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As part of our mission to bring you new and interesting music, we feature occasional playlists from friends, guests and contributors. Our playlists usually have a theme such as a specific genre, era, place or topic; they could be songs that have tickled the fancy of the complier, or a list of tracks and musical influences that inspired them or connected with them in some way.

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The Weekly Roundup 03.09.17

For a change, we’re straight down to business this weekend with the roundup – it’s about the music after all!

By |September 3rd, 2017|

The Weekly Roundup 27.08.17

People can be dismissive of popular music at times, especially when it views itself as art, or people critique it as art. For me, it’s a creative process and that qualifies it to be regarded as an art form in common with painting, opera or sculpture. One of the best examples of pop as art (or pop as scam depending on your view of them) is the body of work produced by the KLF/JAMS/JAMMS – from the lowbrow but catchy Doctorin’ the Tardis to the provocative book that followed the track. The group mix high art with low farce on occasions, and though they will possibly never make music again, they’re back to a degree and that makes me happy. And on to the music!

By |August 27th, 2017|

The Weekly Roundup 20.08.17

This week has mainly been about work and sleep (or the lack of it) and listening to lots of new music for the blog, the radio station and new releases of bands I like. One track that excited me was tonite -the new track from LCD Soundsystem. It sent me off on a tangent and got me thinking about how we listen to music, as I’ve been telling people that it reminds me of Headhunter from Front 242, but no one else hears that. That’s probably because I’m basing the comparison on a few seconds of bass line, not the actual song itself. That particular bit of the track resonates with me, triggers memories and makes me experience the song in a different way to other people. It’s one of the things that makes music such a personal experience I guess, we take our preferences, histories and emotions and filter the work of musicians through them. It can make a song what we want to hear, not always what it actually is, which must be hard for musicians at times. Speaking of musicians, on with the weekly roundup!

By |August 20th, 2017|

The Weekly Roundup 13.08.17

Festival season is in full flow here in the UK and this year has seen more high-profile problems than previous years. There’s been the abandonment of the Y Not festival, with the blame being put on inclement weather – something that seemed to shock people organising an outdoor festival in the UK! That was followed by the cancellation, also mid-festival of Hope and Glory in Liverpool. Boomtown saw people queuing for up to six hours to get in, with people having to stand in the blazing sun the entire time. And then getting rained on once they got in! And of course, there was the fire at Tomorrowland in Spain. Disappointed Y Not revellers will get refunds, in fact after the social media disappearing act of Hope and Glory, Skiddle have said they’ll refund tickets bought via them. Generally, Boomtown fans have taken queuing in good grace and there’s been no issue with the festival itself. As with any large event, things can go wrong, from the weather to organisation difficulties and with over 30 festivals in August alone, the law of averages dictates there’ll be problems somewhere along the line. Having been involved in co-ordinating a boutique festival some years ago, it gives you an appreciation of how daunting and complex running large scale events must be. But good festivals will have contingency plans for potential problems – and the ones that cut corners, expand too quickly or fail to prepare? Well, we’ve all seen the consequences.  And with that, on to this weekend’s roundup.

By |August 13th, 2017|

The Weekly Roundup 06.08.17

Music and technology were very much in the news this week, for two very different reasons. The Guardian has published an article on the ramifications A.I. will have on music; with a few clicks Jukedeck will create  a new track for you once you select genre, mood, tempo, instruments and track length. The catch is that they retain the copyright unless you pay them. A few days before, Shelby Hartman has written about the effect ‘the click’ has on modern music, making it a slave to regularity and repetition whilst stripping out the human side from the music. He may have a point that this need for precision is resulting in a uniform sound, at least for chart music but I’m not convinced just yet. After all, people are dismissive of ‘laptop’ bands and DJs, but the technology is but a tool to aid creativity – it doesn’t make and artists a better musician or imbue them with greater talent. Yet now it looks like we could be the edge of another musical revolution – with a bit of money, an A.I. somewhere could turn anyone us in to a musical genius and the flick of a switch. And the flexing of a credit card. On to the music!

By |August 6th, 2017|

The Weekly Roundup 30.07.17

The outdoor music festival season is in full swing right now here in Europe and with it comes the annual criticism of the line-ups at many of the major ones. Regardless of the genre – be it dance, rock or alternative – the top end of the bills tend to operate on a two or three year cycle which sees the same acts popping up with numbing regularity. There are only so many bands that can top a bill, some of them might not be available and they may not be affordable. But that doesn’t answer the complaints of the critics as to the conservatism of the events. Anecdotally I’m hearing friends say they’re noticing this trend working its way further down the running order now, so that at some festivals almost the entire bill had played at the same festival in the previous few years. As for the cause? There are many opinions but no real facts – agents and promoters working too closely together, festivals having to play safe due to the costs involved, buy-ons or audiences getting older and less adventurous have all been suggested as causes. The thing is, the festivals are still getting big numbers through the door and ultimately they have to watch the bottom line. For some running festivals may be a labour of love, but they are about making profits for investors. But as we’re seeing here in the UK with top-level football, eventually it results in events becoming something to be consumed quietly and passively, rather than to be lived and experienced. A festival where the audience stands in silence whilst the band played on would be a tragic thing.  And with that, on with the music!

By |July 30th, 2017|

The Weekly Roundup 23.07.17

Like many people, I was shocked and saddened by the death of Chester Bennington this week at the age of 41. There’s lots of speculation around what happened and why, but I’d prefer to think about his musical legacy; Meteora and Hybrid Theory were great rock albums  – in fact great albums, period. In recent years Linkin Park’s sound had changed markedly and even though it sounded more commercial in the latter part of their career, the lyrical content could still carry great emotional weight and meaning as seen and heard on Nobody Can Save Me. I’ve seen a lot of people talking about how they found peace, reassurance and comfort in the work of Bennington and his band when they were going through their tough times and it’s sad that for whatever reason he couldn’t find that solace himself. To this weekend’s roundup then.

By |July 23rd, 2017|

The Weekly Roundup 16.07.17

I’m not sure this will be up to my usual quality, as I’m awash with painkillers and a dollop of shame. I fell whilst running for a bus! At least I provided some early morning entertainment for rush hour traffic and fully expect the whole thing to pop up online any day now. At least I did get to see the wonderful Duck do their magical thing, mixing up noise, synthpop and some DIY punk attitude. Them, the one-man musical wonder that is Soft Riot and the anthemic space adventures of Vieon helped me ignore the pain. Until now at least! Anyway, less flannel and more music!

By |July 16th, 2017|
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