December.

I love December. It’s a time to take stock of the year that is coming to an end, and of the possibilities that are approaching in the new year. Also, whiskey, Christmas, fireplaces, and all the love you can muster.

I’m going to be working on a few things this month – I’m hoping to get a Winter mix, and some year-end lists of stuff headed your way, as well as a bunch of announcements about House Shows for the coming year. In the meantime, I wanted to throw some videos, songs, etc. your way – because I find I really need a certain kind of music to keep my heart beating right in these winter months.

The first one is an incredible video of Bea Troxel, a songwriter out of Nashville. Again, a perfect video shot by Eratosthenes.

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Frightened Rabbit. This Mahogany Session they did of ‘Holy’ is excellent.

Courtney Marie Andrews is incredible. Also, one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. This song is beautiful.

And, one more Ballard Session. This is full of chills.

 

I’ll be posting lots soon – hope these warm you on the first of December!

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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!

 

 

 

i would never write another song/i would never say another prayer

So, May is a pretty awesome month. I mean, other than it’s 38 degrees and freezing rain. But I mean, otherwise, May is a pretty awesome month.

May/June

May/June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s a whole lot of feelings right there. And a whole lot of dancing, clapping, and singing along. You should come. You really should.

 

In the meantime, Heather over at Fuel/Friends released an incredible Spring mix today. Go to Fuel/Friends now and download it for free.

 

Also, Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps posted this video with their tour announcement today. Wow. Wow.

 

Laura Marling played her new single ‘Master Hunter’ on Jools Holland this past week. She’s getting more and more expansive in her talent as she ages (she’s 23). Check this out:

 

I ran into Shane Leonard of Kalispell last night at the S. Carey show. Reminded me to remind you of how good his album that came out last year is. It’s really a perfect soundtrack for this time of year. Go to his Bandcamp after you listen to this song and buy it. Then sit back with a beer, and enjoy.

 

As to that S. Carey show. Breathless. Almost speechless. So frequently when I find myself listening to music I find myself having an intellectual reaction, realizing how poignant lyrics are, then getting swept away in the undercurrent of guitar, or piano, or violin. With S. Carey, it’s so much the opposite. His music is a rapidly expanding river of vastness and possibility exploding from behind my ribcage as I try not to weep and shout with joy at the same time. It is so deeply visceral, and so connected to the Earth, there’s an inescapable, very palpable almost aura-like quality in the room when he plays. If you have a chance to see him, please do go. This a cell phone video from last night, but hopefully it gives you some idea of how powerful it was.

 

I’ll leave you with that, my friends – and I hope to see you out and about this lovely May. Especially once the weather actually catches up.