Category Archives: alternative

Love Songs

In general I am not one for Valentines. This morning I listened to NPR’s ‘Songs You Love to Love’ segment, the chat made me laugh a lot. I also love the Bright Eyes song First Day of My Life that weirdly made number one. It’s also good to know that other people would also skip Ed Sheeran (yes I’m a music snob, I’m over it). This song reminds me of being young and full of hope.

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Stranded

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Right now I am fully stranded. From nowhere a beautiful sunny Edinburgh day turned into a thunderstorm. I dived into a coffee shop and while watching the rain hammer the pavement listened to this Sam Amidon track on NPR. It’s called Bright Sunny South. I like the irony. Now I have to face the fact I’m going to get soaking – follow the link, listen and laugh at me.

The Month of May

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Pinch, punch first of the month! Inspired by the Arcade Fire tune here are some springtime songs…

Sharon Van Etten ‘Everytime the Sun Comes Up’

It’s impossible not to love this lady’s music. This is a lilting, yearning track from her soon to be released new album ‘Are We There’. You can also watch a live session of it with extra glimmers over at NME.com.

San Fermin ‘Sonsick’

I feel in love with this song  on my iPod. Play it loud, on a sunshine day and feel like the world is better.

John Denver ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free’

This week I have been listening to a lot of old vinyl, this is my most favourite song.

Sweet Blue Eues

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Aram Bajakian is an incredible guitarist from New York who’s toured with the late Lou Reed, Diana Krall and many other infamous musicians. ‘There Were Flowers Also in Hell’ is a solo album I first heard today and instantly fell for. ‘Sweet Blue Eues’ (track 5) is a slower, thoughtful track, set to a glorious foundational rhythm.