Friday, April 8, 2011

Songs from the first quarter 2011 (off topic)

Here is what I have been listening to over the first 3 months of 2011 on one nice Spotify play list. On some occasions I have listened to a band for an equal amount of times in a week (Fang Island and Squarepusher) and on others the first place band wasn’t available on Spotify, for example Clorofila Azul had more plays than Cruyff in the Bedroom in that week.

Here’s the play list with the links below:

1 Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla
The year started off with the Icelandic nutters, although I think that most of the plays were on the morning of New Year’s Eve.

2 Deer hunter - Basement Scene
Another band who are a bit off the wall. I think that the last time I listened to them on a regular basis had been when I was in Korea and had also been listening to Sigur Ros, so I think it was probably a bit of an association of ideas that led me to putting these on again.

3 Fang Island - Careful Crossers
I think this band came as a recommendation on Last Fm. They are alright, but are never going to be my favourite band.

4 Squarepusher - Duotone Moonbeams
You can’t beat a bit of Squarepusher now and again and this was probably my thinking when I shoved him on the stereo.

5 The Courteeners - Not Nineteen Forever
‘Not anything special ever’ would perhaps be apt. I think they have some nice tracks, but are pretty much a standard NME type band. OK, but not brilliant. I think I fell asleep with them on and that’s why they got so many plays one week in February.

6 Cruyff in the Bedroom - Ukiyogunjou
Japan’s favourite shoe gazing band and one of my favourite bands of all time.

7 The Vaselines - You think you’re a man
Kurt Cobain’s favourite band allegedly, well Nirvana did cover ‘Molly’s Lips’. I like them a lot, but they are definitely a Sunday afternoon band rather than a Friday evening band, which is where most of their plays came from.

8 The Shop Assistants - Caledonian Road
An Indie band from the 80s and similar in ilk to the band they tied with on that week for number of plays, The Vaselines.

9 The Blue Aeroplanes - And Stones
Another trip down memory lane and another Sunday afternoon favourite. They probably bridged the gap between the melancholy Indie of the 1980s and the more upbeat Indie dance of the 90’s.

10 Japandroids - Wet Hair
A great rocking track from Canadian duo Japandroids.

11 Laub - Selten
Laub are a German band that have been going for years. I’ve listened to this band on several occasions in the past without them ever really resonating with me. However, when this song came on my stereo at work I knew that I should be listening to them more often.

12 Beach Fossils - Sometimes
A new band from Australia that sound like an 80s band. Not always my cup of tea, but I gave them a go on the recommendation of a friend. Good music to cook to.

13 65daysofstatic - Dance Dance Dance
Another band that I have a lot of time for. They are a bit like Mogwai on steroids, which can only be a good thing, right?

14 Sleigh Bells - Infinity Guitars
This seems to have become a bit of a teen anthem and features a lot on telly. I listened to them a lot at the tail-end of last year, but still shove them on on Friday evenings when the mood takes me.

15 Close Lobsters - Sewer Pipe Dreams
One of the C86 bands and another good band for Sunday afternoons when the weather is not good enough to spend a lot of time outside.

first 1/4 2011


Neil said...

I forgot one track that's here. Japandroids - Wet hair, which comes just before the Laub song and is a brilliant track.

Neil said...

I have edited that post now.