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":

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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':

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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:

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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:

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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.

 

 

 

Monday Funday

Outside of keeping you fine folks in the loop about house shows and other events of note, I haven't laid out a particularly exciting post in a while. Sorry about that. When I woke up today, my heart was very heavy. Some days do that. Some more than other. A slow commute to work, black-gray clouds, and a relentless rain didn't help the situation much at all. So what did I do? I pulled out my phone, grabbed my iPod, uncoiled my headphones, and went to the tunes and videos that have kept me sane through the chaos of the year.

So I thought I'd sit down and put some of those out there into this little space, in the hopes that they might lift up your Monday evening in a way that was so damn necessary for me today. WIthour further ado -

I've been obsessed with Courtney Marie Andrews lately. She's all kinds of powerful, and this video is no exception. It's so hauntingly reminiscent of a young Joan Baez, her heart heavy and her eyes brimming with tears. Goosebumps. Wow.

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I also can't stop listening to Dessa's new album. She might be every ounce of everything I love about the possibilities of hip-hop as an art form. She broke down a song off that new album into an acoustic living room session. 'Call Off Your Ghost':

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I'm not sure how long this will last online, but I'm madly in love with The National, and this is the whole performance from Bonnaroo this year. Get it while it's still up...

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Adam over at Songs For The Day put this song up today, and I can't stop listening. Seryn - 'Ivory Black'

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Something about this song from Cloud Cult taps into the adult version of all of the fears and the amazement I possessed in high school. I can't stop playing it. Thanks to Bailey for this one.

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Some exciting announcements over the next couple of weeks - so keep your eyes peeled. And if you haven't seen yet - I'm posting stuff over on Facebook as well, so come visit me and like it for more frequent updates!

 

Love y'all!