We Are Alone In This Together – Autumn Mix 2013

The leaves are starting, the air is getting crisper, and I find myself on the porch most evenings with a great Saison, or Marzen, or glass of whiskey. You know what that means? It’s time for an autumn mix.

I make no secret of my love for autumn, and the music that accompanies it – and I’m really excited to share this mix with you. Listen to it here, or over on 8tracks (which is mobile compatible!) or, as always, e-mail me at musicmeansfamily@gmail.com if you want a zip copy of it.

I hope you all enjoy!

A Little Too Busy

Hey everybody – sorry for the infrequency of the updates. I’ve been traveling for work, and working on getting house shows set up, and seeing shows, and biting off maybe just a bit more than I can chew.

There are worse things, right?

Anyway, I wanted to drop by and post a few things that have been keeping me sane while I wait for the leaves to change (don’t worry – a fall mix is brewing)! Let’s jump right in:

I’m in love with the new album from Luray – the project of Shannon Carey, who is the sister of Sean Carey (of Bon Iver). She strings together soaring melodies, soothing banjo, and copious layers to create a fantastic fall soundtrack. This has been on many mornings for me as of late. Here’s a beautiful single take video of the title track ‘The WIlder’. Go get this album folks.

 

Also, Caroline Smith’s new album will find its way to your ears shortly. I can’t say enough about Caroline’s talent – and this album will most certainly deliver. Sharing this one again – make sure to grab this on 10/8.

 

Nathaniel Rateliff’s new album is absolutely breathtaking – and it’s a wonder for the beginnings of autumn, Enjoy this video, and then go grab it.

 

I’ll be dropping by with a true Autumn Mix soon – in the meantime, I hope to see you out at one of our house shows coming up. Come over to http://www.facebook.com/musicmeansfamily and check them out!

 

9/24 – Field Report

10/3 – Hip Hatchet, Justin Klaas, and Old Sap

10/11 – Courtney Marie Andrews and Erin Rae

10/12 – Bryan John Appleby

 

You REALLY don’t want to miss any of these. I promise.

A Special Announcement – Music Means Family House Show #6

Hey everybody, I know it’s almost Monday, and that’s really sad.

Fortunately, I have a really special announcement for everyone.

September 24th. 7:30 PM. Location to be announced shortly. BYOB. Suggested Donation ($10+).

A very intimate acoustic evening with Field Report.

I can’t think of a better way to usher in fall, and all of its wonders. They released one of my favorite albums of 2012, and their live show is incredible. Not only that, but this is a rare opportunity to see them in an incredibly intimate, acoustic setting. You can’t miss this one. If you do, you’re honestly crazy.

This one will fill up, so please RSVP on the Facebook event or via e-mail at musicmeansfamily@gmail.com. I can’t wait to see you there.

 

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.