Saturday Morning.

So, it's been a bit since I've done a proper post. I've been running around in circles trying to set up some new shows, do some work on the blog itself, make everything prettier, you know the drill. Because of that, there's a lot of music that has been in my ears nonstop, and I thought I should probably do my job and share all of the things I've been loving lately with you! First, I'm really obsessed with the work that SerialBox does, and this video from a few months ago with Madi Diaz is a really perfect blend of folk/pop/blues sensibilities that has been a favorite way for me to start my mornings.

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Noah Gundersen released his first full-length album a few weeks ago, entitled 'Ledges', and it's almost certainly going to be one of, if not my favorite album of the year. The way Noah commands your attention, every note, every breath - it's something you don't find very often. Noah and his sister Abby filmed this White Session a few weeks ago, and well, not surprisingly, it's stunning.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1LFUYCFDZQ&w=640&h=360]

 

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of S. Carey (and his sister, who performs as Luray). The first single from the new S. Carey album is entitled "Fire-scene", and the song itself, as well as the video released along with it, is absolutely beautiful. There is a winding, delicate sense of melody and care in Sean's music that I find myself coming back to incredibly frequently.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLbVVWkto1k&w=640&h=360]

 

Well, everything Gregory Alan Isakov does is close to perfect, and everything Kevin Ihle films is wonderful - so this version of "Amsterdam" before his show in Colorado is unsurprisingly excellent.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQGiKkPxn6c&w=640&h=360]

 

I posted another Ballard Session with Bea Troxel a while back, but I thought I should post this one too. Something about her voice, her songwriting, just catches my heart in my throat, and it's so, so perfect.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIAvzDSKdos&w=640&h=360]

 

Speaking of bands that can do no wrong, this video from TYPHOON performing "Caesar/Reed Road" in Boston reminds me how much I can't wait to see them at some point on their upcoming/current tour. Such a tremendous live show.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKKdw_oKxXg&w=640&h=360]

 

Alright. Enough links. For now.

For those who missed my last post - I have the wonderful opportunity to host a Music Means Family show with the incredible Kris Orlowski (who's opening for the sold out Noah Gundersen show) and a set from the talented Gia Margaret. We're going to be cozying in on Tuesday, March 4th at 7:30, over at 914 California. 10 dollar suggested donation, BYOB, a chance to make new friends. I'd love to see you there. Check out this video from Kris below - and enjoy your Saturday!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyTbnWmmwLw&w=640&h=360]

December.

I love December. It's a time to take stock of the year that is coming to an end, and of the possibilities that are approaching in the new year. Also, whiskey, Christmas, fireplaces, and all the love you can muster. I'm going to be working on a few things this month - I'm hoping to get a Winter mix, and some year-end lists of stuff headed your way, as well as a bunch of announcements about House Shows for the coming year. In the meantime, I wanted to throw some videos, songs, etc. your way - because I find I really need a certain kind of music to keep my heart beating right in these winter months.

The first one is an incredible video of Bea Troxel, a songwriter out of Nashville. Again, a perfect video shot by Eratosthenes.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohOarnyiXt4&w=640&h=360]

It's no secret I'm a big fan of Frightened Rabbit. This Mahogany Session they did of 'Holy' is excellent.

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Courtney Marie Andrews is incredible. Also, one of the kindest people I've ever met. This song is beautiful.

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And, one more Ballard Session. This is full of chills.

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I'll be posting lots soon - hope these warm you on the first of December!

Update - Up To Date!

Hey everybody - So I'm sitting at home with a fever, nursing a nasty headache, and I figured that was as good of a time as any to throw a big old update your way.

1st of all - if you've missed them so far, I urge you to check out the Music Means Family Skyline Sessions - we take a bit of time before various house shows to film 1 song sessions, and I'm really proud of how the first three turned out. It truly is amazing how talented these folks are. So, take a look at the 1st three sessions, with Courtney Marie Andrews, Field Report, and Hip Hatchet.

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We'll have a couple more coming your way, after our next few house shows. Which you should come to. They're next week. And they'll be awesome.

