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Alternative Folk is my all encompassing term (anything for an easy life) for widely recognised genres such as Indie Folk, Folk Punk, Psychedelic Folk, Freak Folk or New Weird America, all of which have pages fed in below from good old Wikipedia.

The Jukebox Pick (of 1,952):

 All Tomorrow’s Parties

 (Lou Reed)

 The Velvet Underground and Nico

 10 out of 10 “Utterly perfect” Alternative Folk

 From their album “The Velvet Underground & Nico” in March, 1967, a fully realised version of the 3 minute single from July ’66. I'd hold Nico up as the Queen of Alternative Folk, her monotone vocal so well suited to the ancient drone sounds which could just as easily place her in 13th century Bohemia as 20th century New York. Writer Lou Reed’s passion for using colourful characters from his everyday life is to the fore on “All Tomorrow’s Parties”, almost like a medieval dirge with a contemporary cast. Here, Lou observes the Warhol clique of ’66. According to him, the song is: “a very apt description of certain people at the Factory at the time. I watched Andy. I watched Andy watching everybody. I would hear people say the most astonishing things, the craziest things, the funniest things, the saddest things.” In a 2006 interview John Cale stated: “The song was about a girl called Darryl, a beautiful petite blonde with three kids, two of whom were taken away from her.” Nico’s vocal is simply stunning. She sounds like she has lived emotionless since the dawn of time. And what of this strange rhythm? As Lou Reed once famously said, “There are two kinds of drummers - Moe Tucker and everybody else.

Some favourite artists:

Nico, Laura Marling, Billy Bragg, Frightened Rabbit, Half Man Half Biscuit, The Pogues

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