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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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Meet Me In The Graveyard At Midnight

So this is the first part of the Halloween mixtapes i promised. This is just a short “creepy” one. It clocks in at about 40 odd minutes. While walking home late at night earlier this week  i came up with the concept of making an atmospheric and “intimidating” mixtape that could be used at the beginning of a party, maybe just as the guests are arriving or whatever. My original idea was to make it a bit longer but i was pressed for time so just quickly recorded this one.

The songs i used are ones that i think hell (if there is one) would sound like.

I fell in love with the Drop The Lime remix of “Ruins” as soon as i heard it. The Burial Hex ones speak for themselves. The Wolf Eyes track is borderline terrifying. Aphex Twin as usual is slightly deranged and as for the A Place To Bury Strangers track…well, to me “Falling Sun” has always sounded like the noise that would be playing when the world ends.

Meet Me In The Graveyard At Midnight
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1. O.Children – Ruins (Drop The Lime remix)
2. Burial Hex – Go Crystal Tears
3. Wolf Eyes – Village Oblivia
4. A Place To Bury Strangers – Falling Sun
5. Aphex Twin – Gwely Mernans
6. Burial Hex – Will To The Chapel

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MP3: Someone’s In The Wolf – Meet Me In The Graveyard At Midnight

Here’s a few little bonus tracks thrown in with a skeleton theme just for good measure.

MP3: Adebisi Shank – Bones

MP3: The Cramps – Rockin’ Bones

MP3: This Song Is A Mess But So Am I – Bones Bones Bones

MP3: The Beets – My Bones, My Flesh and Me

MP3: Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy

MP3: Radiohead – Bones

I’ll get another mixtape up before the weekend is out. I’ve also made a massive 5 hour one for my friends party so i’ll try post some tracks off of that as well and i’ll get some more Halloween themed stuff up too before Hallow’s Eve eventually arrives…

S.I.T Wolf  X

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You Know You’re Too Stoned When……

….it’s 1am and you’ve got to get up for work at 6am yet you find yourself engrossed in a programme about building fucking pyramids. An hour of my life i may never get back. But at least i know how to build a pyramid now. That should come in handy in Maryhill.

Seriously, head on over to YouTube and watch the rest of the programme. Get involved.

MP3: Radiohead – Pyramid Song

MP3: Aereogramme – Egypt

Seeing as i’ve already wasted the last hour brushing up on my Egyptian Architecture & Structural Development classes i may as well waste another hour on this game……

Pipol Smasher

VERY addictive. I’m at level 13 and i’m kinda stuck. It may have something to do with the green cloud that’s filling my head.

If Only...

You won’t find those packing out the shelves of your local Tesco….

Randomly, if you don’t listen to Gold Panda then start….NOW.


MP3: Gold Panda – I Suppose I Should Say Thanks Or Some Shit

MP3: Gold Panda – Lonely Owl

Also, how hilarious is this picture? Don’t ask me why.


I just hit the giggles. I may need oxygen soon.

S.I.T Wolf  X

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THE MONDAY LIST #15: Emma Turns 20

This is a special Monday List to celebrate one of my best friends birthday. Today, Emma leaves teenager-dom behind and turns 20.

So to celebrate here’s 20 random facts (in no certain order) about Emma and some songs to go along with them.

1. She’s a vegetarian
MP3: The Knife – Vegetarian Restaurant

2. She’s more than a tad brainy
MP3: The National – Brainy

3. She’s a child of the 90’s
MP3: 5ive – Slam Dunk Da Funk

4. She should’ve been a hippy in the 60’s /70’s
MP3: Technohead- I Want To Be A Hippy

5. She’s a bit of a bookworm
MP3: Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton – Reading In Bed

6. She’s very persuasive
MP3: R.E.M – Pretty Persuasion

7. She loves jelly
MP3: Eels – Jelly Dancers

8. She’s in love with James Franco and Robert Downey Jr and many many more
MP3: Foo Fighters – Stacked Actors

9. She hates surprises (so she’ll probably hate this post)
MP3: Radiohead – No Surprises

10. She’s a good liar
MP3: Arctic Monkeys – Dance Little Liar

11. She has a filthy mind/sense of humour
MP3: Amanda Ghost – Filthy Mind

12. She blames me for all of her hangovers
MP3: The Radio Dept – Sleeping In

13. She has tiny hands
MP3: Interpol – Hands Away

14. She’s very girly at heart (although hates to admit it)
MP3: Twin Atlantic – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

15. She’s very very sarcastic
MP3: Soulwax – Funny

16. She happens to have a taste for very expensive dresses
MP3: Sufjan Stevens – The Dress Looks Nice on You

17. She’s addicted to certain American TV Comedy Series
MP3: Blur – Coffee And TV

18. She would probably mash Paris and New York together if she could (New PaYorkRis?)
MP3: Corinne Bailey Rae – Paris Nights/New York Mornings

19. She’s an excellent secret keeper
MP3: Queens of the Stone Age- The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret

20. She’s pretty much amazing (but pretends not to know)
MP3: Mousse T. feat. Emma Lanford – Is It ‘Cos I’m Cool

A few more random things.