On November 11th, we have a special evening with Vikesh Kapoor. Vikesh is a stunning songwriter, and wowed a couple thousand of us earlier this year at Timber! Watch this video - then go to the event page, then RSVP, then come.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkzEYb3iuHY&w=853&h=480]

The Event Page!

Then, I'm beyond excited to present the Brooklyn-based Cuddle Magic, with an opening set from Kalispell on November 13th. Again, watch this video, click the link, RSVP, and show up!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQR3dXbEx-s&w=853&h=480]

I really do hope I get to see some of you at one of these shows. They really are special occasions.

Last, but not least, Caroline Smith is playing at The Hideout this Friday. You'd be crazy not to go. She just did an awesome session with the great guys over at Audiotree - check it out, and come hang out on Friday night.

http://audiotree.tv/session/caroline-smith/

See you soon, I hope!

 

Mondays are Hard

So yeah, Mondays are really hard. I thought I'd throw some links your way, to try and ease those Monday Night Blues. 'Golden Wake' a phenomenal track from the gorgeous new-ish album from Mutual Benefit - via Songs For The Day.

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As winter approaches, I'm very eagerly awaiting the forthcoming album from local artist Simon Balto. Listen to 'The Cut'. Wow.

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As long as we are on a winter-y note - this Tiny Desk concert from Daughter. I sat speechless watching this.

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Speaking of Tiny Desk concerts - a throwback to one of my favorites - from the Low Anthem

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I love Volcano Choir, and I love everything Dan Huiting films - so I'll leave it with this City of Music video of 'Comrade".

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvp305B9FoQ&w=480&h=360]

 

I hope the rest of your week is tolerable - and I hope to see you on November 13th at 914 for an incredible house concert with Cuddle Magic and Kalispell!

 

 

 

A Little Too Busy

Hey everybody - sorry for the infrequency of the updates. I've been traveling for work, and working on getting house shows set up, and seeing shows, and biting off maybe just a bit more than I can chew. There are worse things, right?

Anyway, I wanted to drop by and post a few things that have been keeping me sane while I wait for the leaves to change (don't worry - a fall mix is brewing)! Let's jump right in:

I'm in love with the new album from Luray - the project of Shannon Carey, who is the sister of Sean Carey (of Bon Iver). She strings together soaring melodies, soothing banjo, and copious layers to create a fantastic fall soundtrack. This has been on many mornings for me as of late. Here's a beautiful single take video of the title track 'The WIlder'. Go get this album folks.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INZVnzwxEtM&w=640&h=480]

 

Also, Caroline Smith's new album will find its way to your ears shortly. I can't say enough about Caroline's talent - and this album will most certainly deliver. Sharing this one again - make sure to grab this on 10/8.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeBPKCtUC9M&w=640&h=360]

 

Nathaniel Rateliff's new album is absolutely breathtaking - and it's a wonder for the beginnings of autumn, Enjoy this video, and then go grab it.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7pfEsHQuzU&w=640&h=360]

 

I'll be dropping by with a true Autumn Mix soon - in the meantime, I hope to see you out at one of our house shows coming up. Come over to www.facebook.com/musicmeansfamily and check them out!

 

9/24 - Field Report

10/3 - Hip Hatchet, Justin Klaas, and Old Sap

10/11 - Courtney Marie Andrews and Erin Rae

10/12 - Bryan John Appleby

 

You REALLY don't want to miss any of these. I promise.

take note, there's still a hole in my heart

My favorite thing about Saturday mornings is putting on a record, grabbing a mug or 4 of coffee, and just taking some time to myself to listen to whatever is moving me at the moment. It's a way to sort of exorcize the stresses of the week, to forget about the trivial stuff, and to really spend some time taking care of all of the thoughts and ideas I haven't worked through during the week. This morning, I can't stop spinning Volcano Choir's new album, 'Repave'. I was lucky enough to see them last night, and this record is just as incredible live as it is recorded. If you haven't picked it up yet, please do yourself a favor and go grab it. It's a soundtrack for the fall, a means to shake off the last hazy days of summer and embrace the crisp changing of the seasons. Justin Vernon's voice is still as entrancing as ever, and, similar to Bon Iver's eponymous album, there is a constant feeling of introspection and calm that this record brings. Here's "Comrade":

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4dZbJHT7_4&w=560&h=315]

I've been listening to a ton of other stuff lately as well, and I feel bad I haven't been sharing it here. So I think I'll just throw a bunch of great stuff out to you to accompany that Volcano Choir album, and hopefully you find something new (or old) you love this weekend!

