Review: Converge, The Underworld London

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The Underworld is the best name they could ever have given this grimey little hole in central Camden. It has established itself at the heart of alternative rock, metal and hardcore in England, and continues to attract the best the scene has ever had to offer. In the basement of the Worlds End, several pillars obscuring your view, and a stage so small that bands practically fall off it into the crowd, gigs are always intense. Only two days before, a good friend of mine had the pleasure of witnessing the bloodbath that was Enter Shikari – every song interrupted by a stage invasion, mass stage-diving, and reports of blood and broken noses all over the shop.

You can understand, then, a slight sense of trepidation about what injuries I”™m likely to sustain when I go to see the seminal hardcore act Converge during their European tour for Axe To Fall (Epitaph, 2009).


92 Spotisfaction Friday – 30th July 2010 – Jo Hawling

Don”™t do it, kids. Seriously. Just stay at home. I”™m feeling like 17 tonnes of horrible today. It”™s been a very busy week, very stressful. Speaking of stress, Stressechos (the band that Ben drums in when he”™s not giving out free candy to children) cut an 4 track EP yesterday. I had a sneak listen to it and I have to say, I”™m blown away. Further proof that there is more to the Cheltenham music scene than new-folk (not knocking new-folk, here. Just sayin”™, is all). Is it “new-folk” or “nu-folk”? Gah, that conjures up horrible images of Fred Durst with a resonator”¦

Anyway, without further delay, here is today”™s playlist. Bought to you by my very own Joform Hawling, entitled “Indie Disco”. Have a listen.

92 Spotisfaction Friday (30 Jul) – JHawling

Indie Disco

  1. My Life Story – You Don”™t Sparkle (In My Eyes)
  2. Marion – Sleep
  3. Menswear – Being Brave
  4. Strangelove – Beautiful Alone
  5. Soft Cell – Bedsitter
  6. The Boo Radleys – Lazarus
  7. The La”™s – There She Goes
  8. Inspiral Carpets – Saturn 5
  9. Catherine Wheel – Delicious
  10. The Bluetones – Bluetonic
  11. Sparklehorse – Someday I Will Treat You Good
  12. Kenickie – Lunch At Lassiters
  13. Gene – Olympian
  14. The Whitest Boy Alive – Timebomb
  15. Rancid – Time Bomb
  16. The Offspring – Bad Habit
  17. Primal Scream – Jailbird
  18. The Sleeper – Vegas
  19. Cake – Daria
  20. Longpigs – Happy Again
  21. P J Harvey – A Perfect Day Elise

News: Cage Against The Machine

Last year, a Facebook group got Rage Against The Machine to Christmas UK number 1. It even got Rage themselves to put on a free gig for us all.

This year, it’s Cage Against The Machine. A new Facebook campaign has been started to get John Cage’s famous avant-garde work 4’33” – notable for it’s 4-and-a-half minutes of pure silence – to Christmas number one this year.

Feel free to make as many ”˜Silent Night” puns as you see fit, and make sure you sign up for your email reminder to buy the single in 6 months time!

We like this one; lets hear silence at the top spot this Christmas.

Features Reviews

Feature: Broken Social Scene

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Not sure what this VFTA malarkey is all about? See here. To Listen along with Ben, BSS”™ Forgiveness Rock Record is on Spotify.

So, the millennium is suddenly ten years old, and the initial growing pains and troubles have been dealt with, and everyone is left looking forward in collective optimism. How apt it is then that the bands that carried the people through the bad times, remain as the soundtrack to their lives ten years on.

In 2010, Broken Social Scene continues to shine a light through the darkness.

Having released their forth studio album, Forgiveness Rock Record in May of this year, the Canadian mass ensemble seem to have created not just another skilled blend of sounds and emotions, but also a hugely credible indie-rock album. As a collection, Forgiveness Rock Record is arguably the band”™s most accessible album yet, and certainly has a mood for any listener.

Opening with the epic and achingly beautiful World Sick, it is also noticeable that the group has perfected some true anthems here. As a gentle guitar refrain meanders against an ethereal pulsing rhythm, the chanting lyrics break in, just as the guitar sprinkles off, up into the atmosphere, culminating in a ”˜smile on the face, hands in the air”™ moment of bliss. Similar moments occur in Texico Bitches and inverse romantic ballad, Sweetest Kill.

