Friday, March 20, 2009

Tribute to Utah Phillips

Oh my. Now here's a tearjerker. Utah Phillips (folk musician, activist, pacifist, hobo, freight train hopper, union organiser and all round good guy) spends 40 years touring, hits hard times, falls ill, his musician pals rally round to record a fundraiser, it grows to become a big project that attracts luminaries of the folky/country scene, it's fantastic, Phillips dies before he can hear it. Sniff.

All profits are going to his family - do yourself a favour and get your hands on a copy.

Please listen.

Listen: Will Brown, Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen - Going Away

Listen: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker - Reuben's Train

Listen: Ed Trickett - The Telling Takes Me Home


Thursday, March 19, 2009

More Bettelheim than Ariel

Has there ever been a more exposed and less impressive piece of public art than the Little Mermaid? She looks a bit cold to me. And she's not had an easy time of it all round - never mind the dancing on bleeding legs, just look at the view she's stuck with. The people who chopped her head off a few years ago probably thought they were doing her a favour.

Listen: Josh Rouse - Camping in Copenhagen

Listen: Josh Rouse - Come Back [Light Thearpy] (Best use of the word serotonin in pop ever).


Monday, March 16, 2009

The Lonesome collaborative playlist - Spotify

I've been using Spotify for a few weeks, it scrobbles by and lets me listen to loads of old country blues and classical whilst at work. It allows collaborative mixes - so if you are using spotify and have some recommendations/suggestions feel free to put them on and I'll give them a try. Spotify doesn't have complete coverage so I don't expect it to replace people emailing mp3s any time soon, but there are some great songs. I've started just by adding a few songs with the word lonesome in the title.

The Lonesome playlist

All About Collaborative Playlists

Friday, March 13, 2009


It's a rare thing indeed that we post videos, particularly of such an upbeat song, but this video was the first time I heard (and saw) Valentiger. I was there thinking 'too upbeat for lonesome' but the song was really strong, the guitar really cool and there was a Jonathan Richman/David Byrne kind of thing going on that I found interesting.

The Album from which it comes - Power Lines to Electric Times has some more lonesome style tracks - two of which are posted below, but I'd recommend pretty much all the songs on the album.

So what else can I say to persuade you of merit? The album managed to bring to mind Crooked Rain Crooked Rain without the lyric

Listen: Valentiger - Courses

Listen: Valentiger - Never Ready

Buy it