EP RELEASE: Live 2014 Available Now

Today I released my new EP Live 2014. The EP contains three explosive live tracks recorded at shows I played earlier this year with my trio. They include a cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s Killing Floor and my original number, Tumblin’ All Night Long!

  1. Killing Floor (recorded at Native Tongue, Epsom – 10/1/14)
  2. Tumblin’ All Night Long (recorded at The Dublin Castle, London – 12/2/14)
  3. Got To Get Better In A Little While (recorded at The Good Ship, London – 15/3/14)

You can buy my EP for only £3 (roughly $4.50) at the following link, there’s also an option to pay more if you’re feeling generous. Thank you very much in advance if so!

https://tomcaswellmusic.bandcamp.com/album/live-2014

Time Out London: “Classic guitar blues from young virtuoso Caswell, in the mould of Freddie King or BB.” 

Bugbear Bookings: “Hotly tipped blues guitarist referencing B.B King. and Clapton” 

Zarathustras Live Events: “Blues guitarist Tom Caswell – unbelievable.”

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NEWS: Bob Dylan’s Complete Basement Tapes To Be Released

Great news for Dylan fans as the ENTIRE Basement Tapes are set for a release this November as the latest Bootleg Series instalment from Dylan. 138 tracks, 6 CD’s and 30 tracks that have never been heard before. Personally I couldn’t be any more excited by this news. These tapes are widely considered to be the Holy Grail of Dylan’s back catalogue and whilst there have been numerous bootleg releases over the years and a 1975 double album, the full tapes have never seen an official release. Until now.

The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released on the 4th November this year.

CD 1
1. “Edge of the Ocean”
2. “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It” (written by Clarence Williams)
3. “Roll on Train”
4. “Mr. Blue” (written by Dewayne Blackwell)
5. “Belshazzar” (written by Johnny Cash)
6. “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” (written by Charlie A Feathers and Stanley A Kesler)
7. “You Win Again” (written by Hank Williams)
8. “Still in Town” (written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard)
9. “Waltzing with Sin” (written by Sonny Burns and Red Hayes)
10. “Big River (Take 1)” (written by Johnny Cash)
11. “Big River (Take 2)” (written by Johnny Cash)
12. “Folsom Prison Blues” (written by Johnny Cash)
13. “Bells of Rhymney” (written by Idris Davies and Peter Seeger)
14. “Spanish is the Loving Tongue”
15. “Under Control”
16. “Ol’ Roison the Beau” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
17. “I’m Guilty of Loving You”
18. “Cool Water” (written by Bob Nolan)
19. “The Auld Triangle” (written by Brendan Francis Behan)
20. “Po’ Lazarus” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
21. “I’m a Fool for You” (Take 1)
22. “I’m a Fool for You” (Take 2)

CD 2
1. “Johnny Todd” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
2. “Tupelo” (written by John Lee Hooker)
3. “Kickin’ My Dog Around” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
4. “See You Later Allen Ginsberg (Take 1)”
5. “See You Later Allen Ginsberg (Take 2)”
6. “Tiny Montgomery”
7. “Big Dog”
8. “I’m Your Teenage Prayer”
9. “Four Strong Winds” (written by Ian Tyson)
10. “The French Girl (Take 1)” (written by Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson)
11. “The French Girl (Take 2)” (written by Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson)
12. “Joshua Gone Barbados” (written by Eric Von Schmidt)
13. “I’m in the Mood” (written by Bernard Besman and John Lee Hooker)
14. “Baby Ain’t That Fine” (written by Dallas Frazier)
15. “Rock, Salt and Nails” (written by Bruce Phillips)
16. “A Fool Such As I” (written by William Marvin Trader)
17. “Song for Canada” (written by Pete Gzowski and Ian Tyson)
18. “People Get Ready” (written by Curtis L Mayfield)
19. “I Don’t Hurt Anymore” (written By Donald I Robertson and Walter E Rollins)
20. “Be Careful of Stones That You Throw” (written by Benjamin Lee Blankenship)
21. “One Man’s Loss”
22. “Lock Your Door”
23. “Baby, Won’t You Be My Baby”
24. “Try Me Little Girl”
25. “I Can’t Make it Alone”
26. “Don’t You Try Me Now”

