Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of guest lecturing via Skype to a University of Iowa communications class. [It was an awesome experience, by the by!] Since the class, I’ve been communicating with some of the students from the class about all things blog. I love that classes these days are teaching about social media and the blogging community. I’m pretty nerdy when it comes to blog-talk, and the fact that some higher education is focusing on the subjects I too am crazed over totally rises the excitement levels at THS Headquarters 😉
One of the student’s I’ve been chatting with is Kendall who writes about her experiences at KRUI, the University of Iowa’s college radio station, at Campus Frequency. Kendall has suggested many a fabulous musician to my ears and I asked her to share some favorites here on THS for us all to enjoy. She put together a great list, perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Get your downloading fingers ready, and enjoy 😉
Oh, lookie! Another YouTube playlist – this time of all the songs listed in this post 😀 Booyah!
Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice: “A Mix for Giving Thanks” by Campus Frequency
1. Birch Trees & Broken Barns by Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps
This is the perfect little song to tote with you as you take a last-minute stroll through your local apple orchard. Minneapolis resident Caroline Smith’s crisp voice is as delightful as a honeycrisp.
2. Untitled 101 by Peter Wolf Crier
This song is to grace as this playlist is to Thanksgiving dinner.
3. Gravity by Zoe Boekbinder
Zoe Boekbinder is a sweet potato from California who recruited one of my midwestern friends to compose beats on her latest album Darling Specimens. This song, like little cousins playing before Thanksgiving dinner, is a little hyper, a little awkward, but a lot lovely.
4. Walk Through A Cloud by The Donkeys
This song extends a hearty “welcome home,” in musical form.
5. Boil & Fight by Nathaniel Rateliff
If you listen to one song on this playlist— pick this one. The harmonies are so right on, and the sentiment is so sweet. The rasp of Rateliff’s voice is as comforting and warm as the crackling of a fireplace.
6. Goodness Gracious by The Heligoats
The gooey sing-talking voice of frontman Chris Otepka is so honest. This track feels just like having a good talk with a relative you haven’t seen in awhile.
7. To Exit This Circular Highway by Elephant Micah
A great driving song from a songwriter named Joe O’Connell based in Bloomington, Indiana. O’Connell has been working independently as a musician, crafting many folk gems, for nearly a decade.
8. Blindsided (Bon Iver Cover) by Luke Leighfield & Jose Vanders
A sticky-sweet cover of Bon Iver (the Eau Claire, Wisconsin wonder) by two young British artists. This goes down sweeter than your grandma’s pumpkin pie.
9. Sea of Love by Bard & Mustache
“Sea of Love” was the last song that this lovely Florida duo played at my 21st birthday celebration earlier this year, which you can read about here. It feels a lot like that wonderfully groggy, tryptophan-induced, post-Thanksgiving state.
10. Hymn #101 by Joe Pug
Remember where you came from, but know where you’re going. As you drive home, consider this song an early Christmas present from one of my favorite independent folk artists, Joe Pug.
Be sure to check out Kendall’s blog for more great music selections and behind the scene stories about working in college radio!