catching up

It’s been much, much, much too long, you guys.

“It’s A Shame”- First Aid Kit
The best thing I’ve heard lately? This song, which I’ve played roughly 4323234 times.

“You and I (On the Other Side of the World)”- The Weather Station
Or, maybe it’s this one, which is all sorts of terrifically warm and lovely.

“Here We Are Again”- Ella Grace
This right here is quite the tune.

“Slow Mover”- Angie McMahon
There’s something wonderfully hypnotic about Angie McMahon’s delivery. I’m here for it. (Thanks for the head’s up, Shana!)

“Quiet”- EXES
This is a delightful little pop song.

“Palace”- Matthew and The Atlas
This one goes well with an early morning and lots of coffee.

“Wide Open”- Weaves
Go ahead and let this one wash over you.

“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” (Adele cover)- I’m With Her
Yep. This is tremendous.

“Keep the Car Running”- Silver Torches
A nice driving tune, this one.

“Three Oh Nine”- Fenne Lily
Altogether gorgeous.

“Georgia”- Phoebe Bridgers
This song has been haunting me the last few weeks.

“Sunlight Daze”- Mimicking Birds
Very into this one right now.

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fall2017 – a playlist

It’s been two and a half months since our daughter was born and this is the first I’m writing about it here. I’d say it’s by design, but that’s not the case. I haven’t written about it here because I haven’t had the words, honestly. That’s the thing they don’t tell you about new parenthood- not only do you not know what you’re doing, really, but you also don’t have the vocabulary to accurately describe the insane range of the things you are feeling so deep inside you. They don’t tell you about that lack of vocabulary because they know it’ll be lost on you, that you couldn’t possibly comprehend it before you experience it.

The last two-plus months have been the most uniquely complex and deeply hard experience I’ve ever been through, and I know it’s all just starting. It’s been all the things I could have ever hoped for, a few I was hoping the books I skimmed and that class we took were wrong about, a whole lot I couldn’t have ever imagined, and a large number that I thought were really memorable at the time but have since been eaten by the blur that is keeping a small human being alive in its earliest days. It’s been everything, all at once, every day, turned up to 11.

I was prepared to love a small, new human being, but I wasn’t prepared for how overwhelming that love would feel from the first moment I laid eyes on her. I was prepared to help my wife out as much as possible, to provide as much love and support as I could muster and change as many diapers as our little girl would run through, but I wasn’t prepared for just how much our love has grown since we became parents, how much closer we’ve gotten, how much we’ve learned about each other, and how damn much I admire her every single day for everything she does- without any hesitation, ever- in service to our daughter. I was prepared, I thought, to be a dad (I was VERY READY to tell Dad Jokes, you guys), but I wasn’t prepared for the flood of feelings being in that role begets, for the crushing, overwhelming feeling of responsibility at every moment or for how hard it is to cope with the feeling that you haven’t lived up to your own expectations of yourself in that role that day.

I was prepared for the good stuff, and even some of the bad (I mean, you have to go in knowing you are going to get pooped on), but I wasn’t prepared for the fact the good and the bad were sometimes separated only by a few seconds or, really, sometimes were the same thing. And I damn sure wasn’t prepared for the number of times my brain knew logically, and without any doubt, that something wasn’t my fault or wasn’t in my control but my heart said otherwise. It’s been the hardest and best few months of my life, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

So, how does this playlist below play into it? These songs all sound like fall to me, sure, but a lot of these are the tunes that got me through, ones that will forever be tied to this thing that has totally changed my life and marriage. I remember driving home the morning after our daughter was born, calling my best friend to talk about the whole experience, and then putting on ‘Strangest Thing’ for the first time and crying as it all hit me. I remember my trip back to the hospital that day being soundtracked by ‘Motion Sickness’ almost exclusively. I remember my wife not listening to much music at all for the first month or so but how she got back from her first solo trip out and let me know she just listened to ‘Universal Sound’ on repeat. I remember ‘When the Wall Comes Down’ showing up the week after I went back to work and becoming the only thing I listened to on my commute for about a week. And I remember listening through that new album by The National for the first time and how after finishing ‘Dark Side of the Gym’ I knew a) I wasn’t prepared to listen to that album again anytime soon and b) my wife for sure wasn’t prepared to listen to that album anytime soon.

