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.
Seemed like it was a pretty quiet week in general, but Daytrotter kept on kicking out the jams. Sessions from Motopony, Pearl and the Beard, and Caroline Smith and The Good Night Sleeps (featuring a fantastic rendition of one of my favorite songs of 2011, ‘Eagle’s Nest’) all went up and should be on your priority listening list.
Pickwick wrapped up recording of their debut full length album in the last week or so, an album I can pretty much guarantee I won’t shut up about once it comes out. Here’s a bonus Sound on the Sound Doe Bay Session featuring the group doing an a capella (and altogether great) performance of one of my favorite songs of 2011, ‘Blackout.’
Another album I won’t be able to shut up about during 2012 (and can’t already, really) is the debut full length from The Lumineers. Here’s lead singer Wesley Schultz playing ‘Eloise’ as part of the newest Sidewalk Session. It’s, you know, really, really good.
I was reminded how much I still like the first two Coldplay albums (no matter how little I’ve thought of their releases since then) when this gorgeous piano version of ‘Yellow’ popped up randomly on my iPod last week. It’s just a perfect pop song in every way.
I’m pretty sure that Evening Hymns are also going to break out big time next year when they release their new album, Spectral Dusk. Here’s some proof of their goodness (in the form a beautiful, chilly Take Away Show recorded earlier this year).
It’s no secret I love covers, and my favorite cover site posted their top covers of 2011 last week. Make sure to head on over to Cover Lay Down and download their best of list- there’s a lot of absolutely fantastic stuff for you to check out.
You like mixes, right? Especially seasonally appropriate ones? Me too. Wake the Deaf posted their Winter Solstice mix last week (on, well, the winter solstice) and it’s full of the kind of stuff you should be listening to. Click on over there and download it.
Bryan John Appleby’s Fire on the Vine was my favorite album released this year, a marvelous record from a brilliant young songwriter that everyone needs to have in their collection. Need more convincing? Check out the below video of Appleby playing ‘Noah’s Nameless Wife’ as part of a series being held in Seattle known as Cathedrals. Music always sounds better in churches. Enjoy.