You share your birthday with Will.I.Am, Terence Trent D’Arby and Eva Longoria. Julius Ceasar was murdered on this day as well apparently.

Oh and it’s a national holiday in Hungary. Just thought i’d throw that in for some international appeal. And you never know they might be secretly celebrating your birthday.

“Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you….”

I know you’ve probably seen this before but here it is anyway….

Happy Birthday Emma

S.I.T Wolf  XX

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THE MONDAY LIST #10: Family Values

This weeks list is compiled of musical duos that are siblings. I realise it would have been easier to do a post about siblings in music in general but i like the ideas of duos better, the whole “it’s just the two of us” kind of logic.

When brothers/sisters get together and make the choice of recording music together, whether it’s as a duo or as part of a band, there’s no telling what noise might end up being produced. It goes either one of two ways, the absolutely dreadful (The Jonas Brothers) or unbelievably good (Boards of Canada).

There are quite a few factors that come in to play when siblings unite musically. First off, do you get along? Do you get along enough to tour without constantly fighting, to make an album without arguing when the next guitar solo should come in and who should be on the front cover. Secondly, tastes. If one of you likes RnB and the other likes Death Metal then forget it. Thats not to say that for siblings to work well musically they have to like the exact same music but like most people starting up bands it helps to at least have some similar tastes. Thirdly, age difference. With the exception of the Jackson 5, if the age difference between band members is pretty big (say 10 or 15 years maybe) then it’s probably not gonna work. So with that we move onto the list..

Family Values
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MP3’s

1. Boards Of Canada – The Colour Of The Fire
2. Orbital – Chime
3. The Knife – Pass This On
4. Lymbyc Systym – Ghost Clock
5. The Fiery Furnaces – Even In The Rain
6. Tiny Masters Of Today – Stickin’ It To The Man
7. Sparks – Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
8. Tiefschwarz – Yeah
9. Tegan And Sara – Back In Your Head
10. The Veronicas – Untouched

And briefly moving away from the subject of sibling duos i’ll give a nod to two of my favourite bands that just happen to include siblings.

VIDEO: Jesus And Mary Chain – Sidewalking

VIDEO: Radiohead – Reckoner

Also worth a mention in the “Siblings That Work Well Musically” category are The Stooges, Kings Of Leon,  The Breeders, The Carpenters, The Kinks, Psychedelic Furs,  The Misfits, The Black Crowes and sometimes but not all of the time…..Oasis. I have a somewhat love/hate relationship with that band. There are times when i could listen to a full album or two right through and other times when i can’t bear to listen to more than 30 seconds of one of their songs.

Meanwhile there are too many that should be lumped in the “Utter Shit Musical Siblings” category. Way too many to mention but i’ll give dishonourable mentions to The Cheeky Girls, B*Witched, The Darkness, the afore mentioned Jonas Brothers, Spandau Ballet, Bros, The Osmonds, the streak of musical piss that is Hanson and last but not least the latest siblings to jump on the Shit Siblings band wagon….JedFUCKINGWard. Go away please you two annoying quiffed up little bag of bones.

I’ve actually succeeded in bemusing myself as to how i’ve managed to include the names Jedward and Boards of Canada into the same post.

Oh and The Corrs are worth a mention (and a picture) simply because of Andrea Corr. I had a major crush on her in my early teenage years.


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I Have Become Lost….In Translation

This is a two part post.

PART 1

First off, as a few of my close friends and family will know, October is an annually difficult month for me, a lot of shit has happened in this particular month over recent years, say maybe from 2003 onwards. None more so than last October (2008) which was probably the hardest yet. I’m not going to go into details as this isn’t a therapy session afterall but those in the know will understand what i mean. It just seems to be a difficult 31 days in general.

