‘Rosalie’ (Chris Smither cover)- Josh Ritter

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.

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‘Heartstrings’- The Phoncurves

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.

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‘Falling Short’- Låpsley

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.

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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.

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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