News featuring Nick Drake

The following news stories mention Nick Drake. Stories are compiled from a hand-picked selection of popular music news sites based in Great Britain, Europe and the United States. Updated less than 9 hours ago.

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Wednesday 2nd July

  • ArtsBeat: Early Nick Drake Recording to Be Auctioned

    A previously unknown tape made by the English folksinger in 1968, before his first album, will be sold by a London auction house.

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  • Unheard Nick Drake Recordings to Be Sold at Auction

    Nick Drake's albums featured lushly orchestrated arrangements, but we may soon hear the late folksinger's early work in a stripped-down fashion thanks to a reel of tape from 1968 that will soon be auctioned off. The master tape, which contains six songs, belonged to a musical acquaintance of Drake, Beverly Martyn (the widow of John Martyn), who is selling the recordings because she is in poor health. The estimated sale price hasn't been announced, but it's been insured for £250,000 ($457,684 Canadian). The reel, which is signed by Drake, was recorded in a studio in 1968, as he was...Read More

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’14 Jun 30 Mon

Monday 30th June

  • Thomas Dybdahl: What's Left Is Forever

    With a sound at once soft and serene but clear and vibrant, Thomas Dybdahl returns with What's Left Is Forever.

    Known in Norway as the Norwegian Nick Drake, Thomas Dybdahl has been steadily working away at perfecting a sort of rustic funk-folk that homogenizes all of his disparate influences. The singer, who has managed to earn plenty of accolades in his home country but little press outside of it, has just released his latest. What’s Left Is Forever mines the earthy, rootsy folk that Dybdahl is known for, but also introduces a more pronounced element…

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’14 Jun 17 Tue

Tuesday 17th June

  • 'Garden State' and 'Wish I Was Here' Soundtracks Get Vinyl Pressings

    In 2004, Natalie Portman promised to change our lives with a song. Now, a decade later, the soundtrack to Garden State is finally coming to vinyl. It will be out on August 5. This is the first time Garden State has been pressed on vinyl. The 13 songs are split across two records and housed in a gatefold jacket. Among the artists who appear here are Iron & Wine (covering the Postal Service's "Such Great Heights"), Simon & Garfunkel, Coldplay, Nick Drake, Thievery Corporation and, of course, the Shins (whose "New Slang" was the aforementioned life-changer). The release...Read More

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’14 Jun 3 Tue

Tuesday 3rd June

  • Robyn Hitchcock Covers Roxy Music, the Doors, the Psychedelic Furs on New LP

    Jangly psych-folk lifer Robyn Hitchcock has been known for his Bob Dylan covers, but the veteran tunesmith's latest album includes cover songs from a wider range of artists, in addition to some of his own original material. The Man Upstairs will be out on August 26 through Yep Roc Records. The album was produced by Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd, Nick Drake) over a week at London, UK's Snap Studio last October. It includes covers of songs by Roxy Music ("To Turn You On"), the Doors ("The Crystal Ship"), the Psychedelic Furs ("The Ghost in You"), Grant-Lee Phillips ("Don't Look Down") and I...Read More

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’14 May 8 Thu

Thursday 8th May

  • Nick Mulvey: First Mind review Portico Quartet wok-beater turns troubadour


    When he was in experimental jazz types the Portico Quartet, Nick Mulvey played a hang drum, an instrument resembling a giant wok played with knitting needles. He's not the most obvious candidate to jack it all in to become a singer-songwriter troubadour, but his beguiling debut is hardly straightforward. Although the beautifully pensive songs are steeped in the likes of Nick Drake, Paul Simon and John Martyn, they're informed by the 28-year-old Mulvey's studies in ethnomusicology (African and oriental sounds) and Cuban music. His album mixes traditional and experimental, acoustic and electronic to pull unexpected rabbits out of hats. Americana finger-picking happily coexists with Afro and calypso rhythms. The sublime Meet Me There finds a beat in Mulvey's gently wearied, tongue-twisting vocal ("after all the people picking people picking people apart"). Most unexpectedly, the outstanding Nitrous morphs from a lament to a laughing-gas seller, before morphing into an unlikely…

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’14 Apr 17 Thu

Thursday 17th April

  • Beverley Martyn: The Phoenix and the Turtle review intriguing if uneven comeback for folk star

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    A successful comeback, at last, for one of the celebrities of the 1960s folk scene. Beverley Kutner knew and worked with everyone, was taught guitar by Bert Jansch and invited by Paul Simon to play at the Monterey festival. Then she married John Martyn. In 1970 they recorded two albums together, Stormbringer! and The Road to Ruin, after which he went solo and she stopped performing. Her quietly bitter Women & Malt Whiskey is presumably a comment on what went wrong. This intriguing if uneven set is a vast improvement on her last solo release 13 years ago, and includes the gentle, previously unrecorded Reckless Jane, which she co-wrote in the 1970s with Nick Drake. Her singing is hit-and-miss, but she has unexpected range. Best is Levee Breaks, an effective, threatening reworking of the Memphis Minnie blues.

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  • Watch Belle & Sebastian Cover Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” At A Children’s Hospital

    You might expect Belle & Sebastian to cover the Kinks or Nick Drake or 10cc. You might not expect them to cover the most-covered Journey song ever. But it’s impossible to say no to sick kids, and during a recent visit to Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta for the Songs For Kids Foundation nonprofit, the Scottish [...]

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