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Sunday Swoon. July 15th

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Feels like it’s been a massively busy week in terms of the very favourite thing I like to submerge myself in, the thing that helps me completely ignore all those nagging questions I like to put off. Questions like why haven’t I wrote a book yet, whats the meaning of life, could I ever become a proper vegetarian, should I risk the handwash cycle on the washing machine? Music, wonderful music. My excuse to ever procrastinate and drown out the nagging voices in my head.

1. Full post of Bruce Springsteen to follow, for now I am still in that lovely haze of a gig high so will save my words for another day. For now listen to this lovely stripped down version of Thunder Road that he opened with. Perfection.

2. Lianne La Havas released Is Your Love Big Enough this week and it’s instantly become the soundtrack to a new chapter in my life. To hear the storytelling of her loves and loses at the tender age of 22 shows a true life wisdom. Feels like it’s a womans world in the music industry this year, makes me immensely proud. I believe we’ll be talking about this lady in the same breath as Joni Mitchell, Lauryn Hill and Marianne Faithful as the years roll by.

3. I imagine I’m not alone in being batshit happy about the return of Bloc Party this week? Octopus is exactly what I’d have described had someone asked me what I’d want from their return track. Ferociously fast strummed guitars, that constant thud of drums that drowns out your own heartbeat and Kele’s honey vocals drizzling effortlessly above the noise. Perfection.

4. One of my very favourite bands Summer Camp (live, for their album Welcome to Condale and general understated brilliance)released their Always EP this week to help tide us over with new material. Love the underlying menace and sneering in title track Always. Dark.

5. A couple of weeks ago Frank Ocean posted poetic and brave words about falling in love with a man on his Tumblr. As a result I suspect people who hadn’t even heard of Odd Future, and many who dismissed them, have sat up and taken notice of a refreshingly vulnerable and honest performer. The release of Channel Orange was brought forward and it truly is brilliant. Comedic, fragile and clever.

July 10th Mixtape – 2012 Challenge

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Around this time last year Marc listed his top 25 tracks of the year so far and challenged me to do the same. This year we’ve only bloody well done it again, and below are the tracks that have very much floated my boat during the first half of 2012, a smattering of them the same as his list produced. You’ll probably guess from the running order that they’re in no particular order, given Sharon Van Etten follows on from Azealia Banks being one good example of my inability to pick a favourite.

Beach House @ Village Underground

At the end of the year I compiled my top 50 tracks and will look to do the same this year if I’m still whittling on and boring you via this blog. One thing I am utterly certain of (and I seem to be uncertain of so much these days) is Beach House will still be there come December, this album captured every single cell in my body.

You can play this mixtape on Spotify or YouTube. Enjoy!

            1. Savages – Husbands
            2. Beach House – New Year
            3. Kindness – House
            4. Santigold – Disparate Youth
            5. Grimes – Oblivion
            6. The Maccabees – Feel To Follow
            7. Hot Chip – Motion Sickness
            8. Sleigh Bells – Comeback Kid
            9. Crybaby – We’re Supposed To Be In Love
            10. Kwes – Bashful
            11. Twin Shadow – Five Seconds
            12. Azealia Banks – 212
            13. Sharon Van Etten – Leonard
            14. Mary Epworth – Black Doe
            15. Friends – Mind Control
            16. Polica – Dark Star
            17. Lucy Rose – Red Face
            18. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Garden
            19. Two Wounded Birds – To Be Young
            20. Chromatics – Kill For Love
            21. Zulu Winter – Silver Tongue
            22. Julia Holter – In The Same Room
            23. Alabama Shakes – I Found You
            24. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero’s – Man On Fire
            25. Lianne La Havas – Lost & Found

May 2nd Mixtape

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I’ve been having one of those weeks where I’ve been immersed in music, my headphones haven’t left my head as I’ve been sat at my desk (working 9 – 6 so I have it one hour worse than Parton). This mixtape is an attempt to sum up what I seem to have been listening the most. Kwes and Beach House notching up the most plays.

You can play on Spotify or YouTube and then once you’re done listening dash off to your local record store and treat yourself to whomever you toe-tapped the most to. Enjoy.

  1. Daughter – Home
  2. Zulu Winter – Silver Tongue
  3. Kwes – Bashful
  4. Cornershop – What Did The Hippie Have In His Bag?
  5. White Rabbits – Temporary
  6. Lianne La Havas – Lost & Found
  7. Cate Le Bon – Fold The Cloth
  8. Hollie Cook – Milk & Honey Dub
  9. Hooded Fang – Tosta Mista
  10. Alt J – Breezeblocks
  11. Tom Williams & The Boat – Teenage Blood
  12. Grimes – Genesis
  13. Jack White – Sixteen Saltines
  14. Foe – A Handsome Stranger Called Death
  15. Best Coast – The Only Place
  16. Beach House – Myth
  17. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero’s – Man On Fire
  18. Santigold – The Riots Gone

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Written by Anon PA

May 2, 2012 at 9:17 am