Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. Over the last couple years, the songs of M.C. Taylor and Hiss Golden Messenger have served as constant companions. On their latest album, Heart Like a Levee (Merge Records), HGM offers up […]
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You can’t choose your blues, but you might as well own them. When you’ve been around the block a few decades you begin to notice life is a series of concurrent rhythms and as you build speed to accelerate to the next path, often blindly, you may be met with a series of new challenges. […]
We’re back in NYC. Thursday night, September 18th, Aquarium Drunkard presents Hiss Golden Messenger with Alexander Sauser Monning at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. We have several pairs of tickets for AD readers. To enter, leave a comment with how you first happened upon HGM. Winners notified via email. Tickets available for purchase, HERE.
Since the dawn of the Great Recession, M.C. Taylor has emerged as one of America’s most potent songwriters. Formerly of hardcore outfit Ex-Ignota and alt-country band The Court and Spark, Taylor’s recordings under the Hiss Golden Messenger banner have chronicled his move from California to North Carolina, discussing his fatherhood, the duty of work, and […]
M.C. Taylor’s Hiss Golden Messenger albums weave a lot of layers into the songwriter’s work – folk, blues, gospel, touches of psychedelia, boogie, and raga – but with “Saturday’s Song,” a taste from his upcoming Merge Records debut Lateness of Dancers, Taylor eases into an AOR groove, coaxing AM gold vibes that radiate with warmth. […]
“I had a little bit of a crisis,” songwriter M.C. Taylor jokes. Arriving in Asheville, North Carolina, where Taylor performed earlier this month with members of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. as a tribute to his departed friend Jason Molina, he realized that his denim jacket wouldn’t cut it against the Southern January chill. […]
A clutch of North Carolina albums have been on my mind of late. Hiss Golden Messenger’s Haw is the third corner of a triangle that started with the solitary winter blues of 2010’s Bad Debt and more full-flowered folk-rock of Poor Moon in 2011. The three albums cover a similar surface area, a haunted little […]