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.
Start your week off right by streaming the magnificent new album from Sharon Van Etten (and while listening you should really read this superb piece on her from Pitchfork). Then, when you’re ready to get loud and weird, you can stream Kithkin’s forthcoming album. Edit: Lee Fields’ new album is also streaming. You should most assuredly give it a listen. Edit #2: Roo & The Howl’s debut album, which comes out tomorrow, is up for you to listen to early now, too.
This video of Kyle and Shannon from Typhoon playing ‘CPR/Claws Pt 2’ was the best video I saw all week. Mannnnn.
….and this tremendous new essay from Questlove on how hip-hop has made the same mistakes disco did was the best thing I read I read this week.
Nathaniel Rateliff and The Colorado Symphony playing ‘Old Shanghai’ from Beck’s Song Reader is as lovely as you’d think. Here, watch/listen:
Just Josh Ritter covering Paul Simon surrounded by a bunch of barrels of wine. I’m sure it happens all the time.
Shakey Graves and Eef Barzelay covering Jefferson Starship is weirdly wonderful, yes it is.
One last terrific cover for you today, courtesy of Courtney Barnett and Billy Bragg.
As someone who remembers begging his parents for a Nintendo as a kid, this piece on the rise of Nintendo as a company is fascinating.
Here’s Chet Faker stripping down ‘Talk Is Cheap’ in a session for WFUV. It’s a damn good song even without that big beat.
This Chvrches Tiny Desk Concert for NPR is a really nice way to spend 13+ minutes.
We just passed the halfway point of May. Here’s what I’ve been listening to this month so far (click here if you’d like to listen on Soundcloud). Enjoy.