On the flip side, the band quicken the tempo and apply the brass section on tracks such as Art House Director, Forced To Love and the awe inspiring instrumental Meet Me In The Basement, to generate a wall of sound that manages to blow you away in such a charming way.

However, the true gem of the collection is All To All; an interstellar blast that fuses together everything that the band, and their previous work, is all about, dream like emotional escapism. It achieves this euphoria through its use of tinkling guitar and synth effects, with the addition of a crisp drum machine beat, laced with mouth watering vocals.

The most striking element of this current album is the transition Broken Social Scene has made, and the path that led them to it. As one trawls through the unique band”™s back catalogue, one cannot help but be amazed at just how different each collection appears; From the wispy instrumental debut, through the dark You Forgot It In People, and eventually landing in the anthemic power house of sound and feeling that they find themselves in today. This journey has molded the group from being simply another experimental indie band, to becoming fully fledged artists. After years of lulling the listener through a sweet dream, Broken Social Scene have finally escaped and now exist within their own sun soaked dream.

Ben Hawling


91 Spotisfaction Wednesday – 28th July 2010 – Mike Sheldrick

Good morning, y”™all.

It”™s very quiet at Spotisfaction Towers right now. Everyone is out doing busy things. Dave has gone on a trek to find himself. He found himself sat in front of his TV in his pants watching”¦ whatever it is the people of the daytime watch. Some god awful show no doubt, a loud mouthed presenter barking at a family of criminals to change their ways. Yes, because your angry little-penis rant will really accomplish what a 2 year stretch in a correctional facility failed to do to these people. I shudder to think that TV such as this is allowed to exist. That”™s why I don”™t watch TV. That and Big Brother. Oh, and soaps. I mean, seriously guys”¦ come on. I digress”¦

Today”™s playlist is by the standup gentleman known as “WastedLegend”, aka Mike Sheldrick. A long serving, long suffering friend of mine. I”™m quite excited about this one, truth be told. Hardcore Mike is hardcore. I”™ll leave the rest to him.

91 Spotisfaction Wednesday (28 Jul) – MSheldrick

Ballads of a Broken Man ”“ Playlist by Mike Sheldrick (@Wasted_Legend)

  1. Creep – Radiohead
  2. The Scientist – Coldplay
  3. Dry Your Eyes – The streets
  4. Blinded by the Sun – The Seahorses
  5. Original – Leftfield
  6. 40 Days – Lali-Puna
  7. Image of you – Red Snapper
  8. Six Says – DJ Shadow
  9. Everybody Hurts – REM
  10. Mr Nicholls – Coldcut
  11. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
  12. Fast Car – The Rock Masters (Tracy Chapman cover)
  13. Open your window – Reverend & The Makers
  14. Get yourself together – Tahiti 80
  15. The Warmth – Incubus
  16. Hello – The Seahorses
  17. Everything will be alright – The Killers

The title should explain the main theme of this playlist. I wanted to create a mini-symphony of tracks to play that really captivate the emotions behind the moment you hit rock-bottom. The tunes compiled here are a few numbers that I think best tell the story of a mind going round in circles trying to make sense of a situation. Taken literally, the songs listed here may demonstrate emotions you might feel during a break up, but this isn”™t necessarily the theme. Rather, the tracks are meant to hold a sense of understanding that you can connect and relate to.
Starting with “Creep”. Reminding me of my days at school, I can picture a lost soul wandering round the courtyard feeling like a very small fish in a very big pond, struggling to fit in. The next few tracks sort of reflect a mind in pieces questioning all angles, The themes get a little darker towards the middle, towards the lyrically intense “Mr Nicholls”. I felt that to help ease the mood, I introduce a masterpiece of song writing from the legendary Leonard Cohen. Having seen this live at Glastonbury a few years ago, I can remember being reduced to tears as I witness a chorus of countless thousands waving their arms as he serenaded us with his deep and purposeful voice. Continuing in a refreshing vein, the list concludes with a few tracks that I feel still have a soulful sadness whilst also maintaining a sense of quiet optimism. However desperate the situation, two things you should remember.

