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Folk; old-timey; blues; psych, avant and acid folk old and new; ambient and electronic; lots of guitar; detours elsewhere.

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Options October 11, 2014

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
A Winged Victory For The Sullen  VII   Options Atomos  Kranky  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Balmorhea  We Will Rebuild With Smooth Stones   Options Balmorhea  Western Vinyl  0:07:15 (Pop‑up)
Linda Cohen  Horizon Jane   Options Lake of Light  Tomato  0:12:21 (Pop‑up)
Cam Deas  As Spring Fell From the Leaves   Options La Ballade Au Beau Regard (V/A)  Okraina  0:15:48 (Pop‑up)
Jerry Hionis  Arrakian Circle Dance   Options Arrakian Circle Dances  Jerry Hionis  0:27:50 (Pop‑up)
Michael Raven & Joan Mills  The Captain's Apprentice   Options Death and the Lady  Sunbeam  0:30:43 (Pop‑up)
Gabriel et Marie Yacoub  Rossignolet Du Bois   Options Pierre de Grenoble  Barclay  0:34:05 (Pop‑up)
Kyttock Kynd  The Twa Corbies   Options Kyttock Kynd  Dorian  0:37:32 (Pop‑up)
Cove Hithe  When the Rain Dries Up   Options Your Ground Is My Earth  Cove Hithe  0:39:45 (Pop‑up)
Winter Flowers  Winter Bird   Options Winter Flowers  Attacknine  0:44:27 (Pop‑up)
Barry Dransfield  Lily's Ballade   Options Barry Dransfield  Spinney  0:47:58 (Pop‑up)
Ange Hardy  The Bow to the Sailor   Options     0:51:56 (Pop‑up)
Gallery  Seven Gypsies   Options The Wind That Shakes the Barley  Guerssen  1:02:26 (Pop‑up)
Finbary & Eddie Furey  Sally Sits Weeping   Options The Dawning of the Day  Dawn  1:05:05 (Pop‑up)
Folkal Point  Once I Knew a Pretty Girl   Options Folkal Point  Big Pink  1:09:12 (Pop‑up)
Peter Chalmers  The Franklin's Maid   Options The Lady and the Stranger  Big Pink  1:13:09 (Pop‑up)
Martha Tilston  Fisherlad of Whitby   Options The Sea  Squiggly  1:14:54 (Pop‑up)
Allysen Callery  Blackwaterside   Options Folk Radio UK Session  75 of Less  1:20:08 (Pop‑up)
Arborea  Bad Moon Rising   Options (no album)  Arborea  1:23:52 (Pop‑up)
Ane Brun  If I Had a Ribbon Bow   Options Rarities  Balloon Ranger  1:27:56 (Pop‑up)
Yesway  Woahcean   Options Woahcean  Yesway  1:30:48 (Pop‑up)
Laetitia Sadier  Transhumance   Options Something Shines  Drag City  1:33:39 (Pop‑up)
Herbcraft  Journey to the Center of Your Hive   Options Flowering  Julia Dream Recordings  1:37:44 (Pop‑up)
Willis Earl Beal  Waste It Away   Options Experiments In Time  Willis Earl Beal  1:44:23 (Pop‑up)
The Widest Smiling Faces  Oil Pastel   Options Sin Waves  The Widest Smiling Faces  1:50:17 (Pop‑up)
Perfume Genius  All Along   Options Too Bright  Matador  1:54:02 (Pop‑up)
Meaner Pencil  For Tree Love   Options Meaner Pencil  Blue Dragon Moon  2:03:54 (Pop‑up)
Maggie Bjorklund  Ashes   Options Shaken  Bloodshot  2:06:27 (Pop‑up)
Mirel Wagner  Goodnight   Options When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day  Sub Pop  2:10:08 (Pop‑up)
Little Children  The Wake Up   Options In Hau  Ingrid  2:12:13 (Pop‑up)
Steve Gunn  Way Out Weather   Options Way Out Weather  Paradise of Bachelors  2:17:06 (Pop‑up)
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker  I Never Learned French   Options Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour    2:23:17 (Pop‑up)
Lindsay Fuller  Trigger Happy   Options The Last Light I See  Lindsay Fuller  2:25:40 (Pop‑up)
Ruu Campbell  The Call   Options Heartsong    2:28:49 (Pop‑up)
Mike Cooper  Goodbye Blues, Goodbye   Options Places I Know  Paradise of Bachelors  2:31:31 (Pop‑up)
Erica Buettner  When It Goes   Options True Love and Water    2:33:51 (Pop‑up)
Almeda Riddle  The Orphan Girl   Options Songs and Ballads of the Ozarks  Vanguard  2:39:15 (Pop‑up)
Michael Kline and John Martin   Blue Diamond Mines   Options The Poverty War Is Dead  Dillon's Run  2:42:31 (Pop‑up)
George Edgin's Corn Dodgers with Earl Wright & Brown Rich  The Arkansas Hotel   Options Corn Dodgers & Hoss Hair Pullers (V.A.)  Dust -To-Digital  2:47:45 (Pop‑up)
The Delta Sisters  Texas Girl   Options Music From the Old Timey Hotel  Red Rooster  2:50:49 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 6:13am BEAVO:

