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Hello dear CFM folks,

I just wanted to tell you that CFM is closed from now on. All content remains, but I definitively won’t write any other post on this blog. This doesn’t come too surprising for I said it a couple of times before, still my heart aches quite a bit writing down these words.

But now comes the BIG BUT:

There is another blog up on the nets where I will write from now on. It will be in German and I will mostly write about folk and modern classic and especially about the symbiosis of those two genres. If you like to follow me, I would really apreciate it if you would spread the word about ‘Modern Classic+Folk’

I’m really sorry I can’t continue CFM and I love you all for all the love you gave back to me! But I made my decision and everything is ready for the launch of the new blog, even the first post is up and running. So, I love you all, dear CFM readers and maybe I will hear from you on MCF, too. Here’s the link.

http://modernclassicfolk.wordpress.com/

I am Goodbye :(

Seine Versprechen nicht zu halten ist nicht gerade der beste Zug, den man sich vorstellen kann – und seit dem letzten post auf CFM ist ja auch gerade mal ein dreiviertel Jahr vergangen. Schande über mein Haupt und auch Schande auf all die verweigerte Kommunkation, die durch permanentes Ignorieren des CFM Mail-Postfachs entstanden ist. Die traurige Wahrheit ist, dass CFM keinen Re-Launch erleben wird, die lange Zeit ohne neue Beiträge ließ sicherlich schon darauf schließen, aber ich wollte es wenigstens nochmal aussprechen. Warum es kein Wiederkommen des Blogs geben wird, ist dabei gar nicht so einfach zu benatworten. Es spielt einfach so vieles mit rein: kein Geld, Motivationsprobleme, veränderte Lebensumstände, (kein Plan von der “Szene” mehr) etc. pp.

Was ist geblieben: die Liebe zur Musik; was ist verschwunden: die Euphorie, sie immer wieder neu zu entdecken. Auch hier sind die Gründe vielfältig, aber das Fehlen jeglicher finanziellen Möglichkeiten zur Anschaffung physikalischer Tonträger ist für einen passionierten Sammler wohl einfach zu deprimierend – und sich immer wieder Appetit zu holen und dann vom Steak doch nur den Geruch zu schmecken muss letztendlich zur Resignation dem Steak gegenüber führen. Der Appetit bleibt wohl aber doch bestehen. Genug Gesudel an dieser Stelle.

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Father John Misty – Fear Fun

(Subpop 2012)

Musikalischen Geburtstag zu feiern, das kennt wohl jeder: endlich ein neues release einer geliebten Band. Nur blöd wenn mans verpasst. Nur gut, wenn man Kollegen hat, die einen dann doch noch dran erinnern. Einen riesen Dank will ich damit an Jan übermitteln, der mich mit einer unscheinbaren Nachricht auf das wohl Schönste hinwies, was vollkommen an mir vorbei gegangen wäre – nicht zuletzt deswegen, da man ingame bei League of Legends nicht viel von der Musikwelt mitbekommt. Scheiß Zocken. Um was gings, klar, im Titel stehts schon: J. Tillman und neue Musik vom Großmeister der gemütlichen Unterhaltung.

Hat der Kerl sich umgenannt zu Father John Misty (“hey, das J ist wenigstens gelieben”) und ich hab es nicht gerallt bekommen. Dumm und schade. Aber mit Happy End – zum Glück. Wie dem auch sei, Joshua ist Father John und ich bin froh, dass es nun auch im Netz ein paar Infos zu fnden gibt (jeder, der mal nach J. Tillman gesucht hat, weiß, dass Infos irgendwie sehr spärlich gestreut waren und man ständig auf einer Myspace Seite gelandet ist, die alles war, aber nicht die vom Musiker J. Tillman). Deswegen auch gleich mal hier drauf gehen und bisschen verweilen: http://fatherjohnmisty.tumblr.com.

Wieder zurück auf CFM? Ja dann…also was hat mir Jan im Speziellen geschickt gehabt in seiner Message via Last.fm? Genau, einen link, nämlich genau den zum offiziellen Video vom track Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings vom 2012er outlet des Vater John. Sehr sehenswert (nicht zuletzt wegen der bezaubernden Parks and Recreation April alias Aubrey Plaza). Aber: vor allem sehr hörenswert und gut fürs musikalische Herz.

Es wäre etwas zu übertrieben, wenn ich schriebe, dass ich im ersten Moment verwundert war über Joshuas sound, denn gerade von Vacilando Territory Blues war man ja schon einiges gewöhnt und ahnte (Singing Ax bahnte den Weg ja geradezu zu Fear Fun), dass in Tillman mehr stecke als der traurige Texter schwerfälliger, wunderschöner Folk Lieder (die ersten Versuche zu rocken gab es immerhin schon 2006 mit Minor Works, auch wenns da nicht gekalppt hatte und ein pures Folk Album rauskam).

