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Friday, May 02, 2008

If You Like Dreamtime (like I like Dreamtime)...

... oh, oh, oh what a podcast!

Sorry, it's a Friday.

Several recent emails to Dreamtime have all had a common theme: What podcasts do I listen to, or if you like Dreamtime, what else would I recommend? So, in no particular order...

  • Roger McGuinn's Folk Den - Each month Roger McGuinn records a traditional folk song, prints the lyrics and chords, adds a note about the music, and posts it up on the Folk Den. He's been doing it since 1995. The Folk Den podcast is also available through iTunes. That's it. It's great. Go check it out. If you like what you hear, McGuinn has a high-quality 4-CD set of The Folk Den Project collecting all the music he's recorded.

    McGuinn, the ex-Byrd, also has a very good Web site, and, being something of a techie (bet you didn't know that), even regularly Twitters. And, he's a Dreamtime follower. What's not to like about the man?

  • Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour - Shows can be downloaded here, or the podcast is available through iTunes. Grassroots, Americana music. folk, bluegrass. Recent shows have featured Kathy Mattea; The Blind Boys of Alabama; Larry Campbell; Jean Ritchie.

  • The Bob Dylan podcast (also available in iTunes) - Released to promote the Dylan anthology, the podcast ended in February, 2008 with its 19th episode. You'll probably not learn anything new in this overview of Dylan's career, which includes interviews with friends, journalists, and critics, but still worth a listen. Patti Smith does the narration through most of the series, and took a lot of criticism for her monotone delivery. Personally, I like Smith's voice. but chacun à son goût, baby.

  • Sadly, one of my favorite podcasts, and a lot like Dreamtime, ended back in 2006. That's "Down in the Flood," and you can find the 12 episodes produced at

    Between the title and URL, you can tell a Dylan fan is going to like this. Shows covered everything from Pop Staples to R.H. Harris to Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Bob Dylan himself. It's interesting to see how much Dreamtime has paralleled Down in the Flood, given that I didn't even know it existed until 2007. I was surprised that Jason Chervokas didn't revive DitF when TTRH started up, but the answer probably lies here.

  • Destinyland - It's gone from iTunes, it's Home Page is in the aether, but if you look hard enough, you can still find the Destinyland podcast, because nothing ever fully disappears on these here InterWebs. But, I'd go get it soon. If you like Old Weird America stories, give this one a try. The seven shows cover everything from Blossom Dearie to the Little Rascals to Rin-Tin-Tin. Another one I miss and wish would come back.
Have your own favorites? Leave a comment or send me email and clue us in, and I'll do a follow-up post, or, who knows? Maybe a whole Dreamtime show on the subject.

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