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.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2RgYkkK7OM&w=560&h=315]

 

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:

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

 

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.

 

 

 

so hold your head high/think about a better time

Long break, I know. Apologies. Seriously.

Anyway, I had the opportunity last night to see Lucy Rose play a solo set at The Tonic Room, with about 50 other people who were just as blown away as I was. She's an absolutely captivating talent, melding Elena Tonra (Daughter)'s enveloping wistfulness with Laura Marling's charm and youth. The result is something that captures your heart, turns down the lights, and makes you forget everything else in the world for as long as Lucy is playing.

Her debut album, "Like I Used To", will be coming out this year in the US via Thirty Tigers. She's also touring a bunch of tiny venues all over the country right now, and if you have the chance, you'd be crazy not to go. Seriously. Absolutely crazy. I don't think it'll be long before she's playing 500+ seat houses, instead of hanging outside a little Chicago dive bar thanking each person who came out to see her spellbinding set. Check out these two videos below, and make sure to keep an eye out, because I really believe Lucy Rose is one of a select few artists who I'd be comfortable calling the future of folk music.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p3Jzb4kAF8&w=640&h=360]

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac4aCumECI0&w=640&h=360]

 

Hope y'all are doing well!

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!