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Hey Ho, Let’s Go….

My Five Tracks of this (bi)weekly blog… (my excuse this time is that I have no wifi at home at the moment so I’m bootlegging in Starbucks at the moment!). Nothing older than 3 years on this week’s playlist files – I’ll see if I can get something a bit more old school on the next one!

 

1. War – Emily’s Army

2. A Lack of Understanding – The Vaccines

3. Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend

4. Mulholland Drive – The Gaslight Anthem

5. Want – Jawbreaker

 

Okay… Well…

1. I love this track because even though it’s dealing with some fairly important issues (greed, capitalism etc.) it seems to manage to do so whilst putting it against an upbeat pop-punk background. With the scratchy vocals of one of the Becker brothers (apologies for not knowing which!) propelling the song forward this is really a stand out track on their latest release. Fingers crossed that it’s going to be the next single!

Find it: ‘Lost At Seventeen’ – Emily’s Army (2013)

2. I have recently developed a deep appreciation for The Vaccines first album. I had always written it off before as too “indie/pop-rock” for me and dismissed it off hand because I associated it with things that I didn’t want to be associated with. Once I got over myself however and actually started to listen to all types of music I realised that this is actually a stellar song off a brilliant album.

Find it: ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’ – The Vaccines (2011)

3. And another sweet track from Vampire Weekend. This song is their latest single off their third album ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ and it doesn’t disappoint. Definitely one of the better tracks off the album, it does peter off in places but then tracks like this really make it worth listening to. Brilliant song from a band that shows it can deliver strokes of genius…

Find it: ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ – Vampire Weekend (2013)

4. Another track from a band that I had decided I didn’t like after listening to one track. Once again, after revisiting this band I discovered this track (at the suggestion of a friend) and found that I really enjoyed it. Laid back rock track with just enough heavy percussion/solid bass line to keep me happy.

Find it: ‘Handwritten’ – The Gaslight Anthem (2012)

5. And back to my usual. A nice punk-rock song to round the list off for this week. This song is reminiscent of Social Distortion mixed with Rise Against and is great to get yourself pumped up and ready to go. Once again introduced to me through a friend – definitely worth checking out.

Find it: Unfun (2010 Remastered Edition) – Jawbreaker (2010)

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Okay, it’s been a while since I did one of these. I’ve recently just discovered Spotify Web Player so I’ve been eyeball deep in all sorts of music – new and old. But that aside, what five tracks have been blowing my mind recently?

 

1. Dr Feelgood – Motley Crüe

2. Panic Cord – Gabrielle Aplin

3. Don’t Blink – Relient K

4. Brutal Love – Green Day

5. Everybody Talks – Neon Trees

There are so many more as well, but I’ll save them for another Playlist Files.

Okay well…

1 – Most people and their uncle will know this track. The questions is though, as voiced by Bowling For Soup in their hit ‘1985’… “When did Motley Crüe become Classic Rock?” I love this track, because even though it’s heavy rock you can still dance to it. It’s just sodding awesome, and it makes me want to look like Kat Von D.

Find it: ‘Dr Feelgood’ – Motley Crüe (1989)

2 – Couldn’t be further from the first track if it tried. This is a song by an English singer-songwriter who first came to public attention by gathering quite a large YouTube following. I first heard of her through a friend at my radio station (87.7 Bailrigg FM) who really liked her. This is my favourite song by her so far and is definitely worth a listen – yes it is pop, but it’s got a little spark of something special about it too.

Find it: ‘English Rain’ – Gabrielle Aplin (2013)

3 – Kind of like Imagine Dragons but a bit more rocky. In the grey area somewhere between pop and punk. A very summery track that makes me think of cider and barbecues, with singalongs with your friends. Definitely should be on summer playlists everywhere. Helped by the fact that the lyric video (posted below) is of people riding bikes in a sun filled park…

Find it: Collapsible Lung – Relient K (2013 (out on July 2nd))

4 – Okay, well this track is on the playlist because of my experience on Saturday. This song is bringing me close to tears every time I listen to it at the moment. It’s a heartfelt ballad depicting the ups and downs of love, and to hear 60,000 people singing along, lighters aloft, I don’t think that’s a moment I’ll ever forget.

Find it: Tré! – Green Day (2012)

5 – This on there because I’m revising at the moment I need something to keep my spirits up. Neon Trees appears to be doing this with their chipper brand of more-pop-than-rock. If you want a dance, be reminded that you’re actually nearly 20 and not 16 anymore (whoops!), and also put a smile on your face then this is the track for you.

Find it: Picture Show – Neon Trees (2012)

And this week’s track:

Until next time,

B

XO

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My tracks of the week (fortnight?!):

 

 

1) Diane Young – Vampire Weekend

2) Beggars – Mallory Knox

3) Get Lucky – Daft Punk

4) Dreary Town – Nadine Shah

5) Conquistador – 30 Seconds To Mars

 

 

Number One is the new single by Vampire Weekend, it’s absolutely stellar and I cannot stop listening to it. Definitely a hit of the summer and I imagine that you’re hearing it everywhere at the moment, I certainly am.

Number Two is a track I stumbled across due to friends down at my radio station. It’s a single by this (fairly) new British band who are up for ‘Best British Newcomer’ at the Kerrang! awards. Solid punk-rock track if that’s your sort of vibe.

Number Three – if you haven’t heard this track yet, please climb out from the rock you’ve been living under and go check it out. It’s Daft Punk’s first UK number one and it is an absolutely stellar techno/dance song. Love.

Number Four is a track from a relatively unknown artist, but I get the feeling she’s going to be huge. Her voice is really soulful and awesome and her version of ‘Cry Me A River’ is incredible. I strongly suggest you check her out.

And last but not least, Number Five is the new single from 30 Seconds To Mars. As far as I’m aware we haven’t heard any solid information on a new album but it’s clear something very exciting is going on. This track is straight forward rock and roll, but it sounds like classic 30stm, so if that’s what you’re into; definitely a track for you.

 

So there you have it, quite a diverse mix once again – indie-rock, punk-rock, techno/dance, soul(ish) and rock ‘n’ roll.

Youtube video of my Number One this week:

 

See you soon,

B

XO