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Weekend Playlist #4

The last week has been filled with thrills and spills all thanks to Radiohead. A completely out of the blue announcement on Monday for new album The King of Limbs, a tweet indicating an announcement in Japan on Friday and then the album being pushed forward by twenty-four hours for release, it’s all been happening. Many people including me believe there will be a second half to The King of Limbs. The last song is called Seperator, with the last lyric being ‘If you think this is over then you’re wrong’, TKOL is unusually short compared to the other seven albums and the newspaper edition of the album, out in May, has two 10″ vinyls included, space for plenty more material.

Unfortunately the album isn’t available on Spotify but I have included the brilliant song Lotus Flower on the Youtube playlist. Have a gander at this:

Bright Eyes – Shell Games

The second track off of new album The People’s Key. A slightly more contemporary direction for Conor Oberst, his cryptic poetry going from strength to strength.

The Smiths – Rubber Ring

A favourite off of the album The World Won’t Listen. Another classic Andy Rourke funk bass-line with a great melody.

Anna Calvi – Blackout

Anna Calvi might be a newcomer but her song-writing skills are second-to-none. Predicted big things for 2011 and quite rightly so.

Radiohead – Lotus Flower (YOUTUBE ONLY)

Perhaps the best video of all time, Thom Yorke is a magician. The song gets better and better after each listen and this might just be the beginning…

Royksopp – Sparks

I found this in my vinyl collection recently and completely forgot about its greatness. Put this on and chill out.

Written on the Forehead – PJ Harvey

Off of her new critically acclaimed album Let England Shake, this song uses a sample from Niney the Observer’s Blood and Fire, a great reggae song about, basically, the apocalypse. Nice. The whole album is great and is a personal insight into Harvey’s schizophrenic views of her home country.

Gil Scott Heron and Jamie xx – NY Is Killing Me

Jamie xx has been on the fire over the last six months and his run of form is set to continue with the release of We’re New Here, which I mentioned in the last post. Check out the bass on this badboy.

Jenny Lewis – Carpetbaggers

Sometimes you get these moments of revelation when you get a good song on iTunes shuffle. This was due to one of those moments. Jenny Lewis and Elvis Costello sound excellent together on this song, Costello’s voice is faultless.

James Blake – Wilhelms Scream

Okay, okay, i’m sure you’ve got an RSS feed going into overload because of this song, but I had to end the playlist with this. The internet set on fire when people realised this song was taken from one of Blake’s dads songs, Where to Turn. Who cares where it came from though, the song is beautiful.

SPOTIFY: Weekend Playlist #4

YOUTUBE: Weekend Playlist #4


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Weekend Playlist #3

These past two weeks have been slow-paced in terms of new music. There have been a few releases – namely The Joy Formidable’s ‘Big Roar’, The Go Team’s ‘Rolling Blackouts’ and Destroyer’s ‘Kaputt’ – which I have enjoyed, but nothing has stood out. In other music news, Death from Above 1979 have issued an official reunion statement and The White Stripes have officially split up, although why this is a surprise to anyone is beyond me. The last time they played live was in 2007 and Jack White is balancing more side projects and production commitments than he’s had hot dinners, thus making it fairly impossible to ever continue with The White Stripes in a big way. However, we salute Jack and Meg in this fortnight’s Playlist and despite only having six tracks, I believe this Playlist is short and sweet.

The White Stripes – Fell in Love With a Girl

In celebration of their departure, we kick off the playlist with the song that, for me, summed them up as a band perfectly.

Bright Eyes – Coat Check Dream Song

In anticipation of the release of ‘The People’s Key’, I’ve been listening a lot to Oberst’s back catalogue. Coat Check Dream Song is a really interesting song off Cassadaga, I love the rhythm, the instrumentation and the washed-out, echoey atmosphere.

The Joy Formidable – Austere

My favourite song off ‘The Big Roar’, The Joy Formidable don’t seem to be trying anything new or innovative, but they have a massive sound! Throughout the album there are moments where you wonder how they can create such a noise with only three members.

Flying Lotus – Tea Leaf Dancers

Flying Lotus filled in for Benji B last week on Radio 1 with an amazing Brainfeeder special and ever since I have had FlyLo’s LP’s and EP’s on rotation. Tea Leaf Dancers is off his ‘Reset EP’ and is an amazingly chilled-out song. Flying Lotus did a session last year at Radio 1’s Maida Vale studios and this is one of the songs he did complete with a live band. If anyone has a full video of it, I would hugely appreciate it, all I can find are teaser videos!

