J. Tillman releases “Singing Ax” and finds time for a Neil Young Tribute (via Aquarium Drunkard)

On 14 September, 2010 by slowcoustic

Today sees the release of J. Tillman’s “Singing Ax” over on Western Vinyl and once again comes highly recommended from Slowcoustic HQ.

I know Tillman’s style is not for everyone but I was thinking about the phrase “the space in-between” and thought that this might be something to use in describing most of this new album.  Sometimes the pauses, the breaths and that quiet moment just prior to going back into the next verse is where the beauty lies.  I have heard from various people that this very reason is one thing that might make them pass over Josh Tillman’s music – it simply doesn’t always have a lot going on.  That, my friends, is the point.  The beauty lies in his delivery of hushed vocals with acoustic accompaniment and possibly the spaces in between.  And those spaces sound really, really good.

“Three Sisters” – J. Tillman, from 2010’s “Singing Ax”

Purchase the vinyl/mp3 album over on Western Vinyl HERE.


I am sure aptly placed as a blog post late yesterday, Aquarium Drunkard decided to post a 10 track “tribute” recording by J. Tillman on the Neil Young album “Tonight’s the Night”.  This collection has it’s ups and downs (as I am sure some tracks could have used a 2nd take at times, but that may be the point of having something that isn’t officially released).  For the title track and the incredible “Albuquerque” cover alone….frickin’ amazing.  Head over HERE to pick up the 10 tracks completely free from AD.


5 Responses to “J. Tillman releases “Singing Ax” and finds time for a Neil Young Tribute (via Aquarium Drunkard)”

  • slowcoustic

    Sorry for those Elbo.ws folks looking for “Albuquerque” mp3, the link was still in the html of my cut and paste job when the post was aggregated! So head on over to Aquarium Drunkard for the actual downloadable track…its very much worth it!

  • RavingLunatic

    This is the most exciting news I’ve heard in a while. Does anybody have any news on the supposedly forthcoming J. Tillman contribution to the Laminar Excursion Monthly subscription deal? According to Tillman’s Wikipedia page, he’s supposed to have done LAX #8, called “Procession at Night.” I would think that #8 would be September, but I haven’t heard or seen anything about it yet. Elephant Micah is also supposed to be doing a release for Laminar Excursion as well. I’d love to hear them both, but the only two discs I’m interested in really are the Tillman and Elephant Micah ones, and I don’t want to shell out $50 for two 3″ CDs. I’d be glad to pay $10 or so each, but that’s unfortunately not an option. Frustrating.

  • slowcoustic

    @RavingLunatic – Yes, he is on the Laminar project and his came out for their April release. It is only one track, but is just over 14 minutes in length. A bit experimental/wall of sound, but overall good to have in the library! Haven’t seen the Elephant Micah one yet, that will be good when it arrives! Damien Jurado was on there too and his tracks were excellent.

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