Music Monday | Twin Forks

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For a lot of us who follow Taylor Swift on Instagram, we lost our damn minds last week when she posted Chris Carrabba singing “Hands Down” at her best friend’s birthday party. If you don’t know who Chris Carrabba is, it probably wasn’t very exciting for you. But if you were a high school kid obsessed with Dashboard Confessional, it was kind of everything and you wished you were at that party.

And then…

I thought to myself, “Man I wonder if he ever tours anymore? I never got to see Dashboard in high school.”

Which led me to pulling up Dashboard’s website to discover that they have reunited and are going on tour with Third Eye Blind. Which led me to, again, lose my damn mind, because 3eb is one of my all time favorite bands (Top 3) and made my all time favorite album. Which led me to search for tickets, which led to buying tickets and being so excited for June 4th at Chastain Park where all of my high school dreams will come true.

And then…

Naturally, I followed Dashboard on Instagram. And a few days ago, they posted a photo and asked “How many of you guys know about Chris’ other band Twin Forks?” NOT ME!

I figured I’d like Twin Forks before even starting the album because, duh, Chris Carrabba, but y’all… I really like them. The album isn’t at all Dashboard-esque. I’ve read a handful of articles quoting Chris saying “It’s so different from Dashboard, in every way.” It’s poppy folk-rock that brings together some hints of my past obessesions (his voice and lyrics) with the sounds that I love so much today.

Stream: “Can’t Be Broken”

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And my second favorite from the album…

Stream: “Kiss Me Darling”

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And one more? Yup. Twin Forks covering Taylor Swift. FULL CIRCLE. Thank you and goodnight.

Stream: “Mean”

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Music Monday | Gavin James

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Dublin’s Gavin James cover of “The Book of Love” took the award for my most played song last week. His studio version of Magnetic Field’s song is wonderful, but I fell harder for the remixes, particularly Raffertie‘s. It’s crazy beautiful.

Stream: “The Book of Love” (Raffertie Remix)

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Music Monday | Old Dominion

Jake Owen Beach PartyPhotographed by Erika Goldring, Getty Images

I’ve got a lot of guilty pleasures when it comes to the music I listen to. For example, my Boy Bandz and Emo/High School Flashback playlists that I made without any sense of irony. Yesterday, an Avril Lavigne song came on and I didn’t change it (don’t worry, it wasn’t “Sk8er Boi”). I’m not ashamed of how much I love dirty rap music, Britney Spears and live Dave Matthews Band albums.

What else do I love? Those summery-pop-party country songs. Not all of them, but…pretty much all of them. The songs about trucks and beer in Dixie Cups and cut off shorts and dancing on tailgates and summertime and boats and makin’ out in backseats and parties in fields and dirt roads. I CAN’T HELP IT Y’ALL I LOVE THEM. And don’t lie, I know a lot of you do, too.

So here you go, my most on repeat song by Old Dominion. It’s got everything about so much of the country music I like to play loud when it gets warm. A catchy beat and lyrics mentioning half of what I listed above. Beer on their breath in the the back seat and a summer of sunsets. In the words of Luke Bryan, play it again, play it again, play it again.

Stream: “Nowhere Fast”

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Old Dominion EP
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Music Monday | Jack Savoretti

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I’ve been listening to Jack Savoretti for a few years. “Not Worthy” from his Before the Storm album (2012) has held the #1 spot for my favorite songs of his…until now. It’s moved down a spot with “Last Beat” from his EP that preceded his latest album that is, of course, not available in the US iTunes store yet. If it’s as good as the EP and the one single from it you can find on Spotify (“Home”), then I’m thinking it’s going to be one of my favorite singer/songwriter albums of 2015. For now…

Stream: “Last Beat”

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You can be lonely
Or you can call me, call me tonight…
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Tie Me Down EP
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Music Monday | Causes

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Causes debut single was released in October and it took me way too long to hear it. I was swept off my feet in about 5 seconds, and then Rupert Blackman sang those first two lines and I was done. It’s currently a hit in The Netherlands, where the band calls home, and I’m really looking forward to more releases from these guys. Until then, this on repeat.

Stream: “Teach Me How to Dance With You”

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Music Monday | Seryn, Part II

SerynPhotographed by Sean Berry

Seryn is the third band I featured on Music Monday back in 2012. There, I explained my love for Seryn not only for their beautiful music, but for my red bearded buddy Nathan (second from left) who was one of my dearest friends in college. I miss getting his big bear hugs just about every day, and their music for me has become just that: a giant hug. A giant hug of layering instruments, loud choruses and heart warming words.

Stream: “Paths”

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The band recently moved from Texas to Nashville and last week, released their sophmore album. For those of us who have been listening to This is Where We Are since 2011, Shadow Shows has been hugely anticipated and for me, just what I wanted. It’s a matured Seryn without losing that classic sound that makes them so damn good. I can’t urge you enough to go fall in love with this band if you haven’t yet, as I’m confident you will with just one listen.

Stream: “Foreign Fields”

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Keep listening…
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Get Cozy, Get Sexy

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We’ve teamed up with the glorious Huckberry for a little Valentines Day inspiration and love for y’all. These are just a few of our favorite items currently for sale at our favorite online shop that we find essential for those cuddly moments.

We’re spreading the Valentines Day love with a giveaway – that warm Woolrich Calvary blanket. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us what you think the sexiest song of all time is. A winner will be announced on February 16th around cocktail hour.

And speaking of sexy music…
My Go Sexy playlist, currently at 140 songs and climbing, is just another Valentines Day gift to you.
You’re welcome, lovers.


*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! CONGRATULATIONS TO LISA LAWRENCE FOR WINNING*