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This week’s Tunesday is a double play because I just could not decide on which song to feature. To tell you the truth I could probably feature a new song every day and not get bored, but I think a lot of you would stop reading!

I suppose when I started this feature I only wanted to let you all know what I was listening to and perhaps encourage you to listen to it as well. I hope this has worked, especially for the two bands I am featuring today who are both Scottish and definitely bands I think you should wholly support.

The (first) Song: Things

The (first) Band: Frightened Rabbit

(pardon the non-video video, but I REALLY want you to hear this song!)

S is the one who introduced me to Frightened Rabbit, I think after reading a review in some newspaper or another. “Things” is the opening track of their third album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, which I can confidently say will blow your mind. Every track on this album is equally amazing; I could have chosen “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”, the first single from the album, which is a shockingly fierce and emotional song. I could have chosen “Nothing Like You” which is threatening to be my favourite song of July, if not of the year.

Instead, I chose the opening track, “Things”, and once you listen to the song, and listen to the album, I think you will see why; because it is simply fantastic, because it is the first song of theirs I ever heard, and the one I keep coming back to over and over and over.

Anyone can tell you that I am a complete sucker for an audible accent in a rock song, especially a Scottish one, and lead singer Scott Hutchison’s voice completely floors me. He could say anything to me, from “hello” to “rubbish weather” and have me gibbering and nodding my head like an idiot. “Things” is deliciously upbeat, an anthem for sloughing off old skin and deserting useless reminders of the past.

Listen to it. Love it. Let me know what you think, and, of course, buy the album.

Things by Frightened Rabbit

Here is the evidence of human existence;
A splitting bin bag next to two damp boxes,
And I cannot find a name for them,
They hardly show that I have lived,
And the dust it settles on these things,
Displays my age again.
Like a new skin made from old skin
That had barely been lived in

I didn’t need these things; I didn’t need them,
Pointless artefacts of a mediocre past.
So I shed my clothes, I shed my flesh
Down to the bone and burned the rest

I didn’t need these things; I didn’t need them,
I took them all to bits, turned them outside-in
And I left them on the floor
And ran for dear life through the door.

Useless objects, a gathered storm of shit
A dim and silent shed filled of your life’s supplies
When all you need’s a coffin and your Sunday best
To smarten up in the end.
At the front gate what a reward awaits,
One bite of loaf from a Holy Ghost;
An eternity of suffering in the company of
All those Christian men.

I didn’t need these things; I didn’t need them,
Pointless artefacts of a mediocre past.
So I shed my clothes, I shed my flesh
Down to the bone and burned the rest

I didn’t need these things; I didn’t need them,
I took them all to bits, turned them outside-in
And I left them on the floor
And ran for dear life through the door.

I’ll never need these things; I’ll never need them,
It’s just you I need; you’re my human heat.
And the things are only things
And nothing brings me like you bring me.

I’ll never need these things; I’ll never need them,
Never going back, so we can drop the past
And we’ll leave it on the floor
And run for dear life through the door.

Once again, these lyrics are my own approximation and I apologize sincerely (mostly to the artist) if I have gotten something wrong.

On to the second tune!

The (second) Song: Home

The (second) Band: The Boy Who Trapped the Sun

The Boy Who Trapped the Sun is actually just Colin Macleod, one crazy talented Scot from the Isle of Lewis. When you listen to the album there is no way you will believe that this is just one guy intent on playing all the parts himself (except strings and female vocals). And yet here you have a debut album resplendent with gorgeous melodies and insightful lyrics which is refreshing and inviting and wonderful. He is beautiful, his voice is indescribable and this album is breathtaking.

I liked Fireplace from the get-go and wish I had a few days set aside to listen to nothing but this. The album places you smack dab in the middle of the isolated northern islands; the ocean, waves, loneliness and longing.

The opening track, “Golden” is melancholy and achingly beautiful, and is followed by the upbeat single “Katy” which is humorous and fun. I can’t decide on a favourite track between “Dreaming Like a Fool” which has an up-tempo waltz beat that echoes Elliott Smith, or the emotionally draining “Copper Down” which sounds painfully autobiographical. In fact, I can’t decide on my favourite track out of the whole album – it’s that good.

I have chosen “Home” as my song for Tunesday because, while I may not have gotten the lyrics down 100% (sorry, Colin!)[update – I have confirmation that these lyrics are, in fact, “spot on”], there is a video to go along with it and I wanted you all to see this remarkable talent in action.