 

I recently acquired a copy of Gregory Alan Isakov's 'That Sea, The Gambler' on vinyl, and I fell in love with this song all over again.

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It's no secret that I love Noah Gundersen, and SerialBox just did a great session of his song 'Cigarettes':

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvnZRnK7ySk&w=420&h=315]

 

It's almost fall. Which means I'll be listening to the Field Report album from last year a lot. I love this stripped down session from SXSW earlier this year:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEziJYWV9vk&w=560&h=315]

 

Like I needed another reminder that I wanted to be at Doe Bay - here's a video of Mikey and Matty with the Passenger String Quartet at this year's Doe Bay:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tQfXmQ0Bmg&w=420&h=315]

 

To make it clear that I'm ready for fall - here's an old favorite from Lucy Rose:

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend y'all. Also, if you haven't yet - please come over to facebook.com/MusicMeansFamily, click the 'Like" button, and check out the upcoming house shows. There are going to be some special ones.

Be well.

 

 

 

you're not that much like me/you should know me better than that

So. The mix is in progress, plans are a-happening for the summer. A few things came up that were too pressing not to share.  

The National's new album is streaming. Listen to it here. Jesus Christ. All of the feelings. Every. Single. God. Damn. One. For a reminder, here's 'Don't Swallow the Cap':

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFnA-8H-5lo&w=560&h=315]

 

Typhoon released their first single off of "White Lighter", due out 8/20/13. This is one of the albums I've been, and will continue to be, waiting with bated breath for. The single, 'Dreams of Cannibalism' is fantastic.

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Heather over at Fuel/Friends posted this today from a house show with Damien Jurado. This song will pierce my heart every time I hear it. Imagine being there. Holy shit.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwhgR2R64s8&w=560&h=315]

 

Mix will be out soon!

Love y'all.

i would love you now/but my hands are on fire

Happy actual warm weather guys! It feels like the world is picking up some steam again, throwing off the tiredness of winter. Bands are releasing albums, huge tour schedules are being put out, and I see lots of big smiles wherever I go. I have a lot of exciting things in the works for this blog this summer, and I'm super excited to share them all with you.

My next post will hopefully be a new mix - a sort of spring/early summer mix to counteract my previous spring mix, which was very much meant for the very beginning of spring. For now, I'd like to share a few things that have really brightened my past week, in hopes that tehy'll give you something to smile about as we eagerly await the weekend.

I had the pleasure of seeing Fort Frances play an EP release show in Chicago this past weekend, and man, do they put on a hell of a show. I'm absolutely in love with their new EP, "Harbour". Click here to buy it, and watch this amazing video of an acoustic version of 'How To Turn Back'.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr0nvzLei34&w=560&h=315]

 

The Great American Canyon Band opened up that show, and they're also a hell of a band to watch live. Their music is mesmerizing, an ethereal throwback to all of the positive vibes of the early 70's, cars gliding along dusty highways, and the soft breeze in your hair. This video plays off all of that, and I can totally dig it.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKzbP5I7ayI&w=560&h=315]

 

Dallas Green, better known as City and Colour, released the first single off of his new album, entitled 'The Hurry and the Harm'. It's a stunning song, and perfect for these spring days.

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The National released the first video from their upcoming album. I'm beyond excited for this one. Watch 'Sea of Love' below.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIWmRbHDhGw&w=420&h=315]

 

I can't stop listening to Kodaline these past couple weeks, and this Take Away Show is unbelievable.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-XPVw1LhZk&w=560&h=315]

 

While I realize these links got a little heavier as the post went on, I'm going to end it on a heavy note, because I've been meaning to post this video for a bit. Watch Jon from The Head and the Heart absolutely blow you away:

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Exciting things ahead. Keep your eyes and ears perked! Happy Spring!

