catching up

I’ve had a few beers- let’s talk about tunes, ya’ll.

‘No One Knows’- Bryan John Appleby
Jesus, you guys. I couldn’t be more excited about this new direction Bryan is taking. This is gorgeous and lush and perfect for these long days.

‘Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas’- Beach Slang
This sounds like one of those hot days you maybe had too much to drink, made a few bad decisions and stayed outside too long. So, a lot like this time of year, basically.

‘Avalanche’- Kalle Mattson
Pretty much this is a tune that needs a drive through the lights and big buildings of a city at dusk.

‘Burn’- Lapsley
Like waking up from a super disorienting dream in the most lovely way.

‘How To Waste A Moment’- James Vincent McMorrow
I mean sure, James, just go ahead and release whatever you damn well please at whatever time you deem good. It’s pretty obvious you only know how to make jammy jams, even if you don’t know how they fit on this new album you’re working on.

‘Only One In The World’- Donovan Woods
You too, Donovan. You just keep making these sad, wonderful songs and releasing them off the cuff as just ‘old ideas’ or whatever you want to say they are and I’ll continue to look forward to them.

‘Etiquette’- Land Lines
A late addition, half cause it’s great, half cause my girlfriend wondered what that great sad song was coming from the other room. It IS great.

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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.

Let’s go ahead and start off Monday on a (very wonderful) sappy note, shall we? Exactly two years ago I met a girl at a house show. Tyler Lyle was the main attraction for both her and I at that house show, and during his set he didn’t play ‘Winter Is For Kierkegaard,’ which I knew was her favorite song, so afterwards I went and asked him to play it (for her obviously, because I am nothing if not a very smooth gentleman) as we all sat around on my friend Heather’s living room floor (and he took a break from the leftover Chinese food he was eating). ’twas a good night, that one, and been a real, real good, life-changing two years. Here he is playing that tune recently.

A repost here in these parts, sure, but really can’t wait to see what this tune becomes on Josh Ritter’s new album.

PHOX: able to cover all of the songs, even ‘Lovefool.’

A new one from Hip Hatchet seems like a good way to end this, yes. Enjoy.

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catching up

Sometimes it’s Tuesday and you’ve come across enough goodness for a post. This is one of those Tuesday’s. There’s a lot you need to hear, you guys.

‘South’- Hippo Campus
Pretty much a perfect late-summer jam right here, a bouncy drum beat, breezy ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ and a little bit of grit in those lead vocals.

‘Faultlines’- Heartwatch
Holy catchy, Batman.

‘Over And Even’- Joan Shelley
I basically just want Joan Shelley to sing to me all damn day, from the time I wake up to the time I get home and the sun sets to when I’m all ready to call it a night.

‘Return To The Moon’- EL VY
Thing we need to start: a petition to have Matt Berninger sing everything for forever at all times.

‘Gold’ (solo version)- James Vincent McMorrow
Good. Lord.

‘Big Sis’- Sales
A quick, breezy, dreamy little number. Can’t have enough of these around.

‘Big World- The Airplanes
It’s about a million degrees even in the shade right now. This sounds perfect.

‘Wyoming’- Family And Friends
Yes. Yes, I love this.

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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.

Been waiting for a video of Small Houses covering ‘I’m Always In Love’ since I heard saw him perform it earlier this year. Now there’s one and, well, it’s still great.

Wrote about my favorite songs so far this year for my friends over at Vinyl Me, Please a little while back. Check it out right here.

I’ve posted this song in about 75 different ways, but man, this is beautiful.

Have come to the conclusion that MC Taylor/Hiss Golden Messenger is the most underrated songwriter currently writing the things and the stuffs.

New month just started. Here’s what I was listening to last month (click here to listen on Soundcloud). Enjoy.

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catching up

Been very quiet on the site, but I’m back from vacation and we have jams to talk about.

‘Getting Ready To Get Down’- Josh Ritter
This is essentially the sound of Tom Petty, Tom Cochrane’s ‘Life Is A Highway’ and Ritter’s own ‘To The Dogs Or Whoever’ having a baby. It. Is. Magnificent.

‘In The Midst Of It All’- Tom Misch feat Sam Wills
You just got pregnant. Sorry. Congrats, though.

‘The Difference’- Noah Gundersen
All anxious and understated, I very much like this new one from Noah Gundersen.

‘The Woman’- Jimi Charles Moody
You guys, I think Jimi Charles Moody is on the cusp of being something big.

‘Pray For Rain’- Pure Bathing Culture
It’s so goddamn hot outside. This sounds perfect.

‘All My Life I Have Been Running’- Evening Hymns
This song needs an open road and a car with the pedal pressed to the floor.

‘Lion’s Heart’- Eliza & The Bear
This song used to be called ‘The Southern Wild.’ I’m not sure this is ‘better,’ but I loved the original and this is the same song but a little slicker, and thus I love it, too.

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catching up

It’s been a couple weeks, and I’m going on vacation in a few days. We need to catch up on some tunes, guys and gals.

‘Costanoan Bones’- Bryan John Appleby
Very, very much dig the sprawling, Beach Boys-esque vibes on this one. This may be the album I’m most looking forward to the rest of 2015.

‘Leave A Trace’- Chvrches
Good lord is this catchy.

‘Borderlands’- Houndstooth
All jangles and summer vibes, this one’s been on repeat a whole bunch lately.

‘Look It Here’- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Do I prefer the original, rougher version of this? Sure, yeah. But make no mistake about it: this is still a jam.

‘Gone’- JR JR
They can call themselves whatever they want, I want to hear the music they are making.

‘In The Dark’- Ryan Adams
Man alive, this one.

‘Woman’- City and Colour
A 9+ minute spacey jam as a single? You do you, Dallas Green.

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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.

Two new Bon Iver tunes? Sure, these are fan-shot, but the sound quality isn’t atrocious, and it’s pretty obvious both of these songs are fantastic. Really, really hope this means Justin’s been secretly putting together the next Bon Iver album over the last few years as he’s been working with seemingly everyone.

And now, Jason Isbell covering Skynyrd.

Another new live video from Balto? Yes, please.

Since we are halfway through the month (a little more, whatever), here’s what I’ve been listening to lately via a playlist over on Spotify and the below playlist on Soundcloud (click here to listen on Soundcloud). Enjoy.

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