catching up

It feels like it’s been a long time. It’s been a long time, right?

‘My Man’- Valley Queen
Holy crap, you guys. This band is going to be huge.

‘Harmless’- Amanda Shires
Well, this is altogether lovely.

‘Hardcore’- Reignwolf
I am very, very, very much looking forward to the (long awaited) debut album from Reignwolf. Very much.

‘It’s Time’- Nick Waterhouse
Really like the idea of having new Nick Waterhouse songs in our lives.

‘Sure Is Nice’- Natural Child
I want to listen to this over and over and sip a beverage in the shade.

‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’- Bear’s Den
Why yes, I will use this to exclusively soundtrack a drive sometime over the remaining part of summer.

‘Irene’- Courtney Marie Andrews
You guys: you are going to love this upcoming album from Courtney Marie Andrews. Promise.

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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.

Quickly moving up the list of my favorite songs of 2016: this one.

Oh hey, here’s Bear’s Den covering Drake.

And now, Lucy Dacus playing a lovely tune by a pool.

Jim James and Andrew Bird. Together. Yes, I will watch that.

A band we should all probably get into now: Valley Queen.

Went ahead and combined the 4 summer mixes I’ve made into one big playlist on Spotify (subscribe here). Enjoy!

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catching up

Another week, another batch of tunes you need to hear.

‘Biloxi’- Hiss Golden Messenger
Real talk: the record Hiss Golden Messenger is putting out on October 7th is the record I’m most looking forward to in the second half of 2016. M.C. Taylor is the most underrated songwriter in the business today.

‘Punks In A Disco Bar’- Beach Slang
This song makes me want to do something brash. I love it.

‘Leadlight’- Julia Jacklin
Yep, this is real, real nice and I like it very much.

‘A Burning Soul’- Owen
Owen’s new record comes out in a few weeks and he/they are now 3 for 3 on singles so yeah, I’d say I’m excited to hear the whole thing.

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sun don’t shine in the shade – a mix

This mix, full of the kind of stuff that sounds the very best during the hottest days of the year, is, despite my love of sad bastard music, my favorite mix to make each and every year. I love pop music. A lot. No shame. These are all jams. Let them soundtrack your next sunburn. Enjoy.

(subscribe to the playlist, if you’d like, by clicking here.)

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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.

Dan Mangan covering The Tragically Hip seems like the right way to start your week.

Why yes, I would like to listen to Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats cover Sam Cooke.

If you’re not listening to the album Whitney put out last month, you’re doing summer wrong.

Speaking of Whitney, I talked about that tremendous album of theirs and a couple others you most assuredly need in your ears for my friends over at Vinyl Me, Please.

You guys, this new Michael Kiwanuka album is gonna be a thing.

This new Julien Baker tune is so goddamn haunting and perfect.

Let’s hope this new tune from Caroline Smith means there’s a new album on the way soon. Enjoy.

 

 

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catching up

You guys, it’s been too long. Here are some of my favorite tunes from the last few weeks.

‘Friends’- Francis and the Lights feat. Bon Iver and Kanye West
Yep, so this might be my new summer jam.

‘Fountain of Youth’- Local Natives
Very much all in on this new Local Natives album. This new single is just tremendous.

‘Rising Water’- James Vincent McMorrow
James Vincent McMorrow: weirdly real good at this whole ‘writing jamz’ thing.

‘Shut Up Kiss Me’- Angel Olsen
YES THIS IS GREAT.

‘We Were Reeds’- Prairie Empire
The new album Prairie Empire put out last week is some kind of wonderful. Here’s my favorite track.

‘Final Song’-
There will be another summer mix at some point, mainly because I love this ridiculous, perfect pop song so much and it needs a mix to shine on.

‘The Roundabout’- Ryley Walker
Real lovely, this one.

‘Highway Anxiety’- William Tyler
Keep getting lost in this song (and the entire album). Think it’s made for boiling hot summer nights.

 

 

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my favorite albums and songs of 2016 (so far)

Juuuuuuust about to the mid-point of 2016, which means it’s time to talk about our favorite stuff that’s come out so far this year. I feel like this has been about as strong a year as we could have hoped for, with a bunch of hyped-up young acts delivering and a whole lot of highly anticipated albums not letting us down. Hell, last year I could barely tell you 5 albums that really did it for me and just in the first half of this year I could easily recommend 23 albums that are worth your money. I don’t care that 23 isn’t a round number. Alright, enough words. Here’s what’s spoken to me the most during the first half of 2016.

Songs
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Albums
(in no particular order, really, though Chance the Rapper made my favorite album, and Pinegrove and The Hotelier round out my top 3. Ongoing Spotify playlist of my favorite albums can be found right here.)

Chance the Rapper- Coloring Book

Pinegrove- Cardinal

The Hotelier- Goodness

Lucy Dacus- No Burden

Donovan Woods- Hard Settled, Ain’t Troubled

Sturgill Simpson- A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony- Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony

Fort Frances- Alio

Fruit Bats- Absolute Loser

Beyonce- Lemonade

Other records that are great and you should hear:
Daughter – Not to Disappear
Aidan Knight – Each Other
Wet – Don’t You
Mothers – When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired
Lapsley – Long Way Home
Laura Gibson – Empire Builder
Anderson .Paak – Malibu
Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop – Love Letter for Fire
Kevin Morby – Singing Saw
Mutual Benefit – Skip A Sinking Stone
Whitney – Light Upon the Lake
Caveman – Otero War
Birger Olsen – The Lights Just Buzz

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