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  • Autumn Comes & Autumn Leaves

    Many of you have asked if I would be releasing a fall/winter playlist this year, so to appease the masses, here it is. This year’s fall playlist is perfect for crisp days inside reading a book curled up with a warm blanket, a fire, and a cup of coffee.. So grab a good book, snuggle up with that special someone next to the fire, and enjoy a lazy afternoon with these quiet songs. I’ll be doing the same.

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    Pioneers - The Lighthouse and the Whaler
    Golden Age - Future Historians
    Stubborn Love - The Lumineers
    Skeleton Key - Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s
    Vice Rag - A.A. Bondy
    I Will Follow Love All the Way Home - Tyler Lyle
    Beggar In The Morning -  The Barr Brothers
    White Daisy Passing - Rocky Volato
    A Lack of Color - Death Cab for Cutie
    Animal Tracks - Mountain Man
    Family Portrait - Radical Face
    Either Way - Beta Radio
    Give Up - Low Roar
    Lay Low - Shovels & Rope
    The Sickness Unto Death - Typhoon
    Coming ‘Round to Get You - Farewell Milwaukee 

    Folly Mixtape

    Tonight I drive down to Folly Beach, SC for a long weekend of surfing, so it’s about time I release the mixtape I’ve been listening to so far this summer. As with all of my playlists, I’ve personally tested these songs and found them to be suitable for driving along the coast, sitting on the shore, watching the tide go out, afternoon longboarding sessions, and enjoying post-surfing fish tacos.
    So, if you find yourself heading down to the coast this summer, praying for sun and high winds, bring along this mixtape, and take a few pictures while you’re there. I’d like to see some proof that you kids are actually being adventurous. Photo reply to this post with surf and beach pictures. I’ll be giving away some prizes to the best photos. And if you see me around Folly Beach and Charleston this weekend, holler at me. 

    Spotify Playlist

    Floating Vibes - Surfer Blood
    Let’s Go Surfing - The Drums
    King of the Beach - Wavves
    Tokyo - Telekinesis
    Soma - The Strokes
    Electric Feel - MGMT
    Take a Walk - Passion Pit
    The Only Place - Best Coast
    Easy - Real Estate
    Down On Loving - The Soft Pack
    The Boys are Leaving Town - Japandroids
    Mountain Sound - Of Monsters and Men
    Wasting Time - Reading Rainbow
    Romance - Wild Flag
    Lalita - The Love Language
    All of This - The Naked and Famous
    Woods - The Rosebuds
    If You Wanna - The Vaccines
    Lions in Cages - Wolf Gang
    Young Adult Friction - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
    Can’t Get Over You - The Vivian Girls
    A More Perfect Union - Titus Andronicus
    Dreaming - Seapony
    The Horse - Beach Fossils
    Big Wave - Jenny and Johnny
    Weekend - Smith Westerns
    Meantime - Givers
    Lovely Cup - Grouplove
    Take Care - Beach House 

    Campfire Mixtape

    I’ve been getting a lot of messages and emails lately asking if I would be releasing a new playlist any time soon. Well, your eager inquiries have been rewarded. This playlist has been personally tested to be suitable for fireside chats in the woods, falling asleep in a tent, quiet nights reading, driving through the mountains, fly fishing, and whatever adventures you can get yourself into. So, just as the season of adventuring is about to be upon us, I give you the Campfire playlist. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have the last few months.


