Here are all of substandard's jams.
So this is it. It's so rare to find a community on the internet as friendly and as welcoming as TIMJ has been. Everyone's here for one reason, and that's to share and appreciate good music, and my whole experience here has been incredible. I've discovered so much, remembered so much and enjoyed pretty much every single day I've spent on this website, so thank you, each and every one of you. I'll be jamming on at Let's Loop and Nusiki (links down the bottom there... ▼) and I sincerely hope to see you all again. I'm finishing on this, a song that I could write pages and pages about. I'll keep it short: this is my favourite song of all time and has defined so many moments of my life, and hopefully it will define many more. It's bound me to my family and my best friend, and is the only song I've ever made someone swear to play at my funeral. TIMJ, the pleasure has been all mine. Take care – I love you all.
Jammed: 25th Sep 2015
by Caught A Ghost
Another (relative) newbie for my #FInalJams. This song is so, *so* good. The bass line, the melody, the backwards piano hits, the falling cadence of the backing vocals in the chorus, the whole ambiance of it... There was a period, which genuinely lasted about two and a half years, where I would listen to this song every single day. And there's still never a week that goes by that I don't.
Jammed: 23rd Sep 2015
by Gregory Alan Isakov
A newer one among my #FinalJams. So far, they've all been songs that I've had with me for a long, long time, but I only stumbled across GIA about 18 months ago, and this song almost immediately wormed its way right into my heart. It's another I can never get bored of; when it comes on, it usually goes on again and maybe again... The swell that starts at 2:20 is one of my favourite moments in all music – and I don't say that lightly. I think this is also the fourth time I've jammed it, ha.
Jammed: 22nd Sep 2015
by The Light
So torn over what to choose for my final TIMJ #SundaySoother but, in the end, I guess it could only be this, which has been helping me get to sleep, filling the small hours or just offering me four and a half minutes of sanctuary whenever it's been needed for nearly a decade now. #FinalJams
Jammed: 20th Sep 2015
by Iron & Wine
I've played this and a couple of live versions of it >1,200 times in total. I've not worked out how many hours' worth of listening that is, but I do know that it's an awful lot. And I never tire of it. I consider it pretty much perfect as a song.
Jammed: 18th Sep 2015
by The Antlers
Well, with ten days left I guess that's the end of normal programming from me; its #FinalJams from here on in. All of which I'm almost certain I will have jammed at some point previously. Here's my favourite song from last year and one that has come to mean an awful, awful lot to me since I first heard it, for various reasons both happy and sad. It hits me – hard – every single time.
Jammed: 16th Sep 2015
Gorgeous #SundaySoother centrepiece from his new EP (which is free on Bandcamp, by the way). I find his stuff in general a little bit all over the place, but then there's always something like this around the corner... very intrigued to see how his album shapes up. Have a beautiful Sunday, y'all.
Jammed: 13th Sep 2015
by The Barr Brothers
I usually steer clear of live versions and have jammed the studio version of this before, but I've been working out how to play this over the past couple of days and reminded myself just how good this version of it is. I think it benefits a lot from the faster tempo and the extra instrumentation. I've been obsessed with this song for months and months...
Jammed: 3rd Sep 2015
by Josh Ritter
When he's is good, he's really, really good... This dropped a couple of days ago and has all the hallmarks of classic Ritter. Just makes me feel warm and happy whenever I hear it, that everything's still in front of me and there's still so much left to come... and I've also always been a huge sucker for a simple descending chord pattern. Play it loud and smile.
Jammed: 29th Aug 2015
by Rhian Sheehan
I've jammed this as a #SundaySoother before but I don't care. I had a revelation with this piece recently. I don't know exactly what it is, but there's something about it that affects me quite deeply every time I hear it. I have to stop what I'm doing whenever it's on and just... dissolve into it. It's strange, it gives me this profound compulsion to reach out to the people I'm closest to in life and somehow make them understand just how much I love them. I really can't think of anything else that's had such a strong effect on me before.
Jammed: 23rd Aug 2015
by Hayden Calnin
He can basically do little wrong for me after Shutters, and I'm looking forward to hearing more new stuff after this. This has a beautiful feeling to it. Like the lights of a tunnel streaming past while you're driving through it at night. Reminds me a little bit of Dylan in the Movies actually, if anyone remembers them...
Jammed: 22nd Aug 2015
by Teen Daze
Here's a little secret for you, a #SundaySoother is actually my favourite thing to jam, which I suppose gives you a greater insight into my listening habits and tastes than perhaps anything else. Guess I've only got a couple of chances left for them here on TIMJ... Though given the kind of music like this that I tend to listen to, it can often be tricky to find a jammable version of a track. Hopefully that's one of the few things Let's Loop will improve upon... Have a beautiful day
Jammed: 16th Aug 2015
Full explanation in the link below, but this is effectively a duet with a 1,100-light-years-distant star. I dunno about you, but while I may have heard better music in my time, I think that's really pretty awesome. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28035-listen-to-the-worlds-first-duet-for-piano-and-pulsating-star/
Jammed: 12th Aug 2015
by Megan Washington
Very sad that TIMJ is coming to an end – it's a wonderful place to discover and share music, and more importantly, a wonderful community of full lovely people. Time to to enjoy it while it lasts, I suppose. This was actually going to be my next jam anyway, but yesterday's news has given it an added resonance...
Jammed: 10th Aug 2015
by Paul Thomas Saunders
This #SundaySoother is a bit more of a Sunday Soarer, but still... Absolutely love PTS. Seem him live five times now and will no doubt go again next time he's playing in London. He opens his set with this and it is just extraordinary every time – a beautiful, majestic wall of sound that washes over you, the current gently picking you up and carrying you away. Wanted to share the album version that has slightly higher production values (this is from his second EP) and the intra-verse synth noises that he loves because "they sound like Christmas lights", but this is still just so wonderful and the song that made really made me realise just how exceptional a songwriter he is in the first place.
Jammed: 9th Aug 2015
by Hannah Peel
So many jams on my list to choose from... Really like this (not-a-cover) from Hannah Peel. Stick with it until about 1:30 when the drums kick in and it really gets going. Love the driving, galloping urgency they give it, the propulsion, stepping out, moving forward, taking control... Complements the theme beautifully. She's got a great voice too.
Jammed: 4th Aug 2015
by Hayden Calnin
Jammed this before but not as a #SundaySoother. It's just so utterly gorgeous, particularly with the falling rain providing the ambient soundtrack as it is for me here. And if it's not raining where you are? Open www.rainymood.com in another tab before you hit play; take a deep breath in and remember that you're going to be alright...
Jammed: 26th Jul 2015
by Jenn Grant
Man, she's so good. Really disappointed I can't make it when she's over here. If you're in London, she's playing a really small, intimate show at Green Note at the end of September. There's 18 tickets left... well worth it
Jammed: 18th Jul 2015
Hey look, it's one of my favourite bands remixing one of my favourite artists. They're good friends in real life too, aww ain't that sweet. Seeing both live (for the third time each) towards the end of the year. Looking forward to those. This remix makes the original even... floatier, but then gets a bit trippy towards the end. I dig. But then I'm probably biased...
Jammed: 11th Jul 2015
by Blue Rose Code
A gorgeous #SundaySoother of a closing track from his second album, The Ballads of Peckham Rye. Get those speakers on or headphones in, lie down and let its nine minutes of effortless beauty caress the space around you.
Jammed: 5th Jul 2015
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