Monday Links

On Twitter (and Facebook) 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 or Facebook, 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.

Gregory Alan Isakov’s new album comes out tomorrow, but you can stream it ahead of time right here. It’s absolutely fantastic.

Two tremendous pieces of writing you should treat yourself to: Steven Hyden on the ridiculousness of critics ‘best of’ lists (but more to the point: the last 1/3 of the piece is some of the best, most spot-on writing I’ve seen on what exactly is ‘important’ in music nowadays) and The 405 on the pointlessness of the 0/10 review (and how hard it is to write an objectively ‘good’ review…but why it is so necessary for those tasked with the job to try their damnedest).

My buddy Sandy over at Slowcoustic ran a 4 part (1, 2, 3, 4) Damien Jurado cover series last week. It was, as you imagine, spectacular. Take a listen to Fire Mountain covering ‘Everything Trying,’ one of my favorite Jurado songs, below and then head over to Slowcoustic to download the whole series for free.

This video of PHOX playing ‘Evil’ is just stunning. Whoa. Thanks, Justin. Enjoy.

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2 Responses to Monday Links

  1. Vee says:

    The 405 article was spot on. What it barely touches on is NME’s total lack of giveafuck for anything other than what Liam Gallagher is up to. Or possibly the Arctic Monkeys. The “publication,” if you can call it that, is a sham, and I honestly don’t think most people take it serious anymore. It’s really, really uncalled for when a reviewer goes below the belt, and makes it a personal attack. Reviewing is a very fine line to tread on, between objectivity and subjectivity. With music, I don’t believe there are any definitive truths, just your opinion, and mine, and his, and hers, and theirs. Bashing a teenager because you can gets no respect from me. The NME can disappear into the netherworlds of the internet for all I can.

  2. Vee says:

    And by “…for all I can.” I obviously meant “…for all I care.”

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