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Music for Motherlovers

Two compilation CDs for your mother because you forgot to buy here flowers.

Umm… You might not want to show her that video, though.

Mothering Sunday Music

1. Tim Hardin – “Reason to Believe”
2. Hank Williams – “The Angel of Death”
3. The Byrds – “Here Without You”
4. Mike Nesmith and The First National Band – “Joanne”
5. Joni Mitchell – “I Don’t Know Where I Stand”
6. Kenny Rogers and The First Edition – “Just Dropped In”
7. Tim Buckley – “Song to the Siren”
8. Emmylou Harris – “Boulder to Birmingham”
9. Richie Havens – “High Flyin’ Bird”
10. John Martyn – “May You Never”
11. Tom Waits – “Downtown Train”
12. The Rolling Stones – “Dead Flowers”
13. Fleetwood Mac – “Rhiannon”
14. Townes Van Zandt – “Pancho and Lefty”
15. Gram Parsons – “Return of the Grievous Angel”
16. Bruce Springsteen – “Born to Run”
17. Joanna Newsom – “Soft as Chalk”
18. John Fahey – “When the Catfish is in Bloom”

Click here to download Mothering Sunday Music


Mother’s Day Music

1. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”
2. Palace Brothers – “I am a Cinematographer”
3, Tim Hardin – “If I Were a Carpenter”
4. Scott Walker – “Duchess”
5. The International Submarine Band – “Blue Eyes”
6. Bob Dylan – “Love Minus Zero/No Limit”
7. Leonard Cohen – “There is a War”
8. Loudon Wainwright III – “Be Careful There’s a Baby in the House”
9. Neil Young – “After the Gold Rush”
10. Meat Puppets – “Up on the Sun”
11. Bongwater – “The Drum”
12. Low – “Sunflower”
13. American Music Club – “Fearless”
14. Emmylou Harris – “Pancho & Lefty”
15. Townes Van Zandt – “Dead Flowers”
16. Buffy Sainte-Marie – “Adam”
17. Tim Buckley – “Dream Letter”
18. The Grateful Dead – “Box of Rain”

Click here to download Mother’s Day Music

May 13, 2012 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Mix CD: The Acid Folk Vol. 5

The Acid Folk Vol. 5

The Acid Folk Vol. 5

This here blog never thought it would be posting another new Acid Folk compilation. After all, aren’t the four volumes already posted here exhaustive enough? But with May just getting start, who can resist? So, here it is: The Acid Folk Vol. 5. Perfect music for dancing ’round the May Pole, prancing around the village with the ‘Obby ‘Oss and generally going about your business on a May morning in May.

Actually, the most immediate inspiration for this compilation was Rob Young’s absolutely phenomenal book Electric Eden. Young’s 600-page survey of the “folk” influence on British music throughout the 20th century stood as a reminder of favourite tracks and an introduction to all sorts of weird and wonderful obscurities. If you have any interest at all in this stuff, you really need to get a copy of this book.

As with all of the mix CDs posted on this hear blog, The Acid Folk Vol. 5 is intended as a sampler. Most of the artists featured here have CD and/or vinyl re-issues in print. And if you’re looking for more compilations, Gather in the Mushrooms and the four-CD box set Anthems in Eden are both heartily recommended.

Here’s the full track-listing for The Acid Folk Vol. 5:

1. Shirley & Dolly Collins – “Go from My Window”
A particularly stirring performance from Shirley Collins MBE. A song in which sexual advances are successfully discouraged. Consequently, nobody gets murdered. Basically, British folk songs are like horror films – if anyone gets laid, someone’s gonna get murdered.

2. Bert Jansch & John Renbourn – “The Time Has Come”
A lovely Anne Briggs song from the Pentangle guitarists. Did Briggs maybe write this about Jansch? Anyway, more from all concerned later in the mix.

3. Steeleye Span – “Blackleg Miner”
For Carl Impostume.

4. Mellow Candle – “The Poet and the Witch”
Featuring Clodagh Simonds of Fovea Hex and therefore awesome.

5. Nick Drake – “Way to Blue”
Turns out this fellow was pretty good.

6. Richard & Linda Thompson – “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight”
Dig those synth-trumpet arpeggios! Showcasing the rockier side of 70s folk-rock. Speaking of which…

7. Roy Harper – “Male Chauvinist Pig Blues”
This Who-style romper barely even qualifies as folk-anything but what a tune! Why exactly does Harper’s magnum opus Stormcock (from which this song is not taken) only warrant literally about three sentences in Electric Eden?

8. C.O.B. – “Spirit of Love”
Led by Clive Palmer. He was in the original line-up of The Incredible String band but he didn’t do much, apparently. More of them later.

9. Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band – “Poor Murdered Woman”
Shirley Collins MBE, again. There’s no actual sex or violence in this song but y’know… it’s implied.

10. The Woods Band – “January Snows”
Gay and Terry Woods, who we heard earlier on Steeleye Span’s “Blackleg Miner”. This is a really great tune.

