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.

First things first: you can, and should, stream the new album from Houndmouth. And also the new one of Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield singing Elliott Smith tunes. And the new one from River City Extension.

What you should probably read ASAP: Nick Hornby’s take on what a sequel to High Fidelity would be like.

We’ve been over this many times, but Leon Bridges is going to be a star.

A two part Take Away Show with The Staves? Yes, please.

And how about a Take Away Show with St. Paul and The Broken Bones to round out this little update? Yep, that seems like the way to do it. Enjoy.

 

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catching up

Here’s what I’ve been listening to as winter tries to win.

‘Brownlow’-Låpsley
This is very likely the song that I’ve listened to the most times so far in 2015. Absolutely perfect, this one.

‘Gimme All Your Love’- Alabama Shakes
This new, more aggressive sound from the Shakes? I’m a big fan of it. Goodness.

‘Depreston’- Courtney Barnett
A bit meandering and a lot wordy and full of sharp observations and wit, this new one from Courtney Barnett is tremendously wonderful. Absolutely cannot wait for this record.

‘The Measure’- Joe Pug
Joe Pug’s new album comes out next week. I haven’t heard it yet, but I’m going to go out on a big limb and say it’s very likely going to be heartbreakingly beautiful and full of great songwriting.

‘Ruckers Hill’- Husky
Those harmonies throughout this one? That’s about as good as it gets, you guys.

‘Make It Holy’- The Staves
Yeah, so this forthcoming album from The Staves seems like it’s going to be a haymaker to the feelings. I can’t wait.

‘Quarterback’- Kopecky
Did I expect Sleigh Bells-esque guitars from the Kopecky’s? No, no I did not. But good lord is this a catchy jam.

‘Our Eyes’- Lucy Rose
Also catchy (and very lovely): this new one from Lucy Rose. This will be in heavy rotation in summer, I think (and also while I dream about summer).

‘Our Love Is Over Now’- Ski Lodge
This is what this portion of winter sounds like, I think, all cold and beautiful and like a punch in the gut.

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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.

It comes out tomorrow, but you can (and should) stream Lady Lamb (the Beekeeper)’s tremendous new album.

I may never ‘get’ Father John Misty’s music, but magic still happens when Josh Tillman grabs an acoustic guitar and covers someone like Cohen. Damn.

Saw The Districts Friday night here in Denver. Go see them if/when they come through. Loud, electric rock and roll…. sooooo here’s an acoustic version of ‘6am’? (It’s real good, promise.)

Here’s The Bronze Medal playing ‘High Fever’ in their home. Thing more bands should do: record sessions in their home.

Hey Rosetta makes music that sounds like spring. I very much want it to be spring already.

And now, here’s Small Houses playing one of my favorite tunes, ‘South, Southern,’ from his new album in a grain silo.

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

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‘Goodbye/Goodnight’- The Local Strangers

Almost 4 years into this whole blogging thing and I finally get to do something I had hoped to be able to do when I started it: premiere a song I love from a band I love. A few weeks back I was emailing with Matt from The Local Strangers and he wondered if I’d be up for picking a song to premiere from their wonderful new record, Take What You Can Carry. I knew even before I got done reading the question exactly what song I wanted to introduce to the world.

‘Goodbye/Goodnight’ came into my life at a time I was living the song. I remember when I first heard it on the beaches of Doe Bay not being aware that it was my life, but as the months unfolded after I returned to the Midwest the song haunted me. I didn’t know the words, but I knew the sentiments- I knew all too well those awkward minutes/hours/days of not saying what you mean, or being scared the other person might just do exactly that. By the time I heard it again at a house show outside of Chicago my marriage was on the way to being dissolved, and I remember sitting there five feet away from Matt and Aubrey being punched right in the feelings. Those are the memories- painful, yes, but worth it now- that I’ve attached to the acoustic version you hear below. There’s never a time I hear those two play that song that I don’t run those memories through my brain, and this acoustic version still packs the same haunting punch as that first time I heard it.

