Saturday, 11 February 2012
Valentine's Day is a tricky occasion for many of us to have live through. Whether you're 'in a relationship', 'happily single' or 'it's really complicated, seriously I couldn't explain to you what's going on between us if I had a million years' everyone wants to know what you're doing for Valentine's Day.
Are you going to waste £10 of you're hard-earned, or not really that hard-earned in my case since I work in media and stare at a screen for the majority of my day, money to see a truly, god-awful chick flick and receive a present that you honestly can find no use for.
It's fine if you like that kind of thing but for the cynical folk like me another second of this mindless lovefest cannot be tolerated. In the spirit of all things cynical I have whipped up a 15 track mixtape that features anti-love songs about heartbreak, cheating, lying and a whole lotta crying. That should stop you feeling lovesick.
1. February 14th- Huggy Bear
2. Beat Your Heart Out- The Distillers
3. No- Vivian Girls
4. Only Loved at Night- The Raincoats
5. I Love You Eddie- The Crystals
6. Single Again- The Fiery Furnaces
7. Love und Romance- The Slits
8. This Isn't It- Giant Drag
9. I'm Blue- Shangri-Las
10. Don't Wanna Hold Your Hand- thee headcoatees
11. A Real Man- Sleater-Kinney
12. Legs- PJ Harvey
13. I Don't Wanna Be Friends With You- Shop Assistants
14. Cheated Hearts- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
15 Girlfriends Don't Keep- Bratmobile
Monday, 26 December 2011
So it's the end of another year in music and, in my opinion, it's been a goodun'.
A year that featured Peej's astounding second Mercury prize win, Beyonce winning over a cynical Glastonbury crowd with sparkly pants and a whole lotta weave during her headline set and Warpaint's dreamy debut album is a year that should be celebrated and celebrated it will be.
And, yes I know there are slightly bigger music websites like Pitchfork and The Quietus that may be putting together an end of the year review but I believe nothing will top my review because I, dear readers, have Azealia Banks, Sneakpeek and Katy B. Nothing beats that hand.
NB. This mixtape is best enjoyed whilst getting ready for a New Year's Eve party complete with cheap wine and badly applied eye liner.
1. 212- Azealia Banks
2. Walk All Over Me- Sneakpeek
3. Bizness- Tune Yards
4. Undertow- Warpaint
5. The Words That Maketh Murder- PJ Harvey
6. My Mistakes- Eleanor Friedberger
7. Gulags For Slags- Suburban Mousewives
8. On a Mission- Katy B
9. Heaven- Emeli Sande
10. White Hot Fantasy- SPF 5000
11. Till The End Of Time- Beyonce
12. I Heard You Say- Vivian Girls
13. Mother Knows Best- Throwing Up
14. I'm Not Stupid- Cat's Eyes
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
I think everyone in the London blogosphere was at this gig but oh well here's my version.
The Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen was the scene where I witnessed probably the best gig of my life. To reach this high level of regard in my eyes you have to done these three things:
1. Shown me something new
2. Made me want to dance
3. Made me want to cry (In a I'm glad to be alive way not I want to die way that would be awful)
This gig had all three. Blue on Blue, D-Bird from An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump's side project, kicked things off and despite their guitarist going AWOL they were still amazing. It really made me wish I had found An Experiment on A Bird In The Air Pump before they broke up. Although it was pretty funny that while Dee was singing the drummer was just on his phone, chatting away. Occasionally he'd hit a cymbal or bang the snare but nothing else. I recommend checking this band out even if you haven't listened to An Experiment on A Bird In The Air Pump you'll still be blown away.
Veronica Falls were on next. They're a band that I've heard about non-stop which is both a good thing and a bad thing. I'll leave it to you to work out why. Veronica Falls were completely different to how I expected them to be. I thought they would be all about dark clothing, big fringes and singing about death but it was really more dreamy boy/girl vox which is cool but not what I expected.
Then came the Brooklyn noise pop darlings the Vivian Girls. By the time they walked on stage the crowd was tightly packed and a hoard of photographers crawled out of the depths of Shoreditch to snap the trio. Seemingly unaware of the throngs of screaming fans around them the girls casually walked through the crowd put down their bags and coats and played an amazing set.
While old material such as 'Tell The World' and 'Wild Eyes' still sounded as urgent and brilliant as ever the band went out on a limb and performed new material such as the brilliant 'Other Girl'. The band also played a lot from their second album 'Everything Goes Wrong' which I thought was great because it gave me the chance to love some of the songs on the album that I previously didn't dedicate that much time to.
The highlight of the night was their acapella cover of The Chantels 'He's Gone'. Everyone went crazy over it and rightly so because it was so dreamily sung it almost took me to another place. Just because I love you, and the Vivian Girls, here's a video of the band singing 'He's Gone' on the night so you can see what I saw and why I love them so much.
Walking Alone at Night
I Have No Fun
Can't Get Over You
He's Gone Acapella (The Chantels Cover)
Other Girl (New Song)
I Believe In Nothing
Never See Me Again
Before I Start To Cry
When I'm Gone
Tell The World
Saturday, 16 January 2010
This should have been published awhile ago, technically last year, but who cares since when were there rules for this end of the year lists. Who says they actually have to be made at the end of the year.
Here my recap of the last decade in music. I think it's been a good'un myself.
1. Fuck The Pain Away- Peaches2. Big Exit- PJ Harvey
3. Bootylicious- Destiny's Child
4. Keep on' Livin- Le Tigre
5. Combat Rock- Sleater-Kinney
6. Crazy in Love- Beyonce
7. Maps- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
8. TKO- Le Tigre
9. The Beer- Kimya Dawson
10. The Fox- Sleater-Kinney
11. Single Again- The Fiery Furnaces
12. Back to Black- Amy Winehouse
13. Lust in the Movies- The Long Blondes
14. Declare Independence- Bjork
15. Paper Planes- M.I.A
16. Animal Imagination- Glass Candy
17. Where Do You Run To- Vivian Girls
18. Transformer- Marnie Stern
19. Golden Phone- Micachu
20. Shelter- The xx
21. Zero- Yeah Yeah Yeahs