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The Skiffle Players‘ debut album “Skifflin”, 
is out NOW via Spiritual Pajamas.

The Skiffle Players are…
Neal Casal (Phil Lesh & Friends, Chris Robinson Band)
Dan Horne (Jonathan Wilson, Circles Around The Sun)
Cass McCombs
Farmer Dave Scher (Beachwood Sparks)
Aaron Sperske (Beachwood Sparks)

“Gift for the End is a mineral album. It also brings to mind Enya, Linda Perhacs, Townes Van Zandt, Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Pentangle, Jackson Browne…” (Almost Musique)

Stream a couple of tracks from Mariee Sioux‘s new full-length “Gift for the End,” the follow-up to 2007′s her debut “Faces in the Rocks.” Due out on April 17th via Whale Watch Records, now available in Europe via Almost Musique. The album was recorded between April 2010 and August 2011 in Placerville’s Moonsoon Studios and in the Nevada City’s Sun Dial studios.

“Mariee Sioux (born February 4, 1985) is an American folk singer-songwriter who has drawn comparisons from Joanna Newsom to Joni Mitchell, and she has toured through North America and Europe, often alongside fellow folk singer Alela Diane. Her father Gary Sobonya is a mandolin player of Polish and Hungarian descent, and her mother Felicia is of Spanish, Paiute, and Indigenous Mexican descent.”

Mariee Sioux – Homeopathic by Whale Watch Records

Mariee Sioux – Swimming Through Stone by Whale Watch Records

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy :: Mariee Sioux :: Jonathan Wilson

Bonnie & Mariee – Loveskulls

‘Loveskulls’ is taken from the collaborative 4-song, a limited edition double gatefold 7” vinyl “Bonnie & Mariee” by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Mariee Sioux, released from Spiritual Pajamas on February, 2012. It close with a cover of Maria Muldaur’s ‘Mad Mad Me,’ the song was originally appeared on the first solo album “Maria Muldaur” (Reprise,1973).

“These wonderful recordings feature a dream band of musicians: Paz (A Perfect Circle, Zwan and The Entrance Band) on bass, Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes) on keys, Jonathan Wilson on guitar and percussion, Farmer Dave Scher (Beachwood Sparks and Jenny Lewis) on slide and additional keys, Derek James (The Entrance Band) on drums and Dave Brennen (Dirt Blue Gene & Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions) and Emmett Kelly (The Cairo Gang) on additional guitars.”

And … also from Spiritual Pajamas, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy has recorded Leon Russell’s ‘Hummingbird’ for the Record Store Day exclusive 10 inch, which is being released April 21st, 2012, in a one-time only pressing of 1000 copies. The B-side contains ‘Tribulations’ (Estil C Ball Cover) recorded with with Cairo Gang, Emmett Kelly, and ‘Because Of Your Eyes’ (Merle Haggard Cover / Solo Version). 

“Using Russell’s famed Shelter Records soundboard for this one-off session–with its memories of Petty and Cale, and now owned by one Jonathan Wilson–Bonny introduces a pallet of musical soundscapes including the keys of “Farmer” Dave Scher, the porch-stomp grooves of Entrance Band rhythm section Paz and Derek and the claps of a thousand hands before letting the song “fly away” in a breeze of soulful psychedelia that stretches nearly twice the original’s length.” 

(Arigato ArAtAq)