Canadian psych-folk artist Elyse Weinberg emerged on the Toronto folk scene in the mid-’60s alongside contemporaries like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. During this time, Toronto’s Yorkville neighborhood was the Canadian equivalent of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury or New York’s Greenwich Village–full of clubs, coffeehouses, experimental art galleries and bohemian boutiques–all contained within several city blocks. Mitchell, who made her name performing at Yorkville’s Riverboat Coffeehouse, wrote a tribute to Yorkville, titled “Night in the City,” and on Neil Young’s “Ambulance Blues,” he sings “back in those old folkie days, the Riverboat was rockin’ in the rain.”
Weinberg was also a notable figure on the scene, releasing her 1968 self-titled album to much success and going on to perform on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. But in subsequent years, she fell into obscurity and changed her name to Cori Bishop. In 2001, her music came to life once again when Orange Twin rereleased her debut album, along with two other of her songs from that era. One of these songs, “Houses,” features Neil Young wielding his distinctively ripping guitar sound on what is said to be the first recording on which he plays his legendary “Old Black.” In the aftermath of the rerelease, Vetiver and Dinosaur Jr. both covered “Houses.” Listen to “Houses” (featuring Neil Young) and Weinberg’s cover of the Bert Jansch penned “Deed I Do” below.
Elyse Weinberg – “Houses”
Elyse Weinberg – “Deed I Do” (Bert Jansch)
The good folks over at Out of Town Films have just released this stunning video of Quilt performing the song “Gome Home” off their 2011 self-titled debut for Mexican Summer. Filmed in the backyard of Philadelphia musician Daniel Bachman’s Fishtown home, the group recorded the session with Bachman joining in on a reverb-drenched electric guitar.
Quilt are currently on the road, so be sure to check them out at one of their upcoming shows (dates below).
07/12 Seattle, WA Barboza
07/13 Vancouver, BC Waldorf Cabaret
07/14 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
07/17 San Francisco, CA The Rickshaw Stop
07/19 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
07/20 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
07/21 Tempe, AZ Sail Inn
07/23 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
07/25 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
07/26 Bloomington, IN The Bishop
07/27 Cincinnati, OH MOTR Pub
07/28 Pittsburgh, PA The Brillobox
07/29 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Laurel Canyon producer and session man Jonathan Wilson makes his way to New York City this Friday for a show taking place at Mercury Lounge. Wilson, who is quickly making a name as one of the best live acts on the scene today, churns out lush psych-folk with Garcia meets Gilmour guitar lines and traditional analog recording techniques. In 2011, Wilson released his solo debut, Gentle Spirit, a set of spirited psych-folk tunes (many feature Wilson as the sole performer) that recall some of the Canyon’s past musical inhabitants, and most of which clock in around six minutes long.
Check out the video for the highly impressive “Desert Raven” (one of the best songs in years) below and read on for details on how you can win tickets to see Wilson this Friday at Mercury Lounge.
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