Introducing…The Skyline Sessions

Hey everybody!

Happy almost middle of the week! As many of (read: all of you) know, I’ve been obsessively curating house concerts as of late, and hopefully, you’ve all been to one or will be coming to one in the future.

However, if you haven’t been able to make it – I have a special treat for you. My cousin Dan and I have begun to record simple sessions before each show, one or two songs, with the hope of sharing them with you. Well, after some trial and error, I am truly, truly overjoyed to present to you the first two Skyline Sessions, from the recent shows with the fantastic gentlemen of Field Report, as well as the exceptionally talented Hip Hatchet. Know that I intend to write more thoroughly about these shows in the near future, but I wanted to give you a glimpse of these – and frankly, I was too excited not to share. And now…

Skyline Session #1 – Field Report – I Am Not Waiting Anymore (Alternate Version)

 

Skyline Session #2 – Hip Hatchet – American Charm

 

I am so, so excited about these – and I can’t wait to share more with you! Also, if you’re in Chicago this weekend – two really incredible house shows coming up, with Courtney Marie Andrews and Erin Rae on Friday, and Bryan John Appleby on Saturday. Come over to facebook.com/musicmeansfamily and RSVP!

 

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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.

 

 

 

Have Some Links!

Hey All –

So, I’m working on a new mix, which I’m hoping to put out early next week. In the meantime, I have a bunch of stuff to share with you. Here goes!

 

Heather over at Fuel Friends┬ájust released the chapel session she recorded last year with Field Report. It is absolutely stunning. I mean, jaw on the floor, I listened to it on repeat about 15 times today stunning. Watch this video of their cover of Neil Young’s Borrowed Tune, then head over and download the session (and all of the other ones, if you haven’t yet):

 

 

Then there’s this Take Away show, from Gabriel Bruce, that was just posted yesterday. It’s sort of like watching Matt Berninger of the National wander the streets of Paris, a little lost, and just the right amount of sad. And there’s something about it that’s just so fucking charming.

 

 

Oh, and here’s an older video of Kris Orlowski and Dawn Mitschele covering Luke Reynolds’ ‘Floating in Space’. By some water. I’m always a sucker for music played by some water. And this is really sweet, and really beautiful.

 

 

And last but not least, it is still winter, so I thought I’d throw my winter mix out there for anyone who hasn’t checked it out yet. If you want a .zip download of it, let me know.

 

 

Happy end of Wednesday, y’all!