Tag / Folk

imply, phenomenal, a landmark release of Spanish music. The more I hear Eliseo Parra y MOSAICO’s Homenaje A Agapito Marazuela, the more I am convinced of my declaration. This album, a musical homage to the massively influential and important Castilian folklorist, musician, and dulzaina master Agapito Marazuela, does so many things right. Released a year […]

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/ December 2, 2016 / Comments Off on Silvio Rodríguez: Días Y Flores (1975)

Silvio Rodríguez: Días Y Flores (1975)

Looking back at recent history, one wonders why certain wounds seem to take so long to heal. We already saw a huge wound open up, yet again, for reasons that defy easy explanation. The rise of neo-fascism and alt-know-nothings has to be a reaction to something. Just this past week another reminder of a seemingly […]

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/ October 5, 2014 / Comments Off on Jackson C. Frank: Blues Run the Game (1965)

Jackson C. Frank: Blues Run the Game (1965)

Jackson C. Frank History is littered with characters like Jackson C. Frank. As equally immensely talented as he was troubled emotionally/physically, the few musical statements he released before the personal side overtook the talent, were immensely influential. As I course through trying to provide some kind of concise history of the rise of neo-folk traditions […]

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/ October 4, 2014 / Comments Off on Shirley Collins and Davy Graham: Love is Pleasin’ (1964)

Shirley Collins and Davy Graham: Love is Pleasin’ (1964)

Shirley Collins and Davy Graham Today’s track of the day “Love is Pleasin’” from Davy Graham and Shirley Collins, provides another column from which future English folk and folk rock would raise itself up from. In America, folk artists were moving into the realm of blues and country music to create a new type of […]

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/ October 3, 2014 / Comments Off on Anne Briggs: Blackwater Side (1963)

Anne Briggs: Blackwater Side (1963)

Anne Briggs – 1963 Now this is where the shift begins. I’ve always wanted to delineate the kind of transformation that England’s folk music went through from its early folk phase to its sorta modern iteration. There’s something utterly fascinating about a bunch of those groups and a lot of that sound. How do I […]

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/ October 2, 2014 / Comments Off on David Axelrod: The School Boy (1969)

David Axelrod: The School Boy (1969)

David Axelrod – 1969 Where’s my mind right now? Right now its shifting towards more pastoral, and organic music. What does this mean? it means, that its the time of the season when I indulge a bit in my love of folk music. That’s not to say that its entirely just strum and wailing kind […]

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/ October 1, 2014 / Comments Off on Terry Callier: Blues for Marcus (1972)

Terry Callier: Blues for Marcus (1972)

Terry Callier Now for today’s album of the month…I kid, I kid, well a little bit, there’s something special about Chicago’s own Terry Callier. No other artist quite sounds like him and in all honesty deserves his own time in my spotlight. Since 1964 he has combine soul, jazz, folk, and funk so effortlessly that […]

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/ July 5, 2014 / Comments Off on Burnier & Cartier: Fotos Para a Capa Do (1976)

Burnier & Cartier: Fotos Para a Capa Do (1976)

200 years after America’s independence, Burnier & Cartier released this jaw dropping brilliant piece of Brazilian acoustic guitar-based music. “Fotos Para a Capa Do” which translates to “Photos for the Cover” is such a nondescript title for such a massively intricate and dreamy album. This could be said was the first child of Clube da […]

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/ May 5, 2014 / Comments Off on Dando Shaft: In the Country (1971)

Dando Shaft: In the Country (1971)

Today I’m going to be so on the nose with my pick. Dando Shaft’s “In the Country” from their Evening with Dando Shaft album expertly captures why Mondays suck. Its never per se, because Mondays objectively are worse than any other day, its just that Mondays immediately follow our weekend. Aren’t weekends so great? That’s […]

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/ May 4, 2014 / Comments Off on Musica Tzotzil: San Lorenzo

Musica Tzotzil: San Lorenzo

This track called “San Lorenzo” is actually a traditional devotional song from the indigenous Tzotzil people from Chiapas in Mexico. The harmonic singing is all traditional, the use of violins and 12-string guitars is all traditional, but the music itself…the way they perform the song…is completely otherworldly. Imagine Tom Waits getting stuck in the Appalachian mountains […]

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