CD 3
1. “Young but Daily Growing” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
2. “Bonnie Ship the Diamond” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
3. “The Hills of Mexico” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
4. “Down on Me” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
5. “One for the Road”
6. “I’m Alright”
7. “Million Dollar Bash (Take 1)”
8. “Million Dollar Bash (Take 2)”
9. “Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread (Take 1)”
10. “Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread (Take 2)”
11. “I’m Not There”
12. “Please Mrs. Henry”
13. “Crash on the Levee (Take 1)”
14. “Crash on the Levee (Take 2)”
15. “Lo and Behold! (Take 1)”
16. “Lo and Behold! (Take 2)”
17. “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Take 1)”
18. “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Take 2)”
19. “I Shall be Released (Take 1)”
20. “I Shall be Released (Take 2)
21. “This Wheel’s on Fire” (written by Bob Dylan and Rick Danko)
22. “Too Much of Nothing (Take 1)”
23. “Too Much of Nothing (Take 2)”

CD 4
1. “Tears of Rage (Take 1)” (written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel)
2. “Tears of Rage (Take 2)” (written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel)
3. “Tears of Rage (Take 3)” (written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel)
4. “Quinn the Eskimo (Take 1)”
5. “Quinn the Eskimo (Take 2)”
6. “Open the Door Homer (Take 1)”
7. “Open the Door Homer (Take 2)”
8. “Open the Door Homer (Take 3)”
9. “Nothing Was Delivered (Take 1)”
10. “Nothing Was Delivered (Take 2)”
11. “Nothing Was Delivered (Take 3)”
12. “All American Boy” (written by Bobby Bare)
13. “Sign on the Cross”
14. “Odds and Ends (Take 1)”
15. “Odds and Ends (Take 2)”
16. “Get Your Rocks Off”
17. “Clothes Line Saga”
18. “Apple Suckling Tree (Take 1)”
19. “Apple Suckling Tree (Take 2)”
20.”Don’t Ya Tell Henry”
21.”Bourbon Street”

CD 5
1. “Blowin’ in the Wind”
2. “One Too Many Mornings”
3. “A Satisfied Mind” (written by Joe Hayes and Jack Rhodes)
4. “It Ain’t Me, Babe”
5. “Ain’t No More Cane (Take 1)” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
6. “Ain’t No More Cane (Take 2)” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
7. “My Woman She’s A-Leavin'”
8. “Santa-Fe”
9. “Mary Lou, I Love You Too”
10. “Dress it up, Better Have it All”
11. “Minstrel Boy”
12. “Silent Weekend”
13. “What’s it Gonna be When it Comes Up”
14. “900 Miles from My Home” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
15. “Wildwood Flower” (written by A.P. Carter)
16. “One Kind Favor” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
17. “She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
18. “It’s the Flight of the Bumblebee”
19. “Wild Wolf”
20. “Goin’ to Acapulco”
21. “Gonna Get You Now”
22. “If I Were A Carpenter” (written by James Timothy Hardin)
23. “Confidential” (written by Dorina Morgan)
24. “All You Have to do is Dream (Take 1)”
25. “All You Have to do is Dream (Take 2)”

CD 6
1. “2 Dollars and 99 Cents”
2. “Jelly Bean”
3. “Any Time”
4. “Down by the Station”
5. “Hallelujah, I’ve Just Been Moved” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
6. “That’s the Breaks”
7. “Pretty Mary”
8. “Will the Circle be Unbroken” (written by A.P. Carter)
9. “King of France”
10. “She’s on My Mind Again”
11. “Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
12. “On a Rainy Afternoon”
13. “I Can’t Come in with a Broken Heart”
14. “Next Time on the Highway”
15. “Northern Claim”
16. “Love is Only Mine”
17. “Silhouettes” (written by Bob Crewe and Frank C Slay Jr.)
18. “Bring it on Home”
19. “Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies” (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
20. “The Spanish Song (Take 1)”
21. “The Spanish Song (Take 2)”

REVIEW: The Rentals – Lost In Alphaville

It feels like I’ve been waiting half my life for this album to come out. In fact, I almost have. When I first heard The Rentals’ debut album Return Of The Rentals I was about 14. That was 11 years ago. I was blown away by that album and it’s been one of my all time favourites ever since. But after their second album Seven More Minutes was released in 1999 the band seemed to drop off the radar apart from an EP in 2007 (The Last Little Life EP) and multimedia project in 2009 (Songs About Time). But finally afters year of waiting, we have a new album. I was ecstatic to say the least when the album was announced and even more excited when two tracks were released from it. It isn’t released until the 26th August but it’s able to stream online, and boy is it good.

