6 Tunes: Some Personal Faves I'd Like To Share With You

Mar 25, 2013

Keith Weston in the WUNC Back Porch library
Credit MelShoots

Every weekend it's my pleasure on Back Porch Music to share with you scores of selections from WUNC's wide-ranging folk music library.  It's always a musical adventure that I often find surprising and inspiring myself - and I hope you do, too. From fiddle tunes to singer-songwriters, the term "folk" applies to such a large range of sounds and textures.

Even so, there's plenty of music I hear and find equally engaging that doesn't quite fit into the Back Porch Music framework, or, at least to my ears is too far removed from the overall sound of the show.  So, I thought: why not compile some of those songs and share them with you here on the BPM Sunday section. Maybe if you like it I'll do it from time to time. Check them out and let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below or on twitter: @keithweston

1. Midlake - "Head Home"

I discovered Midlake about six or seven years ago. From Denton, Texas, the band formed in the late 1990s while jazz students at the University of North Texas College of Music. Some of their songs fit in quite nicely with some of the more modern vibes of Back Porch, but some tunes, like "Head Home," are just a little too indie rock to fit. But, I have to say, this is one rock solid tune and the bass just knocks me out.

2. Amadou and Mariam - "Dougou Badia"

The West African duo teams up with American singer Santi White, better known by her stage name Santigold, to form something that's part African and part American:

3. Cocteau Twins / This Mortal Coil - "Song to the Siren"

Ethereal cover of a Tim Buckley tune from the mid 1980s is still one that I return to time and time again for its unique and otherworldly, dream-like quality:

(now here's the Tim Buckley original I have played on Back Porch a couple of times - this performance comes from a guest slot at the end of one of The Monkees episodes in 1967 or 1968):

4.  Teenage Fanclub - "Sparky's Dream" 

From Scotland, this ensemble is quintessential power pop with a sticks-in-your-mind persistence, and a melody that just doesn't quit:

5. Any Bach played by Glenn Gould

I could listen to Glenn Gould play Bach all day and this video gives some (perhaps slightly staged) insight into his method and practice:

6. Horace Silver - "Song For My Father"

Here's a 1976 live version of the 1964 original by jazz legend Horace Silver . You might recognize the opening if you're a Steely Dan fan as they borrowed a reference to it in the opening of "Rikki Don't Lose That Number":

Thanks for listening now and for "tuning in" to Back Porch Music. And, feel free to leave a comment below.