Home by The Boy Who Trapped the Sun

Home is where you lay your head
My head lies between the cracks
Breadlines lead to wasted days
Maybe I’m better put to longer days

Oh, this city’s not a home
But it’s somewhere to get lost

Maybe I’m lying to myself
I’m not a grafter; I’m not a man of earth
I have a habit; it’s a full time occupation
‘Cause the grass is always greener
When you can see the garden

Oh, this city’s not a home
But it’s somewhere to get lost

I’ve spent my life
Watching other people
Have a life

I can guarantee you that there are many bigger and better things to come from this talented individual, and I can hardly wait to see what he comes up with next. In the meantime, listen to this album and love it like I do.

xo
A

p.s. Have I mentioned before how lucky I feel to be living in Scotland? I may complain about the weather sometimes, but I really to love it here.

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Happy Tunesday again, folks!

General Fiasco

The Song: Ever So Shy

The Band: General Fiasco

Today’s choice for Tunesday is a song called “Ever So Shy” by Belfast band General Fiasco from their debut album Buildings.  This is not another XFM find, in fact I have no idea how we came to listen to this band first, but I know that S takes all the credit.

To be honest with you I could have chosen any of the ten tracks on this album.  I love it and I have listened to it non-stop since we bought it last week.  I am telling you right now that you need to go buy a copy of this album as soon as possible.  If I had it in my power I would  buy a copy for everyone I know, that’s how much I love it. Listen to it in your car on a sunny day with the windows down and the volume on high. It’s awesome.

Ever So Shy by General Fiasco

Let’s get wasted
It’s all we ever do,
We’re so stupid
But that’s ok the drunks are your friends
We’ll just sit here
Wasting our time
Thinking out loud
There’s nobody listening

Well I’m ever so cold
Is all I get told, I’m ever so cold
You’re ever so shy
You keep it on side
It’s more than just lies
You’re ever so cool
And I’ll be a fool if you let me
I’m ever so shy,
You’re ever so shy,
We’re ever so shy

And oh we are
Counting up the reasons to be shy, she is
Counting out the reasons to try
I know, I know we’re getting there
I know we’re coming now well let’s pretend
Waiting around in the back bored and i think
5 minutes more of this well this is wearing thin
I know I know we’re getting there
I know well come on now yeah let’s pretend

Well I’m ever so cold
Is all I get told, I’m ever so cold
You’re ever so shy
You keep it aside it’s more than just lies
You’re ever so cool
And I’ll be a fool if you let me
I’m ever so shy, you’re ever so shy, we’re ever so shy

Stop!

You must be kidding..
You must be having me on

And it’s easy yeah yeah
And there’s no reason to be shy
Go ahead and let her lie
I can not figure it out
I can not figure it out

Whilst you know the ones they’re coming for and
Whilst you know the ones they’re calling for you

Why you know the ones they’re coming for and
Why you know the ones they’re calling for you
They’re calling for you..

Well I’m ever so cold
Is all I get told,
I’m ever so cold
You’re ever so shy
You keep it on side it’s more than just lies
You’re ever so cool
And I’ll be a fool if you let me
I’m ever so shy,
You’re ever so shy,
We’re ever so shy

Next week maybe something I’m not entirely brand new to so perhaps I can give you information about the band or the song or something like that. Either that or I will post the other song I was going to use today instead. Wait and see. Until then, GO BUY THIS ALBUM!!

Also, yes I know they are 12 years old (well, almost), I don’t care because I think they are good. Great, actually.

xo
A

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Happy Tunesday!

This week I have chosen a song that is brand new to me.  I heard it the first time on Sunday afternoon on, you guessed it, XFM radio.  I’m obsessed.  Actually, I only listen to the radio once or twice a week; they just have a varied and awesome playlist.

The Song: Northern Skies

The Band: I Am Kloot

I was in the kitchen on Sunday baking when this song came on.  Since I had the computer in the kitchen with me I was able to Google it immediately before the song even ended.  That’s how much I loved it. Oh, the lyrics. Oh, the melody.  I love it.

 I have heard of the band before but I don’t like their name and that totally put me off. Shallow, right? But that’s how I roll.  “Northern Skies” is the first song on their newest album, Sky at Night which was only released on the 5th of July.  The album is produced by two members of another band I love, Elbow.  I would like to tell you that the album is awesome, but having only bought it off iTunes yesterday I am afraid I have not had time to listen to it enough to form an educated opinion, mostly because I have listened to “Northern Skies” over and over again all day. 

The album is available to stream from The Guardian website, HERE.  At least it was when I posted this.

There is an exclusive video of I Am Kloot performing “Northern Skies” on that site, too.

Northern Skies by I Am Kloot

Above there are no stars tonight
Just northern skies, reflected light upon your face
People think stars rule our lives,
Some people they think otherwise;
They can be replaced.

Where did you go on that big, black night?
Did you take the coast road back through your life?
See the sand, the moon, the stars that shine the light
And say, well, they’ll do all right for me?

