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I need new additions to my "Modern Folk-Rock" playlist (which currently includes Greg Brown, The Mountain Goats and Jack Johnson)...

I have a playlist called "Sunday Morning" full of songs largely consisting of soulful vocals accompanied by folk-style piano and acoustic guitar. It's the music you want to listen to on a rainy weekend morning while cuddling up on the couch with your spouse and a long hot cup of coffee. I'm looking for more music that would fit in seamlessly. In addition to the artists above the fold, there are:

Devendra Banhart
Damien Rice
Charlie Wadhams

There are also a couple of Leonard Cohen songs on there, but I am particularly looking for music released in the last ten years.

Bonus points if you can link me to a youtube video or an mp3 or something else by way of an example of the band's sound.
posted by 256 to Society & Culture (31 answers total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Maybe Mumford & Sons. No link, sorry -- I'm on my phone. Their latest single is Little Lion Man.
posted by sugarfish at 3:11 PM on June 4, 2010

M Ward?
posted by leesh at 3:12 PM on June 4, 2010

Best answer: Turin Brakes
posted by fire&wings at 3:14 PM on June 4, 2010

The Acorn
The Dodos

Some personal favourites.
posted by tuck_nroll at 3:19 PM on June 4, 2010

Tim Barry
posted by WASP-12b at 3:37 PM on June 4, 2010

Bon Iver
Iron & Wine
Ramona Falls
posted by anoirmarie at 3:39 PM on June 4, 2010

The Brothers Comatose is a suggestion from the boyfriend who is much more musically aware than I am.
posted by R343L at 3:40 PM on June 4, 2010

Oh and I almost forgot Chuck Regan
posted by WASP-12b at 3:41 PM on June 4, 2010

Antony and the Johnsons
Elliott Smith
Ryan Adams

And to add a little lady into the mix, Cat Power and Mirah.
posted by superquail at 3:47 PM on June 4, 2010

-J. Tillman
-2nding Iron and Wine and Turin Brakes (TB's Ether Song is a PHENOMENAL album)
-Belle and Sebastian (Fold your hands child, Tigermilk and If you're feeling sinister are perennial rainy day albums)

I'd have many many more if I had my ipod in front of me. I'll definitely post some more recos later.
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 3:52 PM on June 4, 2010

Chris Smither
posted by tdismukes at 4:03 PM on June 4, 2010

Best answer: Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst. I'm Wide Awake it's Morning is probably his best, although Lifted and Cassadega are also rather fantastic. I am less a fan of his self-titled solo album.
posted by incessant at 4:15 PM on June 4, 2010 [1 favorite]

I call this my "boys with guitars" playlist.

Ryan Adams
Andrew Bird
The occasional Bright Eyes song fits here
Mason Jennings
Matt Costa
Brett Dennan
Ben Gibbard (you might recognize him from Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service)
Fionn Regan
Josh Ritter
The Dears
Ray LaMontagne
The Weepies
Elliott Smith

Not in the last 10 years, but if you don't know about Nick Drake, you should.
posted by runningwithscissors at 4:19 PM on June 4, 2010 [1 favorite]

Oh, and MeFite ludwig_van is in Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies. You might particularly like Summer's Ending, from their latest album.
posted by runningwithscissors at 4:26 PM on June 4, 2010

Frank Turner actually has a song called Sunday Nights, among other awesome stuff
posted by dogwalker at 4:50 PM on June 4, 2010

Strawfoot. I'd start with 'The Sky is Falling' for a rainy day song, and if that works, try the others. The first album is wonderful, although it does have a narrative and occasionally gets more Friday night angry than Sunday morning laid back. The second album is a little more laid back and doesn't have a storyline.

Also with a longer career than 'last ten years', if you want more of the Antony & the Johnson's type vibe, you really should add some k. d. lang. (Flash-based music plays immediately.) I'm kind of a jerk about almost never liking female vocalists, but I'll never turn one of her songs off.
posted by Weighted Companion Cube at 5:28 PM on June 4, 2010

Might fit your bill... I like them on Mondays though. YMMV

Monsters of Folk. I sing "Whole Lotta Losin" out loud on occasion.
posted by bkeene12 at 8:18 PM on June 4, 2010

Alela Diane
posted by ljesse at 9:10 PM on June 4, 2010

I'm surprised that no one's mentioned Midlake yet.
posted by thisjax at 9:37 PM on June 4, 2010

Best answer: William Elliott Whitmore.

And seconding Tim Barry very hard.
posted by Ufez Jones at 10:20 PM on June 4, 2010

Jorma Kaukonan
posted by tman99 at 10:37 PM on June 4, 2010

That should be Jorma Kaukonen
posted by tman99 at 10:43 PM on June 4, 2010

You don't know it yet, but you want the Tallest Man on Earth.

posted by wemayfreeze at 11:58 PM on June 4, 2010

John Butler Trio. Hard to link as I'm on my phone, but 'Better Man' is my favourite of theirs.
posted by goo at 4:21 AM on June 5, 2010

Best answer: Stornoway sound perfect for you.
posted by garrett at 5:14 AM on June 5, 2010

Response by poster: Wow. Thanks everyone. I'm going to be at this for a while sorting through all these recommendations!
posted by 256 at 6:13 AM on June 5, 2010

John Butler Trio
posted by the noob at 6:25 AM on June 5, 2010

Phosphorescent (and it's frontman Matthew Houck)
Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy)
Not so recent, but definitely worth a visit if you've not already heard his stuff is Jeff Buckley
Band of Horses
Not my cup of tea, but people love Ray LaMontagne and Josh Ritter
Not too many women on this list...maybe Neko Case fits into this category?
posted by Lisitasan at 11:43 AM on June 5, 2010

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova aka The Swell Season or just get the Once soundtrack. Watch the movie too.

Someone mentioned The Weepies, but Deb Talan's and Steven Tannen's non-Weepies albums are great also.

Peter Bradley Adams (also, Eastmountainsouth)
Priscilla Ahn
William Fitzsimmons
Alexi Murdoch
Amos Lee
Kate Walsh
posted by aloysius on the mixing boards at 12:27 PM on June 5, 2010

Great. A misplaced apostrophe immortalized in my name on metafilter! Bravo, lisitasan.
posted by Lisitasan at 1:08 PM on June 5, 2010

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