You are not alone.

No matter how dark the night, the sun will always rise.

Hope you enjoy.


Review: Mystery Jets – Seratonin

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Mystery Jets career seems to be in an odd yet encouraging position compared to the wave of British indie bands that have fallen before them. Never achieving mass commercial success, but with a dedicated following, critic approval and song writing stamina to still warrant the attention of fans, critics and media alike. At the grand old age of 3 albums, the Mystery Jets have everything to play for. The good news for all involved is that the Eel Pie islanders from London have produced another gem to add to their last release, 2008”™s infectious ”˜Twenty One”™.

It seems inaccurate to state that the Mystery Jets have matured on this album, but there is a noticeable added depth to the song writing on ”˜Serotonin”™. ”˜It”™s Too Late”™ demonstrates the bands ability to recreate the grandeur of power-ballads without descending into Bonnie Tyler-esque melodrama. The melodies are as striking as the honest and tender delivery by lead singer Blaine Harrison, accurately evoking the feelings of many heart-broken 20-somethings across the land. ”˜Flash a Hungry Smile”™ feels like, what can now be titled as, a ”˜classic”™ Mystery Jets track. It”™s an experimental yet playful outing into the pop universe with fuzzy guitars, sweeping whistle harmonies and lyrics about the more promiscuous side of love. Like many songs in their back catalogue, it”™s instantly catchy yet they never bore, nor do they repeat themselves, such is the skill and craft of their material. And just when you think they”™ve peaked, title track ”˜Serotonin”™ starts its cinematic, pop assault on the listener. The vocal refrain near the end ”˜Sero, Serotonin”™ has been lingering in my head for at least 2 weeks as if to prove two points. Firstly that a) this is the best song of the summer so far and b) that I still haven”™t finished reviewing this brilliant album yet you moron!

There are a couple of tracks which contain some less inspired moments as these peaks. ”˜Melt”™ plods along, struggling to keep up with the 80s pop-euphoria pace and ”˜Lady Gray”™ lacks the flare of other tracks, but these are minor set backs. ”˜Serotonin”™ will cement the love for fans of the Mystery Jets and hopefully serve as an invitation card for those who may have passed them by. It”™s an album which is deserving of more exposure and a bigger audience than it will sadly receive.



Feature: Go Make Stuff

Article by Richard Capener.

We never could have dreamed of MySpace let alone Spotify: we were still making cassettes to swap in the playground. This was before Radio 1 DJs started chatting over the intros and outros of tuneage so us guerillas couldn”™t capture tracks whole. Then the internet made this redundant, thank goodness.

I thank goodness for the usual reasons: bring music to the people! let music be free-in-the-monetary-and-ethical-sense-of-the-word! bring down the taste makers! let not music be goverened by radio committee! and other pop favorites. I”™m unforgivable because I agree with the above statements yet, brace yourselves, I want to make a living out of art. “The horror! The horror!”

It feels dirty to say that as if it violates artistic integrity and the art itself. ”˜I”™ve made all my money from copyright,”™ says Richard James of Aphex Twin fame, the indie darling, pivotal in the pioneering of ”˜bedroom studios”™ and the popularity of experimental music evangelists Warp Records. For many of us former guerillas looking to live off doing whatever the hell we want, copyright can be a foul spirit sitting on our shoulder, offering us the dollar”¦Â 

Darren Wershler, media scholar and poet who”™s made the majority of his books accessible online (and, among other things, assisted the internet archiving of lengendary Canadian poet bpNichol), uploaded an article, originally published in THIS titled, ”˜Writers Of The World, Unclench: Digital technology is making it impossible to control the speed of intellectual property. So, how are artists supposed to make a living from their work? Give it away.”™ ( Here”™s a very good excerpt:

Canadian media activist and SF writer Cory Doctorow has taken the success of a hybrid online/print approach to publishing and cranked it up to 11. His novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom was simultaneously published in hardcover by Tor Books and made available for free download from the author”™s website. Doctorow reports that the book received over 75,000 downloads in the first month. Many of those people will shell out for a print copy of either Down and Out or Doctorow”™s other titles, partly because reading off of a screen is an intensely annoying experience, partly because people crave the solidity of a book the same way that they fetishize any other object (yes, book readers, you are all perverts), partly because they want to show support for what they believe is a good idea. Doctorow has built a massive, appreciative audience based on goodwill. And what”™s the point of writing without an audience?

