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.
First order of business: Jess over at New Music Collaborative is back (hooray!) and posted a wonderful new mix for early autumn. Go grab it.
By far the most interesting thing I read last week was Vulture’s looooooong piece on Grizzly Bear, money, fame and ‘making it.’ The followup discussion on Stereogum was just as fascinating. Take some time and read both- it’s always interesting to get some insight into what exactly it means for a band to be ‘big.’
Alabama Shakes have recently been playing a tender new song tentatively titled ‘I Still Ain’t Got What I Want.’ Take a look/listen.
Cover Lay Down collected a plethora of covers from Mumford & Sons (and a few by others of their work) for you to download. You should do that.
The Lumineers released a tour diary- type video for ‘Stubborn Love’ last week. It’s one of my favorite songs so far this year and the video pretty well captures the joyous spirit of their live shows.
While I’m talking about videos for my favorite songs so far this year, Bahamas released an official one for ‘Lost In The Light’ recently as well. It’s good. Real good.
This Deadspin piece is about sports blogs, page views and sensational headlines, but it could easily be about music blogs (when reading, just think about how a place like Stereogum, Pitchfork or Consequence of Sound does stuff now). It’s fascinating/depressing.
The young folks in LHS Room 125 have posted their first Classroom Session video of the school year featuring The Devil Whale playing ‘Golden’ and discussing the role music now plays in their lives. As always, I wish I had a class like this when I was in high school.
Thing I should have posted long, long ago: this tremendous video of Shovels & Rope playing ‘Lay Low’ at Pickathon for KEXP.
Ever thought it’d be fun to play around with an online version of a first generation iPod? Well now you can! Fully functional, completely useless…and kind of completely awesome. Go check it out right here.
This beautiful video does nothing to quell my longing to go back to Doe Bay Fest.
If you watch Parks and Rec (and you should, because it is the funniest show on TV) then you should really check out the full tracklisting of the Benji’s Cool Times Summer Jamz Mix that showed up on last week’s episode. It’s so delightfully 90s.
Daughter has a new single out today in Europe and tomorrow here in the US for ‘Smother.’ The b-side of the single is a reworked version of ‘Run.’ Take a listen:
I end this week’s update with the video Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released last week for ‘Same Love.’ It’s easily one of the most powerful videos I’ve seen in a good long time. Enjoy.