Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Lovely Pairs

Lovely Pairs indeed.  Thought I'd shake things up a bit on the ol' playlist this month...

I've found dozens - hundreds almost - of great songs via Spotify Discover.  However, it's been much more disappointing when I've gone to investigate a track I like by looking up the artist - it's pretty rare to find even one other track as good as the one I originally liked.  So this month, it's Lovely Pairs - artists where there are at least two songs I loved.  Namely...

Man Without Country, Bow To Each Other, I Break Horses, Electric Youth, Funkstörung. Prince Rama (bonkers), Tiny Deaths, Christine and the Queens, HÆLOS, Tamaryn, Vök and of course Mew.

But wait, no wait, that's not all.  These are all new discoveries to me this year - not all released this year, but most are pretty recent, so that means for the first time it's an 80's/90's-free month.  Also I couldn't  get down to 20 with these, so there's a whole 24.  And I had to keep Mew in there... always Mew.... one 2016 song, and another new version of the sublime Water Slides.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

August summary sunny playlist



As I look out at a grey August UK sky, and stare hopefully at the 10 day forecast, this is an act of sheer will.  Was particularly fun putting this lot together, all songs that say summer to me in one way or another - sunny, lazy etc.  More guitars than usual this month, but not exclusively of course... and hey, Kylie is in there!  Along with The Naked and Famous, Foster The People, the Manics, La Roux, Bow To Each Other...  A lovely set, if I do say so myself.


Thursday, 14 July 2016

The All Clear

...and here it is, the debut album The All Clear. There's songs about the joys, trials and tribulations of going to the movies (obviously); musical failures (obviously); psychopaths; the entire planet; Sarah Connor; depression in its various guises, gits, cults and time machines. There's ancient and modern, synths and guitars, daftness and sobriety, fish and chips*.
Due to me not understanding exchange rates, the album is also absurdly cheap - FOUR QUID (unless you're daft enough to get it from Apple). This means we'll have to sell WELL into double figures if Lucy is gonna buy a new pair of boots. But as always, I aim high. Come on everyone, let's buy Lucy a new pair of boots!
(*Only available if you also buy fish and chips.)




Here it also is on Spotify:

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Lost Songs - the video

After several abortive attempts, the Lost Songs video is finally a thing.  I made this daftness for anyone who was in a band or was friends with someone in a band. It’s for anyone who ever wrote a song in a bedroom and doubly so if they had the guts and / or foolishness to sing it in front of anyone. Because for every person who ever scraped a living out of this whole music lark, however briefly, there are 110 who never did (DISCLAIMER: I did just make that up. But it sounds plausible, right?)

So we proudly present nearly 4 epilepsy-inducing minutes about everything that is music-making, from cables to kebabs. It’s my celebration of – and my latest contribution to – artistic endeavour twinned with commercial failure.




Friday, 1 July 2016

July July

Actually had my act together for a playlist refresh on the first of the month.  20 tracks include olds from Voice of the Beehive, Siouxsie and the Banshees, A Flock of Seagulls, A-ha and Elsatica. Some truly splendid new(er) tracks from Cellars, Lowly, Tamaryn, Superhumanoids and Christine and the Queens. And, every month just as it should be, Mew.

Love doing these....



Sunday, 12 June 2016

Oh look, it's June

I never seem to get the new playlist out at the start of the month.  20 songs as disparate as ever - the rather splendid new Ladyhawke single kicks it off.  In fact there's quite a pop thing going on this month - Ladyhawke, Sugababes and even Rihanna (coupled with the theme from the excellent Girlhood - Diamonds features centre-stage in the movie and its great).  There's also more 90s than 80s this time, and the first in-playlist appearance of some chancers called After School Video Club.

Do follow the main playlist here if you're a Spotify user, and browse the archives on the right.


Thursday, 2 June 2016

Spotify CONQUERED!

Well that only took three months of my life, after thinking "hmm, that sounds a bit quiet".  Many wrong turns - and a flurry of at-best partially-accurate blog posts later - everything now sounds as it should. Rather than a regular post though, I've created a new permanent web page as a guide for other new bands that find themselves down this particular rabbit hole, and HERE IT IS.

In the meantime, the EP is now effectively re-released on all platforms.  Next, the album!