The eponymous debut album by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was self released and praised on MP3 blogs then released in the UK by the lovely Whicita Recordings. The record, initially mailed out by the band”™s bassist Tyler Sargent, has now sold over 125,000 units.

Likewise the Artic Monkeys”™ seventeen track demo CD, Beneath the Boardwalk, was given away at gigs then file-shared by fans. ”˜[”¦] we never made those demos to make money or anything. We were giving them away free anyway – that was a better way for people to hear them,”™ (

Many homies in my age range (20-25) heard of Aphex Twin via reputation so we downloaded a couple of tunes and, hurrah!, bought his records: even if albums were initially released within copyright”™s shackles they can have a life longer than the one CDs would have afforded them.

Bands and/or laptop musicians need not worry about giving everything away, writers can calm down about and filmmakers can upload their their work to YouTube and/or Vimeo.

Now go make stuff.


90 Spotisfaction Monday – 26th July 2010 – James TAE

Evening all,

Sorry for the delayed playlist today. Here it is, forgive us? James is up with his prog awesomeness.


90 Spotisfaction Monday (26 Jul) – JTAE

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TITLE: Progressive Intention.

1.  Behaving Badly – Animals As Leaders
2.  Praha (Ancient Gold) – Ephel Duath
3.  South Side Of The Sky – Yes
4.  The Return Of The Giant Hogweed – Genesis
5.  Strange Deja Vu [Scene Two] – Dream Theater
6.  Deus Nova – Pain Of Salvation
7.  Vocari Dei – Pain Of Salvation
8.  Point To Point – Animals As Leaders
9.  To Rid The Disease – Opeth
10. Blind Curve: Vocal Under Bloodlight/
Passing Strangers/Mylo/Perimetre Walk/Threshold – Marillion
11. Hoedown – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
12. Cross Eyed Mary – Jethro Tull
13. Plant A Nail In the Navel Stream – The Mars Volta
14. Faminepulse – The Mars Volta
15. Kasia – Rolo Tomassi
16. The First Man on Earth – Ayreon
17. The Sound Of Muzak – Porcupine Tree
18. Duel With The Devil – Transatlantic


The term ”˜Prog rock”™ seems to have a lot of connertations. One of my favourite answers to the dismissal of certain ”˜labels”™ was uttered by the Mars Volta thus:

“We are really tired of those labels and questions. Concept album? How can any huge project that takes up most of your life for a year not have a concept? Prog? How can any innovative, forward-thinking art or music not be progressive? It reminds me of when I first heard the term “Emo”, which was the most ridiculous label ever. How can anything you put your heart and soul into not be emotional?”

With that out the way, I”™ve tried to do a mix that introduces people to what Prog, is, was, can be. Yes, there are odd time signatures, long songs, a little cheesiness, frantic musicianship, but there are also interesting, beautiful songs, incredible lyrics, and heartfelt experimentation.

The founders of prog from the 70s and 80s are well represented – crazy tracks from Yes, Genesis, Marillion, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Jethro Tull help outline the heritage of prog.  A noticeable absence is King Crimson: Robert Fripp deciding to have all of his music removed from Spotify.

Then there”™s perhaps the most visible representation of prog these days – Prog Metal.  Animals as Leaders blend jazz riffs, crushing metal guitars, electronic percussion and soft synths to create a plush, dynamic atmosphere.  Ephel Duath blend thrash with pure jazz aesthetic.  Pain of Salvation take concepts to their extremes, whilst at the same time creating the most loving compositions – Vocari Dei is one of the most touching progressive songs I think you”™ll ever encounter. Rolo Tomassi go for abstract song structures and extreme changes in dynamics, while Porcupine Tree craft accessibility into all their songs.

Closing the mix, Transatlantic are quintessentially prog.  Suite-length songs, pop/rock/metal/jazz/psychadelic segues, cheesiness, musicianship.  At 26 minutes, Duel With The Devil doesn”™t try to be anything, other than a joy!


