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 out the archive here.

A note (because some things are important and sometimes it’s necessary to use my small soapbox for important things): This has nothing to do with music, but we all need to be paying attention to what is happening in Ferguson, MO. Watching the events unfold (or, more accurately, watching tweets about events unfolding) over the last week-plus has been horrible and heartbreaking, with something new each day to be saddened and enraged by as the situation continues to deteriorate. The writing (here, here and here, for example) and the photographs (here, for example) have been some of the most important in recent memory, and you owe it to yourself to know what is going on, why it’s important, and why it’s a tragedy on every single level (and there are so many levels and layers).

The new albums from Ark Life, Bahamas and Benjamin Booker are all streaming ahead of their actual release. Go listen.

Speaking of Benjamin Booker, here he is playing ‘Have You Seen My Son?’ on the back of a cart in Paris for La Blogotheque. Man.

This acoustic performance of ‘Elysium’ from Bear’s Den is tremendously beautiful.

How about a new one from The Lumineers?

How about TWO new ones from Freelance Whales?

Pretty terrific video here of Strand of Oaks playing ‘Shut In,’ one of my favorite songs released this year.

We’ll end today with Sharon Van Etten playing ‘Our Love’ in a church, because, I mean, what better way to end this post? Enjoy.

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