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.




Thinking Ahead - To Write Love On Her Arms

As will become very apparent over the next few days - I'm starting to plan concerts for the early part of 2013. Earlier this week, To Write Love on her Arms (a fantastic organization) announced that the concert event they put on in Orlando earlier this year would be touring, and Chicago was on the list of cities. Among other artists, Noah Gundersen is going to be there, which means you should be too. I know I will.

Here's a video of Noah, his sister Abby, and a bunch of other fine musicians from the TWLOHA show in Orlando earlier this year:


[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0UvF0MBH9M&w=640&h=360]


And, just for fun - a fan shot video of Noah and Abby doing the song "Moss on a Rolling Stone":


[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGrIvq5a6pc&w=640&h=360]


This is gonna be one you probably don't want to miss.

2 Days

I'm feeling super nostalgic these last few days, and this time of the year is always kind of hard for me. I'm trying to honor the quiet, wistful yearning that's sitting deep in my chest, and the music I've listened to the last few days as really reflected that. I know I said I'd try and throw some higher energy stuff up here, but I think I just need a few more days to sit with those songs that tangle themselves up in your heart/lungs/throat and make it a little bit harder for three or four minutes, but leave you feeling a little bit better afterward.  

This Strand of Oaks cover of Damien Jurado's "Ohio" brings me near tears every time. Every time. Special thanks to Heather over at Fuel/Friends for opening my eyes to this:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcB04pzT0-c&w=640&h=360]


I've loved this Joni Mitchell song since high school, and to have Noah Gundersen cover it, and to cover it like this, holy shit:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QDotNjwc9k&w=640&h=360]


This performance, of this song:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAgbX7OYamQ&w=640&h=360]


And, when feelings are abundant, Ryan Adams is always a good idea. Or a tearful, no-air-in-lungs idea. Something like that:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihRqtqK3R3M&w=640&h=360]


I really will try and get some higher energy stuff into these posts soon - let's just settle down and eat some turkey, and have fun with the people we love these next few days.


Thanks for going on this journey with me, it would mean the world if you showed this blog to just one person you think might like it. Or share it on Facebook, or Twitter, or whatever. I really am thankful for everyone who reads this.

Noah Gundersen

I saw Noah Gundersen on Tuesday night. He's unbelievable. And stunning. And astounding. And you should listen to him. His sister, Abby Gundersen, is also amazing. Noah's new album is being mixed right now, so look for that and a bigger tour on the horizon. In the meantime - noahgundersen.bandcamp.com. Buy stuff. Be happy. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbtfnHg3Lwo&w=640&h=360]


Also -


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And then, they finished the evening with this (right as we collectively discovered Obama was projected to win Ohio, and the presidency):


[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpnNOg9TTuA&w=640&h=360]


Buy his music. See him on tour (I may be going to see him again in Madison on Saturday.). Enjoy!