Of the three songs that have been released ahead of Damien Rice’s new album, ‘The Greatest Bastard’ is easily the most beautifully crushing. It’s so, so good to have this sad bastard virtuoso back. Enjoy.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited about a new artist but after about 87 listens to both ‘Coming Home’ and ‘Better Man’ today I can go ahead and say I’m real, real excited about Leon Bridges. Smooth, easy and soulful, the future looks incredibly bright for Mr. Bridges. Enjoy.
I know I say this every time, but goddamn is Donovan Woods good at music. Here are two new tunes he posted just this morning, full of that hushed, gorgeous urgency that makes his music so appealing. This guy, guys and girls. Enjoy.
It’s been a blur since we moved into our house in the middle of the summer- lots of boxes to unpack, ‘gigantic man furniture,’ as my girlfriend has dubbed the stuff I moved across country, to situate, guests to entertain, a new commute to learn, a new city (and time zone) to get used to and if you’re our puppy, a whole new set of corners and baseboards to smell. It’s only in the last month or so that we’ve really settled in to this happy, comfortable new life we’ve made for ourselves in this little house whose light always seems to be golden. It’s the life I came out here for, and it’s a life that makes me very happy on a daily basis. These are the songs that I’ve been listening to as it’s all taken shape and the trees have been changing colors. Enjoy.
(listen via the embedded player above or click here to listen on 8tracks)
1. Lucia- Hiss Golden Messenger
2. If I’m Unworthy- Blake Mills
3. Flowering- Tweedy
4. Veins- Palace
5. Long Distance- The Districts
6. Reminders, Defeats- Jesse Marchant
7. Love Ain’t Enough- The Barr Brothers
8. Marigolden- Field Report
9. Heavenly Father- Bon Iver
10. Tunnel- The Bronze Medal
11. Bad Blood- Bear’s Den
12. Dark Side Of The Moon- Chris Staples
13. Master Pretender- First Aid Kit
14. Pansy Waltz- Shakey Graves
15. Marrow In The Morrow- Jay William Henderson
16. It Just Got Weird- Donovan Woods and Robyn Dell’Unto
17. Why Do I Try- Horse Feathers
18. Lay Low (Shovels & Rope cover)- Noah Gundersen
19. August and Everything After (Counting Crows cover)- David McMillin
Hey, so it’s been awhile, huh? Here’s some of what I’ve been listening to lately, all of which I think you’ll really like.
‘Chapter And Verse’- Hiss Golden Messenger
Lateness of Dancers, the latest offering from Hiss Golden Messenger, has been the soundtrack to more days lately than I can count. It’s gorgeous through and through and might be my favorite record released this year. Nevermind, it is.
‘Dead End Thanks’- Horse Feathers
This new Horse Feathers album, So It Is With Us, is some kind of tremendous and beautiful, guys and girls. ‘Dead End Thanks’ is my favorite tune, but there isn’t a bad one amongst the 10-song bunch.
‘Walking With A Stranger’- Chris Staples
I went to a house show featuring Chris Staples last night. He opened with this song, one of my favorites released this year, and everyone just sat in stunned silence for a few seconds after the last note faded out. I’m still kinda on a high from it. What a lovely, warm tune.
‘Love Ain’t Enough’- The Barr Brothers
This tune from The Barr Brothers is so heartbreakingly good. Mannnnn.