Nuggets 355 – Try Hard Fools

Greetings world and welcome to my first post of 2021. We are living in the year after the events portrayed in Bladerunner but it feels more like 28 Days Later. Strange times.

I made this playlist a couple of months ago now and often return to it. The theme is that I am not sure what most of these songs are about. This obscurity is their attraction.

I have included a Bandcamp link where possible so you can connect with the artists and buy their tunes and merch. It’s astonishing how many bands share their music here.

The Growlers- Try Hard Fool Live 9/13/2019
The band has been me too’ed cos of the poor behavior of some of its members. Kicked off label etc. Sad
Missed these guys when they toured. Next time.
Versing - Tethered (Live on KEXP)
Yowler - "Where is My Light?"
Jessica Lea Mayfield - Pure Stuff (SXSW 2014) HD
Fat White Family - Feet (Glastonbury 2019)
FUTURE ISLANDS: "Time On Her Side" / "North Star," Live in Baltimore, 4/7/17
Arthur Ahbez - Walk On for KIWI FM SHORT SETS
"Thawing Dawn", A.Savage - Paris, Janvier 2018
Clinic - The Witch
Prescient use of masks here.
Ty Segall performing "Orange Color Queen" Live on KCRW
Songs just gush out of him – must drive other musos crazy
Childhood - Blue Velvet at Reading Festival 2013
Silver Jews - Suffering Jukebox -Maxwell's Hoboken NJ 9/8/08
Amen Dunes - Believe (Live on KEXP)
LUMP (Laura Marling and Tunng’s Mike Lindsay) perform Curse of the Contemporary on Later… with Jools
Just a fab song.
Songs:Ohia "Farewell Transmission" 2002
Mdou Moctar - Mt Hood Stage @Pickathon 2019 S07E05
Dry Cleaning - Scratchcard Lanyard (Live on KEXP)
Temples - Shelter Song (Live)
Built To Spill "Liar" (Excellent Quality HD & Audio) 2007-10-05 Showbox
BTS was a highlight of my SXSW experience.

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Nuggets 288 – troubadours 11

Here’s a mix of darker songs with chinks of light. Fittingly the late Mr Cohen is on the cover.

Dallas Silver Jews Natural Bridge

Big fan of David Berman. Like Leonard Cohen he is a poet first and a reluctant performer.

Silver Jews--Dallas

The Harder They Come (Good Danny’s) Jimmy Cliff Good Danny’s 7/30/2012

Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come, 1972 HQ HD

Part-Monster Piano Magic Part Monster


Sixteen Amen Dunes Love

Can’t find good vid of this song so here’s another off the same album. It would be grand if he came to NZ.

AMEN DUNES, "I KNOW MYSELF" // Live at the Wilderness Bureau

La Chaleur Bertrand Belin Hypernuit

So French.

#225 Bertrand Belin - La Chaleur (Acoustic Session)

Tangerine (Daytrotter Studio) First Aid Kit Daytrotter Studio 8/9/2010

Fat Chance Little Wings Explains

Love Kyle Field‘s voice.

Little Wings- Fat Chance- 6/4/15 - live L.A.

Between the Bars Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith

Anything by Jessica Lea Mayfield is worth a listen and this is a great collaboration.

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield - Between The Bars (Live on KEXP)

Not One Bit Ashamed King Creosote KC Rules OK

KC Rules OK from 2006 is a fav album.

King Creosote Not One Bit Ashamed Scottish Day Party Latitude 30 SXSW 18th March 2011

Clouds Beyond Damien Jurado Maraqopa – Red 7″

Wrong video, but this will give you the vibe.

More at his Bandcamp page.

Damien Jurado - Metallic Cloud - Later... with Jools Holland - BBC Two

By Now Little Wings Explains

Little Wings- By Now- 6/4/15 - live L.A.

A Postcard To Nina Jens Lekman Night Falls Over Kortedala

A funny story by Mr Lekman.

JENS LEKMAN | A Postcard To Nina (live)

Not Enough J Mascis Several Shades Of Why

J Mascis - Not Enough (Live on KEXP)

Imagining My Man Aldous Harding Party

Aldous Harding: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

What presence. You will need to buy the Party CD, but her first album is online and can be purchased for just $9 here:

Seven Years Of Letters The Twilight Sad Acoustic EP

Making being miserable fun again. All their music (apart from this album) is on their bandcamp page.

The Twilight Sad - Seven Years Of Letters (BBC Radio Scotland Live)

Trisha Please Come Home Advance Base Nephew in the Wild

He will always be Casiotone for the Painfully Alone to me.

In The Dark Places PJ Harvey Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - In The Dark Places | Live at Sydney Festival | Moshcam

Darkness Leonard Cohen Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen, The Darkness, Boston 16-12-2012

Until I Find You Doug Paisley & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy Internet Single

Sax Rohmer #1 The Mountain Goats Heretic Pride

Still haven’t managed to catch Mr Darnielle and friends live. One day.

The Mountain Goats - Sax Rohmer #1 (Official Video)

the Mountain Goats - Sax Rohmer #1

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