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.

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!