 

i would never write another song/i would never say another prayer

So, May is a pretty awesome month. I mean, other than it's 38 degrees and freezing rain. But I mean, otherwise, May is a pretty awesome month. May/June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's a whole lot of feelings right there. And a whole lot of dancing, clapping, and singing along. You should come. You really should.

 

In the meantime, Heather over at Fuel/Friends released an incredible Spring mix today. Go to Fuel/Friends now and download it for free.

 

Also, Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps posted this video with their tour announcement today. Wow. Wow.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeBPKCtUC9M&w=560&h=315]

 

Laura Marling played her new single 'Master Hunter' on Jools Holland this past week. She's getting more and more expansive in her talent as she ages (she's 23). Check this out:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E-EoSOC_N8&w=560&h=315]

 

I ran into Shane Leonard of Kalispell last night at the S. Carey show. Reminded me to remind you of how good his album that came out last year is. It's really a perfect soundtrack for this time of year. Go to his Bandcamp after you listen to this song and buy it. Then sit back with a beer, and enjoy.

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As to that S. Carey show. Breathless. Almost speechless. So frequently when I find myself listening to music I find myself having an intellectual reaction, realizing how poignant lyrics are, then getting swept away in the undercurrent of guitar, or piano, or violin. With S. Carey, it's so much the opposite. His music is a rapidly expanding river of vastness and possibility exploding from behind my ribcage as I try not to weep and shout with joy at the same time. It is so deeply visceral, and so connected to the Earth, there's an inescapable, very palpable almost aura-like quality in the room when he plays. If you have a chance to see him, please do go. This a cell phone video from last night, but hopefully it gives you some idea of how powerful it was.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBzGuqBaOvE&w=560&h=315]

 

I'll leave you with that, my friends - and I hope to see you out and about this lovely May. Especially once the weather actually catches up.

on why this weekend was awesome

This weekend I had the opportunity to see two absolutely incredible shows. On Friday night I found myself at Schuba's for the incredible triple bill of Pickwick, Basia Bulat, and The Local Strangers. Then, Saturday Night, The Local Strangers played a small, intimate house show in Evanston, that may have been one of the more perfect concert experiences I've experienced in a great while. For those who haven't caught on to the wonderful, infectious music that Pickwick is making: watch this video, then run over to iTunes, or to their website, and pick up their debut album "Can't Talk Medicine".

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdkOREr27Vk&w=560&h=315]

 

Basia Bulat was a name that had been on the edge of my radar for a bit, but I never had taken the time to really listen to her music. For those who haven't had the pleasure, don't make the mistake I did - watch this one, then go get her newest album, "Heart of my Own".

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As far as The Local Strangers are concerned - I spent a lot of my weekend with them, hearing their powerful, soul-searching, eyes-to-the-stars music wash over me. They released their debut full-length last year, and it's absolutely gorgeous - not to mention that Aubrey and Matt are two of the sweetest, most earnest people you'll ever meet. I can't say enough positives about this band. Listen to the song 'I Will Let You Down', then watch this video of an incredible new song they played last night. The video isn't great - but it's the best I can convey the power of this song. Seriously, go buy their album(s). Right now.

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All in all - an incredible weekend.

P.S. - Watch this Take Away Show with Kodaline that was posted at the end of last week. It's haunting and painful and gorgeous.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-XPVw1LhZk&w=560&h=315]

Links! Links everywhere!

