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

NPR is still streaming the new Damien Rice album ahead of its release tomorrow. It’s real good.

I watched this video of Wilco playing ‘I’m the Man Who Loves You’ backstage at Jimmy Fallon about 50 times this last week. I don’t think it was enough.

Bahamas playing ‘Bitter Memories’ in a Minnesota brewery. Yep, I like that.

Really love this video of the guys from Fort Frances covering ‘Chicago.’

No big deal, just Shakey Graves on a gondola playing a song that’s not on his new album.

I loved Saves The Day’s Through Being Cool so much when I was just a teen. I’m 31 and still love it, so this oral history of the record from Wired was probably my favorite thing I read this last week.

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.


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‘Mouthpiece’- Dan Mangan + Blacksmith

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.

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‘Every Age’- José González

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.

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‘Staggers and Rise’- Small Houses

‘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.

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‘May As Well’- Angel Olsen

A dusty, lovely love song for you, courtesy of Angel Olsen. Two minutes and thirty nine seconds of timeless beauty, this one. Enjoy.

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‘4th And Roebling’- The Districts

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.

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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.

NPR is now streaming the new album from Damien Rice. You should really go give it a listen. And then another.

This performance of ‘Eat For Free’ by Haley Bonar is the loveliest thing you’ll likely see today.

Here’s Field Report playing a slow, re-worked version of ‘Pale Rider,’ one of my favorite songs off their recently released albums.

Shakey Graves in a gondola? Yeah, that sounds good.

Really love this acoustic take on ‘Every Time The Sun Comes Up’ from Sharon Van Etten.

Here’s a Soundcloud playlist of what I was listening to last month (click here to listen on Soundcloud), and here’s a Spotify playlist of generally the same thing (with a few additions). Enjoy.

 

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