Archive for the Folk Category
Busted Jukebox Vol. 2 is the follow-up to, you’d never guess it, 2015’s Busted Jukebox Vol. 1, which featured covers of the likes of Guns n’ Roses and Elvis Costello sung by ShoRo with help from acts like Lucius and JD McPherson. This time around, some of the featured ShoRo […]
Exact same reissue from Black Friday Record Store Day, which was supposedly limited to 5000 copies. But here it is again, in unlimited form. Good job, Warner Bros and RSD. You fooled us again with another supposedly limited Record Store Day release.
Beverly Glenn-Copeland is already known amongst collectors and music heads for two sought-after albums of folky jazz in the key of Joni. But it was this album, originally self-released on cassette in 1986 that really caught our attention. The album, entirely recorded on DX-7 and TR-707, lies somewhere between digital […]
.Bodies and Minds is the second full-length album from Toronto native Tony Dekker. While the first album, Great Lake Swimmers, was met with critical acclaim and laid the groundwork for what was to come, it is this sophomore effort that should demand the absolute attention of the music community. It isn’t that […]
Closer To Stranger is the new solo album by Pakistani-born dream-folk musician Ilyas Ahmed. Drawing on a wide range of influences, his songs incorporate classic singer-songwriter gestures alongside more experimental leanings. Recorded to tape in the studio by Justin Higgins in the fall of 2016 and finished in the spring […]
Chris Thompson started out his career in Hamilton, New Zealand in 1965, then turned professional in 1968. In the early seventies he moved to England, where he played the guitar with Californian folk singer Julie Felix. While in England, Chris also played with British Folk-Blues legends Wizz Jones and Davey […]
Vos Cantu Monemus emerged from the folk underground of suburban sixties Maryland to issue one of the greatest micro press releases of a genre that translated the feelings of this turbulent time better than any other. Imbuing timeworn sounds with youthful hope; ethereal, haunting and inspiring all at once, “Words […]
Toronto-based singer-songwriter (born Afie Jurvanen) netted Juno Awards and a Polaris Music Prize nomination for his 2014 indie folk LP, Bahamas is Afie, his new album, Earthtones, delves into far different genres. Produced by Robbie Lackritz, it features contributions from James Gadson and Pino Palladino, who also appeared on D’Angelo’s Black Messiah.
Years in the making – ‘Hillbillies In Hell’ (Volume Five) presents a further 18 timeless testaments of sinners, winners, troubles, tribulations, shallow graves and hot flames. An abandoned catacomb of subterranean 45s, some of these sides are impossibly rare and are reissued here for the very first time. All for […]
2011 release from the critically adored Americana/Bluegrass singer/songwriter. The Harrow & The Harvest, Gillian’s first album in eight years, is an all acoustic affair containing 10 new songs. The album was produced by David Rawlings and recorded at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, TN.
“My Morning Jacket, the Kentucky rock band Jim James has fronted since 1998, are known for their line in eclectic cover versions, having paid homage to everything from Erykah Badu’s Tyrone to Elton John’s Rocket Man. As if to cement his dedication to the art, James’s first move as a […]
The fourth LP in Tompkins Square’s series of private press solo guitar reissues, all by artists featured on the compilation Imaginational Anthem Vol 8 : The Private Press. LARRY CONKLIN bought his first guitar, a Gibson J-45, in 1970, after he got out of the army. “I taught myself to […]
There was something in the air in the urban corners of late ‘60s Japan. Student protests and a rising youth culture gave way to the angura (short for “underground) movement that thrived on subverting traditions of the post-war years. Rejection of the Beatlemania-inspired Group Sounds and the squeaky clean College […]
“I asked him if he wanted to use any of his songs, and he said, “No.” We had a long chat before we did any of this. He said, ‘No, I want you to do it and I want to just be a singer.’ So I said okay.” -Shel Talmy […]
The “Cowboy” moved slowly out of the booth and into the studio. You could tell by the look in his eyes, that the half-dozen shots of Chivas Regal had put his ego to rest, and he was ready to sing with the “Lady.” They Sang for three nights – the […]
This is a group of songs about one lady… her name is not important… she knows who she was…What is important is once she loved me very much…These songs are a truthful attempt to show the effect the loss of this love had on me… They are not all sad […]
Bob Dylan converted to Christianity in 1979. Like many who have been born again, Dylan spoke and sang solely of his faith for a brief period — roughly half a year, beginning in November of 1979 and ending in May of 1980. Facing a fan base who were generally furious […]
“This first LP is rock music only by association. Taking British folk as a point of departure, the music twists and oozes as a vile bunch of snakes, pairing gorgeous melodies and expert playing to ecstatically altered vocals and vicious lyrics. Rape, murder, witchcraft and abuse are main ingredients to […]
Red River Dave “Authentic Hillbilly Ballads and Topical Songs: Volume One 1954-1976” (Iron Mountain Analogue Research)
Often cut within hours or days of the event and pressed as minuscule edition private 45s: the tall, flamboyant, ’Buffalo Bill’ bearded McEnery cut a dashing figure in his gold-sprayed cowboy boots and cracking lariat – as he hawked these handcrafted cuts from the boot of his steer-horned Cadillac. Some […]