A New Thing: Sunday Seven

So, I've decided I want to do a little recap of the musical news of every week. From here on out, I'll be commenting on, linking, or offering some other insight on 7 music happenings/songs/concerts every Sunday. Hopefully it will spark a new discovery for you before the week begins anew. With no further ado:

1. EL VY - 'Return to the Moon'

EL VY is the new side project from The National's Matt Berninger and Menomena/Ramona Falls' Brent Knopf. As far as I can tell from their debut single, it's The National after taking a few uppers and finding some interesting audio software, and it's pretty fucking great. Take a listen to the debut single, and then look for the album in October.

 

2. Ryan Adams - Cover Album of Taylor Swift's 1989.

So Ryan Adams is recording a full cover album of Taylor Swift's 1989. I love Ryan Adams, and T. Swift is one of my guilties pleasures - I still think 1989 may go down as the best pure pop album of the decade. Catch a 27 second snippet of 'Bad Blood' here, and follow along on Ryan Adams' Twitter for more news.

 

3. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - 'S.O.B' on Fallon.

Nathaniel Rateliff has been a favorite for a long time, through all of his different musical iterations. But this new sound (and the three singles released already) makes me very sure that this will be one of the albums I listen to the most this year. He turned Fallon into a cackling superfan, and got a standing ovation from the studio crowd. This is soul/rock/something fierce done absolutely right. This album comes out August 21st, so get ready.

http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/nathaniel-rateliff-the-night-sweats-sob/2888764

4. Phil Cook - '1922'

Speaking of people who can put a crowd on their feet, Phil Cook's new album (out 9/11/15) is going to be one of those fall jams that gets infinite play in my car for quite a while. He wowed us all at Eaux Claires, and I hope you get as excited about this one as I do.

5. Jason Isbell - 'Something More Than Free'

This isn't new news - but Jason Isbell's album 'Something More Than Free' is a masterpiece. That's all. Here he is playing the lead single '24 Frames' on SiriusXM.

6. Tallest Man on Earth - 'Sagres'

 I had the pleasure of seeing The Tallest Man on Earth at Eaux Claires, and I forgot how much of a whirlwind of joy and heartache he is live. He captures a spirit that is not oft captured on stage. I can't wait to see him again at Thalia Hall later this month. Watch this clip from Roskilde earlier this year.

7. Joan Shelley - 'Over and Even'

It's no secret that Joan Shelley is one of my favorite songwriters. Her new album, 'Over and Even' comes out on 9/4/15. The title track is beautiful, and it's what I'll leave you with this Sunday.

Hope you enjoy this new Sunday experiment. Comment if there's things you love I missed!