Category Archives: folk-like


April 16, 2024

The seventh week in the 12 week folk-like series on Gulls Window Circus covers the letters N-P. It is filled with unlikely artists [Leonard Nimoy, Nohelani Cypriano, Tubeway Army, The Only Ones, Orange Juice, Pest 5000] doing folk like tracks, some lesser known artists [Don Nix, Spooner Oldham, The Otto Show, Pale Man Made, Priscilla Paris, Ottilie Patterson, Dan Penn, Port Sulphur, Nancy Priddy], some side-projects [Al Perry & Dan Stuart from Green On Red, Robert Pollard from Guided By Voices] and The Only One’s Peter Perrett gone solo. These are all held together by a tight selection of artists that perfectly capture the mood of this series.

Nohelani Cypriano

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Artist Song Release Label
New Riders Of The Purple Sage Fly Right Feelin’ All Right A&M Records
Leonard Nimoy I’d Love Making Love To You Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner – Spaced Out (The Very Best Of..) Universal
Don Nix Mary Louise Living By The Days Man In The Moon
Nohelani Cypriano Simple And Free Nohelani Around Again HanaOla Records
NRBQ Mona Workshop Sundazed Music
Tubeway Army Jo The Waiter Tubeway Army Beggars Banquet
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream) Twenty Years Of Dirt – The Best Of Nitty Gritty Dirty Band Warner Bros. Records
Laura Nyro Lazy Susan More Than A New Discovery Real Gone Music
Spooner Oldham Life’s Package Of Puzzles Pot Luck Light In The Attic
The Only Ones Inbetweens Even Serpents Shine CBS
Opal Happy Nightmare Baby Happy Nightmare Baby SST Records
The Ophelias This Is My Advice To You Oriental Head Rough Trade
Orange Juice In A Nutshell You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever Polydor
The Otto Show She Slipped Off Her Dress The Very Spit Of The Otto Show Vespertine & Son
The Orchids Prayers To St. Jude Striving For The Lazy Perfection Sarah Records
The Pale Fountains The Norfolk Broads Longshot For Your Love Marina Records

Artist Song Release Label
Pale Man Made English Witches Oh, My Treasured Things Pinch Records
Priscilla Paris Wandering Love, Priscilla – Her 1960s Solo Recordings Ace
Ottilie Patterson Please Accept My Apologies, Mrs. Pankhurst 3000 Years With Ottilie Sunbeam Records
Annette Peacock Love Me Tender I’m The One Future Days Recordings
Annette Peacock & Paul Bley Dual Unity Dual Unity Bamboo
Dan Penn Nobody’s Fool Nobody’s Fool Bear Family Records
Peter Perrett Believe In Nothing Humanworld Domino
Al Perry & Dan Stuart Hermit Of Jerome Retronuevo Normal
Pest 5000 Obliviousness (In-ter/a-bang/) Derivative Records
Robert Pollard Fresh Threats Salad Shooters And Zip Guns From A Compound Eye Guided By Voices Inc.
Port Sulphur Dial F For Fake Compendium Creeping Bent
The Posies Everyone Moves Away Dear 23 Omnivore Recordings
Prefab Sprout Goodbye Lucille #1 Steve McQueen Acoustic Kitchenware Records
John Prine Souvenirs Prime Prine – The Best Of John Prine Atlantic
Nancy Priddy You’ve Come This Way Before You’ve Come This Way Before Modern Harmonic
Procol Harum Magdalene (My Regal Zonophone) Shine On Brightly Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc.


April 9, 2024

The sixth week of the 12 week folk-like series on Gulls Window Circus. We finish the letter L, fully cover the letter M, then start N. Nick Lowe covers Johnny Rivers, Steve Miller Band covers Robert Johnson, Mortimer cover Beatles. Tony Molina uses a phrase/feel from the Neil Young ‘Don’t Cry No Tears’ track. You can enjoy Slapp Happy’s Anthony Moore solo, and Moby Grape’s Bob Mosley solo. I’m glad to bring you Charlie McAlister, Movietone, Mink DeVille and The Moles. In fact, every track is a jewel.

