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Music Monday: American Boy (Estelle feat. Kanye West)

Music Monday is hosted by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek.

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A bit of a different song choice for me late this Monday evening, but it is one I love so so much when I am in a lighter mood. It is one of those tunes thats simply makes me happy and makes me wanna do a little jig. I love the song, the video is great, it’s all good. How classy does Estelle look!

Can’t believe I actually put a song up with Kanye West in it… but I simply love this one.

Anyway, enjoy!

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Music Monday: The Undead (The Big Moon)

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This Monday I decided to go to this tune by The Big Moon. The Big Moon are getting ready to release their second album, but this is a tune from their first album Love in the 4th Dimension, which I absolutely adore! This is my favourite tune from that album at the moment (it changes). It was not a single, so there is no video.

I think Juliette Jackson has an incredibly sexy voice. Strange enough, I said something about sexy voices in relation to Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys in my last Music Monday post. Maybe they should duet? How good would that be!

 

 

 

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Music Monday: Arabella (Arctic Monkeys)

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I was playing AM in the car the other day and I literally played this song over and over again. I love the contrast between the hip hop beat and the heavy guitar riff that eventually kicks in. Everything about this song is sexy, from the drums, the bass to the guitars and Alex Turner’s vocal. I may not like Alex Turner himself that much, but man, he has the most effortless sexy voice. I just don’t need to see him. Ha!

I remember when I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor came out so well. It had so much energy, I loved it. I have liked Arctic Monkeys ever since, but they have never been a favourite band. But the songs from AM started dropping and as an album, AM is a masterpiece in my humble opinion. It’s one sexy motherf**ker of an album.

Arabella’s got some interstellar-gator skin boots
And a helter skelter ’round her little finger and I ride it endlessly
She’s got a Barbarella silver swimsuit
And when she needs to shelter from reality she takes a dip in my daydreams
My days end best when this sunset gets itself
Behind that little lady sitting on the passenger side
It’s much less picturesque without her catching the light
The horizon tries but it’s just not as kind on the eyes
As Arabella
As Arabella
Just might have tapped into your mind and soul
You can’t be sure
Arabella’s got a seventies head
But she’s a modern lover
It’s an exploration, she’s made of outer space
And her lips are like the galaxy’s edge
And her kiss the colour of a constellation falling into place
My days end best when this sunset gets itself
Behind that little lady sitting on the passenger side
It’s much less picturesque without her catching the light
The horizon tries but it’s just not as kind on the eyes
As Arabella
As Arabella
Just might have tapped into your mind and soul
You can’t be sure
That’s magic in a cheetah print coat
Just a slip underneath it I hope
Asking if I can have one of those
Organic cigarettes that she smokes
Wraps her lips round the Mexican coke
Makes you wish that you were the bottle
Takes a sip of your soul and it sounds like…
Just might have tapped into your mind and soul
You can’t be sure

 

 

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Music Monday: Doubt It (The Amazons)

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So I am a bit obsessed with this new song by The Amazons. It’s a sort of 1980 hair rock vibe and it’s pretty melodic, which is what I love.  It’s a great one to shout along to.  I am seeing these guys in October in a tiny venue near me and I have a feeling they are going to blow me away! I can’t wait!

Did I make a mistake
When I told you my name?
I might never escape
Wanna do it again?
It’s the devil’s desire (oh, yeah)
I don’t wanna be saved (it’s that time)
Push me over the edge (push me)
Take my doubts to the grave (to the grave)
If you need it, don’t you doubt it
Won’t need to worry about it
If you feel it, don’t you doubt it
Only feel lonely without it
Pull me out of the swamp (pull me)
Drag me out of the mire (drag me now)
Coax me out of the depths (coax me)
My twisted pit of desire (pulling down)
If you need it, don’t you doubt it
Won’t need to worry about it
If you feel it, don’t you doubt it
Only feel lonely without it
(What will you do?) It’s so right
(What will you feel?) Come down hard
(Don’t want to hear) ‘Cause it’s so right, it’s so right, it’s so right
If you need it, don’t you doubt it
Won’t need to worry about it
If you feel it, don’t you doubt it
Only feel lonely without it
(What will you do?) It’s so right
(What will you feel?) Come down hard
(Don’t want to hear) It’s so right, it’s so right, it’s so right, right, right
(What will you do?)
(What will you feel?)
(Don’t want to hear)
Pull me out of the swamp
Drag me out of the mire
Coax me out of the depths
My twisted pit of desire
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Music Monday: Street Spirit (Radiohead)

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Now, I don’t like Radiohead. Shock! Horror! I think they are pretentious as f**k (excuse the swearing, but much needed). The band is, their fans are, I just don’t like any of it. But… I have always loved this particualr song. It does something to my heart, like all the best music does. It’s the rhythm, gentle but urgent, and the momentum that slowly builds underneath.

Do you have songs you love by bands or artists you really don’t like?