Good morn, beautiful guitar tunes
Avatar 6:15am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

... & tones !
Avatar 6:17am doca:

Bom dia! Nice to wake up even a little earlier to get guitars so beautiful from Mr. Davison's first hour
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:32am Guido from Cologne:

... and tunings ... from the "primitivists".
Avatar 6:39am testingwithfire:

One does not begin a Saturday properly without Shrunken Planet.
Avatar 6:40am BEAVO:

How is the weather in Klöhn this morning Guido
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:46am Guido from Cologne:

Köln is Sunny right now.
temperatures are announced to go up to 20° Celsius.
Avatar 6:58am BEAVO:

Thanks for setting me straight on the German spelling I was looking at the surname.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01am Guido from Cologne:

Paper inner sleeves and long transport obviusly produce a lot of crackles. And certain non-virgin-qualities of vinyl do not fit certain musical styles at all.
Avatar 7:04am BEAVO:

I've had all my LPs in plastic lined inner and outer sleeves for 40 years.
Avatar 7:06am testingwithfire:

just got Bert Jansch's first release on CD yesterday... it's UK folk week for me (as if it ever isn't)
Avatar 7:08am BEAVO:

Great album, all Bert's are. I love Nicola.
Avatar 7:09am Bob G:

Good morning folks!Morning jeff. The weather seems suggest to sea shanties, but the Brit isles flavor is apt on such a soggy morning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10am Guido from Cologne:

The problem is, if you get the records by mail or you buy from a touring musician and the inner sleeves are paper:
Comparison of outer to inner grooves prooves where the crackling on the mint copy comes from.
Avatar 7:14am BEAVO:

Not to mention warping
Avatar 7:20am testingwithfire:

Anyone here play banjo - specifically a Deering GoodTime? I'm thinking of a rent to buy arrangement since I'm not sure how I'll take to playing a stringed instrument. Comments appreciated.
Avatar 7:25am dyingforbadmusic:

Hello @all. Since you, Jeffrey, play Allysen Callery, she just landed in Zürich (according to her FB) and will be on Europe Tour the next days, with Ryan Lee Crosby. Check dates here: allysencallerymusic.com - just sayin! - looking forward to have them in my neck of the wood!
Avatar 7:27am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

@testingw/fire: - as another two-bit guitar-player by ear (throw a dead cat & hit one), instruments not tuned like guitars confound me - however, I'm told there are two basic kinds of banjo - the 4 & the 5-string, one tuned to C, & one to G is it - ? So - that's a decision...
Avatar 7:30am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...a good thing about plucked (as opposed to bowed) stringed instruments is it's pretty easy to get a good tone & get started; there's a reason they're so popular...& there's always someone else around who can show you stuff about them (or just watch & cop from)...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:30am Guido from Cologne:

@ testingwithfire:
I was considering to get me a banjo and had the eye on old 60ies/70ies Framus which went for 100,- Euros or so. My impression is, the budget priced instrument already sound quite decent and with some advice you should be able to purchase a useful starter instrument. But some personal advice is allways recommentdable.
Avatar 7:32am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Good point: a real banjo player will steer you better on getting quality & a good price on the instrument - as well as tell you what to do w/ your fingers : ) ...
Avatar 7:33am BEAVO:

