Playlist #7 WC 12.6.17


1. Hole – Awful

Love Hole. This is an amazing album. From start to finish its full of great songs! 

2. Kendrick Lemar ft. Dr Dre – The Recipe

Dr Dre returns after a period out to jump on this with Kendrick. Class song. 

3. Blondie – Sunday Girl

I remember listening to this album solid for a while about 9 months ago. I had it on in the car as I had to drive to the airport to pick a certain someone up. I don’t know why but it just sticks out for me this song. I’ve no idea what a Sunday Girl is but in my head it’s cute and perfect. I guess that’s why it reminds me of someone. Forever my Sunday Girl. 

4. Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)

This is such a good song. A classic. The album is a classic too. It’s helped shape hip hop and R n B going forward. It’s dead catchy and a really god outro. 

5. Dan Auerbach – Shine On Me

The Black Keys frontman goes solo and his albums a beauty. The pick of be bunch for me. 

6. Foo Fighters – Run

I guess the only lyrics I relate to in this are the opening lyrics. “Run for your life with me. In another perfect life, in another perfect time.” But such an amazing song. Foos will always be one of my favourite bands of all time. 

7. Arcade Fire – Everything Now

One of my favourite bands. New songs a little funky but I like it. It’s never going to top their older stuff though.

8. Alt-J – Deadcrush

Probably one of my favourite songs off the new album. It’s good. It’s filthy good. Odd topic about having a crush on someone that’s dead but whatever works!

9. Interpol – Narc

A typical love and relationships song but with a filter of corruption and manipulation. 

10. Courteeners – Small Bones (acoustic)

“This song is about when you find someone beautiful and they’re brilliant and everything else is shit” Liam Fray. 

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    Dream of Californication…

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    So its 18 years ago today since The Chilis released Californication.

    I was late to the party with this one. I remember getting it off a friend on mini disc (Remember when that was a thing?). And it was probably closer to By The Ways release when i got it to when it was actually released.

    I remember listening to them both and thinking Californication was the better of the two albums, something i still agree to to this day.

    Since I’ve got older I’ve delved deeper into RHCP back catalogue and have enjoyed their older, pre-californication stuff a lot more. Theres so much funk its unbelievable. Classic songs like Pretty Little Ditty which was sampled later on by Crazy Town in their early 00’s song Butterfly.

    Theres still elements of the funk in Californication in songs like Get On Top and I Like Dirt but nothing compared to their earlier works.

    I love Californication. Its one of the albums that sticks with me amongst those albums I grew up with. Classic hits such as Scar Tissue and the song that gives its name to the album, Californication too. Its definitely the album that got me into The Chilis.

    Their more recent music hasn’t really appealed to me, though I did really enjoy the latest album The Getaway. Its no way anything compared to their older stuff, but still a solid album for me.

    If you’ve never listened to Californication and their newer stuff is all you’ve heard then i would massively urge you to go and listen to their older stuff.

    Im sat here listening to the album as I write this and its just amazing from first track to last.

    Do yourself a favour and give yourself an eargasm by listening to it. You’ll find out why its The Chilis most successful record.

    (Btw I definitely feel like I’ve used the word Californication too much. Ah well, feck it).

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    My good friend Stef has taken a crack at a playlist for you all. Just a selection of good songs. Get it listened to, get it read and appreciate! ✊🏻

    1 – Crowded House – Weather with you – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ag8XcMG1EX4

    Simply, this song reminds me of my mam and the adventures we had when it was just me and her. My mum is one of the kindest, most thoughtful and most irritating (!) people I know. She’s always supported me and encouraged me to go and do the things I want, she has a ridiculous sense of humour and never fails to make me laugh. This one’s for you SlavaJ.

    2 – Oasis – Whatever – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHfx9LXzxpw

    When I first listened to Oasis as around 6/7 years old I couldn’t quite believe what I was listening. What’s the Story (Morning Glory) opened my ears to a new kind of music I’d never heard before. I had no idea what the lyrics meant but I liked how it sounded – and have done ever since. This is my favourite track of theirs.

    3 – Courteeners – Opener – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD-RRjCFTwo

    Another favourite band of mine, I’ve chosen this for two reasons. The first is that this song takes me to a specific time in my life where I was discovering new music and enjoying it live regularly. Countless gigs with old friends, all over the country – it was always sunny and always a great laugh. Those were good times. Secondly, it’s a cracking start to a great album.

