• fuck, a last.fm meme. so 2006

    7 aug 2011, 21:47

    Name your top 10 most played bands on Last.fm (doing 12 months):
    1 Guided By Voices
    2 Sufjan Stevens
    3 Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    4 of Montreal
    5 Pavement
    6 Kanye West
    7 Tyler, The Creator
    8 Joanna Newsom
    9 Los Campesinos!
    10 PJ Harvey

    Now answer the questions according to the numbers:

    - What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
    The first song I was consciously aware of hearing must have been Gold Digger. I absolutely despised it at the time, probably due to my incredibly limited music taste as a [x]-year old.

    - What is your favorite album of 2?
    I always snap to Illinois as my answer to this, although lately I've been listening back to Seven Swans and there's something incredibly personal and emotionally resonating and touching about it that I think Illinois with all its grandiose scope failed to master.

    - What is your favorite lyric that 5 has sung?
    "So drunk in the August sun, and you're the kind of girl I like, because you're empty, and I'm empty, and you can never quarantine a past." always gets me every time.

    -How many times have you seen 4 live?
    Three. Love the stage theatrics. Once at a festival then once in Manchester and once in London. They played The Past Is A Grotesque Animal then too.

    -What is your favorite song by 7?
    Golden from Goblin. Although Goblin wasn't that great as a whole, the concept of it culminating in what is the most atmospheric, scariest and probably best song of the album proves that there is reason for the OF hype, although they are not perhaps appreciated in the same way by all their fans.

    -What is a good memory you have involving the music of 10?
    Playing FIFA on PS2 whilst listening to 'Stories From The City...' Pretty lame I know, but that album makes me feel somewhat nostalgic still, maybe for a time when things were different/easier. I don't know.

    -Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?
    Hmm. 'Outro' from The Dead Flag Blues (F#A#∞) is happy and sad in equal measures. Perhaps the live version a little bit sadder. I guess happy/sad doesn't really come into it, more just sheer emotion.

    -What is your favorite lyric that 2 has sung?
    I have spent the last ten minutes scouring through my Sufjan collection trying to find a 'definitive' lyric and I must say, it's rather hard to do. Everything in the context of the songs is just so perfect, I really am struggling to pluck a line or two out of the air. But, maybe: "I've never known a man who loved me."

    -What is your favorite song by 9?
    In Media Res, or the Coda to that album. Either way, magnificent. I hope they continue along that path.

    -How did you get in to 3?
    I can't remember for what reasons, but I downloaded the 'Slow Riot For New Zerø Kanada' EP around Christmas one year. The first time I played it I knew it was love ~8 minutes in when Moya climaxes. I have many memories of cold winter walks and unloading guitar amps and speakers to that song and its brooding introduction.

    -What was the first song you heard by 1?
    Hardcore UFO's. I was like 'oh, this is lo-fi.' It took me a while to realise GBV genius, I think.

    -What is your favorite song by 4?
    The Past Is A Grotesque Animal is obviously the standard answer here, but excluding that then maybe Plastis Wafer or A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger or An Eluardian Instance.

    -How many time have you seen 9 live?
    Twice. Neither of them at their own show, though. They were quite good.

    -What is a good memory you have involving 6?
    Predrinking listening to MBDTF

    -Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?
    A few. But 'On A Good Day' really puts a lump in my throat.

    -What is your favorite album of 5?
    Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain would probably be one of my favourite records ever if it wasn't for Hit The Plane Down.

    -What is your favorite lyric that 3 has sung?
    They haven't 'sung' any lyrics. But the monologue in The Dead Flag Blues is fabulous. And pretty much every sample they use is wonderful.

    -What is your favorite song of 1?
    Game of Pricks probably.

    -What is your favorite song of 10?
    We Float.

    -How many times have you seen 8 live?
    Twice. I could have seen her again but I decided to form an acapella band instead.

    -What is your favorite album of 1?
    Bee Thousand

    -What is a great memory you have considering 9?
    Train journeys. A lot of train journeys.

    -What was the first song you heard by 8?
    This Side of the Blue on an advert.

    -What is your favorite cover by 1?
    Let's go for another artist covering them - Owen Pallett's Game of Pricks maybe?
  • Standon Calling

    12 aug 2010, 11:23

  • Latitude 2010.

    21 jul 2010, 10:05

  • Harrys Gym

    18 maj 2010, 18:06

  • Owen Pallett: Heartland Review

    10 jan 2010, 18:10

  • Grizzly Bear & London Symphony Orchestra w/ St. Vincent (Barbican Hall, 31/10/09)

    1 nov 2009, 22:56

  • The Soundtrack of my Life.

    9 feb 2009, 15:36

    I'm sure I've done this a million times...


