old Fender valve amp for the telecaster and upright piano sweet with age; you can hear the foot pedals on the recording. It’s that type of deal. At the front end of recording I was listening to blues and country, from Son House to Townes and all of those; at the back end I was on Otis Redding and Springsteen”

There is an underlining passion and integrity that permeates these songs giving them a truly up-front and personal feel. The opening ‘I Often Think Of You,’ driven along by heavy fast fingerpicking and hand clapping, reflects Day’s early years on the road whilst ‘Birdsong’ offers an altogether different sonic template, a driving telecaster the background to a now trademark blistered voice. The folk-esque ‘Snow and Sleet’ falls in the storytelling acoustic tradition of the likes of Rambling Jack Elliott (a major influence on the young North Londoner) whilst the truly stunning piano-led ‘No One Moves Like You’ just underlines what an incredible songwriter Day has become imbuing within its powerful verses self-reflection, hope, and the trials and tribulations of being an artist. There is even a sublime acoustic gospel vibe on the glorious ‘I Have Been Conveyed’, a track that echoes Dylan in his more religious periods.  The album features Bryony Afferson, Pepe Belmonte and Graham Knight.

Jack Day grew up in Hornsey, North London, yet began his musical career whilst living in Brighton. Inspired by likes of the afore mentioned Elliott and Woody Guthrie he began appearing around the capital’s ‘folk’ clubs like Easycome and the famous Lantern Society, then run by Trevor Moss And Hannah-Lou. In 2011, with fellow London troubadour Benjamin Folke Thomas, Day took over running the club that has always been a bedrock to London’s emerging singer-songwriters.  Day has toured Europe and the UK and is lining up a tour to support the release of The First Ten.

Prior to the UK release The Greatest Records have a vinyl-only release of The First Ten available from 29th November. Jack tours Europe from 14th November.

Jack plays a UK launch show for The First Ten at The Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston on Tues 27th November where a limited quantity of pre-release CDs will be available.

John Murry UK Tour: January 2013

26 Oct

We are very pleased to announce John Murry’s debut solo tour of the UK in January 2013; tickets are now on sale for all shows.

Wed Jan 23:   Celtic Connections at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
Appearing as special guest of The Cowboy Junkies
Info & tickets

Thurs Jan 24: The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Info & tickets

Sat Jan 26: Open House at The Green Room at The Black Box, Belfast (3.00pm show)
Info & tickets

Sun Jan 27: Whelans,  Dublin
Info & tickets

Tues Jan 29: The Borderline, London
Info & tickets

Wed Jan 30: The Railway, Winchester
Info & tickets

Thurs Jan 31:  The Bullingdon,  Oxford
Info & tickets

Photo by Amoreena Berg

Edward Rogers plays The Half Moon, Putney next Monday 27th Oct

23 Oct

BoB’s own Edward Rogers whose Porcelain album we released in Europe earlier in the year is playing at the Half Moon in Putney next Monday evening. He’s opening up for The Kennedys at their London album release show. Ed will be joined by Pete Kennedy and James Mastro; the latter last spotted in the capital last Friday night in Ian Hunter’s band at the spectacular Shepherds Bush Empire show.

The Kennedys’ new album is Closer Than You Know

“In a career that now spans two decades, New York duo Maura and Pete Kennedy have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. The duo co-produced Nanci’s latest CD, and are currently touring the US and the British Isles with the Texas songstress. Alan Harrison of Made in Newcastle said “Opening act, the Kennedys, had a nice line in Country-folk with a quaintly English edge to it and songs like When I go and The Midnight Ghost, won them plenty of new fans, as was witnessed by the long queue buying up their CD’s at the intermission.

On their new release, Closer Than You Know, out on August 21, 2012 via Burnside Distribution in the United States, and October 15, 2012 via Proper Distribution in the UK, The Kennedys strike out into new territory, this time inspired by a sojourn in Paris, where they immersed themselves in the turn of another century, the time when Debussy and Ravel were inventing the sonic palette of modern music. No strangers to reinvention, Pete and Maura came up with a cappuccino-fueled concept at a small café in Montmartre: music inspired by the Impressionist composers, married to the rock and pop sounds for which the duo have long been known. In the spirit of Paris-trained composer Burt Bacharach and his lyricist partner Hal David, Pete took on the task of creating musical landscapes that would cushion Maura’s lyrics and bell-like harmonies. The songs have a quality, inherent in Maura’s voice, that is both soothing and urgent. As writers and producers, the Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today’s burnished sheen. Always tuned to their own muse, Pete and Maura have once again come up with a unique sound that is as uplifting as it is unclassifiable.”