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James Elkington Covers The Kinks and Hits the Road.

James Elkington Covers The Kinks and Hits the Road.

Head over to Aquarium Drunkard to check out James Elkington’s take on three Kinks tunes: “This Man He Weeps Tonight”, “Too Much On My Mind”, and “Get Back In Line.” James will be hitting the road this fall with Joan Shelley in support of his recently released Wintres Woma. You can catch him then, or in the coming week with Steve Gunn and Heron Oblivion.

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Happy Release Day to James Elkington.

Happy Release Day to James Elkington.

Well, the day is finally here: James Elkington’s gorgeous debut solo record Wintres Woma has been nudged out the door and into the world. The reception for this album has been astounding—many thanks to all those who have taken time to listen and to watch the videos. But don’t take our word for it—read on for an overview of the critical acclaim from the likes of NPR Music (who generously hosted a First Listen), MOJO, Uncut, The Independent, Aquarium Drunkard, Stereogum, Bandcamp, Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, and more. Let these songs into your summer, and catch James on tour soon. 

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NPR Music Streams James Elkington's Wintres Woma + Noisey Premieres the "Sister of Mine" Video.

NPR Music Streams James Elkington’s Wintres Woma + Noisey Premieres the “Sister of Mine” Video.

Songwriter and guitarist James Elkington releases his debut solo record Wintres Woma next Friday, June 30th. The album is now available to stream via NPR Music’s “First Listen.” Additionally, the “guitar king” (The FADER) is excited to present the Timothy J. Harris directed music video for “Sister of Mine.” Elkington spoke to Noisey about the track, Caligula’s sister, and togas.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy & Nathan Salsburg EP Now Available Direct & Digitally (& More Good News.)

Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Nathan Salsburg EP Now Available Direct & Digitally (& More Good News.)

Rejoice! Our most recent Record Store Day release, the Untitled 7″ EP by Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Nathan Salsburg, is now available for direct order, and digitally. Once the remainder of this limited edition of 2000 45rpm 7″ EPs has floated down the creek, it’s gone for good, so order yours today. Fans of Sals and Bonnie will likewise want to check out James Elkington’s brilliant LP.

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NPR Music Premieres James Elkington's "Wading the Vapors."

NPR Music Premieres James Elkington’s “Wading the Vapors.”

After presenting debut single “Make It Up,” the artist The FADER has dubbed the “guitar king” now shares “Wading The Vapors” (feat. Tomeka Reid), a track that recounts one of those memories so distant that it has ceased to feel like it really happened. NPR: “Elkington finds the space between fire and smoke, tangling complex fingerpicking into quiet, glowing melodies.” Says James: “The village I come from is mostly hills and pubs…

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Preorder James Elkington's Wintres Woma + Watch the Video for "Make It Up."

Preorder James Elkington’s Wintres Woma + Watch the Video for “Make It Up.”

Drawing from British folk, avant-rock, and jazz traditions alike, Wintres Woma—Old English for “the sound of winter”—is Elkington’s debut solo record, but you’ve likely heard his masterful work with Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, Steve Gunn, Michael Chapman, & Joan Shelley. Watch the video for “Make It Up” via The Fader, who call him “the guitar king … already a visionary in his own right.”

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James Elkington: Wintres Woma (PoB-034)

James Elkington: Wintres Woma (PoB-034)

Drawing from British folk, avant-rock, and jazz traditions alike, Wintres Woma—Old English for “the sound of winter”—is James Elkington’s debut solo record, but you’ve likely heard his masterful guitar playing and arranging with Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, Steve Gunn, Michael Chapman, and Joan Shelley, to name just a few of his many enthusiastic admirers. His assured album, recorded at Wilco’s Loft, is baroquely detailed and beautifully constructed, featuring both his baritone vocals and some of Chicago’s finest musicians, including Tomeka Reid.

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James Elkington Premieres "Corridor Country" for Our First 100 Days.

James Elkington Premieres “Corridor Country” for Our First 100 Days.

Our friends (and distributors) at the Secretly Group are assembling a durational 100-track compilation to benefit a variety of worthy organizations involved in the resistance against the current oppressive political regime in the U.S. Today, for Day 66, James Elkington has premiered “Corridor Country,” a foretaste of his upcoming album.

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Michael Chapman Profiled on NPR's Morning Edition.

Michael Chapman Profiled on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Thanks very much to NPR’s Morning Edition and Joel Rose for this morning’s lovely story on Michael Chapman, in which the Fully Qualified Survivor, along with producer Steve Gunn and critic Andrew Male, looks back at his long career and discusses why Yorkshiremen are cheap, how his career started with a rainstorm, why he never sings sober, and his moving, universally acclaimed new record 50 (which you can order, and hear, below.)

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James Elkington in Paradise.

James Elkington in Paradise.

We’re excited to welcome to PoB Mr. James Elkington, whose masterful guitar playing and arranging you’ve certainly heard, even if you didn’t realize it. An inveterate collaborator, Jim has been the other guitarist in Steve Gunn’s band since Way Out Weather. He has also toured and/or recorded with Michael Chapman (on 50), Nathan Salsburg (on Ambsace), Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, Joan Shelley, Tortoise, and Brokeback, just to name some of his many enthusiastic admirers. Stay tuned for details on his debut solo album, and catch him onstage this week with Jake Xerxes Fussell and Wilco.

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Jake Xerxes Fussell Announces UK/EU Tour + Mind Over Mirrors Tours US.

Jake Xerxes Fussell Announces UK/EU Tour + Mind Over Mirrors Tours US.

Jake and Jaime are hitting the road this spring—separately, sadly, but in great company. Jake will be touring the pubs, cafes, and boltholes of the UK and EU for the first time, with our bud Daniel Bachman, this April and May, while Mind Over Mirrors will be touring with Brokeback.

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Jake Xerxes Fussell Shares "Furniture Man" via Aquarium Drunkard.

Jake Xerxes Fussell Shares “Furniture Man” via Aquarium Drunkard.

After presenting debut single via NPR Music’s Songs We Love, the Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist now shares “Furniture Man,” a desperate tale of poverty, dispossession, and imminent homelessness, as relevant and heartrending now as it was when first recorded in the 1920s. Aquarium Drunkard calls him “a national treasure.” Jake plays Chapel Hill tonight and opens for Wilco this month and next in Chicago and New York.

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