‘Goodbye/Goodnight’- The Local Strangers

Almost 4 years into this whole blogging thing and I finally get to do something I had hoped to be able to do when I started it: premiere a song I love from a band I love. A few weeks back I was emailing with Matt from The Local Strangers and he wondered if I’d be up for picking a song to premiere from their wonderful new record, Take What You Can Carry. I knew even before I got done reading the question exactly what song I wanted to introduce to the world.

‘Goodbye/Goodnight’ came into my life at a time I was living the song. I remember when I first heard it on the beaches of Doe Bay not being aware that it was my life, but as the months unfolded after I returned to the Midwest the song haunted me. I didn’t know the words, but I knew the sentiments- I knew all too well those awkward minutes/hours/days of not saying what you mean, or being scared the other person might just do exactly that. By the time I heard it again at a house show outside of Chicago my marriage was on the way to being dissolved, and I remember sitting there five feet away from Matt and Aubrey being punched right in the feelings. Those are the memories- painful, yes, but worth it now- that I’ve attached to the acoustic version you hear below. There’s never a time I hear those two play that song that I don’t run those memories through my brain, and this acoustic version still packs the same haunting punch as that first time I heard it.

This new, full band version of ‘Goodbye/Goodnight’ sounds and feels like a sepia-toned memory, that slide guitar adding a bit of calming distance. It’s romantic in its recounting of the pain and breakdown, as though there’s been enough distance from that pain to realize it was something to learn from, and in the end the right thing happened. I again find myself living this song. It’s so much nicer on this side, and it makes me love this song even more. I love when music grows with you, and I love that my friends have written a song that’s done just that for me.

The Local Strangers will be releasing Take What You Can Carry next Tuesday, March 3rd, which you can pre-order right here (which you really should do, guys and girls, cause they’ll give you both versions of the song you find below as well as full band and acoustic versions of two other tracks on the album). It’s a wonderful piece of work and I’m so, so proud of my friends. Enjoy.

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catching up

Tunes. So many good tunes.

‘Lisa Sawyer’- Leon Bridges
Here’s the thing: I love my momma. It makes me happy that Leon Bridges loves his momma, too.

‘Sagres’- The Tallest Man On Earth
Strong The War On Drugs vibes from this new Tallest Man On Earth track, which means I love the bejesus out of it.

‘Otis’- Houndmouth
I don’t think Houndmouth is capable of writing a bad song. Couldn’t be more excited about this new record of theirs.

‘Love Songs For Robots’- Patrick Watson
So good to have Patrick Watson and his wonderful, beautiful weirdness back in our lives, you guys.

‘Old Ties and Companions’- Mandolin Orange
This is one of the most lovely songs I’ve heard so far this year, girls and guys.

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nowhere we cannot go – a mix

It seems I make this mix every year, the real sad one in the homestretch of winter when it seems like this dumb season won’t ever end and we will all freeze to death. This winter has been different, so far- Colorado has shown me a unicorn of a winter, where cold and snow lasts one day before we go back to something livable and winter melts away quickly- but we are getting into the meat of winter right now, when extended forecasts don’t offer a ton of hope and the cold starts to get into the bones so much quicker. This is a mix for these days. It’s downtrodden, sure, but it’s meant to be listened to on those lazy days, the ones where you make that extra pot of coffee and the dog curls up next to you. I hope you enjoy it.


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

1. Me at the Museum, You in the Wintergardens- Tiny Ruins
2. My Baby Don’t Understand Me- Natalie Prass
3. Suburban Smell- The Districts
4. Pale Rider- Field Report
5. Dead End Thanks- Horse Feathers
6. The Night We Met- Lord Huron
7. Her Tears- Bear’s Den
8. Nowhere We Cannot Go- Hayden
9. South, Southern- Small Houses
10. Morning- Rhodes
11. Capital- Jon Lawless feat Daniela Andrade
12. Fields -Liu Bei feat Rachel Goswell
13. Send Me Home- Murder By Death
14. The Promise (When In Rome cover)- Sturgill Simpson
15. No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross- Sufjan Stevens

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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.

