As promised last week, normal service has (sort of) resumed! This week I’ve been trying to get back to playing music as I had a break to start school after the gig in September. As part of this, I have been testing out a few synths on Cubase and what better way to test them than to play a brilliant (albeit redundant) anthem. I present my effort at the DDR anthem.
If you have read this blog for any time at all, you may have worked out that I have a deep love for Glasgow so this week’s music choices are going to have a distinctly Glaswegian feel.
Here are The Vaselines with Son Of A Gun (famously later covered by Nirvana)
Okay, I know this probably looks like I’m being a poser, maybe I am. Who knows?
And finally Belle and Sebastian.
“Live your life on a merry-go-round, who starts a fire just let it go out”
Alvvays are back with new songs and they are as good as ever – dreamy, oddly sad and with plenty of reverb. At Coachella Festival in California, Alvvays debuted some new songs that will presumably make their way onto their new album (whenever their dare to share it with us).
Personally, I have a lot of love for Alvvays because they are That Band that I will always associate with being a teenager and so much of my life right now. Their music has been a special part of my life in that it has also inspired my to make my own music and be a happier person. Basically I’m just one massive fangirl but that’s OK, I have no shame because I am grateful that I can make such a positive connection with music.
I do more than my fair share of crying to Alvvays and it will come as no surprise to anyone that I spent a few minutes on my bed crying after hearing their new songs. Not Your Baby is a Camera Obsucra-esque song which I really like and I think may have been floating around for a little while before Coachella. For me, the real highlight of these songs is Dreams which starts out as a keyboard based song and then builds with guitar lines and harmonizing vocals. It’s pretty good.
So here’s to the new Alvvays album. First up is New Song AKA Dreams (what it said on the setlist)
And Not My Baby
This week I have spent too much time trying to learn how to play the recorder part in Belle and Sebastian’s Boy With The Arab Strap. At some point this may well find it’s way on to the internet.
When I wasn’t playing recorder or otherwise distracted, I discovered this brilliant compilation. The Rough Trade Indiepop ’09 compilation is packed full of more recent indie-pop gems. 2009 was clearly a good year for the genre with The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Veronica Falls making their debut amongst others. Acts also to feature include the I-see-what-you-did-there-with-your-name act named Moscow Olympics with a nice number complete with strings and cool people who hang out in Glasgow, AKA Los Campesinos!
Also, you should totally check out Bruising (who I discovered on account of a Waxahatchee t-shirt being worn by a member of the band) because they are cool and have great taste in band tees.
(Unfortunately this didn’t post when it was supposed to because the scheduled posting on WordPress is a bit dubious)
I’m breaking the jangle theme to bring you a timeless Christmas classic from The Ramones.
Hello are you still there for day three of my alternative Christmas songs collection.
Today’s song comes courtesy of a rather obscure French/Belgian synthpop group from the 80’s, Antena. Expect retro synths, some jangling guitar, poetic sounding French vocals and faint waves noises in the background.
Day two of my brilliant jangling collection of Christmas songs
It Was Just Like Christmas – Low
This is an indie Christmas classic that has even now made a bit of a foray into pop culture on account of my local Morrison’s playing it along with Mariah, Kylie and all of those beloved Christmas classics.
Day one of my brilliant collection of Christmas songs (whatever that means). All of these songs, along with other great Christmas songs that didn’t quite make the cut for this blog, will be going up on a Christmas playlist on my Spotify.(username: riotgrrlpool)
Christmas – Brighter
Here is one of the more depressing Christmas songs written from Sarah band, Brighter, just to brighten up your winter day.