Subcity Radio, Wednesday 12th May 2021

John Andrews & The Yawns – Cookbook (Woodsist)

After two months out of the fortnightly Subcity game, El Rancho is back with the full bhoona! 58 mins (I was daydreaming for two minutes and had to cut that out of the hour!) of brand new hits and a couple of undiscovered gems. When I say hits, I mean if El Rancho was a chart, these would be hits! All tracks are available on Bandcamp and come from great albums, new singles, EPs and unreleased new records!

One of those new records is John Andrews & The Yawns new record ‘Cookbook’ out on 14/05/21 via Woodsist. We’re big fans of John Andrews and Woodsist on the ranch (My arm even sports a Woodsist inspired all-seeing ‘eye’ tattoo found on many of the early releases). This new release has the familiar sound we’ve come to love, slightly wonky, unpolished and loose, yet full musicianship and songwriting that is so on point you just want more of it. Although ‘Cookbook’ was written off the back of 2017’s album ‘Bad Posture’, we’re only getting to hear how the songs sound in 2021. The past few years, you may have seen or heard Andrew’s playing alongside Hand Habits, Cut Worms or Woods or in his band Quilt – now that’s a lineup I’d happily hang out with! So you see how it might have taken a bit of time to get this one out.

The album starts with the first single, ‘New California Blue’ with Andrews on the piano in Rundgren fashion, easing us into another mellow record that keeps the feel throughout. Andrews’ singing is always hushed on ‘Try’, featured on this week’s show; he has a sort of 70’s Lennon-esque vibe with a slight cosmic country feel in and around it. The songs are delicate and soulful, with sweeping harmonies and tender melodies. Playful Honky-tonk piano, flutes, pedal steel and more make this record a delicious meal. Simple, honest and reflective lyrics fill Andrews’ songs, giving each track the feeling of sharing time with an old friend. There is an update of 60’s/70’s classics in ‘Cookbook’ that are welcoming and contemporary and should satisfy Neil Young and Joni Mitchell fans. The video for ‘River of Doubt’ (below) features Andrews’ unique moving animation, which can be found on the album’s cover. Some great photographs taken at home and on the road encapsulate the song and the homespun nature with which this artist portrays his music.

Make sure you work backwards if you’re new to John Andrews and check out the previous releases ‘Bad Posture‘ (2017) and ‘Bit By The Fang‘ (2015). These are all top quality tunesmithery that touches on all of the best shit – country, soul, R&B, bits of psych that possess a general warmth and groove that is completely endearing and engaging.

Pick up the new album ‘Cookbook’ below and check out this Brooklyn Vegan Interview for a run down of the influences on the album.

Check out the radio tracklist…

Dark Tea – Tears Down The Road
John Andrews & The Yawns – Try
Family Jordan – Stillness
Lee Baggett – Fast Asleep
Daniel Romano – Into A Rainbow
Massage – Made of Moods
Vinyl Williams – Beaming
Shadow Force – Love You Know
The Tubs – Two Person Love
Sledgehammer – Inward & Abroad
Henrik Appel – Outside
Smirk – Violent Game
Grave Flowers Bongo Band – Smile
The Natvral – Sun Blisters
Love Axe – Give Me A Kiss
A Certain Ratio – Keep it Together
The CUSP – Money

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Sunday’s Spiritual Fantasy 11

Clyde Built, Sunday 2nd May 2021

Our first extended two hour show was lots of fun down the Barra’s on Sunday. The sun was out and the traders were out and the vibe was very unlockdown. El Rancho bookending a guest mix from my musical comrade Christopher Haddow AKA Chad Yates, guitarist in Jacob Yates and the Lockpickers. Lot’s of Japanese surf and garage in the mix, jump to 37 mins for the mix…

The Rolling Stones – Rocks
Bill Jerpe – Sittin’ Here Satisfied
Willie Nelson – Bloody Merry Morning
Doug Sahm – Groover’s paradise
Kim Fowley – Barefoot Country Boy
Clarence Carter – Slippin’ Around
Shuggie Otis – Aht Uh Mi Hed
Chad Yates Guest Mix (Starts 37 mins in)
The Mops – The Letter
The Spiders – Nati Bati Yi
The Abstrak Sound – You’re Gonna Break My Heart
Les Fleaux – Gloria
Maria Elena & The Twilights – Temptation
The Bermudas – Chu-Sen-Ling
Dirty Beaches – True Blue
Julee Cruise – Rockin Back Inside My Heart
Mel Ball Quartet Featuring The Mercyaires – I Remember
The Vibrants – The Breeze & I
The Jaguars – RitornerĂ² in settembre
Jackey Yoshikawa And His Blue Comets – Louie Louie
The Rustics – Can’t Get You Out Of My Heart
I Kings – asciati portare via
Shin Joong Hyun & Park In Soo ?
Maki Asakawa – Konna Funi Sugite Iku No Nara
Haruomi Hosono – Boku Wa Chotto
Cyril Scott – Lotus Land Two Pieces
takeshi terauchi & blue jeans – Enchanted Sea

Bob Weir – Black Throated Wind
Doug Kershaw – Mama Said Yeah
Rusty Kershaw – The Country Boy
Blaze Foley – Big Cheeseburgers and Good French Fries
Townes Van Zant – Who Do You Love?
Bill Withers – Kissing My Love
Neil Young – Walk On

I’ve put the El Rancho section on Mixcloud! Check it out below!

Join us next month for another installment of Sunday’s Spiritual Fantasy