dawn is coming, open your eyes. – a mix

A little mix for you today of songs, new and old, I’ve found myself listening to lately while sipping coffee, applying for jobs and watching the sun rise. Enjoy!

(listen via the embedded player above or click here to listen on 8tracks)

1. Flaws- Vancouver Sleep Clinic
2. Stay Alive- José González
3. The Living & the Dead- Kalle Mattson
4. To Me- Chet Faker
5. Golden Wake- Mutual Benefit
6. Mine- Spirits of the Red City
7. Painter (valentine)- Låpsley
8. Sun Has Gone- Broken Twin
9. Monster Ballads- Josh Ritter
10. Petal In A Rainstorm- Ryan Adams
11. I Regret Not Leaving The Light On- Josiah Johnson
12. I Saw On Facebook That Mike Proposed- Donovan Woods
13. First Defeat- Noah Gundersen
14. Passing Afternoon- Iron & Wine
15. Plains to Crash- Damien Jurado
16. Bloodlines- Mimicking Birds

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‘Indian Summer’- How Sad

This terrifically catchy little ditty from How Sad isn’t new by any means, but I heard it for the first time a few weeks back and it’s been heavy rotation ever since. It goes real well with the warmer weather, sunshine and driving around with the windows down. Enjoy.

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‘Petal In A Rainstorm’- Ryan Adams

This Ryan Adams b-side/rarity was the only thing that sounded good to me today, so here are a few versions of it for you. Enjoy.


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Monday Links

On Twitter and Facebook I share links each day to various stuff that I think is great and/or worth people’s time. But not everyone that comes here is on Twitter or Facebook, so I gather up the best of those links each Monday and post them here so everyone can get in on the fun. If you’ve missed any of the past Monday Links (or just want to waste some time), check the archive of posts here.

Carl Wilson & Ann Powers’ exchange about pop music and pop music criticism is the best thing I read all of last week.

A Tiny Desk Concert with Courtney Barnett? Yes, please.

Because ‘Youth’ wasn’t already a crushing enough song, Daughter went ahead and recorded it with an orchestra.

Here’s Shakey Graves playing ‘Parliament’ on a farm during Pickathon. Absolutely cannot wait for that full-length he’s been working on.

This video of kids using Walkmans makes me feel so old.

This new Vacationer tune sounds like summer.

A couple of tremendous Take Away Shows to end this week’s update. The first from Mutual Benefit, the second from MØ. Enjoy.

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‘The Journey’- Tom Misch

Something sunny and wordless for you and your Friday, courtesy of Tom Misch. Grab the whole EP for free here, grab a beverage, press play on the stereo and relax. You’ve earned it. Enjoy.

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’1998′- Chet Faker

Been on the go since this morning, and that electric, soulful new Chet Faker album has been the soundtrack. Pretty damn good day, I’d say. Enjoy.


And here’s the extended, non-radio edit version of ’1998.’ Same song, even more goodness.

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‘Pioneer Of Your Heart’- JMR

I know I’m a sucker for songs like JMR’s ‘Pioneer Of Your Heart,’ ones where elements and layers are added and subtracted at exactly the right moment throughout, but seriously, this is some kind of special jam. Falsetto, a big beat, some strings, some keys, some harmonies, some a cappella – there’s nothing to dislike about what’s happening here. Enjoy.

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