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Playlists //

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.

Latest Posts //

The Weekly Roundup 14.05.17

Being a fan of a band can be strange at times and engender strange feelings; often you can want them to be successful but you still want them to yourself and your friends, for the music to be a cool secret that somehow everyone should know about. Similarly, you accept that a band will want a band to progress musically, yet you still want them to keep the sound and spirit that first attracted you to them. In the last week or so I’ve been reflecting on this, mainly after listening to For Crying Out Loud, the latest Kasabian album. Fans will probably love it, it still has their trademark sound yet it lacks that mysterious quality that made previous release so edgy and essential. Paramore have changed so much in a few years that musically they’re practically a different band. After 22 years Slowdive have returned with an album that shows some musical progression but have probably produced their best music ever but could have been released over twenty years ago! Thing is, all over the world people will be checking out these three albums and having wildly divergent views about these same points. Music is about feelings, past experiences and emotions and those aspects of being passionate about what you listen to and love (or hate) all feed in to your opinion about the latest release of a loved band. It does show though that for many of us, music is still a very important part of our lives. But now, on with the show.

By |May 14th, 2017|

The Weekly Roundup 07.05.17

Well that went quickly! Another busy week with the day job, helping launch a radio station and watching the UK turn itself into something you’d find in a very badly written rip-off of The Hunger Games. So, what did the page admins do for fun this week? May the 4th was obviously about drinking dodgy Star Wars themed cocktails, but this weeks’ solitary gig was not electronic in nature but was an evening of primal blues, rock, grunge and more. We love our synthy goodness here at AnalogueTrash but there so much good music out there in so many different genres and we want to hear it, feel it and experience it! And so…

By |May 7th, 2017|

The Weekly Roundup 30.04.17

Work has got in the way of fun this week, but I did manage to catch one gig at least. I enjoyed it, even if I was one of the unknown quantities of any live audience: the person who is there to see the support band! We’ve all done it and when one of your favourite acts is in town opening for a band you’re not majorly into that’s not going to stop you going!  It’s important to recognise and respect others though – bands and fellow gig goers are there for a different reason to you and theirs is equally as valid. I did feel a slight twinge of guilt as I saw people standing outside hoping for last minute tickets to the sold out show though. But whatever my reasons for being there I followed the unwritten rules of being a support band fan; I stayed for the headliner, I listened to them, I listened to them with an open mind and I broadened my musical horizons a bit . Oh, and I had fun! And now, on with the show.

By |April 30th, 2017|

The Weekly Roundup 23.04.17

Well that week has flown by! I celebrated surviving a festival weekend by going to a few gigs to keep my fix of live music topped up. Luckily work didn’t get in the way of getting to the gigs early, so I managed to catch the support bands. And then I got thinking; who would envy the lot of the opening act, especially on a big tour or sell out gig? They’ll obviously have their own fan base to get the tour slot, but it can be a tough proposition for them. Most people will be there to see the headline band and may turn up late, chill out in another part of the venue or (for me the greatest sin of all) stand right in front of the stage, chatting through the entire set! It’s all part of the downside of being a support band but obviously they do get to travel, have an opportunity to make new fans and see new places but it can still be hard for a band, as much as they love what they are doing. We will never will like every support band but it’s important to remember that they are part of the experience of going to a live event and for some people it’s an opportunity to see a band that otherwise might never come to their town or city. Oh, and bands members are people too, even the drummers so be nice!

By |April 23rd, 2017|

The Weekly Roundup 16.04.17

I’m writing this in a quiet moment in a busy weekend – it’s a holiday weekend here in the UK, so there’s a music festival to attend! So many bands, so little time but Fat Out Fest in Manchester is worth it! Boutique festivals are a labour of love. So many organisational details – the logistical quandaries, weighing up the balance between art and finance all come in to play. Curating bands and sounds that deserve to be heard must be such a buzz, and outside of festivals like this, the opportunity to see underground bands from the likes of Japan, Egypt and other far off places can be few and far between – even in a cosmopolitan city like Manchester. The best way to recognise the work of these festivals is by simply turning up and having fun. And Fat Out Fest is certainly fun! Speaking of underground bands, here we go.

By |April 16th, 2017|

The Weekly Roundup 09.04.17

I’ve been reading a lot recently about how various musical formats attract a different demographic. CDs are more popular with an older audience, vinyl primarily by males, streaming with a younger audience. There’s also a plethora of internet radio stations catering for just about every musical taste. At one time radio stations and record labels were the gatekeepers of what we got to hear, but with modern technology, the internet, and the rise of the music blog; niche musical acts can now raise an international profile quite quickly, something that otherwise may have taken years of touring. But it can be difficult for an artist to gain attention when there is so much good music out there. We all know of a singer or band that deserved greater success and recognition yet for one reason or another it didn’t happen. Lack of financial or widespread success should never be taken as a judgement on the musical worth of an artist however. It’s an important metric for judging how well an artist connects with a wider public, allows them to carry on making music, but ultimately it’s all about the art of music. Let’s celebrate some talent, shall we?

By |April 9th, 2017|

The Weekly Roundup 02.04.17

The AnalogueTrash team spent much of the weekend at Threshold Festival in Liverpool. It’s very much a grass roots affair with a mainly volunteer staff putting on a bewildering array of musical acts on in multiple venues and a larger number of stages. The eclectic nature of it all was part of the charm: 60’s style girl-pop, psych rock, electro swing, alt-rock – there was always something interesting going on. It’s great to experience music in other cities, to dip in to the organic music scene and watch people discover new sounds for the first time. The Baltic Quarter in Liverpool is described as having the feel that Berlin’s Kreuzberg is slowly losing to gentrification and hopefully the city of Liverpool holds on to this special creative area. I highly recommend it! Taking inspiration from the weekend, we have as ever a varied and interesting selection of tracks for you this week. I hope you like them.

By |April 2nd, 2017|

The Weekly Roundup 26.03.17

March has flown by, the seasons change, bands and people come and go. The only real constant in our lives is change and I guess many of us look to music to give us a soundtrack for the life we live today. I know I do, finding the right music makes work and play that more enjoyable – or bearable – depending on your frame of mind. Let’s get on with this week’s offerings, shall we?

By |March 26th, 2017|
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