Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol. 15: Aoife O’Donovan

On this hot summer night, I bring you the cool, soothing voice of Aoife (sounds like “effie”) O’Donovan. I heard her in New York at the Prairie Home Companion Show, and she was phenomenal. She also recently played on the Mountain Stage (hear the recording here).  She has been in the band Crooked Still for some time, but this is her first solo album. Sit back, drink something with clinking ice and beads of condensation dripping down the side of the glass, and have a great night.

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol 14. Josh Ritter… plus… Painting Through Prosek

To kick your weekend off, try out some of the great tunes from Josh Ritter. I had heard of him a couple years ago, but never really gave him a try until February. So good. oh, and after the music are some pics of the most recent James Prosek attempt. I’ve decided to give the project a name. 
Painting Through Prosek.
It will be slow going, but I’ll get there. 
Only like 60+ more fish to go. 
And now, the Quebec Red Trout.
Prosek paints this deep lake trout with greens, blues, and grays along the back.
The pattern is different than a brookie, but there are many similarities.  

I feel enjoyed trying to get the belly right. 

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol 13. Vampire Weekend

Vampires are still relevant, right? Edward Cullen and stuff? Great.

For this Friday night, I want to share with you another set of songs I truly enjoy. Vampire Weekend is who? Let’s ask Wikipedia….


Yes, David.

Who is Vampire Weekend?

Vampire Weekend is an American indie rock band from New York City, that formed in 2006 and signed to XL Recordings. The band has four members: Ezra KoenigRostam BatmanglijChris Tomson, and Chris Baio. The band released its first album Vampire Weekend in 2008, which produced the singles “Mansard Roof“, “A-Punk“, “Oxford Comma” and “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa“. The band’s most recent album, Contra, was released in 2010.” 

Wow. That was easy. Now we are all up to speed.

When it comes to which album is better, I’ve heard great arguments for each. However, I think whichever one you hear first is the one you’ll end up liking the most. This is also the case with the movies “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch.” It just so happens I saw Lock Stock first and listened to Contra first, so these are the ones I like more.


White Sky  – I love this song. It makes me smile 🙂

Taxi Cab – let’s slow it down a bit

I Think Ur a Contra 

now go to bed kids. 

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol 12. Saturday Night Edition

That’s right, I acknowledge that it is not Friday, but I just stumbled upon such an awesome video that I had to make an exception.

I give you “Three White Horses” by Andrew Bird.

Reasons I like this video/song:

1. Andrew Bird has a cool voice.
2. Andrew Brid can play the violin and sing at the same time. That takes coordination.
3. The change in tempo at 2:15 is nifty.
4. Andrew Bird has a nice scarf.

5. Bald bass player has a nice sweatshirt.
6. Guitarist has a nice plaid shirt like the one I got for Christmas.
7. I like songs that express melancholy in a fast-paced manner.
Happy New Year!

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol. 11: New Video Edition

Breaking the rules a bit for the Rest Easy, Friday Night post, but I hope you’ll excuse me. Tonight, instead of group of songs from a selected artist you’ll find just one video with one song. This is the video I put together from the recent trip to Harkers Island in search of False Albacore. How’d it go? Play the video and find out.

Have a great weekend!

“Harkers Island 101”

The folks who fish from the shore of Harkers Island, North Carolina are lovingly referred to as the “Sand People.” Just like the Tusken Raiders from those movies that one guy (George Loomis or something?) made, little is known about the Sand People and their lifestyle. I present to you a short expose about the elusive fly fisherman and their obsessive quest to hook up with a False Albacore from the banks of Harkers Island. Was this trip a success? You’ll just have to watch and see for yourself.
Filmed with my iphone and goproHD
Music by me.

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol 10: Flight of the Conchords

There are few words to describe the awesomeness of this band. All I can do is implore you to listen.  If you are strapped for time, just watch “Business Time.” It is the best. I can’t wait for you to listen. I’m so excited for you.

“Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros”


“Issues (Think About It)”

“Business Time”

“Something for the Ladies”

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol 9. Mason Jennings

My life is like this table in front of me. Full of to-do lists, books, bills, clutter, a trout unlimited calendar…. Just have a lot on the plate right now. Is that bad? No. Not at all. It just means, I’ve had less time to interact with this blog and you all that happen to swing by from time to time. I also haven’t been able to visit your pages and read the great content you’ve been putting out these last couple weeks.

