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/ January 26, 2015 / Comments Off on Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Air á Danser (1981)

Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Air á Danser (1981)

Now, this is the right time to bring Simon Jeffes’s Penguin Cafe Orchestra back again. Back in 1976, no one was quite ready for their Neoclassical style of chamber folk music. His vision of combining various worldly folk traditions under one shapeshifting sound created a template that touches on a lot of modern post-rock and […]

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/ January 16, 2015 / Comments Off on Bert Jansch: Avocet (1979)

Bert Jansch: Avocet (1979)

There’s a struggle whenever you try to invoke something. How exactly do you communicate to someone something they have to imagine? There was a time when naturalist John Audubon had to struggle with art critics who looked down upon his realistic depiction of birds. Painting with watercolors, chalks, and pastels he’d distill to the bare […]

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/ December 14, 2014 / Comments Off on Brian Eno: Discreet Music (1975)

Brian Eno: Discreet Music (1975)

Pour down like silver. What an apropos name for whatever the hell was going on in classic English folk and folk-rock music in 1975. Nothing you’ll find this year from overground artists like Richard and Linda Thompson, Steeleye Span, Sandy Denny and more would truly be as valuable as the stuff that poured for from […]

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What a weird time its must have been for England in 1974. It was during this year that the IRA started to launch an all-out offensive to rid Northern Ireland from England’s grasp, rampant energy blackouts forced the reintroduction of Three-Day Weeks to conserve electricity, Monty Python was ending, and the government itself was having […]

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/ November 16, 2014 / Comments Off on C.O.B.: Oh Bright Eyed One (1972)

C.O.B.: Oh Bright Eyed One (1972)

C.O.B. – 1972 Last we left Clive Palmer’s old, new band C.O.B. they were creating a fascinating sound, one that hearkened to pre-traditional days, days of Crusaders and Moors. When 1972 rolled around rather than accept the sales flop that Spirit of Love was for CBS Records, they got signed to a much smaller label Polydor’s […]

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/ November 11, 2014 / Comments Off on Mark Fry: Dreaming with Alice (1972)

Mark Fry: Dreaming with Alice (1972)

Where do you go when you don’t quite know how to continue onward? You start to deconstruct your own past and footsteps. In 1972, an artist like Mark Fry must have been asking himself these questions. His influences Donovan, and Marc Bolan had started to go glam, and he himself wasn’t quite ready to leave […]

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/ November 4, 2014 / Comments Off on Roy Harper: The Same Old Rock (1971)

Roy Harper: The Same Old Rock (1971)

Roy Harper You know, for me, there’s one reason I’ll give Jimmy Page a lifetime pass, it’s for his brief period supporting the genuinely offbeat, yet equally brilliant Roy Harper, and in doing so delivering both of their best work. Released in 1970, “The Same Old Rock” from Roy Harper’s Stormcock ushered in a new age […]

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/ November 3, 2014 / Comments Off on Shelagh McDonald: Rod’s Song and Odyssey (1971)

Shelagh McDonald: Rod’s Song and Odyssey (1971)

Now here’s a great English neo-folk artist lost to time. Shelagh McDonald, born in Edinburgh, was a gorgeous Scottish folk singer destined for stardom. Her style was uniquely urbane, mixing Joni Mitchell sonics with Nick Drake-like singing and atmosphere. Some of the upper echelon of English folk-rock luminaries like members from Fotheringay, Fairport Convention, Mighty […]

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/ July 11, 2014 / Comments Off on Marcos Valle: Vontade de Rever Você (1981)

Marcos Valle: Vontade de Rever Você (1981)

I remember funk Fridays. Anyway, its been a while since I posted a truly funky album. No sweat, Marcos Valle’s Vontade de Rever Você is just jaw dropping brilliant. Recorded at a time of great change in Brazil, with the dictatorship finally losing its hold on power, and a renewed optimism by its citizenry, it […]

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/ July 10, 2014 / Comments Off on Lô Borges: Best of Playlist (1972-1981)

Lô Borges: Best of Playlist (1972-1981)

Now this, this is an artist I wish more people would know of outside of Brazil. Lo Borges, if I would look for an English-speaking analog I would think he would be a combination of George Harrison and Neil Young. Most of his music has this distinctive hypermelodic sound, imagine someone basing their whole musical […]

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