Remember this? Well now I’m doing a theme version. Theme versions are cool now.
Anyway: Bob Dylan. Show of hands: Who doesn’t like Bob Dylan?
For those of you with your hands in the air now: please use your raised hand to punch yourself in the face. You’re wrong. He’s a genius and one of the most important songwriters of the 20th century.
Anyway: send in the clowns and whatnot:
Anthony & The Johnsons - Knocking on Heaven’s Door
Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower
So Say We All.
Metric - Don’t Think Twice, It’s Allright
Very much aware that I already posted this, thank you.
Sufjan Stevens - Ring Them Bells
Another one from the wonderful I’m Not There Soundtrack. If you like this sort of thing definitely check it out [Amazon].
Rage Against The Machine - Maggie’s Farm
Janis Joplin - Dear Landlord
I don’t really know what’s going in this song, but I kinda fell in love with it yesterday.
So you MAY have noticed a glaring lack of communication on my part. Apologies.
It seems that lately I’ve been spending my music time more and more on creating intricate concept-playlists than writing about it. So I thought: Why not combine the two?
So I present to you: the first installment of what I’m sure will be a series of many many posts untill I forget about them: Spotiphiliac: Gnarly Bro
I bet you forgot about that guy
I came across Dick Dale’s Miserlou whilst making another one of my awesome playlists. (Which I might write about at some point) And thought just got way into the sound. So I did a bunch of research, trying to find the pioneers, champions and other honoraries of the surf-rock genre.
Turns out: there’s not that many.
So halfway through (I try to make playlists about an hour long, for unspecified reasons) I kinda ran out of original/different enough songs to put on there. But then I remembered that surf-rock kinda had a comeback back in 2010 (Ah, the good old days. Vuvuzelas and a massive crush on Alexis Krauss). And so my playlist and dignity was saved. And bonus: contrasting old-timey garage-rocky guitarriffs and dreamy hipsterpop from 2 years ago sounds totally radical.
Oh wow. It has been… a while. Apologies go out to all those affected.
Better come back strong, I guess. So today: Alexander Wolfe. Someonewho, it shames me to say, I hadn’t heard of before today.
Skeletons is the first single from his forthcoming sophomore album, coincidentally also called Skeletons. And it is nothing if not awe-inspiring. The chorus kills with kindness and the whole song sticks like the bit of chewing gum that’s been stuck to your shoe for ages now.
Indie-folk, which by now is the most loosely defined genre since “rock”, might not be breaking any doors down anymore. But Alexander Wolfe brings a heartbreaking tenderness en genuineness, both in performance and songwriting, that a lot of other singer/songwriters seem to be lacking. 7 thumbs up for this guy.
Skeletons (the album, not the song) comes out in september and I expect you all to be sitting on the edge of your seat until then, or I’d be very dissapointed. And check out his first album Morning Brings a Flood in the meantime.
Holy fuckballs it’s new year’s already. Right then: time to get too excited about tonight’s plans. Get too drunk, too fast and miss the whole thing.
I’ll try to contain my enthousiasm here, cause I am very much aware that most of you aren’t all that much into comics/graphic novels. But this is unironically “Da bomb”. Scott Pilgrim meets Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity and throw some dark fantasy in there, that approximates the awesomeness that is Phonogram.
The writing is ridiculously dense with references to anything from The Smiths to X-Ray Spex. And if you’re not familiar with the inner workings of say Britpop or Riot Grrl you’re pretty lost until you read it for the second or third time around (The glossary at the end is quite helpful, not to mention funnier than the Heinz Automato)
The amount of bands mentioned is overwhelming and for a curious person such as myself I’ve hardly found the time to check out everything these gods of pop-music have presented me. As an initial effort I compiled this Spotify playlist with most of the things that I had never heard about and some things I had heard about, but nowhere near enough. If you don’t have spotify: 1) Get it. 2) Here’s Common People. Consider it a consolation priz.