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M. Ward: Tiny Desk Concert

M. Ward: Tiny Desk Concert

Singer-songwriter M. Ward sits down on his couch for a truly intimate acoustic guitar set that will transport you a kinder and gentler time and place. Along the way, you’ll enjoy classic tracks like Chinese Translation, and new ones like Coyote Mary’s Traveling Show from his 2020 album Migration Stories.

Where Do the Children Play?

Where Do the Children Play?

Yusuf / Cat Stevens teamed up with director Chris Hopewell and Black Dog Films to create an animated music video for his classic Where do the Children Play?, an ecological anthem which is as relevant today as ever. The revamped track will be featured on Tea for the Tillerman², which celebrates his acclaimed 1970 album.

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Stuck in the Middle: Korean Style

Stuck in the Middle: Korean Style

Musicians Luna Lee and Han Oh teamed up to record an excellent cover version of the Stealers Wheel classic Stuck in the Middle, melding traditional asian sounds with ’70s folk rock. Of course, we can never hear this song without thinking of Reservoir Dogs.

Giangrande: Free to Roam

Giangrande: Free to Roam

Giangrande’s inspiring folk track Free to Roam is complemented beautifully by Gianluca Maruotti’s stop-motion music video. The claymation imagery was created using with the scenes playing out against a flattened backdrop. Be sure to watch the behind the scenes video too.

Fleet Foxes: Crack Up

Fleet Foxes: Crack Up

“Oh, but I can hear you, loud in the center. Aren’t we made to be crowded together, like leaves?” Fleet Foxes’ latest album pushes the boundaries of folk while conducting a hopeful exploration of the dull blades of life.

Perfume Genius Live

Perfume Genius Live

“…that no memory, no matter how sad, and no violence, no matter how bad, can darken the heart or tear it apart.” Indie folk artist Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius dropped by NPR Music to sing songs from his new album No Shape, as well as his 2012 hit Normal Song.

Aimee Mann: Tiny Desk Concert

Aimee Mann: Tiny Desk Concert

“This song is called ‘You Never Loved Me’ — it’s another extremely cheerful, optimistic number,” Aimee Mann offers up four tracks from her album Mental Illness on NPR’s consistently excellent concert series, accompanied by Jonathan Coulton, Paul Bryan & Jamie Edwards.

Joseph Live

Joseph Live

There’s nothing like an acoustic guitar and a powerful voice. Or three. The Closner sisters aka Joseph made their name with just that. Watch them perform a few of their wonderfully harmonized folk songs from their new album I’m Alone, No You’re Not.

When I Die and My Body is Reanimated

When I Die and My Body is Reanimated

Folk comedy musician Christopher White aka Isto made a charming ditty about literally undying love. It’s from his latest release, The Halloween Album. We’re not sure we’d buy the whole album, but this song is definitely worth a dollar.

Float On: Americana Style

Float On: Americana Style

A folksy, bluegrassy, and wonderfully fun cover version of Modest Mouse’s Float On, performed by the perfectly named Diablo Sandwich and the Dr. Peppers at Athens, Georgia hole in the wall The Lost Mirror.

Francis Lung Live

Francis Lung Live

La Blogotheque caught up with WU LYF bassist Tom McLung in Paris for a short outdoor set featuring songs from his indie folk alter ego, Francis Lung. He performed Back One Day and Where Life Come to Live, from his 2015 EP Vol. 1.

Andy Shauf: The Worst in You

Andy Shauf: The Worst in You

La Blogotheque presents indie folk artist Andy Shauf and his band performing a single from his upcoming album, The Party. If you like Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes and other sad bastard music, you’ll love Andy.

Remembering Mountains

Remembering Mountains

Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton is a compilation of covers by various artists, featuring unreleased songs from the late blues and folk underground star. Also on Spotify. (Thanks Karlo!)

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The Sea The Sea: Waiting

The Sea The Sea: Waiting

Folk duo The Sea The Sea’s intimate track Waiting is perfectly accompanied by this amazing music video by Zachary Johnson, who animated 3,454 individual oil paintings to create an evocative view of NYC by night.

Giangrande: Paper Plane

Giangrande: Paper Plane

Come for the animation, stay for the song in the official music video for Massimo Giangrande’s alt-folk Paper Plane, brilliantly animated by Gianluca Maruotti, with paper-cut illustrations by Felicita Sala. Go behind the scenes here.

Hem: Live

Hem: Live

Ever imagined what Brooklyn country music would sound like? NPR described it best: Hem makes a homey, fireside kind of music, with songs that feel as if they’ve always been there.” Wonderful music to sleep or wake up to.

Night Beds Live

Night Beds Live

Folk rock singer 23-year-old Winston Yellen aka Night Beds adds to the stellar list of guest stars at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concerts. You can download the audio of the performance at the link.

Grizzly Bear: Gun-Shy

Grizzly Bear: Gun-Shy

The music video for Gun-Shy, from Grizzly Bear’s album Shields. If you’ve ever felt insecure and unsatisfied with yourself, you’ll be able to relate to the various images of purging in the video.

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