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#MusicMonday :: ‘Light It Up’

Sharing this pretty, summery tune with you this morning to brighten up this temperamental August Monday.

Having followed Eliza and The Bear for a little while now, they just never fail to put me in a good mood and their new single, ‘Light It Up’, is perfect for all things summer, from barbecues to road trips. I hope they get to releasing an album soon.

I’ve started this week feeling all light and happy after what feels like one of the best weeks of the year. Maybe, it’s the excitement of my birthday coming on Saturday but I feel like letting anything annoying just wash over me at the moment and that’s quite nice.

#MusicMonday :: ‘Everlasting Light’

If this is something I plan on keeping up for at least little bit then it wouldn’t be quite right to talk about music on here without mentioning the band that I’ve seen over 10 times in the last three years, especially when they have an album coming out at the end of the month.

Dry the River have well and truly cemented themselves as one of my favourites, they can virtually do no wrong. Despite the fact these last two singles from their forthcoming album haven’t been the stand-out ‘Hidden Hand’ that I’ve heard when going to see them, they still hold a lot of merit and make me so excited for what they’re going to do next.

‘Everlasting Light’ is a little more edgy than anything I’ve heard from Dry the River before and reminds me a little of Taking Back Sunday. The video is neat and the lyrics of the song are as well-executed as ever so nothing but love over here.

After reading Pete’s little piece about it just after the video was released, I was happy to see a bit of Newbury-love. Did I mention that we share a local and I played a pub quiz against him over one of the May Bank Holidays this year? No? That might be because it’s not like I talked to him or anything…

‘Everlasting Light’, along with ‘Gethsemane’ and the prospect of seeing them in October has me on tenterhooks for ‘Alarms in the Heart’, it feels like it’s been such a long wait.

And to follow here are a couple of short music-related lists… I just feel like it’s nice to write a bit again and maybe I haven’t been recently, you know? When you write things all day for work, it’s another one of those situations but this is actually quite a nice bit of respite. I didn’t even realise I was missing it.

Favourite 2014 Albums so far ::

  • Sheezus :: Lily Allen
    I know so many people don’t like her, and I don’t really care why. I like everything about her and her unapologetic attitude, I even own a couple of the dresses she did for New Look. I’m a fan and I’m a fan of the comeback. I can listen to this album from start to finish, each song giving me something different. I’m not sure what I can say that’s not already been said but her social commentary is on-point and I like that.
  • The Take of and Landing of Everything :: Elbow
    If I said this was the perfect Sunday morning album, would you know what I meant… because I mean that. It’s got nice gentle Guy Garvey singing bits and nice rifty bits plus there’s a lot of love in it, which is what I liked the most about Build a Rocket Boys.
  • Jungle :: Jungle
    I think I already talked about this last week but you can have ‘Sunday morning’ albums and you can have albums that are perfect for dancing by yourself to in the car… or in the lounge… with the cat.

Most Anticipated 2014 Albums ::

  • Alarms in the Heart :: Dry the River
    As written above – after finally hearing a few new songs live in May last year, I’ve been waiting for this for what feels like an age. It will be good to finally get a proper recording of them too, they managed to transfer their great live songs so well on their last album. Even though they’re still a million miles better live, I feel like they’re going to pull this off, plus more material when I do see them live, which is always good.
  • Carry on the Grudge :: Jamie T
    After his mysterious hiatus just when he was riding high on the back of two super successful albums, Jamie T is back! Moon and I have often pondered what happened to him because we really liked him and just didn’t get it. We missed out on his upcoming, annoyingly sold through the terrible Seetickets, mini-tour but there’s hope he’ll be doing a bigger one soon – unless he still fancies the life of a recluse. The first single from the album, ‘Don’t You Find’ is definitely a grower but as it has indeed grown, I’m looking forward to hearing what he’s going to bring out next.
  • This Is All Yours :: alt-J
    The two songs I’ve heard so far aren’t as ‘alt-J’ as I thought they would be but I really like them in their own right all the same. If ‘This Is All Yours’ is on the same wavelength as ‘An Awesome Wave’ then I think we’re going to get along just fine. alt-J just seem to really know how to make interesting music.

I feel like this might be a little TL;DR but hey, writing practise so…
What’s your favourite new music at the moment?

#MusicMonday :: JUNGLE

Jungle and their debut album ‘Jungle’ have been played nearly non-stop for the last couple of weeks.

They’re completely different from anything that I would listen to normally but I can’t get enough of them. They’re perfect for dancing with myself while driving to work and getting motivated while at work. You really can’t beat a good album to have a boogie to – they’re calling themselves ‘modern soul’, so I suppose that’s a thing.

I’m not as up to date as a I could be with a lot of music, I guess but I just had to share these guys with you.
Apparently they used to play gigs ‘hidden’ so they couldn’t be identified, a little weird but intriguing. I was hoping to catch them on tour at the tail-end of this year as I won’t be heading to any festivals but it looks like I’ll be waiting a little while unfortunately though as the dates don’t work out for me at the moment.

