Sunday, 28 February 2010
Saturday, 27 February 2010
A fantastically summery song wholly inappropriate for the utterly shit weather currently afflicting Glasgow. It's odd how Welsh voices sound wonderful when singing but when speaking they speak total nonsense. The retard brother of the celtic family. Still what wonderful music they make.
Friday, 26 February 2010
Atmospheric Glasgwegian noir folk. I love the way the title is sung and the sound effect that sounds like a crow landing on the drum kit.
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
The best Pogues song not by the Pogues. An old flatmate of mine can this on a "Frosh" compilation many years ago and we listened to it with a regularity that would have been monotonous if this song wasn't so excellent.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Friday, 19 February 2010
Thursday, 18 February 2010
This is a wonderfully odd and moving song about the end of the world, and her vocals suit it perfectly. I also really like the xylophone intro.
Edited to note the fact that this song is sung by Lulu not Cilla Black as I originally wrote. My mind is not what it was.......
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Something new and interesting. A little bit Vampire Weekend, a little bit Fleet Foxes, a little bit Sea Shanty and a lot of great. I know nothing of them save this is their first single and they hail from Sydney Australia but I urge you to enjoy.
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
This one hit wonder belongs to a genre I like to call "Lazy Rock". It typically involves mid nineties American bands who singers sound like they can barely be bothered to go to the bathroom so all encompassing is their ennui. I still harbour a soft spot for this though, mainly because the way the singer pronounces "Candy" is pretty great.
Monday, 15 February 2010
This is great, firstly because it's got some amazing strings in the background but also because it's a pop song about a subject you don't hear much about. There's a million and one songs about heartbreak, but not so many about just getting on with your goddamn life.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Saturday, 13 February 2010
Very Stone Roses, Very Smiths, I'd stop short of saying very good, but It certainly has a profound appeal to that part of me that hid in his bedroom listening to CDs by the afore mentioned for many teenage hours.
Friday, 12 February 2010
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
I some point, I will write of my love of '69 Love Songs' by the Magnetic Fields. Suffice to say it's wonderful miracle of a thing. This song however was never a stand out for me though. So I was somewhat surprised to by absolutely capsized by this Peter Gabriel cover of it. In this interview Stephin Merrit wryly comments that "If I could sing like Peter Gabriel, I wouldn’t have to write songs." And it brings something to this tune that is indescribably potent.
Gabriel is often wrongly regarded as a world music obsessed joke, so it's good to seem him getting some of the credit he deserves.
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Monday, 8 February 2010
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Saturday, 6 February 2010
Friday, 5 February 2010
Thursday, 4 February 2010
The Beloved where formed after the following ad was placed in the NME. "I am Jon Marsh, founder member of the Beloved. Should you too wish to do something gorgeous, meet me in exactly three year's time at exactly 11am in Diana's Diner, Kings cross."
Three years later the Beloved were born. What I like about that is the lad had a plan, and he stuck do it. Good work.
This song, at the risk of engaging in rather indulgent mid nineties vernacular, is "blissed out". And though it may be more than a little cheesy, the saxophone at the end is tremendous.
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
I like this song because it displays a real joy in fatherhood. Given Wainwright's very public disputes with some of his children, I like because it shows just how complicated these things are. It's real possible to be a good father and a bad father simultaneously. Or a bad father while trying to be a good one. It will be know to most as the song that plays over the closing credits of knocked up, and like that film, is humorous and emotional all at the same time.
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Monday, 1 February 2010
Tremendous Irish Anger. Odd that was is a rather odd rocked up bit of Celtic grugdery, has become such a firm favourite with sports fans across the states though one can understand how it could be used to gee up fifty thousand drunken Bostonians.