    4 – White Buffalo – Highwayman – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j7dRXeRQs0

    Now this is a great cover of a song by the legendary Johnny Cash. It’s all about rebirth after death and it’s something I can relate to. The amount of change in my life in the past 18 months has been overwhelming, but also incredible. This was something that reminded me, at my lowest ebb, that I could continue, re-invent and re-grow.

    5 – Turnover – Take My Head – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFK4ZSoXpPs

    I listened to this album once and couldn’t stop thinking about it. Take my head is an upbeat, yet melancholic lesson in angst and self-loathing. At my darkest times I felt similar things so I can relate to this, especially now I’m in a place where I can reflect on this and learn from the past. This whole album is worth a listen, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

    6 – Simon and Garfunkel – The Boxer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JUbFj0BIc4

    Song writing at its best – I can’t say anything other than this song stops me in my tracks, I just have to leave whatever I’m doing and listen whenever it comes on.

    7 – Elton John – Tiny Dancer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoskDZRLOCs

    That scene on the bus in Almost Famous. This has always been my favourite song, it reminds me of so many good people, and so many good times. This song makes me think of those most important to me and never fails to inspire me to reach out to them in one way or another. Hold me closer tiny dancer …

    8 – Joshua James – Coal War – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmKGivfDNAo

    The mixture of country, gospel and rock and roll makes this a great feel-good anthem. Since the death of someone very close to me nearly ten years ago, I’ve had an ever-increasing spiritual aspect to my life. There’s just something quite inexplicable about how music with religious origins makes you feel.

    9 – Bob Dylan – Hurricane – https://vimeo.com/58957443

    Whilst this is an excellent song, with some incredible violin parts, this is also a stark reminder that injustice and inequality are largely the same now as they were over 40 years ago.

    10 – Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLV4_xaYynY

    One of the rare occasions where the cover is more sublime and more rich than the (very good) original. Hendrix shreds all over this track, it reminds me of warm summer evenings.

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    Stef is a current MA Journalism Student at The University of Salford writing for a couple of sources. He also has his own website over at Jajecznyk WordPress. Music is a passion of Stef’s and in his spare time he’s always checking out the latest musical trends. Follow him on twitter at @Jajecznyk

    Playlist #5 WC 1.5.17

    A little (a lot) late with this one. I’m going to apologise now for the lateness. It’s been such a manic week and this got pushed to one side. Shit happens.

    Anyway, here we have it. Have a listen. Tell me what you think of the songs. Some right corkers. 

    1. DIIV – Dopamine

    So I’ve heard of this band before, downloaded their album but only just recently listened to it. Wow. Why have innit listened to this before! Amazing!

    2. Beach Fossils – Saint Ivy

    Stumbled on this band in the “you may also like” after listening to DIIV. Dead good song! 

    3. Sonic Youth – Teen Age Riot

    All relating to DIIV here! They made me think of Sonic Youth so thought it’d be rude not to stick it in! 

    4. This Modern Hope – Tear Me Down

    Another new band on my radar. Some real good songs but this was one of my favourites! Hard to put my finger on how they sound as it’s a mix of a few! Either way, you’d be bonkers not to check these guys out! 

    5. The House of Love – Shine On

    Came on the radio during the week. Such a good song. 

    6. Flashguns – Come and See the Lights

    Decided to plug my old hard drive in to my laptop earlier in the week and go through what music I had one. Forgot about Flashguns. 

    7. The Joy Formidable – Austere

    Same as above. Can’t believe I forgot about this one!

    8. Blossoms – Blown Rose 

    Blossoms are just an incredible band. They’ve such a 90s sound which I love. Blown rose was the first song I heard of theirs almost 2 years back. Really summery. And my jammy ass brother saw them in Blind Tiger in Bolton before they were big! Ass hat. 

    9. Real Estate – Darling 

    10. Starland Vocal Band – Afternoon Delight

    Because why not? 🤷🏼‍♂️

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    Playlist #4 – 10.04.2017

    A day late! Very big apologies….got a little tied up yesterday afternoon!

    Anyway, here’s some music for ya. 

    1. The Cure – Boys don’t cry

    Great catchy song and some actually really touching lyrics. Totally relatable! 

