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.

NPR is streaming the album from Japandroids. Give it a shot- it’s noisy and brash, but I’m guessing you’ll find it to be the perfect album for a hot day.

The other week I went and saw Hoots and Hellmouth, who put on a wonderfully stompy and clappy show (a great review of which- including some great video- you can read thanks to Josh over at Music. Defined.). The highlight for me was a slowed down version of one of my favorite songs of the year, ‘Ocean, Open Wide.’ It went a little like this:

NPR has a great piece on a fantastic Washington, DC art installation Song 1 that just wrapped up and featured a projection on the side of a museum of people singing various versions of  ‘I Only Have Eyes For You.’ Read the article and you’ll agree: this is something that needs to happen in every town. What a tremendous idea.

Before they cut out for the summer (I AM VERY JEALOUS), the young adults of LHS Room 125 finished editing and posting their last Classroom Session of the year with The Great American Desert. All of the videos are worth checking out, but my favorite was the one for ‘White Clay’- getting the story behind a song can completely change how you view it.

Youth Rescue Mission is one of those young bands in the PNW that I think is on the verge of busting out. Watch the below video of a new song titled ‘This Is What’ and tell me you don’t feel the same.

Summer mix season has officially kicked off (I’m working on getting mine together too, don’t you worry), with Music For Kids Who Can’t Read Good dropping their typically great collage of summer tunes late last week. You’ll want to go grab it, believe me.

Last Friday was unofficially Tyler Lyle Internet Christmas. Heather over at Fuel/Friends posted an absolutely gorgeous Chapel Session with Tyler (and wrote, in my opinion, some of her finest stuff in the piece that accompanies it). Do yourself a favor and grab that/read the words she wrote ASAP. Daytrotter also got in on the action, posting a spectacular session complete with a terrific version of ‘The Golden Age & The Silver Girl.’ So yeah, nice little Friday for one of the best young songwriters going.

Speaking of great young songwriters, here’s Bryan John Appleby covering the Simon & Garfunkel classic ‘Sound of Silence.’ Damn.

I always love reading about the changing face of the music business from those most closely involved (read: the artists), and so I found this piece, featuring some insights from David Lowery (of Cracker), to be absolutely fascinating.

Your ‘whoa’ moment of the week: Cold Specks performing ‘Winter Solstice’ at Hoxton Hall in London. Whoa. Enjoy.

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