Langhorne Slim

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Friday 28 August 2009

Langhorne Slim’s forthcoming release is called Be Set Free and will be out in late September. This track off it, I Love You, But Goodbye, is beautiful, cinematic and cohesive, with gut-wrenching lyrics and a simple but sweet melody. We have it available for free download via the Music Download section of Lost At E […]

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Findlay Brown’s Love You Will Find You

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Friday 30 January 2009

A former bare-knuckle boxer from Yorkshire, England (for real), Findlay Brown was heralded by many as the UK’s answer to Jose Gonzales when his debut album, Separated By The Sea, was released on Peacefrog Records in 2007. Love Will Find You moves beyond his earlier folk sound to a more ambitious — and soulful — […]

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Bon Iver’s Blood Bank EP

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Monday 19 January 2009

The man who brought us the masterpiece, For Emma, Forever Ago, is soon to release the follow-up EP, Blood Bank. Given the staggering acclaim For Emma received, his approach to the release must have been a nervous one, weighed down by the expectations of an entire music industry and its league of followers. Blood Bank […]

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Tallest Man on Earth

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Tuesday 6 January 2009

Tallest Man on Earth, the rasping Swedish folk singer-songwriter and one of the unsung heroes of 2008, recently recorded the beautiful song A Field of Birds, a nice adjunct to his summer album release, Shallow Grave. His sound is so loose and unmanicured, and carries a poignancy reminiscent of the rusty, early Bob Dylan.

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Yat-Kha

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Tuesday 30 December 2008

Yat-Kha are a stunning Tuvan band that combines throatsinging and traditional folk music with straight-up rock. Their album ReCovers is an awesome collection of covers of songs by Led Zeppelin, Joy Division, and Motörhead among many others, reflecting their general approach to music on the rest of their impressive catalog. Despite the modern elements, the […]

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Tuvan folk group Alash live in Park Slope

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By Gerry Mak in New Events on Monday 29 December 2008

I got a chance to see yet another fantastic Tuvan folk group, Alash, the other night at Barbès in New York’s Park Slope. The tiny performance area was jammed to the point where we had to wait until people left to go to the bathroom to squeeze ourselves in (the show was mentioned on NPR […]

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Pink Mountaintops

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Friday 7 November 2008

Pink Mountaintops — a wry Canadian duo — are getting some pretty steady exposure on my stereo at the moment, and lots of others judging by their steady rise up the rock echelons. They’ve got that skaggy swagger and well-worked male/female vocal arrangements, particularly on Tourist in my Town, that drew so many people to […]

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Nico Muhly’s Mothertongue

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By Blurt in New Music on Monday 22 September 2008

You may have already heard composer Nico Muhly this year on All Is Well, Samamidon’s lovely reimaginings of immigrant folk songs. (If you haven’t, you should). Mothertongue, Muhly’s second album and first for Brassland (run by members of the National), is divided into three acts.

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The John Henrys

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By Derrick Stembridge in New Music on Saturday 20 September 2008

It’s only fitting a band of Canadian rootsters like this would tap a mythical figure of folklore for their namesake. Indeed, Ottawa’s The John Henrys understand the power of the familiar.

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Morning Songs

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Sunday 14 September 2008

Over the last year or two I’ve been clandestinely concocting a list of ‘morning songs’ — those tracks that coax the sun through the curtains as you stretch your way into the day. They are the songs that will suddenly, and unexplainably, make you irresistible to the person lying next to you, just like high […]

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Brett Dennen: ‘My Secret Playlist’

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By Zolton in New Music on Friday 29 August 2008

We love the music of Oakdale, California singer-songwriter Brett Dennen, who has one of the finest voices in contemporary pop-folk. He’s touring Australia in September with shows in Brisbane (9th), Sydney (16th) and Melbourne (17th), in support of his beautiful new album, So Much More. With that in mind, we checked in with him to get his Secret Playlist — a rundown on what music he’s listening to right now: This Time Tomorrow by The Kinks. ‘I like this song because it inspires me to wonder what the future may bring. We never know who we will become. All we have is hope and dreams. It also makes me nostalgic for the past. It makes me feel sentimental’.

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Bill Callahan Woke on a Whaleheart

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Wednesday 18 June 2008

Bill Callahan’s Woke on a Whaleheart is a little trip I take myself on every now and then when I’m looking to really sink myself into a piece of music.

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William Elliot Whitmore

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Saturday 19 April 2008

When you first hear William Elliot Whitmore’s voice, it’s hard to believe he isn’t a grizzled old man. The baritone-voiced one-man-band does rousing bar room ballads on the banjo and guitar that are sure to send shivers down your spine. On closer listen, Whitmore’s voice does seem slightly affected. But like Tom Waits before him, […]

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Ben Sollee

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Friday 18 April 2008

Cellist Ben Sollee is like Andrew Bird with a little more soul, or Arthur Russell with a bit more bounce.

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Bon Iver

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By Julia Hennock in New Music on Saturday 12 April 2008

When this scruffy fellow opens his gob, something high and mighty emanates. His music is great for long drives, in cold places and long nights in warm places. We speak of Bon Iver, who we interviewed recently.

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