Take a ride… the sounds of Kerouac, Cohen & Bon Iver

As the clouds roll in and the humidity continues to rise, dip your toes into the sounds of these new folk sounds. Take a ride to the rugged coast of Kerouac’s Big Sur with the Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard; be mesmerised by the messianic tones of Cohen as he tames the crowd at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival and rug up in the snow storm of Bon Iver’s Blood Bank. You won’t regret it…

 

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Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard – Big Sur

Taken from the soundtrack to the new Kerouac film, One Fast Move or I’m Gone, this is a sweet slice of folk from the pages of Big Sur. And while Kerouac was more of a jazz man, I can see him driving along some mid-west highway, arm out the window, nodding approvingly. There is an ache in both Farrar & Gibbard’s voice that lends an authenticity to Kerouac’s words and the arrangements distill Kerouac’s bummed-out prose beautifully.

 

 

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Leonard Cohen – Suzanne

Forty summers ago, Cohen stepped on stage at the Isle of Wight festival. His set followed Jimi Hendrix (touted as one of the best of Hendrix’s career) and the audience was close to rioting. Standing in the centre of what had become a political maelstrom, Cohen looking like a ragged messiah, stood undaunted and delivered a set of songs and poems that brought the crowd to a stand still. For the first time, this set has now been released along with DVD footage of the concert and a documentary by Murray Lerner. After his mesmerising tour earlier this year, this is on the must have list.

 

 

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Bon Iver – Blood Bank

After the release of the much lauded For Emma, Forever Ago, many wondered whether Bon Iver mainmain, Justin Vernon would be able to capture the beauty of his lovelorn debut. Blood Bank puts all those doubts to rest… The warmth of Vernon’s voice sits somewhere in the chest cavity and reverberates, longingly. Images of stacked up cups of blood, snow storms and secrets that fuck with your honour are pieced together to create a song that sweeps you away. Breaking up has never sounded so good…

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4 responses to “Take a ride… the sounds of Kerouac, Cohen & Bon Iver

  1. Leonard Cohen must have been freaking out having to follow Hendrix. Thanks for the mix Graham.

    • gnunn

      Apparently Cohen was his serene self and didn’t pander to the crowd one bit… did his songs, read his poems, blew their minds! Am really looking forward to watching the whole concert.

  2. love the bon iver. sounds like springtime (ha!) in melbtown. ta once more, graham. (in case the good folks dunno, his name is a pun on the french for ‘good winter’ (hiver, pronounced sans the ‘h’, as ee-vay.) 🙂 down the line…

    • gnunn

      bon iver was sure a shot out of the blue when i heard for emma… so raw and his voice almost unintelligble at times but otherworldly beautiful. am loving the farrar/gibbard collaboration with kerouac. need to get my hands on that for real and leonard… what else can i say but leonard…

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