catching up

It’s been a good long while. Too long, really. Let’s talk about some tunes.

“Hope the High Road”- Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Jason Isbell is back, and mannnnnnnnnn is it great.

“Good News” (piano version)- Julien Baker
Holy. Shit.

“Come to Me Now”- Kevin Morby
Sure, Kevin Morby put out one of the best albums of 2016, but why should that stop him from trying to do the same in 2017?

“Spoonful” (Howlin’ Wolf cover)- Benjamin Booker
Go ahead and add Benjamin Booker to the list of those who should cover all the songs.

“Nevermine”- Caroline Lazar
Welp, this is tremendously lovely.

“The Valley”- Laura Marling
Yep, this one is gorgeous, too.

 

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6 years? 6 years.

Today is the sixth birthday of this here blog, and as I do every year on this day, I’d like to get a little sappy and such. So, first: thanks so much for coming around here, following along, listening along, leaving comments, lurking, or whatever it is you do around these parts- as I say every year, I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know. It’s been a long journey from the first post to here (even if the header image and look of the site hasn’t changed due to my technological ineptitude/laziness), and I hope you’ve found a new song or 37 along the way.

Below is a playlist with all the songs from all the playlists I’ve posted along the line, or at least all those that were on Spotify (click here to listen/follow on Spotify). It’s 1100+ strong and almost 70 hours long. These are the songs that have soundtracked my life during the life of this blog, and hopefully played a part in yours, too. These are the tunes that took me from one life to another, and they’re the songs that’ll be a heavy part of the soundtrack when we welcome our baby girl into the world this summer. While I’ve been excited to share these tunes with you (even the ones that haven’t aged all that well- we all make mistakes), I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am to introduce my daughter to them (but only the good ones- I don’t need her making fun of me later).

Alright, that’s all I got this year. I’ll see you next year with more sappy words. Thanks again for coming around these parts over the last 6 years.

 

 

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spring2017

 Well, we made it to spring, girls and guys. Some how, some way we made it through that winter of discontent and resistance. It wasn’t easy, and the fight will continue and the scars will continue to show and be added to, but here we are, ready for a season ripe with hope and blooms and sunshine and baseball and open windows. This is a collection of songs that’s built around the anxiousness and the promise of the moment this spring is starting in. 

Listen via the player below, or click here to listen/follow on Spotify. Enjoy!

Bonus: here’s the ‘sad version’ of this mix, the one I made before it got warm out. Maybe that captures spring a bit better for you at this point. Listen via the player below, or click here to listen/follow on Spotify.

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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.

Hiss Golden Messenger covering The Dead? Sure, I’m on board for that.

Still real, real enthralled with that new Strand of Oaks album.

And now, Leif Vollebekk covering Joni Mitchell.

We should all still be paying attention to Julia Jacklin.

The actual spring mix is just about done, but here’s the first pass I made at it, which sounds less ‘spring’ and more ‘sad.’ It’s what early March- the worst part of the hardest month- sounds like when your country is falling apart, basically. The real version will be more hopeful, but I kinda love this one, too, so I’m gonna share it. Listen below or by clicking here. Enjoy.

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catching up

New week, new tunes. Good ones. Real good ones.

“Witness”- Benjamin Booker feat. Mavis Staples
So many more like this, please.

“Wild Indifference” – Joan Shelley
The thing about Joan Shelley is she is, and always will be, the most lovely.

“Northern Country Trail” – Chris Bathgate
It’s so good to hear from Chris Bathgate again, you guys.

“The End Of The World”(Skeeter Davis cover) – Sharon Van Etten
Go ahead and add Sharon Van Etten to the list of those who must cover all of the songs.

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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.

Wrote about my favorite music from February for my friends over at Vinyl Me, Please. I think this is gonna be another good year, you guys.

RED ALERT: new Hiss Golden Messenger tune contained in this here video (it’s the second one). Spoiler: it’s great.

And now, Ryan Adams covering The Boss. Damn.

Update on previous items: The Staves are still so goddamn good.

We need a new album from Gregory Alan Isakov soon, you guys. Need.

Yep, I still think this London Grammar song is perfect.

The EP Maggie Rogers released in the middle of February is really wonderful and you should listen to it and here she is playing one of my favorite songs off of it.

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catching up

Music: still good despite all the abhorrent shit going on in my country right now.

“Die Young”- Sylvan Esso
Oh shit. I am very in love with this.

“Nothing, Not Really” – Laura Marling
Welp, this is beyond lovely.

“Hanson St Part 2 (A River)” – Nadia Reid
Nadia Reid’s latest album is easily the release I’m most excited for this week.

“Floral Dresses” – Lucy Rose ft. The Staves
This one’s barely there, and then all the sudden you’re overwhelmed with its beauty.

“Lil Dead Eye-d” – Richard Edwards
One of those tunes that showed up out of the blue (thanks to Pete’s Bandcamp feed) and I immediately listened to 35 times.

“I Don’t Think I Can” – Julia Lucille
This seems to unfold in slow motion, which makes me very happy.

“One Night Show” – Balto
This new Balto record is going to get a lot of play as spring finally arrives.

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