I first caught these guys while watching Glastonbury coverage last month and was instantly hooked. I feel a little guilty about this now given that I probably wouldn’t have given them a chance if I’d managed to get myself to the festival and had actually been there.

What have you been listening to lately? Have you found anything new that you wouldn’t normally listen to?

Festival Goodness!

This time tomorrow I’ll be enjoying the feels from being at the greatest music festival in the world. Glastonbury is just a day away! I’m by no means a festival veteran, I’ve found Glastonbury and I know I never really want to go to anywhere else. After doing Reading last year, I know that all the walking and the mud is still worth it, Glastonbury is the place to be.

I’ve seen a mixture of festival-fashion related things recently, and I honestly have come to realise it’s never been something I’ve paid attention to – I’d just advise on warm clothes, leggings and comfortable shoes. Festivals are one of the few places I don’t think you should be particularly bothered about what you look like and I pretty much wear what I like anyway but it becomes really obvious how little things like that really matter when you go to somewhere like Glastonbury.

I like to think that I’ve learnt a fair amount from my two trips to Glasto, we’re so organised this year, our trolley (not making the mistake of not bringing one for the third time in a row) is all packed up and we have everything we could possibly need, right down to washing up liquid and a drying up cloth. I was pretty pleased with the feedback I got from my ‘Festival Essentials’ post before I headed off to Reading last August, but since I’m not really packing anything much differently I figured it was a little unnecessary to do another one. However, I thought it was a good chance to share a few of my favourite Glasto-related pictures (and one video) from previous years.

This year, I’m taking a bit more 35mm as well as my (literally crumbling to pieces) compact digital camera – I can’t wait!

A (very long) short film I made of our last Glastonbury experience.
I’ve got a couple of posts scheduled for the next couple of days from a few unrelated things just to keep everything in a nice, logical order, but other than that I’ll be spending the rest of the day getting everything in order for my cat-sitters and making sure I’ve not missed anything.

Music Monday #4.

I wanted to do something a little different today, so I thought I would start with the thing that inspired me to start doing a ‘Music Monday’-style post in the first place. It may not be something I carry on until next year, or even next week, but I kind of like that I can look back on what I was listening to in the same way I can look back at what I was doing. It is something that’s a little new to me, and as I’m not always listening to music, not something I feel like I can keep up with either, plus, in all honesty it’s just a bit of filler before I figure out what else I want to do with my little space of Internet.

So ages ago, Terri Lowe posted a great ‘tag’ relating to music, sure, I wasn’t tagged, but it’s like Myspace, I’ll just take it, credit her, and we’ll move on from there, right?
I used to love doing these back in the Myspace days, as I’ve mentioned a few times when things like this have come up previously, so I figured I may as well give it a whirl.

1. What are your 5 favourite songs right now?
It’s changing all the time and I can be painfully commercial but here it goes:
‘Blurred Lines’ – Robin Thicke – It’s a song I love to hate.
‘Let’s Go Surfin’ – The Drums – It just really makes me want to jump into my car and hit the beach.
‘New Ceremony’ – Dry the River – Beautiful.
‘I Coulda Been Your Girl’ – She & Him – The video & her voice ♥
‘Diane Young’ – Vampire Weekend – Baby, baby, baby!!

2. Who are your favourite bands of all time?
I’m going to go with the three that come off the top of my head…
I think:
The Maccabees
Dry the River
Mumford & Sons thinks:
The Maccabees
Jamie T
Mumford & Sons

3. What is the most played song in your iTunes?
‘Toothpaste Kisses’ by The Maccabees – it’s soppy but I love it, you can blame my uni-self, I haven’t used iTunes in months.

4. What was the last album you bought?
Must have been ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill by Stornoway, because I became interested in them about the same time I got my car and it was suddenly really novel to play CDs again.

5. What song can you not get out of your head?
That silly ‘Dear Darling’ one by Olly Murs, it’s so terrible, I can’t.

6. What was the last single you downloaded?
I’m very, very pro-Spotify, I hate clutter, but apparently it was ‘Bad Blood’ by Bastille.

7. What is your favourite band right now?
Well, I guess Dry the River, because it’s too easy but I’ve been listening to far too much She & Him, Ellie Goulding and Vampire Weekend, they make me feel sunshiney.

8. What is your favourite type of music?
I like all kinds of music, I like anything that sounds nice that I can sing along to, but I do love a good indie rock band.

9. In your 25 Most Played list, what is #10?
In the last 12 months, it’s ‘Love Lust’ by King Charles.

10. What was the first gig you ever went to?
Guilfest 2k7 – a festival that no longer exists, oh childhood (teenagehood)

11. What was the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Seeing Dry the River play unplugged at Banquet Records was pretty ace and Biffy Clyro at the Apple Store in Regent’s Street were also great. Glastobury in general too, if you count it as a gig?

12. And finally, if there was one band/album/song you would recommend everyone listening to RIGHT NOW, what would it be?
She & Him’s ‘Volume 3’, Zooey’s voice is probably better than you’d give her credit and it’s a nice mix of contemporary and more 50s-inspired hits, it’s lovely.

I’d love it if we were buds on ♥.