Anthony Moore

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Artist Song Release Label
The Lovin’ Spoonful Coconut Grove The EP Collection See For Miles Records Ltd.
Nick Lowe Poor Side Of Town The Convincer Yep Roc Records
Luna Goodbye (Toxic Shock Demo) Lunapark Run Out Groove
Madrigal The Ballad (Dreams) Madrigal Subliminal Sounds
Jenny Mae Robin There’s A Bar Around The Corner… Assholes Anyway Records
Mazzy Star Still Still Rhymes Of An Hour Records
Linda McCartney Love’s Full Glory Wide Prairie Capitol Records
Barry McGuire Sloop John B. Eve Of Destruction Elemental Music
James McKenzie I’ve Got To Go James McKenzie & The Mckenzie Brothers Athens Of The North
Charlie McAlister Paradise Mississippi Luau Catsup Plate
F. J. McMahon The Road Back Home Spirit Of The Golden Juice Anthology Recordings
Meat Puppets Climbing Meat Puppets II SST Records
Melanie Love To Lose Again Melanie Live At The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London 1974 Neighborhood Records
Steve Miller Band Come On In My Kitchen The Joker Capitol Records
Mink DeVille That World Outside Le Chat Bleu Capitol Records
Joni Mitchell This Place Shine Craft Recordings
The Moles This Is A Happy Garden Untune The Sky Seaside

Artist Song Release Label
Tony Molina Nothing I Can Say Kill The Lights Slumberland Records
The Monochrome Set Shallow Maisieworld Tapete Records
Anthony Moore The River Out Drag City
Mordecai Smyth Golf Girl The Mayor Of Toytown Is Dead Mega Dodo
Morrissey Little Man, What Now? Viva Hate Sire
Mortimer On Our Way Home On Our Way Home RPM Records
Bob Mosley Gypsy Wedding Bob Mosley Reprise Records
Movietone Blank Like Snow Day And Night Drag City
Moviola 1970 The Year You Were Born Anyway Records
Mr. & Mrs. Muffins The Ladybird’s Theme The Raindrop Dance and Other Songs About Love Honey Muffin Records
Mystic Chords Of Memory Like A Lobster Mystic Chords Of Memory : Big Potato Records
Jonny Nash October Song Point Of Entry Melody As Truth
National Heroes Mary Interplanetary Music Theme Park Records
Nightingales Black Country Out Of True Call Of The Void


April 2, 2024

The fifth week of the 12 week folk-like series on Gulls Window Circus. A few current artists I really like [Jordan Janes, KRGA, Inger Lorre], several artists I want you to hear [Kisswhistle, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, The Lee Riders, Claudine Longet, The Long Ryders, The Lotus Eaters, Love Tractor] and many others that provide the spice to this show and stand strong on their own, possibly ranking as your favorites of the set.

The Knitters

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Artist Song Release Label
Chrissie Hynde In The Summertime Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan BMG
Joe Jackson Obvious Song Joe Jackson & Todd Rundgren Featuring Ethel: State Theater New Jersey 2005 Purple Pyramid
Jaklin The Same For You Jaklin Morgan Blue Town
Tommy James & The Shondells (Baby, Baby) I Can’t Take It No More The Best Of Tommy James & The Shondells Roulette
Bert Jansch Cat And Mouse A Rare Conundrum Earth
Jordan Jones Do You Want To Hangout Jordan Jones Spaghetty Town Records
Wizz Jones Teapot Blues Wizz Jones Sunbeam Records
Marc Jonson Mother Jane Years Munster Records
The Judybats Incognito Native Son Real Gone Music
Katerine Le Plus Beau Jour De Ma Vie Mes Mauvaises Fréquentations Rosebud
John Kay Walk Beside Me Forgotten Songs & Unsung Heroes Dunhill
Paul Kelly They Thought I Was Asleep Paul Kelly’s Greatest Hits (Songs From The South 1985 – 2019) EMI
Keith & Donna Showboat Keith & Donna Round Records
The King Of Luxembourg Chateau Palmer ’61 “Sir” Él
Kisswhistle Miss Douglas County Closure, Collected Songs: 1996-2000 Harriet Records
The Kiwi Animal Union Song Music Media Digital Regress
The Knitters Silver Wings Poor Little Critter On The Road Fat Possum Records
James Kochalka Superstar Let The Lovin’ Start Kissers Highwater Books

Artist Song Release Label
KRGA Heavy Star Moi St. Hoser Records
Robb Kunkel Abyss Abyss Future Days Recordings
Jon Langford’s Four Lost Souls Fish Out Of Water Four Lost Souls Bloodshot Records
The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group Uncle Wieney Sniff Siesta
The Lee Riders Ruby Valentina (Ode To “Love’s Lost Habit”) The Lee Riders Soft Cloud
Le Volume Courbe I Love The Living You I Wish Dee Dee Ramone Was Here With Me Pickpocket Records
Little Feat Willin’ Electrif Lycanthrope Live At Ultra-Sonic Studios, 1974 Rhino Records
Los Lobos Dichoso Native Sons New West Records
Claudine Longet Small Talk A&M Digitally Remastered Best A&M Records
The Long Ryders Until God Takes Me Away September November Cherry Red
Mary Lou Lord Hard Road She’d Be A Diamond Fire Records
Inger Lorre Chebella Gloryland Kitten Robot Records
The Lotus Eaters When You Look At Boys No Sense Of Sin Arista
Gary Louris Working Girl (demo) Vagabonds Expanded Edition Run Out Groove
Love Tractor We All Loved Each Other so Much This Ain’t No Outer Space Ship Big Time


