September by Lydia Loveless

Lydia Loveless released a tremendous new record, Daughter, last Friday. It’s sad, twangy, rootsy and near perfect. Her voice is the beautiful match to her songwriting. There are many great songs on the album, including the singles Love is Not Enough, Wringer, and the album closer Don’t Bother Mountain. The stand-out track for me is September, a piano ballad about her childhood and teenage years. Loveless commented to Stereogum: “It allowed me to let go of a lot of pain, finally recording it, as it is a fairly old song I’ve never felt comfortable releasing.”

That feeling is palpable in the song. It’s the kind of song about being stuck in the wrong place with a right person, longing to leave the hellish place, and in that way made me think of the best moments of Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman and Bright Eyes.

The addition of Laura Jane Grace’s voice in the chorus add extra depth and makes it perfect.

Daugther is out on Lydia Loveless’ own Honey, You’re Gonna Be Late label. Get it on Bandcamp.

No Future, No Problem

Match made in wordy rock’n’roll heaven: The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and Titus Andronicus’ Patrick Stickles cover each other’s No Future song on this bandcamp single

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The first really hot weekend is before us, time to blast the Hold Steady’s Constructive Summer:

We’re gonna build something this summer
 Summer grant us all the power
To drink on top of the water towers

With love and trust and shows all summer
Let this be my annual reminder
That we can all be something bigger.