I love The National. It’s no secret; I’ve been hooked since I first listened to About Today in 2008 (four years late to the party – the Cherry Tree EP was released in 2004). Needless to say, with the subsequent release of High Violet in 2010 and the fantastic Trouble Will Find Me in 2013, the band have gained more fans and an increasing level of critical acclaim and the fame that comes along with it. And I became completely enamoured. In the past eight months I’ve gone from never having seen them live to being lucky enough to see them three times.
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I know I’m not the only person that has a fascination cover versions of songs. BBC Radio 1 make them a key feature of their Live Lounge sessions and even as I type Stereogum have posted a link to the wonderful Chvrches covering Whitney Houston’s It’s Not Right But It’s Okay. But why are we so fond of covers? Is it not enough to listen to artists performing their own tracks?
Some time ago I wrote a post about finding brilliant tracks through their use in tv-shows and occasionally in adverts. Well, it’s happened again. Coming scarily close to overtaking their cats advert as my favourite IKEA advert ever (yes, I rank IKEA adverts separately from all other adverts), the Swedish flat-packed furniture people have put together a video that makes tidying-up look like the most emotional and heartfelt activity ever. It’s put together beautifully and soundtracked by the brilliant An Escape Plan.
Over the past week or so a number of announcements have made me incredibly excited for all of the new music we’re due at some point in the not-too-distant future. Excited and slightly concerned for my bank balance (the £125 set to leave my bank account for Muse tickets is bittersweet). So, to let you all in on the fun, here’s my list of upcoming releases that you should all be looking forward to.
There’s a number of my favourite songs that I could tell you exactly when and where I was when I first heard them. Foals’ Spanish Sahara? In the car with my brother and my parents on the way out to dinner on the day before my brother left for Canada. Zane Lowe had the first play. The Airborne Toxic Event’s Sometime Around Midnight – also courtesy of Zane Lowe. Back home from University for the summer in 2009, driving across town as Zane Lowe played his Sunsetter mix for the evening. I realise that this probably makes me a little odd, but I have a very good memory. Continue reading
On the 30th June 2011 (in around 17 days time) I will have had my Last.fm account for five whole years. Which is a relatively long time for an internet service. My love affair with Myspace definitely didn’t last that long.
What has made this anniversary extra special though, is how close I am to fifty-thousand plays. Continue reading
Ever since I first discovered I could scrobble my Spotify plays to my Last.fm account I’ve been hooked on the mean-green-music-player. This was around the time that I’d abandoned my former mean-green-music partner, Limewire, in search of more… legal pastures. What I found so great about Spotify was that I could listen endlessly to all of my favourite artists and albums while sat at my computer, but if I wanted to put music on my mp3 player I would still have to buy CDs or downloads.
Don’t get me wrong, Continue reading