Welcome back to Music Monday! Now that my busy summer is over, I’m returning to sharing music content every other Monday, like planned.
Since I haven’t really filled you in on anything music-related all summer (except for my U2 concert in early July), I thought I’d share with you a list of the music and music-related things that colored my summer.
- Do you know Gregory Alan Isakov? No?? You should. I’ve had his album The Weatherman on repeat all summer. Swoon.
- A few years ago I saw Nathaniel Rateliff in support of Mumford & Sons. He was dynamite. His sound has undergone a complete 180 since then, from introspective acoustic folk to funky gospel-tinged soul (yes, really). He and his new band, The Night Sweats, made their television debut on “The Tonight Show” a few weeks ago and they burned the freaking house DOWN. Watch the performance, if you haven’t yet. It’s a good time. Check out his website for info on The Night Sweats’ upcoming debut album (out this Friday! Spoiler alert—it’s good. Really good.) and their tour!
- Song of the summer: “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon. DANCE PARTY. Thanks to Bishop Hodges summer staff for introducing me.
- Why did it take me so long to start listening to Twenty-One Pilots? Their latest album, Blurryface, is gold. “Tear in My Heart” was my other go-to summer song.
- Like music documentaries? Give Austin to Boston a try. It follows Ben Howard, Bear’s Den, The Staves, and Nathaniel Rateliff as they toured together after the 2012 SXSW festival. It’s a great glimpse into the world of up-and-coming artists and into Communion Music, the platform and record label started by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett. Austin to Boston is on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Netflix.
- Remember “Closing Time” by Semisonic? Talk about a throwback. BHPC summer staff jammed to it at our end-of-camp gathering. Good times. But now it makes me miss summer staff like crazy.
- Next time you find yourself in Boulder, Colorado, make sure you stop by PosterScene at the Pearl Street Mall. Music posters, records, and other music memorabilia. It’s a beautiful place.