‘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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‘The Glow’- Esmé Patterson

Maybe you didn’t know, but Esmé Patterson released one of the finest records of 2014 so far today in the form of Woman To Woman. A 7-song collection of songs written from the perspective of the women who were made famous in the titles of classic songs, it’s smart, bold and altogether well-written, the rare concept album that sounds fresh.

It’s superb from start to finish, but I’ve been stuck on ‘The Glow’ today, a lovely, bright tune written from the perspective of Caroline (of The Beach Boys’ ‘Caroline, No’ fame). Take a listen to it below and then be sure to head here (for vinyl/cd) or here (for mp3s) to grab the whole tremendous record for yourself. Enjoy.

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‘Lost And Found’ (demo)- Tyler Lyle

‘Lost And Found,’ a stunning, slow-building/burning new tune from one of my favorite songwriters, Tyler Lyle, showed up unannounced overnight. With a new EP due out this week and a collaborative EP with producer iAmData on its way sometime soon, it appears we’re going to be hearing a lot from the very talented, very prolific Lyle this year. That’s good news. 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.

This long, tremendous piece on the blues, greatness and lostness was the best thing I’ve read in so, so long.

The Mahogany Blog posted an absolutely lovely session with Hozier last week.

Phox’s debut album comes out June 24th (pre-order here). ‘Noble Heart’ will be on it, and here they are playing it. You should be very excited about this album, guys and girls.

The liner notes Cameron Crowe wrote for the reissue of Josh Ritter’s The Golden Age of Radio are still my favorite liner notes. Read them here.

Daughter will be releasing a 5-song EP recorded with a 10-piece orchestra on Tuesday. Here are the videos for 3 of the tracks.

Just about halfway through the month. Here’s a Soundcloud playlist of what I’ve been listening to (listen to/follow playlist on Soundcloud here). Enjoy.

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a few for the weekend

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