Sunday, December 21, 2008

When You Awake

In an audacious move to thwart the urge to list the year's best of, here's been the most listened to blog mixtapes of the year by a very country mile - When You Awake is over there on the left in the blogroll, but if you haven't sampled the delights of their previous artist cover compilations try the latest - Merle Haggard Goes Twang, just click the title of the compilation beneath his biog.

btw. 1. Fleet Foxes, 2. Dennis Wilson. Everything else is just noise.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Davy Graham - Ballad of the sad young men

Responsible for at least two of the best guitar albums ever - Folk, Blues and Beyond and Folk Roots, New Routes, I was greatly saddened to hear that he died following lung cancer yesterday. I was introduced to him following exposure to first Nick Drake and then John Martyn, both of whom I understand were avid apostles. Together the three of them have served to inform my own playing over the last 20 years, with Davy being by far the most wilful and difficult to get to grips with. I think in part this is simply because he refused to stay within any sort of comfort zone. Fiercely intelligent, I think I would have been too scared to have guitar lessons - not practicing wouldn't have been an option.
I also love the fact that he was so immaculately dressed (not everyone can get away with a sombrero) when all around him were hippies in various states of dishevelment.
In interviews and on record he gave the impression he was always studying one or more exotic branches of string based music ripe for assimilation into his repertoire, but I've posted the very first of his songs I heard.

Listen: Davy Graham - ballad of the sad young men


Guardian Obituary

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Take down notices & clearing out the server

We've just received our second take-down notice in as many weeks for posts stretching back to last New Year/Easter. Frankly we're struggling to understand why Connie Francis's representatives have it in for us...

Anyway, I will be clearing out the server of mp3s posted before October this year this coming Friday, just so you know.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Grantura - Land of the Big Skies

Another honorable mention goes to Grantura for their rather-too-jolly-to-post album In Dreams & Other Stories. It really is uplifting stuff, so uplifting I've spent since August trying to figure out which song to post to recommend the album. In the end I've gone for their Broken-Arrow of a track called Land of the Big Skies for maximum enjoyment in a single track, all 5minutes 16 seconds of it.

Listen: Grantura - Land of the Big Skies

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Monday, December 01, 2008

The Acorn - Flood Pt2

Sorry for dropping off the radar for a while there, Beth has no net access and I've just been too tired to post. We discussed our end of year best of list last night, I'm not sure we're going to have one this year as there have only been two records I'd recommend everyone to buy and both will be all over everyone else's lists, which is hardly the point of our normal round-up now is it?

There are however a number of honorable mentions, one of whom is the acorn, whose glory hope mountain is a welcome relief from the credit crunch radio. Having fallen for them and their math-folk on Tin Fist, particularly their 'brokered heart', which we posted ages ago, the new album offers more clever and beautifully delicate songs in the same vein.

Listen: The Acorn - Flood Pt2

Buy It