I just created a new playlist for Spotify, and it all centers on the places and faces we'll be seeing this fall while we're on the road. Click here to go listen to 15 of my favorite songs.
And while you're listening, here's some reading material on each of these tunes and why they're here.
New York, NY - CMJ - 10/17 - 10/19
Hotel Chelsea Nights - Ryan Adams
When I first started writing songs, I was fascinated by the legendary subject of this song. You can no longer stay at the Hotel Chelsea (maybe it will actually finish its renovation at some point), but the history is alive and well here. The hotel hosted everyone from Leonard Cohen to Jack Kerouac to Tom Waits.
New York, New York - Tha Dogg Pound
Oh, you thought it would be another song titled “New York, New York”? Not today, friends. I owned this cassette tape. I hope that fact still gives me street cred like I had in seventh grade.
Madison, WI - 11/1
Only Happy When It Rains - Garbage
You didn’t know that Garbage was from Madison? That makes two of us - - until now.
Milwaukee, WI - 11/2
Milwaukee Man - Hugh Bob and the Hustle
We played with Hugh Bob and the Hustle earlier this year in what’s become one of my favorite places in the Midwest, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Hugh is a tremendous songwriter, and I’m happy he and his band will join us for our Chicago date this fall.
I Am Not Waiting Anymore - Field Report
Chris Porterfield writes songs that lift souls. You should listen to his whole debut record.
Chicago, IL - 11/3
City by the Sea - FF
I’ve never heard of this band. They paid me to place their song here.
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart - Wilco
One word: geniuses.
Grinnell, IA - 11/15
Atlantic City - Bruce Springsteen
Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen
No, Bruce Springsteen is not from Grinnell, Iowa. He did not write a song about this small town tucked a few miles off of Interstate 80, either. However, Grinnell did host the Boss when Born to Run came out in 1975, and the stories behind this show are truly amazing. You can read them here - - I highly recommend “The Spaghetti Story.”
Side note: we played Grinnell about a year and a half ago, and the students there are amazing. We’re psyched to return this fall.
Indianapolis, IN - 11/16
Broadripple is Burning - Margot
I grew up 45 minutes south of Indianapolis, and my heart has a soft spot for everything related to Indiana. Listening to Richard Edwards from Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s helped me figure out how to write lyrics.
Devil We Know - Lily and Madeleine
I stumbled upon Lily and Madeleine just a short time ago thanks to Dodge at My Old Kentucky Blog. They are destined for insanely good things. One listen, and I believe you’ll agree.
Minneapolis, MN - 11/22
Nothing Compares 2 U - Prince
One of my favorite songs of all time. The Sinead O’Connor version was #1 around the time I was in third grade, and my alarm clock was set to a radio station that played this song each morning when I woke for school.
Atmosphere - Smart Went Crazy
Slug from Atmosphere is one of the most talented lyricists around, and he put the Minneapolis hip hop scene on the map for everyone.
Eau Claire, WI - 11/23
Beth/Rest - Bon Iver
Say what you want about this Bruce Hornsby-inspired jam at the end of the most recent Bon Iver record. I think it’s brilliant, and I also think Justin Vernon’s decision to put it on this record proves what a badass he is.
Alaskans - Volcano Choir
Justin Vernon has like 5 bands. This just happens to be my second favorite.