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February 2nd, 2009

(((folkYEAH))) & naturalismo present: Kath Bloom [ + exclusive Devendra Banhart mp3]


“One of the most heartbreaking singers ever. Beautiful” – Devendra Banhart

“I consider myself her biggest fan.” – Josephine Foster

Kath Bloom grew up in New Haven, CT, where she studied the cello as a child and started playing the guitar when she was a teenager. Bloom collaborated with Bruce Neumann in the early ’70s, but it wasn’t until she met avant-garde guitarist Loren MazzaCane Connors in 1976 that she started recording. Bloom and Connors recorded six limited edition albums of fragile, simple folk and blues melodies, the majority of which were written by Bloom herself. Bloom stopped recording new material soon after her collaboration with Connors ended, when she and her husband Stan moved to Florida together with her child from a previous marriage to live amidst the orange groves, buying and rehabilitating old houses. Kath eventually received a series of small government grants to operate a number of different after-school programs in music and other arts for latch-key kids as well as a moms-and-babies music class, and had two more children of her own. While struggling to make ends meet, she wrote copious amounts of songs and poetry that went unrecorded at the time.

On April 7th, Chapter Music is releasing Loving Takes This Course: A Tribute to the Songs of Kath Bloom. Disc One features recordings of Kath’s songs by the likes of Bill Callahan, Devendra Banhart, Mark Kozelek, Josephine Foster, Scout Niblett and many more, while Disc Two features Kath’s original versions of the songs covered on Disc One.

And, to mark the occasion, (((folkYEAH))) and naturalismo are teaming up to present Kath Bloom’s FIRST EVER West Coast tour, with Little Wings & Lee Baggett supporting. It’s going to be a short run up the coast — but these are going to be intimate gatherings, a rare chance to see this amazing folk artist on the West Coast.

March 5, Santa Barbara, Muddy Waters
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March 6, Los Angeles, McCabes Guitar Shop
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March 7, Big Sur, Fernwood Resort
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March 8, San Francisco, Cafe Du Nord
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Tracklisting for Loving Takes This Course: A Tribute to Kath Bloom

1.  Come Here – Marble Sounds
2.  The Breeze/My Baby Cries – Bill Callahan
3.  When I See You – Laura Jean
4.  Finally – Mark Kozelek
5.  Window – Mick Turner & Peggy Frew
6.  Forget About Him – Devendra Banhart
7.  I Wanna Love – Scout Niblett
8.  Biggest Light Of All – The Dodos
9.  Look At Me – Josephine Foster
10.  Ready Or Not – Mia Doi Todd
11.  Fall Again – Corrina Repp
12.  It’s So Hard To Come Home – Marianne Dissard & Joey Burns
13.  In Your School – Amy Rude
14.  If This Journey – Tom Hanford
15.  There Was A Boy – Meg Baird
16.  Come Here – The Concretes

[ first listen ] Devendra Banhart – Forget About Him

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[ first listen ] Meg Baird – There Was a Boy

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  1. […] Devendra Banhart: "Forget About Him"[from Loving Takes This Course – A Tribute to the Songs of Kath Bloom; due 03/14/09 on Chapter […]

  2. […] Baird: “There Was a Boy” Meg Baird, a one time member of Philadelphia psych-folk collective Espers, delivers an understated […]

  3. […] Devendra Banhart: “Forget About Him”[from Loving Takes This Course – A Tribute to the Songs of Kath Bloom; due 03/14/09 on Chapter […]

  4. You know, I am not taking anything away from Kath or her music or the people that have covered her on this record. I think she is amazing and the music she recorded with Loren is amazing too. But where is the tribute to Loren? Loren is the most under-rated American genius of our time. Fahey has already passed away. So has Partch and Moondog. And Loren spends time in his room, on the same 4-track that he has had for 20 years, recording music.

    Again, I don’t mean to take anything away form Kath. I think she is amazing. But are we going to just let Loren pass away, unnoticed? I am just afraid that he will be just like Fahey, which is probably something they both understood (Red Cross). I guess Loren will have to pass away, and then he will become some sort of reference point, some marker for critics, just like Fahey became after he died. And then a hundred douches will start sounding just like him. Ah well, kind of funny.

    Sorry, just noticed Loren Connors’ name and wanted to say that. Kath is amazing and this will really let people know just how much. That is good.

    And I’m sure all these people would also do a tribute for Loren. Well, At least Bill Callahan, who had Loren play on his knock knock record. I mean hell, Loren is always mentioned on this blog, so I know you guys know what I am talking about.

    Comment by Jay — February 3, 2009 @ 8:31 am
  5. […] 1. Devendra Banhart, Forget About Him (Kath Bloom-cover) Trots en smärre reinkarnation (bortrakat skägg, singel från Natalie Portman) fortsätter Devendra Banhart att resa nerför samma bana som på hans två senaste album. På den här väldigt säregna covern på folklegenden Kath Blooms Forget About Him är det funkigt, dansvänligt och lika smågalet som alltid. Låten är tagen från tributalbumet till Kath Bloom som heter Loving Takes This Course, och släpps den 7:e april. Ickeentusiaster känner kanske till Kath Bloom genom en minnesvärd scen från den romantiska filmen Before Sunrise. (lyssna: mp3/Popponny, via Naturalismo) […]

  6. […] due out any minute now. But for now, scope Meg Baird paying tribute to avant-folkster Kath Bloom here. [Naturalismo] >>> And you probably heard about this already, but just in case: Clap Your Hands Say […]

  7. forget about him is my hit of the year, most definitely!:)

    Comment by noamaj — February 3, 2009 @ 10:07 pm
  8. […] has an album out, consisting of covers by, amongst others, L&L faves Bill Callahan (Smog) and Devendra Banhart, plus an additional sort-of-best-of. Well worth a listen, I […]

  9. […] coping. The last few days I’ve been listening to Devendra Banhart’s fantastic cover of Forget About Him. Kath Bloom’s lyrics nail it. It also occurred to me…my divorce was signed into effect […]

  10. Agree that Loren Connors should be better known, but it is not necessary to make any kind of tribute album to him. He ain’t dead and nobody can even get close to creating the sounds that he makes. Don’t even try.

    Love him while he’s around. You love music or say you do? Go listen to him play once, and you’ll forget about any other damn so-called music you love. Even a cd or lp listen is fine. One note by him is more than the combined input of all these so called avant garde musicians that go praised, schlocksters, scammers and bullshit ‘artists’.

    Comment by mr — February 24, 2009 @ 7:05 pm
  11. Getting back to Kath Bloom, the mystery is how she has remained relatively unknown. Her early work is amazing, but she really has never stopped producing extraordinary music which continues to evolve. She is not resting on her laurels. Her current work is as fresh and dynamic as ever, with its roots firmly in the tradition but never bound by it. Right now, she’s an artist at the peak of her songwriting skills. If you’re a music lover, give her songs a listen and, if you have the opportunity, don’t miss these shows!

    Comment by BuddyDean — February 27, 2009 @ 12:18 am
  12. […] & Naturalismo are overjoyed to announce that Kath Bloom’s first ever West Coast tour is going to be launching this Thursday in Santa Barbara, CA. From there, […]

  13. […] over at naturalismo, host Tyler has been talking up an upcoming album of covers of Kath Bloom, a singer of delicate, […]

  14. Could somebody tell me where to find Kath’s lyrics on the web? It looks almost impossible…
    Thanks anyway.

    Comment by Michele — December 20, 2011 @ 8:24 pm
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