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Blackbird Raum

Genre: [refuses label / listen]

Formed in 2004, in Santa Cruz, CA,  while wilderness squatting, Blackbird Raum was a haphazard group composed of other squatters in the area.  They disbanded & regrouped, forming the new direction they’ve gain notoriety for wandering down, organizing themselves into a more cohesive group, & learning from their fuck ups as they went.

Their music is atmospheric & melodic, painting a bleak portrait of modern society.  It’s late night car rides thru empty cities.

Their sound includes accordion, washtub bass, washboard, saw, & mandolin.  An interview with them over at Times of Malta goes in-depth with the group regarding their influences, ranging from William Blake to ancient myths, folk to punk, pirates to traveling kids.

As the band grew, they went on to form Black Powder Press, an anarchist run publisher/record label supporting other radical folk groups, including Hail Seizures.

Apparently their first dollar was made while busking by a man on a date who paid them to leave.  I wasn’t there to hear how they played, but if that’s what we have to go off of, they’ve dramatically improved since.

Links: Website / Facebook / Instagram

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About the Author

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Oi ! I’m Jeremiah Walton. For the past ~3 years I’ve been bopping around the U.S. between hitchhiking + rubber tramping, running traveling bookstore Books & Shovels + indie publisher Nostrovia! Press. My focus is in-person distribution at open mics + features + busking. Word of mouth is a fulfilling & feels to be a more intimate promotional process. I’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival + San Francisco Lit Crawl + Snoetry Cleveland + Beast Crawl Oakland + This Lil Lit Fest + street corners across the country. There’s a handful of my books floating around the country, but most recently is “From Here Til Utopia” (Ghost City Press). Raccoons + coyotes are my companions. Hope you dig the poems, much love, thank you❤

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