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Playlist of the Week #5: Coachella – The Music

Ok, so I’ve missed a few weeks… But to be honest, I’ve probably listened to the same guilty pleasures over and over in that time. I can’t wait until I get a new job: I’ll spend so much money on new music, it’ll be like the HMV sale on student loan day!

Now back to this week. After a conversation with my mother about a friend of hers packing her daughter off to her first festival, it occurred to both of us that the music seems to be less important these days. Said daughter was wearing flowers in her hair and it was unclear if she knew of or listened to any of the bands on the Leeds line-up. Admittedly the Leeds line-up has changed somewhat into a more mainstream one since the days I used to go, so maybe I’m the one who wouldn’t have heard of anyone!

But basically this got me thinking: I’d seen a bunch of articles about which celebrities went to Coachella this year, who wore what, street styles, and masses more about what people looked like; but I didn’t see anything about who actually played sets at Coachella! I’ve looked up the set times and it’s all brand new information. Granted, this is the first I’ve actively looked for information about the music at Coachella, but neither did I look for information about clothing at Coachella. When did the clothes and image get more important than the music at music festivals?!

With that in mind, this week’s playlist is dedicated to artists who played at Coachella 2015.

  1. Bad Religion – Sorrow
  1. Tame Impala – Elephant
  1. Royal Blood – Come On Over

And finally – to hammer the point home – when I searched for an image for this post, this was what Google’s search came up with: music is the 5th most interesting part of the festival.

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Playlist of the Week #4: Inspired by Glastonbury

This week: a Glastonbury inspired playlist. I still have plenty to watch on the BBC website, but these are some of my favourites so far. I haven’t uploaded videos from the festival, but full sets can all be watched via the BBC link.

  1. Catfish & The Bottlemen – Kathleen

I don’t pay much attention to the charts or record sales, but I really hope this band make it big. I saw them in Chester when they became really popular after Homesick won Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable, and they were great. They got good reviews for their set at Glastonbury too, and maybe one day they’ll headline!

  1. Super Furry Animals – Do or Die

SFA rule. (in the search results for this video, a live performance from CD:UK came up, reminding me how old the song is, and how old I am)

  1. The Mothership Returns – Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)

I would love to see these live. If I was in Glastonbury, this is definitely where I would’ve spent Saturday night.

And one extra this week: if I was there I don’t think I would’ve watched the Foo Fighters if they played. I’ve seen them live a couple of times and they’re awesome: one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. But I’m not keen on their newer stuff, which is what most fans seem to know and want to listen to. When I saw them in Manchester and they played Monkey Wrench, there was no-one else around me singing along. When they played This is a Call, no-one even knew it! When I saw them in Leeds, they were cut off before the end of their set, so all the crowd could hear was Taylor’s drums. I’m pretty sure it was this song, also my favourite Foo Fighters song, and one of my favourite songs of all time: Everlong.

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Playlist of the Week #3: As Seen on TV (and a Guilty Pleasure)

I haven’t listened to a whole lot of music this week, something I really should make a point of doing since I decided to start this regular post series! With that in mind, this week’s playlist is a rather diverse mix…

  1. Annie (Official Soundtrack) – It’s a Hard Knock Life

I was catching up on Big Bang Theory episodes earlier this week, including an episode where Howard, Raj and Stuart are cleaning the kitchen and start singing this. Fast forward several days and there’s me walking around humming the tune.

  1. Nerf Herder – Rock City News

Another one from TV: Buffy is about to be removed from Amazon Prime so I decided to go through Season 7 quickly. Despite watching this episode (Empty Places) several times, it wasn’t until this time that I realised Nerf Herder guest starred in it.

  1. Jason Derulo – In My Head

I’ve been listening to my ‘unknown album’ album on my phone in the car this week. And because I’ve had to switch my phone off a few times, it keeps forgetting that it’s on shuffle. So I start every journey with Taio Cruz’s Dynamite and Jason Derulo’s In My Head.

Also, I ‘read’ an article on BuzzFeed (UK I presume) where they went to Download and asked a bunch of heavy rockers what their favourite pop song was. I wouldn’t class myself as a heavy rocker but I am a music snob, and this is definitely a guilty pleasure. It’s just so bad it’s great! I’m actually singing along, making silly faces, while it plays on YouTube in another tab. This is pretty much what I’m like every time it comes on in the car. I dread to think what I look like…

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Playlist of the Week #2: Punk History (and a bit of Rock & Roll)

I found something I actually wanted to watch on BBC4 this week! A documentary that wasn’t about religion or art: Punk Britannia. OK, so the programme is 3 years old, but I missed it first time around, so it was like it was new. Anyway, it was the second of three episodes about the history of British punk and two tracks on this week’s playlist is inspired by it.

  1. Sham 69 – If the Kids Are United

I love this song, but I’d never thought too deeply about it, or learnt that much about the band. The documentary featured Sham 69, saying they had a different background to a lot of punk bands (many of whom went to art school) and so attracted a different audience. Unfortunately for them this included National Front supporters, at a time when (much like now) there was a lot of anti-immigration, xenophobic sentiment. And this song was Jimmy Pursey’s response. I particularly like:

Just take a look around you
What do you see?
Kids with feelings like you and me
Understand him, he’ll understand you
For you are him, and he is you

  1. Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster
  1. Bo Diddley – Who Do You Love

My final track is inspired by a blog post I was reading on Everyday Feminism about cultural appropriation, which included the fact that rock & roll was largely shaped by black musicians. Record companies liked and wanted the music, but from a white person. Nowadays people think of Elvis and The Rolling Stones when they think of rock & roll, but mostly forget some of greatest musicians that influenced them and helped develop their sound. And here’s one.

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Playlist of the Week #1

After looking back on an old post about music, I’ve decided to start a regular weekly post: my Playlist of the Week. I’ll post videos of 3 songs that have been in my head in the last week for one reason or another.

  1. Coolio – Rolling with the Homies

Clueless was on the TV this week. Classic 90s film that I owned on VHS, and you can’t watch it and not walk around humming this afterwards. I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard this song the whole way through, or know any of the other words.

  1. Manic Street Preachers – You Love Us

The Manics played the 20th anniversary of The Holy Bible from Cardiff Castle on Friday, and it was live on TV for those of us who couldn’t be there. This isn’t my favourite Manics song, but (almost) closing the show with the national anthem and then You Love Us was pretty awesome. My dogs didn’t appreciate my tone deaf singing though! And if you’d prefer one with better audio, watch the official video.

  1. The Swinging Blue Jeans – Hippy Hippy Shakes

My best friend loves doing karaoke. But she isn’t great at picking songs, which is where I come in. I pick a few songs that she likes (Rihanna, Madonna, Blondie) but also use this opportunity to get some of my favourite rock and roll classics in there, so I can hear them on a night out, rather than just the latest chart drivel. I’m putting together a new CD for her, which only has 5 songs out of 22 that were released this side of the millennium. I hope she likes it.