Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Morning Shorts

Many thanks to the always worthy read Gorilla Vs. Bear for posting on the Finders Keepers label release Paint a Lady by Susan Christie, which was recorded in 1970 but never officially released. GVB has an MP3 of the track "For The Love of a Soldier", and you can hear a bunch of samples at the Finders Keepers site here. This is top-shelf period psych-folk with funky undertones, and a great compliment to the recent Numero Group release Ladies of the Canyon, which chronicled small-town post-Joni Mitchell folkies, and whose liner notes, unsentimental where-are-they-now mini-biographies of the never-were contributors, complete with dusty period photos, are worth the price of the record alone.

We love the trend of small reissue labels digging into this era, and hope to hear more from Finders Keepers' "library of obscure, obtuse, obsolete and obsessive vintage music from the 60's and 70's." In the race for psych-folk obscuro-porn: Christie's album was originally pressed in a run of only three vanity copies - top that, Numero.

You can buy Christie's record here.


A forgotten folkie and former denizen of Donovan's creative colony on Scotland's Isle of Skye (is there a docu on this??), Vashti Bunyan is having an unlikely second go thanks to the freak-folk community. The Boston Herald does a good job telling her story, inspiring iff to finally pick up one of her records next time they're record shopping.

Pitchfork reviews Cat Power's take on Sandy Denny's "Who Knows Where the Time Goes", which you can listen to via Kwaya Na Kisser.

"For Your Consideration", Christopher Guest's follow-up to folk music send-up "A Mighty Wind", is given an early, thumbs-up review by Hollywood Reporter.

iff is checking out Chad VanGaalen's live show tonight, so stay tuned for pics + full report.

MP3: Chad VanGaalen, Flower Gardens

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