This new, full band version of ‘Goodbye/Goodnight’ sounds and feels like a sepia-toned memory, that slide guitar adding a bit of calming distance. It’s romantic in its recounting of the pain and breakdown, as though there’s been enough distance from that pain to realize it was something to learn from, and in the end the right thing happened. I again find myself living this song. It’s so much nicer on this side, and it makes me love this song even more. I love when music grows with you, and I love that my friends have written a song that’s done just that for me.

The Local Strangers will be releasing Take What You Can Carry next Tuesday, March 3rd, which you can pre-order right here (which you really should do, guys and girls, cause they’ll give you both versions of the song you find below as well as full band and acoustic versions of two other tracks on the album). It’s a wonderful piece of work and I’m so, so proud of my friends. Enjoy.

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catching up

Tunes. So many good tunes.

‘Lisa Sawyer’- Leon Bridges
Here’s the thing: I love my momma. It makes me happy that Leon Bridges loves his momma, too.

‘Sagres’- The Tallest Man On Earth
Strong The War On Drugs vibes from this new Tallest Man On Earth track, which means I love the bejesus out of it.

‘Otis’- Houndmouth
I don’t think Houndmouth is capable of writing a bad song. Couldn’t be more excited about this new record of theirs.

‘Love Songs For Robots’- Patrick Watson
So good to have Patrick Watson and his wonderful, beautiful weirdness back in our lives, you guys.

‘Old Ties and Companions’- Mandolin Orange
This is one of the most lovely songs I’ve heard so far this year, girls and guys.

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nowhere we cannot go – a mix

It seems I make this mix every year, the real sad one in the homestretch of winter when it seems like this dumb season won’t ever end and we will all freeze to death. This winter has been different, so far- Colorado has shown me a unicorn of a winter, where cold and snow lasts one day before we go back to something livable and winter melts away quickly- but we are getting into the meat of winter right now, when extended forecasts don’t offer a ton of hope and the cold starts to get into the bones so much quicker. This is a mix for these days. It’s downtrodden, sure, but it’s meant to be listened to on those lazy days, the ones where you make that extra pot of coffee and the dog curls up next to you. I hope you enjoy it.


(Listen via the embedded player above or click here to listen on 8tracks)

1. Me at the Museum, You in the Wintergardens- Tiny Ruins
2. My Baby Don’t Understand Me- Natalie Prass
3. Suburban Smell- The Districts
4. Pale Rider- Field Report
5. Dead End Thanks- Horse Feathers
6. The Night We Met- Lord Huron
7. Her Tears- Bear’s Den
8. Nowhere We Cannot Go- Hayden
9. South, Southern- Small Houses
10. Morning- Rhodes
11. Capital- Jon Lawless feat Daniela Andrade
12. Fields -Liu Bei feat Rachel Goswell
13. Send Me Home- Murder By Death
14. The Promise (When In Rome cover)- Sturgill Simpson
15. No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross- Sufjan Stevens

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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.

There’s a collection of Iron & Wine rarities that comes out tomorrow… but you can listen to it early right here. It’s superb.

Here’s Nathaniel Rateliff and his band playing my favorite song released so far this year in a park in Germany.

This interview with Sufjan Stevens about his new album is one of the best interviews I’ve read in a good long while, providing some fantastic, heartbreaking insight into the backstory of his new album as well as some fantastic quotes from Sufjan about life, love and forgiveness. Do yourself a favor and read it.

Hiss Golden Messenger put out a new EP the other week, which included the below brand new tune. In related news, Hiss Golden Messenger is good at music.

Here’s Small Houses covering DRGN King next to a creek. Real, real good stuff.

This one-shot video of Dan Mangan + Blacksmith and 35 non-musicians collaborating on ‘Pretty Good Joke’ is absolutely phenomenal.

I’ll probably never tire of hearing Alice Boman cover The War on Drugs’ ‘Red Eyes.’ Man alive. Enjoy.

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