i would love you now/but my hands are on fire

Happy actual warm weather guys! It feels like the world is picking up some steam again, throwing off the tiredness of winter. Bands are releasing albums, huge tour schedules are being put out, and I see lots of big smiles wherever I go. I have a lot of exciting things in the works for this blog this summer, and I'm super excited to share them all with you.

My next post will hopefully be a new mix - a sort of spring/early summer mix to counteract my previous spring mix, which was very much meant for the very beginning of spring. For now, I'd like to share a few things that have really brightened my past week, in hopes that tehy'll give you something to smile about as we eagerly await the weekend.

I had the pleasure of seeing Fort Frances play an EP release show in Chicago this past weekend, and man, do they put on a hell of a show. I'm absolutely in love with their new EP, "Harbour". Click here to buy it, and watch this amazing video of an acoustic version of 'How To Turn Back'.

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The Great American Canyon Band opened up that show, and they're also a hell of a band to watch live. Their music is mesmerizing, an ethereal throwback to all of the positive vibes of the early 70's, cars gliding along dusty highways, and the soft breeze in your hair. This video plays off all of that, and I can totally dig it.

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Dallas Green, better known as City and Colour, released the first single off of his new album, entitled 'The Hurry and the Harm'. It's a stunning song, and perfect for these spring days.

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The National released the first video from their upcoming album. I'm beyond excited for this one. Watch 'Sea of Love' below.

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I can't stop listening to Kodaline these past couple weeks, and this Take Away Show is unbelievable.

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While I realize these links got a little heavier as the post went on, I'm going to end it on a heavy note, because I've been meaning to post this video for a bit. Watch Jon from The Head and the Heart absolutely blow you away:

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Exciting things ahead. Keep your eyes and ears perked! Happy Spring!

 

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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

these lonely dreams need something to work towards

Courtney Marie Andrews is a stunning songwriter from the Pacific Northwest. She released a new album today - "On My Page', and it is absolutely heartbreakingly beautiful. It's the perfect soundtrack for strong coffee, spring mornings, and watching the dew drip in the soft April sunlight. Listen to this track, watch a video of her play, and then head over to her Bandcamp and buy the album. It's a whole $5. I promise it's worth it.

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This video was recorded in December - but this is the title track of the album.

 

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Seriously guys, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. Right now. Listen to it tomorrow when you're fighting the sleep away and settling into your morning.