‘Without You’/’Just A Dream’- Tobias Jesso Jr.

Just a couple of beautiful love songs pounded out on a piano in a bar, courtesy of Tobias Jesso Jr. and La Blogotheque. Man alive. Enjoy.

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‘Decision Day’- Field Report

Fact: the warm, redemption-soaked ‘Decision Day’ by Field Report is one of my favorite songs I’ve heard so far this year. It’s Chris Porterfield at his wordy, phrase-flipping best, in my opinion, weaving stories of past lives and hope-filled futures with ease.

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Marigolden, the album ‘Decision Day’ leads off, is one of the finest records you will hear all year. It comes out October 7th, but you should really go pre-order it, you guys. Enjoy.

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‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’- Damien Rice

I was just talking with a friend the other week about Damien Rice and how we might not ever hear another record from him. It seemed like a pretty foregone conclusion at that point, really, as Rice has all but disappeared since the release of 9 8 years back.

Yesterday Rice announced a new album, his third proper full-length, due out in November (pre-order here).

I. Am. Excite. Here’s the title track, which is good and crushing and man is it good to have Damien Rice back. Enjoy.

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‘The Whip’- Jesse Marchant

For Jesse Marchant (formerly JBM), ‘The Whip’ is a rather brisk, brief, breezy tune. Those aren’t characteristics I’d normally associate with him and his work, but they work here without any issue at all. And that voice, still. Man.

Jesse Marchant’s new album comes out tomorrow. Color me excited. 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.

You can stream new albums from Hiss Golden MessengerRyan Adams and Justin Townes Earle ahead of their release tomorrow. You should do that.

Speaking of Ryan Adams, Steven Hyden wrote about him and his untold number of unreleased albums. It’s a tremendous read.

This video from Southern Souls of The Weather Station and friends playing ‘Personal Eclipse’ is about as lovely as it gets.

A Take Away Show with Jack White? Yep, I’ll watch that.

Courtney Marie Andrews is on that list of those who can’t seem to write a bad song. I’m a big fan of those on that list.

Could you sum yourself up in three songs? Heather over at Fuel/Friends did (in rather stunning fashion, as she’s prone to do). I’ll be giving this a whirl at some point (in much less stunning fashion, obviously).

Very much love this completely fun and ridiculous video of Ark Life playing ‘She.’ Enjoy.

 

 

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catching up

So, it was really quiet around here last week, huh? It’s not that there wasn’t anything good put out into the world last week, it’s just that I was pretty caught up in life and such. Anyhow, let’s take a look/listen to a few tracks that showed up last week that are really good and need to be in your ears.

‘Get Down’- Motopony
This new Motopony jam is some grandiose and slightly weird pop music. Just how I like it.

‘Vessel’- Dan Mangan + Blacksmith
Dan Mangan is back with a new band and sound. Good news: he’s still awesome. Very happy to have new music from Dan.

‘Above The Clouds of Pompeii’- Bear’s Den
Goddamn. I’ll leave my feelings about releasing a rerecording of a previously released single for another time (spoiler: not a huge fan), and just leave this here because there’s never a bad day to hear ‘Pompeii’ (you’ll never get me to call it the new name).

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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.

New albums from Ryan Adams, Justin Townes Earle and The Wooden Sky are all streaming. You should give each of them a listen or 12 ahead of their release.

This video of Conor Oberst, First Aid Kit and Dawes playing ‘Lua’ brings back the memories. I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning is still fantastic.

Here’s Ark Life playing a slowed down version of ‘You’re With Me.’ Damn do I love this song.

Jeremy over at Hi 5 For Lo Fi explains why Bandcamp is the best option for artists (especially now that Soundcloud is going to an ad service).

Just Cataldo playing one of my favorite songs of the year (‘Other Side’) at a soccer practice. Happens all the time I’m sure.

Bear’s Den playing ‘Bad Blood.’ Yes, please.

And here’s Afie from Bahamas playing a solo version of ‘Stronger Than That’ on the CBC.

This Tiny Ruins Take Away Show is some kind of lovely.

Because it’s Labor Day and ‘Summer Skin’ is the only song I think of when it’s this day. Enjoy.

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