‘Summertime’- Lowell

I can’t remember the last time I listened to only one song on each leg of my commute. Well, couldn’t, until today, when I listened Lowell’s sleepy, late-summer jam ‘Summertime’ on my journey to and from work. Just an exquisite piece of pop here, guys and girls. 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.

A note (because some things are important and sometimes it’s necessary to use my small soapbox for important things): This has nothing to do with music, but we all need to be paying attention to what is happening in Ferguson, MO. Watching the events unfold (or, more accurately, watching tweets about events unfolding) over the last week-plus has been horrible and heartbreaking, with something new each day to be saddened and enraged by as the situation continues to deteriorate. The writing (here, here and here, for example) and the photographs (here, for example) have been some of the most important in recent memory, and you owe it to yourself to know what is going on, why it’s important, and why it’s a tragedy on every single level (and there are so many levels and layers).

The new albums from Ark Life, Bahamas and Benjamin Booker are all streaming ahead of their actual release. Go listen.

Speaking of Benjamin Booker, here he is playing ‘Have You Seen My Son?’ on the back of a cart in Paris for La Blogotheque. Man.

This acoustic performance of ‘Elysium’ from Bear’s Den is tremendously beautiful.

How about a new one from The Lumineers?

How about TWO new ones from Freelance Whales?

Pretty terrific video here of Strand of Oaks playing ‘Shut In,’ one of my favorite songs released this year.

We’ll end today with Sharon Van Etten playing ‘Our Love’ in a church, because, I mean, what better way to end this post? Enjoy.

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‘Home (Leave The Lights On)’- Field Report

We’ve been over this before, but it bears repeating: you should be unbelievably excited about Marigolden, the upcoming album from Field Report. ‘Home (Leave The Lights On)’ is the latest single from the album, and it is terrific, finding Chris Porterfield at his wordy, phrase-flipping best as he weaves a story of struggling through self-discovery over beautifully sliding guitars and that crisp, bouncy beat. This is the sound of a songwriter coming into their own. 

You should really go pre-order Marigolden right now (it’s due out 10/7)- it’s one of the finest things I’ve heard all year, and I know you’ll agree once it hits your ears. Enjoy.

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it’s not as bad as it seems – a mix

Here’s a mix of songs I’ve been listening to as the dog days of summer have hit. Hope you enjoy!

 


(listen via the embedded player above or click here to listen on 8tracks)

1. The Years (Prologue)- The Midnight
2. Inside Out- Spoon
3. Stay With Us- Seoul
4. Walking Home- Nick Leng
5. Halflife- Kite Party
6. Cover Up- Lucy Rose
7. Pioneer of Your Heart- JMR
8. Gold Silver Diamond- Generationals
9. Housebroken Man- Quiet Life
10. What You Want To- Ark Life
11. Kalifornia- Goodbye Chanel
12. Coastal- Abram Shook
13. Saturday Night- The Wooden Sky
14. Shut In- Strand of Oaks
15. Blue Eyes- The Rosebuds
16. Blind (Kesha cover)- Lydia Loveless
17. Avant Gardener- Courtney Barnett
18. Being Borned Again- Hoots & Hellmouth
19. Call Me- St. Paul and The Broken Bones

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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 new tune from Courtney Marie Andrews is about as lovely as it gets.

Need some late summer jams? Go get this mix.

Jeff Tweedy, his son and Lucius all hanging out in a cave, playing a song. Just a normal day.

I am very, very ready for the ‘summer music festival bubble‘ to burst.

This Hiss Golden Messenger tune is becoming one of my favorites of 2014.

You are likely not from Calgary, but that doesn’t matter (because it’s likely coming to a dial near you soon, I’m sure): we, as humans, should all be embarrassed by the fact that a radio station is shortening songs because people get bored too easily. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Hozier playing ‘Like Real People Do’ in front of a quickly fading sunset is rather nice, yes.

Made a quick mix of songs to soundtrack my favorite time of the day, morning coffee time. Lots of old favorites here. Take a listen if you’d like. Enjoy.

 

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‘Dark Side Of The Moon’- Chris Staples

You know that real good, peaceful feeling you get when you are listening to something that sounds like exactly what you want to be listening to at that very moment? I get that feeling every time Chris Staples‘ ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ comes on. In fact, the whole album from which it comes, American Soft (due out next Tuesday and available to stream right here), elicits that feeling. Real fantastic, this one (and album). Enjoy.

 

 

(Thanks, Pete!)

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‘Kintsukuroi’- Hey Rosetta!

Didn’t really expect a big, bright, beautiful song from Hey Rosetta! (to go with the announcement of their new album, due out October 21st), but sometimes Monday surprises you. Enjoy. 

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