Four Favorite Recent Downloads {Mixtape Monday}


It’s cool and cloudy in these Monday morning parts, and it happily feels like fall.  I choose music today that feels just like this beautiful time of year – softening, cool, and peaceful.  (And of course two of the four songs are covers – no surprise there).

Instead of doing a Grooveshark player for today’s playlist, I’m deferring to YouTube videos, since one of my favorite downloads is a new band with a song that hasn’t been officially recorded yet.


1. Coldplay – Atlas (Catching Fire soundtrack)

I was captivated and drawn into the world of this song the first time I heard it.  It also got me excited to hear the rest of the Catching Fire soundtrack when it releases sometime in the next few months.  Apparently, this is Coldplay’s first foray into a leading song for a movie soundtrack – I say, Bravo!  I also love the visuals on this youtube clip – for me, they really match the song.

2. The Saint Johns – Your Head & Your Heart

I first discovered this band on a Noise Trade compilation with some other artists I already love–Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors–they are actually touring with them this fall. I’m bummed that I’m not near any of the tour’s cities, but if you are, check them out.  I love the soulful ache, the melancholy, the vocals and the acoustic stylings of this song. (And can I just say their male lead singer looks like one of my favorite characters on Nashville?  I’m sure he’s heard it a million times…but I digress.)

I downloaded all of their free songs at their website, and they’ve got an EP coming out in October which I’m really looking forward to!)    Head over to their Facebook page, and give them some love–its such a joyous thing to experience the work of new artists.

3. Sleeping At Last – 500 Miles (cover)

I feel like I’ve already talked about this cover song in one of my earlier posts, but I like this song enough to share it again.  I didn’t think I would like this cover – I’m a big fan of the original by The Proclaimers.  The more I hear of the band Sleeping At Last, the bigger fan I become.

4. Wicked Game (cover) – James Vincent (Live at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in Ireland)

This song was featured in one of SYTYCD‘s most beautiful routines I’ve ever seen.  I featured the video on a recent previous post, so I choose a youtube clip with the song in its entirety for your listening pleasure.  I think Vincent is the only artist I’ve heard come close to capturing the ache and longing in this song originally sung by the song’s composer, Chris Isaak.

What music are you into and downloading this fall?

5 comments on “Four Favorite Recent Downloads {Mixtape Monday}

  1. I already had a couple of these but I really enjoyed the other two. I quickly purchased and downloaded. The SYTYCD number was awesome!
    As far as new music, I downloaded some Meager Fare (Alibi and Bloom) Christa Wells (Shine, Feed Your Soul and How Emptiness Sings) and Pat Metheny (New Chatauqua). Thanks for the suggestions! You always have wonderful tracks : )

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your downloads Mimi – these are great! I just downloaded ‘Shine’ by Christa Wells too – I definitely want to listen and explore more of her new album ‘Feed Your Soul’. I love ‘How Emptiness Sings’. I must also say that I LOVE that you downloaded Pat Metheny – his music is SO smart and interesting – one of my college buddies introduced me to his music when all of my ‘jazz’ playing instrumentalists friends were into his music. I’m looking forward to checking out Alibi & Bloom – thanks Mimi! 🙂

    1. How fitting that I introduce you to that band, b/c YOU introduced me to Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors–the band I now love that was on the Noise Trade compilation and made me listen to this record! 🙂 So excited for you and your album’s release- wish I was going to be local to attend your release party. Blessings, friend!

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