There’s a collection of Iron & Wine rarities that comes out tomorrow… but you can listen to it early right here. It’s superb.

Here’s Nathaniel Rateliff and his band playing my favorite song released so far this year in a park in Germany.

This interview with Sufjan Stevens about his new album is one of the best interviews I’ve read in a good long while, providing some fantastic, heartbreaking insight into the backstory of his new album as well as some fantastic quotes from Sufjan about life, love and forgiveness. Do yourself a favor and read it.

Hiss Golden Messenger put out a new EP the other week, which included the below brand new tune. In related news, Hiss Golden Messenger is good at music.

Here’s Small Houses covering DRGN King next to a creek. Real, real good stuff.

This one-shot video of Dan Mangan + Blacksmith and 35 non-musicians collaborating on ‘Pretty Good Joke’ is absolutely phenomenal.

I’ll probably never tire of hearing Alice Boman cover The War on Drugs’ ‘Red Eyes.’ Man alive. Enjoy.

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catching up

Another batch of real good tunes for your ears.

‘Trials, Troubles, Tribulations’ (E.C. Ball)- Sounds of the South
What happens when you have Justin Vernon, Sharon Van Etten, Matthew E. White and members of Megafaun and Fight The Big Bull cover an old folk-gospel tune? Magic, that’s what. Goodness.

‘No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross’- Sufjan Stevens
Heartbreaking, vulnerable Sufjan is back. It’s so, so good to hear from him again.

‘Capital’- Jon Lawless ft. Daniela Andrade
Some sadly sweet pop right here, which sounds real nice in the middle of winter.

‘Her Tears’- Bear’s Den
Know what else sounds real nice in the middle of winter? A new Bear’s Den song.

‘Under A Rock’- Waxahatchee
Getting very, very excited for this new Waxahatchee album. This is 2+ minutes of crunchy goodness.

‘Eleven Eleven’- Donovan Woods
At first I was like ‘WHERE IS SAD BASTARD DONOVAN? I AM CONFUSED AND MUST TYPE IN ALL CAPS ABOUT HIM RECORDING A POP SONG.’ And now I’ve listened to this about 87 times, soooooooo I kinda like it? (I do. It’s a pop gem.)

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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.

Yeah, so this new Josh Ritter tune? It’s a thing. A real good thing.

To say I’m very excited for this upcoming album from The Staves is an understatement. This video doesn’t help with the impatience to get my hands on it.

Matthew Houck playing on top of a roof? Yes, that sounds alright.

No big deal, just Bear’s Den covering ‘Dancing In The Dark.’

A little more than halfway through the month now. Here’s what I’ve been listening to so far. Click here to listen on Soundcloud, or click here to listen to the same sorta thing on Spotify. Enjoy.

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catching up

New week, more great tunes. Let’s get to it.

‘Fool For Love’- Lord Huron
Hey, remember when I said the first single from the forthcoming Lord Huron album was the best thing I had heard this young year? THIS is actually the best thing I’ve heard in 2015. Damn.

‘Don’t Wanna Fight’- Alabama Shakes
Thing I very much like: the direction this new tune from Alabama Shakes takes the band. A little more edge to it, a little more aggression. Very good.

‘Coward’s Luck’- Hip Hatchet
Hip Hatchet will have a new album out, and the first single is a lovely, lushly redone version of an old tune of theirs. It’s tremendous.

‘Gasoline’- The Local Strangers
Also with a new album coming out: my friends The Local Strangers, whose new record will be out in March. Here’s the tremendous first single from it. So, so excited for you all to hear the rest of it- think you’re gonna love it.

‘Falafel’- Tom Misch
Pretty sure this dude only creates stuff that is ridiculously catchy.

‘Hey Love’- Hayden
This new album from Hayden is going to be the soundtrack to spring, I think.

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