Two very good blogs have retired this past month. The first (Uncommon Folk) burnt brightly for only six months but in that time reviewed dozens of records with such insight and depth that it put other blogs to shame. Another unique thing about Uncommon Folk was it’s singlemindedness, who knew there was so much psych-folk, neo-folk or experimental-folk out there. Well, now we know and we’re better off for it. I’ll try in my small way to keep my ears open for this unusual, compelling music and share it with readers of Songs:illinois as much as possible
The other blog we lost, Fire of Love (sorry link already gone), was written by a Swede in good standing. Fire of Love was all over the map but his selections always made sense. And more often than not I was mad at FOL for beating me to the punch or usurping some of my Swedish terrain. I looked at both of these blogs/bloggers as friends and potential friendly competitors and I’m sorry to see them go. Get on over to their sites now before files start disappearing. I wish them both the best of luck in their other endeavors.
With all of that said and hopefully not sounding too crass…who should replace them on my blogroll? What are the best new mp3 blogs? Is there some classic blog that’s been around for years (probably only 3 at the most) that I should add? In short what do you think are the best three blogs (I’ll take Songs:Illinois and Swedesplease out of the running but thanks for thinking of me, really!?).
In honor of Uncommon folk and because I can’t do a post without the obligatory mp3′s here’s a couple from the band Arbouretum. If you like what you hear you can buy their debut release, Long Live The Well-Doer, here.