I haven’t posted here for a whole year. Turns out 2015 got really busy. But in an effort to start blogging-for-fun-and-not-for-work again, I made a mixtape for when it’s Christmas but you’re sick of Christmas songs.
It’s got some Death Cab, some David Bazan, bit of Ryan Adams, some Sharon Jones. It might come in handy after you’ve listened to the Low Christmas Album for the hundredth time.
Until 2016, guys!
Or rather, I made a mix for late November days.
Deciding what to listen to in November is always a dilemma for me. After Halloween it’s the one month of the year that I’m not really interested in hearing punk rock songs/songs with monsters in. Couple that with the fact that it’s still way too early to start with the Christmas theme, and you’ll see the problem.
Round this time of year I always return to slightly dreamy indie, americana stuff. Like the last wave of melancholy before festivities set in.
So, here’s what I’m listening to this year:
It’s that time of year again.
Here’s a mix that’s better for staying in and watching the leaves fall, than going outside and stomping them.
Mostly composed of late 90s/early 00s indie rock and emo, it’s best served with the first hot chocolate of the season and a good book.
Are upon us.
Spring is just around the corner and soon everything will stop being so grey and cold and start being green and fresh and we’ll want to go outside again. Instead of wishing the last month or two of Winter away, I suggest we savour it before it’s time to pack away the extra blankets and casserole dishes.
The only logical thing to do was to make a mixtape.
It’s a heady mix of indie rock/americana/alt country type stuff and perfect for falling asleep wrapped in goose down (I tested this out)
I took the picture on Hampstead Heath during some rare London snowfall.
I watched the Parenthood Season 4 finale this morning and I’m already missing the Bravermans. I wish this weren’t true, but it is. This season was incredible. Pretty much every episode was an emotional roller-coaster, AND I like Kristina now, which I never thought would happen. I still think it’s a bit off they kept Haddie in the dark though. I know that there are more of you like me out there, wondering how you’re going to live without your weekly dose of everyone’s favourite fictional family. So to try and help us through these dark times until we hear whether it’s been renewed for a fifth season or not, I’ve made an epic 4 hour long Spotify playlist of songs that were featured in season 4. Re-live Kristina telling Adam she has cancer! (I can never listen to Iron & Wine the same way) Ryan and Amber’s break-up! the Hank, Sarah, Mark love triangle! Drew at the abortion clinic! Max and the vending machines! I hope this helps and doesn’t make you too sad. Oh, and if you’re not familiar with Parenthood, then I wrote all about why you need to watch it now
As this is such a rare occurrence for London, I decided to mark the occasion with a mix.
All of the songs are snow related – it’s pretty slow and good for listening to while the white stuff falls. Ideally on a sofa with blankets and a cuddle buddy.
I know I didn’t post best of year lists here last year, mostly it’s because I’m old and happy and I don’t feel like I have to tell everyone everything anymore. That being said, if I had made a best of year music list, then the Field Report record would definitely have been on it, probably very near the top.
Do you know the deal with Field Report? Chris Porterfield, who used to be known as Conrad Plymouth but morphed into Field Report a couple of years ago, is simply amazing. (Oh, and he used to be in a band with Bon Iver, back in the day, but don’t let that put you off)
Anyway, Field Report recently did a session at a gorgeous chapel at Colorado College (so down with bands playing in chapels) and the lovely people at Fuel/Friends were kind enough to post a video of first track off the record “Fergus Falls” and I’ve posted it here for your viewing pleasure.
So, watch, fall in love and if you want to, click here for a download of the whole session.
The only celebration I’m interested in this ridiculous holiday is a celebration of the awesomeness that is the Afghan Whigs reformation.
A week ago today as the conclusion of the wonder that was ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror I got to see the Whigs. This was kind of a big deal for me as I didn’t get to see them when they were together the first time around. I’ve seen Twilight Singers a few times, but never the Whigs, and I have LOVED them since I was 13. Like, I can tell you that the almost unidentifiable sound at the very beginning of the Gentlemen LP is actually a microphone being held out of the window as they drive across the bridge into the city, that kind of love.
So yes, big deal. And they were mind blowing. Unfortunately they attracted a bunch of dicks (really, moshing? really? we’re in our thirties at the youngest guys, give it the fuck up)
They were tighter than I’ve ever heard them, and God they looked good. Being old works for them. I think it’s pretty well documented how good Dulli’s voice has gotten since he quite smoking, but you should see it for yourself. It’s pretty phenomenal.
Oh, and he’s HOT again, gone is fat slightly wasted at all times Dulli, he’s been replaced by a together, skinnier altogether more dapper incarnation. This new Greg is perfectly suited to the songs that he’s singing you, they’re even more effective now than they were when he was in his twenties. Middle age suits the Afghan Whigs, this is who they were always supposed to be.
The set was a heady mix of hits of everything from I’m Her Slave era, right through to a couple of 1965 classics. Alongside the core three were a variety of piano/string/vocal types, which really made everything from Black Love onwards, sound incredible.
I think I actually swooned when I heard the drums for the opening of Gentlemen start…
Anyway, I’m going to stop talking and leave you with the entire show from Primavera that someone very kindly posted a couple of days ago. It’s awesome. Probably the best thing you can do with an hour this Jubilee Sunday. Watch it and rediscover the best band in the world. Ever.
Um, guys. Cursive and Cymbals Eat Guitars covering Hey Jealousy.
I’ve had dreams that were less good than this.
Tim Kasher really “Cursives” it up, I’m warning you.
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Man, I LOVE the AV club.
There’s a new Caitlin Rose video, it’s for the song Piledriver Waltz that she recorded for Record Store Day this year. It’s a cover of the Alex Turner song – and it’s so good it made me like it, and I really hate Alex Turner.
It’s nice to hear something new from Caitlin, even if it is only a cover.