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 new albums from Waxahatchee, The Mountain Goats and Toro Y Moi. Oh, and you can still stream that new Sufjan Stevens album before it comes out tomorrow. You should give them all a listen.

This new tune from PHOX is very likely the best thing you will hear all day. Mannnnn.

Remember that great album from The Local Strangers I talked about a few weeks ago? Well, cool news: they put up a 9-song sampler (including my favorite song from it, ‘Goodbye/Goodnight’) on Noisetrade that you can get for free (let’s be honest, the ‘price’ of your email is free, kids). You need to take advantage of that deal.

It’s real nice to have new tunes from Lucy Rose out in the world.

Why yes, I do very much love this new video for what might be my favorite song released so far this year, Lord Huron’s ‘Fool For Love.’

And now, Nathaniel Rateliff and his band playing ‘Something Beautiful’ (another of my favorite songs released in 2015) in bed. Yep. Enjoy.

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catching up

Hey, kids. It’s been a little bit of time. Let’s talk about tunes.

‘Waitress’- Hop Along
I love the slightly unhinged nature of this, all power chords and vocals that lurch back and forth between singing and yelling. I’ve played this probably 85 times the last week, I’d say, which seems like a lot but should be more.

‘Coffee’ (Sylvan Esso cover)- Bear’s Den
What happens when a band you love covers another band you love? Good things, you guys. We need more bands we love covering other bands we love, because we deserve good things.

‘Worship’- Years & Years
In a just and fair world Years & Years would be pop stars and touring the world and be all over the radio. We do not live in a just and fair world, but we still get to enjoy them and all that stuff. How about you just go ahead and hit play and dance it out? Yes, yes let’s do that.

‘Let Me Down’- The Staves
You want to hear something really pretty? Of course you do.

‘Future People’- Alabama Shakes
Hey, you. Yeah, you. Let’s get kinda weird.

‘Still’- The Japanese House
I’m kinda pumped to get super sunburned to this song this summer.

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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, and should, stream the incredibly sad, incredibly beautiful new album from Sufjan Stevens.

All Leon Bridges, all the time.

Hayden has a new album coming out tomorrow. It’s real good. This isn’t new, and it isnt’ a song that’s on the new album, but here he is covering The National because, yeahhhh.

Very much digging this new tune from Quiet Life.

And now, here’s The Bronze Medal making some very pretty, very sad music in their house.

Got 20 minutes? Cool, here’s a little live set from The Districts that should convince you that you really need to go see them live ASAP.

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

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hey! thanks.

Today is, somehow, the 4th birthday of this here blog, so I just wanted to take a quick second and thank you for coming to this little corner of the internet- it means a lot to me, and I appreciate you stopping by. Hopefully you’ve found some new music to love/obsess over in the almost 1400 posts that have appeared here.

Life over the last four years has been a roller coaster, but music/this blog has been one of the few things that has remained constant in my life, giving me a bit of a creative outlet and allowing me to connect with the people that have helped me through it all. Thank you for being a part of that.

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covers (vol. 10) – a mix

I love covers, and it’s been far too long since there was a new covers mix on this here site. So, here’s a new collection of covers, all of which I think you’ll love. Enjoy!


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

1. Bird on the Wire (Leonard Cohen)- Father John Misty
2. Lover (You Don’t Treat Me No Good) (Sonia Dada)- Chet Faker
3. Holy Ghost (DRGN King)- Small Houses
4. Standing At The Crossroads of Love (Diana Ross & The Supremes)- The Districts
5. Blind (Ke$ha)- Lydia Loveless
6. We All, Us Three, Will Ride (Will Oldham)- Iron & Wine
7. Drive All Night (Bruce Springsteen)- Sharon Van Etten
8. Why She’s Acting This Way (Townes Van Zandt)- Phosphorescent
9. The Trapeze Swinger (Iron & Wine)- Gregory Alan Isakov
10. Girl From The North Country (Bob Dylan)- Noah Gundersen and David Ramirez
11. Red Eyes (The War On Drugs)- Alice Boman
12. Archie, Marry Me (Alvvays)- Ben Gibbard
13. No Lion (Boom Forest)- PHOX
14. The Promise (When In Rome)- Sturgill Simpson
15. Ten Years Gone (Led Zepplin)- Michael Kiwaunka
16. Save Me A Place (Fleetwood Mac)- Josh Ritter
17. Heavenly Father (Bon Iver)- Highasakite
18. Romulus (Sufjan Stevens)- Donovan Woods
19. Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen)- Bear’s Den
20. America (Simon and Garfunkel)- First Aid Kit
21. West Coast (Lana Del Rey)- James Vincent McMorrow
22. The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton (The Mountain Goats)- Nathaniel Rateliff
23. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning (Richard Thompson)- Sean Rowe
24. So Long, Marianne (Leonard Cohen)- Basia Bulat
25. August and Everything After (Counting Crows)- David McMillin

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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.

The new Houndmouth record comes out tomorrow, and you can/should go stream it right now. Instant classic and all sorts of fun, that one.

So, this cover of ‘Girl From The North Country’ by Noah Gundersen and David Ramirez is a thing. Holy crap.

JamInTheVan stuffed The Suffers inside a van. This was a good idea.

A Take Away Show with Spoon? Yes, please.

Just Tobias Jesso Jr., a piano and a heartbreaking rendition of ‘How Could You Babe.’

Not one for official videos, but I’ll make an exception for this tremendous piece of work Benjamin Booker put together for ‘Slow Coming’ and ‘Wicked Waters.’

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catching up

Winter is dead.

‘Anonymous’- Fort Frances
This song sounds like spring. Goddamn does it sound good. (And you can download it for free by clicking that little downward arrow, which is rad. The dudes from Fort Frances are generous like that.)

‘Portland, Maine’- Donovan Woods
Donovan Woods wrote this and then Tim McGraw recorded it and now Donovan recorded it. As my friend Courtney said: I believe Donovan might not know where Portland, Maine is (he does, duh), but I don’t believe Tim doesn’t, and therefore I like Donovan’s version much better.

‘Should Have Known Better’- Sufjan Stevens
Well, guys and girls, there’s a good chance this new Sufjan record is going to just gut every single one of us and leave us in a puddle of feelings. I’d say it’s likely, even.

‘The World Ender’- Lord Huron
When I listen to ‘The World Ender’ I feel like I should have just done something that was illegal and I should be driving through a very hot, dusty landscape on my way to freedom. I am a square so this wouldn’t ever happen, but it’s nice to dream, kids.

‘Half A Native’- Buxton
Grab a sunset, you guys, and have a listen to this tune from Buxton. That’s nice, isn’t it?

‘Love More’ (Sharon Van Etten cover)- Justin Vernon (featuring Aaron & Bryce Dessner)
Soooooooooooooooo this is a thing that happened in real life. Whoa.

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