October 18, 2009

i miss the ocean when i go to sleep


Mason Jennings’ Cave Recordings capture an artist very early in his career with stripped-down versions of some of his best songs. Recorded in 1998 at The Cave (a student-run pub at Carleton College in Minnesota), the blues emphases really shines through in this set, sounding timelessly rustic and eternally honest.

Mason’s rendition of “California (Part I)” here is one of my favorite versions – the earnest, unadorned way he sings the lines, “California, I’m gonna miss you … like I miss the ocean when I go to sleep / Man, it’s gonna break my heart….”

(That’s it — next time I come out to Cali I’m gonna stay in one of these, and listen to the ocean again as I fall asleep. Done.)

Stormy Weather
Flight Path
Better Than That
Ain’t Gonna Die
Isabella (Part II)
Emperor Ashoka
Damn (What a Beautiful Man)
Darkness Between the Fireflies
Little Details
The Magician
12/8 Time
California (Part I)**
Amphetamine Girl
Rebecca DeVille


Mason’s eighth studio album Blood of Man is out now on Brushfire Records, and Mason plays Denver’s Bluebird on Friday, November 13th with Nathaniel Rateliff and The Wheel (yay!).

[thanks Keith!]


  • you could’ve linked to the archive.org page, considering there are those of us who like our tasty FLAC when possible.


    tmpn — October 18, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

  • added! thanks.

    browneheather — October 18, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

  • Just wanted to leave a general comment about the blog: it’s fantastic! Great writing and insight. Randomly stumbled on it this morning after googling where the Lucero show will be in Denver next week. Looking forward to future posts.. Cheers, Scott

    Scott — October 19, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

  • Yurts are awesome. There are many in Colorado, too. And SUPER cheap! Make me feel authentic. (Can’t wait to see Mason Jennings.)

    Kathleen — October 19, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

  • P.S. The new Mason album will blow most away, especially the longstanding fans. Ridiculously good … and a huge leap from where he’s gone before.

    Dainon — October 20, 2009 @ 11:26 pm

  • Major hi-jack of thread to say Mumford and sons album has hit uk stores, and is definitely worth the postage to the US if need be!

    Sarah — October 21, 2009 @ 5:13 am

  • i absolutely, positively, thoroughly, and completely ADORE the mumford and sons album. lately it is a large percentage of what i have been listening to and i will definitely be posting something about it. good call! acceptable hijack!

    browneheather — October 21, 2009 @ 5:28 am

  • Always lurking on the site and love your stuff! Thanks for the Mason links, I just saw him a few weeks ago in LA and he’s as good as ever. Here’s a link to my short review and crappy camera photos:

    Also I think the first song listed above is actually “Stormy Weather” instead of “The Field” #songnerd.

    BG — October 21, 2009 @ 7:46 am

  • Thanks! I was wondering about that, since The Field is on his new album and sounds nothing like this one, and then i was too lazy to google it. Thanks!

    browneheather — October 21, 2009 @ 8:29 am

  • [...] wrote a great post about an old old old school Mason Jennings bootleg over at Fuel/Friends on Sunday, and a) it got me digging out all my old Mason boots and b) [...]

    mason jennings @ the cat’s cradle « brand new kind of photography — October 21, 2009 @ 3:59 pm

  • i feel like we’re losing you heather….

    :( — October 23, 2009 @ 6:30 am

  • hmmm, how so?

    browneheather — October 23, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

  • Hey this isn’t necessarily related to Mason, but my friend from South Carolina sent me a link for this guy’s new record, and it is pretty great. When I heard the song “The First Shall Be,” I immediately thought FuelFriends Heather would dig this (this is of course how I decide if I like music now, jk, sorta). Anyways I hope you like the tunage… b/c if you don’t than i will be forced to cease listening to it (jk once again).


    incendiarygrief — October 28, 2009 @ 7:56 pm

  • Something is up with your site! I see new posts in the RSSfeeds but not on the homepage. What up?

    Tech Support? — October 29, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

  • I am aware of the problem and my web guys are working on it as best they can. Lots of good new stuff awaits, it’s some problem with the caching system. I’m posting away over here on my end – and I see it, and some readers see it, but not all. We’ll get back on track soon! thanks for the note…and for reading! :)

    browneheather — October 29, 2009 @ 12:51 pm

  • You just made my day. I’ve been searching for unreleased mason tracks for quite some time now and I’ve never been able to track down something this old – you rule! Do you have anything else from Mason that I may not have? I’m a HUGE fan. Thanks!!!!

    Michael — March 15, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

  • What a find – is this show from May 1998? I started at Carleton in the fall of 1998 – couldn’t be happier to find this. He was living in the Twin Cities and came down and played quite a few more shows at the Cave while I was there, pretty small shows considering.

    deely — October 23, 2010 @ 1:02 am

  • Fantastic – a friend of mine had a recording of this concert, but I never managed to get a copy. I was at Carleton then, but somehow didn’t make it to this show. Back in those days Mason had a huge repertoire, almost none of which was released (cause he only had 1 CD out). I know a lot of that has since come out on his albums, but I’m sure he’s still got tons of unreleased songs. Just wish I could listen to them all.

    Matt — November 30, 2010 @ 1:08 am

  • [...] While I was drawing this, I found out that Heather Browne had posted a very old Mason Jennings recording from The Cave. [...]

    Kailyn Kent and the Paper Runners - Student Band Night, 10/23/09 — December 2, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

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