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 now streaming the (flawless) debut full-length from Lord Huron as well as the sophomore album from Freelance Whales. NPR is absolutely spoiling you, kids. Edit: NPR is also streaming the new album from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Give that one a (loud) spin too.

Speaking of Lord Huron, they’d really like to give you another track from that very upcoming debut album mentioned above. Hit the downward arrow on the player below to grab ‘The Stranger.’

Field Report stopped by The AV Club and covered Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Chicago.’ It’s good. Real good. (Caution: auto-playing video/advertisement)

Mix time, kids. My friend Natalie over at It’s Too Sunny Out Here posted a wonderful collection of songs that have soundtracked her crazy last few months and Ian over at 1146 Miles put together a great little mix of songs for a trip to the mountains. You can’t go wrong with either one.

This Wall Street Journal article about up-and-coming country artists signing deals with restaurant chains is fascinating. And depressing. And makes me wonder how long it is until this works its way into genres (my guess: not long).

Tyler Lyle played one of his newest songs, ‘Valleys and Mountains,’ for a few of us in the wee morning hours in August in Colorado. I’m extremely glad the folks at Sofar Sounds captured video- I’ve been dying to hear it again ever since. It’s a stunner, folks.

Iron and Wine’s fantastic debut album, The Creek Drank The Cradle, came out 10 years ago the other week. In celebration of the anniversary Sub Pop made ‘Her Tea Leaves,’ a song that appeared on a bonus 7” with the record, available for all to hear. It’s a gem.

If you were around the internet last Thursday afternoon you probably heard everyone talking about the piece Ann K. Powers wrote for NPR generally about Mumford & Sons and more specifically about what makes their music (and those like them) resonate with people. If you haven’t read it you should rectify that immediately. Really, really interesting discussion starter, that piece.

North Shore Sessions caught up with Plume Giant when they were in Minneapolis recently. They filmed it. It’s spectacular. Enjoy.

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