‘I’m Always In Love’ (Wilco cover)- Fort Frances

I love love songs, love love, am a HUGE sap and am obviously real excited to be engaged to a lovely lady, buuuuuut I don’t particularly like Valentine’s Day. But hey, let’s focus on the parts of that long list that are positive, because today we’ve got a real tremendous cover of one of my favorite little love songs written by one of my favorite bands and covered by another of my favorite bands. So yeah, maybe Valentine’s Day isn’t so bad?

Here, I’ll let David McMillin, singer in Fort Frances, wax poetic about why he picked this song and why it’s so good to begin with:

My favorite Jeff Tweedy love songs don’t feel like love songs. “I’m the Man Who Loves You”, “I Got You (At the End of the Century)”, “I’m Always in Love” — they all have this layer of extra grit that doesn’t make me feel like I’m listening to the I-love-you, here’s-my-heart, let’s-be-together-forever cliché associated with so many love songs. The irony with this cover of “I’m Always in Love” is that I basically peeled back all the grit I dig so much and replaced it with this peaceful piano and guitar combination. But I wanted to do something a bit different, and once I dug into the song, I knew the lyrics were just as important to me as the chugging guitar or the cigarette-tinged coals. So, here it is, Happy Hallmark-sponsored Holiday! Go buy some chocolate hearts filled with peanut butter, light some candles and let love happen.

So, yep, that pretty well explains why I love it so much, too. This is such a tremendously lovely cover, guys and gals. Enjoy! (And don’t forget to grab that free download- you can put it on that mix you’re working on for your boo.)

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catching up

no time for chit-chat- it’s time for tunes.

‘Aphasia’- Pinegrove
GREAT NEWS: that new Pinegrove album is out and it’s tremendous. BAD NEWS: I’m probably not going to shut up about them for a long time. But really: go buy that album, you guys.

‘Capsized’- Andrew Bird
A little less weird, a little more drawing on old funk grooves, and yet all the while it sounds exactly like Andrew Bird. More, please.

‘Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)’- White Denim
Speaking of impossibly catchy old funk grooves….

‘Every Songbird Says’- Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop
Well, this is tremendous lovely. ‘I can close my eyes and find you anywhere.’

‘Still Life’- Fountaineer
Ready to get mesmerized for 5 minutes? Cool, this should do the trick. (Also: very much need to drive very fast on a dirt road in an old muscle car to this during the coming summer. #squadgoals)

‘Sugar Daddy’- Sturgill Simpson
Hey, who wants to go drink a bunch of cheap whiskey and find a bar fight to get in?

‘What Kind Of Love Is That?’- Donovan Woods
I’m looking forward to this Donovan Woods album more than I care to publicly admit.

‘Twentynine Palms’- Carton Tanton feat. Sharon Van Etten
You’re gonna be like ‘Yeah, that’s a really nice song, Adam.’ and think you’re done with it and then you’re gonna find yourself thinking about it 5 hours later.

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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.

This… this is a thing, you guys.

Joe Pug playing ‘Bright Beginnings’ in his home is really very nice, yes.

Here’s Donovan Woods playing some tunes from his new album. They are all tremendous and I cannot wait for that new album.



As always, I’m on board with this Basia Bulat tune.

Because any day you can listen to Josh Ritter roll through ‘To The Dogs or Whoever’ is a good day. Enjoy.

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a subtle kind of love

Been kicking around making a mix for a long time, and here’s what’s come of it. 18 songs for snowy days and cold days and those days when it feels like we might just live through winter. Enjoy.


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

  1. Nobody’s Fool (live)- Shakey Graves
    2. I’ve Been Failing You (live)- Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats
    3. Burn Card- The Barr Brothers
    4. The Love That We Need- Hayes Carll
    5. Days Get Heavy (Unplugged)- Fort Frances
    6. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye (Leonard Cohen cover)- Phosphorescent
    7. Singing To Me- David Wax Museum
    8. Kickin You Out- Merival
    9. Subtle Love- Joan Shelley
    10. 1947 (acoustic)- The Local Strangers
    11. Floating Empire- Tyler Lyle
    12. Two Kids- Strand of Oaks
    13. Infamous (live)- Basia Bulat
    14. Leaving Nashville (live)- Donovan Woods
    15. Remembering Mountain (Karen Dalton cover)- Sharon Van Etten
    16. The Hills (The Weeknd cover)- Lapsley
    17. Slow Dancer- Noah Gundersen
    18. Prosthetic Love (solo piano)- Typhoon
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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 thing about Donovan Woods is he writes great songs and I want to listen to them all the time.

Holy hell. This is a thing.

Lapsley covering The Weeknd? Yes, please.

Thing to be excited about: the Hey Marseilles album that comes out in a few days.

This EL VY Tiny Desk Concert is a thing you should give your next 12+ minutes to.

Still not tired of this Josh Ritter tune….

….orrrrr this Night Sweats tune.

Wanna hear something beautiful? Of course you do.

Really can’t wait for this Pinegrove album, you guys.

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catching up

New week, new tunes to listen to.

‘Cadmium’- Pinegrove
Pinegrove is like a perfect marriage of the sort of emo I loved when I was younger and the jangly rock I’m drawn to nowadays. I’m good and obsessed with it.

‘Building A Wall’- Fort Frances
It’s been warm and sunny here this week and so I’ve been driving around listening to the Fort Frances record that comes out in April turned up real loud and generally really loving not living in a grey winter hellscape right now. It’s so good, you guys. You should be very much looking forward to hearing it.

‘Funeral Singers’- Aidan Knight
‘I know there’s power left in the way we sing to each other.’ Me too, Aidan. Me too.

‘Eyes On You’- Hey Marseilles
I’m not at all sure what in the hell is going on in this video, but damn is this a great song.

‘Kicking You Out’- Merival
That voice, guys and girls. It’s a thing. A real lovely, gorgeous thing.

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catching up

Time for a weekly round-up of the good stuff.

‘What Light (Never Goes Dim)’- Aidan Knight
Because sometimes you hear a great song for the first time and know that it’s going to lead off a mix you make at some point in the future. Couldn’t love this slow-building gem any more if I tried.

‘How’- Daughter
Daughter released their second full-length last week and it’s confident and dynamic and full of feelings and just generally exceptional from start to finish. A perfect winter soundtrack, really.

‘Never Moved’- Tom Misch
This is what three minutes of perfection sounds like.

‘Peanuts’- The Suffers
Did I listen to this very, very loudly on repeat while dancing around my kitchen cooking dinner tonight? There’s a good chance of that, yes.

‘Cool Out’- Matthew E. White feat Natalie Prass
Goddamn, the groove on this song is so good.

‘The Love That We Need’- Hayes Carll
Yes, yes this is all sorts of sad and lovely.

‘Love Is Blind’-Låpsley
You know who’s about to be a star? Låpsley.

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