links for 2009-05-13

  • From Philly! A man hungry for the newest of all experiences finding soft fluttering feelings atop second story ourdoor structures overlooking massive freight trains, broken car windows and names scrawled into dashboards.
    (tags: free music)
  • New York City's angriest yodelling banjo player, Curtis Eller sings about pigeon racing, performing elephants and Jesus, all of which he has seen with his own eyes. He started his show-business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat in the Hiller Olde Tyme Circus in Detroit, but has since turned to the banjo because that's where the money is. His biggest musical influences are Buster Keaton, Elvis Presley and Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Eller and his band, The American Circus, have staggered their way into the hearts of audiences from funerals, horse races, burlesque revues and punk rock dumps. (-Irene Trudel)
    (tags: free music)
  • Bay area singer/songwriter Corinne West, live in studio on the Movin' On folk music program.

    Corinne brings a highly emotive voice to her own hybrid of Americana-roots, folk, newgrass, and progressive country, from soulful ballads to hard driving road tales.

    Her latest CD "Second Sight" has been highly acclaimed in the US as well as England and Ireland

    (tags: free music folk)
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  • real primitive American folk music from Newcastle, England, featuring American ex-pat Cath and her British husband Phil. They've been playing their particular old-school Americana in Europe alongside the likes of Six Organs of Admittance, MV&EE and the Golden Road, and Pekko Kappi and have a new record out called Dumb Supper. Phil's raw, twirling banjo and guitar playing goes perfectly with Cath's primitive folk hollers and whispers, retelling timeless stories of love, sex and death.
    (tags: free music)
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  • the first song i played was 'Constellations' and it's about the solor system, one of my favourite things to write about. i like to compare bodies to the sky, how they start out blank with just a few freckles, similar to stars and then by the time you're ancient you have lots and lots of freckles. well, you're a walking sky filled with constellations. with a walking stick. the second song i played was called 'the crown'. i like to envision people hiding crowns underneath their hair. the third song i played was 'the horse'. it's a love song. i love animals. the fourth song i played was 'Woman'. i wrote it in my bedroom, like all of my songs, but on this particular night that i wrote it the moon had a brilliant glow around it. a ring. my friend in Boston sent me a very detailed explanation for it's particular glow. the last song i played was 'over the hill'. i'd like the world to be a little more flat sometimes. it'd make travel easier. love and magic and birds!
    (tags: free music)
  • Great! Born June 31, 1877 in Pahrump, West Virginia, Algernon Otmer Duvall began his musical career on the vaudeville stage as end-man in Lew Dockstader's Minstrels. He fought in a bicycle squadron in Ypres during World War I, where he received a crippling dose of the Hun's mustard. Returning home, he made ends meet working at a sausage factory in Harrington Delaware from 1921 until 1989. He took up the banjo in 1991 as physical therapy for his pleurisy. He went on to master the alto kazoo at the age of 118. "Al" Duvall attributes his remarkable longevity to a daily dram of Hamlin's Quinsy Balsam.
    (tags: free music)
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