Gloria Desjarlais

September 21, 2012

Gloria Desjarlais is a Metis singer. She was recently inducted into the Manitoba Music Hall of Fame. This 45 was privately released in 1982 and recorded at Century 21 studios. A quick internet search shows no indication if this is her only release so I facebook messaged the lady who I’m pretty sure is her. Not my usual sound but this song is pretty great.

Price: one dollar or less.
Location: thrifting somewhere in canada.

Mister


Anders F Ronnblom – Ramlosa Kvarn

August 30, 2012

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Second installment in Swedish finds from 2008. This record is Ronnblom’s second record whose title could translate to “Frameless Mill” The record is not really my bag and is making the journey from my room to the shop, but has a couple downerish tracks that are alright. According to the google translation of the Swedish wikipedia page, Ronnblom’s lyrics move between the ironic and vulnerable but have also been criticized for being too difficult and overly introspective. Two other tidbits – discussing influences “Grateful Dead is a pronounced beacon.” and apparently his super fans are called f-heads.

“Poem”

girl
which has just been
kissed
sitting quietly
with a rose in the left
hand
boy
leaves no
track
there he goes
in the morning wet
sand

the other song is about playing cards at night and dreaming about naked lovers. too long to type out into google translate.

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

Poem

Dromde


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


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

Please send me this album:


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


Sound Fun/Comfort (Mina Aoe)

March 3, 2011

There is a genre of music in Japan where people sing about how awful they feel. It’s sort of like Japanese blues. Maybe it is called enka? My friend Chizuko told me it is only old people that like this kind of music. I like it a lot too.

Here’s a whole bunch of interesting facts about enka according to wikipedia:

The term enka was first used to refer to political texts set to music which were sung and distributed by opposition activists belonging to the Freedom and People’s Rights Movement during the Meiji period (1868–1912) as a means of bypassing government curbs on speeches of political dissent – and in this sense the word is derived from “enzetsu no uta” (演説の歌?), meaning “speech song.”

Enka suggests a traditional, idealized, or romanticized aspect of Japanese culture and attitudes. Enka singers, predominantly women, usually perform in a kimono or in evening dress. Male enka performers tend to wear formal dress, or in some performances, traditional Japanese attire.

Modern enka’s mainstream scale is called “Yonanuki Tan-Onkai” (ヨナ抜き短音階?) or “Minor Scale without Four and Seven (Re and Sol),” and is a modified version of “Yonanuki Chō-Onkai” (ヨナ抜き長音階?) or “Major Scale without Four and Seven (Fa and Ti),” which came from an older Japanese scale, the “Ryo Scale” (呂音階, Ryo Onkai).

Enka lyrics are usually written similarly around the themes of love and loss, loneliness, enduring hardships, and persevering in the face of difficulties, even suicide or death. Although enka is a genre of kayōkyoku, it is considered to be more expressive and emotional, though there is no clear consensus on the matter.

Archetypal enka singers employ a style of melisma—where a single syllable of text is sung while moving between several different notes in succession—known as kobushi. Kobushi occurs when the pitch of the singer’s voice fluctuates irregularly within one scale degree

To read the lengthy in-depth wikipedia entry go here: Enka

I sent scans of this to Koji Seito, hopefully he can help.

He helped! The name of the singer is Mina Aoe and the album is called Sasurai no Uta (Sing Shinpei Nakayama’s songs). Correct song titles now up. He confirmed that Mina Aoe was popular with lots of “blues” songs giving her the nickname Queen of the Blues. Koji sent along this youtube link which is apparently her biggest hit:
Isesakicho Blues
Sounds okay but could live without the doobie doos.

Price: $1 or gift from David
Location: far north on Rue Bordeaux

Sad Song Number One: Sasurai no Uta (Drifter’s Song)
Sad Song Number Two: Sendou Kouta