Video of the Day #51: Charles Bradley

This blog needs some SOUL. It’s april fools day, but Charles Bradley ain’t fooling around. This 62-year-old man is singing his heart out. Watch his stunning performance below (live on KEXP). Charles has a fascinating background story (bio on facebook). His debut album No Time For Dreaming was released by Daptone Records in january.

This music video is equally wonderful.

Charles Bradley Website

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Video of the Day #50: Nive Nielsen & The Deer Children

I can’t say I’m the biggest expert on the Greenlandic indie scene, but recently I stumbled upon Nive Nielsen & The Deer Children and their songs are pretty marvellous. The album Nive Sings! came out in december 2010 and you can listen to it on their bandcamp. The album was produced by John Parish. Howe Gelb features on a couple of tracks and in one interview she named bands/artists like Townes Van Zandt, Michael Hurley, Giant Sand.. as her influences. So she definitely has a great taste in music. But enough with this pointless namedropping. The thing that matters is that she writes captivating folk songs and has a really beautiful voice. What a lovely album and what a lovely video.

Nive Nielsen at bandcamp
Nive Nielsen at myspace

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Video of the Day #49: Hezekiah Jones

The wonderful Yer Bird Records will release the new Hezekiah Jones album Have You Seen Our New Fort? on next tuesday, 29th of march. If the rest of it is as wonderful as this song called Lift the Shadow From This Heart, it will be a stunning album. Hezekiah Jones is Raphael Cutrufello from Philadelphia and a band of like-minded folk musicians. As a huge Evan Dando / The Lemonheads fan I also want to and need to mention that you’ll find a brilliant live cover of Drug Buddy from the Yer Bird website.

Hezekiah Jones at facebook

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