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The Letter ‘R’ Mixtape.

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The Letter R Mixtape.

Looking at the final ten I have so many memories of seeing these artists live. If rumours are to be believed then I may well be adding The Rolling Stones to that list at Glastonbury next year, a life’s dream achieved.

Roxy Music with a bunch of Mods at Isle of Wight Festival, R.E.M under the stars (honestly, that night is rather hazy, I know it ended with fireworks). Rufus Wainwright at Kenwood House, surrounded my middle-class picnics while we swigged cans of red stripe grinning at Helena Bonham-Carter. The Rakes at the 100 Club, ending in a very odd conversation with lead singer Alan Donohoe that still puzzles me to this day.

This was a tough one, aside from having to pick one track from some of the artists back catalogues featured I had a long list. Some of the artists I painfully left out including Randy Newman, The Raveonettes, Rod Stewart, Rebel MC and Rilo kiley.

You can play my letter R mixtape on Spotify or YouTube. Also, if you haven’t seen the Sam Taylor-Wood directed video to R.E.M’s Uberlin do click play below. It’s a thing of beauty. 

  1. The Rakes – We Are All Animals
  2. Richard Hawley – Down In The Woods
  3. The Rolling Stones – Miss You
  4. Roisin Murphy – Let Me Know
  5. Roxy Music – Oh Yeah
  6. R. Dean Taylor – There’s A Ghost In My House
  7. Rodriguez – Sugar Man
  8. Radiohead – High And Dry
  9. R.E.M. – Uberlin
  10. Rufus Wainwright – Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk

January 11th Mixtape Guest Blog from Huseyin Kishi

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First guest mixtape of 2012 is brought to you by a member of the Twitterati, Huseyin Kishi. It’s a mystery how he crams in university work with the amount of informative articles and songs he digs up. I highly recommend you follow him if you’re interested in politics and the doomed climate we currently reside in. He also has insanely cool music taste and I’m forever in his debt for introducing me to Mariee Sioux.

Click here to play Huseyin’s mixtape on YouTube but may I recommend that you watch and not just listen as his choices are very much all about the performances and poetry as well.

  1. Trespassers William – Different Stars Live (A song of great beauty and truth)
  2. Mariee Sioux – Wild Eyes (A transcendental journey)
  3. Tim Buckley – Phantasmagoria in Two (Jeff’s father, perhaps anguish is passed down)
  4. Julie Doiron – Condescending You (Never bettered, simply bitter)
  5. PJ Harvey – The Darker Days Of Me & Him (A song which sets her apart from anybody else, it is philosophy with music)
  6. R.E.M – Losing My Religion (Timeless)
  7. Carry Me Ohio – Love acoustic/Lost verses (An articulation of the contradiction of sorrow, loss, love and celebration)
  8. Idaho – To Be The One (Abstract words cemented in blossomed feelings)
  9. The Civil Wars – Billie Jean (from Later with Jools Holland, wonderful reworking of a classic)
  10. Alela Diane – Age Old Blue (Just another folk-tale)
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January 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

November 7th Mixtape

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So I’ve had rotten flu for the past few days. Instead of being perched on Primrose Hill with cans of lager watching the fireworks on Saturday night I had to be content sitting on my windowsill in Willesden all by myself, blanket wrapped round my shoulders, straining to spot sprays of electric dots brightening my bleak horizon. I had to settle for local youths setting them off in the garage forecourt opposite, one hand poised over the 9 key in case I had to call for help. It’s a strange and extremely frustrating thing to me, a weekend indoors. I am mightily relieved I didn’t start talking to myself, making pasta shape paintings and writing dark, bleak poetry.

I did make hot buttered rum and didn’t know such a thing existed until my solo bonfire night. I also got to listen to a ton of music. There’s not enough hours in the day… scrap that, there’s not enough years to listen to everything I want in my ear drums. The Pavement back catalogue alone took up most of Saturday.

On a side note I’ve been compiling a Motape in support of Movember. Once I started thinking of mustachioed musicians I couldn’t stop and as a result I am posting a tashtastic song a day on a dedicated page so please do check that out and donate if you can!

If you’re a Spotify user click here to play the mixtape and if you’re a YouTube purist click here to play the videos.

1. Black Mountain – The Hair Song (was convinced I could add this to the Movember mixtape but alas my memory failed me. They’re just hairy in general. Which suits this track perfectly).

2. My Life Story – Sparkle (I’ve been taking a trip down Britpop lane this weekend, all will become clear in a post later this week. Always adored this track for its Marc Almond sense of pomp &  theatrical occasion. I dug out the 7″, all glitter and see through vinyl).

3. Hooray For Earth – True Loves (Single is out today. Remember when buying singles used to be exciting? Usually in Woolworth’s with some pick ‘n mix if you had enough cash? I wish iTunes gave out sweets. I digress. This is my Autumn song, trudging over leaves, skulking on tube platforms, pausing on London Bridge to watch the moon. I’m in my own world when I listen to it).

