M. Ward – Confession

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Confession is the second single from M. Ward’s first solo album in four years, More Rain. The track is built around a steady and inviting groove that’s reminiscent of the cathartic feeling you get after a much-needed confession.

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Randall Bramblett’s Fall Playlist

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Randall Bramblett is coming to town on Friday, just as fall feels like it’s kicking into high gear. In honor of the changing weather and Bramblett’s Live Lunch set, here is his fall 2015 playlist.

Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands – Bob Dylan

Fill up the whole side of an LP why don’t you? One full on beautiful elegiac surreal masterpiece that changed the way I thought of songwriting forever.

Oh, Mary Don’t You Weep – Aretha Franklin

From her Amazing Grace live album. This one just gets to me. The powerful voice of the Queen and the choir behind her with Bernard Purdie and Chuck Rainey. As the Reverend C.F. says, “Aretha has never left the church.”

Get Off In It – Eddie Hinton

Blue eyed soul from one of the Muscle Shoals greats. What is he saying at the beginning? No one knows. “A wise man once told me” is how the verse starts out. It’s a swirling mystery of a song about getting off in it (the mystical world. love, getting high?) He left us too soon for me to ask him.

Concierto de Aranjuez – Miles Davis

This one is from Sketches of Spain. I always thought this is one for the desert island. Gil Evans’ harmonies and Miles’ sparse melodies still affect my song writing today. Genuis!

My Lagan Love – Van Morrison & The Chieftans

Irish blues delivered with such power and freedom by the master and his soulmates from the Old Country. Sounds like he finally came home on this one. Love the way it ends. Classic Van ad-libing into the mystic.

San Fermin – No Devil

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San Fermin frontman Allen Tate goes full Bill Callahan on the plucky single No Devil, and this is in no way a complaint. The track appears on the deluxe edition of San Fermin’s Jackrabbit LP, which is out now.


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St. Germain – Sittin’ Here

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St. Germain, whose albums Boulevard (1995) and Tourist (2000) originated a genre of French electronic music that later included artists like Air, has returned to the studio to create his first album in 15 years. The self-titled record marries percussive grooves, which have always been central to St Germain’s sound, with a new element: traditional Malian music.

Sittin’ Here features Guimba Kouyate on guitar and Nahawa Doumbia on vocals.


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Chris Robinson’s Turkey Feathers in the Leaves Playlist

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is playing the Mercury Ballroom Tuesday, Sept. 22. In anticipation of the show, Chris gave us his Turkey Feathers in the Leaves playlist.

The Advisory Circle – Further Starry Wisdom

“Incredible experimental electronic music. The artist behind The Advisory Circle is Jon Brooks who had an obsession with public information films from the 1970s. These records are always on in the bus at just the right time.”

Gabor Szabo – 3 King Fishers

“Everyone who knows, knows that every record by him through 1973 is genius. He’s a Hungarian guitarist that I’m obsessed with. My favorite jazz guitarist of them all.”

Jessica Pratt – Game That I Play

“Jessica is a young singer/songwriter currently based in Los Angeles who’s made two beautiful, melancholy, baroque records. A great guitarist and my favorite lyricist of anyone that’s not deceased or still in their 20s.”

John Mayall – Saw Mill Gulch Road

“The great John Mayall from his 1969 album Turning Point. Beautiful pastoral English blues. Your perfect Fall day kind of record.”

John Sebastian – Face of Appalachia

“A gorgeous song written and produced by Lowell George. A smoky, morning song.”

Gentle Giant – Black Cat

“As the days grow shorter and sunlight fades, this is the perfect autumn twilight number.”

Father John Misty Covers Ryan Adams’ Cover of Taylor Swift

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Less than a day after Ryan Adams released his version of Taylor Swift’s blockbuster 1989 LP, Father John Misty decided to release his interpretation of Adams’ interpretation of Taylor Swift — in the style of the Velvet Underground. If it wasn’t already official, it is now: The internet has finally eaten itself.