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 gather up the best of those links each Monday and post them here so everyone can get in on the fun. Enjoy.
It was a good week for the man who put out my favorite record of 2011, Bryan John Appleby. First, Fuel/Friends posted a 4 song Chapel Session with him, a breathtaking set that showcases the commanding voice Appleby possesses as a performer and the magnificent stories he weaves as a songwriter. Then, a bit later that same day day, Natural Beardy posted the below video of their Beardy Session with Bryan playing a stirring rendition of ‘Sprout’ on a porch while the rain came down. This is a voice more people need to hear.
There are some things that never cease to amaze, and video of Megafaun and Bon Iver collaborating on ‘Worried Mind’ during Bon Iver’s incredibly special Hollywood Forever Cemetery show from a few years ago in one such thing.
Hard not to like extremely well shot and edited video of one of your favorite bands playing a song you love. Case in point: this video of Pickwick playing ‘Window Sill’ on New Years Eve.
Last week saw Daytrotter post their Best of Daytrotter 2011, featuring a lot of my favorite songs they put out this last year (and a lot that I had never heard). You’d do well to check out all 6 postings. And while you’re there make sure to check out the new sessions from Laura Marling and Release the Sunbird.
I’m really, really hoping 2012 brings a new album from Canadian songstress Basia Bulat. This video of her covering The Strokes’ ‘Someday’ only increases that longing.
I’m a little more sure that Mumford & Sons will release a new album this year (or, at the very least, the chatter on the internet says it’s close to being so), which makes me rather happy. Until then we can listen to ‘Liar,’ a song they recorded some time ago but hasn’t been properly released in the US (and has only limited availability in Europe awhile ago).
After reading this completely ridiculous piece where the RIAA says music piracy (and, in a sense, music blogging) was a national security threat, I needed to cool down. That’s where Jackie Wilson came in. Thanks for being there, Jackie.
Michael Kiwanuka, another favorite around here, also had a big week. NPR posted a wonderful session with him and then the BBC posted the video below of him doing a fine take on Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love.’
My favorite YouTube find of the week was this video of Lemolo (Ben Fisher, Joshua Morrison and a cast of others) playing ‘Wild Like Me,’ a song I had never heard from them. They are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album, a release I simply cannot wait to get my hands on.
Presented without comment (other than it’s ridiculously good): Dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Released’ performed by Noah Gundersen, Abby Gundersen, Chris Carrabba, David Bazan, William Fitzsimmons and Mariah McManus as an encore at Heavy and Light last weekend.
While that cover is great, this cover of ‘Girl From The North Country’ that M.Ward, Conor Oberst and Jim James (with help from Mike Mogis) did before they became Monsters of Folk is still my favorite cover of a Dylan song.
I got stuck repeating this video of Ian Hooper of Mighty Oaks playing ‘Rainier’ on the back of a boat in Germany for a long time on Friday. So, so good. Thanks to Matt for the tip.
Remember those videos last week of The Gundersen Family playing as part of the Cathedrals series in Seattle? Well, video finally came out of Cataldo performing in that same space, and it’s similarly stunning.
I featured some videos of Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers playing some songs by himself the other day, so it’s only fair to share some tunes from his brother Seth Avett, which are just as fantastic. Enjoy.