4.  Infadels – Love Like Semtex (Lolita & I were reminded of this band when we went to see Duologue last week. This track would have made every going out playlist I compiled in 2006).

5.   Duologue – Push It (I reviewed this band for Flush The Fashion last Thursday and highly recommend you check them out. Their site has a couple of free downloads so head over there and let me know what you think of them. My opinions are summed up in the review).

6. Florence + The Machine – No Light, No Light  (She can do no wrong. Number 1 album, angelic yet eerie performances on Jools Holland, face angles you could sharpen a HB pencil on. This is a stand out track on Ceremonials for me).

7. Camera Obscura – French Navy (John Osborne said it’s a rule in music that all girls like Belle & Sebastian. I also think that applies to Camera Obscura).

8. Family Of The Year – St. Croix  (I just love love this track. The same way my big sisters probably adored Prefab Sprout. Yes, it sounds a tad cheesy but I am willing to put good Euro’s that you’ll be joining in with the “Whoah a whoah oh” backing vocals and dreaming of making love potions and dancing in slow motion. Listen!).

9. Pavement – Stop Breathin’ (I honestly did listen to the entire back catalogue when I had sleepless nights this weekend. I’ve not listened to them for what felt like years. Vast work, underrated band).

10. R.E.M – We All Go Back To Where We Belong (Has it sunk in yet? Has it? No more. No more. I have no words for this*insert sad face*)

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Written by Anon PA

November 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm

July 24th Mixtape – 2011 Challenge

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This weeks mixtape turned into a challenge set by Marc via twitter. I have two standard responses to challenges. The first is to approach it with an energy & ferocity equal to Keith Moon’s drumming. The second it to approach with a slow pod, calmly confident I will get there in the end much like listening to Guy Garvey. I’ve approached this somewhere in between. I started off whizzing through it but then trying to whittle it down was a plodder.

I was to list my top 25 tracks of 2011 (so far) and although it sounds easy enough to do Marc had put his in order too. Well, painfully I’ve managed to get the list down to 25 after spending 5 days on it. As for showing favouritism, I just couldn’t do it. Every time I tried I felt guilty about placing Anna Calvi before PJ Harvey, or Black Lips over Bon Iver. So, although my list is no way near as cool as Marc’s here are the tracks that have stood out for me this year. Hope you enjoy, click on spotify to listen, the final three tracks are via YouTube.

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  1. Beirut – East Harlem
  2. Metronomy – She Wants
  3. PJ Harvey – The Words That Maketh Murder
  4. Emmy The Great – Iris
  5. Bon Iver – Calgary
  6. Lykke Li- Sadness Is A Blessing
  7. Wild Beasts – Bed Of Nails
  8. The Black Lips – Family Tree
  9. Friendly Fires – Hawaiian Air
  10. Anna Calvi – Blackout
  11. R.E.M. – Uberlin
  12. Sleigh Bells – Riot Rhythm
  13. Cold War Kids – Louder Than Ever
  14. Sparrow & The Workshop – Snakes In The Grass
  15. The Joy Formidable – A Heavy Abacus
  16. Wye Oak – Civilian
  17. Fleet Foxes – Someone You’d Admire
  18. Patrick Wolf – The City
  19. The Strokes – Undercover Of Darkness
  20. Foo Fighters – Rope
  21. Wu Lyf – Lyf
  22. The Go! Team – Buy Nothing Day
  23. Little Dragon – Ritual Union
  24. The Horrors – Still Life
  25. Bjork – Cosmogony
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Written by Anon PA

July 24, 2011 at 10:05 am

The Most Beautiful Song

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“You always say my name, like I wouldn’t know it’s you. At your most beautiful”

R.E.M, At My Most Beautiful

If anyone out there is struggling for ideas for Valentines day just send them this song. I think this track is the most beautiful song ever penned, and I defy anyone who isn’t moved by the picture Michael Stipe paints of counting a lovers eyelashes when they are sleeping, “with every one whisper I love you”.

I’m not someone who partakes in Valentines day. I have gone out of the way this year by braving South of the Thames, Borough Market to pick up Pieminister Pies for my young lover (hereon known as Lolita). At the most he may remember to pick up the mash. We’re realists, not romantics. Saying that, music played a huge part in how we first became friends, it was our shared passion and continues to be. Sending one another youtube links to tracks we loved and wanted to share every day. I used to click on the links, breaking out in to a smile at certain tracks, or reading into the lyrics as a way of deciphering if it was a message, a hint.
Of course, don’t copy out the lyrics and attempt to pass this off as your own poetry or love letter. A music lover will sniff out lyrics at twenty paces. Like the time John-Paul Passmore copied out the lyrics to Michael Bolton’s track, How am I supposed to live without you, and slipped them into my maths homework. Epic Fail. ♥

PS Leave me a comment and let me know which songs you think are as beautiful, if they make me weep I’ll send you one of Morrissey’s buttons!

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May 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

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