Nunja, Tillman hat auf jeden Fall eine Schippe zugelegt was seine Variationsfreudigkeit angeht (oder auch nicht: in memoriam Year In The Kingdom). Alles wird komplexer; musikalischer wäre das falsche Wort, es sei denn man würde es verstehen als “voller und mehr arrangiert” (Now I’m Learning To Love The War ist da wohl das Paradebeispiel für das, was ich meine). Aber erstmal zurück zum Video und zu Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings. Im Ernst, ich kann mir nicht helfen, aber das Lied hat Tillman bestimmt von den B-Seiten von Low geklaut. Damit wäre dann alles gesagt, Tillman und Low in einem Lied – (hier könnten Worte stehen, fehlten sie nicht gerade).

Aber Fear Fun als Folk/Slowcore-Mix zu beschreiben scheitert – nicht zuletzt an Liedern wie dem bluesigen und countrylastigen Writing A Novel. WTF Father John? Aber ok, es passt ins Gesamtkonzept des Albums (gerade wohl deswegen, da es so überhaupt nicht reinpassen will) und es ist, sin mer ehrlich, verdammt geil – nur n bisschen Tillman unlike, dafür wahrscheinlich viel Father John Misty’er. Und ganz im Ernst, wer Tillman musikalisch ist, dass ist sowieso nicht wirklich zu fassen bei der Vielfalt seiner musikalischen Ausformungen. Wie also Fear Fun beschreiben? Am besten anhören und keine Erwartungen und nur vollstes Vertrauen in den guten alten Jay haben. Der macht das schon und der macht das auch gut, klar, er fordert einen mit Tee-Pee’s 1-12, aber was muss, muss und Tillman musste wohl halt auch einfach. “What the hell you are doing here” singt er dort, is klar. Neija, lasst euch mal überraschen, nur soviel: das Gespenstische was aufgrund von viel Delay und Hall durch einige der Lieder auf Fear Fun kriecht, es fehlt in diesem Saloon-Schunkler ziemlich vollends. Logisch, dass mit dem Rausschmeißer Every Man Needs A Companion ein absolutes Highlight der neuen Platte folgt – zu dem man dann wohl doch nicht unbedingt im Saloon schunkeln möchte (und dann doch wieder: warum eigentlich nicht?).

Zusammenfassung: Ohren auf, geil und kaufen. (Und wehe, hier zieht sich einer die Platte ausm Netz und kauft sie dann nachher im Mai net bei Subpop im Original, dann gibts Haue vom Onkel!)

Schade übrigens, dass Tillman nicht bei Western Vinyl geblieben ist – aber: man kann net alles haben. 2012 ist gerettet, danke Jan, danke Vater John, so viele Js…

I hope you’re all doing well. Just wanted to tell that I recently finished my final exams and therefore finished my studies too. Finally.

This means that CFM will hopefully be coming back in the next weeks with some new material. Due to much stress while learning for the final exams and being broke all the time I didn’t have much opportunities to track down all the folk and indie music of late 2010 and 2011. So there is a big gap for this period of time. Everybody who has some serious hints for me please posts them in the comments (though I mostly followed Slowcoustic and therefore know the music posted by Smansmith).

Also I deceided to run the blog in German from now on, so this will be the last post in English. This doesn’t mean you can’t contact me in English or comment in English. I would like to have both languages around here, knowing that most of you don’t speak German. I thought very long about chancing the blog language, but in the end I think it is the best for me especially with regards to my personal motivation.

If everything turns out well, I will do my Ph.D. in the next years and hopefully find some time to busy myself more with folk music again. As I said in the last post, there will be no daily routine with the articles anymore. I write as I go. Consequences of this will be that there are less articles (obvicious) but also longer and more detailed reviews. This means I will pick out just my absolute personal favourites and hope to present you some great music you’ll really fall in love with.

The next steps towards the CFM relaunch will be saving some money to pay wordpress costs to embed mp3s, get an overview over the current folk releases and artists, find some good music and write up the first articles. So there is some work to do until you will read the first folk related post here. But I hope you will step by again and rejoin CFM.

p.s. In the meantime while CFM was offline somebody thought, that he had to copy most parts of my blog name to create another folk blog (maybe hoping to steal clicks from google searching for folk music, I don’t know). This other blog is called Common Folk Music and also uses the abbreviation CFM. So don’t get confused. This blog, Common Folk Meadow, was and always will be the original CFM and I have nothing to do with that other blog.

