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Playlist of influence.


I have many different playlists across various services. On iTunes I have about 60 different playlists currently. I have about 20 playlists on Spotify. Some of these are functional collecting a genre or artist together, some are something more life giving. I have a playlist filled with songs I like driving to called “driving”. I have one filled with songs of that help my think about faith called “Worth”. I have a playlist of fragile songs called “fragile”. On the more frivolous side I have a playlist called “six” that just has the sixth song off of a load of albums and one playlist called “way” that only has songs with the word way in the title. I even have an entire history of a band, the blue nile, or list build from the a set list of a concert I have seen, Steve Taylor and the Perfect Foil.

Tonight I have been listening to one of the playlists called “40”. The playlist aims to draw together one album from each year I have been alive that means something to me. (The albums don’t really need to be one a year but roughly so). They start with the music of my father and mother, Cliff Richard, the Beach Boys and John Denver. The music of my brother including the band he sang in. The music of my teenage, my Contemporary Christian Music leanings through to today and the dream pop leanings. I don’t often listen to this list, but tonight it has been on. The Boy has enjoyed it being on.

I have always known that the power of song is significant but tonight it struck me just how much of my belief is informed and reinforced by song. How much I am uncritical of songs but adopt them as my own and have a view of faith I have found through song. I learned and identified with song. In listening to this playlist I have been revisiting my initial thoughts about my theological worldview and discovering how much it has shaped me. I don’t quite know what to think but in the meantime I will enjoy.

#Bestof2015, musical albums, the Long List of Long Players.

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So in 2015 i got some music and liked a lot of it. here is the long list from which my top three albums of the year will be chosen in some order. As always all musical albums I heard for the first time in 2015 are eligible for consideration and the selection decision is my own.

What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World by The Decemberists
Stranger Kings by Stranger Kings
Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Think by Courtney Barnett
Short Movie by Luara Marling
The Shakes by Herbert
The Scene Between by The Go! Team
Growing up is for Trees by I’m From Barcelona
Goon by Tobias Jesso jr
Apologues by Masatoshi Fujita
Song Spells, No. 1: Cedarsmoke by Sea Wolf
Hello I Feel The Same by The Innocence Mission
Eas by Iain Morrison
Amor Supremo by Carla Morrison
Depression Cherry by Beach House
Currents by Tame Impala

and in case you missed it, below is volume 10 of my mixtape series Laconic Hegemony, “20fifteen” containing some of my favourite songs of 2015

20fifteen (Laconic hegemony volume 10) by Sch3lp on Mixcloud

what are you listening too? (two)

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This is a brief half-year report on some of the new music I have heard and enjoyed over the last 6 months (July to December 2015). Some are famous, some are not, some you have heard of, some you will not. I hope it is interesting to try to gather them together for your information and delight. If you wish you can let me know what you have been listening to in the comments section.
(you can find the january to july selection here.)

The High County by Someone Still Loves you Boris Yeltsin – File under Indie Rock.
Chances by Minipop – File under Indie Rock.
The Fire Inside by Luke Sittal Singh – File under Indie Pop.
I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty – File under Indie Folk.
Totally Mild by Down Time – File under Indie rock.
Lodge by Lone Wolf – File under Singer songwriter.
The Great Divide by Andrew Howie – File under Indie Pop.
Beneath the skin by Of Monsters and Men – File under Pop.
Silverball by Barenaked Ladies – File under Pop.
Sleep by Max Richter – File under Classical.
Trapped in amber by Jonnie Common – File under Electronic.
Wild Knights by Aqueduct – File under Indie Rock.
Simple Songs by Jim O’Rouke – File under Pop.
Surf by Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment – File under Hip Hop.
February 15 Ep by Nao – File under Electronic.

Barenaked Ladies 1/oct/15 at o2 ABC glasgow

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on Thursday evening, I accompanied my wife to see one of here favourite bands in the big town, 4 Canadian middle-aged men in a band called Barenaked Ladies. The gig was great fun with plenty of crowd interaction and making everyone laugh. It was a good show. they played a good range of new and old stuff and people generally seemed to be having fun.

musically the change from a 5 to a four piece has taken a while to settle down. the shows have been good and fun, but this time it felt more confident as a four piece. maybe confident is the wrong word, perhaps comfortable is closer description, in many ways it felt stronger than it had before.

perhaps this feeling has to do with the songs on the new album Silverball. It simple when you know that as a band you will be getting royalties from airplay of “One week” or other american chart single successes, or of course the royalties from the theme tune of TV series “the Big Bang theory”. Yet the writing on the 3 albums since 2010 have been getting stronger, 2010’s All in Good Time is a good album, “Grinning Streak” from 2013 is a very good album, and the current album Silverball is also a very good album. and part of the comfortableness I think I detected was a band who were confident with who they were and how they were doing things and that came across well.

anyway a really good show with Colin Hay of off Men at Work as the support act.

What are you listening too?

