The Jelly Bishops was a thinly veiled collaboration between the Mekons and Three Johns in 1986 - Tom Greenhalgh, Jon Langford and John Brennan (+ Hugo the 3 Johns drum machine) posed as the Jelly Bishops ("We are Ran
Kelly and Neko nestle up to each other, with only a thin layer of vinyl betwixt them, and channel the rebellious spirit of the Coal Miner's Daughter.
An early glimpse into the songwriting possibilities that would be later realized on Ryan Adam's debut solo album Heartbreaker.
Rock’s bread and butter is romantic tragedy. This album takes all that, crushes it up, and emerges with something new, crisp, compelling and incredibly intelligent. Sure, they rock, but they also read.
A staple of their live shows that would, more often than not, bring the room to a boil.
Sweet, sexy, slow, fast and remarkably difficult to play, the Trilogy filled all your Material Girl Bluegrass needs.
Neko Case and The Sadies got together for this little tip of the hat to the time honored country music trope of the murder ballad.
This is some stone cold country rock, my friends. Dig out yer dad's fringed leather jacket and catch the groove
The Voles channel the ghosts of all things groovy on this cover of the mammoth Parliament/Funkadelic song.
A fun-filled themed split single. Whiskeytown spins their tires on the gravel on this pedal to the floor rocker, while Neko sings a mournful ballad about her fave car.
The Brothers delve into the grit and sweat of dirty blues scooped from the fields of the Delta and polish it in the toxic waters of the Detroit River
Rosie Flores—the Rockabilly Filly, and Jon Langford—head Mekon, Waco Brother and conductor of the Chicago-based collective the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, combine forces to blast a sonic contrail stretching from Texas to Wales.
Biram throws down some feral, amped-up Delta blues just as easily as stone cold country weepers that'll get the girls all dewy-eyed with faith and desire, and even some heavy metal field hollers—with the emphasis on holler.
Within the first song, you just know you’re hearing something special, that you are party to the unknown and exhilarating paths being explored by an artist on the creative ascendancy.
Roams o’er the vast landscape of American music without so much as a stumble.
Confident and cohesive, the record is a dark treaty on the violent and self destructive tendencies of society at large. Ha Ha Tonka take listeners on a complex tour of the South...This record is spot on, dynamic, harsh but lovely. It’s a novel wrapped up into a record.