I’m not at all sure there’s anything better on a cold, damp day than Josh Ritter singing a song, especially one as lovely as Chris Smither’s ‘Rosalie.’ Enjoy.
I’ve listened to this tune from The Phoncurves about 100 times since my friend Faith introduced me to it about a week ago. I dunno, man, it might be the most addictive, fun, catchy thing I’ve heard this year, a love song dripping with ooh’s and ahh’s and time changes and harmonies. You’re about to have a new favorite song, I think. Enjoy.
Holly Lapsley Fletcher (who goes by Låpsley) is making this whole music thing look too damn easy. Right around the turn of the year she released the altogether tremendous ‘Station,’ which was quickly followed by the equally tremendous ‘Painter (valentine)‘ and now there’s ‘Falling Short,’ which might be my favorite tune from her yet, that versatile, beautiful voice of hers and that gorgeous piano combining to make something wholly wonderful. Big things ahead for Ms. Fletcher, I believe. Enjoy.
Produced by T Bone Burnett, Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes was written and performed in creative collaboration by Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford. The artists and Burnett gathered in Capitol Studios in March to write and create music for a treasure trove of recently discovered lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes.
That’s quite the backstory and cast of characters, huh? Marcus Mumford’s delicately beautiful interpretation of ‘When I Get My Hands On You’ is the first taste of what’s to come, and judging by it we all might be in for quite the treat. Enjoy.
There’s a lot of good stuff that’s been posted lately that I haven’t shared (either as its own post or as part of Monday Links). So let’s catch up, shall we?
‘Forgiveness’ (Patty Griffin cover)- The Local Strangers
One of my most favorite covers finally saw proper release recently as my friends The Local Strangers put out a terrific covers EP called Borrowed Songs. Five fantastic takes on songs they didn’t write, but this one…. mannnnn this one.
‘Marigolden’- Field Report
This is the altogether gorgeous title track from Field Report’s forthcoming album. I’ve said it a few times, but Marigolden is one of the finest albums of 2014. You will love it.
‘I Don’t Want To Change You’- Damien Rice
I still kinda can’t believe Damien Rice is releasing a new album… but goddamn am I excited to feel a whole bunch of things.
‘Runners In The Night’- The Rural Alberta Advantage
Another band it’s great to have a new album from: The Rural Alberta Advantage. Stream the whole thing right here.
‘These Days’ (Jackson Browne cover)- David McMillin
This is one of my all-time favorite songs, and this version right here is a killer. That harmonica in the middle? It’s not fair. (Download it for free, cause David’s a nice guy, by hitting the arrow on the embedded player.)
‘Blood I Bled’- The Staves
Yeah, so this tune is some kind of beautiful.
Nothing not to love about this bouncy, jangly song from a dad and his son.