Happy 4th of July!

Can a blog post be both long overdue and perfectly timed? You bet your stars and stripes it can!

When All Songs Considered held its Tiny Desk Concert contest, The Most Americans recorded an amazing live version of “A Song This Simple,” complete with singing wine glasses and Old Glory being all glorious in the background. It’s a thing of beauty, and it’s just what you need to turn your patriotism up to 11 today.

Check it out above, listen to new Most Americans song “Smell Like A Cynic” below and have an amazing 4th!

The Most Americans — “Smell Like A Cynic” [Spotify/iTunes]

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Friday Cheers

Friday Cheers

Time to say goodbye to another Friday Cheers season. Sniff. It’s incredibly sad to think of how far off the next one is, but I figure I can suppress some of that longing by looking back at highlights from the shows I was able to make it to.

Without further ado, I present the inaugural YHT Friday Cheers Awards.

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CD Monday

Rob Ickes

Would everyone love to hear Rob Ickes play some yazz dobro?

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Son Lux

Son lux

It’s the little things.

Bones is one of those albums I’ve been falling for from the inside out — one memorable moment at a time. (I promise I wrote the first part of that last sentence without the album’s title in mind. Spooooooky.)

The one exception would be the big, bombastic “Change Is Everyting,” which I loved wholly and instantly when I saw Son Lux open for tUnE-yArDs at the National back in March. The rest of Bones has grabbed me one little piece at a time. Here are a few spots I thought y’all might have fun listening out for:

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CD Monday

Dana Buoy

A special CD Monday for the start of summer…

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Shamir

shamir

A Shamir post is overdue, and I wish I were writing about Ratchet under different circumstances. The whole album is excellent — wildly impressive for a debut full-length by someone so young — but one of his songs feels especially relevant after the events of the last few days.

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CD Monday

Joe Pug

I was driving up (well… down and over, then up) to Chincoteague while Joe Pug was playing in Richmond on Friday, so I’m deploying Messenger as tactical redress.

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