A sparse, stunning new tune from Nathaniel Rateliff for you this late November Sunday. Look for Rateliff’s Closer EP on January 27th. Enjoy.
Sometimes all you need is an engaging voice and a piano (and a few broken down horns) to make something altogether lovely and compelling, as Tobias Jesso Jr. and his new song ‘Hollywood’ prove. Get familiar, guys and girls- this is going to be a name to watch in 2015. Enjoy.
Bonus: Tobias also put together one of the finest Take Away Shows I’ve ever watched/heard. Man oh man, these songs.
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 out the archive here.
Fell down a Nathaniel Rateliff Youtube Rabbit Hole last week and stubbled across these three videos of tunes of his I’m 85% positive aren’t released yet and am 100% positive are fantastic.
This stripped down version of Ang Low’s ‘Wild Horses’ is about as lovely as it gets.
Go here to listen to (and download) Phosphorescent covering all of the things.
Just First Aid Kit sitting around the American Songwriter studios, playing ‘Waitress Song’ and being tremendous.
Hiss Golden Messenger’s new album has soundtracked my fall. This set MC Taylor recorded about a year ago for Paste has a few songs from it and is mighty fine.
You know what Shakey? Cover whatever you damn well please.
And finally, here’s a full Damien Rice concert. You know, cause you wanted to feel things first thing on a Monday. Enjoy.
Some insanely gorgeous (and insanely good) pop for you today, courtesy of Years and Years. Enjoy.
Bonus: I will take any excuse to post one of the finest tracks of the year- ‘Eyes Shut’- again, so here it is.
I tried to think of something to say about ‘For No One,’ the first single from Houndmouth’s forthcoming sophomore album, but I can’t say it any better than my friend Jeff did this morning: it’s a bitter song, wrapped up prettily except for that bleed through (‘that bleed through’ referring to the chilling, angry, faint voice in the background, the one, I think, that brings this song to life). Real, real good, this one. Can’t wait for that album. Enjoy.
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 out the archive here
NPR is still streaming the new Damien Rice album ahead of its release tomorrow. It’s real good.
I watched this video of Wilco playing ‘I’m the Man Who Loves You’ backstage at Jimmy Fallon about 50 times this last week. I don’t think it was enough.
Bahamas playing ‘Bitter Memories’ in a Minnesota brewery. Yep, I like that.
Really love this video of the guys from Fort Frances covering ‘Chicago.’
No big deal, just Shakey Graves on a gondola playing a song that’s not on his new album.
I loved Saves The Day’s Through Being Cool so much when I was just a teen. I’m 31 and still love it, so this oral history of the record from Wired was probably my favorite thing I read this last week.
Man alive, this new Take Away Show with Lee Fields.
This video of River City Extension playing ‘Welcome to Pittsburgh’ is mighty nice.
Not the largest fan of ‘official’ videos, but these three (Donovan Woods’ ‘Let Us Now Praise Simple Men,’ Caroline Smith’s ‘Half About Being A Woman’ and Typhoon’s ‘Prosthetic Love’) are all wonderful and worth your time. Enjoy.
There’s a lot to love in ‘Mouthpiece,’ the latest single from Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, but what I love most is the way Dan Mangan’s voice moves back and forth throughout from being a calming presence to adding to all the nervous, beautiful energy that drives the song. Add Club Meds to the list of albums we should all be looking forward to coming out early next year (in this case, January 13th). Enjoy.