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Every year we talk about doing a “Favorite Songs” list, but we never do because it always ends up being so huge and unwieldy (we like a lot of music, alright?!). But this year we decided to just break down and do it, only here’s the catch: these are our Favorite Songs that DIDN’T appear on any of our Favorite Albums. So no matter how amazing “Cold War” or “Ambling Alp” or “We Used To Wait” might be, they won’t be on this list. Instead this gives us a chance to highlight a bunch of other fantastic artists who rocked our cubicle this year!

They’re in alphabetical order, and without any blurbs, so all you have to do is listen! Enjoy!

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lissie-catching-a-tiger-408x400You probably already know that I adore Lissie. Her gorgeous debut EP, Why You Runnin’ stopped me dead in my tracks, and then her live show stopped me even deader in my tracks (that’s a saying, right?). In the realm of singer/songwriters she is an out-and-out superior talent, so of course I was excited to hear her debut album, Catching A Tiger. So excited in fact, that I couldn’t even wait for our pre-release review copy to arrive, and I had my sister who was in the UK this summer send it to me (it was released there in June). It’ll be released here in the states tomorrow, and after listening to it for a couple weeks I’m here to tell you that it is a great record. BUT. It’s also a sort of cautionary tale for new artists. Let me explain:

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It’s no secret that I love Lissie. Her five song EP Why You Runnin’ (out now on Fat Possum) is stunning, and her live show is stunning-er. But just as striking as her incredible talent, to me, is her down-to-earth approach to her music and how genuinely humble she appears to be. These two interviews (from Baeble Music and Plays Well With Others, respectively) showcase that pretty well.

Her debut LP is coming out in June, but only in the UK (boo!). So here in the States we’ll just have to hold onto that little EP and keep watching interviews. And we can always troll her myspace, which happens to have a new song up, called “When I’m Alone”. So there’s that, too.

mp3: Lissie – Everywhere I Go
from the Why You Runnin’ EP (buy it here)

mp3: Lissie – Bad Romance (Lady GaGa Cover)


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Last Monday my wife and I got in the car and headed south. I had a week off of school and we decided (kind of on a whim) that we wanted to see Tennessee, mostly because we never had. We spent a few days in Nashville and then went camping in the Smoky Mountains. It was fantastic.

But this isn’t the “Tobler Family Vacation Blog”, no matter how bad you might want it to be. So I’m not going to write the juicy details about where we went and what we ate and what we took pictures of. Nope. I’m not going to do it. Instead I’m going to write about an amazing little show that we literally stumbled into the first night we were there…

Monday night we’d just barely gotten into Nashville and were wandering around on 21st Street near Vanderbilt University, looking for something to do, when we picked up a Metromix magazine in front of a used bookstore. In it we found a little feature article on Lissie, who just happened to be opening for The Low Anthem that night at the Belcourt Theatre. If you don’t already know, we’re kind of into Lissie around here, so we were pretty excited about it. We didn’t know where the Belcourt was, but that was hardly a problem, because after calling the the theater to get their address, it just happened that it wasn’t even a block away and around the corner. We took that for a sign and bought tickets right then from the box office.

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Remember Lissie? We posted a little blip about her back in November when her EP Why You Runnin’ was just hitting stores. It’s been a staple around here ever since, and I still highly recommend you take a listen.

Well I was excited to get an email last night from the (kind of amazing) site Yours Truly, about a video they made of Lissie performing a brand new song called “In Sleep” upstairs at The Fillmore. The video is pristine, the song is breath-taking, and I just got a whole lot more excited for her upcoming Fat Possum debut.

Kind of has a Fleetwood Mac feel to it. Or maybe a little folked-out Heart. For the record, Lissie has the exact same guitar strap I do. Great minds.

Yours Truly also has a fantastic video of Lissie’s “Little Lovin'” which you pretty much need to see. Watch it HERE.


ARTIST: Lissie


After a pretty beastly exam on Friday I was excited to find this little gem in my mailbox when I got home. Her name is Lissie, and she’s got an EP out next week on Fat Possum called Why You Runnin’.

Things you should know: she’s from rural Illinois and her voice is fantastic. But she doesn’t just rest on that. Songs like “Little Lovin” showcase both her evocative voice and her gift as a song-writer. The EP’s only 5 tracks, but all of them show a little bit of a different side of Lissie’s midwestern heritage, from hand-clapping bar-room romps to more subdued country shuffles. One more thing you should know: she’s kind of great.

mp3: Lissie – Little Lovin’
from the album Why You Runnin’ (Amazon)