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 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 most important link this entire week is this one right –> here. Click on that and go listen (over and over) to the debut LP from the Alabama Shakes thanks to the fine folks at NPR.

Nick Waterhouse (whose own debut album drops early next month) recently laid down a couple of tracks for Aquarium Drunkard’s The Lagniappe Sessions series sans horns and backup singers/dancers. It’s some stunning stuff.

Seriously folks, if you haven’t bought a membership to Daytrotter yet ($2 a month…skip a coffee or something) you are missing some incredible stuff. This last week saw fantastic sessions from Megafaun, Shakey Graves, Dry the River, Lord Huron and M.Ward (among others).

The War on Drugs stopped by The Bing Lounge at and recorded a gorgeous, stripped down 4 song set. Watch ‘I Was There’ below and then head over and check out the other 3 songs here. This is one band I reaaaaaaaally should have listened to sooner.

Favorites around here Pickwick recently played a show in a Tacoma, WA church. Sounds like a pretty great idea, huh? As the video below of a new jam shows, it was. Whoa.

If you’re a fan of music and history (and musical history), then last week was quite the week for you seeing as how the Alan Lomax archives were posted for all to hear. It’s an overwhelming amount of stuff, sure, but you owe it to yourself to dig through it a little bit if you love music (which you do, obviously).

The Lumineers’ debut full length drops (that’s what the kids say still, right?) tomorrow. I would hope you were already planning on buying a copy, but if not, this piano-laden take on their song ‘Dead Sea’ should finally convince you.


The Look Sessions (the same people who shot the above video with The Lumineers) also posted the first video from their series with Gregory Alan Isakov. Check out ‘That Moon Song’ (a favorite of mine) being played in Santa Monica book store. caught up with Lee Fields & The Expressions down at SXSW a couple of weeks ago and shot the below video of their song ‘Faithful Man.’ Just…wow.


Remember how The Arcade Fire’s ‘Sprawl II’ sounded a bit like a long lost ABBA song? Hey Ocean!, along with Aidan Knight & the Friendly Friends, went ahead and removed that pesky ABBA vibe but left all the other goodness, resulting in one of the best covers I’ve heard in a long, long time. Enjoy.

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