catching up

Wow. Sorry for not doing one of these for the entire month of December. Gonna try and be a little better about doing this on a weekly basis or so during 2018. Anyways, let’s catch up on the tunes I think you should give a listen to.

“Lottery”- Jade Bird
This is the best two and a half minutes I’ve heard lately.

“Frame for One”- Jesse Marchant
Very ready for this new Jesse Marchant album in a few weeks. Forgot how effective he is.

“You Worry Me”- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Wasn’t sure what to expect with the return of these guys, but I’m very happy about this subdued-yet-driving tune.

“Night Shift”- Lucy Dacus
Really, truly couldn’t be more excited to hear this new Lucy Dacus album in March.

“PARAD(w/m)E”- Sylvan Esso
I’m ready for summer now, thanks.

“Empiricist”/”Coverings”- Typhoon
If you were thinking to yourself ‘I’d really love to be emotionally devastated by a record and then continue to listen to said record and peel back more layers of meaning which will lead to further devastation,’ this Typhoon record is for you. (It’s great. Seriously.)

“Cellophane Angel”- Dan Auerbach with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
All. Day.

“Game to Lose”- I’m With Her
Beautiful, this one.

“May Your Kindness Remain”- Courtney Marie Andrews
Same goes for this one.

“Moonlight”- Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth
This one, too.

“Miles Away”- Josh Ritter
We are to the point where Josh Ritter is just releasing b-sides that are fantastic and lovely just cause he can. I like it.

“Closest To Me”- Liza Anne
This is a wonderfully lonely, reflective song. Tailor made for winter.

“The Worst Way”- Donovan Woods
Same goes for this one.

“Inverness”- Marie/Lepanto
Will Johnson and Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster making rock music? Yes, I’ll listen.

“Pirouette”- Jay Som
This is a very good rock and roll song.

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my favorite stuff of 2017

I’d like to say not posting my favorite stuff until after every day of 2017 had been exhausted was some sort of thought-out or principled thing. It wasn’t. Time got weird in 2017 for me, which is what happens when your wife gives birth and you become a father and all three of you become a family. Days disappear, and quickly (so damn quickly) months do too. So anyways, this list is late because, for me, time got warped beyond all recognition in 2017.

It was the best year of my life.

It’s a weird year to say that, but here we are. That’s not to say the year wasn’t weighty, or that I didn’t get lost in an unhealthy way in the all-consuming, endless American political nightmare. I did. I still do from time to time.

But that beautiful baby and her beautiful momma and our beautiful little family made this year something different, something special, something exciting, something better than every other year I’ve experienced.

And the songs and the albums below are what soundtracked that year for me. I don’t have much of a ranking system this year, but I can tell you that Hiss Golden Messenger, Leif Vollebekk and Lorde made my favorite records, and that “Mary,” “Universal Sound” and “Slow Mover” were my favorite songs. I didn’t have a lot of time for albums of 2017, which is why the list of those I loved is about half of what it was in 2016. I had a lot of time for 3 to 5 minute songs, though, which is why that list is pretty large compared to other years. It all evens out.

There are different versions of the songs playlist, because I know not everyone wants to wade through 350+ tunes (even though I would ride for each of the ones on that list). So, the first playlist is all the tunes I liked and the second is a pared down version of 75 of my favorite tunes, with the only rule being that there could be only one song from each artist.

Alright, that’s a lot of writing. On to the tunes and albums. Hope you find something new to love in the pile of music below. Thanks for sticking around this year- I know it’s been quiet, but I’m still here, promise. Enjoy.



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winter2017 – a mix

It’s not winter here, not yet at least. Below, though, is a mix for that fast-arriving season, the one with the short days and dark evenings, when the coffee tastes best and the cold gets in our bones, when both the deep thinking and worrying gets done most efficiently. These are songs to get warm to, to move slow to, to lose time to while staring out the window while it snows and you plan out your life. They are made to soundtrack days that are bitingly cold and bright white, full of gloves and shovels and rosy cheeks. I hope you find some solace in them over the coming months. Enjoy.

(listen to/follow playlist on Spotify)

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friend I am a slow, slow mover // a year lasts a lifetime – a (couple) mix(es)

There are two mixes below full of tunes I’ve loved as this year has started to wind down. These songs either sound like fall, sound like the warm days we’ve been enjoying so far this December, wont fit on the winter mix I’m putting together, or some combination of the three. Some of my very favorite songs of 2017 are included, that much I know.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that the mix that leads off with that tremendous Angie McMahon song used to contain the latest Pinegrove song (hell, the title was even a line from it). Given that Evan is another dude who can’t keep from being shitty towards woman (and that he released one of the most godawful ‘apologies’ for his dogshit behavior), I’ve gone ahead and removed that song and changed the title of the mix cause nah, I’m not about supporting that kind of behavior.

Anyhow, enjoy.

(listen/follow on Spotify)

(listen/follow on Spotify)

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Christmas (and Christmas-adjacent) Tunes – a mix

It’s that time of year again. Below is a playlist I started putting together last year with my wife, made a few tweaks to last week and am ready to share here today. It’s full of Christmas tunes and sad, Christmas-adjacent (as my wife calls them, which is perfect) tunes. Lots of cheese mixed in with a lot of sad. The best of everything the season has to offer, basically. 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.

One of my favorite events of the year: Bedstock for MyMusicRx, an event designed to help raise the spirits of sick kids. So much goodness for a good cause.

Still very much love this tune from Lemolo.

And now: a few Tiny Desk Concerts that are very much worth your time.

This new one from S. Carey is very lovely.

The latest Barr Brothers album has sounded better and better as the days have gotten shorter.

Would really love this entire demo series from Tallest Man on Earth to be properly released.

Yep, Joan Shelley is still the most lovely.

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catching up

Sorry for the lack of action around here. I see how new parents disappear. It’s easy. Anyhow, let’s talk about some tunes I think you might enjoy very much.

“Broken”- Patrick Watson
Yes. Very excited this man is back.

“Dynamite My Soul”- Wilco
This old b-side is better than most of the new songs I’ve heard this year.

“Silent Side”- The Staves and yMusic
This is rather beautiful.

“Winter”- Rosie Carney
Grab yourself a cup of coffee and a blanket. Then hit play.

“Fool’s Gold”- S. Carey
Keep that cup of coffee and blanket around for this one, too.

“The Opener”- Camp Cope
Oh hell yes. Let’s get loud and brash.

“The Moon Rose”- Matt Pond PA
This is delightful.

“Standard”- Weller
Been very stuck on this one the last few days.

“Sunday”- Gleemer
Go ahead and fade away to this one.

“Sail on the Water”- Molly Parden
This song sounds like the golden hour.

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