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. If you’ve missed any of the past Monday links (or just want to waste some time), check the archive of posts here. Enjoy.
The Lumineers’ debut album doesn’t come out until April 3rd, but you can stream it in full right now over on Soundcloud. It…well… it’s really freaking good. (edit: Annnnd… it looks like the record company pulled their own stream already. Which is unfortunate. I’ll let you know once it’s back- hopefully sooner rather than later) Oh, and be sure to head on over to Paste to grab their 4 song Tracks From the Attic EP for free (your email address is free).
Also hooking everyone up with a free download this last week were the Alabama Shakes. For free (again, your email is free) you can get ‘Heavy Chevy,’ a blistering little piece of rock & roll that won’t even appear on their debut album that’s due in April. Just go here. You’re a fool if you don’t take advantage of this deal.
NPR is streaming the upcoming albums from Y La Bamba and Fanfarlo. If you’re interested in either (or even if you’re not- they are both worth a shot, honestly), now’s the time to listen before you buy.
The Seattle Times’ Andrew Matson curated an exceptional 4 part Damien Jurado cover series last week featuring covers from Pickwick, Jon Russell from The Head and The Heart, Dolorean frontman Al Green and Jeremy Enigk from Sunny Day Real Estate. You’ll want to head on over there and give them a listen/download them (it’s free either way).
Speaking of Damien Jurado… his new album comes out tomorrow. The fact it’s not out yet didn’t stop John Heart Jackie from laying down an absolutely gorgeous cover of probably my favorite song so far this year, ‘Working Titles.’
Blind Pilot stopped by Yourstru.ly and spent a day rearranging their song ‘Half Moon.’ The below video is the (wonderfully tasty) fruit of that little project.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day this last week the band Boat To Row released a video of them covering Paul McCartney’s ‘Calico Skies,’ a criminally underappreciated love song. My big sister walked down the aisle to this song when she got married, so I’ll always have a soft spot for it. That and this is a really nice little cover.
This article on Deadspin about children’s music a) made me laugh and b) gave me nightmares about what could potentially happen when I have kids down the road. I will try my damnedest to make sure it doesn’t.
I’m starting to believe we aren’t going to have anymore winter/snow and that I should just move on to thinking about spring, so in that spirit I thought I’d mention the mix I made for the season that hasn’t been one last time, hope is January white. I’ll be taking down the zip of the mix pretty soon, so if you missed it before and would like it make sure you grab it ASAP.
My buddy Jessica over at New Music Collaborative reminded me Friday about this video of Matt Bishop from Hey Marseilles playing a solo version of ‘Rio.’ Man. I forgot how much I loved it.
And finally, we end this little update like we’ve ended a good number of other ones: with a video of a new song from Pickwick. This new song makes me even more impatient to hear that debut album they’ve been working on, and it strengthens my belief that people at SXSW are going to freak out when they see these guys next month.