The last six months to a year have been an absolute blur of life and change. I met a terrific lady, lost my job, moved home, moved out to Colorado without a job, moved in with that terrific lady I mentioned before and, finally, got a new job. I am not someone who likes change and uncertainty, and yet that’s what the last while of my life has been, though now things are more certain and better than they’ve been in quite some time. 

While music is still important to me, I don’t have the time and energy to dig through the endless amounts of not very good stuff every day to find that one song I believe in. Some days there’s not a lot of digging involved- someone just releases something awesome- but it’s seemed more and more like an obligation lately and less like something fun to do, which was the whole point of this blog to begin with. I suppose I’m very lucky that it took 3+ years for it to get to this point. 

Anyhow, when I originally started the blog I had this grand idea that I could hunt down something every day to post, and for a good while I did. Then I started to only do things on weekdays (and maybe a post on the weekends), because, well because that’s just what felt like what I wanted to do. 

So, where does that bring us? Well, where it brings us is here: I’m not at all interested in killing the site, but what I am going to do is switch to posting only on Monday’s (because Monday Links is one of my favorite things to put together) and when something catches my ear (I am still deaf in my left ear, that hasn’t changed) that I think you need to hear. Oh, and mixes. Those will still be here. There will be some weeks when maybe I’m posting every day, because the week is fruitful and your ears should be happy during those weeks. There may be some weeks where maybe it’s just Monday Links and that’s it, because sometimes the world is cruel. Who knows. What I’m hoping for is that this will lead to a) a site that is focused more on good songs and putting those good songs in the ears of the few people who stop by here every day and b) a happier life.

This was a whole lot of words for a change that really isn’t all that much of a change. If you like what’s posted here then there will still be those good types of things posted here, because good music deserves to be shared. And because I like you. Yep, you. 

Thanks for sticking around here and all those things for the last 3+ years. I appreciate it more than I can say. I’ll be seeing you soon (just not today, cause I couldn’t find a song).

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‘Inside Out’- Spoon

A bouncy, sassy, mesmerizing new tune from Spoon? Yes, I would like to put that on repeat for the foreseeable future, thankyouverymuch. I’m guessing you’ll have the same reaction. Enjoy.

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‘Blue Eyes’- The Rosebuds

This jangly piece of rock and roll from The Rosebuds is the only thing that sounds good on this, the first day of a week-long heat wave that makes going outside not really an option. Summer: not totally my thing. 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.

Oh, hey, how about a fantastic new one from Hiss Golden Messenger to start the day?

Or, you know, how about a new one from Widower?

Heather over at Fuel/Friends posted her Chapel Session with PHOX last week. You need to go download it now and listen to it over and over. It’s absurdly good (as you can see from the video below).

Shakey Graves playing ‘Christopher Columbus’ at Pickathon. Yes, please.

Nathaniel Rateliff can do no wrong. Not even on a gondola.

Absolutely love this version of ‘Breakers’ that Local Natives laid down out in the middle of nowhere.

Of Monsters and Men playing a special acoustic version of the song they wrote for the last Hunger Games movie. Really nice.

A little over halfway through the month. Here’s what I’ve been listening to so far. Click here to go listen on Soundcloud. Enjoy.

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a few for the weekend

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‘Tide’- Jay William Henderson

It’s been a long journey, this last almost two years or so, and I’ve gained a new appreciation for a lot of things. One of those things is tough, realistic love songs, songs where things aren’t an easy fairytale, where the person being written about isn’t the first one the author has said these words to, but that they know without a doubt that they mean this time. It’s nice to be on this side of things, to know these songs, songs like Jay William Henderson’s ‘Tide’ and Water Liars’ ‘Let It Breathe,’ can tell the story so perfectly. Enjoy.

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‘The Years (prologue)’- The Midnight

I’ve been listening to this swirling, slow-burning, synthy number from The Midnight (a collaboration between Tyler Lyle and producer iAmData) pretty much non-stop today. Their whole EP is made for summer in every way, but this, this is my jam. Go grab that EP- I’m sure your jam is on it. Enjoy.


Bonus: This also gives me a reason to repost ‘Gloria,’ which makes me very happy.

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