These songs have been along for the ride the last few months, some showing up before the baby did, some showing up recently, but all of them adding a little bit more to the story. I tried numerous times to put them into some order, to make a regular mix, but I learned over and over that it was impossible. So, this season, and maybe going forward, you get a smattering of songs that sound like the season in no particular order. A playlist, not a mix. Put it on shuffle, skip around, listen straight through- it doesn’t matter, I don’t think, because they all sound like golden hours, afternoon pots of coffee and dark beer.

I’ll keep adding to the playlist throughout the season, so go ahead and follow/subscribe to it on Spotify if you’d like by clicking here. Thanks for reading, and 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.

Just gonna need Tallest Man On Earth to cover all of the songs.

New Chance song? New Chance song.

One of the very finest songs from one of 2017’s very finest albums.

It’s fall, which means it’s the perfect time of the year for The War On Drugs.

Have I had a few drives lately where this is the only song I listen to? Yes, yes I have.

Joan Shelley: still the most lovely.

A nice little live take of the finest tune off that new Josh Ritter record.

That new record from The National is a destroyer. This one, especially.


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catching up

Oh wow. It’s been a long time.

“Funeral”- Phoebe Bridgers
I can’t wait to get so sad to this record in a few days.

“Heartbreaker”- Grappell
This is very nice.

“Sea Town”- Courtney Marie Andrews
One of the better things I’ve heard lately, this one.

“Brightest of Feathers”- Jesse Marchant
This one, too.

“Yours”- Now, Now
I know it’s about to be a wrap on summer, but one last summer jam never hurt anyone.

“Roadless”/”How It Gets In” (feat Julien Baker)- Frightened Rabbit
It makes me very happy that there is (very deliciously sad) new music from Frightened Rabbit around, you guys.

“Call It Off” (Tegan and Sara cover)- Chvrches
Yes. This is terrific.

“Queens of the Breakers”- The Barr Brothers
Really can’t wait for this new album from The Barr Brothers. We missed them more than we all think.

“Heavy Metals”- Noah Gundersen
Very interested to hear Noah’s new record when it comes out Friday. Very interested.

“Diamond Anyway”- Michael Nau feat. Natalie Prass
This is real lovely.


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catching up

There are tunes we need to talk about, you guys.

“When The Wall Comes Down” / “Domino (Time Will Tell)” – Hiss Golden Messenger
M.C. Taylor is one of the finest songwriters going today. These two new ones are terrific and much needed in this moment.

“Day I Die”- The National
Yes. Yes, this is very good. Very, very good.

“Half-Light”- Rostam feat. Kelly Zutrau
Basically just wanna get lost in this one.

“Rosey”- Bermuda Triangle
Tremendous and lovely. I love this.

“Solar Pilgrim”- Twain
A perfect song for the coming golden days.

“Walkaway”- Weaves
This is the one right now.

“Pastoral Radio Hit”- Radiator Hospital
Very into this one. Very.

“Provider”- Frank Ocean
Jam city.

“Brother”- The Rural Alberta Advantage
Very happy that The RAA is back, you guys.

“Come and See”- Lean Year
Real dreamy, this one.

“When Will I Be Changed” – Josh Ritter feat. Bob Weir
A song for the those last campfires of summer.

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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 Tallest Man On Earth covering Joni Mitchell is a lovely thing you need in your life.

And now, a Tiny Desk Concert you very much need in your life (and that I would have posted sooner had it not been almost a month since I did one of these posts).

Big yes on this one from Son Little’s new album.

Still listening to this a socially inappropriate number of times a day, you guys.

The thing about the debut album from Phoebe Bridgers that’s coming in a few weeks is I really can’t wait for it.

Still think this Middle Kids tune is one of the best of the year.

This is a very good song by a very good band.

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just come outside and leave with me – a mix

Here’s a new playlist for these last few hot days, the ones where the light has changed, the mornings are deliciously cool and yet, by the middle of the day you’re reminded that it’s actually still summer for a bit longer. I’m ready for summer to be over, but these are the tunes that have gotten me through the last days of this annually endless season. Enjoy.

(Click here to follow/listen to playlist on Spotify.)

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