The 2017 Fall Winter Mix

Oh, hey there, folks. Happy merry holidays, everyone!

It’s been a hot second since I put out a Mix. This one’s been brewing for almost half a year now, so I guess it’s about time to put it out into the world. So here it is, my Christmas/Hannukah/Whatever-holiday-you-celebrate gift to you, my 2017 Fall Winter Mix.

Yeah, I’ve been a slacker and this one is a combination of two seasons. Sorry about that. It’s always hard to hit publish when it’s been so long since I started, but I hope that you’ll find a new artist to love among these 30 songs, anyway.

If you’re into reading my rambles about why I love these tracks, you can download my liner notes here.

I do love to hear from you guys if you fall in love with a particular track, or if a song leads you to discover a new band. Plus, who doesn’t love getting messages from friends (or, as has happened before, total strangers who are now amongst my dearest friends … *ahem, Libby and Fred*)? Either way, you know what to do.


Earworm of the Week: The National, “I Need My Girl”

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again.  Sometimes, I can take awhile to “get” a band.  Case in point, The National.  I bought Boxer.  I bought High Violet.  I listened.  I tried to get it.  I didn’t. When Trouble Will Find Me came out, I thought I’d give it one last shot.

I read a piece today talking about Nirvana’s In Utero and Counting Crows August and Everything After, and the author called “All Apologies” “tangentially sad” and “Anna Begins” “realistically sad.”  I love Counting Crows.  I appreciate Nirvana.  Until now, I appreciated The National.  But I didn’t love them.  However, I’ve fallen pretty hard for Trouble Will Find Me.  And maybe, just maybe, it’s because it’s a little more story-tellerish? I don’t know…but I can’t get enough of it right now.  And after seeing them live last week, I’m sold on them completely.  Hook, line, and sinker.  Six years too late.

My favorite track on the record (right now) is “I Need My Girl.”  It is heart-wrenching and brutal and I love it. And because I’ve played it approximately 500 times this week, it’s this week’s Earworm of the Week.

P.S.  Watch the NPR Tiny Desk Concert with them.  I promise you, it’s worth the 18 minutes you’ll give to it.

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