We shroud our lives in mysteries,
Shooting stars and storming seas, if we have any sense.
Storm clouds roll, they’re free to break
And we’re free to make the same mistakes again and again.

Where shall we go on that big, black night?
Shall we take the coast road back through our lives?
See the sand, the moon, the stars that shine the light
And say, well, they’ll do all right without me?

Above there are no stars tonight,
Just northern skies, reflected light and fields of snow.
Some people think stars rule our lives,
Some people they think otherwise;

What does anybody know?
Where shall I go on that big, black night?
Shall I take the coast road back through my life?
See the sand, the moon, the stars that shine the light
And say, well, they’ll do all right for me?

Where shall I go on that big, black night?
Shall I take the coast road back through my life?
See the sand, the moon, the stars that shine the light
And say, well, they’ll do all right for me?

See the stars and constellations,
Sit beneath their congregation.

The lyrics are my own estimation and I apologize if I’ve gotten them wrong.

Listen to the song, watch the video – you won’t be disappointed. As for the album, well, I’ll have to let you know. I’m assuming it is going to be great.

[UPDATE] I’ve had a chance to listen to the album now and I can confirm that it is, indeed, awesome. I can’t say with any certainty that I like any of the other tracks  better than this one (because of how much I love Northern Skies), but they are all pretty great. So, the moral of the story is that you should buy the album. Now. 🙂

xo
A

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tunesday!

Hey! Guess what! It’s Tunesday again!

I know, right?! How exciting!

The Song: Dixie Road

The Man: Lee Greenwood

This is a throwback to one of my favourite Country artists of all time. My Mom bought his Greatest Hits album years and years ago and I have been hooked ever since.

The song I have chosen is “Dixie Road” and I can’t get enough of it, ever. We played it enough in my childhood that whenever I hear it it takes me right back to being a kid again, singing along with my Mom and my brother. If you listen to the song, you’ll understand why that’s important.

    Dixie Road by Lee Greenwood

I would pick and we would sing
To the rhythm of that front porch swing
The moonlight holds the spotlight that we shared
I found new notes on that old guitar,
She believed I could be a star
She told me that she wanted to be fair

She said, I love you more than to hold you down,
Boy you’re glory bound
We can’t share a world with different dreams
So I chased mine and she found hers too,
But someone else made hers come true
Now I’m a star, but every time I sing

My heart goes drifting down a dusty dixie road
Taking my mind, back in time
L.A. lights burn like hell once you know
You left heaven waitin’ down the dixie road.

Every night I’m in a different place
And I’m searching every stranger’s face
Trying to find the girl that’s just not there
She’s back there in Montgomery
And I’m clear across the country
But whenever I’m alone I go back there.

My heart goes drifting down a dusty dixie road
Taking my mind, back in time
L.A. lights burn like hell once you know
You left heaven waitin’ down the dixie road.

Just as a side note I would like to say that, while one of my favourites, this album is probably the most depressing album I own. No joke. Five out of the ten songs are about the man’s woman cheating on him or leaving him because he doesn’t have enough time and/or love for her, and he just sort of accepts it because, well, he had it coming to him, really. “Ain’t No Trick” is about how love may come easy but it’s impossible to keep. “Dixie Road”, as you can see, is about a singer who pines after his old sweetheart for his whole life.

“She’s Lying” is the most depressing song in history. He knows his wife is sleeping with someone else, but he doesn’t want her to leave him so he keeps the secret, all the while wishing she were lying with him instead of to him. Really.

The only positive song on the album is “I.O.U.” when he argues with his woman about which of them bring more to the relationship, but it’s still pretty tear-worthy. And don’t even get me started on “God Bless the USA”, sheesh! I can guarantee I have never once listened to that song without tearing up at the end when the massive cymbal crashes kick in.

So, if you’re feeling depressed and fancy listening to an album where you can cry along to all 34 minutes, then boy, is this ever the album for you! Still excellent, though!

xo
A

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tunesday!

Hey everybody! Guess what?

It’s TUNESDAY!

Yes, that time has come again where I pick a song I’ve been listening to a lot lately and force you to care about it even if you don’t! Aren’t you excited?!

The Song: Eat That Up, It’s Good For You

The Band: Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club is another band I discovered with help from XFM radio. About a month ago I heard their song “Something Good Can Work” and went straight to iTunes and bought their album, Tourist History. I can tell you now; it was well worth what I paid. This is a fantastic album that I can listen to all the way through, and I am very, very glad it is summer because there is something completely wonderful about driving around town with your windows down, listening to this album and enjoying the sunshine! It has become my go-to sunny day album.

