New Music: Jenny Owen Youngs and Gillian Welch

Some exciting music-related events have occurred this week and I’m not just talking about how Hilary Duff tweeted that she’s returning to pop. But there’s that, too.

A new song from Jenny Owen Youngs

You guys know Jenny Owen Youngs, right? Her first two albums, Batten The Hatches and Transmitter Failure, are really swell. If they’ve somehow escaped your attention, you should get onto them stat.

Jenny’s just dropped a stellar new track, “Great Big Plans,” and you can listen to it right here on Bandcamp. You can purchase the song for only $1, which is an incredible value, considering the amount of swing it will put in your step.

A new album from Gillian Welch

Those champs at NPR are currently streaming Gillian Welch’s new record, The Harrow & The Harvest, in its entirety! You can listen to it here.

It’s been roughly eight years since this folky bluesy duo of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have released an album. According to the songwriters, it’s because everything they wrote after 2003’s Soul Journey was a little shit. We all have those moments, don’t we? But with The Harrow and The Harvest they’ve got their groove back, and those of you who’ve ever been swept up by their stories will no doubt fall for this release.

Also this happened:

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  1. i’ll be excited when Hillary duff returns to lizzie mcguire. I NEEDED HER TO SHOW ME HOW TO GET THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. YOU ABANDONED ME LIZZIE.

  2. I lurv Gillian Welch. Been so long since her last album that I had nearly forgotten how much I was craving a new release. Yay!

  3. Love love love Gillian and Jenny. I have driven over 300 miles to see them both in concert. Sidenote: I wept like a baby when Gillian and Dave played Look At Miss Ohio

    However can we discuss the album that is taking over my soul right now? SSION, who’s music I like to describe as queer-dance-punk, just released their new album yesterday entitled Bent and it’s up for free download on their website. If anyone has SSION pass through their city on tour I urge you to go. You will not regret it. Their whole live show is a gigantic dance-y performance piece that is just oh so great. Frontman Cody Critcheloe completely nailed making a genius pop album. Now go on young queers, download, dance, celebrate.

  4. no words for how much i love jenny owen youngs. who’s initials, incidentally, spell the word joy.
    thanks, crystal

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