Isaac Guillory was widely regarded as probably the best acoustic guitarist in Britain. These three clips
from a Berkeley performance in 1989 show why he is still much missed.
posted by teleskiving
on Jul 2, 2007 -
On November 25th, 2006, Valentin Elizalde was killed in the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Elizalde, a singer of a style of song known as the narcocorrido
, was warned not to step foot in Tamaulipas because of a video for his song “A mis Enemigos," which showed footage of
(WaPo article) the deaths of drug traffickers from the Gulf Cartel
. In December of 2006, Javier Morales Gómez was killed in Huetamo, Michoacán
while talking on his cell phone. Morales Gómez was the singer for Los Implacables del Norte, another group closely associated with narcocorridos
. The most famous death of a narcocorrido writer/singer has to be Chalino Sanchez
, killed in 1992, and spawning several imitators known as Los Chalinillos
that are still prevalent 15 years after Sanchez's death. (previously
) [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete
on May 25, 2007 -
Before you do anything else, just listen to this
. That's eefing
, a 100-plus-year-old vocal technique from rural Tennessee that's, well, the original hillbilly beatboxing. The undisputed master of the art was Jimmie Riddle
. His unique skill landed him recording
* and TV (youtube)
work. Want more weird sounds from the deep south? Try Hollerin & Whoopin
and Ringing the Pig
. *[warning: on the "Little Eefin Annie" page, avoid the "click here to hear Rolf Harris Eeefin'!" link: it's a pesky popup.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jan 6, 2007 -
Harry Everett Smith was a
, "20th-century Renaissance man
, working as an abstract film-maker, painter, musicologist, anthropologist, theoretician, self-mythologizer and connoisseur of arcana". His Anthology of American Folk Music
was hugely influential
on American music
, while his alchemical, synæsthetic films
were to have a similar impact on experimental film and animation
. Enjoy his mesmerising and astonishing "Early Abstractions" on Youtube
[part 1 or 4], hear Harry lecture
, or listen to some tracks
from The Anthology.
posted by MetaMonkey
on Dec 8, 2006 -
The Virtual Gramophone.
A massive database of early Canadian 78 RPM recordings, now available in mp3 and rm format. Over 13,000 titles available, freely downloadable. Includes biographical notes
on the artists, notes on the history
of Canadian recording, interesting technical notes
on media conversion, a few videos
from the olde dayes, and podcasts
. This collection is particularly strong on Quebecois and Acadien folk/fiddle music. Courtesy of the Library and Archives Services
of the Government of Canada. Mentioned once before in passing, five years ago on Metafilter, but much improved since them realaudio only days
posted by Rumple
on Oct 31, 2006 -
Folk Songs For The 21st Century
was recorded in the late '50s. Sheldon Allman wrote all the songs, and sings them in a strange, warped baritone voice. His tongue had to be firmly planted in his cheek when writing something like "Space Opera". Then again, maybe not... [via Buzz.]
posted by mr.marx
on Apr 13, 2004 -
Streaming video documentary films about American traditional music.
Great American roots music films for free! Click and watch full length documentaries about the Popovich Brothers Tamburitza band of South Bend Indiana, Louisiana creole fiddler Canray Fontenot, the last Black medicine-show performer, sacred harp singing and much more. An amazing collaboration between folklorists and indie film makers.
posted by zaelic
on Mar 8, 2004 -
, the legendary collector of folk music who was the first to record towering figures like Leadbelly, Muddy Waters and Woody Guthrie, died yesterday at a nursing home in Sarasota, Fla. He was 87.
Mr. Lomax was a musicologist, author, disc jockey, singer, photographer, talent scout, filmmaker, concert and recording producer and television host. He did whatever was necessary to preserve traditional music and take it to a wider audience. (NY Times- Registraion Required) And
... And this
posted by y2karl
on Jul 20, 2002 -