Posts tagged acoustic

I recently had someone on Tumblr ask me if I was on Spotify so they could follow me for music suggestions, having liked the music I post here. I’m not sure how to link directly to my Spotify account (if that’s even possible) so I decided to link to two playlists that have become my “catch alls” for new music I find.

The playlist above, “PRDR, Fishbowls & Mexican Mondays” came about sometime in August 2013 while studying for my first round of medical boards as a way to share some songs I was really into with a few friends. It served and continues to serve as a waystation for tracks that have already been vetted from my on-going (and currently 510 track, 31 hour long) “To Listen To” playlist and that might make it onto the “New for 34th” playlist. Basically, when I find a song I really like out of an album and listen to it over and over again, it gets bumped up to this playlist which means this playlist, on shuffle, is also pretty solid for long drives in the car.

Currently at 90 tracks and 5h 28 minutes, “PRDR, Fishbowls, & Mexican Mondays” features tracks by artists like Matthew Mayfield, Mighty Oaks, Bronze Radio Return, Moon Taxi, Smallpools, Johnnyswim and more.

I haven’t had much time to update 34th & Now recently due to the all-consuming rotation that is 12 weeks of Internal Medicine but now that I’m studying for my shelf exam and will be at the computer more I am gonna try to get back into it. 

Here’s one of my newest finds, singer-songwriter Matt Duke. Apparently if you are a dude with an acoustic guitar and named Matt there’s a good chance I will dig your music. (See also: Nathanson, Mayfield, Duke). This live, acoustic version of “Sex and Reruns” is pretty awesome. Also…that’s just a great name for a song, period. 

I just read that Lucy Rose is currently on tour. Hospital schedule permitting, I need to find tickets. She is amazing. Here’s a live performance of “Night Bus.”

This live acoustic version of Aunt Martha performing “Fifteen Countries” is absolutely fantastic. This has to be, far and away, one of my new favorite songs from one of my new favorite artists.

To quote Letterman at the end of this performance, “Whoa! Oh, my! Yeah BUDDY! Haha, YEAH!”

Seriously, Ray LaMontagne’s voice is unreal and this live version of “Repo Man” on Letterman kills it. Do yourself a favor and check this out. This just gave me the motivation to get back to studying.

It’s too late to crawl off and miss this
I’m so tired of razor blade kisses
My chest gets the best of the carving line
Freedom at any time
There’s no fear; no boundary lines
No questions; No one to fight
No answers; No coming back this time
Seal it and let it fly
Matthew Mayfield, Razorblade

Last night we went to see Matthew Mayfield at Tin Angel in Philly. It was by far one of the best acoustic sets I’ve ever seen—and I saw Nathanson in a backyard and Dave & Tim at Radio City so that’s saying something. Not only did he play every song of his I wanted to hear, but halfway through the set he decided to scrap the set-list, saying “Fuck, you guys are yelling out deep cuts. Last night I played for like…5 people in Worcester. This is amazing. I love Philly. Fuck it. Let’s do it, what do you guys wanna hear?”

He also threw in covers of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” and “Streets of Philadelphia,” Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer,” and Guns N’ Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle.” Oh, and an impromptu “Livin’ On A Prayer” when someone in the front yelled it out for kicks.

Richard Edwards of Margot & The Nuclear So and So has been posting a lot recently on the band’s Facebook page about their upcoming 5th LP. As of last night, they’ve supposedly hammered out the tracklist. In honor of the soon-to-be new tunes, here’s an acoustic version “Books About Trains,” the lead off track of their last album, Rot Gut Domestic. 

I just watched The Watch and Taken 2 with my parents for Wine & Movies Fridays aka “the kids are all out of the house, let’s party Fridays.” Since I’m only home for two weeks they didn’t mind me crashing. At the end of Taken 2 they played Alex Clare’s “Too Close.” I hadn’t heard it in a long time but it’s so damn good. Here he is doing his thing acoustic and unplugged, which might be even better than the original. Check it out.

Note: I’ve listened to this song about 30 times since yesterday.

I’ve written about Birmingham, Alabama based singer-songwriter Matthew Mayfield before and with good reason. When his previous band Moses Mayfield disbanded in 2008, Mayfield decided to go it solo and released five, yes five, EPs between 2009 and 2010 building up his singer-songwriter street-cred as well as his fan base. These were followed up by some groundbreaking performances at SXSW and two studio albums released in 2011 and 2012. This song, “Take What I Can Get” is from A Banquet for Ghosts, the latter of the two. It’s definitely one worth checking out.

Check out Hudson Taylor, two singer-songwriter brothers from Dublin. The duo, who first came to fame via their Youtube channel as Harry & Alfie performing covers and original songs, have since moved to London to pursue music full time, which is good news given their solid lyrics and Marcus Mumford level strumming.

Music magazines and websites like Billboard and Pitchfork tend to be pretty polarizing with some people swearing by them, and others thinking they are elitist and douchey. Whatever your opinion, it’s worth checking out Billboard’s live sessions. They’ve got some real gems on there and obviously have the funds for solid camera work and mixing. Recently I’ve been listening to the live, acoustic version that Two Door Cinema Club threw down at the studio. Here’s “Something Good Can Work.” 

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So Guster’s “Careful” made it onto the latest 34th & Now mix, The Life Acoustic w/ Steve Zissou and it subsequently got me listening to 1999’s “Lost and Gone Forever,” which was the bands big breakthrough. Such a good album. Anyway, Careful has been stuck in my head for days. 

This video speaks for itself. It is flawless.

I’m not a huge fan of Nashville singer/songwriter Mat Kearney—or perhaps more accurately, I’m not overly familiar with his work — but that doesn’t stop this video from being really cool. Kearney performed his hit single, “Nothing Left to Lose” at 35,000 feet for the passengers on his Southwest Flight.