Good lord, itâ€™s Friday. How fantastic was yesterdays playlist? Very. Good work David. For reasons Iâ€™m not going to go into I feel a little worse for wear today, so Iâ€™m infinitely glad Dan stepped up with todayâ€™s update. Quite a few of you have shown interest in making a submission – so go for it and mail it to email@example.com. We want your playlists! Oh, and to all those who take the time out of their day to read this blog and have made lots of nice, supportive comments: we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. OK, Iâ€™m going to hand you over to Mr Dan Base now. Keep it foolish, plastic heads.
Hi all, about time I made one of these mofos. Sorry about the length but this is the cut-down version! There isnâ€™t a particular theme beyond â€œhere are some songs getting me through February, the month where the yearâ€™s fun is plannedâ€. Some ramblings about some of the songs follow.
- Le Tigre – Deceptacon
- Sleater-Kinney – Call The Doctor
- Gabby Young & Other Animals – Weâ€™re All In The Together
- Mark Hole – Dirty Base
- Howling Bells – In The Woods
- Midlake – Roscoe
- Sonic Youth – Purr
- Maximo Park – Books From Boxes
- Kyuss – Hurricane
- Teenage Fanclub – What You Do To Me
- Ride – Birdman
- Clayton Blizzard – Ya Basta Hermanos
- The Smashing Pumpkins – Lanslide
- Idlewild – A Modern Way Of Letting Go
- Gogol Bordello – Wonderlust King
- Dropkick Murphys – kiss Me Iâ€™m Shitfaced
- The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – This Love Is Fucking Right
- Radiohead – Exit Music (For A Film)
- Stellastarr* – Jenny
- Eels – Hey Man (Now Youâ€™re Really Living)
- Faith No More – The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies
- The Vines – Spaceships
- The Low Anthem – To Ohio
- Neil Young – Heart Of Gold
- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Am I Only
â€œDeceptaconâ€ by Le Tigre was really the only sensible way to start this. Born from the ashes of Bikini Kill, this is what happens when you mix riot grrrl (not sure how many Rs to use here) and electroclash. 2 Pigs was a better place when they played this on a Saturday night. Also check out Sleater-Kinney who inspired them – surely owners of one of the most instantly recognisable sounds in all music. Theyâ€™re on hiatus at the moment but the day they reform Iâ€™ll probably do some sort of highly embarrassing jig/pants-wetting combo in front of people Iâ€™m trying to impress. I canâ€™t wait.
I saw Gabby Young and other Animals and Mark Hole at the amazing Onetaste festival towards the end of 2009. Utterly different to each other, Young delivers thoughtful yet huge (almost Arcade Fire sized) folk rock infused with swing and whatever else she fancies, whereas Hole brings in your face showmanship to the table with his piano led, dark pop.
I know Thom already included a Midlake song but I couldnâ€™t resist â€œRoscoeâ€. I heard it by accident once and it got stuck in my head for about a fortnight before I could work out what the devil it was. In response to Daveâ€™s tentative Sonic Youth inclusion, â€œPurrâ€ is one of their best songs (from their best album, Dirty).
A reminder of how great so many somewhat forgotten 90s bands were is provided by Teenage Fanclub and Ride. The former peddle catchy American alternative college-rock and the latter a guitar-drenched British shoegaze that absorbs you for so totally youâ€™ve grown a beard by the time it lets you go.
Clayton Blizzard is a Bristolian chap who plays guitar, sings and raps in a full on Brizzle accent. His songs are mostly political and always hilarious. Added bonus: he plays in Cheltenham every few months too.
Smashing Pumpkinsâ€™ cover of Fleetwood Macâ€™s â€œLandslideâ€ is starker and colder than the original version but it really suits the song. Itâ€™s easy to forget how many styles the Pumpkins covered in their career when you listen to their last couple of albums, so hereâ€™s a reminder of what they could do at their best.
Gogol Bordello and Dropkick Murphys had to go on as they made some of the best drinking music of the last decade.
Stellastarr* first showed up on the Base radar when I saw them support Janeâ€™s Addiction in 2003 in the winter of bleakest Wolverhampton. They were good enough that I dragged my sorry self to see their own show in a tiny venue in Bristol (the Fleece and Firkin to be precise) a few months later, supported by some young upstarts called The Killers.
Like many a boring, ageing bastard, Iâ€™ve got into plenty more mellow stuff as Iâ€™ve got older, hence the inclusion of â€œTo Ohioâ€ by The Low Anthem, a mellow slice of Americana. Surely they must be influenced by Mr Neil Young and his gorgeous â€œHeart of Goldâ€ is my penultimate song. This song feels like the end of a summer. Finally, â€œAm I Onlyâ€ by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Theyâ€™re more famous for their unsubtle, driving rock songs but this song has an air of finality that closes the playlist nicely.