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Your February folk concert calendar and an encore session from Quilt, tonight on Folkadelphia Radio

Courtesy of Quilt
Courtesy of Quilt

Calling all fans of live folk and acoustic music: this is your week(end)! Throughout the radio show, we’ll preview a few of the more notable concert choices you can make as we close the book on February. You’ll hear from roots-rocker Caroline Rose (playing World Cafe Live on Thu. 2/27), raucous electric country from The Whiskey Gentry (playing Milkboy Philly on Fri. 2/28), and indie folk star Sera Cahoone (supporting Band of Horses at the Merriam Theater on Sat. 3/1). While we aren’t playing Mark Fosson or Nathaniel Earl Bowles, we also recommend their evening of American Primitivism folk at the Rotunda this Friday, 2/28. Listen to Caroline Rose and Sera Cahoone’s previous Folkadelphia Sessions:

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The Week’s Best MP3s, incl. Jamie Lidell, Waxahatchee, Helado Negro

05302012_jamielidellJamie Lidell helped us kick off a new feature called XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with his funky number “Do Yourself a Faver.”  The British electro-soul musician / producer released a self-titled album in mid-February and will be in town on April 14th for a show at Union Transfer with Empress Of and Ludwig Persik.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Download “Do Yourself a Faver” in exchange for your email address below.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. My Morning Jacket, Morrissey, and Jamie Lidell)

TSVG GuysElliott Sharp digs into the history and methods of two local guitar effects pedal companies TSVG and smallsound/bigsound [link]

We kick off a new regular feature XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with “Do Yourself a Favor” from Jamie Lidell – he’s playing Union Transfer on 4/14 [link]

Sera Cahoone stopped by for a Folkadelphia session, highlighting her knock-out 2012 release Deer Creek Canyon [link]

Check out photos and a review of Conor Oberst’s reunited Desaparecidos at Union Transfer [link]

My Morning Jacket cover “Leaving On a Jet Plane” for The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver [link]

Local folk project Psalmships contributes a cover of “Before We Retire” to the Long May You Run, J. Tillman tribute album [link]

Morrissey announces a show at the Tower Theater for 4/6 [link]

We highlight local blues-rock trio Penrose and their Circe LP in this week’s Unlocked feature [link]

Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner released Tripti after returning from India, where he studied Indian slide guitar [link]

The Philly Drum Project begins fundraising for their high school workshop DrumPhil [link]

Waxahatchee goes acoustic in her Key Studio Session ahead of a record release party at Golden Tea House on Friday [link]

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Folkadelphia Session: Sera Cahoone

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Undoubtedly, this will be a most biased write-up for this week’s Folkadelphia Session as we feature Sera Cahoone. In my not humble opinion, she put out one of the best, if not the best, records of last year. It’s called Deer Creek Canyon (via Sub Pop) and is titled for the Colorado canyon of the same name where Cahoone grew up. With the concept of home and its simultaneous push and pull, the songwriter creates a set of songs on Deer Creek that runs the gamut of emotions. Cahoone’s voice together with the moody “Seattle-ified” country music endow the record with a deeper sense of feeling than most – whether regret, loneliness, giddiness, or passion – the listener empathizes more strongly. It could be the relatability of the subject matter she sings about or her immense creative powers, or probably both (plus her fantastic band), but I find myself continually drawn back to this album. I don’t see that musical magnetic force wearing off any time soon.

Sera, in this session, strips back three tracks from Deer Creek to their most bare form, just acoustic guitar and voice. Hearing her in this stripped-down configuration adds a whole new perspective to the emotions the songs conjure up in me. I imagine that this was probably how she initially wrote the songs, perhaps similarly sitting around in her living room, ruminating on her roots, feeling tinges of nostalgia and more.

Sera Cahoone was kind enough to record these songs before her concert at Newtown Square, PA’s Burlap and Bean Coffee on February 1st, 2013.

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See Sera Cahoone play an instore at Main Street Music before she plays Burlap and Bean on 2/1

Photo by Hillary Harris

Plainly stated and in my humble opinion, Sera Cahoone, formerly a member of Carissa’s Wierd and Band of Horses, released one of the most compelling albums of last year. The collection of songs that make up Deer Creek Canyon, her long-awaited third solo effort after 2008′s acclaimed Only as the Day is Long, are a perfect distillation of the Northwest Pacific in sound, feel, and aesthetic. The country-tinged Americana songs are influenced, tempered, and affected by the geography and atmosphere of her home state Washington.

Before her stop at Newtown Square, PA’s Burlap & Bean on Friday, February 1st, Cahoone will be appearing for an in-store performance on Monday, January 28th at 7 PM at Main Street Music, located in Manayunk. Below, you can download the title track to Deer Creek Canyon.

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Download “Deer Creek Canyon” by Sera Cahoone (playing Johnny Brenda’s tomorrow)

Photo by Hillary Harris
Sub Pop musician Sera Cahoone released one of this year’s stand-out records with Deer Creek Canyon, an album rooted in Cahoone’s childhood home in the foothills of Colorado.  One of Americana’s more confidently vulnerable voices, Cahoone shares a profound sadness with the listener through songs about homesickness, relationships and friendships.  “Deer Creek Canyon” is one such song, with Cahoone singing about feeling isolated and lonely even though she is surrounded by people who love her.

Sera Cahoone plays Johnny Brenda’s tomorrow night with Philly’s Gretchen Lohse (Yellow Humphrey) and Nashville’s Rayland Baxter.  Tickets and more information for the 21+ show can be found on XPN’s Concert Calendar.  Below, download Deer Creek Canyon‘s title track and watch Cahoone perform a live version for KEXP (you can also download a couple of other songs here).

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