 

 

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Music Monday: Deep Reversal (The Pecadiloes)

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I came across this one on YouTube a while ago and it took me back a bit. I saw The Pecadiloes a couple of times in the late 1990s and I used to play their album Caught On Venus (1998) all the time. Their music is so angsty, it definitely reminds me of teenage me. I actually still really like this song and because it is a band I don’t think anyone these days has heard of, I figured it would be a fun one for Music Monday!

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Concert Tag + Music Monday: Nobody Move Nobody Gets Hurt (We Are Scientists)

A double whammy for today

Let’s start with my Music Monday, created by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek.

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Since I am also doing The Concert Tag today, I felt I should do a song  by one the bands I have seen the most live. I thought about what my favourite live song was, which is not quite the same as my favourite song. Some songs just WORK live.

I chose Nobody Move Nobody Gets Hurt by We Are Scientists, as it is one of those songs that I like well enough on record, but live it just has so much energy. And energy is what I look for in a live performance. Energy that feeds into the crowd and back into the band. That is when you know you are seeing a good gig. It is hard to get across on camera, but when you’re in the crowd, you feel it. Some bands have it and some don’t. The ones that do are the ones I tend to go and see again (and again).  If they don’t, I would still happily buy their albums if they sound good, but I may not bother to see them live again.

We Are Scientists are one of the best live bands I have seen. In their 40s these days, these guys just know how to interact with their audience and always get a great response.

I hope it shows in this video.

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THE CONCERT TAG

1. What was the first concert you attended?

I think it may well have been New Kids on the Block (remember that boyband?) in the early 90s. 1992 maybe? I was 12 or 13 I think.

2. What was your most recent concert?

Last gig was Ash in December 2018.

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3. How many concerts have you been to? Name a few.

Lots! Too many to count. Let’s see if I remember some.

Alaskalaska, Alvvays (2x), Arcade Fire, Ash (many), Bis (4x),Blur (2x), Cast (2x), The Charlatans, Emmy The Great, Goldfrapp, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Hidden Charms, Indian Queens, The Hives, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion,  Jose Gonzalez,Kasabian, Kula Shaker,  Kylie Minogue (strangely enough – favour for a friend, but it was fun!), Mogwai, Noel Gallagher’s High Highflying Birds,  Paul Weller, The Pecadiloes, Primal Scream, Pulp, Razorlight, Sigur Ros (2x), Silver Sun, Symposium, The Vines, We Are Scientists (many), YAK and many more that my brain is throwing a blank at! 

4. Which artist have you seen the most live?

Ash and We Are Scientists, because they are both awesome live bands!

5. What’s the furthest you’ve ever travelled for a concert?

I saw We Are Scientists in Portsmouth in England, but we were on holiday nearby at the time, so not sure whether it counts. Excuse the dodgy photo, but it was a fun show 🙂

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6. Best opening act you’ve seen?

Cast opened for Pulp around 1996 and blew Pulp out of the water for me. Kasabian as support for Oasis at Wembley in 2008 surprised me in a good way too. I thought I did not like them…. I stood corrected.

7. Have you met any bands/artists at concerts?

Yep, I met the guys from Ash and We Are Scientists and a couple of other bands, but usually it’s because they sell their own merch, so if you want to buy a Tshirt or an album it’s hard to avoid them!  I do love being able to tell them they were awesome though and I do like a band that is not afraid of their audience.

8.  Have you ever caught a guitar pick/drumstick or setlist?

I got We Are Scientists’ set list at the last gig, which they kindly signed for me and Tim Wheeler from Ash gave me his guitar pick after one of the gigs, which I was thrilled about as he is my favourite guitarist by a country mile.

9. Best concert you’ve been to and why?

Not sure about best concert, but the most memorable concert was what supposed to be the Ash/We Are Scientists double bill in November 2015, three days after the Bataclan attacks. We Are Scientists did not end up playing as their lead singer had been at the Bataclan with his wife and was taking her home, but the other guys joined Ash for the encore. It was such a special atmosphere and I will never forget it.

10. What is your favourite venue?

I really liked the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth. In Holland I am a huge fan of EKKO, which is a venue in Utrecht, and the V11, which is on a boat in Rotterdam. Both are small venues. I am not a big fan of big concerts.

11. Any concerts coming up?

Yes, but only a couple.  I have got tickets to see Vampire Weekend in November (though in a venue I do not like) and I am seeing a new band called Cassia in a small local venue in September.

12. Are there any bands or artists you would still like to see that you haven’t yet?

A few. I haven’t seen Arctic Monkeys yet for some reason. I am rectifying not having seen Vampire Weekend in November. Apart from those I can’t think of any ‘big’ bands I am desperate to see. Otherwise, The Big Moon are high up on my list, as are Asylums and Circa Waves. I am sure I will think of more once I have posted this!

FEEL FREE TO DO THIS TAG IF YOU LIKE AND POP THE LINK TO YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS!