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tunesday

Yes, it’s back too. I couldn’t think of a better way for me to ease back into the habit of writing frequently than by resurrecting one of my favourite features: Tunesday!

Today I’m sticking close to home and doing what I can for a local band that I have an extreme playlist crush on. They’re a trio called Fatherson and, as far as I know, they’re Kilmarnock born and bred. So much the better for us, or do I have to remind you all of the benefits of an audible Scottish accent?

As for who they are off stage, I have no idea, never having met them myself. On stage they are refreshing, energetic and just plain fun.

If I had my way I would showcase all of their songs that I know, but I will stick to the format and narrow it down. Because I have to. Expect to see more from them, especially around their upcoming hometown gig at The Grand Hall.

The Band: Fatherson

The Song: First Born

So, that’s Fatherson. And, as an added bonus, lots of Glasgow in the background!

Like I said, there’s more to come from me on this topic, I just wanted to get Tunesday off to a running start. Look them up. They may be local now, but they’ll be global soon.

xo
A

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I fretted and fretted about which song to feature this week. Was I going to do another one by Two Door Cinema Club in honour of their (very good) concert last week? What about something by the Barenaked Ladies in anticipation of the gig we’re going to on Friday at the Academy? I could not decide. Then something happened which made both artists slip completely from my mind. What could this be? you ask, what remarkable event could possibly have occurred to throw me off my path?

Well, OK Go have released a new video, of course!

OK Go

Yes, I know, another post about them. Yes, I know, another link to another of their videos. But, really, can you blame me? The answer is NO, no you can’t. Why not? Because they are wonderful guys who make fantastic music and ridiculously, ridiculously awesome videos, that’s why!

So, happy Tunesday. And to the boys; well done.

The song: White Knuckles

The band: OK Go

We all know I can’t say enough good things about these guys. It’s true, I love them. Although I did promise myself years ago that I wouldn’t turn into one of those fans that’s just a nodding, smiling face who repeats “Oh, yeah, it was great…” over and over again no matter what, and I am proud to say I have remained true to this promise. To prove it; I have a very vivid memory of Tim’s reaction when I told him I thought the new album was “a grower”! But I also can say that I really do think everything they’ve released has been great. Beyond great in a lot of cases, actually. So when they released a new video yesterday I approached it with some trepidation afraid they would fall short of their extremely high mark (even though I had four very emphatic assurances that it is the best one yet). I am happy to report they did not.

This video is great (smile, nod, nod), not only is it highly entertaining, it’s already viral AND it promotes animal rescue efforts. Honestly, what more could you expect four guys to do in 3 minutes and 36 seconds?

It may not have the immediate mind status = blown that their video for “This Too Shall Pass” has, but it did make me want to a) buy their album [again], b) shop in IKEA and c) adopt [quite] a few dogs.

So – if you are not already one of the million (plus) people who has viewed the video since it’s release yesterday, do yourself a favour and go watch it now. Then buy their album(s). Then head directly out to your nearest animal shelter and adopt a dog or two, provided you are able to love and take care of them properly. Allergic to dogs? Animal shelters have all sorts of pets – go on down and see if they have something you like. Provided you can take care of them properly. (disclaimer!)

And most importantly go and see these guys perform live; it may just change your life. It certainly changed mine. Oh, and while you’re there – say hello from me.

White Knuckles by OK Go

You’ll never get that taste, out of your mouth
You’ll never get the paw prints, out of the hen house now
And you can’t go back, same way you came
Round all the pieces up, but they just don’t fit the same

White knuckles
Maybe it’s not so bad
So let your hair down now

White knuckles
Yeah maybe it’s not so bad
Aww go ahead and let it down

So come and let it all out, let it bleed
Did you get what you want? Did you get what you need?
Behind the lines, behind the walls
Tell me what’s the bet you made, was it that bad after all?

White knuckles
Yeah maybe it’s not so bad
So let your hair down now

White knuckles
Aww maybe it’s not so bad
Just let it all come down now

So just have fun, it’s far enough
Everybody needs to sleep at night, everybody needs a crutch
But couldn’t good, be good enough?
Cause nothin’ ever doesn’t change but nothin’ changes much

Yeah, maybe it’s not so bad
So let your hair down now
White knuckles

Aww maybe it’s not so bad
Just let it all come down now

Yeah maybe it’s not so bad
Just let your hair come down now

Oh maybe it’s not so bad
Just let it all come down

Congratulations on another scorcher, boys, you’ve done very well. One of my favourite tracks on Of the Blue Colour of the Sky and another video that makes me wish I lived in the future and could receive YouTube transmissions directly to my retinas (sorry, am I taking it a bit too far?).

xo
A

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no internet

I think this might be what a drought feels like.

The internet at our house is broken. The internet on my phone is unreliable. The internet at my work is inaccessible. 

Therefore I am without internet.

Strangely I am enjoying it a little. (a very, very little)

If I did have the internet I would be researching U.S. Route 66. Just a side note.

I would also be posting a link-rich post about this week’s choice for Tunesday.  As it stands, however, I am simply going to give you the artist and song title. You all have internet (or you wouldn’t be here) so you’ll have to look it up for yourself.

Think of it as me sending you on an adventure…NO, a QUEST.

Yes, I am sending you on a QUEST. From my mobile phone’s unreliable internet connection. Because I love you all that much.

This week’s Tunesday: Old Old Fashioned by Frightened Rabbit. 

Once you listen to it my choice will be quite obvious!  Enjoy your QUEST!!

xo
A

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The Song: Every Line of a Long Moment

The Man: Roddy Woomble

I don’t have much to say this week. I have a special love/hate relationship with Mr Woomble dating back many years. This song is off his début solo album, My Secret is My Silence, which is great. Idlewild (his band) I adore. This song I love. More than love, actually. Listen to enough to drive other people up the wall.

So, listen to it and love it. It’s perfect. Well, I think it is, anyway.

Every Line of a Long Moment by Roddy Woomble
Every early morning just to wake up and put coffee on the stove
The morning secret code
And every early morning when the night is always crueler than the day
I watched the sea turn from gold into

Every line of a long moment written down in my handwriting
It makes me feel free to do anything
As I look out across the wall
Look out across the wall and into the Atlantic
Look out across the wall
Look out across the wall and into the Atlantic

Every winter morning between clock hands than type out your day
And I become the only light that could ever reach you
And every early evening walking through fields that turn from green into grey
And you can only hear when I shout your name out

Every line of a long moment written down in my handwriting
It makes me feel free to do anything
As I look out across the wall
Look out across the wall and into the Atlantic
As I look out across the wall
Look out across the wall and into the Atlantic Ocean
Until it becomes a sea
Until the north sea’s waves they come to cover me

And I look out across the wall
Look out across the wall and into the Atlantic
Look out across the wall
Look out across the wall and into the Atlantic
Look out across the wall
Look out across the wall and into the Atlantic
Look out across the wall
Look out across the wall

Sorry this is so short – I’m on holiday.
xo
A

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As an apology for making you wait an extra day for Tunesday (I know you’re all on the edge of your seats!), I am going to feature two songs again this week. They’re by the same band, but not sung by the same people.

The Song(s): Get On The Road and The Good Book

The Band: Tired Pony

My adoration for Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody is no secret, so you should not be surprised that I am featuring his latest side-project, Tired Pony. They are a music group consisting of Gary, Peter Buck, Iain Archer and a bunch of others. Their debut album The Place We Ran From was released on July 12th and has received very mixed reviews. I don’t care – I LOVE it. This is another album which has taken over my life in the past few weeks and just recently I’ve listened to little else. 

As goes with most collaborations, each track on the album is different from the next, with an overall “country-tinge”. To add a delicious icing to an already yummy cake, the album also features vocals from Zooey Deschanel (musically of She & Him) and Tom Smith (from the Editors). In case you don’t know me very well at all, I am quite fond of Zooey and of Mr Tom Editor. Which is why I have chosen the following tracks off the album.

As usual, the lyrics are an approximation.


(another non-video video link)

Get On The Road by Tired Pony

The fire, the wine, the bed and you
In this crimson light I find the truth
And truth is like a punch or two
It hits you hard and knocks you through

So I get on the road and ride to you
I get on the road and ride to you

A kiss like a fight that neither wins
One tender payment for our sins
You are the drug that I can’t quit
Your perfect chaos is the perfect fit

So I get on the road and ride to you
I get on the road and ride to you

From broken farm to broken farm
The engine noise like an alarm
It breathes a thunder in my soul
It starts this race through the dust bowl

So I get on the road and ride to you
I get on the road and ride to you

The wheel it settles in my hands
This is the measure of a man
I point the car at north, at you
My route has scarred the country through

So I get on the road and ride to you
I get on the road and ride to you

Oh, the melodies! His voice! Her voice! I love everything about this song. That’s all I can say.


(an excerpt from studio recording?)

The Good Book by Tired Pony

You were saved by the good book,
I was saved by the half full glass,
So come on take a good look,
Cause this party will be your last.

And they’ve closed down the old bar,
This town’s like an empty box,
And they can’t have gone that far,
Cause I can still see some swinging locks.

When falling feels like flying,
There’s a dangerous hope,
Cause the ground comes at you faster than you’d think,
Lurking in the shadows,
With the bears and wolves,
That’s where you feel the most upon these days.

When you called I was screening,
It confused me that hear your voice,
It was like I was dreaming,
And the ten years became a noise,
I could barely remember,
Just enough to open the wounds,
In the darkest December,
I can howl at the early moon.

When falling feels like flying,
There’s a dangerous hope,
Cause the ground comes at you faster than you’d think.
Lurking in the shadows,
With the bears and wolves,
That’s were you feel the most upon these days.

Please listen to this song. If you only ever listen to one song that I feature, make it this one. The following video is of Mr Lightbody and Mr Editor playing this song live in London. It blows my mind. Be warned, though, if you are prone to ridiculous, girlish crushes on musicians do NOT click on the following link because it will be the end of you. Trust me.

