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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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If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never do anything original

I came across this video after reading a Guardian article on facebook. Despite the negative comments following the article (some of which I agree with), I do agree that there is too much emphasis placed on degrees and higher degrees, and for no real purpose. I will expand on this at some point, but in the meantime, Ken Robinson’s speech is quite amusing.