Jan Hammarlund – The Forest Was So Cold

February 21, 2012


Jan Hammarlund is a political Swedish folksinger who was involved in the Progg scene in the 1970s. One of the earliest openly gay Swedish musicians, he also became active in the Chilean struggle. This song is a real downer, like most ballads. Here’s a translation of a version from 1812…

Pehr Tyrsson’s daughters in Vänge
The forest was so cold
They slept a sleep too long
While the forest came into leaf
The youngest one woke up first
The forest…
And so she woke up the others.
While the forest…
Then they sat up on their beds.
So they braided each other’s locks.
So they put on their silken clothes.
So they went to the church.
But when they came to the Vänge hill
They met three highwaymen
“You either be highwaymen’s wives,
Or would you lose your young lives?”
“We do not wish to be highwaymen’s wives,
We’d rather lose our young lives.”
They cut their heads off on a log of birch.
There soon three wells sprung up.
The bodies buried in the mud,
The clothes taken to the village.
When they came to Vänge farm,
Lady Karin met them in the yard
“And would you buy silken shifts,
By nine maidens knitted and stitched?”
“Untie your sacks and let me see,
Perhaps I know all three.”
Lady Karin beat her chest in pain,
And went to find Pehr Tyresson.
“There are three highwaymen in our yard,
Who have our daughters slain.”
Pehr Tyrsson grasped his sword,
He slew the eldest two.
The third he left alive,
And then he asked him thus:
“What is your father’s name?
What is your mother’s name?”
“Our father is Pehr Tyrsson in Vänge,
Our mother is Lady Karin in Stränge.”
Pehr Tyrson then went to the smithy,
And had iron crafted ’round his waist.
“What shall we do for our sins?”
“We shall build a church of lime and stone.
That church will be named Kerna,
And we will willingly build it.”

Never heard of the iron crafted round waist self-punishment before….

Price: five euro or less.
Location: Northern Europe.

Per Tyrsons Dottrar I Vange

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I don’t even know where the girls are now

September 28, 2011


You should read about Peter Lafarge, seems like he was pretty fantastic. Like for instance that in 1959 he was simultaneously riding rodeo with his leg in a cast and acting in a new york production of King Lear. He wrote the song “Ballad of Ira Hayes” which was later covered by Johnny Cash. This is his second album from 1963. Coyote is almost amazing and the second one is a spoken word track about his friend’s dying last words.

Price: $2
Location: A very friendly generous man sold his record collection out of his house in Eugene.

Coyote
Last Words


Tim Rock – Backseats, Bedrooms & Bars

May 21, 2011

Tim Rock is from Seattle. It seems like he used to be an engineer back in the 70s at a place called the Music Farm. This is his only record, and by the looks of the cover and him, people might think it’s going to be out there psych or something. Truthfully, its more mellow beard country rock that’s better than most of the stuff you can find cheap in this genre. Overall a two tracker in my opinion. My friend David would probably like this, think he calls this beige music but I don’t remember why.

Looks Like One More Highway
Headed For The Country


Les Filles D’Aujourd’hui

May 21, 2011

This was purchased because of the cover. There are so many fantastic details. Her whole look is amazing – especially the top and necklace combo. His knuckle tattoos and giving the middle finger to the cover. The location of cover shoot and the fact that there is branch in front of his face.

Featured is the title track by this fine Quebec duo of Monique Gaduoa and Jean-Guy Hebert. For some reason, my guess is that these two don’t necessarily approve of the girls of today, but that was the seventies, I’m sure they’d have a much better attitude nowadays. Clearly a closer listen is called for. Will update.

This record is on the Les Disques Nicky label out of Valleyfield, Quebec. Google is rather uninformative when it comes to information about both performers, the label and the studio. There is one song by Monique on youtube posted by countrypete27 that is part of a compilation of Quebecois country and western.

Price: cheap
Location: quebec thrifting

Les Filles D’aujourd’hui (The Girls of Today)


Abdel Karim el Kably

April 26, 2011

Alkabli is a very famous Sudanese folk singer. Songs that have whistling and moaning are great. These have both.

Khaifi Hun (Have You Forgotten)
Husenek ma Fasher

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Meitenes Dziesma Latvijai

April 15, 2011


These ladies are a long way from home.

This is a family band with daughter Lolita singing this track. Nice to see Bill Scream on moog and Ron Reagan on saxophone.

Price: $1.99 or less
Location: portland thrifting

Ticet Taviem Vardiem


De Tahiti a Moururoa

March 24, 2011

Bought this the other day out in the suburbs before having Korean noodle. Du Kuh Bee is open late and the waiter knows my order before I sit down. Finding a restaurant like this starts to make me feel like a place is my home.

Sometimes it can be a little hard finding music from the south pacific that was recorded and marketed for more than just the tourist market. Its hard to tell with this one.

After enjoying some of the artists on this label sampler record, a short unsuccessful search on the internet was followed by an email to the label in Tahiti, tried out some wickedly bad french in the hopes of tracking down old vinyl copies of records by Poline or Suzanne.

The owner of the label Yves Roche was kind enough to respond and relate the unfortunate news that all their vinyl was long gone. He recommended some cds.

Moururoa is a small atoll that starting in 1966 was used extensively by the French government for nuclear testing. There was 41 above ground nuclear tests with 35 of them detonating in helium balloons. The government of New Zealand pressured France into stopping these in 1974 so their solution was to move them underground for the next 20 years.

Price: $2.95
Location: crappy beaverton record store.

Maeva – Suzanne
Ta’u Pinia – Poline et les Surfsiders
Motu Uta – Suzanne