New Music: Actual Wolf – A change of mind

Actual Wolf , whom we’ve previously recommended, has a brand new song from his upcoming album, Hometown Hero. ‘A change of mind’ covers the aftermath of a break-up and the cascade of regrets that inevitably follow. Another taster from their new album, Hometown Hero, is the peppy, upbeat ditty ‘Sinaloa Stroll’ , which steers fast away from the Country-slathered sound of Actual Wolf, picking up … Continue reading New Music: Actual Wolf – A change of mind

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Interview: Actual Wolf

  Eric Pollard has an interesting musical career. Keys for Low, drumming for Retribution Gospel Choir and Sun Kil Moon and body and soul devoted to Actual Wolf, his country project. With an enviable back catalogue that covers the spectrum from home made demos to fully produced, crisp tracks, the music of Actual Wolf mixes classics like Merle Haggard, Johnny Paycheck, The Band and Red House … Continue reading Interview: Actual Wolf

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Review: Actual Wolf – Faded Days

Ciudad Madero, 3 AM. The Córdoba brew smells strong of nuts, caramel, and oak. The coffee pot is an old heirloom from my grandfather, an avid coffee junkie. The vinyl tablecloth tends to stick to you with the late night heat. It’s always warm and muggy here. The ceiling fan is just a fancy dust collector by now, fried to uselessness about five years ago. … Continue reading Review: Actual Wolf – Faded Days

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The Great Promo Hunt – Best of 2015

2015. We wave goodbye to this year and just like any other before (and after), there were high and lows. This Shithole of a Website (TM) was supposed to close and we are still here, wondering what it all means and when is it really time to call it quits. It’ll be a whimper, not a bang, but that’s a discussion for another day. In … Continue reading The Great Promo Hunt – Best of 2015

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Review: Actual Wolf – Itasca

  A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of talking with Eric Pollard, aka Actual Wolf. It was a lovely conversation and we mostly geeked about coffee, music and his new album, Itasca.  A sort of love letter to home and childhood, Itasca is made up of 9 songs. Although much of it is quiet in comparison to the thunderous racket of Actual Wolf (review), Itasca‘s strength is the subtlety of it. … Continue reading Review: Actual Wolf – Itasca

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Podcast: A conversation with Actual Wolf

  A couple of weeks ago, we got in touch with Eric Pollard, aka Actual Wolf, as he’s released a brand new album, Itasca, and we fancied catching up with him. There were a few troublesome bits with the conversation (thanks, Telmex) but we had a great time talking about Itasca, short stories, merchandise, social media, the convenience of tape, the new Retribution Gospel Choir … Continue reading Podcast: A conversation with Actual Wolf

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Podcast: Radio Chaneque – Punks, Folkeros y el sacerdote

Nota: Si el widget no funciona, escúchalo directo en Mixcloud o descarga la app para Android o IOs. Antes que nada, muchas gracias a todos los que escucharon la emisión pasada. Si se la perdieron, siempre los estará esperando con brazos abiertos en nuestro Mixcloud. El menú de hoy: No hay enemigo más difícil para el artista que el estancamiento. Eso lo digo muy seguido … Continue reading Podcast: Radio Chaneque – Punks, Folkeros y el sacerdote

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Interview – Actual Wolf

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A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to catch Retribution Gospel Choir at the now defunct The Grapes. Not only were they a fierce live monster, they all were very approachable people. Then I saw Low a year later and lo and behold, the beast behind the drums was on keys. Fast forward to a sampler I downloaded out of pure curiosity from a label called Chaperone Records, which included an Americana tinged band called Actual Wolf which I instantly dug.

30 seconds later, I realise the guy behind Actual Wolf is Eric Pollard, whom I’ve seen in both Retribution Gospel Choir and Low. Thanks to the wonders of social media, I catch up with Eric Pollard in a small apartment in Austin during SXSW 2014 and we talk about life, music and catharsis. Dressed mostly in black, like any modern cowboy should, we talked for a good half an hour.

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SXSW Diaries – That Friday I sorta met a hero of mine.

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Note/Warning: My proper reviews for SXSW will be on La Pop Life and Gold Flake Paint soon(ish). For Sloucher, I’ll be posting diary-style stuff, mostly unedited (barring a few typos that had to go away, replaced by more typos. Most of these diaries were written late at night and honest to God, this is how they went. No clear cut narrative is intended, just general ramblings. Enjoy this Gonzo-style experiment. Continue reading “SXSW Diaries – That Friday I sorta met a hero of mine.”