Five Hundred Miles
  • Five Hundred Miles
  • Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan & Stark Sands
  • Inside Llewyn Davis: Original Soundtrack Recording
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"Five Hundred Miles"- Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan & Stark Sands

My dear friends. I’m not quite sure how something as beautiful and unexpected as this soundtrack has slipped below my music radar. I never would have guessed that Mr. J.T. himself could throw himself into the bohemian folk era so effortlessly.

This movie, directed by The Coen Brothers (same fellas as O’ Brother, Where Art Thou, Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, True Grit, etc.), is sure to be a win. Dig in deep, brothers and sisters! It’s a good day for discovering some new tunes.

Cheers!

Gale Song
  • Gale Song
  • The Lumineers
  • The Hunger Games Catching Fire OST
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"Gale Song"- The Lumineers

Like the rest of the planet, I love The Lumineers. A whole lot. Since this song has been added to my music collection, I cannot stop listening. It is a raw reminder that this world is full of creative men and women. People who sing with passion and purpose and strum with defeat and doubt.

And plus, my inner geek is losing his mind over the Hunger Games references. Yeah, I said it.

Cheers.

I Forget Where We Were
  • I Forget Where We Were
  • Ben Howard
  • I Forget Where We Were
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"I Forget Where We Were"- Ben Howard

This man has been singing soundtrack songs for me for years. Painting the sunsets on the sands of Mexico. Singing me to sleep by the trees in New England. Rainy Oregon evenings with squeaky windshield wipers and foggy windows. I can’t think of another artist who has been such a consistent source of beautiful accompaniment to life’s twists and turns. Looking forward to a new album with new memories to be made. 

Cheers.

hello love, my invincible friend.

Morning Lady
  • Morning Lady
  • Gregory Alan Isakov
  • Rust Colored Stones
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"Morning Lady"- Gregory Alan Isakov

October songs that make your bones feel brittle- reminders that the sun goes down a little too early, all those bright leaves eventually fall, and someone will inevitably let go of your hand.

The older Isakov songs do this to me. Ah hell. All Isakov songs do this to me. Gregory, you dog.

Cheers.

Stay Alive
  • Stay Alive
  • José González
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Music From and Inspired By the Motion Picture)
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"Stay Alive"- José González

Today is a day for reflection and hoping.
Thinking back on this last year- the moments of joy and pride, the evenings of sorrow and compromise. So many individual moments, all stitched together with different emotions. It’s incredible that more people don’t go insane, honestly.

Dreaming about this next year in front of me. The person I want to become, and the steps that I must take to get there. The folks I will meet along the way. The endless cups of coffee I will drink. The new places I will visit. A year with potential and purpose.

If you’re searching for a soundtrack for your own reflection and dreaming, I suggest this one. Words that will tug at your feelers, for sure.

Cheers.

Step Out
  • Step Out
  • José González
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Music From and Inspired By the Motion Picture)
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"Step Out"- José González

It takes great skill to craft a song that inspires. The kind of song that fills the dark corners of doubt with possibility and purpose. Anything is possible and everything is attainable.

Think hard about those wild dreams and reckless adventures. Press play and chase after it, friends.

Cheers.

Second Chances
  • Second Chances
  • Gregory Alan Isakov
  • The Weatherman
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"Second Chances"- Gregory Alan Isakov

This past spring, I was lucky enough to see this man play this song. In a backyard. With only a handful of people. I was floored by the way he wove words together and have been waiting for the album to come out ever since.

I have been haunted by the chorus of this song…

"If it weren’t for second chances, we’d all be alone."

In a handful of words, all of life’s relationships are laid bare. Grace, forgiveness, rinse & repeat. His new album is bound to be flawless- check it, mate.

Hello My Old Heart
  • Hello My Old Heart
  • The Oh Hello's
  • The Oh Hello's - EP
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"Hello My Old Heart"- The Oh Hello’s

I once had a roommate for 15 hours.

I had just moved to Texas and was sleeping on a friends couch. After a few months of far too much free time, I found a job. I found friends. I found a place to live. As I was transitioning into being a full-time Texan, I met Josh. He had a beard and talked about living in Japan one day. He was moving in while I was moving on. On our one and only night under the same roof, we decided to share some beers and a story or two. 

He talked about playing music, and the joy it brought him. He suggested I listen to the band he was currently playing with, The Oh Hello’s. He walked me through themes and ideas of each song, sharing the heartbeat behind the harmonies. Over the past few years, these songs have accompanied almost every playlist made and remain some of my favorites. 

Last night, they played in the mountains of Colorado. I stood in line and looked up at the marquee. “The Oh Hello’s- SOLD OUT.” 1,200 people crammed into a theater to watch musical magic. After a few hugs and some quick catching up, I stood and watched Josh, my 15 hour roommate, play the part of rockstar. I wish I could describe the energy and passion that this talented group of people displayed. A true sight to see.

Of all of the bands and artists I have recommended over the years, these folks are at the top of the list. Take some time and explore their lyrics. Clap along in the car. Sing at the top of your lungs. I promise you won’t be disappointed. 

Cheers.

Gone
  • Gone
  • The Head and the Heart
  • Let's Be Still
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"Gone"- The Head and The Heart

Every now and then I stumble across a song that so perfectly describes a season, a feeling, a moment, that I am entirely convinced the songwriter has been secretly following me. Watching me interact with others. Taking notes on the way my voice changes when I talk about you. The faces I make when I am driving alone. The words I write when the rest of the world is asleep…

This is that song. The honest tones of forgetting, or attempting to. The epic conclusion of strings and regret. And all of the swear words along the way. If only I knew these fellas were following me around, I would have asked them to join me for coffee. Clearly we have some things in common.

Cheers.

First Defeat
  • First Defeat
  • Noah Gundersen
  • Ledges
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"First Defeat"- Noah Gundersen

I’ll admit it. I haven’t always been “sold” on Mr. Gundersen. I have enjoyed the melancholy, passion-filled verses and lines, but somewhere along the way I couldn’t bring myself to push the repeat button. But my friends, this new album is quite the game changer. Songs of love lost and those weary 9-5 work days. Thoughts of resentment and hurt, self-loathing and letting go. Mix such intense themes with beautiful harmony, flawless strings and pretty piano? You’ve got a true album of gold.

This particular song has been stuck in my head for weeks. A few verses of the back and forth fight of love and lust, culminating in a shouting match of confusion and accusation. A familiar spot for the seekers of romance and beauty. So watch the rain fall, grab a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and sink into the sadness. You know you want to. 

Cheers.

Jesus, Jesus
  • Jesus, Jesus
  • Noah Gundersen
  • Saints & Liars
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"Jesus, Jesus"- Noah Gundersen

I have tremendous respect for a man who can sing a song like this. The kind of song that mirrors the heart of a wandering, searching, seeking soul. A fella who isn’t afraid to ask the unpopular questions that we all have at times. 

Jesus, Jesus could you call me if you have the time?
Maybe we can meet for coffee and work it out.
Maybe then I’ll understand what it’s all about. 

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