I've been feeling all the feelings for NPR's Tiny Desk this last month or so. It's basically all of my favourite musicians in one small room, playing a few of their best, with a sweet little bit of banter and real-life charm for good measure. I've spent HOURS trawling through the different performances and when I was bookmarking ones to list here, had approximately 37 tabs open. I've narrowed it down to just ten, but do yourself a favour and go deep with their back catalogue and feel all the feelings as well.
* Oh Chris Stapleton! How did I not know you before? How did I not hear these lovely heartfelt tunes and country guitar work? Your hat! Your beautiful wife! The way you look sidelong at her and sing that wonderful first line in 'More of You' makes my heart burst, you big sweetheart.
* Of course including The National because listening to them feels like a punch in the stomach, in that emotional way that kick-starts your heart and makes you want to sit down and consider your life for a few moments. This is a brilliant set.
* And for the love of god, make sure you listen to GIRLPOOL. I saw these babes at Sydney Festival a couple of weeks ago and was blown away. I couldn't love them more. They are fierce, sweet, funny, talented-as-hell, intelligent and inspiring young women who make the world a better place and provide a top-notch soundtrack while they're at it. Don't underestimate how amazing just two guitars can be in the right hands.
* For something different, Songhoy Blues will have you moving and shaking like no one's business. These legends are from Mali and their songs feel raw and passionate and completely natural. An amazing way to spend 12 minutes.
* Justin Townes Earle, man of my heart, king of guitar and sweet refrains.
* This first Jessie Ware song floors me, every damn time. I've been listening to it on repeat like a lovesick 15 year old girl.
* Another charming country soul in Sturgill Simpson.
* Lianne La Havas is nothing but smooth and beautiful. What a dame, I can't help but feel happy when I listen to this set - makes me want to make rum and ginger punch and dance the evening away in my kitchen, sun setting, dinner cooking, friends laughing. It's just that kind of sound.
* The best part about a series like Tiny Desk is coming across gems like My Bubba, clicking and clapping and harmonising their way through the sweetest little songs. I don't mean for that to sound patronising, they are just sweet, short, simple songs that evoke wonderful daily moments and rituals. Lovely.