1. Wolf Like Howls From The Bathhouse (South East Land Otter Champs) – Sonny Smith
2. Lady Rachel – Kevin Ayers
3. Blues Run The Game – Jackson C. Frank
4. Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) – Laura Marling
5. When I Die – Edith Perrin
6. Ritual of Death – FAR* (project of Liz McArthur of Cosy Father*)
7. Leda – Linda Cohen
8. Chimacum Rain – Linda Perhacs
9. Spring – Shaun Weadick*
10. What the Sun Said – John Fahey
11. Blackwaterside – Anne Briggs
12. Rising of the Moon – Tia Blake
13. Song of Perfect Propriety – Myriam Gendron*
14. Never Wanted To Be – Sumie
15. There Are Eyes Above – Josephine Foster
16. In My Youth – Aidan Coughlan
1. Martin – Houtitoutah*
2. Cue Sycophants – Other Families*
3. A Pig Who Feeds – Guerilla Toss
4. Putty Boy Strut | Flying Lotus – Haolin Munk*
5. HABERDASH – Phèdre*
6. Sportsmen – Haruomi Hosono
7. Banana Split – Lio
8. Ride Wid Me – VIRTUAL FLANNEL*
9. Morning Birds – The Walls are Blonde*
10. Holyman – Whitney K*
11. the new fallen snow that covers everything – shaun weadick*
12. The Grass Harp – Tasseomancy*
13. Why Must I – Blunt Chunks*
14. I Count Tears – The Walls are Blonde*
15. Centralia – Holiday Rambler*
16. I’m Worried, I’m Worried – Michael Hurley
17. Threnody – Myriam Gendron*
18. I Pity the Country – William Dunn
19. Wine and Roses – John Fahey
Nashville’s Great Peacock have written an instant hit with Take Me to the Mountain. It’s warm, memorable, and personable in the way that only alternative-folk can be. The single off their debut EP (due for release March 5th), this track will remind you of late summer nights, walking back with sand in your shoes and grass in your hair.
If I had a poncho that serious, I would make that face all the time.
Nothing like the warm ombré leaves of fall to rekindle my affinity for good folk music. And who does folk better than ladies? (Particularly the British ones).
A few months ago, I was walking around Sonic Boom, killing time on a gloomy Sunday afternoon. My scarf was wrapped all the way up to my lips and my hands were swathed in woolen mittens long after I had come in from the cold. While flipping through triple-plastic-wrapped records, I happened to remember a friend with overlapping music tastes who had once recommended Laura Marling.
I paused on the M’s. One glance at the slender, mysterious, shadowy side-profile on I Speak Because I Can, and I immediately went to the check-out before listening to a single song. That’s how much faith I had in Laura Marling. (This vinyl has become my most-played record since my autographed and hand-mailed copy of Angel Olsen‘s Strange Cactii).
One of the many appealing things about Laura Marling’s songwriting is her ability to blend her Hampshire accent into each lyric, while simultaneously dipping into deliciously low Alto notes right before soaring into glassily lucid topnotes. Her music is timeless, which is hard to achieve in an era where the Internet Buzz Machine is churning out the Next Big Thing every five seconds.
Quiet, calm, and contemplative is young wayward sprite Elena Tonra of Daughter. Her newest track Smother could easily pass for a B-side collaboration with Bon Iver circa For Emma, Forever Ago, if they had both shared the same snow-dusted cabin. There is so much unspoken promise in this 7″. For now, I’ll keep listening to her 2011 EP, His Young Heart (listen here). And I might just go see her play at The Drake on October 22nd (tickets at RT/SS, $13.50 advance).
Beth Orton has gained a lot of hype for her newly-released sixth album, Sugaring Season (ANTI-), released October 1st after a six-year album hiatus. Girl’s been doing folk since early nineties college students first began wearing grunge unironically and attending quiet hash parties in backyard yurts. Although she may occasionally veer into the realm of Adult Contemporary, I feel she is doing this intentionally, with a sly wink to the audience. At any rate, it’s heartening to see an established female musician making a comeback where so many others have left us saying, “Whatever happened to her?”
Have you ever noticed how girls go nuts for guys with guitars? Maybe it’s because we’re obsessed the theory that if he can pluck those strings and make sweet, sweet music, maybe he can do the same to us. Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Dave Hadgkiss aka Folk Thief is one such man. He’s like your best friend’s cool older brother, but you won’t get punched in the arm for having a crush on him (I hope).
Folk Thief began after Hadgkiss took an acoustic breather from playing in Vancouver geek and punk rock bands. Love, Heartache and Oblivion (2010, self-released) is Folk Thief’s first album.
Folk Thief is making the rounds in a tour across Canada and will be playing in a venue near you, accompanied by My Boy Rascal. Catch him tomorrow night at the Freeway Coffeehouse in Hamilton on September 9th, 2011 @ 9PM (pay what you can). He’ll also be playing in Toronto at Supermarket on October 5th, 2011 @ 8:30PM.
Recommended if you need new bedroom music for your sexytime playlist. ‘Nuff said.