Thrice – Come All You Weary

I’ve been listening to their ‘Live at the House of Blues’ album alot recently for no particular reason apart from the fact that they are an amazing live band and this album has a great set list that shows just how versatile they are as a band. Come All You Weary is a perfect weekend song.

Death From Above 1979 – Blood On Our Hands

And we close on another celebratory note! Listen to this song and you will quickly realize why so many people are excited about their reunion.


I’ve done it slightly differently this week, but this is MUCH more effective. Instead of putting a Youtube link every song title, I have made a Youtube playlist so you can just press play and let it work it’s magic. Amazing, ey?

YOUTUBE LINK: Weekend Playlist #3

SPOTIFY LINKWeekend Playlist #3



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Weekend Playlist #2

Here is the second installment of Weekend Playlist, and trust me there will be many more to come. These ten songs I have compiled over the last two weeks, so sit back, relax, get a coffee and listen to these beauties. It’s the weekend after all.

British Sea Power – Who’s In Control?

The first anti-coalition song that I’ve heard, anyway. SAVE THE LIBRARIES!

The Strokes – Red Light

Fresh off of their announcement of new album ‘Angles’, one of my favourite Strokes songs. The guitar work = bliss.

Monsters of Folk – Temazcal

One of the most beautiful songs ever. M. Ward sings on the above version, Conor Oberst sings on the album version. I strongly recommend you watch the video.

Yeasayer – Sunrise

After listening to ‘Live at Ancienne Belgique’ over the past two weeks, this had to get a mention.

Lil Wayne ft. Corey Gunz – 6 Foot 7 Foot (Edited Version)

Unfortunately, only the edited version is available on Spotify. I’m not a fan of everything Lil Wayne does, but this is infectious.

Mew – Snow Brigade

I’ve previously mentioned Mew’s ‘Eggs Are Funny’ and whilst it is extremely hard to pick one song off of the whole album, this song has a very, very, veeeery catchy chorus.

The Decemberists – Down By The Water

The Decemberists released their sixth studio album ‘Down By The Water’ on Monday, and this is one of the album’s highlights, for me.

Outkast – Church

I don’t even need to say anything about this song.

Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

Inspired from a playlist Everything Everything compiled for The Independent, this is an absolute classic.

She and Him – Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?

A sweet song to end on, I started listening to this song after watching their new video for ‘Don’t Look Back’. Plus, it’s Zooey Deschanel, duuuuh!

SPOTIFY LINK: Weekend Playlist #2
Hope you enjoy it. Do be sure to listen to it via Spotify, ideally!

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Weekend Playlist #1

Happy Saturday to you all. I’m starting a new ‘Weekend Playlist’ feature which will probably be fortnightly, featuring my favourite songs from the last two weeks. It will be a mix of new bands, golden oldies or songs that I am just really liking at the time. I will be describing each song in a minimal number of words, each song having a Youtube link and also a link to the playlist on Spotify at the end of each post. Here goes…

1. Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers

Single from forthcoming album. Catchy chorus, a certain big single for 2011.

2. Sleigh Bells – Infinity Guitars

May recognize from E4 advert. Brutal, in-your-face punk that i’m scared will blow my speakers soon.

3. James Blake – Footnotes

A song I barely understand, but can’t stop listening to.

4. Caribou – Jamelia

A beautiful song for your lazy Sunday. Just listen to the vocal melody.

5. Luther Vandross – Never Too Much

My favourite funk-soul classic. Saturday night party music.

6. Warpaint – Undertow

My (only) favourite Warpaint song. Lazy song with some attractive vocal work.

7. A Tribe Called Quest – Jazz (We’ve Got)

Because no one’s musical artillery is complete without some vintage hip-hop beats.

8. James Blake – Limit To Your Love

Haven’t stopped listening to this for at least two weeks.

9. Kanye West – Homecoming

Probably his most under-rated track.

10. Beach House – Zebra

A great track to end on. Uplifting, emotive, excellent.

Here is the Spotify playlist to enjoy the whole playlist: Weekend Playlist #1.

If you have any requests to put into the next Weekend Playlist just let me know and they may well feature.

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