Thursday, December 4, 2008

Currently Listening To...

We just wanted to pass along some music we've been listening to that you may want to check out. Most of the songs are available at the artists' website or myspace.

Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers new CD, Songs From Candyapolis. This CD is very entertaining and "lyrical" - it helps to read along in the liner notes. There is also great guitar playing provided by Jeff Romano.

Charlie Poole's You Ain't Talkin' to Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music. We never get tired of these recordings - particularly his banjo playing.

Joe Pug EP. We were sent this demo EP and it is really good; just two songs Hymn # 101 and Nation of Heat. Both are songs with meaning and available to listen from Pug's website.

Roger McGuinn's The Folk Den Project. This is a compendium of classic American songs - either from English or African heritage. We being it out every December for his Christmas carols.

Christopher Denny session. This Arkansas songwriter has talent. The four songs from the session are played consistently in our Ipods; particularly "Gypsy Into a Carpenter".

Hoots and Hellmouth session. This band from Philly has a rather unique sound. Love the bass cello and "Hom For Supper".

Basia Bulat session. What a voice. The Daytrotter recordings are excellent - particular considering that the band drove 15 hours through a nasty snowstorm to reach the recording studio. Our favorite is the untitled first song that showcases her talents.

Okkervil River session. I heard Will Sheff guest DJ on NPR's All Things Considered and immediately searched Daytrotter for any recordings. The songs have great melody and interestingly a couple are from the point of view of a female. Scroll to the end so you don't miss "You Can't Hold the Hand of a Rock and Roll Man".

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