This is the first of what I hope will be a series of free music Fridays. To kick off this series we have a free Newport Folk Festival sampler pulled together by Paste magazine. This sampler has some amazing performances from many artists that that we have highlighted in this blog including Of Monsters And Men, First Aid Kit, and Dawes. I high recommend you check it out…..you sure can’t beat the price!
Here are the performers and songs from the sampler…….
Blind Pilot – Always
Joel Rafael – Racing And Chasing The Sun
Robert Ellis – Comin Home
Jonathan Wilson – Ballad Of The Pines
Trampled By Turtles – Keys To Paradise
Preservation Hall Jazz Band – A Good Gal’s Hard To Find
Ben Sollee – The Globe
Rodriguez – Like Janis
Deep Dark Woods – Virginia
Dawes – So Well
Apache Relay – Stay Naive
Jonny Fritz – Put Another Log On The Fire
First Aid Kit – Waltz For Richard
Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
Dawes featuring Ben Sollee – I Dig Love
Here is the download link for the sampler…..
One of the bands on the sampler that I have not written about but have been following for years is Blind Pilot from Portland, Oregon. I particularly enjoyed their 2008 debut album, 3 Rounds and a Sound. To give you an appreciation for this group I have two songs for you, a live performance from this years 2012 Newport Folk Festival and the title song from their debut album. Enjoy!
As always…..let me know what you think.
America is easily my favorite Simon and Garfunkel song. Let’s listen…
This may be as close to perfect as you can get. I still get goosebumps listening to the lyrics:
“Kathy, I’m lost” I said, though I knew she was sleeping
“I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why…”
Counting the cars on the New Jersey turnpike
They’ve all gone to look for America
So….it should come as no surprise to anyone that Paul Simon was one of the recipients of the Polar Music Prize last month in Stockholm, Sweden. Here is what the award committee had to say about Paul:
“The Polar Music Prize 2012 is awarded to Paul Simon. Nobody else is more deserving of the epithet of “world-class songwriter.” For five decades, Paul Simon has built bridges not only over troubled waters but over entire oceans by (re)joining the world’s continents with his music. With consummate skill, innovative arrangements and provocative lyrics that never fail to capture the currents of his age, Paul Simon has compiled a library of songs which will remain open to future generations.”
As part of the ceremony, First Aid Kit performed America in honor of Paul. Let’s listen to their cover version of the song.
For those of you who don’t know, First Aid Kit is two Swedish sisters (I did another post about them back in January). I thought they did an excellent job with America and Paul seemed to really enjoy the performance.
As always, let me know what you think!
Today we have a real treat for you. First Aid Kit is a Swedish duo consisting of two sisters. This video is from their new, soon to be released album. I am really looking forward to this one. I am a sucker for “blood harmony”.
You probably guess it already but in case you didn’t the video was filmed in Joshua Tree National Park. Let me know if you don’t get the connection.
In case you missed it, checkout this First Aid Kit of Fleet Foxes’ Tiger Mountain Peasant Song.
This is great stuff. As always, let me know what you think?