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THE MONDAY LIST #25: A Valentine For You

This blog has been up and running for just over 2 years now and i just realised that i’ve never actually done a proper Valentines Day post. So here is one in the form of a Monday List.

Valentines Day divides a lot of people. Some love it and celebrate it to the full with presents, dinner dates, “quiet” nights at hotels, cards, flowers and the general showering of love on their partner. Then there are those who hate (lets be honest it’s usually single people) Valentines Day and everything about it. Preferring to spend the day moaning about how it’s such a waste of time, money and effort.

Personally, i sit on the fence when it comes to the subject of Valentines Day. Yes, i think the fact that there is a day dedicated to love and showing it is a nice enough idea but i can also see the negative side of it. First there’s the whole commercialised side of it. That can get really tiresome. Hearts, flowers and all things red adorn just about every shop window and passing bus and every page of every paper/magazine. Then some would argue that there shouldn’t have to be a specific day to show your love. If you love someone tell them. Tell them everyday. Tell them at night. Tell them in the morning. Tell them when you hang up. Love and it’s pro’s and cons are a strange thing nowadays, it seems like people would rather tell the world (or more specifically Facebook) about their relationship rather than actually talk to their partner. But i suppose that’s life in the noughties. Maybe i’m just old fashioned.


Like i said though i’m neither here nor there when it comes to Valentines. There have been some Valentines Days i’ve enjoyed and some not so much. I just much prefer it to be a personal thing between two people rather than a day of brownie points and kudos for declaring your love on the 14th of February. But fret not, im not going to get all Ricki Lake and relationship advice-y on you so here’s the music.

A Valentines/Love List
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1. Craig Armstrong – This Love
2. Beach House – Lover Of Mine
3. John Legend and The Roots – Love The Way It Should Be
4. Red Wire Black Wire – Post Apocalyptic Love Song
5. Nice Nice – A Little Love
6. Assassins 88 – True Love
7. Swimmer One – Lovesong
8. Pelle Carlberg – I Love You, You Imbecile
9. Cancel the Astronauts – Love Somebody
10. Arab Strap – Come Round And Love Me

I tried to keep them a bit different from the usual love song stuff and throw in a Scottish acts element. The main thing i aimed for was “uncheesy”, i hope i succeeded.

BONUS STUFF

Dirty Beaches – Valentine

Radiohead/Thom Yorke – True Love Waits

S.I.T Wolf  X

 

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For Emma….Forever Ago

This is a one off special post that i decided to do for my friend Emma who left to study in Aberdeen last month,  i promised i would dedicate a special post to her….so after much delay and without further ado here goes…

EMMACROSSWORD

Straight to the point with the first track..
MP3: Bon Iver – For Emma

also another special version
MP3: Bon Iver – For Emma (a cappella version)

and your favourite Bon Iver song
Mp3: Bon Iver – Brackett WI

And now onto a section dedicated to your home for the next few years…Aberdizzle

Kings College, Aberdeen

Kings College, Aberdeen

MP3: The Music – Welcome To The North

Mp3: Tortoise – Northern Something

MP3; The Verve – A Northern Soul

and i couldn’t leave out one of your favourite artists, even if he does look overly sleazy in certain lingerie adverts….its the one and only Bobby Bob Bob, the Dylanator..

MP3: Bob Dylan – Girl From The North Country

and two covers of that song, one which sticks reasonably close to the original by Monsters Of Folk (a supergroup of such which features Bright Eyes, M.Ward and Jim James) and another one which is very different and unique by the Secret Machines.

Mp3: Monsters Of Folk – Girl From The North Country

MP3: Secret Machines – Girl From The North Country

Slains...............your round, Emma?

Slains...............your round, Emma?

Sticking to the subject of cities, here’s a few nice places i believe you happen to have a soft spot for..

Paris

MP3: Friendly Fires – Paris

VIDEO: Ladyhawke – Paris Is Burning (Live)

NY

MP3: Mark Mallman – You’re Never Alone In New York

VIDEO: Craig Armstrong feat. Evan Dando – Wake Up In New York

now onto a a few different subjects…films, tv shows, books…

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and a song from the film adaption of The Time Travellers Wife..
MP3: Broken Social Scene – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division cover)

curb your enthusiasm

MP3: Luciano Michelini – Frolic (Curb Your Enthusiasm theme tune)

LarryDavidinto the wild

from the Into The Wild OST…
MP3: Eddie Vedder – Society

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VIDEO: If These Tree’s Could Talk – The Friscalating Duslkight

the next part is just a short section focussing on some of Emma’s favourite artists…

American Rocks Mr Nice Guy
MP3: Neil Young and the Crazy Horse- Cinnamon Girl

The college-y type sounds of a certain person that Emma has convinced me to like…
MP3: Tom Petty – Free Fallin’

A band that no matter how much Emma likes i’m afraid i never will but seeing as this post is for Emma i’m obliged to involve them..
Mp3: The Beatles – A Hard Days Night

coming out of New York…
MP3: Interpol – Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down

Mr Paul Banks solo pseudonym..
Mp3: Julian Plenti – Games For Days

the one and only…
MP3: Jeff Buckley – We All Fall In Love Sometimes

an offshoot of the Secret Machines..
MP3: School Of Seven Bells – Half Asleep

a lovely song by the band that i apparently play bass for..
MP3: Pearl Jam – Given To Fly

me?....

me?....

as we near the end i’ll throw in some random subjects….

ice cream chewits

MP3: New Young Pony Club – Ice Cream

VIDEO: New Young Pony Club – Ice Cream (Van She Remix)

this is apparently "communion bread"..

this is apparently "communion bread"..

(is it just me or does this “communion bread” look suspiciously like a certain Class A drug?….i knew there was something funny about them priests..)

….”i can’t believe you made your first communion with that girl!…..”

MP3: Gang Gang Dance – First Communion

i’ll finish off with a short video collection…

Pearl Jam – Off He Goes

TV On The Radio – Wolf Like Me (Live on Letterman)

Ricky Gervais and Elmo

Dave Chappelle

And that’s the Emma post finished…. all that’s left now is….

here she is!.........it's Emma!

here she is!.........it's Emma!

S.I.T Wolf   XXX

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