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.

I mean, maybe we just have Eddie Berman and Laura Marling cover all of the songs.

This Lowell tune is quickly becoming one of my favorites of the year.

This Bear’s Den tune is still a punch in the gut even though I’ve heard it eleventy billion times.

Tweedy performing at the Tiny Desk? Yes, that is something worth watching.

Pretty obsessed with the new Blake Mills album lately. Here’s one reason why.

End of the month is almost here, so below is a Soundcloud playlist of what I’ve been listening to the past (almost) 30 days (click here to listen on Soundcloud). Oh, and I made some updates to my ‘What I’m Listening To’ Spotify playlist, too, if you prefer to listen there. Enjoy.

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‘When I Get My Hands On You’ (Bob Dylan)- Marcus Mumford

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.

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catching up

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.

‘Flowering’- Tweedy
Nothing not to love about this bouncy, jangly song from a dad and his son.

 

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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 streaming new albums from Perfume Genius and Tweedy before their respective releases tomorrow.

Some exceptional reads for your Monday:
Jeff Tweedy on why the album isn’t dead/is still important.
Steven Hyden on the comeback of Garth Brooks (and why it may not be such a slam dunk).
Louisa Thomas on the NFL, it’s domestic violence/violence problem, and why it’s so complicated to be a fan.

Watch as Highasakite cover Bon Iver’s ‘Heavenly Father’ in the loveliest of ways.

Hadn’t ever heard the original Sea Stacks song Hilang Child is covering here, but damn is this a gorgeous take.

Basia Bulat covering Leonard Cohen. Yes, please.

Not big on Sam Smith, but I am big on Eliza and the Bear covering his tune.

We end this Monday cover fest with Strand of Oaks covering The National, because yes. Enjoy.

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‘Rotton Ol’ Me’/’Wild Card’- Shakey Graves

Here’s the thing about how good Shakey Graves is: these two ridiculously good songs below? They aren’t even on the album he’s putting out next month. Good lord, man. Enjoy.

 

 

Bonus: Hey, let’s just go ahead and post a bunch of live takes of the songs that WILL be on the album, okay?

 

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fall2014 – a mix

I say this every year, but fall is my favorite season. It’s got all of the good things: postseason baseball, the ability to keep the windows open all day and night, changing trees, chili, pumpkin beer & pumpkin pie, football and sweatshirt weather, amongst other things. This is a mix for days filled with those things. Enjoy.


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

1. Dearly Departed- Shakey Graves
2. I See A Darkness- Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
3. Saturday’s Song- Hiss Golden Messenger
4. Decision Day- Field Report
5. The Lake- DeYarmond Edison
6. Our Love Will- Ryan Tanner
7. A Memory Of You- Matthew & The Atlas
8. You’re With Me- Ark Life
9. Afraid of Nothing- Sharon Van Etten
10. Still Trying- Nathaniel Rateliff
11. Justice- Miss America
12. Elysium- Bear’s Den
13. Even the Darkness Has Eyes- The Barr Brothers
14. Forgiveness (Patty Griffin cover)- The Local Strangers
15. These Days (Jackson Browne cover)- David McMillin
16. Wolf (Live)- Sylvan Esso
17. Terror In The Canyons (The Wounded Master) (Live)- Phosphorescent
18. Oh, Mississippi (Live)- Lissie

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‘Little Lover’- Foreign Fields

Not totally sure what I was expecting when I pressed play on the below Foreign Fields tune- something pretty, probably- but it for sure wasn’t a breezy, sexy little number with a video that gets real weird at the end. Hey, I mean, not judging or complaining in the least- I dig it. A lot. Enjoy.

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