Track Of The Day – Nicole Atkins – ‘Red Ropes’ – Exclusive.


We’ve been fans of the best thing to come out of New Jersey since Springsteen and Paulie Walnuts, acclaimed singer songwriter Nicole Atkins, for quite some time!  We’ve followed her in a none stalky way ever since her ‘Bleeding Diamonds’ EP  introduced us to a vocal and song writing talent that left us in awe. A voice that can send shivers down your spine, illuminate the bleakest of days and generally make the world seem a better place (yes even Birkenhead on giro day!)

Since then she ‘s performed on ‘Letterman,’ ‘Conan,’ ‘Later With Jools Holland,’ released two critically acclaimed albums, collaborated with David Byrne, toured with The Black Keys, hung out with Springsteen fell out with her record company, and  generally experienced the often bumpy but nevertheless exciting ride that only venturing out on the rock n roll highway can offer.  Some people are, as they say , born to do it !

She reunites with Tore Johansson who produced her beautiful début album ‘Neptune City’ for her third long player entitled ‘Slow Phaser’ which includes a number of tracks co-written with the legendary Jim Sclavunos (Grinderman, Bad Seeds, and The Cramps).  She’s also given us an exclusive stream of one such track,  the first from the forthcoming album, the dark sensual ‘Red Ropes.’  She’s  just touched down in the UK to start a tour opening for the EELS and y’know what? The world really does seem a better place – it’s great to have her back and sounding on such great form. Check the song out below and catch her on tour (dates below.)

Here she is on Jools Holland

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                                   2013  UK TOUR DATES WITH EELS
March 17 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy TICKETS
March 18 Glasgow, UK O2 Academy TICKETS
March 19 Leeds UK O2 Academy TICKETS
Monday 20 London, UK Slaughtered Lamb* TICKETS
March 21 London,  UK O2 Academy Brixton TICKETS
March 23 Bournemouth, UK O2 Academy TICKETS
March 25 Brighton, UK Dome TICKETS
March 26 Norwich, UK UEA TICKETS
March 27 Nottingham, UK Rock City TICKETS
March 29 Bristol, UK O2 Academy TICKETS
March 30 Birmingham, UK O2 Academy TICKETS
*Solo Show


Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

Discussion28 Comments

  1. Don Eilenberger

    As usual – super! Waiting on the new album, if this is an example from it, it will be worth the wait.

    • Don Eilenberger

      She actually doesn't.. at least not that I've ever seen (and I've seen her in person a lot..) I think it's just the image thing.

      That's also a very old photo.. she hasn't had short hair in at least 4 years or so.

  2. That’s actually “BLEEDING DIAMONDS” and not Blood Diamonds….

    Saw her in St. Louis a couple years ago. Puts on a stellar show and I just love her music; voice and songwriting together make a terrific blend.

    • Andy Von Pip

      I wish I knew! But I do know that my musical world is a much better place with her in it. People might wake up from the cultural inertia that sees them happily acquiesce to being spoon fed warm diarrhoea by big labels, looking for easy lays and quick cash. Which is clearly insane when there’s such timeless talent like Nicole out there !

  3. Incredible talent , crazy that she isn’t a huge star. if there’s a bigger talent out there I’ve yet to hear them Mad

  4. Andy Dandy – you know how long I've been into her music. Yup, me n' Paulie Walnuts and all the Jersey Shore peeps (Snookie – is that you I see there?) – so – it's always great to read a wonderful new feature like this!

  5. Andy Dandy – you know how long I've been into her music. Yup, me n' Paulie Walnuts and all the Jersey Shore peeps (Snookie – is that you I see there?) – so – it's always great to read a wonderful new feature like this!

  6. Ferdinand May

    What a voice, what a gal. Heard her talk about this site on stage so here Iam.

    Great site man, and anyone who’s a friend of Nicole is certainly good by me ! Smile

    • Andy Von Pip

      Thank you Mr Ferdy. She is a tremendous talent. I must admit the stage shout out in front of a rather large crowd did rather make my day. If not my year Wink

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