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I thought I would hate this

When I turned on my NPR podcast and it had a guest DJ who was a female rapper my heart went sinking. Not that I have anything against women (being one and all), or rappers, it’s just not really my bag. I was happily surprised with Kate Tempest, because she seems intelligent and most of all hugely engaged with the world around her. It’s refreshing and inspiring. I’ve since read her book of poetry Hold Your Own and although I won’t listen to her music on a regular basis (still not really bag) I’m open to see what she comes out with.

Love words.

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I know there are many who think Spotify is akin to Satan in terms of the little revenue it gives to artists, however lately I’ve found loads of amazing music through it. One such band/person (information seems to be very limited is Careful), have a listen.

(An aside on Spotify the thing with me is that I buy vinyl and I use to discover bands whose vinyl I buy and gigs I attend. Long live the physical medium of music!)

Times, They are a Changing

Right now lots of things in my life are evolving. In an exciting way I think. Also it’s spring which promises long beautiful days.

I’m slowly having a little more time to get back in discovering new music, although I’m not a self imposed ban from buying vinyl. Luckily my very good pal sent me the Best Girl Athlete record, which is awesome.

Check it out below along with a couple of other things on my playlist.

Joanna Gruesome are a fun grunge band with a record called Peanut Butter. It reminds me of the 90s.

Angel Olsen is a woman I believe can do no wrong. She is the epitome of cool and I love her. This is a track from the Deluxe Edition of Burn… which I discovered this week.

Listen Up ! Young Fathers

For no particular reason I missed Young Fathers. I knew they were from Edinburgh, I also knew they had won the Mercury Prize. Both of those things haven’t really gone together before. For some reason I still just didn’t listen to them. That changed yesterday when my wonderful friend sent me loads of new music. I have now decided they are rather awesome.

Check out the KEXP session below, it’s a fine afternoon for it.

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.

Poignant Places: Michael Price

I don’t know about you but I’ve had an odd and mostly really sad week. There are things going on that are out of anyone’s control and filled with sorrow. I heard the exquisite Michael Price on 6 music this morning, they played a track called Easter which is the kind of song that can make you weep within seconds. I could find it to share however this one is just as beautiful.  As someone who’s life is filled with words sometimes an instrumental piece can move you like no other.

Merry (almost) Christmas!

Snow. From my classroom window
       Snow. From my classroom window.

YES. It is Christmas Eve. There is no excuse to leave out the jingle bell. Some songs for your auditory glee.

SLOW CLUB: Christmas Baby Please Come Home

This is my favourite version of a Christmas song. I know every note!

LOW: JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS

I downloaded an alternative Christmas playlist this year, turned out this was the only song I like!

THE RAVEONETTES: THE CHRISTMAS SONG

LOUIS ARMSTRONG: ZAT YOU, SANTA CLAUS

This makes me want to be in a jazz bar, drinking whisky.