I discovered this heartbreakingly lovely duo at The Basement Discs in Melbourne last week. You can check out more of their tracks on myspace: Fireside Bellows. (And kudos to the outstanding photography in this video!)
One of my favorite Simon & Garfunkel ballads. And what a fantastic video.
“Tomorrow is a Long Time” by Bob Dylan, from the Witmark Demos
It’s a grey, chilly morning in Dallas. Tea for the Tillerman is the perfect accompaniment to my morning coffee.
Cat Stevens | Miles From Nowhere
I have only recently discovered Bonnie Prince Billy and I am curiously fascinated and absorbed by this man and his music. Here’s his song, I See A Darkness, from the same titled 1999 album which has been rereleased on his recent EP: Now Here’s My Plan. Can’t. Stop. Watching.
The Nan Vernon version of Moon River made me think of another lovely ode to the moon… Elvis Presley’s rendition of Blue Moon. Haunting and enchanting. It has the same galloping drums bringing up the tail.
I really can’t get enough of Dr. Dog lately. It’s the perfect windows down, drivin in the summertime blend of tunes that makes you want to keep on heading south toward Mexico. The video was shot by Delo Creative, an innovative group of deviants out of Oklahoma City - check out their other stuff when you have a moment!
While not my favorite song on this album, The People’s Key (listen to entire album on youtube), in my humble opinion, is one of the best albums of 2011. And this song in particular happens to be about (as the title states) Haile Selassie - which I find to be obviously appropriate to my blog posts on Ethiopia.
I think Conor Oberst is one of the most prolific writers of modern music. He is truly a troubadour and a poet in his own right. My favorite song from The People’s Key? Jejune Stars. Two other brilliant albums from Bright Eyes that I would recommend: Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground and I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning.
In the 1960’s, Kenya found a new musical influence in rumba, sukuma & kwela. The most popular? The Equator Sound Band. Have a listen… no doubt you will be nodding your head in time and maybe doing a little seat dance like I am.
Fundi Konde singing Ajali Haikingiki.
From Enchanted Landscapes:
Fundi Konde was one of the early stars of East African music during the post-war, pre-independence era when Kenyan musicians were heard throughout Africa on radio and on readily-available 78rpm discs. In the 1950s Nairobi became a regional centre for the burgeoning music business and Konde began a career as a troubadour, composer and music all-rounder which lasted for more than 50 years.
This has nothing to do with my current postings on Kenya, but was recently listening to Ventriloquizzing bu Fujiya & Miyagi and decided to have a peek at their videos. Check out this cool dice montage!