The internet has been a very happy place for people who like music so far in April. I'm going to avoid doing too much writing, and just encourage you to check out all of these songs, streams, and videos, they're all incredibly worth it. First, The National played 3 new songs on BBC Radio 1. The interview is great too. They also released the first single, 'Demons'. Check both below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p017fh37

 

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Then, The Shouting Matches debut album is streaming on NPR. For those who haven't heard this is Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)'s new side project with Phill Cook (Megafaun) and Brian Moen (Peter Wolf Crier). It's sexy, gritty, stripped down blues-rock and it's absolutely worth your time.

http://www.npr.org/2013/04/07/176144654/first-listen-the-shouting-matches-grownass-man

 

This Noah Gundersen song from SXSW came out a few weeks ago, but I still can't stop watching it.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t-jIm8YEQ4&w=560&h=315]

 

Then there's this new track from Small Houses (whose newest album came out this year, and it's one of my favorites so far):

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGAkkQy-d3c&w=560&h=315]

Adam over at songsfortheday turned me on to this stunning band Folly and the Hunter - check out this video, their album comes out tomorrow! This is seriously, stupid good.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOLYUYlTdY0&w=560&h=315]

Now, to brighten your Monday Night/Tuesday morning, have a little party with this video of Wild Cub performing one of my new favorite spring songs:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6JkA2C1qNc&w=560&h=315]

 

Last but not least, Heather over at Fuel/Friends posted an incredible piece about her experience at the Room 125 Classroom Sessions. If you give a shit about art, you really need to go over there and read it. Link is in the sidebar!

Good luck getting through the week y'all!

Why can't you see heaven won't wait for us?

I hope you guys have had a chance to check out the spring mix. If not - I'll post it below, this time complete with a download link. While you guys are checking that out - I wanted to make a note about a few artists who appear on that mix, all of whom I've had the pleasure to see live in the last few days. If you dug (or dig) their tracks on the mix, here's a bit of a follow-up.

Hey Marseilles are currently touring in support of their sophomore album 'Lines We Trace' which is absolutely magical. Their song 'Tides' appears on the mix, and check out this video of 'Heart Beats' to get a taste of how truly awesome they are.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV9CixK_eDc&w=560&h=315]

 

Mike Clark is a phenomenal talent from Colorado. He's playing 4/4 in Chicago at the Sol Cafe in Rogers Park. Don't be dumb. Be there. Check out this video from his recent chapel session with Fuel/Friends - then go download it for free!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L74EvIwkp0&w=560&h=315]

 

Jeremy Quentin, who performs under the moniker Small Houses, writes the kind of songs that creep into your heart, and your head, and hold you blissfully hostage. He'll be back in Chicago this summer, and his new album 'Exactly Where You Wanted to Be' is one of the best of the year so far. Listen to this, then go buy it. Trust me. Also, watch the rest of this room 125 session when you have a chance.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKNBa37gxeQ&w=560&h=315]

 

Last but not least, Hoots and Hellmouth, fronted by Sean Hoots, who is currently doing a solo tour with Small Houses, released a phenomenal album last year, and you should check out what they're up to. I have a lot of love for the music they're putting out.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SW2nYoobAE&w=560&h=315]

 

And, as promised - one more link to the Spring Mix, which has a song from each of these bands/artists. Listen, download, enjoy!

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Download - http://db.tt/pHp5S9Cq

if i can't find the rhythm/if i can't find a cure

It's been incredibly cold the last few days here, but, fortuitously, the perfect EP came out to ease away the winter blues. Tyler Lyle released a new EP "Expatriates" and it is absolutely wonderful. Tyler's voice just drips with this sense of searching, of yearning for something wonderful. There's a certain serenity that his music invariably brings me to, and this new EP doesn't disappoint. Listen to the track Medusa below, and then head over to Bandcamp and buy it.

 

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I also stumbled on a few videos this week that made me quite happy, and figured they were worth a share:

 

This beautiful video of Typhoon, hanging out in a tree:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af4TL0Qegb4&w=560&h=315]

 

And this one of Pickwick, whose debut album comes out this year, and which will be fucking wonderful. I mean seriously, listen to Galen's unbelievable voice, and this song, and wow:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRXbeZSFT-E&w=560&h=315]

 

This video of the National which I had never seen before. I'm really pumped to see them again at Bonnaroo this year:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cjORoHfTcg&w=560&h=315]

 

Thursday tomorrow! Week's almost done!

