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Compiling these playlists is unquestionably one of the few things to look forward to in the week. Here we have another seven days, another playlist on Spotify, and another rather excellent bunch of artists and bands alike in this week's Spotifriday Playlist, inspired (somewhat) by the content which has been going up around us. Click here for this week's content themed Spotifriday playlist and pretend it's the weekend already.
1.The Mountain Goats - 'Psalms 40:2'
Yet again we start a Spotifriday playlist with a band who needs little or no introduction. It's the bloody Mountain Goats, who earlier this week released their NINE HUNDREDTH studio album, The Life of the World to Come, which we gave 8/10.
2.Wild Beasts - 'All The King's Men'
It's been around for a while, but the greatest four things to have out of Kendal EVER released 'All The King's Men' on Monday, perhaps the most singley single cut on Two Dancers yet one which, unsurprisingly, still abounds with oddness and some degree of mysticism.
3.Vampire Weekend - 'Mansard Roof'
Did Vampire Weekend's recent advertising campaign for their new album, Contra, annoy you deeply? Me too. Still, the anticipation of that album has somewhat quashed this feeling significantly. As did the new track they released into the public domain t'other day. It's called 'Horchata', a word I now know the meaning of.
4.Edwyn Collins - 'A Girl Like You'
In a slightly bizarre twist of events, Scottish singer-bloke Edwyn Collins was prohibited from uploading his own song onto MySpace. Odd indeed. Funnily enough, it was this very song, which is on Spotify, fortunately for us. Massively overplayed, yes. Brilliant? Still.
5.Idlewild - 'A Film For The Future'
Can anyone remember a time when Idlewild weren't around? They are the definition of British indie-stalwarts. This week they released Post Electric Blues. We're not sure if the blues are post or the electric is, but we said it was "a testament to Idlewild's stylistic and thematic consistency, while standing head and shoulders above the two albums which preceded it, if not quite equalling their career highs." The rawness overfloweth in this track, taken from their rough-around-the-edges debut Hope Is Important.
6.No Age - 'Sun Spots'
A double bubble of No Age fantasticness this week, with their Losing Feeling EP being released and reviewed, as well as an interview with the duo. This one's short, sweet, moderately dreamy and fairly fuzzy. As if you expected anything less!
7.Pavement - 'Shady Lane'
HONESTLY GUYS. How much longer can this Pavement FRENZY go on for? At least a little while yet, I'd imagine. The news this week is that they'll be headlining and curating one of the May ATP weekends next year. Next week, who knows? Maybe they'll announce they're playing my living room. That would be FRIGGIN' AWESOME.
8.Biffy Clyro - 'Saturday Superhouse'
We got ourselves a first listen to Scottish powerhouse that is Biffy Clyro's new record, Only Revolutions, the follow-up to 2007's Puzzle, from which this track is taken. The only real reason why this has been chosen, however, is for the line "I can see a darkness/ you see the blinding light/Will Oldham's in the corner/moaning 'won't you write your own lines'".
9.Adam Green - 'Party Line'
The Greenster gave us a tasty teaser from his new album, Minor, which is on the way in early 2010. The track was alright, I guess. Nowt astounding, though. This particular choice is our nod to the Conservative Party Conference this week, where David Cameron outlined his plans to charge drug dealers more for heating their homes, and rightly so. If DC was a singer I'm nigh-on certain he'd sound like Adam Green.
10.The Twilight Sad - 'Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did'
'What in the Jim James is this guy on about?' might be one of the questions you ask yourself when first listening to The Twilight Sad but, with time, you may very well ask yourself 'why didn't I listen to this band sooner?'. If there's a future to be had in Scottish and indeed British music, The Twilight Sad may be very close to the centre of it. We reviewed their new record this week, giving it 7/10.
11.Why? - 'Even The Good Wood Gone'
Why?'s Eskimo Snow was never going to be quite as good as Alopecia, was it? That is as maybe, but it's a damned fine effort nonetheless, with more emphasis on straight-up conventional songwriting than anything else. Arguably the album's finest piece, 'Even The Good Wood Gone' makes the most of dynamics and changes in tone as well as the oh-so-tuneful voice of Yoni Wolf.
12.Everything Everything - 'Sufragette Suffragette'
"Who's gonna to sit on your face when I'm gone" is pretty much all that needs to be said about Everything Everything. Oh, and their current single, 'My Keys, Your Boyfriend' did indeed get our coveted Single Of The Week award, reviewed, as ever, by Wendy Roby.
13.Califone - 'Funeral Singers'
This slow-burner of a sauntering lo-fi-folk number appears on cross-genre Califone's newest long player, All My Friends Are Funeral Singers which is, apparently, a soundtrack/score for a film of the same name. You could do a lot worse than listen to the (sort-of) title track.
14.Massive Attack - 'Unfinished Sympathy'
I know, I know. There are better and less overplayed tracks to stick on but it just feels right, and at home here. Splitting The Atom got a less than positive review so possibly just best to relive the glory days for the time being then, yeah? Yeah.
15.Kippi Kaninus - 'Purer, Softer, Deeper'
And the prize for "hadn't ever heard this fellow before about thirty minutes ago but shiiiiiiiiiit, this is quite good, ennit?" this week goes to Kippi Kaninus, whose record we studied and marked this week. This one doesn't quite step into electrowank territory, but sounds like a futuristic Four Tet, samples gathered from a variety of broken urban archives in the decaying land of the 24th century. If you want.
16.Animal Collective - 'My Girls'
Several months after MPP's release and I still am unaware as to what adobe slabs are. I've asked dearest mother and she's unsure. Probably should ask pops. Anyway, Animal Collective are re-releasing Campfire Songs on Paw Tracks as it's out of print on the original label. There are also rumours of a possible record out in December. 'CITING!
17.Hefner - 'Orange Ball Of Hate'
One of the most loved British indie bands of the last ten years is what this lot are. Darren Hayman for Prime Minister, or something. Their third full-length album We Love The City was re-issued this week. Though the recent compilation Catfight is the only one available to us, it's still full of the self-deprecating yet painfully aware tunes penned by Hayman and co. 'Orange Ball Of Hate' represents the closing of the circle, as it's a cover of The Mountain Goats.
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