Country: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

Country: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

For the third installment of our Genres series we take a look at maybe the most maligned but also one of the most popular musical forms of the 20th century. And yet whilst country music inspires all kinds of negative reactions in people if you’re willing to dig back through it’s history you’ll realise that if you find the right country it’s actually pretty darn great. As with our Blues and Jazz posts this is not intended to be a definitive history, something which would require a pretty hefty book, but rather a wilfully cherry-picked selection of the best, with Read more »

Bloke Name Jams – the playlist!

Bloke Name Jams – the playlist!

The sequel to Chick Name Jams featuring The Smiths, Curtis Mayfield, T-Rex, White Stripes, Chet Baker, Jethro Tull, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rod Stewart and many more! A few weeks ago we bought you 60 tracks that featured girl’s names, a rich theme running through popular music. We thought it was a very cool playlist but we also thought that in the interests of balance and fairness (and because it also sounded like a cool idea) that we would construct a male equivalent. Initially we thought it might be a slightly harder playlist to build but when we started digging around Read more »

Shades Of Blue – The Playlist!

Shades Of Blue – The Playlist!

“Most of my songs have that blue feeling. They have that sorry feeling, and I don’t know what I’m sorry about” – Etta James “I want to die with my blue jeans on” – Andy Warhol A primary colour sitting between violet and green on the visible spectrum, it’s the colour of both the deep sea and the daytime sky. In ancient Egypt it was a divine colour, and all around the Mediterranean people wore blue jewelry and adornments to protect themselves from evil. It’s the colour of the robe of the Virgin Mary in classical art, of many police Read more »

Unsung Figures No.2: Townes Van Zandt

Unsung Figures No.2: Townes Van Zandt

“Living on the road my friends, Is gonna keep you free and clean Now you wear your skin like iron And your breath’s as hard as kerosene…” – Pancho & Lefty I’ve listened to more songs in my life that I could even begin to try and think about. 1000’s upon 1000’s, I don’t know. It’s not worth the effort of speculating. However, I probably could have a fair go at writing a list of those that have burrowed their way under my skin and taken root in a small part of my soul, that seem to change the energy Read more »