Mix Tape Vol. 2

It is HIGH time that we have another Mix Tape. What do you say? This time I’d like to showcase my affinity for this folky movement that is out there right now. I personally feel that it is a direct result of Punk Rockers being born to Outlaw Country parents and giving birth to Hipsters. It’s the best.

Earlier this summer I was fortunate enough to be able to see The Devil Makes Three at the RedRocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. Let me tell you, if you ever get a chance to see literally any show there, do it. It was amazing. This was my second show at RedRocks. The first was two summers ago when I got to see the Dirty Heads. That, too was amazing. (Though it got rained out and I dealt with some absolute crap. Meh.) But seriously, it’s an outdoor venue with a natural amphitheater. Never before have I been to a venue that just feels like home.

The absolutely coolest thing about that concert, however, is that I got to see a band open for the Devil Makes Three that I saw as a baby band at a tiny venue about 10 years ago. A few weeks ago my sister and her dude, my younger brother, and I all went to see them AGAIN in Fort Collins, Co. I love them. Murder By Death. (There is a bond between my brother, sister, and I over this band as well. They really had a presence during a lot of our early-adult formative years stuff.)


Now back to the story. . . something I find truly amazing about these bands is that most of them have beautifully done studio versions of their songs, but their live music is also amazing.

What I wish I could show you is the Pirate Bagpipe Band I saw at the Larkspur Renaissance Festival. . .

Saho’s Folky Shit:

A Side

1.) Devil Makes Three – Black Irish

Studio Version

Full disclosure: 9 times out of 10 this is the first song I turn on when I hop in the car. It never gets old.

Live Version

2.) Poor Man’s Poison – Devil’s Price

3.) The Dead South  – Banjo Odyssey

Seriously you’re playing a cello as a bass? Bear my sons.

4.) Gasoline Lollipops – Death

5.) Kongos – Hey I Don’t Know

This one has to make the list because the acoustic version just fits the vibe.

Yes I’ll share with you the original, which is far different, yet bass ass.

6.) Lost Dog Street Band – September Doves

B Side

7.) Rosemary – Sierra Ferrell

I just really love this girl. Her music is so folky and yet diverse. This song makes me think of folk music of today but in the 1920s. LOVE

8.) Murder By Death – Brother

This song will make me cry almost every time.

9.) Old Crow Medicine Show – Carry Me Back to Virginia

HA! HA! HA! You thought I was going to say Wagon Wheel?! Grow up. . .

10.) Widow’s Bane – Haul Away Boys!

Shut it. I don’t have to buy into someone else’s standard of what folk is. Shuunnnnn!

11.) Josh Turner/Reina del Cid/Other Bad Asses – Dooley

Just look at all of their stuff. They are amazazazing.

12.) Bubbles – Liquor & Whores

This just can’t NOT be on this list.


I hope you enjoyed this. There’s much more to be had from every artist listed. Dive deep into the YouTube of it all.



Mix Tape Vol.1

I couldn’t wait. I had to get this one out to you babes tonight.

If you know me you know that I love music. Not like an emo teenager who can’t take her headphones out and join the real world, but like a real MUSIC person. I love something from just about every genre. I can’t subscribe to one and I can’t tell you why I like certain songs, exactly. I just like them if they are good. I had a teacher in high school tell me that I need to work for Rolling Stone.

I think what I’m going to do here is periodically post some playlists with themes for you all. You know – since I can’t make mix tapes anymore. . . I don’t know where to buy tapes and I don’t have a tape deck. Wait. Yes I do. In my record player. But I can’t make mix tapes with it, shoot.

I subscribe to Apple Music because they bought out the Beats by Dre music app and I really liked that a lot. I sincerely recommend this to anyone who loves music in any capacity. You can get a plan for $9.99/month and find damned near any song. Yes, I will admit that some songs that I’m looking for are even too abstract for Apple Music, but this is a rarity. I make tons of playlists and am constantly adding to them and creating more. I stopped listening to the radio voluntarily in about 1999 or 2000. . . whenever I discovered Napster, which at the time was an illegal peer-to-peer music sharing program. And I’ve never turned back. I would say this ranks right up there with deleting my Facebook account as one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

So. Without further adieu – here is my first Mix Tape for you!

Saho’s Quintessential Proto-Punk:

A Side

1.) Lou Reed – This Magic Moment

2.) The Sonics – Psycho

3.) Monks – Shut Up

4.) Love – 7 and 7 is

5.) The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat

6.) MC5 – Kick Out the Jams

B Side

7.) Iggy & the Stooges – Search and Destroy

8.) New York Dolls – Trash

9.) Patti Smith – Free Money

10.) The Modern Lovers – Road Runner

11.) Pere Ubu – Final Solution

12.) The Clash – London Calling


*disclaimer – I started this playlist a long long time ago and several of the songs were drawn straight from an article that I would have no idea how to find anymore or I’d be very happy to reference the article and credit the author. That being said, he’s not wrong. It’s very good music!

**double disclaimer – some of these don’t fall in the parameters of traditional Proto-Punk, but what are parameters anyway? It’s good to color outside of the lines.

Let me know what you think! Post your own favorite Proto-Punk songs below!