I'm Alive!

Holy long hiatus Batman! So, I've been gone for a month. I got quite sick, started dating a pretty fantastic girl, and had to get some recovery time in, but I'm back (and hopefully better than ever)! Some updates - I'm working on a slew of things. One is a mix for y'all to get you through the end of winter, and to welcome in the beginnings of spring. The next is (if all goes well) a pretty exciting series of house style shows in the coming months with some really amazing artists. On that note, if you're a musician, and you're reading this, and you like playing music for people, please e-mail me! Third, I'll be updating this blog in the next two months or so so that I have my own fancy little domain. This should go hand in hand with some more features and some more content for those of you who read this, which I'm super excited about.

Anyway, you come here for music, so let's get to some music. A lot has happened in the last month!

I'm obsessed with "Agape", the new EP from Bear's Den. When I hear the title track (see video below) I get that butterflies-bouncing-in-my-heart feeling that The Head and the Heart get me with all the time. Check it out, then head over to Amazon or iTunes and get a copy for yourself.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FMdORf5iGs&w=560&h=315]

 

The new Local Natives album is out, and it's everything I hoped for and more. "Gorilla Manor" has gotten countless plays from me, "Hummingbird" will follow suit. Check out this amazing Blogotheque video for "Heavy Feet" and then go get the album. Do it.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9AvNpJrBYw&w=560&h=315]

 

If you haven't seen this video of The Lumineers doing an amazing new song in San Francisco as a part of a Take Away Show, you're in for a huge treat. This song might be the epitome of things that give me the warm and fuzzy feelings.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b07gcIuKUYk&w=560&h=315]

 

I desperately want it to be summer already, and so I've been listening to Prairie Empire's stunning album over and over and over and over again. And watching this video of Prairie Empire's Brittain Ashford, and taking breaks to imagine grass between my toes and summer sun on my shoulders.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPct6aM9j5I&w=560&h=315]

 

Everything Caroline Smith does is worth watching/listening to. I promise. This gem that was a Reddit exclusive is not to be missed. Really beautiful.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvYeRo9BCN4&w=560&h=315]

 

Small change of pace, but I love everything HAIM does, and their new EP looks like it won't be any exception. They're a great band to listen to when dreaming of spring. Trust me, and check out the track "Falling" below.

[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/78796179" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

 

And, as Adam over at Songsfortheday will tell you, it's been a Night Beds kind of month. So watch this video of "Ramona", and sleep a little better tonight.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLMeIsA1xDc&w=560&h=315]

Well guys, really glad to be back, and I'll get that mix out ASAP. ANd seriously, if you, or someone you know wants to play a house show - e-mail me at musicmeansfamily@gmail.com.

Peace, y'all!

Live Sessions (They're Great!)

As I was bouncing frenetically  around the internet yesterday, scouring the dark corners for things that would perk me up in the middle of the week, I realized how many of my favorite representations of artists I love online came from certain "session style" recordings, generally done by various groups who film, with exceptional production values, random (and frequently acoustic) sessions of great bands. I wanted to take today to highlight some of my favorite people doing this right now, in hopes that you might unearth the massive amount of awesome that exists in their troves of footage. So:  

Hear Ya! Sessions - Filmed in Chicago, these guys grab bands who are playing shows in the area, and have them record one or two songs in their studio. Here are two gems from Hey Rosetta! and First Aid Kit:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH8qJFPsL6o&w=640&h=360]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grkt4R8u3yI&w=640&h=360]

Show Me Shows - A monthly release from St. Louis. All of their videos are great. Here's one of my absolute favorites, The Head and the Heart performing 'Virginia':

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7rPbzBP8NY&w=640&h=360]

The Sight of Sounds - These are just amazing. That's all. Here's The Lumineers 'Stubborn Love' on a bus. Yea.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnTxjfVZlPs&w=640&h=360]

Fuel/Friends Chapel Sessions - Many of these are audio only, and all of them can be downloaded for free at www.fuelfriendsblog.com (Which you should also read, because it's awesome). Check out this stunning video of Bryan John Appleby:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm8tr-UDYH8&w=640&h=360]