The Deering good time is an open back, usually played clawhammer style as I do in old time fiddle music, a good basic banjo, Gold Tones are good too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36am Guido from Cologne:

Try to get second hand instruments.
Heavily used ones are likely to be good ones and happen dto be priced lower because of "ugly look".
Avatar 7:37am BEAVO:

As opposed to the three finger with picks Scruggs Bluegrass style. Which is harder to learn.
Avatar 7:40am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...but: you want to make sure a used one is still functioning all around...not 'used up' (like anything you'd guy used really) - make sure all the frets (metal bars on the neck that separate notes) still work, sort of thing ...guitars are often warped & worn out - but maybe banjoes are better off that way...
Avatar 7:41am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...*Buy, not Guy...
Avatar 7:41am testingwithfire:

@Revolution Rabbit @Guido @BEAVO thank you. I'm planning to take lessons from a local teacher - I'm lucky enough to have one close by. I'm a piano/voice person so going to a stringed instrument should be interesting but I don't think it'll be impossible.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42am Guido from Cologne:

... what Rev sais plus personal advice ...
Avatar 7:42am BEAVO:

Do you already play guitar testing?
Avatar 7:45am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- yeah - the teacher will help getting a decent one, I'm sure? ...As a guitarhead - it's keyboards that seem challenging to me ! - altho' they're basic to anyone studying music...so I see pluckers as much easier, myself...
Avatar 7:47am TDK60:

No banjo jokes yet?
Avatar 7:48am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...cheap & worn out guitars often don't stay in tune, either - don't know about the general banjo standard...
Avatar 7:48am testingwithfire:

@BEAVO no, I don't play guitar
Avatar 7:48am BEAVO:

I know banjo playing Lawyer...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50am Guido from Cologne:

I had been moving from the keyboard world to guitar. it can be much confusing.
Like you ask an "experienced guitar player":
"where the hell is the C-major-scale now" and you get the reply "What is this? What do you need it for?" *g*

It's a different way of thinking. Take in consideration, that well tempered tuning is a relatively new invention and even in Baroque lute music tuning was related to the pieces. The "reachability of everything" as on the piano is pretty high-tech academic way of thinking.

Banjo is maybe a good idea, since the technique is more "basic" and not so much mixed with academic ideas as can happen to guitar. Expect a different world.
Avatar 7:51am testingwithfire:

@Guido amen to that, that's exactly my situation. I may not take to it at all... but I want to try.
Avatar 7:52am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

How do you stop a Classical musician from playing? Take away the written music.
How do you stop a guitar-player from playing? Put music in front of them...
Avatar 7:52am BEAVO:

As it's tuned to an open chord and the top string is a drone, musically it's fairly simple to figure out once you get used to it.
Avatar 7:54am BEAVO:

Unless it's a classical guitarist! Gotcha.
Avatar 7:55am BEAVO:

Jazz players can usually read.
Avatar 7:55am BEAVO:

I mean good ones
Avatar 7:57am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- wull - Segovia changed all that - almost single-handedly. The lute reference is to the point though: Bach wrote for lute or cello - not guitar...
...How well did Django read? I don't think he read words very well ! : )
...Jazz players are a whole other level, let's face it...in fact, that's what characterizes them: they can read *&* improvise & swing...yup...
Avatar 7:58am TDK60:

Banjo joke:
Q: What is the difference between a banjo and a chain saw?
A: A chain saw has a dynamic range.
Avatar 7:58am BEAVO:

Django was in a class by himself!
Avatar 7:59am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Ha ha !...Wull - 'banjo' is of course an African word; it's a drum w/ strings, so to speak...
- That he was.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:00am Guido from Cologne:

Note-eating jazzer are the most versatile musicians imaginable! I know a few and i really admire their craft. My reading is humble, but I'm happy to be at least able gettin through the lead sheets. So piano background can be an advantage.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01am Guido from Cologne:

Avatar 8:02am testingwithfire:

@TDK80 @Guido if I take to the banjo I will be a software tester who plays banjo. The jokes will almost write themselves. ;-)
Avatar 8:02am BEAVO:

I took classical guitar lessons to learn to read so I could get into GIT. But I'm A slow reader, I memorize it and play by ear.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03am Guido from Cologne:

