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.

Playlist #3 – 03.04.2017

Playlist number 3 for ya.

1. Brand New – Sowing Season

Such a great song and a good album too. “I am on the mend. At least I can say I’m trying. And I hope you will forget things I lack”.

2. The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black

An old classic. Came on the radio this week and I’ve not been able to get it out my head. Deserving of being in the playlist this week.

3. Tapes ‘n Tapes – Cowbell

Nothing more than a dead catchy song and something a little bit different.

4. Ben Howard – Only Love

Just over 5 years since I saw Ben Howard for the first time in Leeds Uni student union. I love this song. Its so chilled and just beautiful. Some great lyrics too.

5. Lucy Rose – Shiver

A dead romantic song for me and a really touching video too. A gentleman reminiscing over a past lover, their love for each other and some amazing times they had. Or at least that’s my interpretation anyway.

6. Saint Raymond – Fall At Your Feet

Really good band and album. Stumbled across Saint Raymond at Leeds Festival a few years back. Nothing else on so checked out the BBC introducing stage. Love this particular song immediately.

7. Lucy Rose – Lines

Lucy Rose makes a second appearance in this weeks playlist. Ive listened to her first album a few times this week. Its special. Shes an amazing singer and very good live too!

8. Nick Mulvey – Cucurucu

I just really like this song. Nick Mulvey is a dead talented artist. The rest of his album is great. Nitrous is also worth a mention.

9. Silversun Pickups – Lazy Eye

Soft. Loud. Soft. Amazing.

10. Alt-J – In Cold Blood

One of my favourite bands and a band with real meaning to me. Their new song couldn’t have come at a better time for me. See more here.

 

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Playlist #2 – 27.03.2017

So, into week number 2 of my weekly playlist. 10 songs that I’ve listened to and hit me in some way.

1. Taking Back Sunday – What’s it feel like to be a ghost.

Great opener to this album and reminds me of meeting a friend at Ukrainian camp about 12/13 years ago! Back when life was care free. Inspired lyrics Louder now, right now for my other blog.

2. The Offspring – Come out and play

Got into this album recently and this was just one of the more catchy songs on it for me! Love that it’s also about gang culture.

3. Queens of the Stone Age – Song for the dead

I firmly believe that this album changed my life. I remember hearing No One Knows in the playground at school and just thinking “wow”! Song for he dead is just everything you want. Heavy guitars, solid drum intro. Heavy and loud.

4. Modest Mouse – Float on

Such a catchy song and great band. Just forget all of your troubles and float on!

5. Coldplay – What If

This is probably my favourite Coldplay album (back when I considered them good. Controv) and a great song from that. I guess it just reflects my feelings at the moment of the anxiety and what ifs? The lyrics are amazing to me and it’s just a lovely song.

6. Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence

“All I ever wanted. All I ever needed was here in my arms”.

7. The White Stripes – Icky Thump

Love The White Stripes and I love comics. So when this song popped up on the Justice League trailer it got me fully into the swing of them again. Such a punchy and just class song.

8. Django Django – Default

June 2013. We were on holiday in Croatia travelling to Montenegro. I had this cd on for the drive. I remember going over the mountains and just having the most amazing view in front. Even more beautiful was the view of the person in the passenger seat.

9. Foo Fighters – Aurora

Foo Fighters are one of, if not my favourite band. Not one of their more popular songs but it’s just beautiful. “I just kinda died for you. You just kinda stared at me”.

10. Death Cab for Cutie – Long Division

A bit of an out there break up song that I kinda relate to. Just me!

11.The xx – Say Something Loving

Just read the lyrics.

 

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