Review: 2000 Trees Festival 2010

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It was different this year. As 2000 Trees entered its fourth year it would appear that it is starting to become ”˜known”™. So much so that for the first time since the festival”™s start, they managed to sell out tickets to the event before it started.

The problem with selling more tickets is that there are more people to get into the site and this means queues. And it”™s in a queue that I found myself on Friday morning when Maybeshewill took to the stage. While I may not have been able to see the stage, thankfully I was able to hear them as I waited to enter the site. The people in front of me in the queue may not have been fans of the soft post-rock meanderings that wafted over us, thinking that it all sounded the same (I didn”™t want to point out that it was in fact just one long post-rock epic) – they didn”™t appreciate the sounds that gently caressed us and made the hour long queue a bit more bearable.

Post rock was to be a bit of theme for me for the entire weekend which is good as it”™s a genre I have a fondness for as can be seen in my post rock playlist. But before my next instalment of post rock there were some other acts to see.

Bags dropped off at the campsite we first made a move to the Leaf Lounge to catch part of the David Goo Variety Band set followed by Midnight Mile – two bands that, thanks to The Cheltenham Underground and I Started The Fire, I had seen before and two bands that produced solid sets. David Goo is an act that is extremely hard to categorise: imagine if you grabbed a bit of every genre and mixed it together with a bit of theatre and you”™d start to get an idea of what to expect. Midnight Mile are much easier to describe, being part of the I Started The Fire folk based label you know where their roots are but mixed with a bit of soul and acoustica to produce a deep soul felt sound.

But there was no time to hang around the Leaf Lounge as there was an appointment to be kept at the Green House for the performance of Spotisfaction hero Men Diamler. A solo performer that has more power than many bands I have seen Men Diamler truly has to be seen to be believed. Wandering on and off stage as the whim takes him Men Diamler doesn”™t need a sound system to be at his best and many an audience member will get a very close, and sometimes intimidating, look at his performance. I have seen Men Diamler a few times in the last few months and his performances just seem to be improving. A mix of own songs and traditional spiritual songs, hymns and shanties this is a sound that can divide the opinion of the listeners as much as his antics can physically divide the audience.

Then time to hit the main stage for one of the acts I really wanted to see and yes it was a bit of post rock. And So I Watch You From Afar may sound like something a stalker would say but it”™s also more words than you”™ll hear in an entire set from the band. An entirely instrumental set may not be everyone”™s cup of tea but these guys pulled it off with aplomb. The band were tight and the sound was phenomenal, this was post rock excellence being performed for our pleasure. With a sound much heavier than some of their post rock counterparts, this quintet from Belfast stormed through a flawless set full of swooping guitars and thrashing drums that is much more tightly structured then it may appear to the casual listener. The sheer forcefulness of their sound is proof that while lyrics can move you, music alone can get you moving.

A break for some food, and some more cider, as well as a wander around the site to check things out before heading back to the main stage to check out the headliners.

First up were Errors, more post-rock musing but this time with a much more electronic, synth laden feel. Melodic and tuneful, the Glaswegian four piece effortlessly blend their playful synth refrains with post-rock guitars and frantic drumming. There is comfortable cohesiveness amongst the band that creates a sound that almost rolls off the stage and over the crowd, settling comfortably into the spaces around everyone. This music isn”™t in your face, it”™s more subtle, tempting you in to investigate more.

Next we had Metronomy and quite frankly this was one of the best sets of the weekend. Full of energy and, of course, with a funky light show, Metronomy”™s current line up lit up the stage both literally and metaphorically. A mixture of smart electro pop and experimental new rave Metronomy can be hard to categorise but when they put on a show like this genres mean nothing. Pumping tunes like Heatbreaker and You Could Easily Have Me into the audience, the crowd responded with some highly energetic dancing that lifted the mood of the festival above the rain that had fallen during the day.

And finally there was headliner Frank Turner”¦
”¦hmm yeah I think I”™ll just leave that one there



Feature: Gig Rig

Howdy folks, and merry Friday to one and all!

