Each week the Monday Mix showcases three brand new songs from the opbmusic broadcast. Today it’s a twangy cover of famed songwriter Townes Van Zandt, a new turn from one of the Northwest’s most underrated artists and a new bedroom pop gem.
Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton - You Are Not Needed Now
Jolie Holland‘s twisting and sweetly twangy voice pulls songs this way and that, enveloping you in a sound and sense of time slowed down. Holland and Samantha Parton once co-founded Vancouver roots band The Be Good Tanyas. They’re back together for a new album, “Wildflower Blues,” coming in September. The first track from the new recording is this cover of legendary songwriter Townes Van Zandt’s “You Are Not Needed Now.” Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton will play Portland’s The Old Church on November 10th.
Karl Blau - Slow Children
Tucked away in Anacortes Washington, one of the Northwest’s underrated artists is Karl Blau, a prolific songwriter with a penchant for offbeat projects, and a smooth baritone crooner’s voice. Blau has toured with Portland’s Laura Veirs. He also helped Richmond, Virginia’s Matthew E. White on his ramshackle soul first record, “Big Inner,” in 2012. The two are collaborating again for Blau’s upcoming release, “Out Her Space,” reworking one of Blau’s older lyrical musings, “Slow Children,” with a sprawling and unexpected arrangement including horns.
Car Seat Headrest - War is Coming (If You Want It)
Car Seat Headrest (aka Seattle artist Will Toledo) has released a new song, “War is Coming (If You Want It)” in two versions. The first, alternate version was available for a single day only, with proceeds to benefit the Transgender Law Center. Now the official version is out, and the song’s bandcamp page says simply, “This is a song about not murdering people.”