A Special Announcement - Music Means Family House Show #6

Hey everybody, I know it's almost Monday, and that's really sad. Fortunately, I have a really special announcement for everyone.

September 24th. 7:30 PM. Location to be announced shortly. BYOB. Suggested Donation ($10+).

A very intimate acoustic evening with Field Report.

I can't think of a better way to usher in fall, and all of its wonders. They released one of my favorite albums of 2012, and their live show is incredible. Not only that, but this is a rare opportunity to see them in an incredibly intimate, acoustic setting. You can't miss this one. If you do, you're honestly crazy.

This one will fill up, so please RSVP on the Facebook event or via e-mail at musicmeansfamily@gmail.com. I can't wait to see you there.




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":


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.



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



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:



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:



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



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.




Have Some Links!

Hey All - So, I'm working on a new mix, which I'm hoping to put out early next week. In the meantime, I have a bunch of stuff to share with you. Here goes!


Heather over at Fuel Friends just released the chapel session she recorded last year with Field Report. It is absolutely stunning. I mean, jaw on the floor, I listened to it on repeat about 15 times today stunning. Watch this video of their cover of Neil Young's Borrowed Tune, then head over and download the session (and all of the other ones, if you haven't yet):


[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTgo0QJ73i0&w=640&h=360]


Then there's this Take Away show, from Gabriel Bruce, that was just posted yesterday. It's sort of like watching Matt Berninger of the National wander the streets of Paris, a little lost, and just the right amount of sad. And there's something about it that's just so fucking charming.


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


Oh, and here's an older video of Kris Orlowski and Dawn Mitschele covering Luke Reynolds' 'Floating in Space'. By some water. I'm always a sucker for music played by some water. And this is really sweet, and really beautiful.


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


And last but not least, it is still winter, so I thought I'd throw my winter mix out there for anyone who hasn't checked it out yet. If you want a .zip download of it, let me know.


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Happy end of Wednesday, y'all!

Sunday, and the Week Ahead

So. It's Sunday. Which means the winding down of another weekend - preparing for the week ahead, and watching sleeting rain falling outside and dreading tomorrow. What better way to ease into the week then with some of those songs & videos that make these cold nights in December feel just a little bit warmer. This video from Field Report went up earlier this week, and it's a really wonderful, gritty version of one of my favorite songs on their album from earlier this year.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3ienPVB5To&w=640&h=360]


I can't even begin to express how excited I am for this new Local Natives album - and this video of them doing "Breakers" by some water is absolutely gorgeous.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaUo38gHwm8&w=640&h=360]


Gregory Alan Isakov covering John Hartford. Also by some water. (I miss spending time next to bodies of water. Can you tell?)

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


Also, I went and saw Spirit Family Reunion at Schuba's last night. That was two hours of whiskey drinkin', stompin', clappin', and singing along at the top of our lungs. If you get a chance to see these guys live, you really should go. Seriously.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1aHHoy2C3E&w=640&h=360]


Well - good luck tomorrow. Mondays suck. But watch these videos, go back and take another listen to the winter mix, and hopefully you can keep your head up - Christmas is coming!

3 Days Until Turkey

So, another (thankfully short) week of work, and all I want is to spend time with friends who are back home and eat delicious things. I got to spend the evening yesterday with some of them, and I'm feeling very centered, albeit eager for the week to end. Because of this, and in the spirit of my delightful friend Chris, I wanted to post a few things that reflect the calmness I feel right now, mixed with the anticipation and yearning for the holidays bouncing around in my head. I know I've been on a Field Report binge. This video from the Current in MPLS is excellent though. And perfect for today.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj_mcgid39M&w=640&h=360]

Chris and I watched this unbelievable video of Pretty Broken Things at Doe Bay Fest last night. You should watch it tonight. It'll make you happy.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1YPv3XI6_E&w=640&h=360]

This new song from Hey Rosetta! on their holiday EP is just ridiculously good, and makes me way too excited for the coming month.

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I'm slowly putting together a winter playlist for the snowy months, so keep your eyes/ears out. Also, I'm going to try and get some love for some more "upbeat" stuff over the next few days here, so be ready for some of that.

Happy Monday!

Last Night

Last night I was at the always wonderful Schuba's - seeing one of my favorite new bands this year, Field Report. Field Report, the brainchild of Chris Porterfield, formerly of DeYarmond Edison (which was comprised of Porterfield, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, and the band now known as Megafaun), is a superb Americana/rustic roots-rock band hailing from Eau Claire, WI. Their debut album came out this past September, and it's gotten an enormous amount of plays from me. Their concert last night was, as expected, absolutely phenomenal. They have an unbelievable ability to hold an entire room spellbound for an entire evening. Watch this clip below, and then seriously, go get the album, you absolutely won't regret it.

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

Also - I discovered last night that currently Shane Leonard, who records under the name Kalispell, is currently playing drums, violin, and banjo for Field Report. Kalispell's debut full length just recently came out, and it's beautiful. It's only $7 on Kalispell's bandcamp page, and it's absolutely worth it. Listen to 'Westbound' below:

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I really hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

P.S. - Ivan Howard, from The Rosebuds, released an entire cover of Sade's magnificent album Love Deluxe. And it's free. And perfect. Get it here: LOVE DELUXE

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]