Winter Mix - 2012

Well. Here it is.

A mix to get you through those long winter nights. I really, really hope you like it. If you'd like a .zip copy, or a hard copy feel free to leave a comment here, or e-mail me, or tweet at me. I'd be happy to oblige.

 

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Happy winter, y'all.

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.

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!