Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues‎ [2011]

Fleet Foxes are one of those bands that arrived so fully formed that it was hard to imagine where they’d take their sound next, and judging by the long gap between their debut LP and the upcoming Helplessness Blues, it seems the group may have struggled with that notion some as well. The eponymous lead single from the record finds them honing their intricate baroque folk while at the same time trying out a more straightforward, lyrical approach. The most notable difference between “Helplessness Blues” and the Sun Giant/Fleet Foxes material is that frontman Robin Pecknold’s words and vocals are front and center, high in the mix. Over a surging acoustic instrumental, he sings about existential fear (“What’s my name? What’s my station? Oh, just tell me what I should do”) in a hopeful and earnest way. Some will probably call these lyrics hokey, but they’re delivered with such sincerity (and vocal warmth) that I can’t help but go along for the ride. The song is essentially two halves, and around the three-minute mark, the whole band appears, and it bursts into a more reverberant, orchestral section that just shimmers. It’s here where you remember how great these guys sound when they’re firing on all cylinders, and it’s easy to think there could be more of this kind of lovely sprawl on the record’s other tracks. -pitchfork

Johnny Cash – American VI: Ain’t No Grave [2010]

Posted in americana,country by deek on February 21, 2010

Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard – One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur [2009]

Posted in alt-country,americana,folk by lowbrass on January 21, 2010




If you haven’t heard of Jay Farrar, he’s in Son Volt.

Truthfully, I haven’t read any Kerouac and I haven’t even seen the film that this soundtrack goes with. But that doesn’t really matter, this is an excellent album by itself.

The Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy And His Friends [1967]

Posted in americana,childrens,christmas,pop by deek on August 12, 2009



Murder By Death – Split with Amanda Palmer [2009]

Posted in alt-country,americana,folk rock,indie rock by deek on July 3, 2009

Vollmar – Campfire Songs (2004)

Posted in americana by deek on June 16, 2009

Iron and Wine – Around the Well [2009]

Posted in americana,folk,lo-fi,singer/songwriter by deek on June 10, 2009

Bob Dylan – Together Through Life [2009]

Posted in americana,blues,blues rock,folk rock by deek on April 23, 2009

Chris Isaak – Silvertone (1985)

Posted in alt-country,americana,country rock by deek on March 9, 2009

Woodie Guthrie – This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1 [1997]

Posted in americana,folk,singer/songwriter by deek on May 1, 2008


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