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Linda Perhacs to Perform Live, Debut New Song Tonight (And Five Other Moments of Canyon Bliss)

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Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 12:27 PM

For fans of semi-obscure Canyon folk music, tonight is a watershed moment. Linda Perhacs, whose single album from 1970s, Parallelograms, is a transcendent piece of Topanga beauty, will perform selections from the album for the first time ever. As well, she will debut a new song, the first she's unveiled in nearly 40 years. Perhacs, who got a visibility uptick a few years ago when Daft Punk used one of her songs in their film, has been rediscovered by a new generation of folk fans, including those in the Dublab collective, which is promoting the show as part of its ten year anniversary celebration.

Linda Perhacs, "Chimacum Rain"

Throughout the evening, the following Los Angeles musicians will cover songs from the album: Aaron Robinson, Ariana Delawari, Ben Knight, Blank Blue, Crystal Antlers, Hecuba, LA Ladies Choir, Mia Doi Todd, Rio en Medio, Tom Brosseau, We Are the World and others.

In honor of the sound and the vibe of the canyon life (real and imagined) circa 1970, we figured we'd offer five moments of female-sung folk music that recalls that time -- and a bonus from an artist drawing inspiration from that time. No, not all of these musicians were creating in the California canyons (or, in one case, in the same century), but they all share similar feeling.

Joni Mitchell, "California"

Anne Briggs, "Blackwaterside"

Karen Dalton, "It Hurts Me Too"

Sandy Denny, "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?"

Vashti Bunyan, "I'd Like to Walk Around in Your Mind"

Mia Doi Todd, "Sleepless Nights"

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