I Will Build A Road – Martin Carr

16 Jul

And breeeeeeeeathe.

Yikes. This is great songwriting. Sometimes, you just need to really relax in the summer and Martin Carr more than delivers. These two songs were written for his daughter (collective aw) and the perfect blend of beauty balanced by a peaceful quiet. Listen, relax and enjoy the first song of his EP, Sailor after the jump. Links below:

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Such Great Heights – The Postal Service

14 Jul

Can a song be perfect? Find out why this one is and always will be after the jump. Continue reading

Every Time – Ameriie

13 Jul

(Her) 1 Thing

I’m finishing off this week with a song that’s been bopping around my iPod for a while but feels distinctly summery. It’s by Ameriie of ‘There’s just one thing that got me tripping, there’s just one thing that something something something’. It’ll be hard to top that song ever because it’s a-muhzing but this gives it a run for its money. Every Time is in the same vein as Estelle’s more downbeat tunes and is wistful, poppy and features a killer hook for uncool people (me) to feel involved. Check it out and enjoy your weekends! Let’s hope the sun stays out:

Ask – The Smiths

13 Jul

The Smiths are pretty much the greatest Britpop band of all time. If you haven’t bought their entire catalog and listened through completely, you really ought to (that seemed to be ramping up to something more than it did). Continue reading

We Owned The Night (Cover) – fun.

12 Jul

LOOK at them. I dare you not to smile profusely.

Wasn’t it funny when Gary from Take That and Cheryl from Cheryl Cole sang a Lady Antebellum song at the Jubilliethingymabob? Really sweet but  . . . unexpected. Anyway, I’ve been featuring a lot of live sessions recently so decided to steamroll on. fun. is one of the my favourite bands of like, ever and I’m dying/praying/hoping against hope to see them this summer. Somehow. Somewhere. They’re fantastic creators of music but their covers are so very good. Here’s their cover of Lady Antebellum’s We Owned The Night. It’s superb. Superbly superb (heat’s getting to me). There’s an acoustic version of All The Pretty Girls after the jump. Lucky you:

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Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

11 Jul

So many things running through my head right now. Yes, I just did a post about Frank when I myself champion variety. Yes, Channel Orange was scheduled for a later release, and yes, I have to learn many pointless things for my British Citizenship test (including that Welsh is most widely spoken in Wales. Who would have thought?). But just please….

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Grand Optimist (Live) – City and Colour

11 Jul

Colour! But no city.

I stumbled on this while trawling through live YouTube videos (it’s no surprise that this is coming after yesterday’s post . . .) and was amazed. I’ve liked City and Colour for a long time but this live session confirms that. It’s heartfelt but not overwrought. A perfect mix of sentimentality and restraint. Take a listen and check out the live cover of Fragile Bird after the jumppedy jump:

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How Long – The View

11 Jul

You know I always have loved The View. Who doesn’t love Scottish man children that below out songs that beg to be danced to. Answer – most of the public since 2007 but WHATEVER… (sob) Continue reading

Tongue Tied (Live) – Grouplove

10 Jul

Love.

We have a serious love of Grouplove at the blog and it’s not surprising that they crop up so regularly in summer months. Their album is tailor made for scorching summer days with your mates, cruising across America or chilling on a beach. They speak to teendom (slumber parties, getting high) and the allure of summer (check out their video for ‘Spun’). Here’s a live session of my favourite of their songs, Tongue Tied. It’s perfect and amazing to see just how much fun they’re having:

Def Jam Poetry – Talib Kweli

10 Jul

In a turn from my previous acoustic, folk style posts, I thought I’d delve into my Hip Hop genre here. A friend of mine this week told me that I “shouldn’t listen to hip hop, as you can’t relate to this gangsta lifestyle.” This led to a fairly heated debate (mainly down to him disrespecting my gangsta lifestyle) but mainly because I don’t agree with that. That in mind, this gem from Kweli I think can be related to by anybody who gives it a listen.

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