ICYMI: Warren Defever of His Name Is Alive's eclectic Folkways playlist

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Yesterday, Smithsonian Folkways posted a playlist of 15 tracks from their vast catalog which was arranged, chosen, and annotated by our dear friend Warren Defever of the musical group His Name Is Alive. It's a characteristically great list, and you have to read all of the comments as they mix his droll humor with the kind of childlike glee he lets slip out on occasion.

Defever wrote on his FB page that "Smithsonian Folkways asked me to go through their tapes and put a mix together - it includes great singers from all over the world going back a hundred years and a tiger recorded at the Detroit Zoo in 1958. Its got all the classics including Levon Helm's only Folkways recording, Michael Hurley's timeless howling, and Leadbelly running wild over an accordion... click your buttons to listen."

You heard him! Click your buttons.

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Mike McGonigal

Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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