March 26, 2024

The fourth week of the 12 week folk-like series covers the letters F-H, with a starting track by Bob Dylan. Ruthann Friedman wrote ‘Windy’, which The Association turned into a classic, but you will hear a lesser-known track from her. This series is so carefully chosen, that to write a summary with less than every artist mentioned feels wrong. Check out Gontiti, an artist I discovered from the biopic about Klaus Nomi ‘The Nomi Song’. Some longtime favorites are in this show: Friends Again, The Go-Betweens, Vic Godard, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Danny Graham, Green On Red, Steve Harley, Robyn Hitchcock, Holsapple & Stamey, but every track is an ace.

Gary Higgins

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Artist Song Release Label
Bob Dylan Fixin’ To Die Bob Dylan Sundazed Music
Ruthann Friedman Sky Is Moving South Hurried Life (Lost Recordings 1965-1971) Tompkins Square
Friends Again Dealing In Silver Trapped And Unwrapped Cherry Red
Maxine Funke That Others May Lace Digital Regress
Maxine Funke If You Can Read Felt Digital Regress
Fuchsia Rocks And Books Fuchsia Fruits de Mer Records
Alastair Galbraith Portrait Morse Digital Regress
Rebecca Gates And The Consortium Rose The Float 12XU
Bobbie Gentry The Windows Of The World The Windows Of The World UMC
Glorious Din Voices Everywhere Closely Watched Trains OnderStroom Records
The Go-Betweens Eight Pictures Send Me A Lullaby Rough Trade
Vic Godard Autumn Rendez-Vous Mums’ Revenge Gnu Inc. Recordings
Godz Down By The River The Third Testament ESP Disk
Andrew Gold What You Do Is What You See (Solo Demo) Something New: Unreleased Gold Omnivore Recordings
Golden Smog Ill Fated Down By The Old Mainstream Run Out Groove
Gontiti Glass No Sakana – A Glass Fish Sunday Market Portrait

Artist Song Release Label
Good Horsey Like The Cute One Kazué Trackshun Industries
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci Eating Salt Is Easy Bwyd Time Ankst
Danny Graham Doing It Easy Danny Graham Xerox Music
Green On Red Honest Man No Free Lunch Mercury
Margo Guryan Can You Tell 25 Demos Modern Harmonic
Mr. Hageman Fail The Mean Twin Smooth Snouts Starlight Furniture Co.
Daryl Hall & John Oates I’ll Be By The Philly Tapes Reel
Steve Harley Emma Uncovered Absolute
Roy Harper Cherishing The Lonesome Bullinamingvase Science Friction
George Harrison Hari’s On Tour (Express) Dark Horse Apple Records
Helena Vai Meu Amor Azul Tricatel
Gary Higgins It Didn’t Take Too Long Red Hash Drag City
Robyn Hitchcock The Eyes In The Vase Life After Infinity Tiny Ghost Records
Holsapple & Stamey From A Window To A Screen Our Back Pages Omnivore Recordings
Linda Hoover Turn My Friend Away I Mean To Shine Omnivore Recordings
Peter Howell & John Ferdinando Journey (Destruction/Rebirth – Patterns Of Life) Ithaca, Agincourt & Other Psych-Folk Fairy Tales Munster Records


March 19, 2024

The third week of the 12 week folk-like series on Gulls Window Circus, alphabetically covering the letters D-F. Stuffed with unlikely but fitting finds, even going so far as to unearth my sister’s private press West Virginia band in 2000, The Elktones. Names that should be known to regular listeners include Delaney & Bonnie, Ned Doheny, Durutti Column, Everything But The Girl, East River Pipe, The Farmer’s Boys, Felt, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Brigitte Fontaine, Robert Forster [Go-Betweens] and Free Design. Joys for those who love to dig further would be Karen Dalton, Luther Dickinson, Donna Regina, Donnie & Joe Emerson, Fairport Convention, and Flunk. As well as uncovering my sister’s band, we hear Firecat, the 1999 Tim Sprague band(of Crow Follow – we used to play together in GingerBread Men as well). Jay Ferguson, who used to front Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne is here, Bill Fox who used to front The Mice as well. A few treats you are unlikely to have met: Grandma Dixie Davis, Terry & The Pirates [Terry Dolan], Downsiders, Family, Family Of God, Fantastic!, Emmett Finley, Flying Norwegians, and Robert Lester Folsom, each more-than earning their spot on board.

