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Stream the latest track of Ed Askew, taken from his new full-length album “For the World” (Tin Angel Records).  The album was recorded in the summer of 2011, with Jay Pluck, Tyler Evans (of his tour mates The Black Swans), Canaan Faulkner (bass) and Eve Searls (backing vocals), along with Mary Lattimore (Meg Baird, Thurston Moore) on harp. Later on, electric guitar was added by fellow outsider Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and backing vocals on 3 songs by Sharon Van Etten. Produced by Jerry David DeCicca (The Black Swans). Order, HERE.

photo: David Garland

Ed Askew is a painter and singer-songwriter who lives in New York City. Born in Stamford, Connecticut, he moved to New Haven to study painting at Yale Art School in 1963
After graduating from art school in 1966, Askew was called up for the draft. When he moved to New York for a few months in 1967 where he met Bernard Stolman of ESP Disk’ (Pearls Before Swine, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler), who offered him a contract. That year Ed’s first album was released, Ask the Unicorn (on Parlophone in the UK) and it quickly disappeared into folk-psych obscurity.
He then recorded his second album for ESP, Little Eyes, but it sat in the vaults for  almost 40 years until it saw a limited release in 2007.  Around 1987, Ed moved to New York City, where he continues to write and record songs, and now regularly performs.  In the summer of 2011, Ed Askew embarked on his first US tour at the age of 71.– Tin Angel Records

Ed Askew Q & A

Pianist Thomas Bartlett and string player Sam Amidon, both accomplished songwriters and members of the band Doveman, provide the accompaniment for Askew’s in-studio performances, and David Garland plays 12-string guitar on one song. This show first aired June 1, 2008 (after the broadcast Ed wrote to correct his statement of age; he was 67, not 57, when this session was recorded). David Garland, Spinning on Air (WNYC)

Recorded live at The Living Room in New York City, September 10, 2011, with Radio Free All Stars David Mansfield, violin; Jeremy Chatzky, bass; Paul Moschella, drums; Mark Spencer, piano; Dave Schramm, telecaster; and with Tyler Evans on the tipple. (via Radio Free Song Club)

Composer, singer, and pianist Reuben Butchart brings his song cycle “Nameless and Awake” to the WNYC Studio. Setting poems by John William Carroll, Butchart’s music combines a soulful contemporary singing style with intricate, detailed arrangements that make use of the classical and jazz skills of The Millworkers, seven musicians playing woodwinds, cello, guitar, bass, drums, glass percussion, and more. David Garland talks with Butchart about the songs and how the music came together at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. — Spinning On Air, WNYC

“Nameless and Awake: Eight Poems by John William Carroll” was developed and recorded during the artist residency at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, with seven multi-instrumentalists, The Millworkers. It has been released through iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. Available on digital / a limited edition hardbound artbook of Butchart’s illustrations.

released 01 January 2012, from “Nameless and Awake”

Molly Drake (photo: Alimentation Records)

Listen :: Mother & Son, Molly & Nick Drake
(Spinning on Air, hosted by David Garland)

“While Molly Drake raised her two kids Nick and actress Gabrielle Drake during the 1950s, this sociable, beautiful, happily married woman wrote introspective poetry and delicate, melancholy songs, which she sang, accompanying herself on piano. Though she apparently had no ambition to publish or promote her songs, her husband recorded them on a home tape recorder for the family’s enjoyment. Sensitive and articulate, Molly Drake’s songs are, as Nick Drake’s original producer Joe Boyd recently observed, the “missing link” in understanding Nick’s music.” 

Molly Drake’s album which was released as a privately-pressed CD including a collection of poems by Molly Drake via Alimentation will be coming out via US label Squirrel Thing Recordings this summer.

WATCH :: Nick Drake Documentary – A Skin Too Few

“Witty, melancholy songs, arranged and performed with such careful skill and a natural unforced originality. David Garland and his friends have done it again!”  —Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine, etc., etc.), 2010

‘The Long View’ featuring David Garland: vocal, 12-string guitar, quartertone toy pianos; Sean Lennon: vocal; Charlotte Kemp Muhl: vocal; Vashti Bunyan: vocals (during coda). The song appears on the forthcoming full-length “Conversations with the Cinnamon Skeleton,” released on January 17th, 2012. Also contributing for the album are drummer Otto Hauser (Vetiver, Espers) and the Osso string quartet (Sufjan Stevens, Clogs).

David Garland is a composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist, and is known for his innovative radio shows Spinning On Air and Evening Music on WNYC-FM 93.9 in New York City.

David Garland – How To

Taken from David Garland’s 2003 album “On the Other Side of the Window” (Review Records), featuring Karen Mantler on vocal and harmonica by Karen Mantler.

David Garland – I Guess I Wasn’t Made for These Times

David Garland – In My Room

Both tracks are taken from David Garland’s 1993 album “I Guess I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times: David Garland performs Brian Wilson” which was released in Japan (「駄目な僕 – パフォームズ・ブライアン・ウィルソン」MSI). Cover art by Rodney Alan Greenblat.

Meg Baird – The Finder

Meg Baird has a new release of her second solo full-length “Seasons on Earth,” follow-up to 2007′s solo debut “Dear Companion.” “Seasons on Earth” (named from a Kenneth Koch poem) includes two covers, Mark-Almond Band’s ‘Friends’ and The House of Love’s ‘Beatles and the Stones.’  Due out on September 20th via Drag City (US), on Sept. 26th via Wichita Recordings (UK), on Sept. 21st via P-Vine (Japan).

Meg Baird – Share
on WNYC’s Spinning On Air with David Garland, for an in-studio session broadcast June 13, 2010. Song copyright 2010 by Meg Baird. Video by David Garland. The song will be appeared on her forthcoming album “Seasons on Earth.”

Lau Nau “Lue kartalta”

Finnish musicians Lau Nau (Laura Naukkarinen) and Kuupuu (Jonna Karanka) in New York City on WNYC’s Spinning On Air with David Garland, for an in-studio session broadcast July 25, 2010. Check for other performances from the session. Music copyright 2010 by Lau Nau and Kuupuu. Video by David Garland.

Also, check for the performances at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, 7.12.10.

Lau Nau and Kuupuu “Lussu ja Ässa rakastaa Herttaa”

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