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.

Way(s) you should start your week: by streaming the (terrific, all of them) new albums from Haim, Dr. Dog, Lorde and Basia Bulat.

You like to read great things, right? Fantastic, cause Steven Hyden wrote two great pieces this last week, one a super interesting/smart take on the current state of pop music, the other a weirdly thought-provoking piece on Kings of Leon (if you apply what he is saying to ‘indie’ bands enjoying some commercial success right now). Do yourself a favor and read both.

Matt Pond is currently taking requests on Twitter for what songs (new or old) to shoot acoustic videos for. First request up: ‘Specks,’ one of my favorite songs of his.

Eliza and the Bear’s Burberry Acoustic session posted last week week. Check out a pretty stunning take on ‘Friends’:

No big deal, just Pickwick playing a stripped down version of ‘Window Sill’ in an empty bar.

The final two videos from Jim James’ session with the young adults of LHS Room 125 posted last week and they are, as you would expect, completely ridiculous. Check out ‘A New Life’ and ‘Wonderful’ below.

Sigur Rós playing in an empty space. Goodness.

To end this on a light, happy note (this is Monday, after all, and likely we all could use a light, happy note), here’s Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and some friends from Sesame Street. Enjoy.

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