In 2016 I saw the video for Radiohead's "Burn the Witch", and I was suddenly hooked and decided to buy the album (A Moon Shaped Pool) when it came out. Then for whatever reason, I didn't bother to go through their back catalogue until this year, starting with OK Computer, and then jumping around with no real sense of purpose. It turns out to my very great surprise that I've come to realise that Radiohead are probably the greatest British band of the past 30 years.
It's mid November (how did that happen?), but as Glasgow residents will know, winter here lasts from October to about March. I like winter - although I prefer it drier than Glasgow's - which has so far plunged the city into a cycle of continuously grey skies, intermittent mild rain, and absurdly violent wind. Thanks to my upcoming … Continue reading Five Songs for Winter
It's the long-awaited return of my Five Songs series! "Your what series?" you might ask. My Five Songs series, in which I pick five songs within a rough theme that I choose based on a whim. It's fun and you can hear some cool songs if you're interested. This time, the theme is songs about sleep in some … Continue reading Five Songs about Sleep
Oh it's been a while, but for those of you that remember far enough back this series might be familiar. I'm bringing it back just because I feel like it. Cool? Cool. For those now reading who have no idea what this is, simply put, I pick five songs, in no particular order, that I … Continue reading Five Songs That are Sweet (brought to you by the letter “S”)
Due to some circumstances that I shan't go into here, I've felt slightly melancholic and emotional lately. Just because of who and what I am, I tend to get caught up on little things that mostly only exist in my head and am unable to adequately express these things to others. At my work, I've … Continue reading Five Songs That Make Me Emotional
So, one of the world's most beloved musical trios with a three-letter acronym for a name is officially no more. But, PMT aside, let's talk about R.E.M... Hah! See what I did there? Seriously though, I kind of feel bad about making a joke like that because I like R.E.M. a lot, and I at … Continue reading Five Songs by R.E.M.
Edit: Murray pointed me at Grooveshark, and then I did this: So you can apparently now actually listen to these songs, through some devilry I am not party to. Do it! Okay, this is a slightly flimsy premise, but it actually has some gems, lo: Henry Cow - Bittern Storm Over Ulm Unrest (Virgin, 1974) … Continue reading Five Songs Vaguely Related to Animals
Woo, it's the long-awaited (by nobody) return of the Five Songs Series. This entry is devoted to manliness. Okay, when I say manly, I think I should explain what I mean. I'm talking about music that displays a traditionally masculine sensibility, without being oriented towards the dumb young chauvinistic meatheads of the American frat-house variety. … Continue reading Five Songs for Manly Men (with Beards)
Okay, this is going to be so hard, given that I hate most Christmas songs. Also, a "brief" run-on sentence regarding the current Christmas number one/two: this is a very very poor taste cash-in scheme by Sony, who own the rights to both versions, thus exploiting the fans of the vastly-superior-in-every-single-conceivable-way Jeff Buckley version out … Continue reading Five Songs About Christmas… Almost
In case you haven't realised, I'm not a huge fan of music that occurred during the 80s. There are obvious exceptions (Talking Heads, Swans), but generally speaking, it's my least favourite decade in terms of output and mainstream production style. This being said, quite recently, I've been getting into that sound a little more and … Continue reading Five Songs of 80s Pop