catching up

Oh, guys and girls, we have new tunes to talk about.

‘No No No’- Beirut
The thing about Beirut is their songs are always pretty and always contain approximately one and a half verses of words. I love them so much.

‘Ditchdigger’- Tyler Lyle
This is one of my very favorite songs Tyler Lyle has ever written, a song that introduces who he is and what he’s doing. I’m so happy his new album is out in the world. Go buy it– it’s well worth your time and money.

‘Nobody Knows’- Misun
So, uh, this is a jam. Also, part of me always hopes they are going to break into ‘Bennie and the Jets’ at some point, and even though I know they won’t, I always keep that hope alive.

‘Smooth Sailin”- Leon Bridges
You already know I love Leon. This song doesn’t change that.

‘Settle Down’- Palace
Not sure I’m ever going to get tired of this guy’s voice. Man alive.

‘Home’- Tom Misch
Impeccable and incredibly catchy, as all Tom Misch tunes tend to be.

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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.

Tyler Lyle has a lovely new album coming out tomorrow. You can/should go stream it right now.

Courtney Barnett just being all wordy and lovely in this here Take Away Show.

Just The Barr Brothers hanging out in a park making beautiful musics.

And now, something wonderful from The River And The Road.

Waxahatchee in a church. Yes, please.

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

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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.

This piece from my friend David in Fort Frances on why we need to rethink hating Spotify (and streaming services in general) on behalf of our favorite artists is one of the best things I’ve read in quite some time.

This video of Cataldo playing ‘In Now And Then’ alone on a piano is as lovely as it gets.

And now, here’s Hop Along playing one of my favorite songs of the year, ‘Waitress.’ Enjoy.

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catching up

It’s been awhile, you guys. Let’s talk jams.

‘Howling At Nothing’- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Hey, remember when I lost my mind over the first single from these guys last week? It happened again when this one came out. This album is going to be a thing.

”Not For Nothing’- Mutual Benefit
Man, it’s good to have new music from Mutual Benefit. Let’s hope this means there’s a new album on the way.

‘Grand Old Flags’- Fountaineer
I basically just wanna put this song on and drive through a desert at a high rate of speed. This is an absolute jam. (Thanks, Ian.)

‘Dream Lover’- Destroyer
This one, too (both the driving and the jam thing).

‘Just Like Blood’- Sharon Van Etten
You know, just Sharon Van Etten making you feel things, no big deal.

‘Strangers’- Langhorne Slim and The Law
Well this here is a whole lot of fun.

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‘These Are The Mountains Moving’- Fort Frances

As tends to happen when I hear a song that I immediately fall in love with, I know where I was when I first heard ‘These Are The Mountains Moving.’ Last July on my girlfriend’s birthday we watched Fort Frances play a (probably not permitted) set in an alley between Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the building adjacent to it when sometime in the back half of the set David sat down at the piano and played through a song I hadn’t heard from them before. There wasn’t so much as a word of introduction, nor any to follow-up, and I remember just sort of standing there silently after the last notes faded before leaning over and saying ‘That was a thing’ to my girlfriend. I had just moved to Colorado a few months earlier, and just started my job earlier that month, so my feelings didn’t stand much of a chance against a song about mountains and taking chances and growing up. Thing is: they still don’t. I’m sure I’ve said it here before, and I know I’ve told him directly, but David McMillin is becoming one of my favorite songwriters, and ‘These Are The Mountains’ might be my favorite song he’s penned.

Beyond excited to present the premiere of this tremendous live video of the band playing this song I love so much.

Fort Frances released their brand new EP, No One Needs To Know Our Name, last week. It’s absolutely phenomenal and well worth your money. Enjoy.

Bonus: Here’s an ‘unplugged’ version of the tune that’s included on that aforementioned new EP. I obviously love this version very much.

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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 things I love: my momma and the stories behind songs. Here’s Leon Bridges talking about the story behind/playing his song ‘Lisa Sawyer’ (which, spoiler, is a song about his momma).

Have had the new EP from Fort Frances on repeat the last week. Here they are in session for City Winery, featuring a couple old favorites and a couple new favorites.

How about a full set from Nathaniel Rateliff, too? Cool. Starts about 3 minutes in, is very awesome.

Phox covering Blink 182? Sure, yeah, let’s do this.

An acoustic version of ‘The Bear At The Window’ from The Barr Brothers sounds like a thing we need in our lives, yes.

Here’s Whitehorse and Abby & Noah Gundersen covering Neil Young, because that is a thing that should happen. Man alive.

Small Houses in an abandoned silo? Yes, please.

Here’s what I’ve been listening to so far this month (click here to listen on Soundcloud). Enjoy.

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‘I Need Never Get Old’- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Good god. It’s been a good long while since I’ve been excited enough to freak out and send a song to every single one of my friends who generally like music (or like it enough to tolerate me freaking out about it). It’s been even longer since I’ve used the phrase ‘hot fire.’ This afternoon I found myself sending notes to just about everyone I knew with some form of the phrase ‘this is hot fire’ and a link to this new Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats song. Go ahead. Hit play below. Let that toe tap. Let that leg start to dance a bit.  Give in. This… this is a thing, guys and girls. A real good, exciting, electric thing. Enjoy.

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