People! Don't forget Eddie Lang (the true inventor of jazz guitar) and Joe Venuti. Both the role model for Reinhard and Grapelli.
Avatar 8:05am TDK60:

I had a banjo-playing roommate who went away for a weekend jam. As he returned, crossing our lawn, carrying his banjo, I said, "You brought it back?!"
Avatar 8:05am BEAVO:

Great stuff Mosaic put out a box set of all the Venutti Lang stuff.
Avatar 8:07am TDK60:

Forgot to say, these are enticing, introspective pieces this morn.
  8:08am lars:

Laetitia Sadier... Thanks WFMU
Avatar 8:08am testingwithfire:

Meaner Pencil track is great
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:09am Guido from Cologne:

Agustín Barrios Mangoré's compositions survied on grammophone records alone. He never wrote anything. Maybe a true "south american primitivist". So far about "classical guitar" and reading notes.

And besides:
Tabulator systems are historically older then piano notes. And pinano notes were invented for keyboards. For all other instruments i takes a considerable "translation work" for reading.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10am annie:

good morning all and especially JD!
Avatar 8:10am TDK60:

Is Stereolab still together?
Avatar 8:10am doca:

Hey, guys, just read this awesome feature on The Quietus about the impact and resonance of Leonard Cohen's lyrics. I'm sure many of you could identify yourselves with some of what is written here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:12am annie:

i've always loved his "Joan of Arc", but the original, not the stylized versions..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:12am Guido from Cologne:

"Not Music" was Stereolab's official swansong, as far as i know.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:12am Sigurður:

Avatar 8:13am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- it's true: the guitar was never 'respectable' (in quotes - & aside from Segovia's impact: historically I mean) !

...This playlist - what can one say - you're the man JD.
Avatar 8:13am BEAVO:

@Guido Barrios' music was transcribed and played by guitarists such as The great John Williams who put out an LP of his works in in the 80s.
Avatar 8:16am BEAVO:

I have some of his original recordings.
Yes a true primitive genius.
Avatar 8:17am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Since he's 80, why mince words?: Surely Leonard Cohen is the 2nd best songwriter - ever - after Dylan (who impacted even Cohen) ; not as prolific or broad in influence as Bob, if a good bit more consistent. : )
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:18am Guido from Cologne:

That is pretty intersting that several Gutarists made their own transcritions. Best example is those from piano pieces by Albeniz and Granados. Most common may be those by Tarrega. But for instance Laurindo Almeida made his own, which tend to sound more "relaxed".
Avatar 8:21am BEAVO:

The new Lenoard album is great I'd say he has surpassed Dylan these days. And I love Bob.
Avatar 8:23am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Dylan & the mid-1960s just crossed each other like lightning.
Avatar 8:24am BEAVO:

@ Guido, I first heard all those Albenez and Granados pieces
As guitar music. I finally heard the original piano a few years ago. Brilliant.
Avatar 8:27am BEAVO:

We're running the gamut here
Avatar 8:27am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

..as Robyn Hitchcock said - you got all these things off The Beatles & whomever - but there was Wisdom in Dylan. How would you say? I think Cohen is on - more intimate terms w/ his Wisdom -?? ; ...like Ravi Shankar saying he regretted to say he didn't hear Peace in Coltrane (!)...OTOH - Nick Cave made the point that Cohen is more humorous than some people think !...
Avatar 8:34am BEAVO:

There's a great and humorous song "Going Home" on his last album.

"I love to speak with Leonard
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd
He’s a lazy bastard
Living in a suit"
Avatar 8:36am BEAVO:

Avatar 8:37am BEAVO:

That's a basic clawhammer type of playing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56am LynnsBrother:

This song goes great with my coffee. Although I've never heard Texas Girl, it reminds me alot of folk singing in my youth back in the day.
Avatar 8:56am TDK60:

Can't find online reference to Michael Kline & John Martin but they mention Joseph Yablonsky, the reform-minded miners' unionist murdered by corrupt union goons of Tony Boyle in 1969.
Avatar 9:02am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...sorry got so chatty this week JD !
...doesn't mean the playlist wasn't a solid wall of Great - for it was !! I ☆ed this 'episode'...
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