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Music Monday: ‘Run Run Run’ by Phoenix

It’s been about five months since I last did one of these and it’s about bloody time I did one again! I am thinking about doing a bit more musical content dispersed between the bookish stuff.

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I have been listening to a lot of the more summery ‘indie rock’ variety lately. French band Phoenix definitely fits that category for me with their killer grooves. I am reading their biography at the moment (as recommended by a friend), and I am loving it. These guys are kind of ridiculous, but I am falling in love with them for exactly that reason. This song ‘Run Run Run’ is from their second album ‘Alphabetical’ from 2004, which is the chapter I just finished. Apparently the whole album was influenced by the album ‘Voodoo’ by D’Angelo, which is an interesting fact.

This song make me want to do a bit of a groove. Love it!

RUN RUN RUN

Business calls me, trouble down the waterfront
You know, I tried to, now I’m running outta lies
It’s a clear view, when all you are is gettin’ paid
No more favors, I know what we can do about it

I think I’d better run, run, run
I think I’d better run, run, run
You didn’t catch me fallin’, fallin’, fallin’
Fallin’, fallin’, fallin’

Contradictions get me everything I want
I’ll let you know but I think it’s gonna take a while
It’s a clear view, noone’s waiting at the door
A million letters, they couldn’t make me change my mind

I think I’d better run, run, run
I think I’d better run, run, run
You didn’t catch me fallin’, fallin’, fallin’
Fallin’, fallin’, fallin’

How you want it to be, sittin’ by the waterfront
I know I should be drifting far enough to reach the shore
It’s a clear view, don’t you underestimate me
No more flavor I know that I can live without it

I think I’d better run, run, run
& Leave those things for someone else
But I liked it
I don’t even care
If you got to play the game you got to do it well

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Music Mondays: ‘Persephone’ – Tamino

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My head has been all over the place these past few weeks for one reason or another, and whenever I need to find some calm inside myself I find myself listening to Tamino. He is this amazing young Belgian/Egyptian singer, who writes the most emotive songs I have ever heard. His songs are slow, but I find them surprisingly grungy, and they just hit a very special note for me. I love the Arab inflections he manages to weave into his songs.

I miss live music so much, and Tamino is definitely at the top of my list of people/bands I want to see live once this annoying virus decides to be contained. I think it would be an experience! (I will add one of his festival show from last year at the bottom, just to add a bit of live music to my – and your- life, cause its sorely missed!)

This song refers to the Greek myth of Persephone, who was abducted by Hades and became the Queen of the Underworld. Funnily enough, I just listened to this on the audio book for Mythos by Stephen Fry, so very appropriate!

Yes my love, I confess to you
I am only here to break your heart in two
The very flower you chose that day
Its only task was to decay
You see?

When I watched your first bathing
I only warned you with a lowered voice
“Be wary of my river’s undertow
It flows with water from the coldest source”
Did you hear?

And then I made sure
You would always return
You still know of dawn
But you always return

When you hid under my black wings
They couldn’t have protected you from anything
Once in flight they would have let go
You would have once again wound up below
Only broken

Indeed, it’s wrong to keep you near me
One could call me cruel and deceiving
But in your sacred air I am full of light
Your loving arms are the true delight
To which I’m lost

And you’ve noticed it
There is something right here
You have come to love, yes you’ve come to love
What you always will fear

Yes, my love, I confess to you
I’ve nothing but the means to break your heart in two
My part in yours may seem important now
But with every spring it will seem so small
Just for now I am your fall
I am your fall
I am your fall

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Music Monday: ‘Black’ by Dave

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I had no choice but to choose this song and this particular performance for today. Last week Dave performed this song at the Brit Awards and man, it gave me goose bumps. I think the message is so important. I think everyone should listen to this song and the lyrics. It’s an important message. I felt it in my heart even if it is not about me. For me this is about the state of the world and the fact that we have to accept each other and stop stereotyping. Like Dave said, equality should be the norm, not something to be praised. Love is the only way forward.

 

 

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Music Monday: ‘Godmanchester Chinese Bridge’ by The Howl and the Hum

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I went to my first live show of the year over the weekend, so thought I would put the spotlight on the band we went to see, which is The Howl and the Hum. They are a young band from York in Northern England.

They were surprisingly good. The singer, Sam I think, has an amazing voice and is quirky in the best possible way, keeping the crowd (all 250 people of them 😂) engaged. Then mentioned they just finished recording their debut album. I will definitely be buying it, because they were pretty excellent live. They are pretty ‘genre fluid’ from song to song, which I like.

Back when you weren’t successful
Back when you were interesting
Back when you we were in the same boat, making waves
Back in my head now
You’ve made yourself very hard to forget now
Do you remember that bridge in the
Midlands they pulled apart to see just how it stood
But now you’re something big in the city
So cruel to say
But its such a pity
So cruel to say
But I hope you lose your way
Back when we were inseparable
Back when you were a reckless one
Back when we get lost to get lost
Do you remember that mess?
Now I return to Godmanchester
Back to the bridge
And I see it still standing there
And I’m still that lost kid
Wrapping his head around forever
But now you’re something big in the city
So cruel to say
But its such a pity
So cruel to say
But I hope you lose your way
And if you’re lost
I will be waiting
And if you’re lost
I will be waiting
And if you’re lost
I will be waiting
And if you’re lost
I will be waiting
Waiting on Godmanchester Chinese Bridge
And if you’re lost
I will be waiting
And if you’re lost
I will be waiting
Waiting on Godmanchester Chinese Bridge
Waiting on Godmanchester Chinese Bridge

 

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Music Monday: ‘Still Disappointed’ by Stormzy (Wiley v Stormzy beef)

I haven’t done this one for a while, but then, I have not been blogging much full stop!

