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.

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