I love to make playlists, but I love it most when I’ve got a theme to work to. Lately I’ve been making Related Artist Playlists on Spotify. I start with an artist and finish with the same one – the length is up to you, but the longer the better I say… Here’s one I made earlier using ‘Nightswimming’ by R.E.M. as my starting point. I’ll post a guide in the comments should you want to make your own version – please share here if you do 🙂
A re-recorded version of the album track with new lyrics and now a duet between Guy Garvey and John Grant. Their voices complement each other nicely. It was a lovely track anyway and now it’s even better.
I’ll kick things off with this beauty – Slinky, soulful, funky delishiouness – trust me it’s wonderful Childish Gambino – ‘Redbone’
Calm down – not the difficult muscle building exercise. During my playlist building hour today I ended up with this wonderful track, so because it’s Friday and the first day of a new month, I give you The Trashcan Sinatras – ‘Weightlifting’
I can’t get the video to work!!!
catchier than the flu and with a pop-up riff that sounds like it’s from the Lion King
[Ignore the first 30 odd seconds]
It almost had to happen. But what shades could they make for other popular songsmiths? ‘Cracklin Rose’ for Neil Diamond? ‘All Yellow’ for Coldplay, ‘Back In Black’ for AC/DC? They’re pretty obvious ones, shirley you can do better?
What does it sound like?:
Opening your ‘difficult second album’ with the slowest track is a risky gambit, conventional wisdom has it that you start with a strong one-two [or three] fast, catchy potential hits. London Grammar aren’t known for their fast punchy pop, so what we get on side one is more of a slow burn, five tracks of beautifully crafted, atmospheric, smouldering turmoil. At heart they are a traditional band – voice, guitars & drums, the instruments in service to the voice, subtly framing the words with carefully placed notes, it’s the voice that dominates here and rightly so. Hannah Reid makes a wonderful sound, warm and full and strong. Reid has a well documented fear of singing live to conquer each time they perform, and it’s that uncertainty and fragility, strength and determination that permeate this record.These aren’t happy songs, this record is one of heartbreak and loneliness, of endings. But neither are they confessional diary entries with everything laid out on the surface – If the message is obvious, the circumstances are less so. Side one closes with ‘Hell To The Liars’ it’s the longest and the strongest track on the record. Beginning quietly, with » Continue Reading.
Go to the iTunes store and attempt to rent ‘Gone With The Wind’ [HD version]. After a short wait while the wee sprites inside your phone [think : Numbskulls] try and make room for the download you will then be told either there is not enough room on your device, or for your password/thumbprint to authorise said rental – at this point do not authorise rental [unless this post made you realise you desperately want to see the film] check your available space & you should find that it has increased by many gigabytes [I freed up 8GB – which not co-incidentally is the size of the HD version of the film] Disclaimers – I accept no responsibility if this goes wrong and you end up being charged for the rental. for more information see here https://twitter.com/james__montague/status/890954320136556546 I got this from the Tim Ferris newsletter email – he tried it too and it worked hence the recommendation
I’m three episodes in and this is shaping up nicely.
This usually causes some debate and looking at this list I can’t see that changing this year. I’ve heard a few of these – Love the Glass Animals album, clever, catchy pop songs with depth. Not so keen on Blossoms, two decent tracks and a wave of hype? My gut feeling is that Stormzy will take the cheque. Right, I’m off to Spotify to check out the ones i’m not familiar with
Alt-J – Relaxer
Blossoms – Blossoms
Dinosaur – Together, As One
Ed Sheeran – Divide
Glass Animals – How To Be a Human Being
J Hus – Common Sense
Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
Sampha – Process
Stormzy – Gang Signs and Prayer
The Big Moon – Love in the 4th Dimension
The xx – I See You
It took me all day – you’re welcome 🙂
ps Beyonce’s Lemonade is not on Spotify
The new album – ‘A Deeper Understanding,’ released August 25th – is sounding like a winner if the three tracks so far are representative… shuffles off to pre order the vinyl…
Is there anything you wouldn’t generally choose to listen to currently spinning around your head? Songs that sound good in the car, but are [maybe] not in your collection? Or, hell, just songs that sound great on the radio?
[I always had a soft spot for M-Cutch] https://youtu.be/rs–mEoTcbg
Whilst trawling though YouTube this afternoon I found this video of Iggy Pop smashing Later… in 2015. I watched this live and loved it then, it’s a fantastic performance, one of the best I’ve seen on the telly, and it made me think – I’m not the biggest Iggy fan, I enjoy his songs when they come on the radio, and he’s one of those artists I like having around. It’ll be a sad day when he [not for a long time yet me hopes] shuffles off, so why not celebrate him [baby], why not praise him like we should? While he’s still here. Anyone else you feel the same about? Share the love !
They’re easy to mock, but hard to ignore , it seems the inspirational quote is everywhere these days, but how easy is it to come up with one of your own? May I start the ball rolling with this ‘ There are seven days in the week, but someday isn’t one of them’* Pretty good I think you’ll agree, but can you do better? (Or simply share your favourite existing quote with the group)
*not my own work, bonus points to whoever can identify the origin
I may have taken too much Gin, but I can’t help but feel that Simply Red are unfairly hated. Now, to be clear, this is not a band that I play on a regular basis and I appreciate that Mick Hucknall is a bit of a bell-end, but ‘Stars’, ‘Something Got Me Started’, ‘For Your Babies’, ‘A New Flame’ etc are lovely stuff – dare I go as far as suggest they’re pop classics? I think I just did. If I were thinking more clearly I could shelter others under the ‘unfairly hated because they’re British’ umbrella, but I’ll leave that to you fine people. Ooh! Del Amitri, – not hated, but under appreciated for the same reason perhaps? Any more?
‘Holding On’ from the new album ‘A Deeper Understanding’, out August 25th
Unusual in a good way. [And if it turns out to be not that unusual, please accept my apologies]
I’ll post the answer …Later
*let the boogie woogie abuse commence…
I’ve spent the afternoon sat in the garden, basking in the sunshine, enjoying a playlist of [mostly] soft rock. I don’t want to hear anything too jarring right now, just songs of Love – anyone care to join me?
This seems entirely apt just now – for this lyric especially –
Father, father We don’t need to escalate You see, war is not the answer For only love can conquer hate You know we’ve got to find a way To bring some lovin’ here today, oh oh oh
Marvin gaye – What’s Goin’ On?