Take Away Shows - I can't even begin to address the number of amazing bands/videos/everything done by La Blogotheque, who are responsible for these amazing Take Away Shows, which generally consist of bands wandering the streets of Paris/NYC/Los ANgeles and making awesome music. You should probably watch all of them, ever - but feel free to start with these two, from Local Natives and Bon Iver respectively:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hhE_sqJG3g&w=640&h=360]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLOr_FrJJWA&w=640&h=360]

 

There are so many more, absolutely amazing people doing amazing sessions like these every day, and hopefully I'll have a chance to feature more in the future. For now, enjoy this little boost - the weekend is getting closer!

 

A Few Links (To Get Us Through The Week)

As I slowly come down from my post-Bowerbirds high, I find myself staring at three more days of work this week, and I'm feeling the need for a little juice to get me through. So I thought to myself, let's find some great videos and some great artists to keep my mood up for the rest of the week - hopefully these can do the same for you. This song by The Staves is beautiful. Their debut album came out today, and it's really quite perfect for this late fall weather. Check it out!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnxJ7DYvVkc&w=640&h=360]

Adam over at Songs For a Day reminded me of this awesome video of Ben Sollee singing 'A Few Honest Words' at the Lincoln Memorial. A reminder of how thankful I am that the election season is over.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfrNG3gr1U8&w=640&h=360]

I saw Daughter a few weeks ago and it was one of my favorite shows of this year. Her music is perfect for this time of year.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrv9DmA5Z64&w=640&h=360]

This is just beautiful, and I forgot about it until I felt the cold wind on my face coming home from work today.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b2H89rDwXI&w=640&h=360]

This song from Lucy Rose, another English artist, is also keeping me solid right now.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5jFuoKMQRA&w=640&h=360]

One more, from Broken Twin:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW4LXvFBB6I&w=640&h=360]

 

Keep your heads up, y'all - it's almost Turkey Day!

A Rainy Sunday Evening

I hope everyone's somewhere safe and warm while (at least here in Chicago) the sleety rain starts to pound. I wanted to share a few songs that are getting me through this weather, and that will hopefully keep me calm during the Bears game tonight.  

Cold Specks' debut album came out earlier this year, and it's absolutely phenomenal. I'm seeing here here in Chicago on 11/29 and I couldn't be more excited. Check out 'Blank Maps' below:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhm79Kh-9Lk&w=640&h=360]

 

The Oh Hello's just released their debut album, and it's phenomenal. Perfect music for this late fall weather. Check this track out:

[bandcamp track=1758491848  bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=4285BB size=venti]

 

This song by Ivan & Alyosha is amazing. The video is beautiful. I wouldn't mind being right about there right now.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C99OZwbV-hQ&w=640&h=360]

 

Enjoy your Sunday evening, and good luck getting through Monday morning tomorrow!

Another Weekend

As I find myself restlessly preparing to head out for the evening (which should be specatacular - one of my best friend's birthdays and then seeing Allen Stone!) I found I needed a song to wind down from work. Naturally, I went to this stunner from Pretty Broken Things. This track is free on their bandcamp, and their currently raising money for their new album, which you can donate to/pre-order here. I've donated, maybe you will too. Check out the track below: [bandcamp track=3910840364 bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=4285BB size=venti]

Later tonight I'll be partying with Allen Stone. He's awesome. Seriously. Just watch this:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u23HiFKGlME&w=640&h=360]

His debut album is out now, and he's pretty cool. Hope you enjoy - have an awesome weekend y'all!

Field Report

Field Report is a new band from Chris Porterfield, who used to play with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Megafaun in their old band, DeYarmond Edison. Field Report's debut album came out in September, and it's gotten an absurd number of plays from me in these autumn months. They're playing Schuba's on 11/15, and I will certainly be there. Maybe you should be too. Check out this clip from a session they did for Halfway House Sessions, and then go get the album. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvXJIRHq7wM&w=640&h=360]