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Man alive, this new Take Away Show with Lee Fields.
This video of River City Extension playing ‘Welcome to Pittsburgh’ is mighty nice.
Not the largest fan of ‘official’ videos, but these three (Donovan Woods’ ‘Let Us Now Praise Simple Men,’ Caroline Smith’s ‘Half About Being A Woman’ and Typhoon’s ‘Prosthetic Love’) are all wonderful and worth your time. Enjoy.
There’s a lot to love in ‘Mouthpiece,’ the latest single from Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, but what I love most is the way Dan Mangan’s voice moves back and forth throughout from being a calming presence to adding to all the nervous, beautiful energy that drives the song. Add Club Meds to the list of albums we should all be looking forward to coming out early next year (in this case, January 13th). Enjoy.
It’s hard to believe it will have been about 8 years since the last solo album appeared from José González when he finally releases his new one, Vestiges & Claws, in February. ‘Every Age’ is the first taste from said album, and it’s just as beautiful and enchanting as we’ve all come to expect from his solo work. It’s so, so good to have José González back. Man. Enjoy.
‘Staggers and Rise’ is the first single from Small Houses‘ forthcoming album, Still Talk; Second City (due out in February), and, well, it is fantastic. The track finds Jeremy Quentin rocking a bit more freely than he did on last year’s superb Exactly Where You Wanted To Be, though under that looser exterior he’s still delivering lines and turning phrases in that urgent, worn way that makes him such a compelling songwriter. I absolutely cannot wait for this album. Enjoy.
Bonus: Here’s a couple live videos of a few other (also very terrific) cuts from the forthcoming album.
Of the pleasant surprises this year for me music-wise, The Districts have to rank near the top of the list. I was thinking about it earlier, and I can’t remember the last loud, dynamic rock & roll (for lack of a better term- I’m sure there’s one out there, but I’m tired) band I’ve been excited about before them. It’s been awhile, but it’s nice that they’ve stepped into that void. I think after listening to their new single- ‘4th And Roebling,’ taking from their forthcoming album A Flourish And A Spoil, out next February- you’re going to jump on the bandwagon, too. Enjoy.
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.