I’m not posting this today because I think it’s actually spring or anything like that- for the last month it’s felt like Mother Nature was going to maybe just cancel spring here and instead go from unrelenting winter cold to unrelenting summer heat with no grace period between. No, I’m posting it today because it’s supposed to be 72 degrees where I am and rather warm/not terrible in the next day or two in places where a lot of people I care about live. Looking at the extended forecast it sort of feels like if I don’t post it now, it might not go up for a few more weeks. So here it is. Feel the warmth…. for a day or two, then bundle back up and hunker down. Spring will actually get here eventually. I think. I hope. Enjoy.
(listen via the embedded player above or click here to listen on 8tracks)
1. Hey Mami- Sylvan Esso
2. Ring The Bell- White Hinterland
3. Red Dust- James Vincent McMorrow
4. Like A Dream- Francis and the Lights
5. The One Thing- Caroline Smith
6. Cold- Nick Hakim
7. What’s On Your Mind- Greyhounds
8. Take It As It Comes- J. Roddy Walston & The Business
9. Tumbleweed- Esmé Patterson
10. It Hurts- Bad Bad Hats
11. Evil- PHOX
12. After You (Daytrotter Session)- Chastity Brown
13. Funeral Beds- The Districts
14. Other Side- Cataldo
15. Head For The Hills- Night Beds
16. Everything I Do- Whiskeytown
17. Forget the Flowers- Wilco
18. Tomorrow (Live)- Shakey Graves
19. A Certain Light (Daytrotter Session)- Josh Ritter
20. Honest Song (Fuel/Friends Chapel Session)- Desirae Garcia
21. Let It Breathe- Water Liars
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.
NPR is now streaming the magnificent new album from The War On Drugs ahead of its release next week. Do yourself (and your day) a favor and give it a listen.
I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that I think PHOX is going to have a huge year. Not a believer yet? Head over to Noisetrade and grab their terrific live set from the iTunes Festival last year for free and hear for yourself.
Absolutely lovely new video here from Noah Gundersen for ‘Time Moves Quickly,’ the closing track on his debut album.
Goodness is this version of ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ spectacular.
A new song from Widower here. Let’s hope there’s something new cooking album-wise.
Some terrific camera trickeration in this here video of Shakey Graves playing ‘Tomorrow.’
‘Reed Road’ is comfortably atop my ‘This Needs A Proper Studio Recording’ list. Damn. Enjoy.
So maybe today will be a little more personal than normal. I have been struggling for the last few weeks to say what I want to say about the show I saw a few Friday’s ago at Fourth Presbyterian in Chicago featuring Josh Ritter without it being a bit personal, and I’ve come up empty, so what the hell, let’s do this, okay?
About a year ago, about the time my divorce became finalized, Josh Ritter released an album about his own divorce. It was a record that got me through the darkest period, giving me comfort in that ‘misery loves company’ kind of way. I haven’t listened to the album much since that point really, my mind viewing it as something that could never mean anything different than it already did: a sad reminder of a life that no longer existed. That’s all to say that I wasn’t sure really what to expect when I walked into the church that night with my little sister and my new ladyfriend.
That was silly. What I failed to hear in those songs during the dark days was that they have a whole other side to them, a side that’s full of hope and joy- I suppose it was difficult to see that redemptive side because I hadn’t lived the rest of the story Ritter was telling, hadn’t lived the part where the sorrow fades and happiness and love return. Sitting there in that church next to the woman who had brought those things back into my life made the whole story Ritter was telling crystal clear. It was kind of staggering to sit there and be reminded of how far I had come, how much different my life is, how happy I am now compared to a year ago, and it was just as eye-opening to see that these songs that had meant so much had grown right along with me.
I’ve said it a number of times to people recently, but a year is an insanely long time and it holds a whole lot of possibilities. It was good to be reminded of that again, and so interesting and comforting to see that the truth had been there all along in those songs I’ve loved and held close through it all.
and I’m happy for the first time in a long time.
So, this ‘Tethered Bones’ track by Talos? It’s a jam. A massive jam, even. And after this week, that’s what we need, right? Right. Enjoy.
The twitchy, gorgeous Night Beds track below isn’t new- it was released awhile back, before the record deal and the breakout, and the band has been playing a reworked version on the road for the last year plus- but there’s been no way to buy it since we all became familiar with Winston Yellen’s project last year thanks to the magnificent Country Sleep. That is, until today, when Yellen posted the track on Bandcamp for free (or whatever ‘price’ you put on an email address). Take a listen below and then head over to Bandcamp and grab it for free. Enjoy.
Delightfully weird, bright and wonderful, this new(-ish- there was a version of it released last year) (this version’s better) tune from Kishi Bashi is just what the doctor ordered today. It sounds like spring for three minutes and twenty seconds, guys and girls (even if it feels as though spring will never actually get here this year).
Kishi Bashi will release his new album, Lighght, on May 13th. Enjoy.
Thing I do a lot of: finding an artist, loving their sound, and then only giving them a small amount of wiggle room for changing from release to release. Thing I need to stop doing: That, because it’s dumb and stupid and it kept me from listening to these two great Matthew and the Atlas tracks for months, all because it didn’t sound like the lovely, banjo-y Matthew and the Atlas I expected. So yes, I feel very silly about being such a dumb music prejudicer . But. BUT. Now I am a changed man, so that’s good, right? (It’s not- I will do the same dumb thing soon with a different artist.)
Anyhow, take a listen these two positively terrific tracks and get very, very excited for Other Rivers, which comes out April 14th. Enjoy.
(Thanks, Faith, for the swift kick in the ass.)