Sunday, August 18, 2013

Folks We Oughta Know, the August Version

        We (well, one of us) sat at the local softball field today, watching youth players trying to qualify for one of the teams that will be playing during the fall. During the stay, a friend came walking over. Maggie has an appreciation for music that we envy.
     We talked about a number of music-related topics. One was “dark” music, which reminded me that Blue October will release their album on Tuesday. If you’re interested, our posts dedicated to the dark side are accessed by CLICKING HERE and by CLICKING HEREBut we also talked about the “alternative folk” genre, which reminded me that we haven’t generated a “Folks We Oughta Know" post in months. So, here we go.

     The conversation also included Alan, our trumpet-playing concert buddy. It seems appropriate to start with a song having both a trumpet (for Alan) and a banjo (for Maggie). Klak Tik is a London band that released the song “Reborn” in December of 2012 and included the track on their 2013 album. The album is “The Servants,” named for a band that included the father of a member of Klak Tik. But if we're asked for the origin of “Klak Tik,” we  can only shrug.
     The band comprises Danish songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Søren Bonke, Jonathan Beyer from the U.K., and Matthew Mitchinson from New Zealand. But in concert, they are joined by a number of other musicians, including Andy Joseph. They explain in their bio that Klak Tik generates genre-dodging alternative/orchestral/experimental folk.
     "Reborn" by Klak Tik

     A study in music sociology – What occurs when a band places a song on Soundcloud, labeling the song as “alt country” and identifying itself as being from Oxford, Britain? The answer is that a song that desires attention will only have 429 plays after six months. Can that count be right?  “Calling Out Your Name” by The Epstein is very good for the initial two and a half minutes, but then turns great.
     If you aren’t responsible for one the 429 plays, hit the play arrow and see (hear) if you agree that this song desires more exposure. The members of The Epstein are Olly Wills (Vocals & Acoustic Guitar), Jon Berry (Vocals & Electric Guitar), Sebastian Reynolds (Keyboards & Backing Vocals), Humphrey Astley (Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals), and Tommy Longfellow (Drums).
     "Calling Out Your Name" by The Epstein

      Wait, what about bands from the U.S., especially ones scheduled to visit San Francisco during an upcoming tour? Oh ya, we need to talk about Radical Face and the song “We’re on Our Way.” Radical Face is Ben Cooper from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. He will visit the Great American Music Hall in S.F. on October 23, 2013 (for more information, CLICK HERE).
      “We’re on Our Way” by Radical Face - This song is currently being offered as part of a Noisetrade opportunity at


     Akron/Family is a folk-influenced experimental rock band that formed in 2002, and its members currently live in Portland, Oregon, Tucson, Arizona and New York City, New York. Too often, the music is more experimental than folk. But we certainly like "Until the Morning." The Soundcloud version cannot be embedded, thus the Youtube video.

     Back to Europe, but this time Finland. Timshel brings us “When We Fall.” The song starts and ends with quality whistling. Timshel is an indie band from Vaasa, Finland. Its members are Markus Bergfors (Vocals & Guitar), Patrick Stenbacka (Bass & Backing vocals), Olli Nousiainen (Guitar & Backing vocals), Petter Erikslund (Drums), Daniel Ventus (Keys & Backing vocals), and Sebastian Jacobson (Multi-instrumentalist).

      “When We Fall” by Timshel

     “Spiderlegs” by Danny Malone of Austin, Texas.

     Josh Ritter is from Moscow, but the one in Idaho. We enjoy a number of his songs, but are partial to “New Lover.” Besides Ritter, members of the band are Zack Hickman, Sam Kassirer, Austin Nevins, and Liam Hurley.
     "New Lover" by Josh Ritter

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