    Spotify Playlist

    Kingdom of Your Own - Matthew and the Atlas
    Down in the Valley - The Head and the Heart
    The Stable Song - Gregory Alan Isakov
    One Hundred Million Years - M. Ward
    Hymn #35 - Joe Pug
    Your Rocky Spine - Great Lake Swimmers
    (Don’t Tremble) - The Low Anthem
    Troubles Will Be Gone - The Tallest Man on Earth
    Middle of June - Noah Gundersen
    For You - Peter Bradley Adams
    Everything - Ben Howard
    Quick Fix - The Daylights
    Lovers Without Love - Joshua James
    Hear the Noise That Moves So Soft and Low - James Vincent McMorrow
    Sheets - Damien Jurado
    Good Days - Joe Purdy
    Heart & Bones - The Pines
    Honey Jars - Bryan John Appleby
    I Don’t Feel It Anymore (Song of the Sparrow) - William Fitzsimmons 

    Good Winter Mixtape


    If you’ve know me for any amount of time, you may notice that I neglected to release the fourth in the Pumpkin Spice Latte Mixtape series, the fall playlist I’ve released every year for the past three years. It wasn’t for lack of trying, but other things piled up, life happened, and here we are halfway to winter with no mixtape, and honestly not much inspiration.
    Worry not, dear readers. I have for you instead, the first installment of the winter themed playlists; titled Good Winter. It’s a snow (or, as I realized later, blood) themed playlist perfectly designed for cold snowy (or rainy) days inside next to the fire with a blanket, a french press, and an old book. For when you come back in from playing in the snow to a smooth cup of hot chocolate, the feeling of blood rushing back into your fingertips, and the smell of evergreen.


    We Are the Battery Human — Stornoway
    Old Pine — Ben Howard
    Blood — Middle East
    Put There By The Land — Great Lake Swimmers
    Angel in the Snow — Elliot Smith
    Fuel for Fire — M. Ward
    Winter Fawn — Matt Pond PA
    Some Day Soon — Alexi Murdoch
    Atlas Hands — Benjamin Francis Leftwich
    Blood on the Snow — Horse Feathers
    Without a Doubt — Isbells
    Casimir Pulaski Day — Sufjan Stevens
    Faded from the Winter — Iron & Wine
    Noah’s Nameless Wife — Bryan John Appleby
    Blood Bank — Bon Iver
    Garden — Noah Gundersen
    To Build a Home — The Cinematic Orchestra

    I hope you enjoy what I’ve constructed here. I hope this finds you warm and well. Listen to this on those cold days inside or on the road, and there’ll be a good chance that I’m somewhere listening right along with you.

    Kindle The Fire Mixtape

    So here it is, the long awaited, highly coveted, much anticipated Oh, Pioneer! playlist. It’s called Kindle the Fire in Your Chest (Kindle the Fire for short) and it’s an hour and 37 minutes packed full of amazing jams by tons of great artists, as well as the classic reading of “Pioneers! O, Pioneers!” by Will Geer.
    This playlist is has been personally tested by yours truly and is proven to be a great soundtrack for roadtrips into the wilderness, chopping down trees in your back yard, reading books by Hemingway and Thoreau, and standard-issue shenanigans and cockamamie.

    If you enjoy it, or have any comments or suggestions, come at me, bro.

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    Spotify Playlist

    01. Pioneers! O, Pioneers! — Walt Whitman (Read by Will Geer)
    02. Generator (First Floor) — Freelance Whales
    03. Chicago (Adult Contemporary Easy Listening Version) — Sufjan Stevens
    04. Night Beds — Night Beds
    05. Welcome Home — Radical Face
    06. Equestrian — U.S. Royalty
    07. Furr — Blitzen Trapper
    08. Home — Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
    09. Magazine — Joshua James
    10. Wagon Wheel — Old Crow Medicine Show
    11. To Go Home — M. Ward
    12. The Cave — Mumford & Sons
    13. Boy With A Coin — Iron & Wine
    14. Rise — Eddie Vedder
    15. The Only Living Boy in New York — Simon & Garfunkel
    16. Blue Ridge Mountains — Fleet Foxes
    17. All My Days — Alexi Murdoch
    18. If I Had a Boat — James Vincent McMorrow
    19. To Ohio — The Low Anthem
    20. Your Rocky Spine — Great Lake Swimmers
    21. Hymn #101 — Joe Pug
    22. Re: Stacks — Bon Iver
    23. The Funeral — Band of Horses