I recently had [personal profile] oyceter visiting me, and we had a lot of fun playing songs for each other. Here's some music I either recently found or enjoyed or played, which you might enjoy too. Due to my total crash-and-burn last time I tried to offer download links, I'm instead providing links to individual songs on youtube, and to the CDs on Amazon.

Starwalker, by Buffy Sainte Marie. She's a history turner, she's a sweet-grass burner/and a dog soldier. Discovered at the National Museum of the American Indian, this is probably my favorite song I found this year.

Starwalker (MP3 download).

The whole CD is great, and also features this storming protest song (which I did know from the Indigo Girls' cover): Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (live with Robbie Robertson.)

Coincidence & Likely Stories

More Buffy Sainte-Marie

Remember the Name, by Fort Minor. Ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will. Fantastic song, ostensibly the autobiography of the group, really about being an artist. This is my favorite song off the album, but the whole thing is fantastic.

Remember The Name (Album Version) [Explicit] (MP3 download.)

Rising Tied (Album.)

I also introduced Oyce to Johnny Cash's wonderful "American" series: heartfelt, gritty, sometimes funny, always world-weary, amazing Johnny Cash. ("My favorite book is Cash, the autobiography of Johnny Cash, by Johnny Cash.") If you haven't heard of these, they're Cash's comeback recordings of old songs, new songs, surprising songs, filled with all the experience of his whole remarkable life up to that point.

Like a Soldier (video). This song got me through a lot of really bad times. I'm like a soldier getting over the war... I don't have to do that any more.

Heartbreaking original video of "Hurt". (A commentor remarks indignantly, "If U dislike this U have no soul.")

American Recordings (Reis)

One (video). U2 cover. I like Johnny Cash's version better. In fact I think that's true of pretty much everything he covers, except for the outtake of Steve Earle's "Red Right Hand" on the outtake set.

American 3: Solitary Man (Reis)

American IV: The Man Comes Around
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From: [personal profile] holyschist

Note to self: buy Buffy Sainte-Marie album(s).
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From: [personal profile] sparkymonster

I adore Buffy St Marie so much. Also her domain name is great (creative native)
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From: [personal profile] larryhammer

I also like Cash's version of "One" better than the original, and I rilly like the original.

I love the comment on the "Remember the Name" link: This is 10% flour, 20% cream, 15% evaporated pasteurized milk, 5% butter 50%cocoa and a 100% reason to make chocolate cake. Hee!


From: [identity profile] consonantia.livejournal.com

A commentor remarks indignantly, "If U dislike this U have no soul."


The Fort Minor is fabulous. Thanks! I seem to be on a rap binge.

From: [identity profile] a2zmom.livejournal.com

Those Johnny Cash recordings are amazing. He made every song his own.

From: (Anonymous)

Been listening to these all night on MOG, you have such great taste! Remember the Name is fucken TIGHT.
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From: [identity profile] smillaraaq.livejournal.com

In fact I think that's true of pretty much everything he covers, except for the outtake of Steve Earle's "Red Right Hand" on the outtake set.

Did you mean "The Devil's Right Hand"? That's the Steve Earle anti-gun song he covered in the American Recordings series -- "Red Right Hand" is Nick Cave and IIRC the only one of his songs to be covered was the electric-chair ballad "The Mercy Seat". (Which is a shame, because Johnny could have OWNED "Red Right Hand" like whoa, too.)

Also, for more fun crossing the streams -- Johnny and Buffy singing Peter La Farge's "Custer" on Johnny's variety show in 1969:

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

You're right! I meant "Devil's Right Hand" - and wow, Johnny Cash could have done something amazing with Cave's "Red Right Hand," I'm sure.

Thanks for the link! I speculated to Oyce about whether or not Buffy and Johnny had ever sung together, and indeed they did!
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From: [identity profile] smillaraaq.livejournal.com

Oh yeah, Johnny was really remarkably in touch with the whole lefty folk music scene, even though that put him on the outs yet again with the conservative (stylistically and politically) Nashville country establishment. He really started to get heavily into Native causes years before this performance, going in high gear in the early 60s when he first met singer/songwriter Peter LaFarge, and started working on the songs that would become his concept album Bitter Tears. He and Buffy had performed together many times before this show was taped, in various reservation benefit concerts across the country and particularly in their staunch efforts to help my tribe fight the treaty-breaking Kinzua Dam affair.

You'll see a lot of mainstream articles talking about that as his "forgotten protest album", but believe me, it's not forgotten in Indian Country, and especially not by us Allegany people...

From: [identity profile] jeremytblack.livejournal.com

I just bought Buffy's newest album recently on iTunes, Running for the Drum. I had received the song "No No Keshagesh" free via KCRW's daily free podcast and fell in love with it, so I bought the album. I remember her from when I was young. She was one of my favorites when I was five. I'll check out the recordings you're talking about here now, too.

From: [identity profile] jeremytblack.livejournal.com

Okay, what is the name of the album you refer to that includes Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee? Is the live version with Robbie Robertson on that album? Or is it her alone?

I found Starwalker on a collection of First Nations Women singers, but that song's not on it.

I want the mp3 now! Help!

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

It's just her, and it's on "Coincidence and Likely Stories," which is linked in the post.

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