catching up

It’s been awhile, you guys. Let’s talk jams.

‘Howling At Nothing’- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Hey, remember when I lost my mind over the first single from these guys last week? It happened again when this one came out. This album is going to be a thing.

”Not For Nothing’- Mutual Benefit
Man, it’s good to have new music from Mutual Benefit. Let’s hope this means there’s a new album on the way.

‘Grand Old Flags’- Fountaineer
I basically just wanna put this song on and drive through a desert at a high rate of speed. This is an absolute jam. (Thanks, Ian.)

‘Dream Lover’- Destroyer
This one, too (both the driving and the jam thing).

‘Just Like Blood’- Sharon Van Etten
You know, just Sharon Van Etten making you feel things, no big deal.

‘Strangers’- Langhorne Slim and The Law
Well this here is a whole lot of fun.

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‘These Are The Mountains Moving’- Fort Frances

As tends to happen when I hear a song that I immediately fall in love with, I know where I was when I first heard ‘These Are The Mountains Moving.’ Last July on my girlfriend’s birthday we watched Fort Frances play a (probably not permitted) set in an alley between Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the building adjacent to it when sometime in the back half of the set David sat down at the piano and played through a song I hadn’t heard from them before. There wasn’t so much as a word of introduction, nor any to follow-up, and I remember just sort of standing there silently after the last notes faded before leaning over and saying ‘That was a thing’ to my girlfriend. I had just moved to Colorado a few months earlier, and just started my job earlier that month, so my feelings didn’t stand much of a chance against a song about mountains and taking chances and growing up. Thing is: they still don’t. I’m sure I’ve said it here before, and I know I’ve told him directly, but David McMillin is becoming one of my favorite songwriters, and ‘These Are The Mountains’ might be my favorite song he’s penned.

Beyond excited to present the premiere of this tremendous live video of the band playing this song I love so much.

Fort Frances released their brand new EP, No One Needs To Know Our Name, last week. It’s absolutely phenomenal and well worth your money. Enjoy.

Bonus: Here’s an ‘unplugged’ version of the tune that’s included on that aforementioned new EP. I obviously love this version very much.

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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.

Two things I love: my momma and the stories behind songs. Here’s Leon Bridges talking about the story behind/playing his song ‘Lisa Sawyer’ (which, spoiler, is a song about his momma).

Have had the new EP from Fort Frances on repeat the last week. Here they are in session for City Winery, featuring a couple old favorites and a couple new favorites.

How about a full set from Nathaniel Rateliff, too? Cool. Starts about 3 minutes in, is very awesome.

Phox covering Blink 182? Sure, yeah, let’s do this.

An acoustic version of ‘The Bear At The Window’ from The Barr Brothers sounds like a thing we need in our lives, yes.

Here’s Whitehorse and Abby & Noah Gundersen covering Neil Young, because that is a thing that should happen. Man alive.

Small Houses in an abandoned silo? Yes, please.

Here’s what I’ve been listening to so far this month (click here to listen on Soundcloud). Enjoy.

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‘I Need Never Get Old’- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Good god. It’s been a good long while since I’ve been excited enough to freak out and send a song to every single one of my friends who generally like music (or like it enough to tolerate me freaking out about it). It’s been even longer since I’ve used the phrase ‘hot fire.’ This afternoon I found myself sending notes to just about everyone I knew with some form of the phrase ‘this is hot fire’ and a link to this new Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats song. Go ahead. Hit play below. Let that toe tap. Let that leg start to dance a bit.  Give in. This… this is a thing, guys and girls. A real good, exciting, electric thing. 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.

Fort Frances has a tremendous EP coming out tomorrow. You should go stream it right now.

Missed this Villagers Take Away Show when it was posted a month ago, so I made up for it by watching it approximately 847 times this last week.

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith in Berlin? Yes, yes that is nice.

Feel like we are a few months away from Rhodes being a very big thing.

And now, Jason Isbell covering Kris Kristofferson. Man. Enjoy.

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catching up

Let’s talk tunes.

‘River’- Leon Bridges
As my girlfriend said when we saw him opening up for Lord Huron, I’d believe in pretty much anything Leon Bridges told me to believe in. Goodness.

‘Slow Dancer’- Noah Gundersen
Yeah, so, this tune, this new one from Noah Gundersen… it’s a thing. Whoa.

’24 Frames’- Jason Isbell
Here’s the thing about Jason Isbell: he’s one of the finest songwriters going today. This new one only reinforces that fact.

‘Blue Honey’- Jimi Charles Moody
Whole lot of soul and beauty in this one, guys and girls.

‘Have Mercy’- Eryn Allen Kane
Listen, I hear the MJ-ness in there, too. BUT I DON’T CARE CAUSE I LOVE IT. More pop songs like this, please.

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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 now stream the new album from Patrick Watson. You should do that.

The thing about the songs from Hiss Golden Messenger’s Lateness of Dancers is that they are still perfect. Here’s MC Taylor playing two of those songs.

Hey, here’s Natalie Prass playing one of the finest songs released so far this year, ‘My Baby Don’t Understand Me.’

….and Wangel playing another, ‘Seoul.’

The four musicians played the rest of their set like a bunch of medium-talent, delusional, backstabbing traitors.‘ Easily my favorite piece of comedic writing in the last while.

Made a short new mix last week. I think you might like a few tunes. (Click here to listen on 8tracks.)

Four videos of Nathaniel Rateliff playing in Belfast in 2010 sounds like the right way to end this here update. Enjoy.


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