That’s Called Tough Love

To this day, I still don’t like James Blake and I feel like plenty of people with similar tastes do. I lead with that because I think it’s an anomaly. I do like How To Dress Well, Oliver Tank, and others that are similarly associated with the minimalist R&B style. Here is another example of liking that style.

Jessie Ware’s Tough Love, which came out last month ahead of her album, features female vocals that seem to be a slight rarity in the genre (although Shura comes to mind) and it’s nice to have the variety. Ultimately, I’m featuring it because it is a siren’s song for me, it keeps drawing me in.

Above is the official video that came out 2 weeks ago.

Stuck In A Storm, We’ll Do A Rain Dance

I always thought that Southside of Heaven was my favorite song off of Ryan Bingham’s Mescalito.

I listened to the album the other day and I don’t remember being so enamored with Sunrise when I first heard it, but here I am and now I am. Sunrise might not have quite become my favorite off the record but it has been the one I’ve been going back to recently. So much so that I wanted to note it here and I’ve given Ryan Bingham enough coverage (or at least proportionate to how much I like his version of rootsy Texas country).

Just fair warning, but this video is over 6 years old and includes some jamming. And darn if I don’t wish I could have been there and I really enjoy it all still.

These Young Dreams Are All We Breathe


There are roads all around. They go north, they go south, east and west. They connect the big cities, they pass through small towns, and they travel all the space in between. They were trails blazed by pioneers, ranchers, and highwaymen. They were paved by our grandfathers and fathers. They are paths to our dreams and our nostalgia. They take us to work and back home.

Just a little while ago, I was asked what I think about. I think about dreams and how each day I sell myself a little bit shorter. Just a little bit shorter.

It helped me realize that I am not where I want to be.

It was not a singular moment that led me here. It was a series of simple moments, a set of convenient choices. They were the easy ways out and they added up.

I have wanted to go to Mount Rushmore for some time. This holiday weekend I was going to go. Then I wasn’t. Then I went on a whim alone. I bargained myself out of going a number of times before–it’s a whole weekend, the cost of gas, I didn’t have anyone to go with. But every excuse was just a self-imposed obstacle. It wasn’t easier getting there.

I won’t lie–it was a hellacious drive. Like I told my parents, there are parts of Wyoming that make you wish you were driving in Kansas. But in the end, it was worth it. I got to be excited going, I got to be excited getting there, I got to be excited recounting it to my parents and now to anyone reading this. I’ve written in the past about this seemingly endless rut and trying to get out. Those roads to Mount Rushmore were my path out.

I am not going to settle for life to just march on. That’s not my path. Instead, I’m going to try. I’m going to cheer on friends and embrace some of my passions in a greater sense. I’m going to pursue things that I want and avoid the same things that have worn on me. I’m going to go to a few more concerts and write about a few more tracks that catch my attention. To soundtrack this moment is Last Bayou off of Wolf Gang’s latest EP. It’s a track I would have blogged about two months ago when it came out if I was more invested at the time.

This won’t be the last time I promise to blog more and it won’t be the last time I feel like I’m in a rut, but it will be the last time that I just shrug and not proactively try to change my tomorrow. Every once I’ll need to take a drive and go out on all those roads that can lead anywhere to reassure myself of the path forward. This weekend I went out on those roads and on them I promised myself that I won’t give up on dreaming.


  Last Bayou by Wolf Gang Official

Show Me The Way To Come Back Home


The Doubtfire Sessions EP by Farewell Milwaukee is my favorite EP of the year so far.

The song that leads off the EP is the unbelievable Forgiveness And A Vacancy Sign and it sets the tone for the rest of the listen. The parts (vocals, lyrics, instrumentation) coalesce to re-create the easygoing country rock of The Eagles in a way that few modern songs do. I was hooked and still am.

Farewell Milwaukee includes their previously recorded Ain’t No Rules in the EP as well and it serves as the second peak on the highline standard they set out. My initial mental notes were just a series of wow’s. Those thoughts turn into reflexive smiles as you realize that you are listening to something special.

Farewell Milwaukee is Brad Fox, Adam Lamoureux, Ben Lubeck, David Strahan, Aaron Markson, and Joey Ryan. They are from Minnesota and have been a band since 2008. You can learn more at their website,

I’ve included each of the songs on the Doubtfire Sessions on here. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

  Forgiveness And A Vacancy Sign by Farewell Milwaukee
  Ain't No Rules (Doubtfire Sessions EP) by Farewell Milwaukee
  Love On A Wire by Farewell Milwaukee
  Living On Your Looks (Doubtfire Sessions EP) by Farewell Milwaukee
  Farewell Milwaukee - Helpless by Farewell Milwaukee