    2. At The Drive-In – One Armed Scissor

    Dead punchy and a great song. 

    3. The Who – The Seeker

    My dad went watching The Who last week and it made me extremely jealous! So thought I’d chuck this song in here. It’s a class song. Best played loud. 

    4. Blur – My Terracotta Heart

    Such a chilled out song and actually a great album by Blur. There’s tonnes of great songs on this album but this is probably my favourite.

    5. Vega4 – You and Me

    Funny that I actually remembered this song this week after finding my old MySpace profile and seeing that I followed Vega4. Made me think of this song straight away.

    6. Darwin Deez – Radar Detector

    A really cool song and a really cool video too. I actually want to recreate the 360 degree cameras!

    7. CKY – Flesh Into Gear

    Just proper reminds me of Jackass and Tony Hawks. Had a big reminiscing session about Tony Hawks this week. Hopefully more to follow.

    8. The Slow Readers Club – I Saw A Ghost

    Actually my cousin that got me into this band. I just think this is a top song!

    9. Eagles of Death Metal – Wannabe in LA

    Josh Homme’s side project. Said they wanted a mix between the Eagles and death metal. Their songs are dead catchy and I’d recommend listening to their albums. 

    10. Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood

    Gorillaz released new music over the last couple of weeks. Wasn’t overly impressed at all. Thought I’d take it back to where it began. Buying it as a single and getting the video included on the disc! 
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    Come as you are, as you were..

    By PROJ (@onaproj)

    It’s been 23 years since Kurt Cobain, frontman for the *iconic* Nirvana, tragically took his own life. He would’ve been 50 now, and there are many more authorised than me that can comment on his tortured genius, anti-corporate attitude or enduring legacy. What I can share though, is how Kurt and his songs shaped my experience of music.

     

    Like many, the first time I heard Nirvana was through arguably their most recognised track ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ from 1991’s ‘Nevermind’. I mean, is there anyone left who hasn’t heard it by now?! And how many of us picked up a guitar, inspired to try and write our own 4-chord hit? (Or at least dance around our bedrooms pretending to be as cool as Kurt?) Aside from ‘In Bloom’ and ‘Lithium’ and other obvious hits, it contains my #1 Nirvana song of all time too, ‘Drain You’. Do yourself a favour and find it to listen to now, as you read this, and tell me that it isn’t the summation of everything Kurt wanted to produce musically.

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    It’s kind of ironic that Cobain, anti-supserstar, was awarded  the role of spokesman for Generation X, when he wore his influences openly across his music. He often remarked on how Pixies set the ‘quiet, loud, quiet’ template for his songwriting. Nirvana’s first album ‘Bleach’ was born out of the scuzz-rock of The Melvins and Mudhoney, while ‘Incesticide’ featured covers of Devo and Vaselines tracks – nodding to both electro-pop and jangly folksy inspiration – yet Kurt Cobain was often referred to as a grunge pioneer. I think many mean this as him opening the door for other Seattle-area bands, such as Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, to enter the mainstream consciousness.

     

    But it was this sense of accessibility that Kurt ultimately rallied against. The band’s final studio album ‘In Utero’ (my personal favourite) is a raw, abrasive, two-fingered salute to anyone expecting a repeat of Nevermind. Cobain’s dark humour is evident – titles such as ‘Radio Friendly Unit Shifter’ being subverted by huge walls of noise and  squeals of feedback, as you would expect from a Steve Albini recording. ‘Rape Me’, mistunderstood, is a brash and childish ‘fuck off’ to the labels and stations wanting another ‘Teen Spirit’. Still, you do get the gorgeous and mature ‘All Apologies’, which maybe points towards what could have been Nirvana’s future direction. In fact, their ‘Unplugged: Live in New York’ session (which again, includes a number of covers) showcases the band at their most stripped-back, and the quality of songwriting is allowed to come to the forefront. No screams or pedal-driven guitar effects. Just talent.

     

    Actually, as much as Cobain is painted as a teen-angst poster boy, it’s his music that he would want to be remembered for – if he wanted to be remembered at all. I haven’t yet seen last year’s ‘Montage of Heck’ documentary, or read any of today’s probes into the man behind the music’. It’s the songs that I go back to, and they’re always Nirvana, and Kurt as they appeared in my musical upbringing..as I want them to be.