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 out the archive here.

Albums you should really be streaming ahead of their release tomorrow: Bear’s Den, Hey Rosetta! and Horse Feathers.

Found this piece on how the ties between consumption of music and personal identity have changed to be absolutely spot-on.

Donovan Woods is really good at music. Here’s a new song from him.

Looking to add to your personal fall soundtrack? Good, cause this mix needs to be part of it.

Nothing to dislike about this Take Away Show with NO CEREMONY///.

Monday feelings for you, courtesy of Damien Rice. 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 out the archive here.

You can now stream the new album from Horse Feathers. You should do that.

This session with Hiss Golden Messenger is mighty fine.

Ryan Tanner released one of the finest albums of 2014. Here he is playing a song from it, ‘Black Heart Painted Red.’

The smartest, most spot-on and important thing said about that whole Sun Kil Moon/The War On Drugs thing. 

Caught Basia Bulat opening for Bahamas last week. She is as lovely and captivating in person as you’d ever hope an artist to be. Here she is playing one of her most beautiful tunes, ‘The Shore.’

Looking for a fall playlist? My friend Faith has you covered.

Field Report released one of 2014’s best albums last week. Here are the stories behind every song. Fantastic stuff.

A Jackson Browne Tiny Desk Concert? Yes, please. Enjoy.

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‘Family and Genus’ / ‘House of Winston’- Shakey Graves

Was I maybe a little worried that, having fanboyed out like an out-of-control teenager for the last 6 months to a year and built up some ridiculous expectations, I was going to be very let down/look very silly when this Shakey Graves album finally came out? YEAH I WAS MAYBE A LITTLE BIT. But then it came out and… you guys, it’s really damn good and now I feel vindicated in being super annoying about him for so long (and as such, this has been running through my brain ever since- and now it will take over your brain, too).

So, what makes And The War Came such a success? Alejandro Rose-Garcia, basically. This album shows off everything that makes him such a captivating character- there’s the infectious energy in songs like ‘Dearly Departed,’ the dusty picking in tunes like ‘House of Winston,’ and the willingness to get a little out there and weird (while always staying true to his sound), as in ‘Family and Genus.’ It is, I think, the well-produced, completely electric album that his fans had hoped for, one that will not only please them but also, I think, open him up to a massive new audience.

Enjoy.

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‘August And Everything After’ (Counting Crows cover)- David McMillin

A couple weeks back I got an email from my friend David McMillin asking if I had any ideas of covers he should try and learn for his debut Daytrotter session. My first suggestion on the list, I believe, was ‘August And Everything After,’ the lost title track of one of my favorite records ever. I didn’t expect him to cover it (it’s a long track, and he was recording his session the next day), but I was obviously hoping he would. Well, Friday I got an email with the recording you hear below, and, well, it’s as tremendous and stunning as I had hoped when I made the request. Man oh man, this song (and this cover), you guys. Enjoy.

 

Bonus: Here’s David playing another song on just the piano, my favorite Fort Frances (of which he is the lead singer) tune ‘The City By The Sea.’

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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 out the archive here.

 

You should go stream Field Report’s new album before its release tomorrow. Then go buy it tomorrow. It’s one of the best things you’ll hear all year.

How to start your week out right: head over to Jay William Henderson’s Bandcamp page and grab his latest record, Hymns to My Amnesia- it’s name your price/free, and it’s exceptional.

This new tune from David Wax Museum is all sorts of lovely, as you’d expect.

Fort Frances is currently working on a new album, which I’m very excited for (and you should be, too). Here they are in the back of a brewery playing ‘Sigh of Relief,’ a fantastic tune that’s likely going to be on said new album.

The thing about these acoustic videos from First Aid Kit is that they never get old and I always love them.

Oh, hey, just Michael Kiwanuka covering ‘Waitin’ ’round To Die.’

Want to watch/listen to Ben Howard and his band play their whole new album live before it comes out later this month? You’re in luck.

Ryan Adams covers Foreigner, because Ryan Adams is a national treasure.

Here are two more live takes of tunes from that Shakey Graves album that comes out tomorrow… and one that’s not even on it. Guy is a good-music-making machine. Enjoy.


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‘Rosalie’ (Chris Smither cover)- Josh Ritter

I’m not at all sure there’s anything better on a cold, damp day than Josh Ritter singing a song, especially one as lovely as Chris Smither’s ‘Rosalie.’ Enjoy.

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‘Heartstrings’- The Phoncurves

I’ve listened to this tune from The Phoncurves about 100 times since my friend Faith introduced me to it about a week ago. I dunno, man, it might be the most addictive, fun, catchy thing I’ve heard this year, a love song dripping with ooh’s and ahh’s and time changes and harmonies. You’re about to have a new favorite song, I think. Enjoy.

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