Continuing our series of excellent websites that serve up live, impromptu music sessions, I bring you Live and Breathing. The site’s Co-founder, Justin Glanville, describes the site’s mission: “We formed this company because our own lives are inspired so deeply by music, and because we want to create a platform for these hard-working artists to get their music out into the world (and maybe to help fill their gas tanks along the way).” It’s a noble mission, and a site well worth visiting. Let’s take a look…
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Recently, The Low Anthem stopped by the awesome, Austrian site They Shoot Music Don’t They… to perform a version of “Ghost Woman Blues.” The whole thing takes place outside by the Donaukanal, and it’s easy to see how the setting revisits the Providence, RI mill where they recorded Smart Flesh. It’s a great, live performance, and you can check it out after the cut. After that, why not visit They Shoot Music Don’t They… to check out more awesome sessions? Today’s is Times New Viking, and we did a review of the site here. Enjoy!
I saw the Mountain Goats tonight in Boston, and I now need to make sure you’ve got “You Were Cool” in your arsenal. I can honestly say that I can’t think of anyone who exudes more energy or raw emotion than John Darnielle. From joy that positively explodes in your chest to poignant anecdotes from days gone by, a Mountain Goats concert is a real workout for the soul. Which brings me to “You Were Cool…”
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Mountain Man – Molly, Alex, and Amelia – brought their gorgeous harmonies and stirring, soulful performances over to NPR recently. You can hear the session – which is part introduction, part interview, and part performance – right now by following this link. Also, follow me to hear more:
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Ages ago, I found this R.E.M. bootleg at a now-defunct record shop. It was wonderful, and intimate, and full of strange cover versions I had never heard. Just before launching into “World Leader Pretend,” Michael Stipe says: “We’re really happy to be here at Mountain Stage. We’re surrounded by really good people, and we’re gonna do a couple songs for you.” At the time, I had no idea where, or what, Mountain Stage was… but I wanted to be there. Years later, thanks to the magic of the Internet and NPR Music, I get to experience amazing, live concerts by an enormous array of musicians. And so can you!
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