This EP came out way back in 2010, but as is so easy to do in this go go world, I only just came across it the other day. Well don't I feel like an idiot. It's an incredibly lovely, stripped down gem of an EP, and putting it on kinda feels like putting on some long lost Cat Power demo. According to Amanda's website, there should be a full length LP coming, but the 'when' is a bit up in the air. Or as she puts it: "Debut album was supposed to be released in 2012 through Häst. There is a chance debut album is out in 2013. Chances are even better in 2014." Given that we're almost at the end of 2014, here's hoping all systems are a go for 2015. In the meantime, you should definitely go grab this EP.
Nathaniel Rateliff's album 'Falling Faster Than You Can Run' is very likely the album from 2013 that I fell the hardest for in 2014. I never gave it the proper headphone time last year, but I had added a bunch of the tunes to the Mix Tape Radio station, and every time one of the tracks came on rotation it served as a strong reminder that I totally didn't listen to the album properly. Which I have since corrected, many times over. He's got a new EP coming out in January (you can hear a track over on Soundcloud) and I'll be sure to not make the same mistake of passively listening to a Rateliff release again.
Speaking of missing out on great music back when it was actually released, it wasn't until this new tune from Hamilton Leithauser appeared on my Soundcloud stream —hot tip: don't just listen to this new tune, make sure you also hit the download button, as it's available to snag for free— and I was instantly won over and started poking around for more that I realized he put out an album all the way back in June. And according to this little sampler, it sounds unsurprisingly great. I think we should both go get it.
Well, that's it from me for today. If you made it down here without pushing play on things above, you should probably head back up and correct that. Maybe even buy the artist a metaphorical pint if you like what you hear. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should also probably go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. And then I'll be back to talk about the other 12 songs from the episode that I haven't already talked about. Yeah? Yeah.