The 38th weekly instalment in our content-related Spotify playlist, featuring Big Star, White Stripes, Jonna Lee, Broken Bells, Shy Child, White Hinterland and MANY MORE.
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1. Big Star - 'Thirteen'
The world of music this week mourns another outstanding talent taken from us far too soon. R.I.P Alex Chilton.
2. Public Image Limited - 'RISE'
Ah, John Lydon, how you taunt us with your talk of covering Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon. How you do similarly with your jabbering about new Public Image Limited material. Still, it would be just lovely if anything came to fruition. Anger is indeed an energy. So put it to good use. OK, ya?
3. Broken Bells - 'The Mall & Misery'
[insert relevant hyperbole about Broken Bells here]
4. Gonzales - 'You Snooze, You Lose'
Gonzales is the man. No question. A man with a slightly warped sense of what is expected of him in the world, yes, but we can't complain seeing as he keeps exceeding it by at least a mile each time. He started worked on his new film this week. It's about chess.
5. PJ Harvey & John Parish - 'Heela'
Obviously John Parish is often found working beside PJ Harvey, as he was here, writing the music and that to Dance Hall At Louse Point, which is quite brill - and features the slow, dark grooves of 'Heela'. Click here to let JP educate you on scoring films.
6. Deftones - 'Digital Bath'
Deftones released a couple of new tracks into the wild earlier this week, but we aren't allowed to write about them, apparently. I haven't even heard them, in fairness, so the likelihood is slim, regardless. Go to DrownedinSoundCloud.com to check them out, though.
7. White Hinterland - 'Amsterdam'
White Hinterland have/has been doing a lovely job with their/her recipes for us, and you. They've/she's given it an even more whole-hearted go at their/her new record, too, Kairos. Serving up some serious quality, by the plate-load. Read the review here.
8. Laura Marling - 'Hope In The Air'
There was always a certain buzz surrounding Laura Marling in the early years, and releasing her first album aged 17 it was perhaps justifiable, given how promising it all was. Now, aged 20 she's released her second record, I Speak Because I Can, which we gave 9/10 this week.
9. A Weather - 'Midday Moon'
I may have given A Weather's latest record a middling review, but this is one sparse, melancholic lament of a track that I wouldn't mind listening to at least a few more times...
10. John Cale - 'Fear Is A Man's Best Friend'
Am I the only person who prefer's the Billy Bragg version of this song? John played the Royal Festival Hall a couple of weeks back, here are the shots.
11. Smashing Pumpkins - 'Stand Inside Your Love'
Billy Corgan can't stop helping his fans out. The first EP of songs from the Teargarden By Kaleidyscope collection will be out soon. There are eleven more to come. It comes with a wooden obelisk! Imagine!
12. Girls - 'Hellhole Ratrace'
The lead singer of Girls' voice can get a bit...whiney at times. Almost ironically so. Fortunately it's not too horrific in this particular track, which is about as laid-back and contemplative as anything on Album. We spoke to them and here is what they had to say for themselves.
13. The White Stripes - 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With
Myself' I have no doubt that the collaboration between Jack White and Jay-Z will be as 'incredible' as claimed by White. But let us remember that incredible has many possible meanings. This crowed-chorus version is taken from Under Great White Northern Lights.
14. Shy Child - 'Disconnected'
This lot released more essentially enjoyable synth-based nonsense into the atmosphere on Monday with Liquid Love. It's evidently not the sort of thing that people should, or would, take too seriously, but who wants to take FUN seriously? Curmudgeonly old fools, that's who. Read our review of it here.
15. Toro Y Moi - 'Freak Love'
Chillwave is apparently a genre. Read more about the crossoverness/overness of it all on the board here. I'd imagine Toro Y Moi would be up there with the most prominent proponents of this style, though there's undoubtedly at least seven more of them doing their business, somewhere in the world.
16. Four Tet - 'Sing'
Roby writes the words so I don't have to: "Only the very worst sort of contrarian – you know, as in, the sort of cove with no logic on their person - could decide that they did not want to listen to a record because everyone on the internets was banging on about how good it was. Which is why I listened to ‘Sing’ and loved it along with everyone else four weeks ago. And absolutely not just this past weekend, having got over myself enough to realise what a majestic, artful and confident thing it is."
17. Mock & Toof - 'Underwater'
Who are Mock & Toof and what are they doing on this playlist, you may ask yourself. I asked myself, too. Well, they got Single Of The Week as awarded by Wendy Roby, Queen Of All. And not just because Wendo is similar to Wendy. The award-winning cut wasn't available, so we chose this one because it's so frickin' great...not because it's the only track available...
17. Lady GaGa - 'Telephone'
It was around this time last week that a good proportion of the Western world - and probably a decent chunk of the Eastern world, too - had their mouths agape at Lady GaGa's latest steaming hot slice of audio-visual pie in 'Telephone'. The video featured that Beyonce, and was nine-minutes long. Watch it here.
18. Jonna Lee - 'Lake Chermain'
So, it appears that Jonna Lee has taken a massive change in direction. We should all welcome the weirdness, because what she did before was as straight-up as it gets.
19. The Dillinger Escape Plan - 'Gold Teeth On A Bum'
Struggling to come to terms with the British English meaning of 'Bum' here, mainly because it makes me think of Alan Davies, when he bit that tramp's ear. Anyway, Dillinger do what Dillinger do on Option Paralysis.