    Opening credits: Morning Morgantown - Joni Mitchell

    Waking up: Overture - Patrick Wolf

    Average day: Rockin' the Suburbs - Ben Folds

    First date: Shooting My Mouth Off - James

    Falling in love: God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

    Love scene: To Be Alone With You - Sufjan Stevens

    Fight scene: Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine

    Breaking up: Why - Annie Lennox

    Getting back together: Slow Show - The National

    Secret love: Kissing in the Grapevines - Kid A

    Life's okay: In Remote Part/Scottish Fiction - Idlewild

    Mental breakdown: Popplagið - Sigur Rós

    Driving: Lose Yourself - Eminem

    Learning a lesson: Wake Up - Arcade Fire

    Deep thought: I Love - Athlete

    Flashback: Chelsea Hotel #2 - Leonard Cohen

    Partying: Chop Suey! - System of a Down

    Happy dance: You! Me! Dancing! - Los Campesinos!

    Regretting: So Here We Are - Bloc Party

    Long night alone: Motion Picture Soundtrack - Radiohead

    Death scene: Your Protector - Fleet Foxes

    Closing credits: Let's Not Shit Ourselves - To Love And To Be Loved - Bright Eyes



    I kept changing about half of these. I didn't include Motion Picture Soundtrack as my "Death Scene" because I thought that was a bit too clichéd.

    Still feel like it's missing the atmosphere of GY!BE and a lot of other things, but whatever. It's just a list.
  • Dream Festival III

    26 nov 2008, 21:15

    I thought I'd do this every few months to see how my music taste has progressed.

    Pick 7 bands to play at your dream festival.

    - The first act plays 5 songs.
    - The second act plays 5 songs.
    - The third act plays 7 songs.
    - The fourth act plays 7 songs.
    - The fifth act plays 10 songs.
    - The sixth act plays 10 songs.
    - The seventh act plays 14 Songs.

    First act: Final Fantasy

    Arctic Circle
    He Poos Clouds
    The Butcher
    This Lamb Sells Condos
    This Is The Dream of Win & Regine

    Second act: The Arcade Fire

    Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
    My Body Is A Cage
    Rebellion (Lies)
    No Cars Go
    Wake Up

    Third act: The National

    Fake Empire
    Brainy
    Start A War
    Apartment Story
    Slow Show
    Gospel
    Mr November

    Fourth act: Bloc Party

    Ares
    Helicopter
    So Here We Are
    Uniform
    Signs
    Better Than Heaven
    Flux

    Fifth act: Patrick Wolf

    Overture
    Jacob's Ladder
    Tristan
    Teignmouth
    London
    Wolf Song
    Bluebells
    Godrevy Point
    The Stars
    The Towans

    Sixth act: Radiohead

    15 Step
    The National Anthem
    Pyramid Song
    Nude
    Myxomatosis
    Climbing Up The Walls
    Reckoner
    Fake Plastic Trees
    Idioteque
    -----
    Lucky

    Seventh act: Sigur Rós

    Svefn-g-englar
    Glósóli
    Sé Lest
    við spilum endalaust
    Festival
    Sæglópur
    Hún Jörð ...
    Heysátan
    Inní mér syngur vitleysingur
    Hoppípolla
    Með Blóðnasir
    Von (acoustic)
    Popplagið
    ---------
    Gobbledigook
  • Albums

    8 jun 2008, 11:41

    Within a couple of days we've been blessed with two of the best albums of the year...first Coldplay's Viva la Vida and now Sigur Ros' Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust.
    Both are stunning.
  • Dream Music Festival (Revised)

    6 mar 2008, 21:30

    Pick 7 bands to play at your dream festival.

    - The first act plays 5 songs.
    - The second act plays 5 songs.
    - The third act plays 7 songs.
    - The fourth act plays 7 songs.
    - The fifth act plays 10 songs.
    - The sixth act plays 10 songs.
    - The seventh act plays 14 Songs.

    First act: Los Campesinos!

    This Is How You Spell "Hahaha, We Destroyed The Hopes And Dreams Of A Generation Of Faux-Romantics"
    ... And We Exhale And Roll Our Eyes In Unison
    Knee Deep At ATP
    You! Me! Dancing!
    Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks

    Second act: Sigur Rós

    Hljómalind
    Í Gær
    Von
    Hun Joro...
    Hoppípolla

    Third act: Beirut

    Guyamas Sonora
    Elephant Gun
    Forks And Knives (La Fete)
    A Sunday Smile
    Nantes
    Scenic World
    The Flying Club Cup

    Fourth act: The Arcade Fire

    Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
    Black Wave/Bad Vibrations
    Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
    My Body Is A Cage
    Rebellion (Lies)
    No Cars Go
    Wake Up

    Fifth act: Radiohead

    15 Step
    The National Anthem
    Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
    Everything In Its Right Place
    Paranoid Android
    Reckoner
    Karma Police
    Fake Plastic Trees
    Nude
    Creep

    Sixth act: Patrick Wolf

    Overture
    Wind in the Wires
    London
    Teignmouth
    The Childcatcher
    Wolf Song
    Bluebells
    This Weather
    Jacob's Ladder/Tristan
    Godrevy Point/Land's End

    Seventh act: Arctic Monkeys

    If You Found This It's Probably Too Late
    Brianstorm
    I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor
    From the Ritz to the Rubble
    Old Yellow Bricks
    Teddy Picker
    Balaclava
    Plastic Tramp
    Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong, But...
    This House Is A Circus
    If You Were There, Beware
    Leave Before The Lights Come On
    505
    A Certain Romance