Live Sessions (They're Great!)

As I was bouncing frenetically  around the internet yesterday, scouring the dark corners for things that would perk me up in the middle of the week, I realized how many of my favorite representations of artists I love online came from certain "session style" recordings, generally done by various groups who film, with exceptional production values, random (and frequently acoustic) sessions of great bands. I wanted to take today to highlight some of my favorite people doing this right now, in hopes that you might unearth the massive amount of awesome that exists in their troves of footage. So:  

Hear Ya! Sessions - Filmed in Chicago, these guys grab bands who are playing shows in the area, and have them record one or two songs in their studio. Here are two gems from Hey Rosetta! and First Aid Kit:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH8qJFPsL6o&w=640&h=360]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grkt4R8u3yI&w=640&h=360]

Show Me Shows - A monthly release from St. Louis. All of their videos are great. Here's one of my absolute favorites, The Head and the Heart performing 'Virginia':

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7rPbzBP8NY&w=640&h=360]

The Sight of Sounds - These are just amazing. That's all. Here's The Lumineers 'Stubborn Love' on a bus. Yea.

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

Fuel/Friends Chapel Sessions - Many of these are audio only, and all of them can be downloaded for free at www.fuelfriendsblog.com (Which you should also read, because it's awesome). Check out this stunning video of Bryan John Appleby:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm8tr-UDYH8&w=640&h=360]

Take Away Shows - I can't even begin to address the number of amazing bands/videos/everything done by La Blogotheque, who are responsible for these amazing Take Away Shows, which generally consist of bands wandering the streets of Paris/NYC/Los ANgeles and making awesome music. You should probably watch all of them, ever - but feel free to start with these two, from Local Natives and Bon Iver respectively:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hhE_sqJG3g&w=640&h=360]

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

 

There are so many more, absolutely amazing people doing amazing sessions like these every day, and hopefully I'll have a chance to feature more in the future. For now, enjoy this little boost - the weekend is getting closer!

 

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!

A Rainy Sunday Evening

I hope everyone's somewhere safe and warm while (at least here in Chicago) the sleety rain starts to pound. I wanted to share a few songs that are getting me through this weather, and that will hopefully keep me calm during the Bears game tonight.  

Cold Specks' debut album came out earlier this year, and it's absolutely phenomenal. I'm seeing here here in Chicago on 11/29 and I couldn't be more excited. Check out 'Blank Maps' below:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhm79Kh-9Lk&w=640&h=360]

 

The Oh Hello's just released their debut album, and it's phenomenal. Perfect music for this late fall weather. Check this track out:

[bandcamp track=1758491848  bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=4285BB size=venti]

 

This song by Ivan & Alyosha is amazing. The video is beautiful. I wouldn't mind being right about there right now.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C99OZwbV-hQ&w=640&h=360]

 

Enjoy your Sunday evening, and good luck getting through Monday morning tomorrow!

Another Weekend

As I find myself restlessly preparing to head out for the evening (which should be specatacular - one of my best friend's birthdays and then seeing Allen Stone!) I found I needed a song to wind down from work. Naturally, I went to this stunner from Pretty Broken Things. This track is free on their bandcamp, and their currently raising money for their new album, which you can donate to/pre-order here. I've donated, maybe you will too. Check out the track below: [bandcamp track=3910840364 bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=4285BB size=venti]

Later tonight I'll be partying with Allen Stone. He's awesome. Seriously. Just watch this:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u23HiFKGlME&w=640&h=360]

His debut album is out now, and he's pretty cool. Hope you enjoy - have an awesome weekend y'all!

Field Report

Field Report is a new band from Chris Porterfield, who used to play with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Megafaun in their old band, DeYarmond Edison. Field Report's debut album came out in September, and it's gotten an absurd number of plays from me in these autumn months. They're playing Schuba's on 11/15, and I will certainly be there. Maybe you should be too. Check out this clip from a session they did for Halfway House Sessions, and then go get the album. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvXJIRHq7wM&w=640&h=360]