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On Repeat: PJ Harvey – Good Fortune

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Nearly 12 years on from the release of PJ Harvey’s  fifth album ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’, I am still very much in love with every last tiny nuance of that album, but Good Fortune is the song that I go back to each time.  It is one of my ultimate pick-me-up songs that I love to play loud and sing along (by that I mean honking in and out of time with the music) to with the wildest of abandon.

A great accompaniment to the optimism a new year brings.

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January 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

On Repeat: Daddy I Want A Pony

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Told after quite an extraordinary fight between my brother and myself that I was to go to my room and not even think about switching on my TV,  I stormed off and threw myself at my bed in anger. Once the initial hormone-spiked rage subsided, I lifted my head from the pillow  (now streaked in cheap mascara and looking like the early stages of a crumpled Jackson Pollock painting) and looked to the ancient radio alarm clock on my nightstand. They said nothing about listening to the radio.

As my fingers tripped over the dial, they stopped when they came to the most glorious racket coming from tinny, barely held together headphones: that beautiful crash of noise was ‘Daddy I Want  A Pony’ by Period Pains. And after the last frenetic chords rang out, the voice – the very antithesis of the wild energy that had just filled my buzzing head – was Peel’s. All calming and bathed with soothing laconic wit, I knew immediately that I had found a friend in him.

From that moment, I became a music obsessive. It defined me. My daily bus journey became slightly more bearable by a budget portable cassette player and  music taped from The Evening Session and John Peel, and Wednesdays were even better – they were Melody Maker/ NME days. Days in which my hungry need for musical knowledge spilled over from those  hour-plus bus rides and into my first lesson of the day. Since then I’ve been devouring music with the same gluttonous way ever since. My love for it has never waned in all the years that have passed since.

I put this down, in no small part, to Peely.

Thanks John. This one is for you.


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November 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

On Repeat: Slow Club

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With their characteristic twee boy/girl vocals and jaunty indie pop, it is hard to believe that Sheffield’s Slow Club have released an album a world away from their 2009 debut ‘Yeah, So’.

The undeniable stand-out track on their second long-player ’Paradise’ is ‘You, Earth or Ash’. Almost stark in its arrangement and heavily relying on the honeyed tones of singer Rebecca Taylor, it begins like a tiny, flickering spark and turns into a great roaring fire before finally petering out to a close.

Stunning.

And if that isn’t upbeat enough for you, try ‘Where I’m Waking’ from the same album.

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November 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm

On Repeat: If You Want To Sing Out

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In the past two weeks I have quite a disturbing amount of messages from friends who are going through really awful things. The sorts of things that really make you stop whining about trivial things in your life because hating your job and unsuccessful job hunting really pails into comparison when you know people are dealing with potentially sick children/partners/relatives, battling aggressive diseases, struggling with ill-health, undergoing the breakdown of friendships and relationships…the list really does go on.

Taken from my favourite film of all time – Harold and Maude – this Cat Steven’s song may not be an antidote for the terrible things that happen but the sentiment is right up there. In fact, no matter what is happening in your life it seems to fit any mood.

The clip below nicely puts together some clips from the film but if you haven’t seen it I recommend that you rectify this immediately.

Cat Stevens – If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out

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November 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm

On Repeat: The Middle East – Blood

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Although I hate my job in ever increasing ways, I’m quite lucky that I can listen to music and sometimes watch TV in what can only be described as the ‘WORST 8 HOURS OF MY DAY, FIVE DAYS A WEEK’. Now, just when you are thinking “She’s got it made! She’s so lucky!” I would like to add that: a) during my tenure at work I have put up with a great deal of shit (including a ‘manager’ who seemed to make it her life’s work to undermine/bully me and generally act with a vicious and really quite sadistic disregard of human decency), and b) without the distraction of music/TV, I would be like one of those caged bears that you seen in animal welfare adverts gnawing at their cell bars and banging their heads on the floor out of a lack of stimulation . But hey, on the plus side, I can fill my eyes and ears with as much as I can during working hours. And I do.

Sometimes I’ll hear and song on the radio and beat it to death on repeat until I can stand it no more, other times I will just be catching up with friend’s recommendations and come across something lovely, or sometimes I’ll just be nudged into remembering a song by a phrase or a melody that will trip around my head until I give in and give it a listen.

Courtesy of the latter, today I’ve listened to The Middle East’s ‘Blood’ approximately 15 times already. This count is rising all the time.

Originally released in 2009 and used on the soundtracks to Crazy, Stupid, Love and It’s Kind of A Funny Story, it is one those lovely, slowly-swelling pieces which gently ramp up until you get to this great big, gorgeously messy cacophony of noise. It’s bloody gorgeous. Enjoy.

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November 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm

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