David Darling and the Wulu Bunun, Devendra Banhart, Nina Nastasia

Reinventing an old hymn with Just Cause; A great unknown mandolinist: Don Julin; Neo-psychedelia from Devendra Banhart; New York singer/songwriter Nina Nastasia; the beautifully eerie music of Jesse Sykes; Dream rock from the Secret Machines. Featured Artist: David Darling & the Wulu Bunun.

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David Darling and the Wulu Bunun, Devendra Banhart, Nina Nastasia

Mudanin Kata

Ku-Isa Tama Laug

  • Artist: David Darling & the Wulu Bunun
  • Album: Mudanin Kata
  • Song: Ku-Isa Tama Laug

Cellist David Darling performs with Taiwain's Wulu Bunun. The people who live on this remote island sing unusual eight-part harmony modeled after the sounds of nature.

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  • Album: Mudanin Kata
  • Artist: David Darling and the Wulu Bunun
  • Label: Riverboat
 
Standards

Going To Study War No More

  • Artist: Just Cause
  • Album: Standards
  • Song: Going To Study War No More

This group of New York City musicians reinterprets traditional songs of justice and freedom, including "We Shall Overcome" and "John Henry."

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  • "Going To Study War No More"
  • Album: Standards
  • Artist: Just Cause
 
Tractor

Breathe

  • Artist: Don Julin
  • Album: Tractor
  • Song: Breathe

Mandolinist Don Julin has recorded in a broad a range of styles and genres, from rock to gospel and jazz. This tune has been heard between news stories on All Things Considered.

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Rejoicing in the Hands

Poughkeepsie

  • Artist: Devendra Banhart
  • Album: Rejoicing in the Hands
  • Song: Poughkeepsie

Devendra Banhart has jokingly been called the "Man of La Mantra;" his songs have a magical, mystical quality. Listen to this spare and intimate tune from a new collection called Rejoicing in the Hands.

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  • "Poughkeepsie"
  • Album: Rejoicing in the Hands
  • Artist: Devendra Banhart
 
Dogs

Oblivion

  • Artist: Nina Nastasia
  • Album: Dogs [Touch and Go]
  • Song: Oblivion

Touch and Go Records is reissuing this 2000 debut from Nina Nastasia -- a collection of emotional, atmospheric and often hypnotic songs.

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  • "Oblivion"
  • Album: Dogs
  • Artist: Nina Nastasia
  • Label: Touch and Go
 
Oh, My Girl

You Are Not Gotten Here

  • Artist: Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter
  • Album: Oh, My Girl
  • Song: You Are Not Gotten Here

Jesse Sykes joined with former Whiskeytown guitarist Phil Wandscher in 1999 to form the Sweet Hereafter. This is their second release -- a beautiful and heartbreaking album that's been called a soundtrack to loneliness.

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  • "You Are Not Gotten Here"
  • Album: Oh, My Girl
  • Artist: Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter
 
Now Here is Nowhere

Now Here Is Nowhere

  • Artist: Secret Machines
  • Album: Now Here is Nowhere
  • Song: Now Here Is Nowhere

On their debut release, The Secret Machines are part Led Zeppelin, part Flaming Lips with classic rock rhythms and an indie sensibility.

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  • "Now Here Is Nowhere"
  • Album: Now Here is Nowhere
  • Artist: Secret Machines
 

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