11. John Martyn – “Bless the Weather”
More typical of the earlier, acoustic Martyn than the echoplexed aqua-funk of his classic era. It’s all good, though.

12. The Incredible String Band – “Koeeoaddi There”
Wilfully bonkers!

13. Heron – “Lord and Master”
Not featuring Mike Heron from The Incredible String band.

14. Anne Briggs – “Willie O’Winesbury”
Her finest performance? You might know this tune from Fairport Convention’s “Farewell, Farewell”.

15. Mr. Fox – “Mendle”
A genuinely peculiar band, without seeming to try quite as hard as certain other acts of the era. Not mentioning any names. Apart from The Incredible String Band, obviously.

16. The Pentangle – “Pentangling”
Freeform bass solo!

17. Fairport Convention – “A Sailor’s Life”
This track is pretty much the wellspring of all UK folk-rock. Incalculably seminal!

Download The Acid Folk Vol. 5

May 1, 2011 at 9:00 am 12 comments

The Re-Ups: The Acid Folk Vols. 1-4

A very early Christmas present to you all – or a slightly early Hanukkah present, if you prefer. In any case, this is great music to wrap gifts by.

As with the Rap in the 90s compilations, this should go without saying but – in case it’s not abundantly clear – these compilations are intended as samplers, designed to generate interest in and real-world sales for the artists featured. So, if you hear any stuff you particularly like on these comps (and you will), please do the right thing – support the artists by purchasing their work, preferably on vinyl.

About five years ago, there was a significant revival of interest in classic UK folk-rock from the late 60s/early 70s. Consequently, a lot of albums by artists featured on these compilations got re-issued in swanky vinyl and CD editions. Again, the point is that there’s no excuse – so start downloading, have a listen and then head down to your local record emporium and get shopping.

The Acid Folk Vol. 1

The Acid Folk Vol. 1
1. The Watersons – “Hal-An-Tow”
2. Anne Briggs – “Tangled Man”
3. The Pentangle – “Light Flight”
4. Bert Jansch – “Needle of Death”
5. Magnet – “Gently Johnny”
6. Forest – “Graveyard”
7. Shirley Collins – “The Cruel Mother”
8. Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band – “The Murder of Maria Marten”
9. Fairport Convention – “Tam Lin”
10. Trees – “Sally Free and Easy”
11. Comus – “Herald”
Click here to download The Acid Folk Vol. 1

The Acid Folk Vol. 2

The Acid Folk Vol. 2
1. The Watersons – “Christmas is Now Drawing Near”
2. Trees – “While the Iron is Hot”
3. Fairport Convention – “Autopsy”
4. Sandy Denny – “Milk and Honey”
5. Anne Briggs – “Sandman’s Song”
6. Vashti Bunyan – “Window Over the Bay”
7. Shirley Collins & Davy Graham – “Hares on the Mountain”
8. The Pentangle – “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme”
9. Bert Jansch – “Black Water Side”
10. Forest – “Do Not Walk in the Rain”
11. The Incredible String Band – “A Very Cellular Song”
12. Roy Harper – “Me and My Woman”
Click here to download The Acid Folk Vol. 2

The Acid Folk Vol. 3

The Acid Folk Vol. 3
1. John Renbourn – “Down on the Barge”
2. Shirley Collins – “Adieu to Old England”
3. Vashti Bunyan – “Where I Like to Stand”
4. Davy Graham – “Anji”
5. Bill Fay – “Warwick Town”
6. Bert Jansch – “I Have No Time”
7. The Watersons – “The Whitby Lad”
8. Fairport Convention – “Tale in Hard Time”
9. Fresh Maggots – “Rosemary Hill”
10. Anne Briggs – “Living by the Water”
11. Sandy Denny – “Late November”
12. Martin Carthy – “Lord Randall”
13. Steeleye Span – “Rogues in a Nation”
14. Trader Horne – “Morning Way”
15. Kevin Coyne – “Evil Island Home”
16. Trees – “Fool”
17. The Pentangle – “Cruel Sister”
Click here to download The Acid Folk Vol. 3

The Acid Folk Vol. 4

The Acid Folk Vol. 4
1. Bridget St. John – “Song for the Laird of Connaugh”
2. Shelagh McDonald – “Ophelia’s Song”
3. Mellow Candle – “Break Your Token”
4. Maddy Prior & Tim Hart – “Who’s the Fool Now?”
5. Steeleye Span – “Blacksmith”
6. Lal & Mike Waterson – “Red Wine and Promises”
7. Shirley Collins – “Ca’ the Yowes”
8. Davy Graham – “Black is the Colour of My True Love’s Hair”
9. Fairport Convention – “Doctor of Physick”
10. Spirogyra – “Old Boot Wine”
11. Clive Palmer – “Girl from the North Country”
12. Bert Jansch – “It Don’t Bother Me”
13. The Pentangle – “Bruton Town”
14. Synanthesia – “The Tale of the Spider and the Fly”
15. Mark Fry – “The Witch”
16. Comus – “Drip Drip”
Click here to download
The Acid Folk Vol. 4


