Songs of Wild Nothing Pt. 2
For this new installment of Songs of Wild Nothing, I dug through the internets attic, dusted off some mp3 and polished some gems.
You might know that electronic-music composer Laurie Spiegel has her roots in folk music. She learned how to play the guitar and banjo by ear and later she went into the appalchian mountains to do field recordings. Yet I wasn't able to find anything else of her, beside the electronic music she is known for. Only a short piece called "Remembering Home" for electric banjo with digital signal processing from her youtube channel came close to what I was looking for. So I think that's a nice opener. Read an extensive feature and interview with her.
Mabel Cawthorn is a musician from Georgia. She got in trouble when she sold weed to an undercover agent and went to jail. Art Rosenbaum featured her in his documentary "Sing my troubles by". Very few songs of her appeared on some compilation, but there is not much floating around. Her raw energy is fascinating and refreshing.
Selda is a famous singer from Turkey. I learned about her because Australian multicultural hip-hop group Curse Ov Dialect used a sample of hers in the song Take me to the Arab World. Both artists are totally worth to discover. Curse Ov Dialect produce fantastic psychedelic hip-hop with all sort of samples from classical muisc to world music and folk.
I consider the Sarah Louise song on this mix now kind of a rarity since this version includes vocals that didn't make it on her official release Field Guilde on Scissor Tails. She has a new release coming out in May. You should be psyched about this.
Hippie folk singer Caroline Wolf's record Wayside is a rare one. Rare in every sense. It was released with a generic cover artwork on the Century Records label. As far as I understand, musicians were able to send in tapes and the label pressed it on wax with a generic cover artwork. I saw this album, sealed, for 450 USD on some auction site. Crazy!
Joan O'Bryant is another "song-bird" and favorite of mine (given that the previous songs title was The Gull and I selected The Cuckoo from Joan). I scored a copy of her Folkways release, which is in a pretty bad shape, but the artwork got me into Ronald Clyne's design work for Moe Asch's label, so I have to get it. Her songs are so sweet and simple. Very similar to the wonderful Myriam Gendron and the mysteriously disappeared Connie Converse.
Janet Smith released an album on Takoma Records, she's still around playing ancient music on a lyra.
Spacelady and The Shaggs are well known musicians from the outsider spectrum and they are still active, which is pretty amazing. The Spacelady is just coming to Europe again.
Sister Irene O'Connor is another great record of religion infused oddball music. I probably heard about her on the now defunct WFMU blog, 8 years ago.
In a more esoteric field operated Monolith & Mary Young. Again it's some obscure private press album, that may or may not be worth the high price some collectors pay for it. Luckily an mp3 rip is floating around. If you wonder what Xintilia means, read here.
Allysen Callery is going to release her 6th full length album “The Song The Songbird Sings” on Jelly-Fant Records very soon. I took an instrumental demo or sketch off her soundcloud.
I hope you'll enjoy this collection of tunes that nicely bridges the gap between folk, electronic music and everything in between and around those genres. Thanks to everyone who shares music and knowledge. There is so much to discover from the past, while great music is produced every day.
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- Laurie Spiegel Remembering Home
- Dyllan Hersey Never Going Back To SunFlower River
- Mabel Cawthorn Tom Watson Tune
- Nguyen Van Thong Bong-Co Lan
- Sarah Louise The Day is Past and Gone (Variations)
- Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alamnou Akrouni Achibaba
- Haruko Goodbye my Love,Goodbye...
- Selda Çemberimde Gül Oya
- Caroline Wolf The Gull
- Joan O'Bryant The Cuckoo
- Doreen Kostynuik Justice Has No Voice
- Connie Converse Down This Road
- Beulah Kershaw A Woman In Love
- Cathy Viger Have Faith
- The Fates Sheila/She Beats In My Heart
- Diane Cluck Perigee Moon
- Karen Dalton Katie Cruel
- The Fleetwoods Raindrops, Teardrops
- Myriam Gendron Threnody
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith Down Another Year
- Marisa Anderson For the Love 07
- The Kossoy Sisters With Erik Darling Willie Moore
- Monolith & Mary Young Xentilia
- Sister Irene O'Connor Mass: Emmanuel (Text: I.C.E.L.)
- Janet Smith If You Will Weave Me
- Allysen Callery When You Are Awaking
- The Space Lady Ghost Riders In The Sky
- Judi Resnick 900 Miles
- Sjofn Whiskey
- Hladowski & Joynes The Pretty Ploughboy
- Nancy Rhoades The Coo-Coo
- Lena Hughes Cedar Brook Waltz
- The Shaggs Things I Wonder
Laurie Spiegel with banjo, 1962 (source)
Laurie Spiegel with lute,1991 (source)