Here's this month's playlist.
About 50/50 new and old stuff this month, although that depends on what you qualify as 'old'...
- The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths
- The Wolf - Mumford & Sons
- How Did I Get Here - ODESZA
- Emoticons - The Wombats
- Bros - Wolf Alice
- All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem
- The Greatest - Raleigh Ritchie
- Come Alive - The Winter Tradition
- Debaser - Pixies
- Teen Age Riot - Sonic Youth
- Love In Vain - The Rolling Stones
- Headspace - The Wombats
- Call - The Winter Tradition
- This Is Only You - The Xcerts
- Streets Of Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen
I think I'll try and write a little about each track in the playlist this month, so here it goes !
1. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths:
The opening track on the album of the same name (their best), 'The Queen Is Dead' showcases everything that was great about The Smiths, Morrissey's lyrics and Johnny Marr's guitar work. I could go on for ages about this album and how it's one of the best British albums ever, but I won't.
2. The Wolf by Mumford & Sons:
The second track we've heard from their new album 'Wilder Mind' due out on the 4th of May, does little to console the hordes of sobbing banjo-lovers hoping that their new direction is some sort of sick joke. Personally, I think that they couldn't have done another acoustic album without sounding repetitive, and I actually like the way they've progressed.
3. How Did I Get Here by ODESZA
These days ODESZA is one of my most-listened to artists, and it's easy to see why with this Lily Allen-sampled track. Perfect summer music.
4. Emoticons by The Wombats
After what seems like forever The Wombats have released their new album, and it's brilliant. 'Emoticons' is the opening track of the LP and showcases what makes The Wombats great, catchy choruses and great songwriting.
5. Bros by Wolf Alice
The re-worked version of the North London band's earlier single, 'Bros' is a song about old friends. Although I greatly prefer the single-version, their forthcoming album is shaping up to be a great one. Also, they are signed to one of my favourite labels, 'Dirty Hit' who's catalog of artists includes the likes of The 1975, The Japanese House, Benjamin Francis Leftwitch and Ben Khan.
6. All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem
Potentially my favourite song of all time, from one of my favourite albums of all time. Enough said.
7. The Greatest by Raleigh Ritchie
Some of you may know Jacob Anderson from his role in the biggest TV show in the world, 'Game Of Thrones' or 'Broadchurch' but he also makes music under the moniker 'Raleigh Ritchie'. His latest single is another hit from a future star.
8. Come Alive by The Winter Tradition
My favourite track from the Edinburgh native's latest album. Go buy it.
9. Debaser by Pixies
A classic from the Boston band, only just edged out 'Monkey Gone To Heaven' to be in the playlist. If you haven't listened to 'Doolittle' re-evaluate your life choices.
10. Teen Age Riot by Sonic Youth
Possibly the most well-known track by Sonic Youth, but that's for a reason. On another classic album from the 80s, 'Daydream Nation.'
11. Love In Vain by The Rolling Stones
This song follows what is potentially the best song of all time, and definitely the best opening track to an album ever, 'Gimme Shelter.' 'Let It Bleed' is also my favourite Stones album...
12. Headspace by The Wombats
Another track from their new album, and probably one of the songs I've listened to most this month.
13. Call by The Winter Tradition
This song has been stuck in my head since the music video shoot, which you can read all about in the previous blog post.
14. Streets Of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen
Not my favourite Springsteen song, nor my favourite Springsteen album, but a great one nonetheless.
15. There Is Only You by The Xcerts
The perfect closing track to a great album, and a great playlist ;)
I went to see The Xcerts in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago and they played this song to finish their set, complete with crowdsurfing and screaming. A song about frontman Murray's separation from his long-term girlfriend, this piano-driven song turns into one of their best songs so far.