Gillian Welch and David Rawlings – Señor
This is taken from the 2020 album, All the Good Times (Are Past & Gone). This won the duo a 2021 Grammy award for Best Folk Album. It features cover versions and traditional songs.
This is a cover of a 1978 Bob Dylan song.
Bon Enfant – Magie
Appearing seemingly out of nowhere on Nov. 1, 2019, the debut album by quintet Bon Enfant made quite a splash in an already-rich album release season. Featuring the core singer-songwriter duo of Daphné Brissette, of Canailles fame, and Guillaume Chiasson, of Ponctuation, the Bon Enfant album made its way to our ears with shimmering soft-rock, replete with catchy choruses. Daphné Brisette spoke to us about their unexpected critical success.
Bon Enfant is already busy writing the songs for their next project, while touring an increasing number of dates over the next year. “We’ll play all the festivals!” Brissette promises.
Story by Philippe Renaud | January 21, 2020
Aldous Harding – The Barrel
Aldous Harding – The Barrel from 2019 album “Designer”
Hannah Sian Topp , known professionally as Aldous Harding, is a New Zealand folk singer-songwriter, based in Cardiff, Wales.
This profile does an excellent job of capturing this singer.
Things You (Possibly) Didn’t Know About Aldous Harding
By Triple R volunteer writer Katherine Smyrk
People seem to have a hard time pinning down 29 year old New Zealand musician Aldous Harding. Her first, self-titled album was described as ‘gothic folk’. Then Party hit the airwaves and people scrambled to pin its sound to the ground. One Guardian reviewer labelled it ‘mesmeric, folk-adjacent’. Now, her third album, Designer, is out to thwart your attempts at classification again. And yet, her music is only becoming more and more popular. Maybe listeners like that she is undefinable; maybe they like that she can be a jazz crooner, Kate Bush and the Wicked Witch of the West in one album.
Here is the official video for The Barrel which has a nice unhinged feel to it
Yo-Yo Ma and Jeremy Dutcher – Honor Song
write-up by Heather Swail
As soon as I heard that Yo-Yo Ma had a new album that featured Jeremy Dutcher I took a listen and then another.
Just released, Ma’s album “Notes for the Future” features Dutcher and other artists representing 5 continents. Yo-Yo Ma’s site tells us that the album and its collaborators “explore our fears and hopes, reminding us that the future is ours to shape, together.” The nine tracks feature vocals in Arabic, Zapotec, Catalan, Paiwan, Spanish, Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqey, Ewe, Maori and English.”Honor Song” is a Mi’kmaq anthem. Dutcher’s haunting tones and MA’s cello bring you to another place, and also remind you where you are.
Notes for the Future brings together extraordinary artists from five continents: across nine tracks, Ma joins Angélique Kidjo, Mashrou’ Leila + Narcy, Tunde Olaniran, Jeremy Dutcher, Andrea Motis, ABAO, Lila Downs, and Marlon Williams to explore our fears and hopes, reminding us that the future is ours to shape, together.
Evie Sands – Leap of Faith
Evie Sands – Leap of Faith “Get Out Of Your Own Way” 2020
Evie Sands was born in Brooklyn, New York 1946 and has had a long and interesting career on the fringes of pop music.
When the pub quiz question comes up, be prepared: The guy who wrote Wild Thing, Chip Taylor, is the brother of actor Jon Voight and therefore the uncle of Angelina Jolie. For bonus points, he also wrote the country song Angel of the Morning which was a big hit for Merrilee Rush and further popularised by Olivia Newton-John and Juice Newton.
Unfortunately it wasn’t a hit for the first person who recorded it, the sometimes remarkable and largely overlooked Evie Sands.
Then again, it seemed Sands was doomed to never get a hit despite her impassioned voice and assured delivery.
Here’s her classic from the 60’s, “Take Me For A little While”
She’s still at it 55 years later
The Paranoid Style – A Goddamn Impossible Way of life
Write-up by Brian McGuire
Ok I have a song/band and I will give a script. Here go’s
So there is no wonder why the best band in America: Wussy which will be the subject of another broadcast totally lives The Paranoid Style. The name of the band comes from a famous article by American historian Richard Hofstadter called ” The Paranoid Style in American Politics “. The lovely and committed rock and rollers have day jobs. I think they are cool progressive lobbyists and their music shadows their political interests. But they are kick ass and to their credit these lovelies are moonlighting.
Critical reception – Wikipedia
Robert Christgau gave the Paranoid Style’s 2013 EP The Power of Our Proven System an A- grade. In his review, Christgau wrote that “this band has yet to release a dull song” and that on the EP, the band “mine[s] a pop-rock vein that braces Nelson’s cleanly uncrystalline articulation against Bracy’s noisier guitar and a straight four that doesn’t quit.” He later gave Rock and Roll Just Can’t Recall an A grade, Rolling Disclosure an A- grade, Underworld U.S.A. an A- grade, and A Goddamn Impossible Way of Life an A grade.
Jennifer Castle – Justice
Jennifer Castle – Justice from 2020 album Monarch Season
This song has the distinction of being the shortest song played on this venerable podcast. Jennifer Castle is a Canadian singer-songwriter based in Toronto, Ontario. She has released music since 2006 and has been on the Polaris shortlist.
For those with the time or inclination, here is Castle performing a set in 2018 at Massey Hall.
Rina Sawayama – Enter Sandman
This is an incredible project and the only time we have played Metallica on this show. A great compilation by 53 artists with several versions of Enter Sandman.
Both The Metallica Blacklist and the deluxe anniversary release of The Black Album (14 CDs, six LPs, six DVDs, and more) will be released on September 10th. Along with the Weezer, Isbell, and J Balvin covers, the Blacklist also features contributions from Miley Cyrus, St. Vincent, Jon Pardi, Yo-Yo Ma, Elton John, Phoebe Bridgers, Chris Stapleton, and dozens of other artists.
Jeff Tweedy – Bad Day Lately
Jeff Tweedy – Bad Day Lately from 2020 Love Is the King
Jeff Tweedy is an American songwriter, musician, author, and record producer best known as the singer and guitarist of the band Wilco. This song is from his 4th solo album. He started making this album after COVID hit and a Wilco tour was cancelled.
Judging by his pants? pajamas?…. This a truly COVID era video!
Wew will be back next week with Episode 26!!