 

This is a brief half-year report on some of the new music I Have heard and enjoyed over the last 6 months (January – July). some are famous, some are not, some you have heard of, some you will  not. anyway it is interesting to try to gather them together for your information and delight. If you wish you can let me know what you have been listening to in the comments section.

a0584391936_16Against Illusions and Reality by Parks, Squares and Alleys – File under Dreampop.

homepage_large.8a8c51f9All Are Saved by Fred Thomas  – File under Indie Rock.

UnknownA Bad Wind Blows in my Heart by Bill Ryder Jones – File under Indie Folk.

Broken-Temples-Album-CoverBroken Temples by Kevin Max – File under Pop.

AKR099-Cover-471x471Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens – File under Indie Folk.

tame-impala-currentsCurrents by Tame Impala – File under Rock.

a1422141892_16Eas by Iain Morrison – File under Folk.

12inch_recordjacketEscape From Evil by Lower Dens – File under Indie Rock.

packshotGirls In Peacetime Want to Dance by Belle & Sebastian – File Under Indie Pop.

71V2TVxKYcL._SX425_Goon by Tobias Jesso Jr – File under Indie Pop.

91HM55-T3xL._SX425_Growing Up is for Trees by I’m From Barcelona – File under Indie Pop.

51-ao7nX-qL._SX425_Lucid Dreaming by Say Lou Lou – File under Dreampop.

tumblr_inline_ndsm9uWHp91rr1q7fNatalie Prass by Natalie Prass – file under Indie Pop.

a2440765326_10PlagueThe Eastern Sea – File under Rock.

6192238The Scene Between by The Go Team – File under Electronic.

41nZeLYQ7EL._SS280Short Movie by Laura Marling – File under Indie.

imageSleeping Operator by The Barr Brothers – File under Country.

courtney_barnett_sometimes_i_sit_front_2Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit by Courtney Barnett – File under Rock.

a0804357521_16Stranger Kings by Stranger Kings – File under Dreampop.

medium.eVt0krDOwUlXl7qCsdavEwhDLmfcSUHUdBo6xL_5t38The Waterfall by My Morning Jacket – File under Rock.

TerribleBeautiful_a02d48f1-01be-43ad-8a18-14a4c405bf56_1024x1024What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World by The Decemberists – File under Indie Pop.

Beach House & Stranger Kings, much dream pop goodness.

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I am a sucker for some dream pop, and two new music releases of a dream pop type persuasion are soon to be in my possession, (well one on order and one being shipped from the USA). The first is the new album by Beach House called “Depression Cherry”. I have this ordered without hearing anything from it yet, so it better be good… I am confident it will be, I loved the album “Bloom” from 2012. It is a remarkably good album, so good it is one of the 38 albums I choose to carry with me on an MP3 device at all times. The question is whether to buy tickets for Beach House’s October 26th Glasgow concert or not. I suspect I will, but I am not sure how rock and roll it will be. (Below is a film Beach House made with performances of 4 songs from Bloom.) The second album I have bought is by a Californian dream pop practitioners called Stranger Kings. You can listen to the album on band camp below. They have gorgeous 80’s peter hook influenced base work, dreamy guitars, and a beautiful voice on top, whats not to like right?
mucho musical goodness.

Delightful Intermissions – Music – July Talk

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Just got the album by July Talk. Iam really liking it. Their bio describes them as,

Imagine Tom Waits and Amy Millan shouting whiskey-soaked lullabies while backed by the members of Crazy Horse and youʼd have a good start. Striking a frenzied balance between Americana and dance-floor-filling indie-rock, July Talkʻs Beauty and the Beast aesthetic burns a little going down, but is sure to warm your belly …

It is a greatalbuma nd they are playing live in glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, on Tuesday next week, (30th September). It should be a good evening. If you fancy it, Shout.

GUNS + AMMUNITION

SUMMER DRESS

All my favorite people are broken.

All my favorite people are broken
Believe me
My heart should know

Some prayers are better left unspoken
I just wanna hold you
And let the rest go

All my friends are part saint and part sinner
We lean on each other
Try to rise above

We’re not afraid to admit we’re all still beginners
We’re all late bloomers
When it comes to love

All my favorite people are broken
Believe me
My heart should know

Orphaned believers, skeptical dreamers
Step forward
You can stay right here
You don’t have to go

Is each wound you’ve received
Just a burdensome gift?
It gets so hard to lift
Yourself up off the ground

But the poet says, We must praise the mutilated world
We’re all workin’ the graveyard shift
You might as well sing along

All my favorite people are broken
Believe me
My heart should know

(As for) your tender heart—
This world’s gonna rip it wide open
It ain’t gonna be pretty
But you’re not alone

‘Cause all my favorite people are broken
Believe me
My heart should know

Orphaned believers, skeptical dreamers
You’re welcome
Yeah, you’re safe right here
You don’t have to go

‘Cause all my favorite people are broken
Believe me
I should know

Some prayers are better left unspoken
I just wanna hold you
And let the rest go

From The album The Long Surrender, by Over the Rhine
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