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My new microphone, so treasured when I bought it only weeks ago, appears to be falling apart, resulting in a show in which my sinuses manifest themselves in a way that simply isn’t true to life. That aside, I really liked this week’s episode and have recently discovered that Day Joy have been leapt upon by cool people with far more bloggy caché than this humble knob, which has both pleased and affirmed me. Dream-folk is 4 real.


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Well that certainly was a week with no posts. Here’s an hour of spectacular folk music to compensate.

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Last week’s Folk Bloke, for all my moaning about a lack of good new tracks for me to play, actually had some really cool stuff on it. From CSLSX’s sampling of Mountain Man in what’s essentially an ’80s electronic track to Barna Howard’s spectacular Bob Dylan impression alongside new singles from First Aid Kit and Lambchop and old tracks from Andrew Bird and Kill It Kid, it was, basically, enjoyable. Click play above to experience said enjoyment.

CSLSX – Aeromancer feat. Mountain Man

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Today, DIY Radio broadcast the first episode of my new weekly show, The Folk Bloke, and that’s what you can see above. If you like the kind of thing I post here, you’re more than likely to approve of the show, so please do listen in. Please? Oh, go on. Please?

Metronomy – Radio Ladio (YSI)

I like folk music. I’m also beginning to like the whole woozy, dream-pop thing that seems to have taken America by storm recently. It seems that Futurebirds also like these two ideas but, unlike me, have some tangible musical talent and thought they’d combine them. What they present, ‘Johnny Utah’, is more or less what you’d expect – banjos and pedal steel form the backbone of the music, but the atmosphere is reverb-soaked and approaching psychedelic at points. It’s as relaxing as Beach House, as engagingly traditional as Fleet Foxes and the brash, feedback-heavy outro suggests that their new album Hampton’s Lullaby could contain some much louder material too. I look forward to finding out.

Futurebirds – Johnny Utah (YSI)