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The Friday Playlist [Jun. 4th, 2010|01:54 pm]

larry_ryan
Pegged to Elisa Bray's feature on the current wave of all-female bands, I've thrown a few such groups into today's Spotify playlist, alongside some songs from the Arts & Books Barometer, and a couple of others that went in for no other reason than being pretty fine tunes. Here's the tracklist. Enjoy

Ether - Gang Of Four
John, I'm Only Dancing - Vivian Girls
Elastic Love - Christina Aguilera featuring MIA
Oh Suzanne - French Kissing
Pleasure Is Boss - Liars
I Wanna Thank You For (Steppin Into My Life) - Dam-Funk
Addiction - Kanye West
Angel Echoes - Four Tet
Love Cry - Four Tet
Interlude - Jay-Z
Windstorm - School Of Seven Bells
Collector - Here We Go Magic
I Hear Flies - Gaggle
Veronica's Veil - Fan Death
Longhair - Dum Dum Girls
Bicycle - Memory Tapes

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The Friday Playlist [May. 28th, 2010|12:06 pm]

larry_ryan
This week's Spotify playlist is a fairly random collection, containing some tracks from today's Arts&Books "Barometer", plus a few other new (and newish) songs from bands and artists we're listening to at the moment (and some Gonjasufi/Gaslamp Killer and Kid Cudi tunes we just felt like throwing in there). Here's the tracklist. Enjoy

"Nothing Was Stolen" - Phosphoresecent
"Brow Beaten" - Silver Columns
"Becoming A Jackal" - Villagers
"Time Of The Assassins" - Charlotte Gainsbourg
"Down By The Water" - The Drums
"32 Leaves..." - Shabazz Palaces
"IRM" - Charlotte Gainsbourg
"Sangria Spin Cycles" - Flying Lotus
"Robots" - Gonjasufi, Gaslamp Killer
"Home" - LCD Soundsystem
"The Coldharbour Road" - Stornoway
"Tighten Up" - The Black Keys
"Proud Evolution" - Liars
"Blastit..." - Shabazz Palaces
"Pursuit Of Happiness" - Kid Cudi

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The Friday Playlist [May. 14th, 2010|03:51 pm]

larry_ryan
As discussed in my Caught in the Net column this week, I recently saw the film I Am Love, which is soundtracked with music by the American classical composer John Adams. The film uses music from across his still-fertile career. In the absence of an official soundtrack - though his label Nonesuch say that one is on the way - I slipped on my music nerd hat and put together a Spotify playlist with all the John Adams music featured in the film. So this week's Friday Playlist is a rather highbrow affair. Here's the tracklist. Enjoy.

1. The Chairman Dances
2.  Century Rolls: I
3. Century Rolls: II. Manny's Gym
4. Century Rolls: III. Hail Bop
5. Lollapalooza
6. Shaker Loops: III. Loops and Verses
7. Shaker Loops: IV. A Final Shaking
8. Act II, Scene I: Desert Chorus
9. Fearful Symmetries
10. Harmonielehre: Part I
11. Harmonielehre: Part II The Anfortas Wound


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The Friday Playlist [Apr. 9th, 2010|02:48 pm]

larry_ryan
OK daddy-o, this week's Spotify playlist is compiled by John Matthew Hall from The Independent's web desk and is full of rockin' doo wop. Enjoy. 

Stay - Maurice Williams
Tonight I Fell In Love - The Tokens
Silhouettes - The Diamonds
At The Hop - Danny & The Juniors
There Goes My Baby - The Drifters
Young Blood - The Coasters
Twistin' Pneumonia - The Genies
(I'll Remember) In The Still Of The Night - The Five Satins
Little Darlin' - The Diamonds
16 Candles - The Crests
Rag Doll - Frankie Vali & The Four Seasons
I Want To Walk You Home - Fats Domino

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The Friday Playlist - Dry the River edition [Mar. 19th, 2010|11:37 am]

larry_ryan
This week's Spotify playlist is a lovely collection of tunes selected by Dry the River, an alt-country five piece from London who recently took pride of place in our Arts&Books Barometer. They play the Luminaire in a Black Cab Session gig on 1 April.

Here's the tracklist. Enjoy.

Arthur Conley - Sweet Soul Music
Land Of Talk - Some Are Lakes
Howling Bells - The Bell Hit
Arlo Guthrie - Chilling Of The Evening
Leonard Cohen - Tower Of Song
Ruby Suns - Oh, Mojave
Van Morrison - Real Real Gone (Enlightenment version, not Philosopher's Stone).
Mariachi El Bronx - Cell Mates
Herman Düne - 123 Apple Tree
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Born On The Bayou
Otis Redding - You Left The Water Running
Helios - Halving The Compass

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The Friday Playlist - Groove Armada edition [Feb. 26th, 2010|04:38 pm]

larry_ryan
This week's Spotify playlist is compiled by Groove Armada, whose sixth album Black Light is out on Monday. In tomorrow's Independent get an exclusive five track mini album download from the band.

Here's the tracklist for their playlist. Enjoy

Roxy Music - Re-make/Re-model
David Bowie - Heroes
Jay-Z - Empire State of Mind
Hot Chip - Brothers
Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream
Roxy Music – Love is the drug
Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed
Cut Copy – Feel The Love
MGMT – Electric Feel
Peaches – Search and Destroy

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The Friday Playlist - Citadels edition [Feb. 19th, 2010|02:26 pm]

larry_ryan
This week's Spotify playlist is compiled by Citadels, a London synth-pop trio with a new song out on Pure Groove Records in March. Hear the track, "The Chemical Song", and more on their MySpace.