I really like this album, despite the lukewarm reception in the media and press. “Northwestern Skies” is gorgeous and catchy with thunderous percussion. “Point Me At Lost Islands” is lovely. “Dead American Writers” is exactly what you would expect from an Americana, country-tinged album by a Lightbody-led supergroup. “Held In the Arms of Your Words” is luscious and complex and dripping with melancholy. “I Am A Landslide” is one of my favourites on the album, sung by Iain Archer. “The Deepest Ocean There Is” could be an early Snow Patrol song and therefore I like it very much.

Listen to the album if you can, watch the videos I have linked. You can download the album for £5 and I, personally, would pay twice that. If you are in LA or NYC you can go and see them live.  As always, let me know what you think!

xo
A

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The Song: The Opener

The Band: The Courteeners

Boy oh boy was this week’s choice a toughie! I decided to go with “The Opener” which is the first song from The Courteeners‘ second studio album, Falcon.

I first heard of the Courteeners after the release of their début album St. Jude which was released in 2008. I have to admit I wasn’t entirely convinced. Their second album, though, was a totally different story. The lead single from Falcon was “You Overdid It, Doll” and I first heard it in late February. The video (see link above) is very, very well done and the song is fantastic. The rest of the album contains songs which are guaranteed to get your feet tapping and yearning for a packed dance floor. Falcon (in its entirety) provided the soundtrack to our European road trip in March; I swear we listened to this, and not much else, for seven days straight; never once did we get bored.

“The Opener” is my favourite track. It builds slowly and then keeps hitting you with wave after wave of pure, unfiltered awesome. I love it. I could recite some industry terms like “hook” and “dynamic”, but I am not going to; it’s the raw energy I like about this song. I just love it. Listen to it above (You Tube non-video video link) and then listen to it again (for good measure) and then go straight to the online retailer of your choice and buy the album, it’s lovely.

The Opener by The Courteeners

I’ve been away, I’ve been working
But now I’m back I need to know if you’re still there
And I need to know if you still care
Of course you do, of course you do
You were made for me, and I was made for you

Some things change, but the majority stands still
And I need to know if you want to
And I need to know if you will
Of course you do, of course you do
But I was made for this place, and I was made for you

I don’t know if you would welcome me back with
open arms through the door
I don’t expect anything but please know that I love you for sure
Please be sure

I miss your eyelashes and the streets where I grew tall
I miss getting piss wet through
Getting to yours and getting warm
I miss stopping over and borrowing someone else’s clothes
It’s so nice to be home, you’d never have known that
I’d even been away

I miss the city I love but I’ve been having an affair
With L.A and New York, Dundee
And Doncaster if I may dare
Of course I do, of course I do
But I was meant for this place, and I was meant for you

I miss the city I love but I’ve been having an affair
With L.A and New York, Dundee and Doncaster if you
should care. Of course you do, of course you do

But I was made for this place and I was made for you
My heart is here, here to stay

See you here next week!
xo
A

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Scott Matthews

The Song: Underlying Lies

The Man: Scott Matthews

This song is the original inspiration behind Tunesday. “Underlying Lies” is the opening track of Matthew’s second album, Elsewhere which was released over a year ago in May 2009.   His début album, Passing Stranger is one of my favourite albums of all time, so I was very excited when Elsewhere was released.  There is not one song on the album that I wouldn’t recommend. It is stunning. This album lures you in from the first notes and the entire world disappears as you listen.

We’ve also been to see him live twice and I can say for certain they were some of the best gigs I have ever been to. He is amazing live. His talent shines through and he is very funny, as well. Good music and good banter? My idea of a fabulous night!!

I have chosen this particular song for a few reasons which I am not going to tell you. You’ll have to go listen to it yourself. If you go to his website, linked above, you can listen to this song and three others. Scott Matthews gets better with each song he releases and I can heartily recommend this song and this album. Listen to it, you won’t regret it!

Underlying Lies by Scott Matthews

I don’t feel like I know you
Flawed in trust and in truth you fake excuse
From the moment that I wake up
You taste the venom in your tea cup

As I look out the window
All I see is a deadly row of eyes
With no colour in their makeup
Many cracks in a mask that hides disgrace

In the paper there’s a headline
“A vicious cloud weighs the sky down tonight”
They forsee a bloody screaming
In the palms of a man who is seething

I can smell your fake smile now
The glue sets on a face you wear proud
Remind me who the hell you are
I don’t remember thinking we were ever friends

Spare me your bullshit
Cracking a smile disguises
All the underlying lies
They’re bursting from your eyes

You’re the traitor with a pounding head
As you drank another toast to the living dead
It’s not wise to celebrate so soon
The party’s over and you’re sweeping up the room

I’m only glad that I brushed you aside
Cause I was choking on the dust from you empty mind
You’re full of promises unpaid
This only serves to remind me you’re a fake
A counterfeit will break

Go to his website and listen to this song (upper left corner) then go buy the album. Both of them if you can. But, above all of that, go and see him live. He’s amazing.

xo
A

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