catching up

New week, more great tunes. Let’s get to it.

‘Fool For Love’- Lord Huron
Hey, remember when I said the first single from the forthcoming Lord Huron album was the best thing I had heard this young year? THIS is actually the best thing I’ve heard in 2015. Damn.

‘Don’t Wanna Fight’- Alabama Shakes
Thing I very much like: the direction this new tune from Alabama Shakes takes the band. A little more edge to it, a little more aggression. Very good.

‘Coward’s Luck’- Hip Hatchet
Hip Hatchet will have a new album out, and the first single is a lovely, lushly redone version of an old tune of theirs. It’s tremendous.

‘Gasoline’- The Local Strangers
Also with a new album coming out: my friends The Local Strangers, whose new record will be out in March. Here’s the tremendous first single from it. So, so excited for you all to hear the rest of it- think you’re gonna love it.

‘Falafel’- Tom Misch
Pretty sure this dude only creates stuff that is ridiculously catchy.

‘Hey Love’- Hayden
This new album from Hayden is going to be the soundtrack to spring, I think.

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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.

******STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING IT IS SHAKEY GRAVES DAY (through Wednesday, cause one day ain’t enough) AND THUS ALL THIS MUSIC IS ‘PAY WHAT YOU WANT’ ON BANDCAMP AND HE’S PUT UP A COLLECTION OF EPs YOU CAN’T GET ANY OTHER TIME OF THE YEAR. /end yelling. Seriously, go to his Bandcamp page and grab anything/everything, including a brand new EP (Nobody’s Fool) full of outtakes from that wonderful album he put out last year.*******

The long-awaited new album from Jose Gonzalez is now streaming on NPR. Go give it a listen. Also streaming on NPR: the absolutely electric new album from The Districts.

Also streaming ahead of its release tomorrow: the tremendous new album from Small Houses. Here’s Jeremy playing ‘Staggers And Rise.’ I’ll have some real words about this album at some point.

And now… about 2 minutes of perfection with Leon Bridges.

My friends over at The Ruckus got Nathaniel Rateliff to sit down and play ‘Easy’ while they filmed. It’s gorgeous.

Here’s Quiet Life playing a pretty rocking, rolling version of ‘Housebroken Man.’

This Matthew E. White tune is a real thing, you guys. I can’t stop listening to it. And dancing. Enjoy.

 

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catching up

Tunes: some good ones came out recently. They are below (as well as one not so recently posted one that I just got into and wanted to share cause you like good music, right? Yes.).

‘Bright Beginnings’- Joe Pug
Man alive, Joe Pug, why you gotta write songs that cut so deep? (No no, it’s cool Joe, I like it.)

‘Pedestrian At Best’- Courtney Barnett
Courtney Barnett just wants to rock and be sarcastic and be awesome and not give any damns. I want to let her do all those things.

‘Zero In The City’- Great Lake Swimmers
This new song from Great Lake Swimmers is about as lush and gorgeous and weather-appropriate as it gets.

‘My Baby Don’t Understand Me’- Natalie Prass
The thing about this Natalie Prass song is that it’s lovely and somehow includes delicate woodwinds, really warm brass and some real sexy guitar. I dunno, man, she somehow pulls it off.

‘American Beauty’- Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
Not new, but I am altogether stuck on this song.

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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.

The new album from The Districts is streaming over on NPR. You should really go give it a listen, you guys.

Speaking of: A Take Away Show with The Districts is about the finest thing you’ll see today.

Something that is good: there’s a new album on the way from Joe Pug. Here’s him playing a tune from it.

A new playlist of songs for lazy mornings, just for you. (Click here to listen on 8tracks.)

This isn’t new, I don’t think, but it is worth sharing: here’s Nathaniel Rateliff covering The Mountain Goats.

Here’s a playlist of what I was listening to in January (click here to listen on Soundcloud). Enjoy.

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catching up

Basically this week has been awesome. Here’s why.

‘The Night We Met’- Lord Huron
Dreamy and heartbreaking and lovely and all of the things you want in a Lord Huron song, ‘The Night We Met’ is probably the best tune I’ve heard so far this young year.

‘Nowhere We Cannot Go’- Hayden
It is so incredibly good to know there’s a new album coming from Hayden before the end of March. Missed him and his sweetly sad, altogether perfect tunes.

‘Spat Spit Out’- Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
Hey guys and girls? You might want to get on the Lady Lamb the Beekeeper bandwagon. And quick. So much catchy, weird wonderfulness going on here, to say nothing of those lyrics. Man.

‘Being In Love’ (Jason Molina cover)- Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard is releasing an entire EP of Jason Molina covers? Yes, please.

‘Dreaming Backward’- David McMillin
You know what’s fun? Hearing a songwriter absolutely in a groove, writing song after song in their strongest, most assured voice. That’s what we are hearing right now with David, and it sounds so good.

‘Do You Remember’- Jarryd James
Oops, you just got pregnant.

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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.

What you should be streaming today: the tremendous EP that Nathaniel Rateliff is putting out tomorrow.

Speaking of Nathaniel, here’s him and his band playing two songs that aren’t on that EP. I’m under the impression Nathaniel Rateliff has 100 fantastic songs he’s never released. I don’t think I’m wrong.

Josh Ritter covering Fleetwood Mac? Yes, please.

You should probably know about The Suffers, you guys.

Benjamin Booker: probably on top of the list of acts I need to see live.

No big deal, just The Staves covering Springsteen.

A simple, gorgeous video for one of my favorite love songs released in the last few years. This song. Man. Enjoy.

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Another week, another batch of songs you really need in your life. Enjoy.

‘Saints & Crows’- Balto
There’s a new album coming from Balto at some point. I’m guessing it’s going to be real good, cause they are real good. Here, listen to the first single.

‘Sedona’- Houndmouth
Houndmouth announced their sophomore album Little Neon Limelite, due out March 17th yesterday, and hooked us up with a new single. To say I’m excited about this new album is a pretty big understatement. I love this band.

‘How Could You Babe’- Tobias Jesso Jr.
Tobias Jesso Jr. also has an album due out March 17th, and also released a new single yesterday. I am also VERY excited about this album.

‘I Don’t Want To Let You Down’- Sharon Van Etten
No new album from Sharon Van Etten, but she put out another tremendous song last week. She’s basically the best.

‘Leaf Off / The Cave’- Jose Gonzalez
You know what’s nice? Having new music from Jose Gonzalez in our lives.

‘To Be King’- Andy Oliveri
Something gorgeous and sparse since it’s winter, thanks to Andy Oliveri.

 

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