I thought the least I could do until I finish editing down the latest fish footage (finish? I have to start first) is to give you another Friday evening with some good tunes. Enter Mason Jennings. 

He has a distinctive voice and thoughtful lyrics. Born in Hawaii. Started his music career in Minneapolis. Enjoy.
Two slow songs below. I’ll warn you so you can skip them if that isn’t your thing.
“Fighter Girl”


“Be Here Now” **Favorite**
“Ballad for My One True Love” ** the slow one **

“Bitter Heart” ** the slow one **

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol 8: The Alabama Shakes

The Alabama Shakes consists of Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, and drummer Steve Johnson. 

Their hit song has me hooked since I heard it on NPR. Hearing it in passing, I actually though it was Jack White for a brief moment, but no, Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes rocks in her own unique way. The album is pretty solid, though, I’ve noticed some of the slowed down, acoustic, less produced versions on youtube tend to be more enjoyable.

No fishing planned for me this weekend. My hands are healing from some tight lined wounds. When my skin is split by a big fish, I have a stinging reminder for several days when I take notes, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, or reach to shake someone’s hand. It is a nice reminder. It seems fitting too. I leave a scar on a fish lip. Why shouldn’t get cut in return?

Tight lines lead to split fingers.

The hit single on the Alabama Shakes’ album is “Hold On.” It is a solid rock tune that you might just hear in one move my videos some day. If you are busy and can only listen to one more, go to the last one video.

“Boys and Girls” is a nice slow song. A bittersweet exploration about relationships that seem to run their course. On the bright side, she uses the term “fish.” So that’s good.

“Rise to the Sun” is has a line that really dose it for me. I think it is just her accent. “…where I belong, oh, where I was born…” It curls my lip and makes me feel like groovin’… You can picture me grooving, can’t you?

“I Found You.”   Just so good – “I’ve traveled a long way… but you know I’ve found you.”

I hope you’ve made it this far. I will leave you with a slower song to cap off your night.

“You Ain’t Alone” 
By the Alabama Shakes

Just listened to it again. I guess it isn’t that slow 🙂

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol 7. The Tallest Man on Earth

If you like Bob Dylan, I predict you, at the very least, will enjoy “Kristian Matsson (born April 30, 1983) … a singer-songwriter from DalarnaSweden” (thanks Wikipedia) who goes by the moniker “The Tallest Man on Earth.” If you don’t like Robert Zimmerman (Bob Dylan), I’d still recommend you give this guy a listen. I’m looking forward to his newest album which is set to come out this June. I’ll have to convince my local public library to get it. 

Anyway, while you are tying flies tonight, reading about fly fishing, enjoying that end-of-the-week desert or drink of your choice, or planing up your next outdoor trip, listen to the words and sounds of The Tallest Man on Earth and be thankful for music and the outdoors. Two very awesome things. 

“The Garden”
“Kids on the Run”

film&edit: Rolf Nylinder
some leftovers shots from a trip to “övre vindelälven/ the upper Vindel River” 
the tune: “Love is all” by “the tallest man on earth”
And if you still want more, here is a Tiny Desk Concert from NPR. 

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol. 6: Vacation Edition

The Bay

Tomorrow morning,
Sara and I are heading for warmer waters.
Fly rod and box in tow
My mornings will be spent lurking the beach
Watching the water for shifting shadows
And tailing fish, a poker player with an obvious tell.

I’ve been a houseplant resting
By a poorly lit window
Trying my best to look green.
I’ve only been able to pull off
The pale shade of lima been.

Flies for The Trip.

Tomorrow, tomorrow
Soak up the sun
On borrowed time.
Drink the food
And eat the vine
For vacations last
Too short in time.

As I leave you all
To your own devices
I share with you 
Beautiful voices.
The tunes that fill my mind
As I walk through wards
And daydream of places 
blue and warm.

To start I want to show you
Something quite unique.
The Tune Yards are a band
You have to see.

Next is someone
I’ve enjoyed for several years.
Lisa Hannigan used to back up Damien Rice
But she’s now out on her own for you to hear.

And lastly, is someone I found on
Zee Avi has an island feel
With an old school voice.