Our last meeting is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you’ll run out of new music to listen to. Courtesy of the Old Time Herald, here are a couple of absolutely essential sources for anyone interested in traditional, roots or world music.

First, archived broadcasts of the WFMU radio show, Secret Museum of the Air. This show is no longer broadcast, but you can stream about 100 shows  from 2000-2002 directly from the site. Some, but not all of the shows have topics listed, and these are tantalizing indeed: Roots of Uncle Dave, Jewish Rarities, Unusual Instruments, Sea Songs, White Blues, the list goes on and on. WFMU also streams 24/7, and their slogan neatly sums up their philosophy: “You may not need our fetishistic obsession with musical marginalism, but it’s nice to know it’s there.” Obviously my kind of people.

Next up, the Roots Music Listening Room, a compendium of public domain recordings from the 1920s on, including Irish dance music, Mexican folk music, Calypso, Library of Congress recordings, and so much more. All of it is downloadable free, although there’s an informal listening and downloading limit of 35-40 songs a day. Check out the main site, too:, where you can buy CD-R and DVD discs loaded with up to 40 (!) hours worth of music.

I’ll add permanent links for all this stuff in the appropriate categories on the right of the page – please visit and enjoy.

Finally, in the “it’s my blog and I’ll post what I want to” category, here are Richard Thompson and the incomparable Linda Thompson with a 1975 video of A Heart Needs a Home. After posting the Richard Thompson video last week, I realized it would be the grossest negligence to omit Linda, a terribly underappreciated vocalist who has recently started recording again.

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