The Singers – Wed, Aug 5 @ 12:00pm EDT (11:00am central) features First Aid Kit along with The Lone Bellow,The Wood Brothers, I’m With Her, The Cactus Blossoms, Darlingside Various, Philadelphia Click here to watch
Today’s recommendation is The Mortified Podcast. I haven’t recommended a flat out comedy one yet and this one fills the bill.
It’s made up of recordings of people sharing their inner most (usually teen) thoughts. Folks read from their diaries; the sweet and the squishy, uncomfortable stuff. They sometimes have “famous” folks on too, like Bill Burnham, Elijah Wood, Busy Phillips, and Phoebe Judge.
This is the description on their site:
Witness adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, art) with others, in order to reveal stories about their lives.
Recommended if you ever wanted to read your sibling’s diary or just get into your childhood friend’s brain. Or if you just want to laugh.
Note there is some adult language here.
Some of my favorite episodes:
04: Jimmy: Throw in the Towel
115: The Only Living Lesbian on Love Island
141: Camp Buy Me Love
151:Confessions of a Catholic School Girl
Let me know what you think! Or suggest your current favorite in the comments.
I first discovered Samantha Crain back in 2012 when I went on the Cayamo Cruise. Which is a whole other story for another time. I “studied” ahead of time buying all her released music so that I would be familiar with it when I got on the cruise.
I’d describe it as dirgy, folk/bluegrass and it’s so so good. Think, like dark Americana. Her voice is deep and transcendent. I mean, just listen to this!!
Samantha Crain is from Shawnee, Oklahoma and she proudly fills her band with others from her home state.
Well…all this to say, she has a NEW ALBUM OUT on Ramseur Records.
It’s called A Small Death and she says that this is her favorite album of hers in the last fourteen years. What I’ve heard so far is really good (I’m listening right now, as I type).
1. An Echo
3. Holding to the Edge of Night
4. High Horse
7. Constructive Eviction
8. Garden Dove
9. Tough for You
10 When We Remain
11. Little Bits
Have you ever gone down a rabbit hole on YouTube? You know, when you go there to watch just one video in particular and then it automatically plays another one right after that, that it thinks you will like and pretty soon it’s 3am? *
Well, I was goofing around on YouTube recently and came upon the song, “The Barrel”.
I was immediately mesmerized. I had questions. “What the heck is she doing? What is with the arms? Is she talking about…peaches?” But I could not look away.
Later in the day the song was still swimming around in my head and I scrambled to get back to YouTube to watch it again, and to learn more about the artist, Aldous Harding.
Wikipedia says she was born Hanna Sian Topp in New Zealand, but currently lives in Cardiff, Wales. She was set to perform at the End of the Road festival (with the Pixies!) but it’s been postponed to 2021. There’s not much else in the way of personal info readily available.
I added her album Designer, to my Amazon music playlist, Ladies Night, which is where I put the artists I’ve loved for a long time as well as my discoveries. So head on over there to listen if you wish!
I’ve been listening to all her songs all day and it’s official. I love her. Maybe you will too.
Give her a listen and let me know what you think!!