I’m only half way through this October and i’ve already had a pretty shit few weeks. In the last fortnight i’ve succeeded in thinking too much about things from the past, present and future which has led to me embarassing/making a fool of myself, arguing with friends, taking frustrations out on friends and family and pretty much just moping around the house. I can’t seem to communicate properly even with my closest friends. Everything i say or try to say seems to get lost in translation (hence the title) so to speak, even now i can’t seem to spit out the right words of what i want to say about everything in general.

So here’s a few songs currently on Ipod rotation that i can relate to lyrically and musically at the moment..

“there are many things that i would like to say to you….”
MP3: Ryan Adams – Wonderwall

“when you’re in pieces, just follow the echo of my voice..”
MP3: IAMX – Spit It Out

“i’ve surrounded myself with doctors and deep thinkers..”
MP3: The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations

“i can’t wait till i get home to the pass the time in my room alone…”
Mp3: Blink 182 – Adams Song

“when you were here before, i couldn’t look you in the eye..”
MP3: Radiohead – Creep

“there’ll be no better day to save me..”
MP3: The Verve – Weeping Willow

“i’m so ugly, thats ok cos so are you..”
MP3: Nirvana – Lithium

“all the stupid lies i hide behind..”
VIDEO: Rilo Kiley – The Good That Won’t Come Out

PART 2

BUT i’ve decided that i’m not gonna spend the rest of October just sitting about feeling sorry for myself. I’m going to start being positive about things…anyway there’s only another 16 days left till November comes! Then things will be back to normal….

The first positive came last night, i had a great time at The Big Pink, helped by the fact that my friends Gus, Luisa (http://littlenihilist.wordpress.com/) and Gordon were there. I know that they haven’t exactly been feeling amazing or having the best of times either recently so it was good for us all to go to the gig, have fun, have a wee talk about various things and drink too many White Russians (again). It was a really great night, Gus and myself had bought our tickets months ago but it was almost a spur of the moment thing for Luisa, Gordon and Paul to join us, they were hoping to head to King Tuts and just pay at the door….guess what? It had sold out! We were looking at another repeat of Temper Trap, they were gonna have to tout and beg their hearts out for a ticket. An hour or so passed, no joy, still no tickets, looked like Gus and i were going in alone and gonna have to just meet up with the other 3 in the bar afterwards. …no wait..”there’s the drummer from The Big Pink” i said as Akiko lit up her cigarette. Gordon, fuelled by a bottle of “wine” and a few milky vodka treats, then had the courage to go up to the tiny drummer and explain his love of Robbie Furze’s old band Panic DHH. Gordon was even wearing his 9 years old Panic DHH t-shirt as proof of his love! Anyways, the kind Akiko then disappeared inside for a few minutes and came back out with the best surprise possible. She had got Gordon plus 3 onto the guest list. With me and Gustav already having our tickets that meant that Gordon, Luisa and Paul could use the guestlist passes and still have a free space left over…you should’ve came afterall Chris! The gig itself was littered with quiet/loud moments reminiscent of feedback pioneers Jesus and Mary Chain (just as i had expected) and My Bloody Valentine. And afterwards i had the pleasure of meeting the Big Pink , i grabbed a 5 minute conversation with Robbie Furze (singer and guitarist) about our love for Sonic Youth, DFA and certain guitars. Then i managed to squeeze in a good chin wag with Milo Cordell (synths and general noise) about his fucking brilliant record label, Merok Records (http://www.myspace.com/merok) . Cordell is the man who found the Klaxons and Crystal Castles among many more and gave them their first big break. I managed to surprise him with my knowledge of a band called Salem. I asked him for a few tips on good bands from Merok that i might not know and he looked genuinely shocked (in a good way!) when i told him that i fucking love Salem, especially their dark and altogether slightly disturbing take on Bruce Springsteens “Streets of Philadelphia” which they’ve named “Brustreet” (get it checked out). Then after another 5 minute conversation with Robbie Furze about lyrics and chords it was off into the night to get some food then back to my bed to try and sleep off the oncoming hangover. All in all, a really good, if not very sweaty (King Tuts is a sweat-hole!) and warm evening for all involved.

Gustav, me, Gordon and Paul (pre-gig, no signs of the afore mentioned dancing indused sweatiness yet!)

Gustav, me, Gordon and Paul (pre-gig, no signs of dancing indused sweatiness yet!)

luisa, someone who is smaller than Luisa, me (during the gig, getting sweatier!)

luisa, someone who is smaller than Luisa, me (during the gig, getting sweatier!)

myself and Robbie Furze (post gig, sweatified and very drunk)

myself and Robbie Furze (post gig, sweatified and very drunk)

VIDEO: The Big Pink – Velvet

And just a little extra video as a nod to friends…

“..our little group has always been and always will until the end…”

i hate october

S.I.T Wolf X

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Music and Lyrics #1

Yet another new section..been meaning to start this section for weeks and since i’m bored and sad about missing out on going to An Audience With Kevin Smith i thought i might as well start it now…

Just video posts with lyrics underneath them.