Just wanted to let you folks know that I’m still alive and not yet vanished from this earth. I’m still trying to finish my studies (the master’s thesis in Philosophy is written already and one of the final tests is over, too). There are more to come though and even if everything goes well with the German Studies exams, especially those in linguistics, I’m not done before fall this year. Until then there will be no CFM activity, because I’m not yet sure if I will continue the blog in the way I did.

The most important decision I have to make is the following: Writing in English certainly has it’s advantages especially because you reach a wider audience. But as I’m also very fond of my native language, German, I’m considering to switch over to it. Not only does it take less time to write the articles and to proof-read them, it also gives me a larger range expressing my emotions and feelings. But I’m not yet sure about this point and I will let time decide what to do.
The other point, and on this I’m sure already, is the interval in which new articles will be posted. The daily thing surely is a great challange but finding new music, reading news of tons of blogs and posting stuff that isn’t a bare copy of the other blogs takes hours and hours of time. Sometimes I spent over 7h a day to find some good stuff, write up the reviews and read all the news I had available in my 300+ blogs in google reader. This was a great time, but as life will get in the way I don’t think this will be manegeable anymore in the future. So there will be new articles but they won’t show up at a daily routine.

I know, this post was long overdue, but I really wasn’t in the mood to write anything to anyone in the last time. I hope you’ll excuse me. This being said, I just can summon you to keep believing in independent artists and their music and to support them in every way you can. Keep the spirit of music (and folk especially) alive and don’t let the majors destroy true genius. I’ll be back – and I hope some of you will still be there, too.

Kashmere Hakim – The Hillsinger EP
self-released 2010

[tags: acoustic, folk, ep, 2010]

Listen while reading:


Foreign Worker (from The Hillsinger EP) download it!

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Hi folks, it’s time for me to post about a great new EP that was in my inbox today. As I’ve said before, I’m surprised how much submissions are still coming in every day, but this one really stands out. I’m talking about the debut release from Dutch folk singer-songwriter Kashmere Hakim which goes by the name The Hillsinger EP and which was released only two days ago. What makes this EP special isn’t its creativity or its experiments – it’s the other way around: the pure and straight-forward character is what makes it special. It shows that you don’t need more than an acoustic guitar and your voice if you’re able to write good and honest songs. And this is exactly what Kashmere Hakim does: writing honest music that hooks you up and takes you on a little journey through the arts of expressing human emotions and telling everyday yet meaningful stories.

The EP comes loaded with six songs and a playtime of 16 minutes which is just right for this kind of release. Outstanding are the melodies of Kashmere’s songs, they are fragile, sometimes broken, but not over the top, rather dry but still compelling. The opener Free People is a good example for this kind of song-writing and it shows that this man surely got a feeling for writing music. This belief manifests itself even more if you take a listen to John Henry, the third track on the EP. The melodies here are different and much more melodic and simpler than they were in Free People – and still it seems that this (a little bit blusy) style just fits the story of the song and tops it off. The free downloadable track Foreign Worker really sums up the overall picture I got of the EP with its soft melodies and its calm atmosphere. If you like this track I’m most certainly sure you’ll like the other ones too. Among the straight acoustic guitar and voice arrangements, there are some strings here and there, especially in the brilliant Grandparents House. This addition really benefits the songs and I’m convinced that there will be much more great music from Kashmere Hakim in the future if he’s able to keep up with this high quality work. If you want one of the 500 copies of the EP, just write an e-mail to Kashmere (kashmerehakim@hotmail.com) or contatct him via his MySpace profile. A digital version of the EP will be available soon. Fine acoustic folk!

Chatham County Line – Wildwood
Yep Roc 2010

[tags: bluegrass, folk, 2010]

Right after the great news concerning the new Handsome Family compilation, I’m proud to announce to you the new Chatham County Line album which goes by the name Wildwood. I have the feeling that Chatham County Line is a much underappreciated band and I hope their new release will give them some more attention (btw it’s their fifth full length, check out the others too, they are great!). You can pre-order Wildwood right here and every pre-order gets an exclusive MP3 track extra + if you are one of the first fifty buyers, you get a special keychain modeled after the microphone stand the band regularly uses. So, if you’re curious what this microphone stand looks like or if you’re perhaps interested in the music, yeah…, you really should check out this nice video of the song Crop Comes In. For me it’s just perfect.

I think this should’ve made you wanting to hear the rest of the album. And if this is true, you have one complete week to stream the whole thing to decide if, better: when, you want to buy your personal copy. So, don’t wait and get this album stream on: GET IT ON!