Terry Dolan

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Artist Song Release Label
Karen Dalton Sweet Substitute It’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going to Love You the Best Capitol Records
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends Never Ending Song Of Love Motel Shot Run Out Groove
Luther Dickinson And The Cooperators Feat. Sharde Thomas Shady Grove Live 2016 New West Records
James Luther Dickinson Relax Your Mind Dixie Fried Future Days Recordings
Grandma Dixie Davis Beale Street Blues Memphis Development Foundation Presents: Beale Street Saturday Night Omnivore Recordings
Ned Doheny Trail’s End The Darkness Beyond The Fire Tres Rosas
Terry & The Pirates Poetrain Wind Dancer Rag Baby Records
Donna Regina How Beautiful Slow Killer Karaoke Kalk
Downsiders Find (We Can Hide) All My Friends Are Fish Mammoth Records
Durutti Column Lies Of Mercy Amigos Em Portugal / Dedications For Jacqueline Fundação Atlântica
Donnie & Joe Emerson Baby Dreamin’ Wild Light In The Attic
Everything But The Girl The Dustbowl Eden Buzzin’ Fly Records
East River Pipe Times Square Go-Go Boy Shining Hours In A Can Ajax Records
The Elktones Mothers and Daughters Got What It Takes Elktones
Fairport Convention Reynardine Island Records
Family The Cat And The Rat A Song For Me A Song For Me

Artist Song Release Label
Family Of God Everything Is Fixed Family Of God Family Of God
Fantastic! Beauty Queen Sun: What A Wonderful World! Les Disques Aquatic
The Farmer’s Boys Heartache With These Hands EMI
Felt She Lives By The Castle Poem Of The River Creation Records
Firecat Shield Black On Black Re-Entry Records
Jay Ferguson Real Life Ain’t This Way Real Life Ain’t This Way Asylum Records
Emmett Finley Paula’s Song Emmett Finley Big Potato Records
The Flying Burrito Brothers Border Town Live At The Bottom Line NYC 1976 Liberation Hall
Flunk Diet Of Water And Love Personal Stereo Beatservice Records
Flying Norwegians Turn The Page Wounded Bird Apollon Records
Robert Lester Folsom April Suzanne Music And Dreams Anthology Recordings
Brigitte Fontaine Brigitte Brigitte Fontaine Superior Viaduct
Robert Forster Atlanta Lie Low Calling From A Country Phone Needle Mythology
Bill Fox Saga of Bus Station Joe & Rag Luck Annie Transit Byzantium Scat Records
Free Design If I Were A Carpenter Raindrops Siesta


March 12, 2024

The second week of the 12 week folk-like series on Gulls Window Circus. Last week the closing Michael Chapman track was cut short, so today I start with a different track by him. Then you get 15 tracks I uncovered since last week that precede ‘Ch’ in the alphabet. As I said last week, every track has a story as well as telling a story. Darryl Blood was the guitarist in my 90s band Turkish Delight, Beth Capper was vocalist in Oiler. Seana Carmody was in Swirlies. The City was Carole King’s band before going solo. The Colour Field was Terry Hall from The Specials/Fun Boy Three, and also includes Teardrop Explodes drummer Gary Dwyer. Hugh Cornwell was vocal/guitar in The Stranglers. Sarah Cracknell is vocalist for Saint Etienne. Each track gleams in this show.

Seana Carmody

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Artist Song Release Label
Michael Chapman The Aviator Fully Qualified Survivor Light In The Attic
Kevin Ayers Eleanor’s Cake (Which Ate Her) Original Album Series Parlophone UK
Alice Babs And The Swe-Danes Muskrat Ramble Alice Babs And The Swe-Danes Harkit Records
Sandra Bell Willow City Of Sorrows VHF Records
Belle And Sebastian There Is An Everlasting Song How To Solve Our Human Problems Matador
Birdie Port Sunlight Some Dusty it Records
Darryl Blood Stool Pigeon This Isn’t Goodbye Bluesanct
Françoiz Breut Derrière Le Grand Filtre Vingt A Trente Mille Jours Labels
Brideshead Hidden Talents Some People Have All The Fun Marsh-Marigold
Beth Capper This Is Love Complimentary Mood Enhancer (Presents The Original Soundtrack For The Motion Picture “Wig-Lickers” Based On The True Story Of Trigger) WIN Records
Bobby Charles Tennessee Blues Bobby Charles Light In The Attic
Gerry Cinnamon War Song Soldier The Bonny Little Runaway Records
Gerry Cinnamon Every Man’s Truth The Bonny Little Runaway Records

