When a band starts reworking old material on album, it usually reveals a waning in creativity. The Willard Grant Conspiracy has, however, always been an unusual act. ‘Paper Covers Stone’, their eighth studio album, which is predominantly a collection of old songs in new arrangements, far from having a sparseness of fresh ideas, in contrast shows a whole abundance of them.
Released this coming (bank Holiday) Monday (31st August) is the brand new album by California (Via Boston's) Willard Grant Conspiracy.Paper Covers Stone is available RIGHT NOW from the Loose Shop and ships with an exclusive CD copy of the "Trunk in the Attic" EP that will only be available at WGC live shows.
We posted news back in July about a forthcoming Mark Mulcahy tribute album, and we are delighted to bring you full details and a very special preview of that record.
September 14th sees the release of Ciao My Shining Star by Various Artists.
The album is a tribute to former Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy’s wife Melissa, who died suddenly last September, and features a collection of some of today’s greatest recording artists performing versions of Mulcahy’s songs. All proceeds from the sale of the album will go to Mark to help him continue his career while also raising his 3-year-old twin daughters.
ACROSS THE BORDERS: A two day celebration of americana and alt. folk in South Wales, 5th and 6th September 2009
Richmond Fontaine, Vetiver, Willard Grant Conspiracy and Magnolia Electric Co. are just some of the big names coming to South Wales next week for Across The Borders, a two day event celebrating the best in contemporary americana and alt. folk.
''What's the use you learning to do right, when it's troublesome to do right and ain't no trouble to do wrong and the wages is just the same.''Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter. 16.
It was inevitable that Jim and Huckleberry Finn would meet at least one or two charlatans. But two together? The two grafters, drifters from all around, were known simply as The Duke and The King. One was youngish, around thirty, the other much older around seventy. The Duke, of Bridgewater, proclaimed himself his father's rightful successor and The King claimed - why wouldn’t you know it - himself the rightful King of France. Aboard the make-shift raft Jim and Finn assembled, one pair leads the other into trouble, scheming their way down the Mississippi.
But no one's scheming here.
The Duke & the King draw their nom de plume from two characters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and they derive much of the downbeat tone of their debut, Nothing Gold Can Stay, from Simone Felice's recent, not-entirely-amicable departure from the Felice Brothers.
Before launching into “Union Street” at The Basement Monday night, Simone Felice of the Duke and the King said the song recalled a time when Genesis and Cyndi Lauper ruled his headphones.
The tune, which is off the band’s new album Nothing Gold Can Stay, revisits the singer’s first romance with rock ‘n’ roll –and everything that goes with it. On the streets of Brooklyn, the young Felice craves MTV, pops pills and perhaps gets fresh with a friend’s drug-addicted mom. Ah, sweet bird of youth.