Bonnie Prince Billy: one with the freaks
photo by Pieter Morlion
Have you wondered about like-minded and sometimes bearded young men and women (CocoRosie) who sing acoustic songs of surreal nature and pastoral settings? Have you ever seen your favorite artists dance in their underwear? Have you read in your favorite music mags the misguided term “freak folk”, and wondered aloud, “What the f@#*k?”
Well, now available from trusty KEXP, is my latest podcast, Music That Matters Podcast Vol. 51, which addresses the above said issues. This new podcast, which I’m calling it “Freak Too: The New Folk Underground,” features incredible artists like Bonnie Prince Billy (aka Will Oldam), Devendra Banhart, Beth Orton, White Magic, and Jack Rose (of Pelt) to name a few.
It’s a follow-up to my first Podcast “Don’t Call Me Freak” (MTM Vol. 37) launched a few months ago (and still available). But in this one, we go beyond to include artists and influences of a previous generation. Underground artists of the late 60’s and early 70’s like Nick Drake, Tim Buckley, and Vashti Bunyan.
I’m pretty excited about this one and I think it’ll blow your mind. Not only are the influences here, but lots of new songs from future near-famous youngsters like Alela Diane (just a pup!), Horse Feathers (mid-twenties), Madeline (she’s like, 23!), Marissa Nadler (former art student!), Anais Mitchell (on Ani DiFranco’s label), and Barton Carroll (of Crooked Fingers), and a song from the great new record of guitar genius/60’s British folk legend Bert Jansch (Google him now, thank me later).
And did I say it’s free? It’s perfect for a freak like you. Put it in your music library, load it on your player, pack a bag, lay under fruit tree, and grow a curly beard to this one. A lazy summer day soundtrack, if you will.
Subscribe to the Music That Matters Podcasts now, if you haven’t already.
And while you’re at it, you can LISTEN NOW from the Steaming Archive for my expanded 3-hour radio program of this podcast. In The Roadhouse, Wednesday, June 13th, from 6-9 pm. (The audio link is good until June 27th.)
Check these vids too! One, a fan-created montage of Nick Drake photos set to “River Man” and the other, well, you’ll see… (Warning: artist dancing in underwear)