Monday”™s feature, Tomorrow”™s Sounds Today, included reviews for the latest releases from I Am Kloot and Lissie, both of whom have gigs coming up at Thekla in Bristol in September and October respectively. If you liked what you heard then why not check them out live.

In the run up to their appearance at V Festival and following the success last year of their latest album, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Kasabian will be performing a one-off gig at the O2 Academy in Brixton. Definitely worth a look-in if you live in the London area.

and Hurts are two artists that make an appearance on Kitsuné Maison Compilation 9: Petite Bateau Edition, the latest instalment from the French electronic music label Kitsuné. They have already had a decent amount of airtime on the radio and with a bit of luck will be destined for great things.

As always, hit the link for listings.


Review: Captain Horizon – Captain Horizon

Following our interview with these guys earlier this week, we review their eponymous four-track debut EP Captain Horizon.

Listening to Captain Horizon, I get it.  I feel like the band are introducing themselves to us, shaking our hands, and loosely highlighting their surface ideals – a handful of steady, light influences to engratiate themselves and spark some dialogue, without really getting into the nitty gritty of their deeper, more thoughtful, individual abberations.

The EP starts with Poker, a barn-storming alt-rock showpiece.  The intro appears reminiscent of Oasis”™ The Shock Of The Lightning, but any allusions to the indie plebs are shot out of the water as soon as the main grunge-tinted riff kicks in, driven by the furious bass work of the consistently compelling Alex Thomson.  The opening gambit from singer Steve Whittington – a gutteral screech pitched somewhere between Chris Cornell and Steven Tyler – tells us where we are: this is classic, stadium rock, and you”™re going to feel every drop of Whitty”™s blood, sweat and lyrical spit.

It”™s not until the final 20 seconds of the song that we notice the band have a drummer at all.  For the preceding 3 minutes the beats have been simple 2/4 measure; sure, the occassional fills were air-tight, but there”™s a niggling question as to why rhythm is being avoided altogether.  It”™s not until Whitty raises the roof on the final rendition of the chorus that drummer James Merrix takes control, stretching us over an aching triplet fill that drops into half time, brilliantly drawing out the pulse and bringing a taut ending to an upliftingly tense conclusion.

Next up is riff-laden Fall Like That, a nod to Audioslave that never quite matches the distinction set by Poker.  Thomson continues to power the band, his bass runs during the chorus focussing our attention, and later holding together an otherwise disappointing solo section.

By far the EPs highlight is third track What”™s Going On?.  The four-piece dove-tail each other to marvellous effect, blending their influences and talents into one fantastic composition.  Merrix and Thomson provide suitably understated backing for guitarist Joshua Watson”™s exquisite guitar lines.  While the solo on Fall Like That seemed restrained and by-the-book, it”™s on What”™s Going On? that the melodic flow of Watson”™s legatto style comes to real fruition.  Watson and Thomson trade riffs until, on 3 minutes, the chorus comes back and Watson”™s musical voice is given some airtime – and when the chorus comes back with the band in full swing, we”™ve been treated to the best 30 second of the EP.  Watson and Thomson also provide great vocal support to Whittington, who shows his fantastic vocal capabilities the most here – honest but restrained in the verses, angry but dignified in the chorus.

Tears From The Eye is the bands attempt at a bluesy ballad, and it”™s here that I appreciated what the aim was for this EP – each song is a standard of some sort, aimed at showing the various nuances the band are capable of.  In this respect, each of the songs are successful.  Tears From The Eye is well paced and well balanced.  Where it falls down, perhaps, is that it”™s a little too standard – in trying to avoid calling a song ”˜Tears”™, it”™s called Tears From The Eye, leading to the question.. where else do tears come from?  The outro riff brings a nice change of pace to the song and a definitive end to the EP, but the riff just isn”™t all that fun”¦

Now these boys have fleshed out all these ideas and they know what works, I think the next release will provide a better indication of the direction Captain Horizon is going in.  Here”™s a group of 4 talented and ambitious guys, now we want to hear them have a little fun.  The band are currently working on a new EP, and we look forward to a full-length in good time, where they”™ll have room to showcase their range of talents without the worry of squeezing it all into 4 tracks.  Garnering praise for their live show as well, we also recommend you see Captain Horizon at a gig soon.

