Various Artists / Native North America: Aboriginal Folk, Rock, And Country 1966?1985
Album: Native North America: Aboriginal Folk, Rock, And Country 1966?1985   Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Sep 2015
Label:Light In The Attic Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2015-09-18 Pull Date: 2015-11-20
Week Ending: Nov 8 Oct 18 Oct 4 Sep 27 Sep 20
Airplays: 1 4 3 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 07, 2023: Hanging In The Boneyard
Spirit Child
4. Oct 17, 2015: Music Casserole
Tshekuan Mak Tshetutamak
2. Aug 27, 2021: Music Casserole (rebroadcast from Oct 17, 2015)
Tshekuan Mak Tshetutamak
5. Oct 14, 2015: Brownian Motion
I Shouldn't Have Did What I Done
3. Nov 03, 2015: DSD
6. Oct 14, 2015: Home on the Range
Birchbark Letter

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2015-09-16
Folk and western rarities: (from website) “ from the Indigenous peoples of Canada and the northern United States, recorded in the turbulent decades between 1966 to 1985. It represents the fusion of shifting global popular culture and a reawakening of Aboriginal spirituality and expression. The majority of this material has been widely unavailable for decades…. You’ll hear Arctic garage rock from the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, melancholy Yup’ik folk from Alaska, and hushed country blues from the Wagmatcook First Nation reserve in Nova Scotia. You’ll hear echoes of Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Cash, and more among the songs, but injected with Native consciousness, storytelling, poetry, history, and ceremony.”

This is a beautiful collection of archival music. A lot of it has a genuine simplicity that borders on “Song Poem” quality. Many songs are sung in native language, adding to its exoticness. Its shocking in its beauty, in the manner of all things Langley School Music Project. This contrasts highly with the native American music of the southwest: Waila aka “chicken scratch”. For those interested, use Zookeeper “find it” for those two key words, or pull Southern Scratch from the world section. If you fall asleep while listening to this album you will wake a changed person.

Disc 1: 1)* (2:55) basic social commentary simple folk timeless in this age of Faux News. 2) (3:12) strange upbeat. 3) (2:48) full band low fi garage folk rock 4)* (2:18) almost a rod Keith song poem feel to this upbeat full band simple pop 5)* (4:04) really strange hippie folk 6) (2:39) coffee shop enviro folk, live 7) (3:26) very pleasant melodic solo stuff. 8)* (2:13) simple sung in a Native American language 9) (3:46) very simple Neil Young'y 10) (3:21) simple guitar again in exotic language w beady percussion 11) (3:24) pleasant folk a child's ballad 12) (1:55) full band, enviro morose lyrics belie the cheery western flare 13)* (3:06) very native spiritual lyrics, "Indian" feel but w a synth in there 14) (3:45) percussive guitar playing, solo dark lush 15) (4:03) soaring w harmonica 16)* (3:57) low fi full band live

Disc 2: 1)* (3:02) sung in native language, native percussion feel, minor guitar 2)* (3:04) big soaring waltz, epic feel 3) (4:04) simple folk rock w some CSN feel 4)* (2:01) starts w cliche "Indian" drum beat then becomes sweet 60's garage psyche pop. 5)* (3:48) just a cool feel full band 6) (3:37) western flare twang fun to this 7) (2:17) little bit of country joe minimalism here 8) (3:56) some pretty allmans feel here 9) (3:38) native tongue, melodic and sweet, cheesy 10) (3:51) mid rock feel ballad goes double time midway and back 11)* (2:19) bigger more modern twangy surf western sound, instrumental 12)* (2:46) head nodding mid rock about taking you higher during this native song 13)* (3:09) lovely sweet beats and melodies in native tongue 14) (2:34) singalong feel simple chords and melody 15) (2:43) very simple basic singsongwriter folk 16)* (4:11) native tongue has an "Indian" feel in the rhythm 17)* (5:34) very Native American trad feel, super cool

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Willie Dunn I Pity The Country
2. John Angaiak I'll Rock You To The Rhythm Of The Ocean
3. Sugluk Fall Away
4. Sikumiut Sikumiut
5. Willie Thrasher Spirit Child
6. Willy Mitchell Call Of The Moose
7. Lloyd Cheechoo James Bay
8. Alexis Utatnaq Maqaivvigivalauqtavut
9. Brian Davey Dreams Of Ways
10. Morley Loon N'doheeno
11. Peter Frank Little Feather
12. Ernest Monias Tormented Soul
13. David Campbell Sky-Man And The Moon
14. Willie Dunn Son Of The Sun
15. Shingoose Silver River
16. Willy Mitchell & The Desert River Band Kill'n Your Mind
17. Philippe Mckenzie Mistashipu
18. Willie Thrasher Old Man Carver
19. Lloyd Cheechoo Winds Of Change
20. Chieftones, The I Shouldn't Have Did What I Done
21. Sugluk I Didn't Know
22. Lawrence Martin I Got My Music
23. Gordon Dick Siwash Rock
24. Willy Mitchell & The Desert River Band Birchbark Letter
25. William Tagoona Ananaga
26. Leland Bell Messenger
27. Saddle Lake Drifting Cowboys Modern Rock
28. Willie Thrasher We Got To Take You Higher
29. Sikumiut Utirumavunga
30. Sugluk Ajuinnarasuarsunga
31. John Angaiak Hey, Hey, Hey, Brother
32. Groupe Folklorique Montagnais Tshekuan Mak Tshetutamak
33. Willie Dunn Feat. Featuring Jerry Saddleback Peruvian Dream