Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass: The Fleas

So here we are
finally on our knees
waiting for the world to shake us off
like a bad case of the fleas

With “The Fleas”, Frank Turner & Jon Snodgrass released a new song for the apocalypse. The song is from “Buddies II: Still Buddies”, a lovely, conversational record made by friends. It’s out now on Xtra Mile, and I think the vinyl is already sold out. Guess we’re all looking for friends who can soundtrack our apocalypse.

Hard-working orchestral folk punk band East Cameron Folkcore is releasing a lot of material in September. There is an all-new LP  Better Off coming out in September (in Germany on Grand Hotel van Cleef) as is Fossils, an all-acoustic, live EP of older, truly stunning material. The EP is streaming on soundcloud now, and available for streaming and pre-order on bandcamp. The songs are as politically raw and emotionally complex as usual. The EP is “dedicated to the work and to those who do it.” so it’s also great to listen too while reading Dave Zirin’s commentary on the Olympics or writing the 95th job application without diminishing hope for a response, or, you know, working.

Okkervill River – or rather, Will Sheff  – have released a new song, “Okkervil River R.I.P.”, and as usual, it is beautiful, sad, and literary. Unfortunately, the upcoming release might be the last one.

 (ATO Records)

‘Most People’ is Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s contribution to a upcoming charity compilation Refugee that will benefit the Malta’s Migrant Offshore Aid Station. It’s also Will Oldham’s contribution to the whole refugee debate, in a sense. Refugee, a project by Scottish folk singer Robin Adams, will be released on June 3rd via BRAINFOG RECORDS.


I first heard of Lydia Loveless via NPR Music’s Austin 100. Her rocker “Really Wanna See You” is a great intro into her current work: The great voice, the lyrics full of honesty and wit, and her backing band that takes her “classic country music success story” and gives it more of an musical edge. Her Tiny Desk performance is also amazing.

But what stuns me the most is this acoustic version of her song “Everything’s Gone” recorded for WNYC’s Studio 360 podcast (Which is great) In this version, Everything’s Gone, with its Steinbeckian storytelling of losing your home is a truely great American country/folk song. I think this can find a place among the greats of americana, with Cash, Nelson, Parton, Baez. (Edit: The more I listen to the song, the more I feel like this could also be a great Tracy Chapman song.)

She is still so young – just 23. So much good music to come.

 I really want to see her and Hurray for the Riff Raff together, live. Be it in Rosenheim or a New Orleans bar.

This song is copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do.

Notice Woody Guthrie wrote in at least one of his songbooks. I found it in the comments to a This Land Is Your Land tab, the song the saddly now late great Pete Seeger popularized further, for example singing it at President Obama’s inauguration,