Here's the tracklist for their mixtape. Enjoy.

Ganglians - Lost Words
The Dream Syndicate - Whatever You Please
Part Chimp - Bring Back The Sound
The Roches - Hammond Song
Britney Spears - Toy Soldier
Tom Petty - American Girl
Phoenix - Love Like Sunset
Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers
Miike Snow - Black N Blue
Memory Tapes - Bicycle
Dirty Projectors – Rise Above
Jeremy Warmsley – If He Breaks Your Heart
The Phantom Band – Island
The Dodos - Fools

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Pope songs [Feb. 15th, 2010|04:55 pm]

larry_ryan
Pope Bendedict XVI recently picked up an album of the year nomination at the Classical Brits for his debut record Alma Mater - Music From The Vatican and if he shows up for the shindig in full papal regalia, he'll give Lady Gaga a run for her money in the fashion forward red carpet stakes. The album, and the Vatican's use of Myspace to promote it, point to an increasing effort by the Catholic Church to appear more modern and generally get down with the, ahem, kids. In December the Vatican posted a playlist on the site interspersing songs from the record with some of their favourite tunes by others - the unlikely mix included tracks by Muse and Fleet Foxes, as well as 2pac's "Changes" - a song released posthumously, so you can see why it yanked the Pope's chain. Sticking to the theme, on Sunday the Holy See's newspaper L'Osservator Romano, offered a primer of ten essential albums. The list, which included efforts by The Beatles, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and Santana, might surprise a few, but given that the church is run by elderly men it's little surprise that they have a propensity for dad rock. Next we'll hear that the Pope watches Top Gear. I'm disappointed though that they didn't throw some Christian conversion era Dylan into the mix, or take things a bit more literally with the druggy guitar drones of Spaceman 3's "Walkin' With Jesus", Gavin Bryar's experimental classic "Jesus Blood Never Failed Me", or Tom Waits whimsical "Chocolate Jesus".  

Below are some of the Vatican's picks and our own religious themed selections - you can listen to them all on our Spotify playlist (click here - free registration required).

"Music Is Love" - David Crosby
"Go Your Own Way" - Fleetwood Mac
"Walk Between Raindrops" - Donald Fagan
"Thriller" - Michael Jackson
"You Can Call Me Al" - Paul Simon 
"Mysterious Ways" - U2
"She's Electric" - Oasis
"Maria Maria" - Santana
"Advocata Nostra" - Music from the Vatican
"Uprising" - Muse
"Boswell: Causa Nostra Laetitiae" - Music from the Vatican
"He Doesn't Know Why" - Fleet Foxes
"Regina Coeli" - Music from the Vatican
"Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet" - Gavin Bryars 
"Walkin' With Jesus" - Spiritualized
"Pressing On" - John Doe
"Jesus" - The Velvet Underground 
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The Friday Playlist - The Hush Now edition [Feb. 5th, 2010|02:22 pm]

larry_ryan
After an inexplicable holiday for the month of January, the Friday Playlist returns... This week's Spotify mix is compiled by Boston indie-rock-art-pop five-piece The Hush Now whose self-released second LP Constellations comes out on 23 February. 

Here's the tracklist. Enjoy

The Velvet Underground - "White Light/White Heat" 
Why? - "Fatalist Palmistry" 
Beach House - "Gila" -
Animal Collective - "The Purple Bottle" 
Dirty Projectors - "No Intention" 
Sam Cooke - "A Change is Gonna Come"
Nurses - "Man at Arms" 
Final Fantasy - "This Lamb Sells Condos" 
The Antlers - "Atrophy"
Fennesz - "Transit"

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Nowehere Boy: 'That'll Be The Day' [Dec. 18th, 2009|03:38 pm]

larry_ryan
Nowhere Boy, the biopic of a young John Lennon reaches UK cinemas next week and is reviewed in today's Independent. Our film critic Anthony Quinn was won over by Sam Taylor-Wood's directorial debut.  "Having slightly dreaded the idea of Taylor-Wood "doing" Lennon, it is only fair to admit that I found almost everything about this portrait of the Beatle as a young man absolutely riveting," he writes.  "If the film feels a little too indulgent, a little too much in love with the young man, I'd argue that Lennon earned the indulgence, and more than earned the love. This study of a boy damaged by loss yet determined to honour his talent strikes a mighty chord, and marks a hugely promising feature debut."

The film delves into Lennon's musical beginning looking at the influence of rock'n'roll on the future superstar as he played with his first band the Quarrymen and then moved to Hamburg with Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

Here's a scene from Nowhere Boy...



The soundtrack to the film is a two CD set featuring a collection of vintage rock’n’roll classics that inspired Lennon. The first disc includes original tracks recorded especially for the film by the band that portray ‘The Quarrymen’ characters (credited on the soundtrack as The Nowhere Boys). The album features unique takes on these songs, as well as original recordings from Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and many more.

Streaming here is The Nowhere Boys performing Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day".

 

 

Nowhere Boy: The Original Soundtrack is available now, released by Sony Music, the film opens on Boxing Day.
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