Wednesday January 28th 2009, 1:13 pm
Video of the Day: Joan Baez
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YouTube Preview ImageJoan Baez- Sweet Sir Galahad

Following up on yesterday’s Video of the Day featuring Richard and Mimi Farina, here is Joan Baez singing “Sweet Sir Galahad” at the Big Sur Folk Festival in 1969. She wrote the song about her sister Mimi’s grieving for Richard after his untimely death and her eventual remarriage to Milan Melvin (aka Sir Galahad). Milan and Mimi are seen running around Big Sur in the clip.

Tuesday January 27th 2009, 6:29 pm
Mixin’ With O’Death
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Let’s hear it for the women folk! When You Awake is pleased to present a mixtape from O’Death’s lead singer, Greg Jamie. The aptly titled “Top 10 Women Singers I Wish I Sounded Like If I Was a Woman” features tunes by Wanda Jackson, CocoRosie, Odetta, PJ Harvey and other fine female performers. The New York-based lads of O’Death have been mighty busy lately spreading their particular form of Appalachian inspired punk music. In addition to their upcoming split 7″ release on February 16th with Murder By Death, the band is embarking on a two month tour of the US and Europe this very Thursday. So be sure to check out the mixtape and send O’Death some love and good luck wishes as they prepare for their intercontinental journey. The mixtape and tour dates after the jump.


Tuesday January 27th 2009, 2:51 pm
Director Spotlight: Eli Stonberg
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Rio En Medio- The Umbrella

I ran into Eli Stonberg a couple of weeks back at the Little Joy. He mentioned that he directed this beautiful video for Rio En Medio, who has released records on Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic’s label Gnomonsong and the Los Angeles based Manimal Vinyl. Turns out Eli is quite the up and coming filmmaker, with music videos for the Passion Pit and Daedelus coming out soon. Check out my chat with Eli about the inspiration behind “The Umbrella” after the jump.

Tuesday January 27th 2009, 1:01 pm
Video of the Day: Richard and Mimi Farina
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YouTube Preview ImageRichard and Mimi Farina with Pete Seeger

Richard and Mimi Farina performing “Joy ‘Round My Brain” and “Careless Love” on Pete Seeger’s Rainbow Quest in late February of 1966.  Richard tragically died just a couple of months later in a motorcycle accident after leaving his wife (and Joan Baez’s sister) Mimi’s 21st birthday party on April 30, 1966. The writer Ed Ward said that “if Richard had survived that motorcycle accident, he would have easily given Dylan a run for his money.”

Monday January 26th 2009, 3:00 pm
Fleet Foxes + First Aid Kit Duet on Live Tune
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Aquarium Drunkard recently posted a live Fleet Foxes show recorded last November in Den Haag, Netherlands. First Aid Kit, who brilliantly covered the “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” (see the video below),  joined the Foxes onstage during that tune to provide some backup harmonies. The live collaboration seems a little off/unrehearsed but the rest of the show is worth a listen if you haven’t seen them live before.

YouTube Preview ImageFleet Foxes- Tiger Mountain Peasant Song

Monday January 26th 2009, 1:39 pm
Radio Show Back on February 2nd
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The When You Awake radio show will officially return to Little next Monday, February 2nd with a very special show dedicated to the late, great Delaney Bramlett. See you then, my friends!

Monday January 26th 2009, 1:06 pm
Video of the Day: Leonard Cohen
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YouTube Preview ImageLeonard Cohen- If It Be Your Will

Leonard Cohen, 74,  is in the midst of a world tour that will bring him to New York’s Beacon Theater for his only US show on February 19th. This will be the first time that the legendary recluse has performed on a US stage in over 15 years. He decided to tour again when his business manager, Kelley Lynch, mishandled his $5 million dollar retirement fund and almost completely depleted his savings. Tickets for the NYC show are still available and range from $65- 250. Who knows when (or if) Cohen will play again, so if you want the chance to see the man who Lou Reed claimed is amongst the “highest and most influential echelon of songwriters” live, I would recommend hightailing it to New York and getting your tickets asap. Oh, and check out our Leonard Cohen Goes Twang mixtape while you’re at it.

Friday January 23rd 2009, 1:32 pm
Snapshot: Bob Dylan and Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter
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Bob Dylan- Hurricane

Friday January 23rd 2009, 12:58 pm
Merle Haggard is Doing Real Well
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Merle Haggard, 71, is doing fine after he underwent lung cancer surgery back in November. In an interview with People Magazine he said, “I’m doing real well – a little better every day. I have a little bicycle in the back room I’m starting to exercise on and I’m going into the studio.” He jokes that he’s jumping right back in to work because it takes “an enormous amount of money” to maintain his lifestyle. That work includes some upcoming tour dates and he even wrote a new song a couple of days ago about Barack Obama called “Hopes are High,” which includes the lyrics “”We got a new style with a sincere smile/And a new song to sing along/And we’ve got sunshine and a new guy/And hopes are high/Hopes are high.” Hey! That means that there might actually be a good Barack Obama country song after all (sorry Cocoa Tea)!

Friday January 23rd 2009, 12:35 pm
Video of the Day: Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
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YouTube Preview ImageJohhny Cash and Kris Kristofferson- Sunday Morning Coming Down

Here’s Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson singing Kristofferson’s song “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” Cash had a big hit with the tune and it even won the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year award in 1970.  When Cash first performed the song on his tv show, the executives demanded that he change the lyrics  “wishing, Lord, that I was stoned,” in order not to offend the audience. Cash, however, ignored their requests and sang the song exactly as it was written. What a rebel.