Five Hungry Joes – A pictorial archive of the Trashcan Sinatras. Legendary Scottish Band

June 26, 2011, 11:39 am
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…is the latest long player from Lotte Kestner – a solo project of Anna-Lynne Williams, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of Seattle based Trespassers William.

She started recording solo music under the name Lotte Kestner in 2007 and released a collection of songs on the album, China Mountain. This follow-up is an intriguing mix of cover versions from artists including Bon Iver, The Natonal, Eels, The Cure, New Order and Interpol.

The song, however, that brought me to this CD was her sublime cover of the Trashcan Sinatras’, ‘Earlies’. I could give you my own take on how good it is, but I thought it would be better coming straight from the horses mouth, as they say.

Here’s what John Douglas had to say: “I am honoured by Lotte’s beautifully sung version of ‘Earlies’. She effortlessly captures the feeling of yearning and nostalgia inherent in the song. I thank whatever drew her to the song and wish her well with the recording”. Seal of approval don’t you think.

Don’t steal it. Buy it here.

A wee foot note: Matt Brown, who is the other half of Trespassers William, was once on the same record label of a very good friend of mine. The very gifted de trop

2011 Saint-Loup Records SLR02


Tongue Thai-ed
June 14, 2011, 1:51 pm
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Here’s a cassette version of debut album, ‘Cake’, all the way from Bangkok.

There’s not much to say about it though. The tape and the inner J-card is much different from the regular release as you would expect. I can’t imagine it would have been released in any great quantities in Thailand.

Nice all the same.

1990 Go! Discs/Polygram Records 828 201-4 

Thanks For Dropping In
May 7, 2011, 10:01 am
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If you look through this archive, you’ll find that the Trashcans have appeared on numerous compilation albums from around the globe.

Here’s another one. This one landed through my letterbox all the way from Thailand. Released in 1996 it includes ‘How Can I Apply?’ from third album ‘A Happy Pocket’. Other artists on the disc include Metallica, Def Leppard, Shed 7, two members of U2 and, (cough) Sting – there’s always one isn’t there?

1996 Polygram Records (Thailand) Ltd. 614-208 

Put The Kettle On…
March 28, 2011, 8:42 pm
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Still the only known CD series to include its own coaster as part of every cover package, this Orange Iced Tea volume from 2002 includes a wide variety of musical styles.

More of a soundtrack for lounging about on a lazy Sunday, sipping a wee cup of tea, or something much stronger if you’re that way inclined, it includes from the ’60s (Jack Jones’ “Wives and Lovers”), the ’70s (Jimmie Rodgers’ “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”), the ’80s (the Style Council’s “Down in the Seine”), and the ’90s (the Trashcan Sinatras’ “How Can I Apply”).

What’s pretty cool about this compilation is there doesn’t appear to be a song out of place, it all just seems to hang together – stick it in the old CD player and before you know it your feet will be tapping away, all the way to the end – well, at least mine were.

Other highlights include Manfred Mann’s “Mighty Quinn,” and Chris Montez’s “Time After Time.”

More tea, vicar?

2002 Universal Music K.K. / Victor Entertainment POCE-3008 (Japan)

Timeless Scottish Folk
February 26, 2011, 11:24 am
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KDHX is an award-winning independent, non-commercial radio station in St. Louis, Missouri, US of A. Since 1987 it has broadcast music, public and cultural affairs and is a non-profit organisation supported by the local community.

As part of their American tour in 2009, the Trashcans popped in to play a couple of tunes, one of which, was included on this CD (thanks Mr DiMaria) – a fine version of ‘I Hung My Harp Upon The Willows’.

From the KDHX website: “…featuring exclusive in-studio performances you won’t find anywhere else, Live at KDHX, Vol. 8 spotlights a wide array of artists and genres. From the old-time blues of the Carolina Chocolate Drops to the cinematic rock of Monahans, from the brash indie pop of White Rabbits to the riveting storytelling of Jason Isbell, from the working class punch of the Bottle Rockets to the timeless Scottish folk of the Trash Can Sinatras, from the old school country of James Intveld to the soul-soaked ska of Westbound Train, this collection is the soundtrack for your eclectic, music-loving life.”

You can have a wee listen here.

2009 KDHX / Copycats Hi-Fi Media KDHX 0015 (US)

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