The EP is available to listen to on Spotify now.



89 Spotisfaction Friday – 23rd July 2010 – Woody Whyte

Afternoon, folkens. How goes it?

Apparently, it”™s Friday today. This means that we are due a weekend. What you guys doing this weekend? I”™m planning on heading over to The Swan in Cheltenham for Swanfest, an annual music alldayer comprised of local talent. Amongst this years acts are the fantastic Juey, John Madden & Tom Mitchell and Stressechos. I”™ll be there from 2pm, what about you?

Today”™s playlist is something that is going to take many of us back a number of years to simpler, more romantic times. The innocence of youth, eh? It”™s Woody”™s college rock playlist. I hopeth you enjoy.

Also: Send More Playlists.

89 Spotisfaction Friday (22 Jul) – WWhyte


  1. Pavement – Cut Your Hair
  2. Weezer – Say It Ain”™t So
  3. The Breeders – Cannonball
  4. REM – The One I Love
  5. Violent Femmes – Kiss Off
  6. Pixies – Gigantic
  7. Jane”™s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
  8. Nirvana – About A Girl
  9. Third Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life
  10. Nada Surf – Popular
  11. Sonic Youth – Kool Thing
  12. L7 – Pretend We”™re Dead
  13. Drop Nineteens – Winona
  14. The Replacements – Here Comes A Regular
  15. Weezer – Island In The Sun
News Reviews

News: Foals

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Following their Mercury Prize Nomination, Foals”™ Total Life Forever is now available to listen to on Spotify.

The Spotify release includes a 23 minute interview with Yannis, speaking about the new album, his childhood, his growing interest in subversive culture and music, and a revealing commentary on the growth of the band since the first album. Listen to this, now!

Taken from my Foals Glastonbury review:

“The new album, Total Life Forever (Transgressive, 2010), was a realisation of the growing maturity in the band. The songs are louder, deeper (take a bow, Mr Sitek), more balanced, more energetic. It”™s still definitely downtempo, but you sense, when you see Foals live, that they”™ve got their craft exactly right now – explore songs and dynamics on record, but see them live to truly understand the band.”


Playlist: Tramlines Festival

Here’s Rhys (in his own, unapologetically unique style) with his take on this weekend’s free Tramlines Festival in Sheffield. If you’re going, let him know in the comments below – he’ll be the crazy person, you won’t miss him.

*Dons Ringmaster Costume*

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls. Roll up. Roll up for a free festival in the fine Yorkshire city of Sheffield. You heard me right, Madam. Free. For You. In Sheffield. This Weekend. That’s right, this weekend of the 24th to the 26th of July. What’s that Sir? The Queues? You have heard correctly, Sir, that last year Queues were a problem but worry no more! We have rectified this problem and the result is less waiting and more entertaining!

We have a cavalcade of artistes and troubadours for your delectation and delight. Take a look at this e-flyer for details, and as a sneak peek take a listen to this Electronic Concert I have complied for you of our Biggest Names. All you need do is click here.

More details of the concert performers and some of their songs after the jump!

Tramlines 2010 Playlist:

  1. Echo And The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
  2. Mystery Jets – Lorna Doone
  3. Simian Mobile Disco – Tits & Acid
  4. 65daysofstatic – The Major Cities Of The World Are Being Destroyed One By One By The Monsters
  5. Toddla T featuring Mr Versatile – Rice And Peas
  6. Blood Red Shoes – Don’t Ask
  7. Rolo Tomassi – I love Turbulence
  8. Dum Dum Girls – Longhair
  9. Craig David – What’s Your Flava? – Radio Edit
  10. Darwin Deez – The Suicide Song
  11. Oris Jay – Trippin (Original Mix)
  12. The Hoosiers – Worried About Ray
  13. Focus – Harem Scarem
  14. The King Blues – Save The World, Get The Girl
  15. Pulled Apart By Horses – I Punched A Lion In The Throat
  16. Three Trapped Tigers – 6
  17. Macka B – I Don’t Like Reggae
  18. The Twilight Sad – That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy
  19. Dinosaur Pile-Up – Opposites Attract

So just click here to hear them. And remember the big performance is this weekend. Come one, Come all.

