Monday Links

On Twitter 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, so I figured it makes sense to gather up the best of those links each Monday and post them here so that everyone can get in on the fun. Enjoy.

Quite frankly the biggest and best news of the last week was the launch of the Notes From Home website. The site features high quality video and audio recordings from some completely ridiculous Seattle house shows that include the likes of The Head and The Heart, Kelli Schaefer, Damien Jurado and Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives. It is every kind of awesome.

Last week KEXP’s Song of the Day Podcast featured free downloads of some incredible live, in studio recordings of favorites of mine such as Lemolo, Macklemore and Pickwick. It’s a great daily stop normally, but last week I’m pretty sure they outdid themselves.

I don’t believe I’ve talked about Samantha Crain around here before (which is a travesty, really), but the sweet voiced songwriter stopped by Halfway House and recorded a pretty stunning two song session.

Hearth Music posted an in depth look at the songs of Bryan John Appleby with Appleby himself. There are few things I love more than reading about the stories behind songs, especially when songs from my favorite record of the year are being discussed.

This last week saw another batch of amazing Daytrotter sessions, my favorites being those posted from Ivan and Aylosha, The Canon Logic, Yellow Ostrich and The Antlers. If you’re not a member of the site yet, these sessions should be more than enough to convince you.

Largehearted Boy is awesomely compiling year end lists from everyone in one convenient spot. Be sure to bookmark the page and stop back often if you, like me, enjoy going through these lists in hopes of finding something new you haven’t heard.

Over on Spotify I’ve made a few lists. One is full of the songs I’ve liked best, the other full of the albums I’ve liked best. I can’t say they are both complete (since Spotify doesn’t have everything on it), but they are a decent representation. Give them a look/listen if you’re so inclined.

Nathaniel Rateliff stopped by Open Air (part of Colorado Public Radio) the other week, playing a few songs and discussing the journey he’s been on the last year or so. It’s well worth a listen- the new songs sound fantastic.

Hey Marseilles, whose frontman Matt Bishop was featured in a video I posted last week, played a fantastic version of their newest song, ‘Elegy,’ in a hotel room for the folks over at Look Sessions.

Another week, another great Sidewalk Session, this time featuring Chris Cunningham of Ravenna Woods playing ‘Headless Men’ on the steps of a crematorium-turned-bar.

And finally, something in the spirit of the season (and because I’m a sucker for traditional Christmas tunes). Seryn is readying an album of Christmas songs for release next week and made their rendition of ‘Go, Tell It On the Mountain’ available for free download ahead of it. As expected, it’s rather gorgeous. Enjoy.

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