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March 2nd, 2007

Yo sí oigo | Devendra Banhart's Influences


(Tracklist below)

This compilation has been culminating for quite some time. In fact, long before I had ever even heard of Devendra Banhart. It wasn’t until after I heard Oh me Oh my… for the first time and realized that it was still possible for an artist to tap into what I thought had been lost long ago. I heard the ghosts of my favorite artists echoing through Devendra’s lips and creaky wooden bellows. He took me by surprise and has yet to let go. I was enveloped and lost in a nostalgic cave of the music past until I ran into Devendra, whose voice came over me like uncovering an alcove of bats. Disturbing one by accident and having the rest wake and scream past you with blood curdling screeches. I was awake. My first thought, I have an artist to be proud of from my generation. My second, I said aloud to Devendra when I first met him, “Thank you for singlehandedly restoring my faith in music.” I meant to say modern music, but on reflection I think I meant what I said. So without further ado, I bring to you the musicians who helped bring Devendra to light.

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Yo sí oigo | Devendra Banhart’s Influences

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*A brief little update/response to this after I received an e-mail which said the following:


I enjoyed the c.d but was wondering whether it is strictly a cd of influences and more a collection of interesting historical parallels to Devendra’s music. Whilst I know Devendra raves about Caetano Veloso and Os Mutantes music, I remember reading an interview a while back where he said that he’d not heard the early Tryannoasurus Rex music when he started making music the way that he became famous for. Probably not that important either way but I thought I might bring up the point…On another note, often times what actually shapes people is a little embarassing to admit in public..

My reply:
Haha, no no.. it’s fine, that’s what I was going for. I didn’t merely want to make a collection of artists songs that he explicitly stated influenced him (A difficult task in itself as he often only cites nature). I wanted to include artists of whom he shared sonic similarities with. I thought it would make for a more interesting listen if I paralleled his sound with artists from nearly every decade since the 20’s because that’s what I heard in his music (whether or not he had actually heard the artists or not). As Devendra sings on Cripple Crow… Yo si oigo marc bolan… he may not have heard his music before but realized that he is definitely tapping into something similar.

*Note: other links on this blog will soon be downloadable, I didn’t realize that my host switched off the ability to download them! Sorry for the confusion.


  1. i stumbled over here from lj (the devendra group), and i just wanted to say that this compilation is ridiculously wonderful. just stunning.

    Comment by Meg — March 3, 2007 @ 10:32 am
  2. this is very pleasant, like eating honey from a bear on your pinkie finger.

    Comment by Heathcliff — March 3, 2007 @ 5:30 pm
  3. this is amazing, thanks! so great to listen to in the near darkness and with good headphones… thanks again!

    Comment by jorgeofbabylon — March 5, 2007 @ 3:33 am
  4. That is definitely not Elizabeth Cotton singing Shake Sugaree. She wrote the song, but that’s not her performing it. I’ve very curious who it is though, she has a lovely voice.

    Comment by Leia — March 6, 2007 @ 11:07 pm
  5. Also, and more importantly, this is a fascinating mix and a great history lesson.

    Comment by Leia — March 6, 2007 @ 11:22 pm
  6. I read somewhere that her grandaughter helped her write that song and sings on it!

    Comment by Edvard — March 6, 2007 @ 11:59 pm
  7. Goodness, thank you! I enjoy your blog.

    Comment by Michelle — March 9, 2007 @ 3:21 am
  8. Goodness!, thank you!

    Comment by Michelle — March 9, 2007 @ 3:22 am
  9. ¡increíble compilación!

    Comment by Arturo — March 13, 2007 @ 5:58 am
  10. My oh my what a fortuitous time to be revisiting all the Devendra resources on the web :) Found your site on Wiki. Great blogging! Also, this compilation you’ve put together is amazing! I’m from the other end of the scale – I love Devendra so much, but I don’t know much older music. Thank you so much!

    I’m sure there was a great amount of pressure in putting this together. I really look forward to future compilations!
    Thanks :)

    Comment by Vaughan — March 13, 2007 @ 6:08 pm
  11. amazing stuff

    but, where did that john lennon track come from? i know that child of nature was the earliest form of jealous guy, but i was wondering where it came from and if there is more out there from that period

    Comment by joe — March 14, 2007 @ 5:33 am
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  16. Scrumpshulescentssss;)
    Thanx… Its Stunning!

    Comment by Galalactica — August 29, 2007 @ 10:47 pm
  17. Thanks for making and posting this compilation! It’s a great mix and it helps people to discover new/old artists. Cheers frum Amsterdam!

    Comment by Leendert — September 21, 2007 @ 1:38 pm
  18. Love to download the Yo sí oigo | Devendra Banhart’s Influences compilation… will the links be available again soon please? i can only imagine what it’ll sounds like!

    Comment by Pixelle — January 30, 2008 @ 1:31 am
  19. Hey Guys,

    The Download mirror 2:

    Works still!

    Comment by Edvard — February 1, 2008 @ 4:38 am
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  21. Hi! hgh safe

    Comment by Utircuini — October 21, 2008 @ 5:47 pm
  22. Hey! The CD in megaupload disapeared!!! HELP MEEE!!!

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