Features Reviews

Feature: New to Spotify

[Editors note: This was supposed to be published on Monday 19th July. However, due to circumstances beyond our control it was delayed until this evening. We have decided to leave this article intact and not change anything as to uphold the writers integrity. So when you read this (and I honestly suggest you do) please make pretend it is in fact, Monday 19th. We extend our deepest apologies for the delay.]

Greetings travellers and welcome to the section of Spotisfaction that deals with all that is new and improved! In this series our aim is to get our hands dirty with what”™s new and unheard in the vast waters of Spotify and to give you our tasters and recommendations based on those findings on a fortnightly basis. We hope you enjoy what you read and what you hear, with any luck it will lead you to new artists and sounds.

All of the selections in this fortnightly musical smorgasbord have come up in recent days in the “what”™s new” section in Spotify. To make life easier for you the consumer, the Spotisfaction team has done what it does best and listened through them all and selected for you what we feel are some of the best bits. Enjoy!

1. I Am Kloot ”“ Sky At Night
If you”™ve never listened to I am Kloot before this album is a great place to start. Tuneful, melodic and mellow with great storytelling. Clever feelgood tales encapsulated in subtle strings, soulful piano and glorious harmonies. It is sometimes difficult to draw parallels in albums and often unfair to encapsulate people. This album contains such rich variety both musically and lyrically that it almost defies encapsulation. Its an album to give your undivided attention in some “you” time. To give it a casual listen doesn”™t give it justice, a great antidote to life outside. Grab a drink and your cans and let the stories become a part of you.

2. Laura Marling ”“ Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling & Dharohar Project
A short EP but in my mind, great musical progress. If you haven”™t heard Laura”™s most recent album, I would strongly recommend it but this EP mixes a great blend of folk guitar, vocal craftsmanship and indian music. Its a mix on paper you would never think as one that would work but the resultant effect is one so strong it begs a whole album. The lead track is a remix of the excellent Devil”™s Spoke but sufficiently different to avoid the feeling of short-changed.

3. The Roots ”“ How I Got Over
I”™m sure most of you are no strangers to the excellent, boundary-pushing work done by The Roots and this album is no different. It”™s not often that an artist can demand a listen without justification but this is another of those excellent efforts. So many styles and instruments come to blend and served with that unmistakable beat craftsmanship they are famous for, a top choice.

4. Belle & Sebastian ”“ Push Barman To Open Old Wounds
This 25 track epic can”™t be accused of not being value for your hard earned! The concept of “double albums” seems to have waned over the years and the move into the digital age has made many lazy in commerical record land, knowing they can get away with 7 tracks or extreme filler. Musically this album screams positivity without ramming it down your throat or becoming sugar coated saccharin. Some of the tunes are not conventional happy but every time I listen to it I feel summer , I want to take to open space with a picnic blanket, some shades, this album and just let the world go by while I feel good in my little bubble. Echoes of Velvet Underground, hints of the Undertones, an album I”™m sure the great JP would have loved!

5 – Two Door Cinema Club ”“ Tourist History
These guys were completely new to me when I first put this album on to play and my immediate thought was “Bloc Party”. That in my opinion could not be a bad thing but on a second listen I realised that was unfair. They borrow a little of the style but there is so much more to it. Brilliantly layered tracks with an unmistakable flow, hints to other bands hear and there but it all comes together in a bright, clean, pacey extravaganza that will not leave you disappointed.

6 – Lissie ”“ Why You Runnin”™
A sneaky little EP for the end and another folk one. It seems that Folk is in a difficult place in many ways, lots of people associate the word with different things but I think there are a strong breed of female folk artists out there at the moment, with this being another great example. Essences of Joni Mitchell vocally and lyrically but with a glorious guitar backbone running through subtly augmented with Piano and a whole cavalcade of instruments and voice. If you only listen to one of my recommendations this month, please try this one and give this style of music another try.

I hope you enjoy our choices, A playlist containing this and a few other subtle picks not listed is below if you don”™t want them on a per album basis. See you in 2 weeks!

New to Spotify – July 19th 2010