Mid-December Playlist: Final Stretch

You ask, we listen.

The success of our “December Sounds” playlist inspired us to make one more playlist. We’re pretty sure you’re going to love it. Comprised of 41 tracks produced within the range of 1966 and 2014, “Final Stretch” is what you need to get you over that finals and/or post-Thanksgiving hump. Let us know what you think! Bon Appetit.

Introducing a band named Twain.

Last night I watched two men of opposite stature walk out onto the stage at City Winery in NYC to open for Langhorne Slim. They go by “Twain”. If you don’t know Langhorne Slim, I recommend watching “I Love You, But Goodbye” below. If you do know Langhorne Slim, I recommend watching “I Love You, But Goodbye” below.


As the lights shined dimly onto some empty wine barrels on the stage, a lanky blonde man strolled out followed by a shorter, shaggy-haired man with a huge mustache carrying an acoustic guitar on his back. Both wore flannel. I had never heard of Twain and I could tell that the rest of the crowd hadn’t either.

Their first song was “Are We in Heaven?”, the debut track off their newest album Life Labors in the Choir. Before the song began there was some light chatter in the room, typical of an opener taking the stage a little after 8pm.

By the midway point of the song, the room was dead silent. By the end of the song, they had turned me and everyone else in the room into a fan. They are that good.

They’re not on Spotify, they’re not on iTunes, they’re not on Soundcloud. Yet.

You can say you found them first by checking out their Bandcamp and spreading the word. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Here’s “Are We in Heaven?” with lyrics below.

“Are We in Heaven” by Twain.

Are we, are we already, are we already in Heaven?
I feel sure, I feel sure, I feel sure, sometimes I feel sure.

Just think, just think about it.
Just think about the way you came here.
Through the hole in Mother, and no one can remember.

You show me, you show me proof.
You show me proof we haven’t forgotten, where we came and how we came here.

And if I, if I have to come back, if I have to come back it better be something,
Not quite the same, something quite the same, not quite the same, but something quite the same.

Are we, are we already, are we already in Heaven?
I feel sure, I feel sure, I feel sure, I feel sure, I feel sure, sometimes I feel sure.

 

Bonus: Here’s the only video I could find of them, performing “I’ll Be Fooled Again”

It Has Arrived: “Kansas City” – The New Basement Tapes

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After months of anticipation, The New Basement Tapes’ album, “Lost on the River”, has arrived. After an initial listen, I’m blown away. This amalgam of superstars fuse together seamlessly to create the sort of music we don’t hear enough of. My favorite track (so far) is titled “Kansas City”, featuring Marcus Mumford on lead vocals. Note Johnny Depp’s sitting in the studio on electric guitar.

Here’s my one request: Set a calendar reminder to stay in and order delivery food the night of November 21st. That night, Showtime’s “Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued”, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about the making of Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, will air for the first time.

PS – The photo above is of Bob Dylan in 1967, in the same house he wrote these lyrics in Woodstock, New York.