Forward to the Past and Spotify Playlists!

4 11 2011

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder – a fact that is certainly true when it comes to this blog. I miss having the time to put the effort in properly like I was able to do earlier this year. I do feel a bit guilty about fudging up the postaday challenge – hopefully next year they’ll repeat it, and I’ll be able to take another swing… something which is already a new years resolution…

In the mean time though, the best I can do is to try and capitalise on free time to make something of this blog again – which is what I’m doing whilst I have a few days off -Wahey!

A long time ago I mentioned about playlists using Spotify, but didn’t post up many due to the restricted access of spotify. Now it has launched state side and you can get onto the service for free (albeit limited) I’m going to go full steam ahead with the playlisting thing… So without further a do… I present to you Volume 1 of an ongoing series I’m calling A Musical Alphabet.

A Musical Alphabet Vol 1

Track Artist
Fascination Alphabeat
Mr. Pinstripe Suit Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Welcome Christina Aguilera
I Walk Beside You Dream Theater
No Stone Unturned Europe
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Data Remix) Fredrika Stahl
Wake Me Up When September Ends Green Day
You Don’t Know My Mind Hugh Laurie
Baby Don’t Cry INXS
Empire State Of Mind JAY-Z
All These Things That I’ve Done The Killers
Possibility Lykke Li
Roll Away Your Stone Mumford & Sons
Life Is Life Noah And The Whale
Here It Goes Again OK Go
Romantic Type The Pigeon Detectives
Let Me Live – 2011 Remaster Queen
Oh What A World Rufus Wainwright
Affirmation Savage Garden
Hey, Soul Sister Train
Everything About You Ugly Kid Joe
Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve
The Cross Within Temptation
Crystalised The xx
Death Of Samantha Yoko OnoPorcupine Tree
Gimme All Your Lovin’ ZZ Top

Get the playlist here:

Some of these tracks have been featured previously on this blog whilst I was running my A Song A Day project earlier this year, some you may not have heard before — but I urge you to check this playlist out, as there is some great music inside.

A Song A Day: May 1st – It’s Time To Agitate

1 05 2011

May? It’s May already? Blimmin’ heck time is moving fast. Seems like only yesterday I was setting up this blog and thinking about some of the music I’ll be able to post and the fun that I will no doubt be having… and still having! It’s nearly 6pm now as I’m sat here writing this, and earlier this year, and what feels like last week it’ll be pitch black outside and the night would of been settled in. I’m looking out my window and there is plenty of daylight, the trees are full of leaves and it’s summer is right around the corner. I’ve had a weird combination of cold and hayfever the past few days – it’s outstayed it’s welcome and I’m not a big fan of blocked noses, especially at night!!!

Anyway… I’m really looking forward to May because it’s when I start my new job! I’m going to be working at my local primary school one day a week – helping to keep their website ticking over. I’m super excited and greatful for the oppotunity.

I’m going to kick May off with some new music from a trio who go by the monkier ‘The Agitator’ – I’m not 100% sure what to class them as but alternative covers it some what. They’re very upfront and in your face… in a good way. It’s ‘no frills’ music. I’ve only heard a couple of tracks from them via spotify, but the one which has had me reaching for the replay button a-plenty is one track called ‘Give Me All That You Got!’

The song is an absolute stonker of a tune. Simple and minimalistic in design with just vocals and percussion. Rip-roaring it’s nature and instantly infectious. Derek, the singer has one meaty pair of lungs at his disposal and he chocks out his words with a stark and somewhat refreshing conviction. I really hope that this group takes off.

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A Song A Day – Vintage Trouble: You’re new favourite band…

24 04 2011

Don’t you just love it when you discover a new band? The answer is of course yes, and last night I discovered a group who completely blew me away. I was watching the repeat of the Jools Holland show (which is always worth a watch) and one of the bands which he featured went by the name of Vintage Trouble. Considering they only had a few minutes to perform their songs they completely stole the show for me, even taking a bit of thunder away from Hugh Laurie (yes…the actors) musical performances (which were decent also, as was the whole show to be honest) but like I say… Vintage Trouble were the stand out band.

When I put my computer on this morning, after the obligatory email/Facebook reading I straight away fired up Spotify and searched for them. They sound just as good on the album as they did live on the show. The bands sound is a mixture of blues rock and soul music. The singer possess a superb voice and has a stage confidence which channels the spirit of James Brown. Throw in some tasty blues guitar work, and a healthy dose of groove and you get the Vintage Trouble sound. However, don’t just read this… Play the video below of Nancy Lee then go out and buy The Bomb Shelter Sessions Album. Seriously. It might just be the best disc you buy all year.

March 19th – Discoverer

19 03 2011

Don’t you just love those wonderful little moments in life where you are completely lost in the moment? I was sat at my computer tonight, deep in spotify listening to music and playlisting songs together. Delved into a few film soundtracks, and some computer game songs to boot! It’s also comic relief tonight, so I’ve been watching that on mute also. There was one of the most brilliant sketches on there involving some of the biggest celebs in the world, actors, musicians, MP’s, presenters, comedians etc. They ranged from Gordon Brown to Justin Bieber via Paul McCartney and Keira Knightley. When it’s on youtube, i’ll link it up here, it’s well worth a watch.

Anyway, onto todays song. This is from another recent release which I first heard on Spotify. I think I listened to the album 3 times the first day. Collapse into now is a true return to form (not they ever really lost it to be fair, but it’s more of a classic REM sound if you know what I mean) from the Atlanta trio. I’m a big fan of REM’s work, and it’s nice to hear they’re firing on all cylinders. Around The Sun was good, Accelerate didn’t get much rotation for me, but Collapse Into Now hit the nail right on the head.

I saw a trailer/preview on youtube of the band playing in a room together and the music was just flowing. You could tell that something was clicking, and since then I’ve been excited for the album. Peter Buck came out afterwards and gave some traditional ‘best album yet’ comments, which, whilst leaving me excited, made me think the usual ‘can it live up to the hype’ type thoughts.

It did…

The track I’m presenting here today, is the first track of Collapse Into Now called Discoverer.

Hey baby this is not a challenge
It just means that I love you
As much as I always said I did
I was wrong
I have been laughable wrong
Sandpaper, paper, mache, chalk
And hung out wet

On the city and your skin now
I didn’t have to be afraid
I didn’t have to feel so stupid
I can see myself
I can feel


That just the slightest bit of finesse
Might have made a little less mess
But it was what it was
Let’s all get on with it now
Discover (repeats)


Floating across Houston
This is where I am
I see the city rise up tall
The opportunities and possibilities
I have never felt so called
Remember the vodka espresso
Night of discovery
Remember that


Oh how I look back and reflect
How I felt it
How it set
I don’t have to feel so wrong now
I wake up dreaming saffron
Turmeric and brass


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