Tag Archives: Podcasts

Blue Monday

Podcast junkies who are also blues buffs should have The Blues File wired into their iTunes, or whatever. These short and to-the-point podcasts pack an impressive amount of information into a brief span of time, and the choice of subjects is a nice blend of the familiar and the esoteric. The most recent podcast is about as esoteric as it gets: Eddie “One String” Jones and Edward Hazelton, Los Angeles street musicians who caught the attention of a wealthy benefactor named Frederick Usher in the early Sixties. Usher sponsored the release of One-String Blues, a collection blending Hazelton’s solo harmonica with Jones’s performances on a handmade one-strong instrument similar to an African diddley bow. The album also includes a great deal of chatter that contrasts Jones’ determinedly sunny outlook with Hazelton’s notably darker temperament. I can’t say it’s something I’d want to play very often, but if you’re interested in the roots of the music this is probably as raw and as close to the original country blues as you’re likely to find. I couldn’t find any clips of Jones or Hazelton, but this video of Bill Abel performing a Muddy Waters song on his own homemade diddley bow will give you the idea.

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Are you a wingnut?

Here’s a simple test: If you can get through this Bat Segundo podcast interview without once thinking “Andrea Peyser is a dipshit a tired conservative hack with nothing to offer beyond old whines about Hollywood that were already worn out when Michael Medved and Bernie Goldberg recycled them,” then you’re probably suffering from early onset wingerism. Turn off FoxNoise, go for a walk, get some air.  

And if you’re thrilled by Peyser’s notion that George Clooney has no business getting angry when paparazzi photograph him in a toilet stall, or that the director of Schindler’s List is to be condemned for venturing even the mildest criticism of Israel — in short, that famous people are automatically idiots if they disagree with the political views Andrea Peyser is paid to advance — then you might want to seek medical help.

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Podcast alert

Now that you’ve read all the raves about Leonard Cohen’s show at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan, download here and listen to what everybody’s been shouting about.

Fans of the late singer-songwriter John Martyn should check out this tribute on Mike Harding’s BBC 2 show.

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Podcast alert

The Folkways Collection is an iPod-ready collection of 24 hour-long programs devoted to the music and spoken-word recordings produced by Folkways Records, and now part of the Smithsonian collection.

Over 200 classic poems read by 80 notable poets, waiting for you to download.

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