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Bear with me, this is going to be a long story! (and out of my comfortzone!)

This past week brought the UK grime scene to the fore (there are criteria for making grime different from just rap, is it just the 140bpm thing? I don’t know!). Now, I don’t listen to a lot of rap music. It is not that I don’t like it, there is just not enough time in my day to listen to all the music I would like to listen to! I like Stormzy. What can I say? I am a sheep! No, it’s not that. Fact is, the guy is just incredibly likable. And his music is accessible for people who don’t listen to a whole lot of rap/grime etc music. Which is exactly why the following occurred and for some reason I found myself following what was going on and I may as well talk about it a bit!

Wiley (40) is one of the founding fathers of the grime scene in the UK and Stormzy (26) is the pretender to the throne. For some reason Wiley started going off on Stormzy, mostly for working with Ed Sheeran as far as I can tell. The fact that Stormzy is mixing grime with more popular music seemed to irk him quite a bit. Also, on his recently released album Heavy is the Head (went to no 1 in the UK charts!) Stormzy has a track called Wiley Flow, which seems a homage, but Wiley apparently took it as a diss.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, Wiley sent a diss track (Eediyat Skengman) out to Stormzy to an old school grime beat. He mainly attacked Stormzy’s credibility as a grime artist and the music he is making.  He managed to wake the bear and Stormzy came back with a track pretty snappy. On his track Disappointed he makes it very clear how disappointed he is and disses Wiley’s brother (Cadell) and dad. He does not really seem to take it too seriously and throughout the music video (made on the fly!), he is holding a mug of tea and a spliff, as if he could do this whole thing in his sleep. He makes it look so easy. Of course there were some grumblings from the grime scene that Stormzy’s track was in fact set to a slower drill beat (Know Better by Headie One, which in itself is a  bit of a diss).

Wiley’s reply (Eediyat Skengman 2) was a better effort than his first, but he made the big mistake of dissing Stormzy’s mum (again!). The bear turned into one pissed off dragon, or as Stormzy says in the track (Still Disappointed‘not a happy bunny’, and certainly in the first half of the track he seems really pissed off and goes at Wiley’s mum quite a bit in retaliation. However, in the second half, he is clearly just taking the piss and mocking the whole situation, which was absolutely hilarious in my opinion. Again, with mug of tea and a spliff in hand, he makes it look so easy, especially since he had the track (which has direct replies to Wiley’s second track) ready less than 24 hours later with a scorching video to go with it and that whilst he had signings and interviews to attend.

Wiley should not have replied, but he did with Eediyat Skengman 3 (though not within the prescribed 24 hours). The track added little to what had already gone on, and I presume Stormzy won’t reply. He does not need to. After all, he has a busy schedule and he said what he needed to say. I would be very surprised if he did.

Now, I am a indie rock chick at heart, but you have to admire the workrate of these rap/grime artists when they are beefing, especially when they are responding within 24 hours with pretty hot work.

It very much looks like a generation clash to me. On one hand you have the old guard, who worked hard for the genre and for where they got to, and on the other hand you have this young upstart who managed to break from your genre into the mainstream by mixing it with other genres. That’s tough, right! However, it is not like Wiley has never dabbled on the pop side of things, but he is more of a grime artist than Stormzy is. The problem is that when an older generation starts on a younger one it comes across jaded. Instead of being proud of paving the way, Wiley seems to feel that Stormzy is using grime to further his own career. Now, I am not sure whether that is the case, but I know that a lot of young kids out there will be listening to more grime, because Stormzy promotes it and how can that be a bad thing.

Also, Wiley has a new album coming out soon and since the beef has started dropping tracks, so one has to speculate that this was all a publicity stunt on his part. I am sure his name has been trending because he has been beefing with Stormzy, who was number 1 in the singles and album charts in the UK as the time of the beef. What better way to get your name out there again for when you drop your album. Highly suspicious!

Both Wiley’s brother Cadell and grime artist Dot Rotten have sent for Stormzy, but he has not dignified those with replies. I don’t think he will. There’s no need.

Anyway, this is Still Disappointed. (I won’t add the lyrics, as they are pretty harsh). If you are interested check out all the above tracks for a proper narrative in this particular diss exchange.

 

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Music Monday: ‘Mother’ by The Amazons

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It’s been a while since I did one of these. I have also been pretty absent from my blog recently. I have not been reading that much lately, partly because I have been listening to a lot of music instead, as that is my second obsession behind reading.

I have been to a couple of gigs in the last month and I was completely blown away by one of the bands I saw live. I liked them beforehand, but seeing them live was such a high that I now absolutely love these guys. The venue had a capacity of only about 250 and it was the sweatiest, hottest gig I have ever been to. They were freaking amazing!

That band was The Amazons, who I posted a song by a few months ago. They completely and utterly blew me away and that was one of the best gigs I have been to in my 25 years of gig-going (and that is saying something!). I was buzzing for days after – seriously!

So here’s a live version of one of the songs from their second album Future Dust, which came out in May this year. Epic live band. I can’t wait to see them again in the future (unfortunately probably not in such a small venue again *Sad face*).

I chose this live version of Mother, but it really does not do them justice. Honestly, if they ever play near you, go see them – you won’t regret it!

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

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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