The song I have chosen, “Eat That Up, It’s Good For You”, was not immediately my favourite on the album but now it is the track I play more than any other. It’s upbeat, it’s fun and it sure is catchy. Look out for the change at the end – it’s the best!

Eat That Up, It’s Good For You by Two Door Cinema Club
You would look a little better, don’t you know
If you just wore less make-up
But it’s hard to realise when you’re sky high
Fighting off the spaceships

And so you’re drinking in your room (To make it all go)
It didn’t end too soon (You’ve got the next one)
You’re holding on too long (You’ve got to let go)
Your other love is gone
And you know

It’s too late, it’s too late
You’ve got another one coming
And it’s going to be the same
(x4)

I tried to find a quiet place that we could go
To help you make decisions
But I didn’t find it easy to tell them apart
With double vision

And so you’re drinking in your room (To make it all go)
It didn’t end too soon (You’ve got the next one)
You’re holding on too long (You’ve got to let go)
Your other love is gone
And you know

It’s too late, it’s too late
You’ve got another one coming
And it’s going to be the same
(x4)

It’s not the same
It’s not the same
It’s not the same
You’re gonna tell me that I’m right
You know you’re gonna come back down
And find yourself where you are again

You didn’t know
You didn’t know
You didn’t know
So don’t pretend you saw it now
It’s not something you’d want to happen
Now you know who you are again

It’s not the same
It’s not the same
It’s not the same
You’re gonna tell me that I’m right
You know, you’re gonna come back down
And find yourself where you are again

So, that’s my second tune for Tunesdays. Do yourself a favour and check these guys out. Listen to the song then listen to the album and then buy it. I promise you will not regret it!! (If you like their album, check them out on their upcoming tour. S and I are going to see them in September, and I can’t wait!)

xo
A

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I’ve been meaning to start this feature for months now – before we left for Europe, actually, and then I fell into a blogging black hole and didn’t post anything for ages and ages.  So, now that I am back (sorry about that folks, I promise it is not your fault), I have decided to finally implement my new feature:

Tunesday!

I would like to pause and make the stipulation that you have to pronounce “tunes” like they do in Glasgow on a good night out, kind of like the “choo” in “choo-choo”, but with many,  more “o”s.  So it would be more like Choooooonsday.

Without further ado, welcome to the first Tunesday!  I am not the first to have this idea and I won’t be the last.  I have no clout in the music world, I just thought I would tell you what I like and what I am listening to.  Hope you enjoy it!

So here we go:

The Gaslight Anthem

The Song: The ’59 Sound

The Band: The Gaslight Anthem

I first heard of The Gaslight Anthem only a few weeks ago when we were listening to XFM radio and they played American Slang from the band’s third album of the same name.  Immediately I knew this was a band I needed to know more about.  So, I Spotified them and fell head over heels in love.  Over the past month I have listened to all three of their albums more than any others in my library, I’ve added at least one track of theirs to every one of my playlists for the gym (I’m very choosy with these lists!), and have listened to American Slang obsessively.  I happen to be very lucky to have tickets to their show in Glasgow tomorrow night and I am very, very excited!  Although, I can’t help but think that if I still lived in Ohio I may have heard of them a few years ago. Stupid Atlantic Ocean!

The song I have chosen, The ’59 Sound, is the title track from their second album and I loved it from the first time I ever heard it.  I don’t have much to say that the song won’t say for itself.  It reminds me of myself.  It reminds me of one of my best friends.  It reminds me of my Grandmother.  It reminds me that, at the end of it all, we still have music.

The ’59 Sound by The Gaslight Anthem

Well, I wonder which song they’re gonna play when we go.
I hope it’s something quiet and minor and peaceful and slow.
When we float out into the ether, into the Everlasting Arms,
I hope we don’t hear Marley’s chains we forged in life.
‘Cause the chains I been hearing now for most of my life.
The chains I been hearing now for most of my life.

Did you hear the ’59 Sound coming through on Grandmother’s radio?
Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

And I wonder were you scared when the metal hit the glass?
See, I was playing a show down the road when your spirit left your body.
And they told me on the front lawn.
I’m sorry I couldn’t go,
But I still know the song and the words and her name and the reasons.
And I know ’cause we were kids and we used to hang.
And I know ’cause we were kids and we used to hang.

To the ’59 Sound coming through on Grandmother’s radio.
Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

Young boys, young girls, ain’t supposed to die on a Saturday night.

Did you hear the ’59 Sound coming through on Grandmother’s radio?
Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

So, there you have it; the very first Tunesday.  And what a tune, let me tell you!! I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.

Tomorrow is going to be a good day: First the USA play Algeria in the World Cup (yay!) and then, after that, we are going to see The Gaslight Anthem at the Academy in Glasgow.  Do yourself a favour. Buy their albums. All three of them.

xo
A

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