1. THE VEILS – VICIOUS TRADITIONS

“I’d Pull My Weight If It Made Any Difference……..”

I’d pull my weight if it made any difference
He gave his life for the nine million others
But on his graves written “Here lies Joseph”
His countrys gun and innocent soldier

Well fight your way out of this one
Fight your way out of this one
Fight your way out of this one
Fight your way out of this one

He grew a blood red vision for all their good “intentions”
He made an easy million from a foreign investment
He danced with the devils in beautiful buildings
Affirmative action for a useful reunion

He’d change his name if it made any difference
Now hes waiting in line for the lasting confession
And on his graves written “Here lies our son Joseph”
His countrys gun and innocent soldier

Well fight your way out of this one
Fight your way out of this one

2. THE POLICE – EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC

“Though I’ve Tried Before To Tell Her….”

Though Ive tried before to tell her
Of the feelings I have for her in my heart
Every time that I come near her
I just lose my nerve
As Ive done from the start

Every little thing she does is magic
Everything she do just turns me on
Even though my life before was tragic
Now I know my love for her goes on

Do I have to tell the story
Of a thousand rainy days since we first met
Its a big enough umbrella
But its always me that ends up getting wet

Every little thing she does is magic
Everything she do just turns me on
Even though my life before was tragic
Now I know my love for her goes on

I resolve to call her up a thousand times a day
And ask her if shell marry me in some old fashioned way
But my silent fears have gripped me
Long before I reach the phone
Long before my tongue has tripped me
Must I always be alone?

Every little thing she does is magic
Everything she do just turns me on
Even though my life before was tragic
Now I know my love for her goes on

3. RADIOHEAD – FAKE PLASTIC TREES

“…and if i could be who you wanted..”

Her green plastic watering can
For her fake chinese rubber plant
In fake plastic earth
That she bought from a rubber man
In a town full of rubber plants
Just to get rid of itself
And it wears her out, it wears her out
It wears her out, it wears her out.

She lives with a broken man
A cracked polystyrene man
Who just crumbles and burns.
He used to do surgery
For girls in the eighties
But gravity always wins.
And it wears him out, it wears him out
It wears him out, it wears him out.

She looks like the real thing
She tastes like the real thing
My fake plastic love.
But I cant help the feeling
I could blow through the ceiling
If I just turn and run
And it wears me out, it wears me out
It wears me out, it wears me out.

And if I could be who you wanted
If I could be who you wanted,
All the time, all the time

4. RYAN ADAMS – LA CIENEGA JUST SMILED

“..i’m too scared to know how i feel about you now…”

“Ah the night…here it comes again”
It’s on with the jeans, the jacket and the shirt
How’d I end up feeling so bad
For such a little girl
And I hold you close in the back of my mind
Feels so good but damn it makes me hurt
And I’m too scared to know to how I feel about you now
La Cienega just smiles…”see ya around”
And I hold you close in the back of my mind
And raise my glass ’cause either way I’m dead
Neither of you really help me to sleep anymore
One breaks my body and the other breaks my soul
La Cienega just smiles as it waves goodbye
“Ah the night…here it comes again”
It’s off with the jeans, the jacket and the shirt
How’d I end up feeling so bad
For such a little girl
And I hold you close in the back of my mind
Feels so good but damn it makes me hurt
And I’m too scared to know how I feel about you now
How I feel about you now
La Cienega just smiles and says, “I’ll see you around”

5. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – GO WITH THE FLOW

“…i want something good to die for, to make it beautiful to live…”

She said “i’ll throw myself away, they’re just photo’s afterall”
I can’t make you hang around
I can’t wash you off my skin
Outside the frame, is what we’re leaving out
You won’t remember anyway
I can go with the flow
Don’t say it doesn’t matter anymore
I can go with the flow
Do you believe it in your head?
It’s so safe to play along
Little soldiers in a row
Falling in and out of love
Something sweet to throw away
I want something good to die for
To make it beautiful to live
I want a new mistake, to lose is more than hesitate
Do you believe it in your head?
I can go with the flow
Don’t say it doesn’t matter anymore
I can go with the flow
Do you believe it in your head?

S.I.T Wolf X

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