Sandy Denny

Shirley Collins

Mellow Candle

Shelagh McDonald

Bridget St. John

Anne Briggs

Vashti Bunyan

Judy Dyble of Fairport Convention and Trader Horne

Judy Dyble of Fairport Convention and Trader Horne

Maddy Prior

Barbara Gaskin of Spirogyra

Barbara Gaskin of Spirogyra

(Yes, that Barbara Gaskin)

Lal Waterson

Lal Waterson

1. Comus –  “Bitten (Not Me Remix by Esperik Glare)”
2. Not Me – “APC Meets Fairport Convention Upcountry”
3. Historian Trinkets – “She Walked Through the Fair Gathering Mushrooms”
4. Nick Krgovich & Rose Melberg – “Coldest Night of the Year (Version Two)”
5. Johnny Payne – “Meet on the Ledge”
6. Skullfucker – “The Witch”
7. Secret Pyramid – “Milk and Honey”
8. Shirley Collins – “Adieu to Old England (Not Me Remix by connect_icut)”
9. The Watersons – “Hal-an-Tow (Gunshae’s Winter of Discontent Remix)”
10. Wonk – “Cellular (Lord Summerisle is My Co-Pilot Mix)”
11. Skullfucker vs. connect_icut – “Evil Island Home”
12. The Pentangle – “Lyke-Wake Dirge (Not Me Remix by Esperik Glare)”
Click here to download: The Acid Folk Remix Project Vol. 2

November 29, 2010 at 9:00 am 6 comments

The Acid Folk Remix Project: A Reminder

The Pentangle

The Pentangle

This here blog will be going a bit quiet for the time being. A list needs to be prepared. This requires time and some very deep thought – not to mention a significant amount of listening.

In the meantime, don’t forget: there’s still time to contribute a remix or cover version for this year’s Acid Folk Remix Project. Click this link and get the full details.

Clicking that link will also lead you in the direction of some rather stupendous downloadable acid folk compilations, which will significantly enhance your holiday cheer. Inexplicably, neither of the two classic songs provided below actually feature on any of these compilations.

Fairport Convention – “A Sailor’s Life”

The Pentangle -“Pentangling”

December 3, 2009 at 9:00 am 8 comments

Not Me Presents: The Acid Folk Remix Project

Not Me

Not Me

Last year witnessed the launch of a new Not Me adventure: The Acid Folk Remix Project. The project came in response to a series of CDR compilations that were circulated around Christmas-time for the preceding few years. These comps collected legendary British folk and folk-rock recordings from the late ’60s and early ’70s.

You should still be able to download the compilations via the following links:

Volume One

Volume Two

Volume Three

Volume Four

The Acid Folk Remix Project invites contemporary musical artists from across the world to remix, re-record or otherwise reinterpret recordings by the artists featured on these compilations. The initial results were collected as Not Me Presents: The Acid Folk Remix Project Volume One.

As you might expect, the collection featured lots of contributions from connect_icut. It also included valuable input from Chris Mastheim (Nick from No Kids), Esperik Glare, Skullfucker (Dan from Solars), The Luminaries and Gunshae.

The styles covered ranged from ambient abstraction to lo-fi outsider rock, with stand-outs being Gunshae’s Watersons remix (“Christmas is Now Drawing Near”) and Skullfucker’s hair-raising cover of a Kevin Coyne song (“Evil Island Home”). You can listen to and download all of the tracks, in two parts, here and here.

The project was pretty well received, so its happening again this year and you – yes you – are invited to GET INVOLVED! Just remix or cover some vintage UK folk-rock and send the results to this here blog.

You can email MP3s of your contributions to interimlovers(at) or drop a link in the comment box of this post. Hopefully, we’ll be able to rustle up enough music before the new year to complete NOT ME PRESENTS: THE ACID FOLK REMIX PROJECT VOLUME TWO.


In related news, the still-untitled Not Me full-length is very much a work in progress after several years of struggle and sabbaticals. Currently, the album exists as a series of dubby, minimal instrumentals, broadly in the style of Basic Channel/Rhythm & Sound. All it needs now is for some kindly singer-songwriter types to add lyrics and vocals. If you think you can help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via interimlovers(at) or the comments box.

In the meantime, you can download the instrumentals from this link.

November 2, 2009 at 9:00 am 1 comment

Short Break

Giant Bench!

Giant Bench!

Bubblegum Cage III will be taking a couple of weeks off in order to prepare for the Post-Rocktoberfest festivities. If you only just recently discovered this here blog, right now would be a good time to catch up on some of the previous posts. For those of you who aren’t a bunch of fucking slow-pokes, you might want to find out What We Did on Our Holidays (further evidence below) or – alternatively – read a book.



Fairport Convention – “Book Song”



Normal service will be resumed in October.



September 21, 2009 at 9:00 am 4 comments

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