It’s Time To Come Home starts with a tremolo guitar before launching into an incredible opening track. You immediately get the sense that this is a wonderful musical ‘sequel’ to Return Of The Rentals in terms of feel, sound and vibe. Matt Sharp sounds great on vocals and is backed up by two female singers, Jessica Wolfe and Holly Laessig. The inclusion of female singers really does stay true to the original sounds of the band, Cherielynn Westrich and the Haden sisters being the female singers on the debut album. It just sounds great on every level. Traces Of Our Tears features more of the same awesomeness (you can see where this is going). This one is more of a faster paced song than the opening track and is just as good, brimming with energy. The female vocals really shine on this one as well, as does the overall songwriting.

Stardust features some great guitar playing to open up the song along with background vocals before Matt Sharp comes in. Perfect. It’s a wonderfully produced track as well, as is the entire album. Matt Sharp did this himself with D. Sardy (Jay Z/LCD Soundsystem) mixing the tracks. Next up is 1000 Seasons, the second song to be released from the album as a teaser. This is yet another song that would fit perfectly on Return Of The Rentals especially with this gorgeous female backing vocals. Damaris is the first track on the album to feature a female voice as a lead alongside Sharp and it’s a great song with two parts to it, at least in my eyes. On one hand it features some solid guitar playing but on the other it’s quite mellow sounding, especially at the start. A modern day Rentals track right here, fantastic.

  1. It’s Time To Come Home
  2. Traces Of Our Tears
  3. Stardust
  4. 1000 Seasons
  5. Damaris
  6. Irrational Things
  7. Thought Of Sound
  8. Song Of Remembering
  9. Seven Years
  10. The Future

Irrational Things kicks off with a piano melody with guitar feedback over it before Matt Sharp comes in on vocals. Strings also feature here which adds to the whole feel of the song and gives the album another kind of dimension. What’s important to note at this point is there hasn’t been any filler tracks anywhere on the album so far, and that trend continues. What you get is nothing short of musical genius from Matt Sharp. Irrational Things is followed by the first single from the album, Thought Of Sound, a roaring song that (from experience) is a great driving song. A thunderous guitar opens the track before taking a backseat to Matt Sharp’s singing, then returning once more to full force in the huge chorus. It’s a great song, hard to argue with it being the first single. With every song that comes and goes on this album, you’re reminded of what a great band The Rentals were and still are right now. Song Of Remembering adds to that.

Seven Years and The Future round off a great album, the former straight out of the 90’s in terms of style while still retaining that modern sound and signature Rentals vibe. Seven Years is a beautiful song, especially the piano/guitar outro. Exquisite. The Future, the final song from Lost In Alphaville, is interesting to say the least. Completely different to every other song on the album, it’s an atmospheric wonderland.

I couldn’t be happier right now. This really is a great album in every single sense of the word.The songwriting from Matt Sharp is second to none, the production and musicianship is right up there as well. I can’t fault this album at all. It’s perfect. Faultless. I love it.

When I think of the Rentals I think of a number of things. Songwriting, female vocals, synths, strings. That’s just from Return Of The Rentals. This new album contains all of the same ingredients as that album does and finally brings the band into the 21st Century. Sure they’ve released an EP and multimedia project since 1999 but this cements them musically. They’re back and I hope this is the start of great things to come and the first of many more albums.

10/10

She & Him – The Capitol Studios Session – EP

She & Him are releasing a new EP called The Capital Studios Session which will contain recordings of four songs which featured on their most recent album Volume 3.

  1. I Could’ve Been Your Girl
  2. Shadow Of Love
  3. Snow Queen
  4. Turn To White

The tracks were recorded recently at Capitol Studios and the EP will be released on the 2nd December. It’s currently available to pre-order.

Beck – Wave (Morning Phase Preview)

Beck performed in LA last night with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra where they played through a number of songs from his Song Reader project. However they also played a new song which will feature on his next album Morning Phase next year. You can check it out right here:

His new album has been compared to Sea Changes in terms of feel and style and this new song certainly backs that up. Morning Phase will be his first new album since 2008’s Modern Guilt. I for one cannot wait!

Live EP2 Release Details

I’m HUGELY excited to announce that my NEW EP ‘Live EP2’ will be released on the 2nd December! Just like my first Live EP at the start of the year, it’ll be available to download from my BandCamp page for £4 (or more if you choose to!).

Live EP2 contains 5 outstanding live tracks and I can’t wait for you to hear them! They include a blistering rendition of Further On Up The Road and four original numbers including You Left Me Here Waiting and Archie Blues.

You’ll be able to download the EP on the 2nd December from the following link:

http://www.tomcaswellmusic.bandcamp.com

Thank you very much for your continuous support!

Tom

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