The Handsome Family – Scattered
(self-released 2010)

[tags: southern gothic, alt country, 2010]

I just found out that one of CFM’s favorite bands ever, The Handsome Family – the best southern gothic and alt country band there ever was and will be – is about to release a new collection of songs in the vein of the former Smothered And Covered collection. If those are not the greates news you can get to make your day sweet, I don’t know what else could be. I for myself just pre-ordered the thing and I highly advise you to do the same thing asap. Here’s the link: click it!

At last the official quote from the website:

We have a new CD Release!
“Scattered: A Further Collection of Lost Demos, Orphaned Songs and Odd Covers”.
In the spirit of “Smothered and Covered” we’re releasing another cd full of bits and bobs. We should have copies to sell by June 10 and will have some on our upcoming tour dates. For the first year it will only be available on our website and at our shows. You can pre-order a copy here ( http://www.handsomefamily.com/Nmerch.html#anchor864587 ) and we’ll send one out to you when we get our first shipment pressed or you can buy one from us at a live show.

Here’s what’s on the cd….

“The Lost Soul ” originally recorded for Bloodshot Records’ 2005 compilation, For a Decade of Sin.
When it Rains,” was supposed to be on Twilight but somehow fell by the wayside.
“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” by Dylan, recorded for Uncut’s, Highway 61 Revisited Revisited.
“Snowball” originally released on Bloodshot’’s 2002 children’’s record, The Bottle Let Me Down.
“Ain’t No Grave” written by Brother Claude Ely.
“Little Buddy, one of our earliest attempts at songwriting (1993).
“Eleanor Rigby bluegrass version with the Rivet Gang.
“A Plague of Humans,” written for David Coulter’s “Plague Songs ” that took place at the Barbican in 2007.
“Famous Blue Raincoat” Leonard Cohen’s classic.
Drinking Beer on the Roof, an alternate to the “Red Leaf Forest. We realized later we liked these lyrics better.
“Telephones and Telescopes” originally released as a 7”” single by Speed Kills in 1992.
“The Lost Highway” most-famously recorded by Hank Williams. Our version’s from 2002.
“Honcho” is an instrumental recorded by Brett on 4-track in 1991.
“The Blizzard” by Harlan Howard, most-famously recorded by Jim Reeves.
What does the Deep Sea Say?” A traditional we first heard sung by The Blue Sky Boys.
“Tranquilized” is Brett’’s sad song about life post mental hospital. 1996.
June Bugs” (alternate take) this version has a certain magic we lost in the final mix released on Honey Moon.
One Way Up” (4-track demo) is an early (1990) 4-track version of a song later released on Odessa .

We have a new CD Release!
“Scattered: A Further Collection of Lost Demos, Orphaned Songs and Odd Covers”.
In the spirit of “Smothered and Covered” we’re releasing another cd full of bits and bobs. We should have copies to sell by June 10 and will have some on our upcoming tour dates. For the first year it will only be available on our website and at our shows. You can pre-order a copy here ( http://www.handsomefamily.com/Nmerch.html#anchor864587 ) and we’ll send one out to you when we get our first shipment pressed or you can buy one from us at a live show.
Here’s what’s on the cd….

“The Lost Soul ” originally recorded for Bloodshot Records’ 2005 compilation, For a Decade of Sin.
When it Rains,” was supposed to be on Twilight but somehow fell by the wayside.
“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” by Dylan, recorded for Uncut’s, Highway 61 Revisited Revisited.
“Snowball” originally released on Bloodshot’’s 2002 children’’s record, The Bottle Let Me Down.
“Ain’t No Grave” written by Brother Claude Ely.
“Little Buddy, one of our earliest attempts at songwriting (1993).
“Eleanor Rigby bluegrass version with the Rivet Gang.
“A Plague of Humans,” written for David Coulter’s “Plague Songs ” that took place at the Barbican in 2007.
“Famous Blue Raincoat” Leonard Cohen’s classic.
Drinking Beer on the Roof, an alternate to the “Red Leaf Forest. We realized later we liked these lyrics better.
“Telephones and Telescopes” originally released as a 7”” single by Speed Kills in 1992.
“The Lost Highway” most-famously recorded by Hank Williams. Our version’s from 2002.
“Honcho” is an instrumental recorded by Brett on 4-track in 1991.
“The Blizzard” by Harlan Howard, most-famously recorded by Jim Reeves.
What does the Deep Sea Say?” A traditional we first heard sung by The Blue Sky Boys.
“Tranquilized” is Brett’’s sad song about life post mental hospital. 1996.
June Bugs” (alternate take) this version has a certain magic we lost in the final mix released on Honey Moon.
One Way Up” (4-track demo) is an early (1990) 4-track version of a song later released on Odessa .

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