Mondays are Hard

So yeah, Mondays are really hard. I thought I’d throw some links your way, to try and ease those Monday Night Blues.

‘Golden Wake’ a phenomenal track from the gorgeous new-ish album from Mutual Benefit – via Songs For The Day.

 

As winter approaches, I’m very eagerly awaiting the forthcoming album from local artist Simon Balto. Listen to ‘The Cut’. Wow.

 

As long as we are on a winter-y note – this Tiny Desk concert from Daughter. I sat speechless watching this.

 

Speaking of Tiny Desk concerts – a throwback to one of my favorites – from the Low Anthem

 

I love Volcano Choir, and I love everything Dan Huiting films – so I’ll leave it with this City of Music video of ‘Comrade”.

 

I hope the rest of your week is tolerable – and I hope to see you on November 13th at 914 for an incredible house concert with Cuddle Magic and Kalispell!

 

 

 

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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!

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.

 

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

 

 

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.

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:

 

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:

 

This performance, of this song:

 

And, when feelings are abundant, Ryan Adams is always a good idea. Or a tearful, no-air-in-lungs idea. Something like that:

 

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.