Artist Song Release Label
Seana Carmody Smoking In The Dark Struts & Shocks Kimchee Records
Karen Carpenter All Because Of You Karen Carpenter A&M Records
Cessna Summer Boy, Winter Girl The Loves Longings And Regrets Of Cessna Radio Khartoum
The City Now That Everything’s Been Said Now That Everything’s Been Said Light In The Attic
Gene Clark Till Today Gene Clark Sings For You Omnivore Recordings
The Clingers Blackbird Soft Bodies, Hard Rock. Area251 Records
Codeine Something New Dessau Numero Group
Colorsound Olympic White You’re Only As Good As Your Sound Summershine
The Colour Field Hammond Song Virgins And Philistines Chrysalis
Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen Seeds And Stems (Again) Live In San Francisco 1971 Sundazed Music
Hugh Cornwell All The Tea In China Wolf Virgin
The Coronets Watching TV Veld: 20th Anniversary Edition Harriet Records
Country Joe And The Fish Away Bounce My Bubbles Together Vanguard
Sarah Cracknell The Mutineer Kites Cherry Red
Crazy Horse Fair Weather Friend Loose Reprise Records
Creedence Clearwater Revival Poorboy Shuffle Willy And The Poor Boys Fantasy


March 5, 2024

The start of a new 12 week series on Gulls Window Circus, loosely called ‘folk-like’. The series runs alphabetically and includes tracks that have folk-like qualities, some based on acoustic guitars, some related to the strumming structure. The choices include tracks I like from many genres and eras having a folk-like feel. If you are not a fan of folk, you may find you love this series. If you ARE a fan of folk you may question some choices, but enjoy all. I’m not sure how to summarize this week, as each track was singularly chosen and demands the presence your ears. Let’s get started!


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Artist Song Release Label
Airport Girl Home On The Range Honey, I’m An Artist Fortuna Pop!
America How Long (Demo – Chalk Farm Studios, 1970) Highlights From Heritage: Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973 Omnivore Recordings
The Association On A Quiet Night Insight Out Warner Bros. Records
Aztec Camera Down The Dip High Land, Hard Rain Domino
The Band Rockin’ Chair The Band Capitol Records
Syd Barrett Dark Globe The Madcap Laughs / Barrett Harvest
Batteaux Mirror Batteaux Be With Records
The Beau Brummels Sad Little Girl From The Vaults Rhino Records
Chris Bell You And Your Sister I Am The Cosmos Omnivore Recordings
Big Front Yard In Your Wagon Big Front Yard Thylacine Records
Big Star I’m In Love With A Girl Radio City Craft Recordings
Karen Black Babe Oh Babe Dreaming Of You (1971-76) Anthology Recordings
The Bluebells Aim In Life Sisters Past Night From Glasgow
Romain Azzaro Green Line La Vita Non E Un Film Rotary Phono Lab
Colin Blunstone Misty Roses One Year Sundazed Music
BMX Bandits Smile For Me Star Wars Past Night From Glasgow

Artist Song Release Label
Bowes Road Band I Hear A Knocking Back In The HCA Jakarta Records
David Bowie The Bewlay Brothers Hunky Dory RCA Victor
Anne Briggs Step Right Up The Time Has Come Earth
Jeff Buckley Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ You And I Columbia
Tim Buckley Lady, Give Me Your Key Lady, Give Me Your Key Future Days Recordings
Buffalo Springfield I Am A Child Retrospective – The Best Of Buffalo Springfield Rhino Records
Vashti Bunyan I’d Like To Walk Around In Your Mind Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind (Singles And Demos 1964 To 1967) Dicristina Stair Builders
The Butterfield Blues Band Keep Moving Keep On Moving Elektra
The Byrds I Knew I’d Want You Mr. Tambourine Man Music On Vinyl
Chris Cacavas And Junk Yard Love Jukebox Lullabye Chris Cacavas And Junk Yard Love Heyday Records
Caedmon Maker Man Caedmon Guerssen
J.J. Cale Devil’s Nurse Closer To You Because Music
Eddie Callahan Where Will We Be Tomorrow False Ego Time-Lag Records
Captain Beyond Thousand Days Of Yesterdays (Time Since Come And Gone) Captain Beyond Capricorn Records
Michael Chapman Naked Ladies And Electric Ragtime Fully Qualified Survivor Light In The Attic