The Golden Apples of the Sun Radio Show

The Eternal Children

“Its ok…Vashti digs it”

– Devendra Banhart

It may be 2017 and we may be the last but The Golden Apples of the Sun still likes exploring new weird and freak folk…after all that album was one of the sources for the show’s name

Excerpt from The New Weird Generation  – 2010 post over at Notes on Metamodernism

“So, what is New Weird America?

Whoever glances at the programme booklet of the Free Folk Fest will see that the names of Devendra Banhart, CocoRosie, Joanna Newsom, Akron/Family, and Antony & the Johnsons are missing. While these very artists are now called the standard-bearers of the genre, more obscure acts were listed such as the extremely rhythmic, psychedelic freak rock of Sunburned Hand Of The Man, the minimalism of the Charalambides, and the acid folk of Six Organs Of Admittance, among others. The Brattleboro festival nonetheless should be called the cradle of free folk, mainly because many of the artists present at the festival were selected a year later by Devendra Banhart for his limited edition album The Golden Apples Of The Sun, an album he put together at the request of the American art magazine Arthur. On this album, as well as music by direct friends such as the already mentioned CocoRosie, Joanna Newsom and Antony Hegarty, Banhart also selected the music of Jack Rose and Matt Valentine – two key figures at Brattleboro. Matt Valentine of the band Tower Recordings even was the one who co-organized it. The Free Folk Fest, in other words, already contained the binding elements of the otherwise miscellaneous musicians on Banhart’s compilation album. As different as they might be, they belong to the same musical family”.

The Eternal Children Documentary

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6



Folk Documentaries
October 6, 2017, 4:15 am
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Folk America – Folk History  – BBC

Part A

Other parts

Appalachian Journey – History of Appalachian People

Part A

Part B

History of Appalachian People

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Folk Britannia – A look at the history of British Folk

Part 1 – Ballads and Blues

Part 2 – Folk Roots New Routes

Part 3 – Between The Wars



the future of things past
September 10, 2016, 10:08 am
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A Channel 4 documentary ‘The Future of Things Past:  Dark Into Light’ (1986) directed by Elizabeth Wood

Synth Britannia
July 9, 2012, 1:23 pm
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Like synths?. Here is a great BBC documentary with HQ sound following a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesiser from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage.

Behind a Hill – New Wierd Americana
July 9, 2012, 1:02 pm
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Behind a Hill a documentray exploring New Wierd Americana

This documentary is a journey into our own fascination, a collection of portraits of folk musicians living in New England, and a study of the ground on which their music is founded. We listen to them as they tell their stories and play their music. First and foremost, Behind a Hill is a tribute to these musicians and a rare peep into the house parties and basement jams of New England, in the northwestern corner of the USA, with the vain hope attached that maybe you, the viewer, will grow as fond of the music as we have. When we first encountered these musicians, we were overwhelmed by the quality of their musical output. We were entranced by the melodies, harmonies, rhythms, and tempos and every other element that constitutes a song (or, as is often the case, a piece of abstract drone music, heavy feedback, or someone banging a steel pipe against a bag of dirt while chanting in a yet undiscovered language, or…). Perhaps even more than the music itself, we were drawn by an expression of endless possibilities, playfulness and innovation embedded into the music – qualities and ideas that many contemporary musicians seem to have abandoned long ago. Through its freshness and its credible lack of self-awareness, the music managed to circumvent our congenital disorder of always trying to decipher the sounds academically, and to assess it within the context of music history.

This excerpt features Big Blood a Golden Apples favourite.

Lots more on here